185 Wickedly-Fun Halloween Events for Kids in 2023

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Family-friendly Halloween events for kids are everywhere this year, and we’re sure they’ll be wickedly awesome. Kids can test out their costumes as well as their trick-or-treating skills. They’ll decorate pumpkins, dance to the “Monster Mash,” and play spooky games.

While some events no longer require registration, we don’t want you to miss out on a spook-tacular good time; we’d recommend clicking through the links for registration details before you go. Don’t forget a bag for all your kids’ treats!

Don’t forget to click the links for details about registration before attending.

Halloween Events for Kids in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Halloween Hoot n Howl (River Forest)
October 6, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Activities include live music, pumpkin painting, bingo, lantern making, s’mores around the bonfire, and more.

Halloween Movie in the Park (Hodgkins)
October 6, 2023 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Bring your own snacks or purchase from concessions at this Halloween movie.

Ghoulish Golf (St. Charles)
October 6-7, 2023 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Enjoy a family-friendly spooky round of golf at River View Miniature Golf Course.

Spooky Stroll (Oak Park)
October 6, 2023 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Face painters, crafts, and a spooky stroll through Austin Gardens. Don’t forget your costume!

Family Fall Fest (Elmhurst)
October 7, 2023 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Enjoy this fall festival of games, food trucks, and of course, trick-or-treating in Safety Town.

Boo! at the Zoo (Brookfield)
October 7 – 22, 2023 | Saturdays and Sundays during zoo hours
Family-friendly, not-too-scary event. Check the website for full information.

Fall Fest (Lombard)
October 7, 2023 | 11:30am – 2:30pm
Hunt for candy, play games, dance, and have fun at Lombard’s annual event.

Spooktacular Trick or Treat (Berwyn)
October 7, 2023 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Come in costume for a fun-filled event in Proksa Park.

Sensory Friendly Play Session (Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn)
October 11, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Register in advance for sensory-friendly Halloween festivities at the museum.

No Carve Pumpkin Workshop (Wheaton Public Library)
October 12, 2023 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Decorate pumpkins to be put on display in the library.

Halloween Stories in the Park (Woodridge)
October 13, 2023 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Registration suggested to stay up-to-date on programming changes.

Monster BINGO (Woodridge Public Library)
October 13, 2023 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Register to ensure participation in Halloween-themed BINGO.

Harvest on the Hill (Bolingbrook)
October 13, 2023 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Celebrate the start of the Halloween Walk with this family-friendly festival.

Halloween Happening (Wheaton)
October 13, 2023 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Annual Wheaton tradition with crafts, games, and more.

Frankenstein’s Kiddie Carnival (Plainfield)
October 13, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance for inflatables, games, and costumes.

Zombie Candy Hunt (La-Grange, Western Springs Co-Op)
October 13, 2023 | 7:30pm – 8:00pm
Don’t forget a flashlight to help you hunt for candy. Register in advance to save on admission.

Hocus Pocus 1 and 2 Movie Nights (Lemont)
October 13 – 14, 2023 | starts at 5:30pm
Join the Lemont Historical Society Museum for showings of these Halloween favorites.

Trick or Treat Trail (Lemont)
October 14, 2023 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Stroll through Centennial Park while you trick-or-treat at stations.

Great Pumpkin Hunt (Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia)
October 14, 2023 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Find pumpkins throughout the woods. Register in advance.

Fall Family Festival (Hinsdale)
October 14, 2023 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Come in costume, trick-or-treat through downtown, and enjoy family-friendly fun at this free event.

Boo Bash (West Chicago)
October 14, 2023 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Jump, walk, trick-or-treat, and celebrate all things Halloween at this annual event.

American Girl Doll Halloween Party (Downers Grove Museum) – FULL
October 14, 2023 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Register in advance for this Halloween event for you and your doll.

Fall Family Fun Fest (Oakbrook Center)
October 14, 2023 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Enjoy fall festivities including a meet and greet with the Sanderson Sisters.

Escape The Mansion (Geneva)
October 14, 2023 | 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Put your skills to the test and try to escape the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center.

