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
list here! And find even more fall, harvest and pumpkin fun in our
Our picks for this year's best Halloween events and
activities for kids in and around Chicago is below. Happy Haunting!
Zoo’s Pumpkin Fest
Cosley Zoo, 1356 Gary Ave., Wheaton
in the beautiful fall colors at Cosley Zoo, and see the animals in the crisp
fall air, listen to the squeals of excitement from the children conquering the
straw pyramid and take in the thousands of pumpkins scattered on the zoo's lawn.
Children’s rides are also available. Apples, gourds, pumpkins, cider,
cornstalks, and various sizes of straw bales are available to purchase. Check
out the fall merchandise in the Wild Side Gift Shop, too. All ages. Regular
hours admission rates apply with fees for rides.
Annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival is the biggest outdoor celebration on the North
Shore featuring nightly jack-o-lantern lightings as Highwood vies for the world
record for the most carved pumpkins in one place. Now in its ninth year, this
celebration features pumpkin-filled walls throughout the festival grounds,
ceremonial wall lightings, all you can carve pumpkins, trick or treating,
costume contests, hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides, kids
crafts, two stages jam packed with live music, food and beverage vendors and a
Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk. All ages. See web site for details.
October 7Harvest Fest at Indian Boundary
Park, 2500 W. Lunt Ave., Chicago
The Chicago Park District brings a little
bit of the country to the city with its annual Pumpkin Patches. At the Chicago
Park District's pumpkin patches, you get to pick your personal favorite from a
field filled with pumpkins of all shapes, and personalize it at the pumpkin
decorating station. Enjoy Halloween-themed carnival games, petting zoo, pony
rides, and tattoos complete a day's worth of fall fun. Don't forget to bring a
camera to capture a family memory at our harvest photo station. All ages, 10am -
2pm. Fees range per activity from 2 - 4 tickets, $1 per ticket, cash only
(activity tickets sold before 1:30 pm)
13-14, 20-21, 27-28Boo 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! The fun features candy stations, giant pumpkin
carving, halloween crafts, haunted hayride, creepy cowboy carousel, a Crazed
Maize maze, animal chats, a costume contest and more. See web site for schedule.
All ages. 10am - 4pm. Regular admission applies.
October 19-20Things That Go Bump in the Night
Emily Oaks Nature
Center, 4650 Brummel St., 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
investigate the cases of several creatures known as the Un-Touchables, finding
out what makes them special and why they shouldn’t be touched. Your visit will
end at a campfire featuring snacks and songs. Advanced ticket sales begin
October 1. Tickets will be sold at the gate ONLY if available. All ages. Friday
6:00 pm - 8:15 pm; Saturday 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm. $5/person.
October 20Spooky Pooch Parade
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000
Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
For two very special hours only, dogs are allowed in
the Chicago Botanic Garden. Cleverly costumed canines march the parade route to
celebrate Halloween. In addition to the parade, activities include the costume
contest, judging, and an awards ceremony. Costume 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.
October 20Parade at
Arts in the Dark
Downtown Chicago, State St. and Lake St.,
Be a part of the event that activates Halloween as the "artist’s
holiday!" Arts in the Dark is a magical nighttime parade that draws together
world-renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, celebrated
Chicago organizations like Lookingglass Theatre Company, important programs like
After School Matters and aspiring artists in every field. It is a magical
evening parade that delights the audience with unique floats, spectacle puppets
and creative performances that will be exceptionally dramatic in the parade's
new location on historic State Street. All ages. 6-8pm. FREE.
October 21 YMCA Spooktacular Halloween
North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook
The North Suburban YMCA welcomes
ghosts and goblins of all ages for its Spooktacular Halloween Party. From 2 to 5
p.m. the Y’s festival of frights and fun includes inflatable bounce houses,
costume contests, pony rides, a children’s haunted maze, and delicious treats.
Guests can also bring home souvenirs including art projects, decorated pumpkins,
photo booth pictures, and goodies from indoor trick-or-treating. Early entry at
1:30 p.m. for kids with special needs. Free for Y Members; $20 per family for
non-members. 2-5pm. All ages.
22A 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 your 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.
Boo-rific Music & Dance Party
Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield
This music and movement parent-child event is perfect for kids
ages 1 to 5. Songs and musical activities will have a fun Halloween theme and
plenty of props! Costumes encouraged! Kid Rock has been providing music, dance
classes and events since 1995. Learn more at rockitkids.com. Cost: $12 per
child. Parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162. Ages 1-5.
