Our favorite time of the year is coming up. Last year we had the opportunity to check out Red Moon's inaugural event, Skelebration. It was definitely one of the most unique events that we've been to and absolutely LOVED!
When: Happening two weekends in October 18-19 and 25-26
Where: 2120 S. Jefferson St., Chicago
Parking: Free street parking
Cost: Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for kids age 4 + and free for kids under 3. Tickets include two-hour entrance, food and activities. Tickets are available in advance online at redmoon.org/box-office or by calling 312-850-8440 ext. 123. Tickets will also be available at the door, subject to availability.
Stroller-friendly? Yes, if not crowded
The Fun: For two hours we had a blast at Redmoon's Skelebration, a family-friendly Halloween carnival/playground. It's hard to explain unless you experience it, but it was the most unique thing we have ever experienced.Highlights:
- Fun things to do - slides, roller skating, a huuuuge swing, shadow puppets, ride bikes, or just be mesmerized by the costumed performers... Some activities were better suited for older kids, but even with our toddlers we had so much to do.
|Fun times on the "bubble" ride|
- Awesome FOOD presented in the most unique ways - how about s'mores with marshmallows roasted over an open candle flame or picking treats off a lady's skirt
- Cool crafts
- Live music while you roam about
- It's fun not just for the kids, but for the adults including a flinging marshmallows at a costumed bear
- With interactive performers like skeletons roaming about and acrobats overhead, you feel as if you are part of the action. So much fun!
- Pick an entrance time. There are specificed entrance times: Saturdays at 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm, Sundays at 1 pm and 4 pm. Last year we went on Saturday afternoon and we thought it was perfect timing.
- It's dark in there. We thought the Redmoon home in Pilsen in the warehouse set the perfect mood for a Halloween-y atmosphere, but just be prepared!
- ...that we had more time here! We were here for 2 hours and could have easily stayed longer!
Bottom Line:It indeed is a spectacle that shouldn't be missed. Definitely our favorite Halloween event of last year and should be twice as fun this year! Don't miss it!!
Read more about this year's Skelebration:
Redmoon’s Skelebration 2014 promises an all-new array of multisensory delights, including:
· Redmoon’s Celestial Swing, an eerie mausoleum on the outside with a peaceful, ethereal swing inside.
· The UFO Carousel where children can climb inside one of three gigantic flying saucers and spin off into space.
· Redmoon’s Spectacle Hall features a massive series of interactive possibilities including, among many other things, a live-animation cinematic experience with a pair of 200-foot-long scrolls unfolding to tell a dynamic adventure story.
· Redmoon’s “Cartoon Adventure,” a mini movie theater where children and adults don headphones and enjoy five original short animated films by Laura Heit, Joseph Hodgson and Franck Aubrey, Hannes Vartianien and Pekka Veikkolainen, Selina Wagner and PES.
· Families can “picnic” in The Man-Made Lagoon, an intimate space where music fills the air in designer/composer Jake Ruttenberg’s sonic adaptation of Orson Welles’ radio drama War of the Worlds.
· Redmoon premieres its newest food service device The Pastry Wheel, which whimsically pairs the iconic image of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair Ferris Wheel with urban pedal power, serving cupcakes, brownies and other enticing sweets.
· Performers roam the space serving delightful treats, including signature Redmoon mechanical marvels such as The Floating Trays, TheLibation Machine, The Monkey Butlers and The Fish Bubble Man.
Families can enter Redmoon’s haunted sideshow-like series of rooms known as “The Devil’s in the Details,” which hold experiences both eerie and humorous, including:
· “The Chocolate Bar,” a delectable room of dip-able treats.
· “Heck’s Kitchen,” a cooking class with the Devil where families participate in making Deviled Eggs.
· “The Bedroom Swat-a-Fly,” a larger-than-life human fly swatting game.
· “The Cinematic Cemetery” film studio, where families can be the star of their own scary movie.
· “Satan’s Cackle Shack,” where Matt Demon, voted “Hell’s Most Humorous Devil” 1998, entertains the audience with his killer stand-up routine.
By spinning a wheel to determine a nominal additional fee, which could range from $5 to $10 to a silly physical act, children and adults gain access to two more experiences:
· A chance to play “Fired Up,” Redmoon’s newest carnival game where children shoot a target and are rewarded with a spectacular surprise.
· Visitors brave enough to enter “The Nest” will ascend into Redmoon’s frightening attic maze. An adventure into a vampire nest inspired by Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of Dracula, “The Nest” creates an eerie, mystical and enigmatic world that’s chilling without resorting to horror or gore, instead playing on the sounds, shadows and corporeal experience of encountering the supernatural in everyday life.
Will you be attending Skelebration this year?