Halloween Trick or Treat Trail (Oak Brook)
October 14, 2023 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Stroll through a half-mile walk along a trick-or-treat trail, then join the arts and crafts, bounce houses, and other activities.

Witches Ride (Western Springs)
October 14, 2023 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Watch this annual event for free!

Cantigny Fall Festival (Wheaton)
October 14 – 15, 2023 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cantigny has added a second day to their annual festivities.

Pumpkin Masterpieces and Pizza Party (Clarendon Hills)
October 18, 2023 | 11:45am – 12:30pm or 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Register for the appropriate age group at this messy event.

Caravan to Candyland (St. Charles)
October 18, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Enter James O. Breen Community Park at the Campton Hills Road entrance and follow the Halloween-themed path for a unique trick-or-treating experience.

Painting Pumpkins (Lisle)
October 19, 2023 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Paint a pumpkin and tour the grounds at the Museums at Lisle Station Park.

Wondereen Weekend (Wonder Works Museum, Oak Park)
October 20 – 22, 2023 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Purchase tickets in advance to visit the museum for spooky fun and games.

The Promenade Spooktacular Halloween Festival (Bolingbrook)
October 20 – 22, 2023 | times vary
Festivities run all weekend long including trick-or-treating and a pet parade.

Halloween Boo Bash (Burr Ridge)
October 20, 2023 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Register in advance for Pleasant Dale Park District’s annual festivities.

Freaky Fun Friday (Bolingbrook)
October 20, 2023 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Get lost in the haunted house, or watch a Halloween movie.

Halloween Happenings (Villa Park)
October 20, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Trick-or-treat outside the Iowa Community Center, but don’t miss the reptile show starting at 6:00pm.

Fright At Night (Oak Park Conservatory)
October 20, 2023 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance for this annual event.

Cosley Zoo Spooktacular (Wheaton)
October 20, 2023 | 5:15pm – 8:30pm
Experience an evening stroll through the zoo while enjoying the family friendly decorations, activities, and pumpkin decorating.

Pumpkin Night Hike for Families (Oak Brook)
October 20 and 21, 2023 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance to ensure participation in Halloween activities at Fullersburg Woods.

Schaumburg Halloween Carnival
October 20 – 22, 27 – 31, 2023 | times vary
Haunted house, costume parties, trick-or-treating and so much more.

Pumpkin Swim (Oak Brook)
October 20, 2023 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Kids can swim to search for candy capsules filled with prizes. There will also be activities on deck throughout the night. Register to ensure participation.

Family Night Trick-or-Treating (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
October 20, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Wear costumes and walk through the park to find treats.

Night at the Museum: Halloween Party (Wheaton)
October 20, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy a musuem-wide scavenger hunt, spooky crafts and more.

Haunt on Hirsch Street (Melrose Park)
October 20, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
There’s endless fun to be had at this free family block party.

Trick or Treat in the Woods: Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook)
October 20, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Walk through Hidden Oaks Forest Preserve for treats, but watch out for tricks!

Rockin’ Lockin’ – Graveyard Get Down (Elmhurst)
October 20, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Tweens are encouraged to wear their costumes for this spooky event.

Haunted Library (Glen Ellyn Public Library)
October 20, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Explore the library as it’s been taken over by both family-friendly and scary characters.

Trick or Treat Tango (Aurora)
October 20, 2023 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Games, crafts and giveaways at this Halloween party. Discounted pricing for early registration.

All Hallows Eve (Naper Settlement, Naperville)
October 20 and 21, 2023 | 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Special performances, zombie maze, dark art gallery, local music, and food court.

Wondereen Weekend (Wonder Works Children’s Museum, Oak Park)
October 20 – 22, 2023 | during open hours
Join the Halloween themed activities throughout the museum, including a costume parade and art projects.

Halloween Window Painting (Downtown Downers Grove)
October 21, 2023 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Paint the stores for Halloween. Paint is included, but bring your own brushes.

NJWC Trick or Treat at Naperville Safety Town
October 21, 2023 | 9:30am – 1:00pm
Play games, and trick-or-treat through Safety Village at this annual event.

