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In the spirit of Halloween, Northerly Island will showcase four scary classics.
In the spirit of Halloween, Northerly Island will showcase four scary classics.
Photo: Chicago Park District

'Campfire Horrors' movie series will feature seven movies, campfires and roasted marshmallows on Fridays and Saturdays under the October sky

The Chicago Park District announced today the schedule for the 5th annual outdoor horror movie series ‘Campfire Horrors,’ that will return to Northerly Island, located at 1521 S. Linn White Dr., this fall. New this year, three more park locations will also host a movie on select Saturdays at 7 p.m.  The film series kicks off on Friday, October 8 at 7 p.m. and will continue every Friday through the month of October at Northerly Park, and at Dvorak Park, North Park Village Nature Center and Sherman Park on subsequent Saturdays. 

In the spirit of Halloween, Northerly Island will showcase four scary classics, ranging from tame to terrifying, kicking off with The Birds, followed by Scream, Little Shop of Horrors, and Beetlejuice. Three new parks will join the series and each will feature a spooky flick of their own. 

A campfire, with ample firewood, will be set-up to create a cozy atmosphere and for roasting marshmallows provided by the Park District along with roasting forks. The campfire at each location will be monitored to allow for social distancing and park employees will distribute marshmallows to each individual. 

Screenings are outdoors, weather permitting, and audiences are encouraged to bring their own chairs/blankets and layer up for the cooler weather. The campfire will be lit 30 minutes before the start of the film, and burn throughout the night.

‘Campfire Horrors’ Movie Schedule:

Friday, October 8
Northerly Park, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., at 7 p.m.
The Birds (PG) 
Enjoy this Hitchcock classic about avian attackers, if you’re brave enough, in the pitch-perfect setting of the urban bird sanctuary that is Northerly Island.

Saturday, October 9
Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St., at 7 p.m.
Hocus Pocus (PG) 
A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Friday, October 15
Northerly Park, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., at 7 p.m.
Scream (R) 
A high school student becomes the target of a mysterious killer in a Halloween costume known as Ghostface.

Saturday, October 16
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., at 7 p.m.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) 
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Friday, October 22
Northerly Park, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., at 7 p.m.
Little Shop of Horrors (PG-13)
A nerdy florist (Rick Moranis) finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who arrives during an eclipse and demands to be fed.

Saturday, October 23
Sherman Park, 1301 W. 52nd St., at 7 p.m.
Scoob! (PG)
Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

Friday, October 29
Northerly Park, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., at 7 p.m.
Beetlejuice (PG)
A man’s uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse, and he decides to use the opportunity to save his friends as a chance to win back his ex. 

All Friday screenings are scheduled to take place outdoors at the Northerly Island Park, located at 1521 S. Linn White Dr., and on Saturdays at the three neighborhood park locations. In the event of rain, or extreme cold, screenings will be canceled. Patrons are encouraged to visit the Movies in the Parks Facebook page for up-to-date information at

Movies in the Park’s ‘Campfire Horrors’ film series is part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks, a year-round event series features hundreds of cultural and arts activities, including many movie screenings each year. The Campfire Horrors film series is presented by Mars Wrigley & supported by Xfinity.

This year, the Chicago Park District will be hosting more than 30 fall festivals, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, arts & crafts activities, parades, dances and parties in parks across the city. For more information on all of the Halloween events in the parks, visit

In accordance with Be Safe Chicago Guidelines for Parks and Recreation Activities, participants in this activity will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times while participating. Patrons who are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay home and join us for an event when symptoms subside.