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Yep, we’re that neighbor with the fake cobwebs all over her house, the pumpkin-carving obsession and the top-this approach to costumes. In short, we’ll always be Halloween-happy. But for those of you who’d rather be out and about on the funnest day of the year, check out our picks for scaring up a good time around Chicago.


Boneshaker at Redmoon

Okay, so Redmoon?s other fall party was kind of a bust. But the experiential-theater company always gets its annual costume bash right. Buy tickets ($75) and party with 1,000 fellow ghouls, walk through an outdoor fire garden and dance your zombie mask off. There?s even a ?cooking with the devil? class where you?ll learn how to make the perfect deviled egg. October 31 at 9 p.m.; 2120 S. Jefferson St.

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Little Goat of Horrors

Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard must love Halloween as much as we do, because she’s transforming the second floor of Little Goat Diner into a haunted house next weekend. A $25 ticket gets you screams, beer from Revolution Brewery and snacks. Groups of six will be admitted every 15 minutes starting at 6 p.m. November 1; 820 W. Randolph St.

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Thriller Flash Mob

If you?ve always wished you knew the moves from Michael Jackson?s "Thriller" video, now?s your chance. Start your Halloween by learning the famed choreography during a class ($15) at Flirty Girl Fitness in Lincoln Park (there will be fog machines, people), then head to The Godfrey Hotel to join the Thriller flash mob at 10:31 p.m. and midnight. October 31; Flirty Girl Fitness, 2215 N. Halsted St.; The Godfrey, 127 W. Huron St.

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Pumpkin Praline Pie

No time to mess around with pumpkins? Here’s the best way to eat one: pick up Magnolia Bakery’s rich, crunchy pumpkin praline pie ($28), which is a killer treat to bring to a Halloween party. You can also get it as a single serving in bar format, if you need a quick pumpkin-pecan fix just for yourself. Call 312-346-7777 to reserve a pie; 108 N. State St.

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Body Parts and Labor

Logan Square burger spot Parts and Labor will screen 22 horror movies over three days next weekend. Order the special--a burger, fries and a beer for $10--and watch spooky flicks like The Thing, American Psycho and Poltergeist on two big-screen HD projectors. October 31 through November 2; 2700 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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Auditorium Theatre Alley

Party in the street--okay, the alley--with the Chicago Loop Alliance at its Halloween-themed ACTIVATE celebration on October 30. (The last one drew 1,300 revelers.) Wear a costume and go for giant versions of your favorite board games, interactive art and DJ-spun tunes. RSVP here for a free drink. Michigan Ave. between Congress and Van Buren

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Ghosts and Demons

Stop by Gallery 107 at the Art Institute and check out this exhibit showcasing supernatural ghosts and demons as they appear in 30 Japanese prints. Spooky. Through January 4, 2015; 111 S. Michigan Ave.

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