Scream, Queen: Northalsted Halloween Parade returns to Boystown, Oct. 31

Sun. October 30, 2016 12:54 PM by News Staff

northalsted halloween parade, 2013

photo credit // ken brown

20th annual North Halsted Halloween Parade steps off at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31 in Boystown

Chicago, IL - A screaming good time is in store for Halloween revelers as the legendary Halloween Parade on Northalsted returns Monday, Oct. 31st with this year's 'Scream Queen' theme.

Thousands of ghosts, ghouls and other things that go bump in the night (as well as some scantily clad athletes and drag queens) will line North Halsted Street on Halloween night for what has become a major highlight for Halloween in Chicago.

Many revelers will dress up for the occasion, with over 2,000 entries into this year's Costume Contest. Free registration to walk and be seen in the parade is from 5:30-7 p.m. near Halsted and Belmont. The competitive costume contest will award winners in four categories: Drag, Group, Scariest and Theme.

The costume contest will kick off the freaky festivities at Halsted and Belmont where finalists and winners will be chosen prior to the 7:30 p.m. parade start. The parade will then travel north along Halsted before finishing at Cornelia.

Organizers encourage participants and spectators to share photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #NorthalstedHalloween. (Editor's note: will republish your photos if you include @GoPride.)

After the parade, everyone is encouraged to keep the party going long into the night after the parade by visiting the haunts along North Halsted St. in Boystown.

Now in its 20th year, The Northalsted Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Northalsted Business Alliance, the same group behind Chicago Pride Fest and Northalsted Market Days, and Triangle Neighbors.