Two unique places for Halloween fun this October

| October 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Skelebration 2013, photo by Al Sayed 1When we were children, Halloween was a one-night-only event which involved kids in costumes going door-to-door for candy. Now it’s a monthly-long celebration filled with activities for all ages. This October, the Adler Planetarium and Redmoon Theatre offer two very different ways to celebrate Halloween.

The Adler Planetarium invites horror fans 12 years old and up to participate in The Curse of the Blood Moon for one night only. On October 30, horror fans will gather in the Adler’s Grainger Sky Theater for a “unique experience that combines live theater, 360° visualizations and hair-raising drama. In a unique blend of special effects, audio design and dramatic live theater, audiences find themselves in the midst of horror unfolding in the oldest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere.”

Of course, it’s not all a horror show. Audience members who survive the curse will enjoy activities including a Scream Photo Booth, Flashlight Tour and Slime Science. This Halloween event runs from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., with The Curse of the Blood Moon showings every ½ hour. Tickets are only $10 per person or $8 if you’re an Adler member. Select exhibits will be available after the showing. More information is available at

Chicago’s spectacle company, Redmoon Theatre, celebrates Halloween with Skelebration, an event designed as an “otherworldly playground for a re-invention of the seasonal rituals of Halloween.” What’s great about Skelebration is that every person can have a slightly different experience through what’s being called “interactive experiences, immersive encounters, creative snacks and imaginative music.”

What’s amazing about Redmoon is the creative team’s ability to take consistently amaze and delight. Associate Producer and Director of Skelebration Will Bishop describes his team’s creative process by saying, “Every device we design and experience we craft goes through a rigorous testing process, both technically and conceptually.  Technically, a wide team of engineers, sculptors, designers, fabricators, riggers, electricians and more run each new device we create through extensive tests before we present it publicly, to ensure its safety and operation. Conceptually, Redmoon’s core team of experience designers, visual artists, producers and directors talks through every idea together, and collectively refines each so we are all assured of its success before bringing it to life. In a field based around creating radically new objects and experiences from scratch, we’ve learned that the key to success is diligent collaboration, between artists of different backgrounds who test ideas and devices from through the lens of their own expertise.”

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Skelebration is something so unique that a family can bring everyone from their preschoolers to their high school students for a family outing. Upon arrival, guests start to create their own experience by choosing their own activities. For Skelebration 2014, there are new multisensory delights including a Celestial Swing inside a mausoleum, A UFO Carousel where children take off for space in gigantic flying saucers, and Cartoon Adventure where children and adults can enjoy original short animated films.  Families can move through a series of rooms called The Devil’s in the Details, which hold experiences both eerie and humorous, including:

  • The Chocolate Bar, a delectable room of dip-able treats.
  • Heck’s Kitchen, a cooking class with the Devil where families participate in making Deviled Eggs.
  • The Bedroom Swat-a-Fly, a larger-than-life human fly swatting game.
  • The Cinematic Cemetery film studio, where families can be the star of their own scary movie.
  • Satan’s Cackle Shack, where Matt Demon, voted “Hell’s Most Humorous Devil” 1998, entertains the audience with his killer stand-up routine. 

Adult tickets are $20 (age 18+), youth tickets are $12 (age 4-17) and children are free (age 3 and under).  Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.  Redmoon Theatre’s massive warehouse home is located at 2120 N. Jefferson in Chicago. There is plenty of free parking. For more information about Skelebration, including staggered entrance times for the October 18-19 & 25-26 events, visit or call -850-8440 ext. 123.


Shari writes about life with tween twins at Two Times The Fun. Images courtesy of Redmoon and Al Zayed.

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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