Bring your attitude to the biggest local Halloween event -- Boo-Palooza in Wicker Park


Well, are you ready?

Bring your Halloween attitude to Boo-Palooza in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave, on Sat., Oct. 26. It begins at 10 a.m. and continues to 2 p.m. Presented by Wicker Park Advisory Council and Garden Club in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, admission is free. 

If you don't have a costume planned for you (not required) or your children (kids and dogs) then you may want to put your thinking caps on. The Children's Parade steps off at 11 a.m. and the dogs paw off at noon. 


Be sure to exude confidence

In a parade or not, there is fun for all ages at Boo-Palooza. Pre-opening activities start at 9 a.m. at the West side of the Field House with the Magic Boat Puppet Show followed by Dance to Evolve at 9:45 a.m 

To pick a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch, you'll want to be near Damen and Wicker Park Ave. entrance promptly at 10 when the "gates open." 


Never know who might be hanging around

The maze is amazing and the midway of games give some challenge for all. Then there is the find-the-needle-in-the-straw stack game, bobbing for apples and apples on a string, and dozens of activity and information tables. At the tables, children can learn to cook healthy food, view exciting comic books and play numerous games while you can learn about some of our community organizations. 


Former 14th Police Commander Flores told "police officer" Pat Linnerud to give Ray, the prisoner, a break!

Check out Boo-Palooza 2012 and 2011 . For those of you who are dog lovers, check out the canine adventures from 2012 and 2011 too.

More than 150 volunteers will run the event and help you enjoy it. They are from Wicker Park Advisory Council, Wicker Park Garden Club, Mosaic Church, Missio Dei Chicago, Urban Encounter, Build On, JLC Done in a Day, Josephinum Academy, Northwestern Settlement & AmeriCorps Project YES! and neighborhood families 

Schedule of Events 


    • 11am - Children's Costume Parade and Best Costume Contest with Prizes Lead by Beth McNeill
    • 12 Noon - Dog's Costume Parade and Best Costume Contest with Prizes
      Parades begin at the Stage in the Soft Ball Field  

The Junior League's Mad Hatters are always fun

PERFORMANCES – West Side Field House

PERFORMANCE – Fountain Court

10am – A.N. Pritzker Student Dancers with Choreography by Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble

GHOST BINGO Inside at 12 Noon- 1pm

MEET - 1st Ward Moreno, 2nd Ward Fioretti, 32nd Ward Waguespack  

ON GOING Activities & Information Tables from 10am – 2pm or until supplies run out 


Gypsy works at apple consumption

     Presented by schools, businesses, community groups, and City Wide organizations: 

•    A Midway of Games for All Ages

•    A.N. Pritzker School

•    Bennett Day School

•    Bobbing for Apples

•    Building Blocks Toys

•    Carly Hoops - Hula Hooping

•    Cat & Mouse Game Store - Games to Play


Winning straw man finds fame tedious

•    Chess Wizards – Learn to Play Chess

•    Chicago Park District

•    Dance to Evolve

•    David’s Tea – Samples some Great Flavors

•    Doggie Style Pet Shop – Dog Games

•    Face Painting

•    Find the Needle in a Straw Stack

•    Friends of the Parks

•    JLC - The Health Train


The Pig Family

•    Maternal Child Health Advocacy Council

•    Navigate the Maze

•    Our Urban Times

•    Pumpkin Patch and Decorate Pumpkins with Easel Art Studio, JLC Done in a Day, Josephinum Academy, Build On

•    Purple Monkey Playroom


Prisoner with no fear of giant spider

•    Saint Stanislaus Kosta School

•    The Kids’ Table - Cooking for Children

•    The Nicholson School

•    The NOSH at Wicker Park

•    Vigilante Comics - Enjoy the World of Comic Books

•    WPBT Children’s Dentistry 

Produced with funding and support from: Chicago Park District, WPB SSA #33, WPB Chamber, WPAC, Christy Webber Landscapes, Christy Webber Farm and Garden Store, Iron Creek Organic Farm, Frank Farm, Nichols Farm/Orchard, Pint Pub, Our Urban Times and all those volunteering and those presenting activities and information tables. For more information email or call 773-278-9076.



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