2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

Halloween is a time to scare, but also a time to share- share fun memories with your little ones and families. Luckily for you, the west and southwest suburbs have no shortage of spooky and spook-free family halloween events! October weekends are packed full of activities that will give you a chance to show off your costume a few more times. Use our guide below to find an event that suits you!

This article is sponsored by Flying High Sports & Rec and the featured listings.

Halloween Bash (Countryside)
October 25, 2019 | 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Ages 5 & Up

Flying High Sports & Rec Center
5400 East Avenue
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 352-3099

Something’s brewing at Flying High! Join them for their Halloween Bash Pizza Fun Night on Friday, October 25 from 7-10pm. Ages 5 and up are invited! A night full of active play in our facility complete with a Costume Contest, Mummy Relay, Pizza, Lemonade, and Witches’ Brew Cosmic Snos for only $1.  Please make sure costumes are unrestrictive and allow for safe active play. Register for this Halloween Event on their website by 11:59pm Wednesday 10/23 to receive the pre-registration discount of $15/child. Register after the discount period for $20 online or at the door!

Family-Friendly Halloween Events in the West and Southwest Suburbs

Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest (Wheaton)
October 1 – 31, 2019
Pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, corn stalks, and straw bales for sale. Regular admission applies, additional fees for rides.

Morton Arboretum Trick or Trees (Lisle)
Weekends in October, 2019 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Games, crafts, and tree seeds to plant and take home. All included in park admission.

Boo at the Zoo (Brookfield)
Weekends October 12 – 27, 2019 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Halloween events throughout the day: a costume parade, hayrides, crafts, pumpkin smashing, and giant pumpkin carving. Also, there are times each day the animals get pumpkins to eat and play with.

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Ghost Stories in the Park (Naperville)
October 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm | Ages 5 and up
October 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Ages 5 and up
October 5, 2019 at 8:00 pm | Ages 12 and up
October 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm | Ages 12 and up
Enjoy hot cider and a scary story. Make sure to choose an event based on the age of your children. Registration is through the Naperville Park District for this event.

Morton Arboretum Family Jack o’ Lantern Hikes (Lisle)
October 5, 6, 12, and 13, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Start times vary.  Registration required. Flashlights recommended. Learn about the night life of bats, owls, and spiders. End the hike with a marshmallow roast and pumpkin decorating.

Lombard Park District Fall Fest (Lombard)
October 5, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come in costume for hayrides, games, face painting, and a candy hunt.

The Last Straw Fall Event (Westmont)
October 6, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Animal show, pumpkin decorating, games, and crafts. Make a take-home scarecrow for a small fee.

Haunted Forest (Oak Brook)
October 11-12, 2019 | 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Maze Preview Night: October 10, 2019 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Oak Brook Park District
1500 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Come out to this spectacular Halloween event. See if you can make it through the twists and turns of our life-size haunted maze! Other family friendly activities include bounce houses, a hayride through Central Park’s haunted forest, candy in a haystack, a pumpkin patch, crafts, tattoos, and more! Tickets required for some activities and are sold at the gate. Snacks and refreshments available for purchase. Click here for more information and pricing.

Special Maze Preview Night ($5)
Thursday night only! Bring your little thrill-seeker out to experience Oak Brook’s spectacular haunted maze as many times as you’d like, in the daylight! Scary scenes will be set up, but there will be no actors or spooky special effects.

Halloween Hoot n’ Howl (River Forest)
October 11, 2019 | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Pumpkin painting, activities, live music, animals, a bonfire, bingo, stories, and more. For ages 10 and under.

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Pumpkin Flotilla (Westmont)
October 11, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bring blankets to carve pumpkins, listen to spooky stories, and watch the pumpkins float at twilight.

Family Fall Fest (Elmhurst)
October 12, 2019 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Trick-or-treating, inflatable corn maze obstacle course, inflatable circus train, family photo opportunities, fall games, face painting, balloon twister, food trucks.

Creepy Critters Day at Knoch Knolls Nature Center (Naperville)
October 14, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pet snakes and worms, watch a cockroach, scavenger hunt, and listen to a creepy story from the Naperville Public Library at 10:00 and 10:45am. No registration required.

Halloween Happening (Wheaton)
October 18, 2019 | 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Trunk-or-treating, a costume parade, games, activities. No admission fee but some activities have a small fee.

Halloween Happenings (Villa Park)
October 18, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Trick-or-treating, crafts, costumes, activities, and a bubble show from Chicago Bubble Show. Outdoor trick-or-treating is free. Indoor activities are $5 with pre-registration, $8 door. Children under 2 free.

Pumpkin Swim (Oak Brook)
October 18, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Dive for candy filled eggs and pumpkins. Register online.

York Center Park District A Happenin’ Halloween (Lombard)
October 19, 2019 | 11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Costume contest, hayrides, carnival games, crafts, activities, and more.

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Fall Family Fest (Hinsdale)
October 19, 2019 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dress in your Halloween costume for crafts, activities, inflatables, a magician, pumpkin decorating, and games.  Trick-or-treating available in downtown business district from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Fall Festival of Fun (Burr Ridge)
October 19, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mall wide trick-or-treating, face painting, balloon twisting, and wagon rides. Come costumed.

