Skelebration at Chicago's Redmoon Theater.  photo by: Al Zayed

Skelebration at Chicago’s Redmoon Theater. photo by: Al Zayed

Coming to Chicago with kids this October? A family-friendly way to get spooked for Halloween is Redmoon Theater’s Skelebration.

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?!

Skelebration lets kids get their freak on at Halloween without getting too spooked. photo by Al Zayed

Skelebration lets kids get their freak on at Halloween without getting too spooked. photo by Al Zayed

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