Have a frighteningly good time at these concerts in Chicago for Halloween 2014

This Halloween, skip the trick-or-treating and your neighbor’s dull party and head out to a concert in Chicago. There are plenty of musical performances planned for Halloween. What’s even better is that Halloween falls on a Friday this year, so you can stay out until the early hours without worrying about work the next morning. Here’s a list of where you can find Halloween concerts in Chicago this year, listed in chronological order.

Happy Hauntings

Start your Halloween celebrations about one week early with Happy Hauntings at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St., Chicago) from Oct. 23 through 26. Admission is free, and the four-day event includes an assortment of activities, including performances by Midnight Circus, games, a costume contest, a showing of the hit film “Gremlins,” and a ghost tour.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

This year, add the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Hallowed Haunts” concert to your family’s Halloween tradition. The concert, which is performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, will be held Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. at Symphony Hall (220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago). Halloween festivities will be held prior to the concert at 1:30 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to wear costumes, and this program is appropriate for children as young as five years of age.

Ghoul Group Chicago

The Windy City’s own Girl Group Chicago will add a bit of Halloween to their performance at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago) on Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. Titled “Ghoul Group Chicago,” the show will feature plenty of hits from the 1960s and fun to get into the Halloween spirit.

Halloween Hoedown

Add a bit of country to your Halloween plans with the Halloween Hoedown at Joe’s Bar (940 W. Weed St., Chicago). The event includes a fun shakeup, with three bands taking the stage to perform songs from country music legends. Rebel Grace will perform hits by Miranda Lambert, Suburban Cowboys will sing Toby Keith songs, and Saddlebrook will perform the songs from Eric Church. Concert-goers are encouraged to dress up in costume, too.

Haunted Hollywood

Keep celebrating Halloween for one more day by heading to the show “Circuit Mom & Revolution Presents: Haunted Halloween” at House of Blues Chicago (329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago) and includes DJ Tony Moran, among other performers. The event kicks off at 10 p.m. on Nov. 1, and tickets can be purchased in advance.

As Halloween can be a popular night for concerts and other events, you’ll want to secure your tickets in advance.

Check out what else is happening in Chicago by taking a look at AXS.com.