Posts Tagged ‘halloween in chicago

31
Oct
12

official opinions: Costumes for the musically-inclined

Who wouldn’t want to wear this?

Every year I have trouble deciding what I want to be for Halloween.  You’d think after 27 years of celebrating the same holiday on the same date I’d think ahead, but it’s like I’m surprised every time.  If you’re like me, then you probably don’t have a costume planned yet either- well, never fear. The Stitely staffers (and a few friends) put their heads together and came up with a fantastic list of music-related costume ideas. Enjoy!

Katy PerryClick here for directions on how to make this costume.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart– Don’t forget to practice the “Amadeus” laugh.

Michael Jackson– This costume is always a “Thriller.” (Sorry, had to do it.)

“Devil in a Blue Dress”– Step 1: Wear blue dress. Step 2: Add devil horns & tail.

“We are Devo”

Devo– All you need is a flower pot and a “whip.”

Bob Dylan– Click here to get a how-to and links to important accessories.

The White Stripes– Super simple couples costume- just wear black, red and white.  Add a black wig and drumsticks.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne– Another fun couples costume.

The original tiny dancer

Elton John– Don’t forget the shades.

Janis Joplin or Jimi HendrixEasiest costumes in the world!  Bust out your fav bell-bottom jeans or go to a thrift store, pair with a psychedelic shirt, and put a headband or bandana around your head.  Don’t forget to accessorize: for Janis bring out a whiskey bottle and for Jimi use a real or inflatable guitar.

A Mariachi Band– Grab 4 friends and a sombrero.

iPod– Now THIS takes talent!


05
Oct
12

Official Opinions: Where to celebrate the spooky season

Looking for something spooky to do this weekend? Stitely‘s got you covered. From historic ghost tours to haunted houses for all ages, here are a few events where one can definitely find a way to give himself a good scare and get in the Halloween spirit!

There are plenty of haunted tours happening around the city this month, but a few caught our attention here at Stitely. The Chicago Hauntings Haunted City tour is the tour to go on if you want to discover Chicago’s most active supernatural spots. This 2.5 hour haunted tour starts at 7pm or 10pm and takes you around the city by bus. This tour is unique in the fact that they let you get off the bus to get a closer look at anything out of the ordinary. So dive deep into the supernatural with the whole family or be a bold solo act; just remember to bring your cameras to document any ghostly sightings. You can purchase your tickets by phone or online for $33 for adults, $30 for vets and elderly guests, and $25 for kids under 12.

If seeing Chicago’s spooky spots doesn’t scare you, then test your iron will at The Music Box Theater’s Music Box of Horrors on October 13-14. The Music Box is a historic theater built in 1929 that presents a yearly 24-hour movie marathon of classic horror films. If you are a fearless moviegoer this is the place to be. Get your tickets for the marathon for $35 a person now or go on the day of the show for $40.

Not into movie marathons? Fear not, the Spirit Ships and Haunted Harbors tour will still leave chills going down your spine. Leaving at 8:30 pm the Tall Ship Windy will set sail into the dark misty waters of Lake Michigan.  Away from the city sounds you can uncover the mystery, history, and legend of past ships and the deep waters below.  Tickets are available online; adult tickets are $30, young adults are $25, kids are $10 and babies are only a $1. Grab a blanket and settle down for some scary tales of the Chicago waters.

If supernatural spirits, horror films, and old sailing tales aren’t scary enough for you, then I would recommend hitting up the following VERY SCARY, award-winning haunted houses in the Chicago area:

Anna, In the Darkness: The Basement-Dream Theatre, 556 W. 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60616
The Fear Haunted House, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611
Chronicles Of The Cursed-500 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60654
Disturbia-Torment of Fears is located on 800 W. Lake Street, Addison, IL 60101
Eleventh Hour-434 E. Devon Avenue, Elk Grove, IL 60007
Statesville Haunted Prison And City Of The Dead, 17250 S. Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL, 60441

To find more local haunted houses check out HauntedHouseChicago.com

Hopefully this list will allow you to have a fun-filled season and still allow you to sleep at night (if that’s what you want to do). Enjoy!

26
Oct
11

official opinions: Costumes for the musically-inclined

Who wouldn't want to wear this?

