Skelebration turns a warehouse in a gritty industrial section of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood into a wickedly inventive Halloween playground. Kids can take a ride on the UFO carousel or race a skeleton on a scooter. Food goes foul in Hell’s Kitchen cooking class, where kids get to make the devil’s eggs.
Redmoon Theater is known for imaginative public performances using pyrotechnics, larger-than-life puppets and imaginative gadgetry, doing whatever it takes to engage audiences. What kid wouldn’t enjoy a wacky game of whack-a-mole with actors in creepy costumes?!
Redmoon’s artistic director, Jim Lasko, is known for always trying new things. Whether it’s a floating theatre performance on Chicago’s Jackson Park lagoon or setting the Chicago River ablaze in the recent one-night-only extravaganza, the Great Chicago Fire Festival, Lasko is willing to try it – and has.
For Lasko, theater’s about community as much as creation. He spent the 2012-2013 academic year at Harvard as a Loeb Fellow thinking about the role culture plays in the health and vitality of a city. “I believe creative thinking is the most valuable human commodity. Not a luxury for the wealthy to consume on weekends, but an absolutely essential and crucial human skill.” If you’re in town with kids during Halloween, Redmoon’s Skelebration is a spectacle not to be missed.
Where: Redmoon, 2120 S. Jefferson St., Chicago.
When: daily through October 26
Tickets: $20 for adults, $12 for kids (ages 4-17); 312-850-8440, ext. 123, or redmoon.org