Chicago Park District Screens Horror Classics and Hosts Creepy Campfires at Northerly Island



Frightening film series ‘Campfire Horrors’ and kid-friendly Halloween-themed activities and ‘Creepy Campfire’ on Fridays in October


The Chicago Park District will transform Northerly Island into a scene from the perfect creepy movie for their scary outdoor film series ‘Campfire Horrors,’ and Halloween-themed event ‘Creepy Campfire,’ happening on Fridays this October.

In the spirit of Halloween, the park will showcase three of the most horrifying cult classics and a family-friendly movie that will be accompanied by campfires, spooky nocturnal noises, and marshmallow roasting.

All screenings are scheduled to take place outdoors at the Northerly Island Visitors Center (1521 S. Linn White Dr.). Campfires will be lit one hour before the start of the film, and burn bright throughout, with ample firewood and marshmallows provided by the Chicago Park District.

Attendees are invited to cozy up to the campfires and roast marshmallows throughout the bone-chilling screenings. The film series will kick-off on October 14th at 7 p.m. with the nail-biter movie from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho (R). No spooky movie marathon is complete without Poltergeist (PG), an often-imitated master of the haunted house scare-fest, and Friday the 13th (R), one of the best-known slasher films of the 70s and 80s.

The kid-friendly ‘Creepy Campfire’ will treat little ones to a Halloween favorite, Casper (PG), which is full of mild frights and big laughs and never fails to bring out the Halloween spirit. This family-oriented screening will also include a kids’ costume contest and crafts, games and fun activities during the movie.


‘Campfire Horrors’

Friday, October 14, 7 p.m. – Psycho (R)

Friday, October 21, 7 p.m. – Poltergeist (PG)

Friday, October 28, 8 p.m. – Friday the 13th (R)

‘Creepy Campfire’

Friday, October 28, 6:30 p.m. – Casper (PG)

The frightening film series by firelight is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Parks, an initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Night Out in the Parkscultural and arts event series. For a complete list of all fall events happening in the parks, download the free My Chi Parks™app or visit

For more information, please visit Audiences should expect cool weather, and come prepared with blankets, chairs and cool-weather clothing. Screenings will take place outdoors, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, screenings will be moved indoors to the Northerly Island Visitors Center.

For press inquiries, please contact Jessica Maxey-Faulkner at 312-742-4786.
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