The Stranger Things pop-up that lasted from August through September was a smashing success for the team behind Emporium Arcade Bar. Now take a gander at the follow-up: a Halloween-themed space catering to horror film fans. This isn’t the first year Emporium has done House of the Dead, its annual Halloween pop-up. But this year they’ve got more resources to play with thanks to the public’s enthusiastic response to The Upside Down at 2367 N. Milwaukee Avenue. They even built a cabin inside the space.
They’ll served kegged cocktails for the holidays including a bourbon punch called “Pumpkinhead” and a tiki drink called “Candyman” (the movie was filmed right here in Chicago). There’s a large-format punch served in a skull-shaped vessel called “Camp Crystal Lake.” That’s a reference to Friday The 13th, not the suburb.
There’s not as much dance space compared to The Upside Down as the crew built a cabin inside the bar. Creepy cabins, of course, are a frequent setting for horror movies. There’s blood on the walls splattered inside this cabin and creepy vintage photographs.
Check out the photos of the space below. House of the Dead promises a spooky time seven days a week through the month.
House of the Dead pop-up, 2367 N. Milwaukee Avenue, open 5 p.m. daily through November 4.