North Halsted Halloween Parade Radio "Transmission" to Mimic 1938 Orson Welles Broadcast

Thu. October 20, 2005 12:00 AM

9th Annual North Halsted Halloween Parade: Monday, Oct. 31st

Chicago, IL - On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles scared a nation with his infamous radio reading of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."

Nearly 70 years later—from approximately 5:30-10:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31—Chicagoans tuning in 104.7 FM will get a taste of this historic event as part of a live radio broadcast of the 9th annual North Halsted Halloween Parade, one of the city most outrageous Halloween events. This year's parade theme is "Invasion!" and will include 1940's police cars, Martians and actors from the State & Dearborn improv troupe reenacting scenes from War of the Worlds.

The parade steps off from Belmont and Halsted at 7:00 p.m. Registration for a costume contest for children, pets and adults begins at 5:30 p.m. at the same location.

The 104.7 FM North Halsted Halloween Parade broadcast—which will also be playing on the radios of local merchants, bars and restaurants--includes pre- and post-parade coverage.

Thousands are expected to either participate in or view the parade which has quickly grown to become one of the Chicago area's must-attend Halloween events. The parade draws a broad mix of area residents including children and families.

Following the parade, costume contest winners will be announced at the intersection of Roscoe and Halsted. There will be $5,000 in contest cash and prizes including airline tickets for two and a pair of tickets to the Oprah Winfrey show. In addition, there will be post-parade musical entertainment.

The parade is presented by Triangle Neighbors Association and sponsored by the Northalsted Area Merchants Association. For more information call 773.868.3010 or visit