Chicago’s Haunted Halsted is Back with Parade, Costume Contest and Live Music
Northalsted’s Annual Event Set for October 31st | Halloween | Parade | Costume Party | Dance Party | Street Party | Cover Image by Tom Tian
Chicago’s spectacular Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade with costume contest and awards show returns, after a year’s absence, on October 31, 2021. The 24th annual Halloween night tradition continues to grow and will now stretch from Aldine to Waveland, in the heart of the landmark LGBTQ+ Northalsted corridor. The Parade is free to attend.
photo: Steven Koch for CircuitMOM
An Awards Show stage at Waveland will feature Grand Marshalls Matthew Rodrigues, host of NBC5’s Chicago Today, with Batty Davis the Dancing Diva, and live musical performances. A festival area next to the stage will offer a Halloween photo landscape, plenty of dancing room and a beer tent.
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There’s no cost to enter the costume contest with big prizes! $6,000 in cash prizes include a $500 first place and $250 runner up in each of 6 categories: Scary, Drag, Creative, Cosplay, Youth <13, and Group <6. The Large Group category for 6 or more people has a $1,000 first prize and $500 runner up. Participants can register in advance on the website (hauntedhalsted.com) or on-site before the event.
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Parade entertainment includes the dazzling Chicago Full Moon Jam fire performers, Windy City Jeep Club, The GoodBus mobile soundstage, and more.
photo: Neale Zingle, Blind Faith Photography
October 31st will cap off more than a week of Halloween events along Northalsted including the Lakeview Halloween Pup Crawl 10/23, Halloween Ball at Hydrate 10/27, Northalsted Bar Crawl, CircuitMOM Takeover 10/28 at Sidetrack, and more festivities. Follow @northalsted on your social media platform of choice for all the updates.