Forest Park Casket Races
October 21, 2023 | 9:30am – 2:30pm
Watch the casket races, and stay for the trick-or-treating along Madison Street.

Boo Bash (Glen Ellyn)
October 21, 2023 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Weave through the trick-or-treat trail, but don’t forget to take your pumpkin home!

Halloween Hayday (Geneva)
October 21, 2023 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
It’s time to get spooky with a variety of fun-filled games, Mad Scientist, Costume Contest, Halloween Egg Hunt, entertainment, bounce houses, and more.

Haunted Hangar (Clow International Airport, Bolingbrook)
October 21, 2023 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Play games and walk through the spooky hangar. Admission is cash only.

Howl O Ween Dog Parade (Peck Farm Park, Geneva)
October 21, 2023 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Bring your four-legged friends for this festive parade. Prizes are awarded.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail (Downers Grove)
October 21, 2023 | 10:00am – 12:30pm
Come for the treats, stay for the touch-a-truck festivities.

Wicked West Fest Halloween Costume Contest (Westmont)
October 21, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:30am
Join the fun in downtown Westmont.

Trick or Treat Trail (Westmont)
October 21, 2023 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Trick or treat through Downtown Westmont businesses as part of their Wicked West Fest celebrations.

BOO-tiful Saturday (Elmhurst City Centre)
October 21, 2023 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Trick-or-treat, listen to music, and play spooky activities.

Ghost Hunt Kids Club Event (North Riverside Park Mall)
October 21, 2023 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Hunt for hidden ghosts all around the mall, and don’t forget to turn in your sheet for a prize bag.

Monster Madness (Lisle)
October 21, 2023 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Autumn fun fair filled with friendly games, pumpkin patch, and crafts.

Trick or Treat in the Woods: Isle a la Cache (Romeoville)
October 21, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Dress for the weather, as you’ll hike the trails at Isle a la Cache for tricks and treats.

Character Meet and Treat (The Forge: Lemont Quarries)
October 22, 2023 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Explore the grounds as you meet and greet with your favorite characters. Purchase tickets in advance to guarantee participation.

Sensory Sensitive Boo Bash (Oak Park)
October 22, 2023 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Register in advance for sensory-sensitive Halloween fun at Cheney Mansion.

Family Fall Fest (Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle)
October 22, 2023 | 11:30am – 2:30pm
Festivities begin with games and activities, ending with a costume contest and trunk-or-treat.

Spooktacular (Lombard)
October 22, 2023 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Trick-or-treat, join the costume contest, and so much more and this spooky event through Downtown Lombard.

Halloween Costume Contest (Fishel Park, Downers Grove)
October 22, 2023 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Join the Downers Grove Lions Club’s contest before trick-or-treating begins.

Downtown Downers Grove Trick-or-Treating
October 22, 2023 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Visit businesses throughout downtown Downers Grove.

Costume Pet Parade (Promenade Bolingbrook)
October 22, 2023 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Join the fun with your four-legged friends.

(Not So) Spooky Costume Party (Brookfield)
October 23, 2023 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Enjoy a special Halloween-themed craft and storytime at Brookfield Public Library.

Halloween Storytime and Costume Parade (Aurora)
October 24, 2023 | 10:00am – 10:30am
October 31, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:00am
Enjoy Halloween themed festivities at Aurora Public Libraries.

Family Pumpkin Carving (Berwyn)
October 24, 2023 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Leave the mess behind at Berwyn’s annual pumpkin carving event.

Great Pumpkin Challenge (North Riverside)
October 24, 2023 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Find the pumpkins in the flashlight hunt, and enjoy all the spooks and scares from North Riverside.

Haunted Hallway: Kids Edition (North Riverside)
October 24, 2023 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Enjoy games, activities, snacks and more at this spooky event.

Monster Mash Masks (Bolingbrook)
October 25, 2023 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Enjoy an afternoon of Halloween crafts.

Creepy Critters Halloween Open House (Lisle)
October 25, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Register in advance for your spot at this creepy event hosted at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum on Benedictine University’s campus.

