We know exactly what happened. You’ve been so busy following the news about the upcoming 2012 presidential election and the East coast’s “Frankenstorm” Hurricane Sandy that you completely forgot to make your plans for Halloween.
Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. If you’re scrambling to figure out where you’re going to rock out your sexy witch outfit or the devil costume, we have five of the most best last-minute Halloween celebrations happening throughout Chicagoland. Get those masks ready and don your scary apparel for a Halloween you won’t soon forget.
North Halsted Halloween Parade: Join the dark and depraved zombies and ghouls as they takeover Lakeview tonight for their annual parade, with this year’s theme of “The Apocalypse is Coming.” The parade extends to Halsted and Belmont, where a hyper-competitive costume-off will push the envelope with both humor and gore (Halsted and Waveland, 7:00 p.m.)
Dead on Division: Up for a little bar crawling on a Wednesday? Why not? The Halloween-themed bar and pub crawl allows attendees roam six different bars to live music by Too White Crew and awards prizes for the best costumes. Participating bars include The Original Mother’s, Mother’s Too, Bootleggers, The Lodge, She-nannigans and The Hangge-Uppe (Division Street, 7:00 p.m.).
The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Beetlejuice at Lincoln Hall: If you prefer to get your scares from the big screen, head to Lincoln Hall to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show, followed by Beetlejuice. Admission is free and features food and drink specials and a costume contest (2424 North Lincoln Avenue, 8:00 p.m.).
Spook-tacular Skinny Socials: Even Halloween parties can be fun, not fattening with Skinny Socials, who is throwing a spook-tactular (are you tired of the Halloween puns yet?) soiree at Bull & Bear on Wells. The River North sports bar is launching its new Skinny Social certified menu, so grab some friends and strut your costumes for 15% off the new menu plus three skinny cocktails (Bull and Bear, 431 North Wells Street, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.).
$2 Halloween Burritos at Chipotle: After you’ve worked up an appetite from a night of tricks and treats, stop by one of Chicago’s 20+ Chipotle locations, where anyone in costume will receive a $2 burrito. Don’t forget to ask for extra guac, before part of the proceeds from the special are donated to the Cultivate Foundation to raise money for sustainable farming (Any Chicago Chipotle, 4:00 p.m.).