The ChicagoKids.com Calendar is packed with Halloween events, and you can
find them all in one place on our Halloween Happenings page. See the big
Below are our picks for some of the best kids'
Halloween events and activities taking place in and around Chicago. Happy
Zoo’s Pumpkin Fest
Cosley Zoo, 1356 Gary Ave., Wheaton
see the animals in the crisp fall air, listen to the squeals of excitement from
the children conquering the straw pyramid or finding their way through the corn
stalk tunnel, and take in the thousands of pumpkins scattered on the zoo’s lawn.
Find apples, gourds, pumpkins, cider, cornstalks, and various sizes of straw
bales to purchase and take home. Plus children’s rides will be available. All
ages. Regular admission and hours apply.
October 14Haunted Touch-a-Truck & Pumpkin Patch
Sports Complex, Route 30 and Griffin Drive, Montgomery
Get behind the wheel
of some of the spookiest vehicles around. Kids are invited to wear their
costumes and sit behind the big rigs decorated for Halloween! Afterwards, take
home a pumpkin. All ages. 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. $10 (R)/ $15 (N).
October 14Green Halloween
Downtown Oak Park, 1010 Lake
Street, Oak Park
Follow the Green Pumpkin Trail to collect healthy,
eek-o-friendly treats at participating businesses! Costumes are welcomes! Enjoy
a free showing of Minions at Lake Theatre; Purchase and decorate a pumpkin;
dance at the Monster mash with music & popcorn samples; and Meet Moana,
Elena of Avalor & Captain America & more! Ages 3-8. 11am-3pm. FREE.
October 20Things That Go Bump In The NightEmily
Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel, Skokie
Meet some of the
fascinating but often misunderstood critters of Emily Oaks! This popular event
is intended to be fun and informative - NOT frightening. As you're guided along
the trail, you'll venture to three places - the cave, forest, and marsh - and
hear from the animals that live there why these are cool, fantastic, and magical
places! Your visit will end at a campfire featuring snacks and songs. Purchase
tickets online in advance - (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500. All ages. 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
20-21All Hallow's EveNaper Settlement, 523 S.
Webster St., Naperville
Experience two of the darkest nights of the
year with 12-acres of haunting creatures, eerie entertainment and must-see
horrors. Like a haunted house on steroids, this one-of-a-kind experience brings
some of the scariest literature of the past, present and future to life. Meet
the lost souls of the dead in a haunted happening you won’t forget. Our historic
buildings are turned into Frankenstein’s Laboratory, a Victorian Insane Asylum,
a Torture Dungeon, Journey through the Underworld and so much more. Ages 8 and
up. 6:30 PM-10:00 PM. $20.
21Arts in the Dark
Halloween Parade and Celebration
Maggie Daley Park, 337 E.
Randolph St., Chicago
Arts in the Dark is a magical nighttime
Halloween parade that celebrates Chicago's magnificent and diverse cultural
community by drawing together world-renowned institutions as well as guilds of
aspiring artists in every field. After the parade is the official family
after-party, with a Halloween movie on the lawn, Trick-or-Treating in the Play
Garden, late night Mini Golf*, spooky games, prizes and more at the climbing
wall and Skating Ribbon. All ages. 4-10pm. Fees for some activities.
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road,
Cleverly costumed canines march the parade route to
celebrate Halloween. Spectators are invited to line the parade route for a
barking good time. Paid registration required for all dogs entering the garden.
Costume Contest categories include Best Costume Overall, Best Dog/Owner Costume,
Best Puppy in Costume for dogs ages 1 and under in people years, Best Senior in
Costume for dogs ages 10 and older in people years, and Best Horticultural
Interpretation. All ages. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Before Oct 20: $15 member/$20
28-29Boo! at the Zoo
Brookfield Zoo, First Avenue and
31st Street, Brookfield
Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are
sure to have a howlin’ good time! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has
something for the entire family to enjoy! Activities include Halloween Crafts,
Haunted Hayrides, a Creepy Cowboy Carousel, Decorate a Spookie Cookie, Scarecrow
Building, a Costume Parade and more. All ages. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular
Wonder Works Children's Museum,
6445 West North Avenue, Oak Park
We are proud to present our First
Annual Wonder-een Boo! Family Fundraiser benefiting Wonder Works Children's
Museum. Come dressed in your Halloween costume, enjoy snacks and refreshments
from some of your favorite restaurants! We guarantee a spookerific good time so
please join us for an unforgettable evening of spooky stories, face painting and
guest appearances and more! Ages 8 and under. 6pm to 8pm. $15 Per Person with a
Maximum of $40 Per Family.
October 2210th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party
Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook
Join us for the 10th
Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party! Open to Special Needs from 1:30-2:00, open
to the public fom 2-5pm. Featuring a special raffle, a maze and sensory
stations, Witch's Brew and Carnie Food, bounce inflatables, a petting zoo,
Haunted Hallways and a Spooky Pool, a Costume Contest and Trick or Treating,
plus Face painting, Art Projects and more! All ages. FREE.