Jack-o’-Lantern Jubilee (La Grange Park Public Library)
October 25, 2023 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Register in advance to let them know you’ll be bringing a pumpkin to this festival.

Halloween Night Hike (Lake Katherine, Palos Heights)
October 25, 2023 | 5:30pm – 7:45pm
Trick-or-treat through family friendly stations.

Parent and Tot Pumpkin Carving (Western Springs, La Grange Co-Op)
October 25, 2023 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Avoid the mess at home by carving pumpkins with the park district.

Monster Bash (Lombard)
October 26, 2023 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Enjoy delicious treats, and play spooky games at Lombard’s Halloween festival.

Spooky Rocks and DIY Trick-or-Treat Bags (Wheaton)
October 26, 2023 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Make Halloween crafts at the Wheaton Public Library.

Costume Show-off (Maywood Public Library)
October 26, 2023 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Walk the library and pick up treats.

Pumpkin Masterpieces and Pizza Party (Burr Ridge)
October 26, 2023 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Register in advance for pizza and painting.

Halloween for Ghouls and Goblins (Darien)
October 26, 2023 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Come in costume, enjoy delicious pizza, and have fun playing lots of spooky games and crafts.

Ackerman Haunted Trail (Glen Ellyn)
October 26 and 27, 2023 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm
The family-friendly version of the trail is available from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

Trick or Treat Pet Parade (Two Bostons Pet Boutique, Naperville)
October 26, 2023 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Register in advance to save on admission.

Monster Mash Family Dance Party (Woodridge Public Library)
October 27, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Dance the night away at this family event. Registration suggested to ensure participation.

Halloween Hoopla (Western Springs)
October 27, 2023 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Pre-registration is required for this annual event.

Family Pumpkin Carving Party (Melrose Park)
October 27, 2023 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Leave the mess to the experts at the Veterans Park District.

Spooky Skate (Oak Park)
October 27, 2023 | 6:15pm – 8:25pm
Play games, listen to spooky music, and enjoy an evening of ice skating.

Fall Fest (Warrenville)
October 27, 2023 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Join the costume contest, play games to win candy, visit the petting zoo, and so much more at this annual event.

Halloween Boo Bash (Roselle)
October 27, 2023 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Decorate pumpkins, trick-or-treat indoors, and win prizes.

Parkie’s Pumpkin Patch (Bolingbrook)
October 27, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Hunt for your perfect pumpkin from a number of sizes, stay after to decorate and enjoy other holiday themed activities.

Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt (Lombard)
October 27, 2023 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Find pumpkins throughout Villa Roosevelt Park to earn prizes.

Slightly Spooky Saturday (Navy Pier, Chicago)
October 28, 2023 | times TBA
Stay tuned for more information about fun-filled activities at Navy Pier.

Pumpkin Patch Pool Party (Aurora)
October 28, 2023 | 9:00am – 11:00am
Swim and decorate pumpkins at the Vaughn Athletic Center. Register in advance to ensure participation.

Pumpkin Palooza (DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville)
October 28, 2023 | 9:00am – 2:00pm
DCM’s annual event returns with spooky STEM activities.

Halloween Bash (Western Springs)
October 28, 2023 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Visit Rock Spring Park for annual festivities.

Halloween Fun Fest (Bartlett)
October 28, 2023 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Enjoy the festivities and parade, then stay to trick-or-treat through downtown Bartlett.

Pumpkin Ball (St. Charles)
October 28, 2023 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Come in costume for this festive event at St. Charles Public Library.

Monster Mash (Lombard)
October 28, 2023 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Enjoy a reptile show, crafts, music, and more at Yorktown Center.

BatFest (Batavia)
October 28, 2023 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Trick-or-treat through downtown Batavia, join the parade, and countless other ways to have fun at this annual event.

Downtown Wheaton Trick-or-Treat
October 28, 2023 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Stroll the streets of Wheaton, cruising for candy.

Pumpkin Carving (Glen Ellyn)
October 28, 2023 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Keep the mess at the Main Street Rec Center, then leave your pumpkin to be on display through Halloween.

