'Nightmare' fuels scary fun in downtown Elgin

  • A zombie lurches around the intersection of Chicago and Spring streets at the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street festival in Elgin Saturday.

      A zombie lurches around the intersection of Chicago and Spring streets at the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street festival in Elgin Saturday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Live music played at the end of streets during the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street festival in Elgin Saturday.

      Live music played at the end of streets during the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street festival in Elgin Saturday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Not all costumes were scary at the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street festival in Elgin Saturday.

      Not all costumes were scary at the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street festival in Elgin Saturday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • A youngster carries a chain saw at the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street festival in Elgin Saturday.

      A youngster carries a chain saw at the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street festival in Elgin Saturday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Freddy Krueger carefully films the atmosphere at the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street festival in Elgin Saturday.

      Freddy Krueger carefully films the atmosphere at the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street festival in Elgin Saturday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • A creepy couple wanders the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street festival in Elgin Saturday.

      A creepy couple wanders the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street festival in Elgin Saturday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 10/19/2019 8:42 PM

Thousands of people sought refuge in downtown Elgin's "safe zone" on Saturday night, when zombies brought their traditional Halloween-themed mayhem to the city.

The 9th annual Nightmare on Chicago Street street festival took place along Chicago Street from Douglas Avenue to Villa Street, plus portions of nearby streets, which were turned into apocalyptic scenarios for the evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

People decked out in all manner of creepy costumes enjoyed music on three stages, and local businesses stayed open late.

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