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Halloween parades coming to Chicago, led by Halsted

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The 25th annual Halsted Halloween Night Parade—considered one of the such festivals in the country—will again take place that very night (Monday, Oct. 31), no matter what the weather.

The costume contest registration will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue. (This year, there are $4,000 in prizes.) The parade will then kick off at 7:30 p.m. at that same intersection, ending at 8 p.m. at Halsted and Brompton Avenue (approximately 3500 North); the grand marshals will be CircuitMOM and CircuitSON. The awards show will commence at 8:30 p.m., with the hosts being LIPS Chicago performer Batty Davis and Chicago Today host/producer Matthew Rodrigues.

Admission to the Northalsted event is free.

See for more information, including early costume registration.

—The Upside Down Halloween Parade will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, at 12-3 p.m. along Russell Drive at Washington Park.

LUMA8 and Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the return of this event as well as the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade.

The 3rd Annual Upside Down Halloween Parade is a festive and enchanting Halloween experience that encourages Chicago children and their families to become the parade when they don their costumes and join the procession down tree-lined Russell Drive. Dance teams, musicians, acrobats, sports mascots and other spectacles will dazzle them as they make their way down the route—and kids will receive a complimentary goody bag at the closing arches, courtesy of Blommer Chocolate Company.

—The following week—on Saturday, Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.—the 8th Annual Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade will take place, serving as the grand finale for Chicago Halloweek 2022.

It will take place on State Street downtown, moving from Lake to Van Buren streets.

Arts in the Dark is an evening parade that draws together world-renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, celebrated Chicago organizations like Ballet Folklorico Xochitl, important youth programs like After School Matters and aspiring artists in every field. It is a dazzling production that delights an audience of 50,000 people with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances.

For more information visit, and .

—For the third straight year, AlleyCat Comics, in association with 40th Ward, SSA #22 and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, will present Halloween on Catalpa on Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Catalpa Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue.

All attendees will receive free Halloween treats including pumpkins, Affy Tapples and toys. Alleycat Comics will also host its annual Halloween Costume Contest with trophies for best costume, crowd favorite, group costume and more.

In addition, families with sensory sensitivities and disabilities/differently abled individuals will receive priority access 10-11 a.m.

Trick-or-treating will take place 12-3 p.m. Just a few of the participating businesses include AlleyCat, defloured, Cowboys and Astronauts, Forever Yogurt, RAYGUN, Women & Children First, the Swedish American Museum, Cheetah Gym and Graham Crackers Comics.

Halloween on Catalpa may be canceled due to inclement weather. For updates, visit .

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