From October 25 until October 27, Daley Plaza, located between Dearborn and Clark Streets, transforms into Franken Plaza. This annual event brings out costumed characters of all types for a variety of festivities as Chicagoans celebrate Chicagoween, the city’s Halloween season.

For the 16th straight year, Midnight Circus will be participating in the city’s Halloween festival. The antics of the Midnight Circus crew will amaze and inspire audience members of all ages as they soar through the air and perform their antics on stage.

This year’s Franken Plaza events kick off at noon on Friday with the first showing of the Midnight Circus. The circus performances continue throughout the weekend, multiple times per day, as do crafts for the kids. When the sun starts to set around 6 families will gather for a movie screening of Hotel Transylvania.

Things really start to pick up with this Chicago Loop festival on Saturday with the Harvest Marketplace. If you have kids age 12 or younger, deck them out in all of their finery to participate in the costume showcase and contest. With a prize package including tickets to WICKED, you definitely want to make sure they look their best. Saturday’s events also include free hay rides, trick-or-treating and appearances by local news celebrities.

Sunday brings even more fun with continuing performances of the Midnight Circus and Magic Matt’s Spooky Fun Show. Michael Jackson fans will want to see the 1:05 performance of the iconic “Thriller,” followed by a WICKED sing-along for the entire family.

As those who live in condos or homes in Chicago know, this city knows how to do Halloween. Franken Plaza is just one of many Halloween festivals around the downtown area. Whether you live in one of the many downtown Chicago condos near Daley Plaza or are planning a trip downtown for the festivities, you want to be ready when the 26th rolls around.