Navy Pier Announces Free Halloween Programming Throughout October

Navy Pier has announced a full slate of free programs and events to celebrate the Halloween season from October 1-31. Navy Pier’s Halloween 2022 program list includes, but is not limited to:

Pier Pumpkin Lights returns to Navy Pier October 1-31. The free experiential fall show features nearly 1,000 pumpkins stacked in elaborate, photo-worthy displays. Guests can explore a variety of larger-than-life pumpkin pop-up installations all along the pier with photo opportunities galore, inside and out as guests stroll along the lake. The pumpkins will glow, as the sun sets earlier each evening. Customers are invited to explore this popular pumpkin pop-up experience, while taking advantage of pier-wide offers and other Halloween festivities throughout the month.

This Halloween season Navy Pier will transform into a mystical candy land for our free Slightly Spooky Saturday program from 12-6pm. Saturday October 29. Take the family on a sleight of hand with over 30 indoor candy stops and aerial performances by The Actors Gymnasium. There will also be interactive art spaces, toy, spider balloon and sugar skull workshops hosted by Somos Arte Chicago. Families can participate in costume contests and the Dog Costume Contest organized at Harry Caray. Shop for local art for Día de Los Muertos with Lolita’s Bodega and enjoy Halloween-themed drink specials at local eateries for purchase as you stroll along the pier.

There will be an adult-only spooky Halloween experience at The Hallows located in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier for ages 21 and up. The paid event is a celebration of all things nightlife. Attendees can enjoy rotating circus music from famous DJs, electronic and theater music starting at 8 p.m. until 2 am From Saturday 29 October to Sunday 30 October. There will be performances by DJ Drezo, Laidback Luke and several other local DJs. The fully immersive experience will also include actors dressed to the theme, glow-in-the-dark body paint, and aerial acrobatics. Guests must have a ticket and valid ID to enter. Tickets start at $40.00. Click here to buy tickets.

Note: All artists and dates are subject to change.


Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the Midwest’s premier nonprofit tourist destination, spanning more than six city blocks and typically welcoming nearly 9 million annual visitors. Originally opened in 1916 as a boating and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark features more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail stores, sightseeing and dining cruise ships, exhibition facilities and more. The pier celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016 with the unveiling of the iconic Centennial Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Hospitality Pavilion. In 2021, Navy Pier continued to usher in its second century with ongoing Pier-wide redevelopment efforts including Sable, a 223-room Hilton hotel, new restaurants and partnerships, and exciting additions to Pier Park. The Pier is also proud to continue to offer free arts and culture programming throughout the year, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and the world. Click here to donate to Navy Pier, a mission-driven 501(c)(3) organization, in support of the organization’s post-pandemic revival and free public programming. For more information, visit

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Navy Pier Announces Free Halloween Programming Throughout October

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