With everyone scrambling for costumes this Halloween there was only one place to be: Freaky Deaky 2015 at Toyota Park in Chicago Illinois.
With 75+ different acts converging on the city, this was definitely the spot to hit this Halloween. Deaky’s seventh annual event, organizers React Presents definitely didn’t hold anything back to make this Halloween a spooky experience.
With the expansion to a 3 day festival that spanned Friday to Sunday, Freaky Deaky was bound to be an exceptional weekend that was not to be missed in the Midwest.
Finding a new home at Toyota Park, 3 tents were erected to accommodate the variety of acts set to play over the 3 day weekend of October 30th through November 1st.
Only 12 miles away from one of the biggest cities in the world (Chicago), it was conveniently located for all to commute and mass convene for all patrons in all the Midwest region. Many residents of Chicago make their way to this event, but to ensure they come home to a clean space they use cleaning services Chicago – now they can enjoy their trip just a bit more.
Heading to the festival from Indianapolis, Indiana, the anticipation was unreal! I could not wait to hit the festival grounds and begin to capture the vibes, music, and soul of the entire event. Upon arriving the staff was friendly and parking went smoothly.
Headed to the entrance attendees encountered other friendly eager festival comrades gleaming with equal enthusiasm as they excitedly approached towards the grand entrance for the spooky experience of their lives. Entering was smooth and once in the grounds we were meet with warm rays of the sun to greet us all.
All the costumes were overwhelming! There was so many different characters and figures it was a sight for sore eyes as the audience was entranced in a seal of costumes all bouncing around.
All the costumes ranged from comical relief to pure sexiness and just plain awesome.
It gave a good laugh to see some of the creativity that people put into their costumes.
You can never go wrong with a sexy nurse costume! There were awesome group costumes as well, banana squad and tiger families, the possibilities were endless but one of the favorites was the sexy R2-D2 costume, quite appropriate considering the 7th Star Wars film will be dropping this Christmas season!
Not only were there entertaining costumes from attendees, but the vendors were equally intriguing in what the had to offer and showcase. The food varieties and myriad of merchandise were more than enough to peak and keep your interest.
Photographing all of the food left me convinced to purchase some food and try out some of the vendor’s offerings.
Ultimately surrendering to the tater tots, those golden brown potatoes stole my heart.
There were games and fun attractions for all to enjoy. With a Ferris wheel and more, there was plenty to do in-between favorite acts’ sets. Not to mention all of the awesome flame-throwing pyro statues that set the spooky mood and atmosphere.
With so many varieties of DJs and artists, it was so a musical buffet with no end in sight.
Servante was holding down the fort at The Crypt stage as star-gazed dancers were moving to the motion of the beats.
Hermitude spiced things up by bringing their MIDI controllers and AIR Guitar (MIDI) to the edge of the stage, styling it out in front of head bobbing fans at The Big Top stage. Then over at The Shrine, Tritonal & Cash Cash were having their own fun collaborating for a killer set.
As the night’s trance peak quickly approached, Armin Van Burren melted hearts as his set engulfed The Shrine as fans united in a State of Trance.
His amazing set left the audience speechless as his MIDI arm controlled lights swing in every direction he pointed, it was truly a heavenly State of Trance. For all the downtempo lovers, Emancipator Ensemble put on a great set on and provided all the groovy licks necessary for a smooth boogie down.
Also another surprise of the night was the lovely zombie girls who provided live entertainment in the photo pits.
Needless to say this was definitely one of the spookiest experiences of my life. Goosebumps and chills still arise just thinking about all the freak beats and deakys running around that weekend, and we can’t wait for another freakalicous experience next year.
Written by Joe Chung.
Check out the full Freaky Deaky 2015 photo gallery below!
All photos courtesy of Joe Chung Photography.