Painting Pumpkins (Lombard)
October 28, 2023 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Register in advance for a chance to decorate pumpkins, then enjoy the trunk-or-treat festivities.

Doggy Costume Party (Butterfield Park District, Lombard)
October 28, 2023 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Your four-legged friends will enjoy these festivities. Register in advance.

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Celebration (Geneva Commons)
October 28, 2023 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Trick-or-treat through the stores and enjoy family-friendly entertainment.

Pumpkin Race (Naperville)
October 28, 2023 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Race your pumpkin design down Rotary Hill.

Halloweekend-Fall Fest and Trunk or Treat (North Berwyn)
October 28, 2023 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Register in advance for Halloween festivities including a costume contest.

Horsin’ Around Day: Trick-or-Treat at Danada (Wheaton)
October 28, 2023 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Trick-or-treat and have fun exploring the grounds at Danada Equestrian Center.

Trick-or-Treat Trail (Carol Stream)
October 28, 2023 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Stroll through Red Hawk Park with games, activities, and treats. Don’t forget to register in advance!

Not So Scary, Scary Halloween (Bronzeville Children’s Museum, Chicago)
October 28, 2023 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Don’t forget to wear your costumes for the Halloween fun and games.

Downtown Trick-or-Treating and Trunk-or-Treat (West Chicago)
October 28, 2023 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Two events happening at once in downtown West Chicago.

Trick or Treat (Downtown Aurora)
October 28, 2023 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Stop in the shops in downtown Aurora for tricks and treats.

Spooktacular (Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce)
October 28 and 29, 2023 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Trick or treat through the shops in Lincoln Park. Each day is a different set of stores.

BOO-seum Bash (Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago)
October 28, 2023 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Enjoy Halloween activities as well as admission to the museum.

Halloween Hoedown (Lemont)
October 28, 2023 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Festivities are happening all throughout Downtown Lemont on this fun-filled afternoon.

Monster Mash Bash (Oswego)
October 28, 2023 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
This year’s event is filled with crafts, candy, and countless opportunities for fun.

Robert’s Howl-o-Ween Costume Pet Parade (Robert’s Pizza and Dough Co., Chicago)
October 28, 2023 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Pet parade, costume contest and pet photos all available.

Boo! Ridge (Burr Ridge)
October 28, 2023 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Enjoy treats and special offers at the Burr Ridge Village Center.

Halloween House Tour (Downers Grove)
October 28, 2023 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Take a tour and learn about Halloween celebrations of past generations. Register in advance.

Halloween Walk (Clarendon Hills)
October 28, 2023 | 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Walk through downtown businesses and find treats.

Hephzibah Halloween Fun Run and Walk (River Forest)
October 29, 2023 | 9:00am – 11:30am
Costumes are encouraged at this family fun run and walk.

Halloween Hop (Downtown Naperville)
October 29, 2023 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Trick or treat through the streets of downtown Naperville at this annual event.

Halloween Safety Event (Montgomery)
October 29, 2023 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Don’t forget to wear costumes at this annual event hosted by the Montgomery Police Department.

Trick or Treat at Naper Settlement (Naperville)
October 29, 2023 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Walk through historic Naperville buildings as you trick-or-treat through stations.

Halloween Happening (Naperville)
October 29, 2023 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Activities, games, and treats at this family-friendly Halloween event for kids 10 and under.

All Hallow’s Eve Outdoor Adventures (Burr Ridge)
October 29, 2023 | 5:15pm – 9:00pm
Trick or treat in Harvester Park.

Not-So-Spooky Stories (Wheaton)
October 30, 2023 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Costumes are encouraged at this Wheaton Public Library’s storytime.

Halloween Spooktacular (Geneva)
October 30, 10:00am – 11:00am
Crafts, games, costume parade and more at Geneva Public Library.

Spooktacular Fun Night (Westmont)
October 30, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Trick-or-treat at the Community Center during this event with costumes, goodies, and crafts.

Haunted Activity House – Dance Party (Wheaton)
October 30, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Pick the scary or not-so-scary path through activities, then dance the night away in a glow party.

