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Navy Pier Is Hosting A 3-Day Halloween Celebration Starting Friday

The festivities will include pumpkin pop-ups, a costume contest, musical performances and family-friendly events.

Visitors at the Pier Pumpkin Lights at the Navy Pier.
Paul Whitlock
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STREETERVILLE — Navy Pier is hosting Pier Pumpkin Lights, a three-day Halloween celebration with nearly 1,000 pumpkins, this weekend.

The event is 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. 

Participants will be able to enjoy pumpkin pop-up installations, deals and family-friendly activities. Everyone older than 2 is asked to wear a mask. 

Credit: Paul Whitlock
Decorated pumpkins at the Pier Pumpkin Lights.

The festivities will include special events:

• The Skyline Sessions, 4-8 p.m. Friday, will feature solo artists and small ensembles performing along the South Dock. 

• Slightly Spooky Saturday: Family Halloween will take place 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. The event includes on-site trick or treating and a screening of “Hocus Pocus.”

At the event, the Chicago Chapter of the American Chemical Society will host “mad scientist” demonstrations, while the Actors Gymnasium will have an interactive station with instructors and equipment for guests to try juggling, tightwire and hula hooping. There will also be free axe throwing from Axeplosion.

The day also includes a family and kids costume contest and a dog-friendly costume contest at Harry Caray’s Tavern. Tickets for the contest can be bought here.

• Halloween Party at Offshore will take place 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday at the Offshore Rooftop and Bar, the nation’s largest rooftop venue.

The party includes a costume contest with prizes, including $2,000 and a hotel stay for the first-place winner. Tickets are $95 and can be bought here

Credit: Paul Whitlock
Skeleton decoration at the Pier Pumpkin Light at the Navy Pier.

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