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Oct 26 – Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns (Chicago)

In the second year of our Halloween event, more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns can spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carving, and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden.

This event sells out quickly! Get your tickets today


Posted October 23, 2017 by si in Events, Shopping

Oct 27 – Annual Nocturna All Hallows’ Eve Ball 2017! (Chicago)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! Our huge annual favourite holiday event is back!!!
This is *THE* Halloween event to attend, brought to you by American Gothic Productions- the people who live *every* day as if it were Halloween!!!

Cool & spooky things provided for this affair include:

• Our annual Halloween costume contest up on the big Metro stage (win big cash, free concert tickets, cds, prize packages, gift certificates from local goth-friendly businesses & much, much more!)
***Note: Metro security *may* require you to check costume props that mimic weaponry (or actually *are* weaponry!) so plan ahead.***

• A totally decked out for the holiday venue!

• GlitterGuts Photobooth; free; show off your costume to the world!

• Frightening film features!

• “Pin the Skull on the Skeleton” game with prizes!

• Our fave spooky vendor, Dreaded Jenocide: The Place for Lovely Spooky Things offering spooky barrettes, handbags, clothing, Manic Panic cosmetics & more!

• Treats (& maybe tricks?!) for *all!*

• The dark music you love to dance to all night long, spun by DJ Scary Lady Sarah ( Chicago Reader‘s winner for “Best DJ 2017”)

…and more to be announced!

Join in the spirit of the season and accompany us for a grand time!!! 🙂

Nocturna, now in its 29th year, is an 18+ dark alternative dance night held once every other month or so in Chicago. DJ Scary Lady Sarah spins a highly request-driven mix of current & classic goth, industrial, post-punk, deathrock, ethereal, shoegaze, new wave, ebm, darkwave, dark indie & more. It’s a lot of fun & you should go!

At METRO, 3730 N. Clark St, Chicago
10pm – 4am- Dance until dawn!
18+ welcome!
$15.00 (or $18.00 if you’re not wearing some semblance of a costume!)

Advance tickets available here:

This night gets crazy crowded each year but we will be opening at 10pm rather than our usual later start time so show up early for the full night’s experience!

Thank you! Please help spread the word, invite your friends & RSVP! Hope to see you all there!

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Posted October 20, 2017 by si in Entertainment, Events, Halloween2017, Music

Oct 21 – Hardcore Hearse Club at the Downtown Chicago Halloween Parade (Chicago)

In its 3rd year, the Chicago Halloween Parade plans on making this the largest Halloween Parade in the World. Last year there were over 250,000 people in attendance. Organizers tell us that Hardcore Hearse Club was one of the most favorite elements of the parade, which is very flattering considering some of the floats and participants that we saw were nothing short of spectacular! We are inviting YOU to Join us as a walker in the parade along side Hardcore Hearse Club. Dress in your most creative costume and come out to join us. It will be a fantastic time!

All hearses must be pre registered and paperwork submitted.

Posted October 18, 2017 by si in Entertainment, Events, Personalities, Shopping

Oct 20 – Harry Potter Festival (Jefferson, WI)

This fun and family friendly event is spread throughout the City of Jefferson, WI. Wristband are necessary for admission to most venues and to be able to ride the shuttle busses. Wristbands are $15.00 for kids ages 3-12 and $25.00 for those 13 years old and older.This fun and family friendly event is spread throughout the City of Jefferson, WI. Wristband are necessary for admission to most venues and to be able to ride the shuttle busses. Wristbands are $15.00 for kids ages 3-12 and $25.00 for those 13 years old and older. The event kicks off Friday night at 6:30pm with a lighted parade and HP movies at the drive-in theatre at the Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre. All venues are open Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4pm with additional activities in the evening.

Posted October 16, 2017 by si in Entertainment, Events, Shopping


Perhaps the most sinister – and erotic – of all movie monsters is Count Dracula, who has been haunting the public imagination since Bram Stoker published his Gothic horror novel Dracula in 1897. Join TCM as we celebrate the fanged fiend who established the vampire myth and popularized it on the screen. Our fest spans films from five decades and begins with the seminal 1931 Dracula, directed by Tod Browning for Universal Pictures and starring the actor most people still associate with the Transylvania terror, Bela Lugosi.

Completing a trilogy of classic Universal vampire tales are two offspring: Gloria Holden in the title role of Dracula’s Daughter (1936) and Lon Chaney, Jr. as Son of Dracula (1943). House of Dracula (1945) teams the legendary vampire (played by John Carradine) with Universal’s other two popular monsters, the Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange) and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.). United Artists’ The Return of Dracula (1958) is set in contemporary California, where the Count arrives in the form of an artist named Francis Lederer.

Horror of Dracula (1958) is the first of the British Hammer Horror films with Christopher Lee’s chilling interpretation of the vampire. The Brides of Dracula (1960) is also from Hammer, and although Dracula himself does not appear in the film, Peter Cushing reprises his role as Van Helsing. Lee returns in all his bloody glory in the title role of Hammer’s Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966). John Carradine, in turn, reprises his role as Dracula in the fanciful Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966), a low budget American horror-Western in which the vampire attempts to steal the fiancée of the famous outlaw (Chuck Courtney).

Christopher Lee has his third outing as the Count in Hammer’s Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), in which Dracula is once again destroyed – although Lee would return in the role for six more movies, including Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972).

Posted October 13, 2017 by si in Entertainment

Carrie Monster’s Horror Hop (Chicago)

celebrate the spooky season at CarrieMonster’s first annual Halloween Horror Hop!

With spooktacular musical acts…

The undead sons of Appalachia, The Pretty Boys Of Horror Punk!
THE BIG BAD and their debut Chicago performance!

Chicago’s hauntingly dark and evil

Chicagolands favorite undead hillbillies

Scaring the good people of the windy city

Horror Burlesque by the hauntingly beautiful BARB WIRE & feinds

Monster musical stylings of


All this for $10!

8pm til 3am!
21 & over please

It’s going to be THE don’t miss SPOOKTACULAR of the season!

Posted October 11, 2017 by si in Entertainment, Events, Music, Personalities, Photographs

Subscribe to the The Nocturnal Reader’s Box

An Adult Book Subscription Box for Fans of Horror, Sci-Fi, and dark thrillers.

We are a monthly subscription service that specializes in bringing our customers new and exciting books from well established authors, to lesser known ones. We curate our merchandise to keep with the theme of the book of the month. So not only will you be receiving a newly released novel, but you will also receive a recommended previously released one (NOT USED), a high quality print, a new bookmark, and a few other goodies that we have put together for you. The designs of these items will not be found anywhere but here! We even have a few connections with authors which means a lucky predetermined amount will also be receiving signed books. If that is not exciting enough for you, we have also partnered with several other manufacturers to bring you a total value of $60+ per box, all for one low price!

Do NOT expect for this box to contain young adult books, romance novels, glittery trinkets…or glittery Vampires.

Posted October 9, 2017 by si in Shopping

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