Halloween Storytime (Downers Grove Public Library)
October 30 – 31, 2023 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Visit the library for not-so-scary storytime.

Costume Parade (Wheaton)
October 31, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:00am
The fun continues all around the Wheaton Public Library with a costume parade for treats.

Halloween at City Hall (Aurora)
October 31, 2023 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Visit City Hall for candy and music.

Blodgett House Boo Fest (Downers Grove)
October 31, 2023 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Don’t worry about the weather as you trick-or-treat through Blodgett House on Halloween night.

Wicked Willow (Willow Springs)
October 31, 2023 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Visit Lions Park for petting zoo, bonfire, and candy.

Halloween Events for Kids in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs

Howl-O-Ween (Palatine)
October 4, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Four-legged family members won’t have to miss out on the Halloween fun at this pet-friendly event.

Halloweenie Craft Event (Hanover Park)
October 7, 2023 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Register in advance to create themed crafts with the Hanover Park Park District.

Itasca Halloween Celebration
October 7, 2023 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Celebrate with fall-themed activities such as pony rides, bounce houses, and more.

Family Pumpkin Carving (Rolling Meadows)
October 11, 2023 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Get creative with your pumpkin designs at this messy event.

Family BINGO Night – Halloween Themed (Palatine)
October 13, 2023 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Register in advance and bring candy to contribute to the winning pot.

Halloween Hoopla (Park Ridge)
October 13, 2023 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Register in advance for a night of fall-themed fun.

Preschool Halloween Bash (Hoffman Estates)
October 14, 2023 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Must register in advance for this Halloween fun.

Trick or Treat Trail (Itasca)
October 14, 2023 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Trick or treat through the trails at the Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary.

Floating Pumpkin Patch (Des Plaines)
October 14, 2023 | 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Dive for pumpkins at Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center, then decorate one to bring home.

The Haunted Studio (Mount Prospect)
October 15, 2023 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Make Halloween crafts at The Art Studio.

Family Pumpkin Carving (Arlington Heights Historical Museum)
October 18, 2023 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Registration is required for this messy event.

Movies on the Green (Mount Prospect)
October 18, 2023 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Watch Hocus Pocus on Centennial Green.

Halloween Pumpkin Hunt (Streamwood)
October 20, 2023 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Hunt for pumpkins and enjoy free swim time at Park Place Aquatic Center.

Boonanza (Wheeling)
October 20, 2023 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Decorate pumpkins, play games, watch a magic show, and have spooky fun at this free family event.

Trick or Treat Trail (Buffalo Grove)
October 20, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Join the fun and collect candy at this not-so-scary event.

Halloween Fest (Elk Grove Village)
October 20, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Enjoy games, rides, a trick-or-treat trail and so much more at this Halloween festival.

Spooky Story Path (Rolling Meadows)
October 20, 2023 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Enjoy trick-or-treating, a hayride, and spooky stories at this outdoor event. Register in advance.

Haunted Hoffman Family Fest (Hoffman Estates)
October 21, 2023 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Character visits, games, face painting and more in Fabbrini Park. Select activities are free, while others are paid.

BOO-mingdale Halloween Party (Bloomingdale)
October 21, 2023 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Festivities can be found all morning at both Bloomingdale Village Hall, and the Bloomingdale Public Library.

Doggy Trick-or-Treat (Elk Grove Village)
October 21, 2023 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Registration is required for these dog-friendly festivities.

Trick-or-Treat Climb (Hoffman Estates)
October 21, 2023 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Go rock climbing for your treats at this twist on trick-or-treating.

All Hallows Eve (Arlington Heights)
October 21, 2023 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Register in advance to ensure participation at this spooky event hosted by the Arlington Heights Historical Museum.

Spookfest (Prospect Heights)
October 21, 2023 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Enjoy the pumpkin patch, a scary hayride and more fun. Participants must register.

Halloween Spooktacular Disco Ball (Schaumburg)
October 21, 2023 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Register to ensure participation in this night filled with games, food, and of course, dancing!

Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt (Barrington)
October 22, 2023 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Find pumpkins throughout the trails at Crabtree Nature Center.

Pumpkin Splash (Arlington Heights)
October 22, 2023 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Register in advance to dive for pumpkins and prizes.

Halloween Happenings (Prospect Heights)
October 24, 2023 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Wear your costume to this festive event at Prospect Heights Public Library.

Downtown Trick or Treat (Mount Prospect)
October 25, 2023 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Dress in costume to pick up treats and participating businesses.

Enchanted Night at the Museum (Buffalo Grove)
October 25, 2023 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Hunt for treats and solve riddles throughout the museum. Pre-registration is required.

Halloween Party (Palatine)
October 25, 2023 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Pre-registration is required for the games, prizes and fun at Salt Creek Sports Center.

Spooky Stories and Costume Parade (Rolling Meadows)
October 26, 2023 | 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Parade around the library after a Halloween-themed storytime and craft.

Pumpkin Splash (Schaumburg)
October 26 – 27, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Dive for pumpkins while enjoying giveaways and music at Water Works Indoor Water Park.

Monster’s Bash (Mount Prospect)
October 27, 2023 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Enjoy Halloween games and festivities at Woodlands Trails Park.

Candy Carnival (Addison)
October 27, 2023 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
This annual, indoor event is filled with games and activities for children of all ages.

Family Pizza and BINGO Halloween Party (Prospect Heights Park District)
October 27, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance to secure your spot at this fun-filled night.

H2000000 (Elk Grove Village)
October 27, 2023 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Register for swimming and games at the Pavilion Aquatic Center.

Halloween Costume Party (Rosemont)
October 27, 2023 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Join the annual fun at Rosemont Elementary School.

Tween Halloween (Elk Grove Village)
October 27, 2023 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Pre-registration is required for this festive fun designed for 4th and 5th graders.

Slightly Spooky Saturday (Navy Pier, Chicago)
October 28, 2023 | times TBA
Stay tuned for more information about fun-filled activities at Navy Pier.

Halloween Party (Palatine)
October 28, 2023 | 9:00am – 1:30pm
Festivities include games, storytime, dancing, and so much more. Pre-registration is required.

Trick or Treat at the Park (Franklin Park)
October 28, 2023 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Dress up and trick or treat throughout North Park.

Halloween Spooktacular (Barrington)
October 28, 2023 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
The fun is in Citizens Park for a festival AND trunk-or-treat event. Registration is required.

Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade (Buffalo Grove)
October 28, 2023 | 10:45am – 11:45am
Enjoy the costume contest and hunting for treats at this dog-friendly event.

Monster Mash (Bensenville)
October 28, 2023 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Keep the festivities going throughout Halloween weekend with this party in Bensenville. Jump in inflatables, play games, and visit with live animals.

Skeleton Egg Dip (Park Ridge)
October 28, 2023 | 12:15pm – 12:40pm
Register in advance to hunt for eggs in the Leisure Pool.

Not So Scary, Scary Halloween (Bronzeville Children’s Museum, Chicago)
October 28, 2023 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Don’t forget to wear your costumes for the Halloween fun and games.

BOO-seum Bash (Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago)
October 28, 2023 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Enjoy Halloween activities as well as admission to the museum.

Spooktacular (Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce)
October 28 and 29, 2023 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Trick or treat through the shops in Lincoln Park. Each day is a different set of stores.

Robert’s Howl-o-Ween Costume Pet Parade (Robert’s Pizza and Dough Co., Chicago)
October 28, 2023 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Pet parade, costume contest and pet photos all available.

Tricks and Treats in the Valley (Schaumburg)
October 28 – 29, 2023 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Register for your visit from Heritage Farm to Spring Valley.

Trick or Treat at The Glen Town Center (Glenview)
October 28, 2023 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Trick-or-treat through the stores at this shopping district.

Halloween Party (Elmwood Park)
October 31, 2023 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Keep the Halloween fun going at the Elmwood Park Recreation Center.

Halloween Festival (Stratford Crossing, Bloomingdale)
October 31, 2023 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest at the stores.

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