Every year I have trouble deciding what I want to be for Halloween.  You’d think after 26 years of celebrating the same holiday on the same date I’d think ahead, but it’s like I’m surprised every time.  If you’re like me, then you probably don’t have a costume planned yet either- well, never fear. The Stitely staffers (and a few friends) put their heads together and came up with a fantastic list of music-related costume ideas. Enjoy!

Katy PerryClick here for directions on how to make this costume.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart– Don’t forget to practice the “Amadeus” laugh.

Michael Jackson– This costume is always a “Thriller.” (Sorry, had to do it.)

“Devil in a Blue Dress”– Step 1: Wear blue dress. Step 2: Add devil horns & tail.

"We are Devo"

Devo– All you need is a flower pot and a “whip.”

Bob Dylan– Click here to get a how-to and links to important accessories.

The White Stripes– Super simple couples costume- just wear black, red and white.  Add a black wig and drumsticks.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne– Another fun couples costume.

The original tiny dancer

Elton John– Don’t forget the shades.

Janis Joplin or Jimi HendrixEasiest costumes in the world!  Bust out your fav bell-bottom jeans or go to a thrift store, pair with a psychedelic shirt, and put a headband or bandana around your head.  Don’t forget to accessorize: for Janis bring out a whiskey bottle and for Jimi use a real or inflatable guitar.

A Mariachi Band– Grab 4 friends and a sombrero.

iPod– Now THIS takes talent!


15
Oct
10

Official Opinion: Spooky Spots in Chicago

Looking for something spooky to do this weekend? With Halloween creeping up on us I figured it would be fun to highlight some of the spooky happenings in Chicago up until Halloween weekend. Ranging from historic ghost tours to haunted houses for all ages, one can definitely find a way to give themselves a good scare and get in the Halloween spirit.

If you are looking to enjoy a spooky afternoon out with the family the Matinee Supernatural Bus Tour of Chicago may just be the tour for you. Starting at 1 pm the luxury bus tour lasts for three and a half to four hours and is family friendly for children ten an up. Conducted by the original Chicago Ghost Hunter Richard Crowe you will be able to experience gangster ghost tales, the flight 191 crash site, cemetery legends, real Indian burial grounds, as well as many more ghost-haunted spots. There is minimal walking and even time for snack break (snacks not included) to recuperate and get ready for the next scary sight. Tickets are $48.95 for adults with a five dollar discount if you order online and $43.95 for children.

If spooky tales in the daylight does not get you frightened, then the Nighttime Supernatural Cruise of Chicago’s waterways, river, and lakefront might be your fancy. The two-hour cruise that boards at 9:30 pm and sets sail at 10 will share tales of the two ghost ships that sail the waters, as well as many other tragic events that have taken place in Chicago and left ghosts haunting the waterways and city. Tickets can be ordered by telephone or online. Adult tickets are $32.95 with a five-dollar discount when ordering online and children tickets are $27.95.

Not into rocky waters? Fear not, the Nighttime Supernatural Tour of Chicago will still leave chills going down your spine. Leaving at 7 pm the four-hour coach bus tour will allow you to visit haunted locations all over Chicago, such as the St. Valentines Day Massacre and Chicago’s most haunted block in Chinatown. You will also hear original tales of the Rosemary Baby and the secrets of the Streeterville curse. Tickets are available both by telephone and online. Adult tickets are $48.95 with a five dollar discount if you order online and children tickets are $43.95.

If supernatural spirits, curses, and massacre locations are not scary enough for you, then I would recommend hitting up the following VERY SCARY award wining Haunted Houses in the Chicago area.

Anna, In the Darkness: The Basement-Dream Theatre, 556 W. 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60616
The Fear Haunted House, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611
Chronicles Of The Cursed-500 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60654
Disturbia-Torment of Fears is located on 800 W. Lake Street, Addison, IL 60101
Eleventh Hour-434 E. Devon Avenue, Elk Grove, IL 60007
Statesville Haunted Prison And City Of The Dead, 17250 S. Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL, 60441

To find more haunted houses in the Chicago area check out HauntedHouseChicago.com

Hopefully the following list will allow you to have a fun filled spooky weekend, but still allow you to sleep at night. Enjoy!

-Abby




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