Monster Madness (Lisle)
October 19, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Games, ghouls, animals, and goodies.

Haunted Forest Tour (Westmont)
October 19, 2019 | 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
First part of the tour is walking, and the second part is by wagon. There may be a wait for this popular event. Entertainment while in line is provided.

Pumpkin Flotilla Fest (Glen Ellyn)
October 20, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pumpkin carving, inflatables, games, train and canoe rides, and the
pumpkin flotilla.

Monster Bash (Lombard)
October 24, 2019 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Games and treats in your costume.

BooNastics at BIG Gymnastics (Burr Ridge)
October 25, 2019 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Themed open play with costumes and treats.

Halloween Costume Party (La Grange)
October 25, 2019 | 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Costume party for children 8 and under. Carnival games.

Romeoville Halloween Fest (Romeoville)
October 25, 2019 | 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Inflatables, entertainment, costumes, pumpkin patch, music, and more.

Cosley Zoo Spooktacular (Wheaton)
October 25, 2019 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Straw maze, pumpkin decorating, animals, games, crafts, and trick-or-treating. Pre-registration is required.

Halloween Party (La Grange Park)
October 25, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Games, prizes, entertainment, and a bike raffle. Come in costume.

Halloween Bash (Countryside)
October 25, 2019 | 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Ages 5 & Up

Flying High Sports & Rec Center
5400 East Avenue
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 352-3099

Something’s brewing at Flying High! Join them for their Halloween Bash Pizza Fun Night on Friday, October 25 from 7-10pm. Ages 5 and up are invited! A night full of active play in our facility complete with a Costume Contest, Mummy Relay, Pizza, Lemonade, and Witches’ Brew Cosmic Snos for only $1.  Please make sure costumes are unrestrictive and allow for safe active play. Register for this Halloween Event on their website by 11:59pm Wednesday 10/23 to receive the pre-registration discount of $15/child. Register after the discount period for $20 online or at the door!

Trick or Trot 5K (Villa Park)
October 26, 2019 | 9:00 am Trick-or-Trot 5K,  10:00 am 1K Kid’s Devil Dash
Costumed fun run with a 5K and 1K option for all ages. Register through Villa Park Junior Women’s Club.

Halloween Parade and Festival (Glen Ellyn)
October 26, 2019 | 9:45 am – 1:00 pm
Costume parade, crafts, entertainment, and trick-or-treating through downtown Glen Ellyn businesses.

Boo-Palooza (Wheaton)
October 26, 2019 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Visit all your favorite downtown Wheaton businesses for trick-or-treating and a costume contest. Hayrides, story-telling, pumpkin carving, and more.

Halloween Walk (Clarendon Hills)
October 26, 2019 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Trick-or-treating throughout downtown businesses.

Parrot Stars Halloween Party (Arlington Heights)
Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Free event with pumpkin decorating, face painting, balloon twisting, a Halloween story time, movies, fun snacks and treats, craft table, and photo opportunities with exotic parrots.

Halloween Happening (Naperville)
October 27, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kids and families are invited to enjoy lots of fun activities, games and goodies at the Naperville Park District’s Halloween Happening, presented by Woody Buick/GMC. This free event takes place from 1:00–4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27 at the Grand Pavilion at the Naperville Riverwalk, just west of Centennial Beach. Enjoy an autumn afternoon outdoors with your children in a beautiful setting, with parking and restrooms nearby. Designed for children ages 10 and under, the event features Halloween-themed games, where kids can collect treats and win prizes. Other fun activities include a variety of inflatables and a lineup of children’s entertainment. Food trucks will bring snacks and beverages for purchase. Everyone is welcome to wear a family-friendly costume.

Halloween Hop (Naperville)
October 27, 2019 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Trick-or-Treating within the downtown Naperville businesses.

Boo Bash (Tinley Park)
October 27, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hayride, animal encounter, costume contest, DJ, crafts, magic show, Storytime.

Halloween Hoopla (Western Springs)
October 29, 2019 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Games, face painting, entertainment, and a haunted room.

Halloween Party at the Darien Sportsplex (Darien)
October 31, 2019 | 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Graveyard games, a magician, and entertainment galore with use of the skating rink and soccer complex.

Looking for more Halloween Fun? You’ll love our Halloween Guide, which has everything in one place!

About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

3 Comments on "2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events"

  1. Also, Scare-illon Concert
    Saturday, October 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
    Millennium Carillon, 443 Aurora Avenue, on the Riverwalk near Rotary Hill in Naperville
    Head to the Millennium Carillon for a Halloween-themed concert! Concert-goers will hear spooky and atmospheric pieces, featuring both classical and popular music, to set the mood. The concert is free and for all ages!

    Halloween Happening • Ages 10 and under
    Sunday, October 30, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    Riverwalk Grand Pavilion located West of Centennial Beach, 912 Sindt Court
    Enjoy lots of fun activities, games and goodies at Naperville’s best FREE Halloween fest for kids 10 and under!

    http://www.napervilleparks.org

  2. The Lombard Spooktacular Fall Festival has unfortunately been cancelled. http://www.lombardtowncentre.org/spooktacular-faqs.html

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