Calling all witches and goblins, superheroes and princesses, monsters and moppets! Franken Plaza will once again invade Daley Plaza (Washington and Dearborn) for three days, October 25-27, in celebration of “Chicagoween” – the City of Chicago’s Halloween season.
A favorite tradition continues as Midnight Circus will participate in the City of Chicago’s Halloween festival for its 16th straight year with performances throughout the weekend. Hang on to your hats (and hearts) as the gravity-defying ghosts and ghouls of Midnight Circus amaze audiences of all ages with their otherworldly acrobatics and spook-tacular theatrics. Featured this year, from who-knows-where, is the one and only Demon Duo!
On Saturday, October 26 Franken Plaza will host the annual Monster Bash which includes free hayrides, trick or treating (while supplies last) and the popular Kids Costume Contest. Joining Mayor Spookenberger of Midnight Circus as host of the contest will be NBC 5 Entertainment Reporter Lee Ann Trotter.
The Kid’s Costume Contest is open to children ages 12 and under and includes the following categories: scariest, funniest and most original. There will also be a best costume category for children under 24 months. Children should line up to participate at 11:30 a.m. with the contest beginning at 12:15 p.m. Prize packages include a pair of tickets to WICKED, beginning October 30 at the Oriental Theatre.
Adding a new twist to the costume contest this year will be a category for all ages in conjunction with WICKED, celebrating its 10th anniversary. To participate and win these tickets, contestants must dress as a Wicked character. Homemade and original costumes are encouraged.
In addition to performances from Midnight Circus and Midnight Circus presents The Demon Duo Show, Franken Plaza will include an appearance by the Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew, arts and crafts, a Harvest Marketplace – and, on Sunday, a Wicked sing-a-long featuring some of the musical’s most familiar songs at 1:30 p.m.
Franken Plaza’s Friday Film is back again and this year’s presentation will be Hotel Transylvannia presented at 6 p.m. The animated PG film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samburg and Selena Gomez and tells the story of Dracula as a protective father who builds a hotel just for monsters, keeping humans away from his daughter. He is successful until a young camper shows up and the two young people fall in love.
Another new attraction this year will be Food Trucks at Franken Plaza providing tasty goodies from their spot just east of the plaza on Dearborn.
Franken Plaza is open Friday, noon-7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Franken Plaza is presented by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored by Chicago Transit Authority, Radio Disney AM 1300 Chicago and 104.3 KHITS.
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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.