October 23Day of the Dead - Painting at Eugene Field
Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago
Take part in a Day of
the Dead Workshop featuring Mixed Media Painting. Participants will engage in
painting a Day of the Dead theme on a 16 x 20 inch canvas using different
mediums such as (but not limited to) acrylic/spray/fabric paints, felt, stencils
and paper. Ages 12 and up. 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. $15 - REGISTER ONLINE.
23A Night Out with Dracula at Olympia
6566 N. Avondale Ave., Chicago
Creep on over to this hauntingly
fun, family-oriented event! Pizza and salad, color you favorite Halloween
character, a "Kids Music Game Show" and a photo opportunity with THE COUNT! Each
attendee must register. All ages. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. $5. REGISTER ONLINE.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, Streets
of Woodfield - 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg
spend time together experiencing spook-tacular Halloween fun at LEGOLAND®
Discovery Center Chicago during its annual Brick-or-Treat celebration! The
popular, kid-friendly Halloween party features daily Halloween-themed activities
including a monster MINILAND takeover, spooky scavenger hunt, character meet and
greets and more. All ages. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Regular admission, kids $5 off
full-price admission with costume.
October 30EEK-o-Friendly Halloween!
Sod Room, 1454 S.
Michigan Ave., Chicago
Enjoy a concert with Sarah Jayne Lane,
Pizza, playtime and one digital image of your choice for each PAID children’s
admission. Siblings 6 months of age and younger are free with paid admission
however do not include an additional free image. All ages. 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
$35/One Adult & One Child; $20/Extra Child; $7/Extra Adult. Register online.
Batavia Riverwalk, Batavia
BatFest is Batavia’s annual Halloween themed family event
attracting over 2,500 ghouls. BatFest includes, downtown Trick-or-Treating,
Mothers’ Club Parade, pumpkin bowl, contests BatArt and games for free family
fun. The event takes place around downtown and at the Batavia Riverwalk and Peg
Bond Pavilion from 10am to 2pm. All ages. FREE.
October 28Kids' Science Labs Annual Halloween Party
Science Labs, 1500 N. Kingsbury, Chicago
Kids Science Labs’ Annual
Halloween Party is back by popular demand! Kids and parents alike can join us
for spooky fun as all of our centers are transformed with cool demos and
hands-on activities. Every room will have its own unique science that brings to
life our "Haunted House of Science" theme inspired by the movie Despicable Me 3.
All ages. 3pm-5pm. $12 - REGISTER ONLINE.
October 28A Harry
Potter Halloween Party
The Laboratory, 2349 W. North Ave.,
Hogwarts staff and fellow ghosts will be throwing this
unique Halloween party with a science twist at The Laboratory. Come in costume
(or not). Partygoers will learn lessons in ghostdom, and maybe see an explosion.
Or two. Or three. Includes a pizza dinner, science snacks, games and/or Harry
Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone viewing. 6:15-9pm. Ages 5-12. $40 / Free for
October 28Monster Bash at The Exploritorium
4701 Oakton Street, Skokie
Celebrate Halloween with the whole
family. Play carnival games, win prizes, and make crafts. There will be family
entertainment and fun for all. Event price includes Exploritorium play! Come in
costume. Children, ages 1 and older, and all adults must pre-register. Ages 1
and up. 10am. Child (1+): $10R/$13NR Adult (16+): $2R/NR.
October 29Día de los Muertos Xicágo Celebration
Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago
Bring your friends
and loved ones to celebrate Día de los Muertos as we transform the Museum and
surrounding area into a beautiful work of art. To commemorate this special day,
guests will enjoy face painting, art activities, ofrenda (altar) demonstrations,
live musical performances, and Pan de Muerto (traditional Day of the Dead
Bread). This year we are thrilled to be joined by Fernando Sic (Rimiyoho), who
will create live animations projected on the Museum’s exterior. All ages. 3-8pm.
October 29Logan Square Halloween Parade
Palmer Square, 2200
N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago
Annual Logan Square Halloween Parade led by
Chicago's own Mucca Pazza. The 14th Annual Logan Square Halloween Parade will
kick-off in Logan Square this year! Join us to promenade down the boulevard led
by Chicago's own Mucca Pazza. All ages. 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM. FREE.
Pumpkin Drop & Smash
Siegel's Cottonwood Farm, 17250 S.
Weber Road, Crest Hill
Each year Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm takes any
leftover pumpkins from its Annual Pumpkin Weigh Off and drops them from a crane
high in the air - some weigh up to 800 pounds! Come out for the day, and also
enjoy over 30 attractions, including a 15-acre cornfield #FlyTheW corn maze
honoring the World Series Champion Cubs, 5 play lands, pet and feed farm
animals, zip lines, Haunted Barn, Siegel's 125' Sports Zone, Corny Crib, hay
rack ride to the U Pick Pumpkin Field and more. All ages. 1:00-2:00 p.m. $14.95.
31Halloween Fun at Shedd
Shedd Park, 3660 W. 23rd
Come out to Halloween fun at Shedd Park. Find ghosts
and goblins, dance and treats all throughout the Fieldhouse. It is free and open
to all ages 6-16. Must bring high school ID. Co-sponsored by the Shedd Park
Advisory Council. The movie, Boo! Madea Halloween has been added to the line-up
of Halloween fun. Ages 6-14. 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM. FREE.