Haunting in the Valley
Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring
Valley, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
Spring Valley’s popular
Halloween program will feature mysterious and magical walks along the trails
through the field and forest. Covered wagon rides will transport groups to the
trail entrance every 10 minutes for the half-hour walk. The Nature Center also
will feature games, a live owl display, refreshments and a bonfire. Purchase
tickets for time-slots, register online. Ages 4 and up. 6:15 PM-9:30 PM.$6 if
purchased prior to 5 p.m. on Oct. 28; $8 at the door, if available.
October 26Dave Rudolf’s Halloween Spooktacular
Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka
Fun for the whole family with
Dave Rudolf’s Halloween Spooktacular! Dave will entertain goblins of all ages
with his ghost-definitely, not very scary definitely – fun songs and stories to
raise the hair on your funny bone. Kids come dressed in costume and share the
stage with Dave. All ages. 1:00pm. $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
October 26 Supper With the Snakes
Peggy Notebaert Nature
Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago
Don your very best Halloween costume
and join us for an evening of ssscrumptious treats, ssslithery friends, and
sssilly games. Trick or treat your way through a museum full of live snakes and
explore new snake facts along the way. Join in games and craft projects to show
your love for these amazing creatures, then hang out and dance at the Halloween
party of the year. Dinner included. Ages 2-10. 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. $0 – $20.
October 26 Halloween Family Dance at Maggie Daley
Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago
Join us for a Family fun dance,
dress up for family fun Halloween activities and dance party. Children ages 1-7.
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. $5.
Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave.,
The Wicker Park Advisory Council’s BOO-PALOOZA 2018 features a
family parade at 11:30am, and a parade for DOGS and their owners at 12:30pm.
Other activities includes a performance with Mr. Dave Music, a pumpkin patch and
pumpkin decorating, a Maze, bobbing for apples, face painting, ghost bingo and
more. All ages. 10am – 2pm. $10 suggested donation per family.
October 27 Howl O’ Ween Dog Parade
Peck Farms, 4038 Kaneville
Bring your dogs and dress-to-impress at Peck Farm Park’s FREE
Howl O’ Ween Dog Parade! Prizes will be awarded for most creative, funniest, and
scariest costumes. Line-up is at 1:15 pm in the courtyard. The parade begins
promptly at 1:30 pm. All ages. 1:30 pm. FREE.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago
2018 offers a free, safe alternative to trick-or-treating in Chicago, in
conjunction with the zoo’s five-weekend Fall Fest celebration. Fall Fest
features Ferris wheel rides, animal enrichment activities, a corn maze, a
pumpkin carver and many more fun and engaging activities for children and
families. All ages. During Zoo hours. FREE.
Old Town School of Folk Music,
909 W Armitage Ave., Chicago
Witches, werewolves, and warlocks! Goblins,
ghouls, and ghosts! Bring the whole family to this spooky, but not scary,
sing-a-long. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume! Ages 0-6. 10am. $12 General
Public, $11 Members.
October 28Halloween pARTy
The Paintbrush...a hands-on ART
studio for kids, 2646 N. Halsted, Chicago
Our annual Halloween pARTy is fun!
Halloween crafts, treats, snacks, face painting and tattoos. Fun for the family.
(Recommended ages: 1-8, but older kids are welcome too.) (Drop-off option NOT
available.) Costumes optional. All ages. 3:30-5:00. $16/child (includes one
adult; additional adults $6 each)
Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
are invited to preview their Halloween costumes to this fun hour of
not-too-spooky activities and stories, ending with a yummy treat! 10am-11m. Ages
3 to 5 with adult. Cost: $10 per child. Parking free. Register at Cantigny.org.
Spooky Scenes Haunted House at Columbus
Park, 500 S. Central Ave., Chicago
Halloween haunted house with refreshments
and goody bags. All ages; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Free. All ages. 5-8pm.
October 31FREE: Trick or Treating at Spring Valley
Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
Spring Valley will be open from 3-6 p.m. for trick-or-treating. Visitors are
encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, explore Bison's Bluff and other
areas around the Nature Center, travel from building to building at Heritage
Farm and enjoy a wagon ride between both sites. All ages. 3:00 PM-6:00 PM. FREE.
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