Halloween is Happening! 2020 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

IT’S ALIVE! (Halloween, that is.) Dust those cobwebs off your costumes, because Halloween is happening!

The western suburbs have pulled out all the stops to ensure you and your little goblins have a spook-tacular time. After all the spring and summertime cancellations, we’re over the moon at the sight of so many family-friendly Halloween events. Creep through haunted forests, carve pumpkins and enjoy all the treats you can find. Don’t forget your mask!

Family-Friendly Halloween Events in the Western Suburbs

Help us help you! If you see an event listed here that’s been canceled or changed, email Annie at annie@mykidlist.com to let us know. This list was last updated on September 28, 2020. We work very hard to ensure the accuracy of event details. Don’t forget to click the links for details about registration and safety guidelines before attending.

Outdoor Movie: Hocus Pocus (North Riverside)
October 2, 2020 | Movie starts at 7:00pm
Advance registration is encouraged.

Ghost Stories in the Park (Naperville)
October 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Ages 5 and up
October 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Ages 5 and up
October 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm | Ages 12 and up
October 4, 2020 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.

Halloween Celebration (Itasca)
October 3, 2020 | 12:00pm – 3:15pm
Pre-register for your assigned timeslot. Guests will be playing games, enjoying hayrides, and more. This event is sold out for 2020, but keep it in mind for 2021!

Halloween Drive-In Movie: Hocus Pocus (Bartlett)
October 3, 2020 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Pre-registration is required.

Pumpkin Carving (Batavia)
October 4, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:15pm
Get messy at this pumpkin decorating event.

Popcorn Popup Drive-In Matinee Movie: Hocus Pocus (Burr Ridge)
October 7, 2020 | 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Register in advance.

Popcorn Popup Drive-In Evening Movie: Hocus Pocus (Burr Ridge)
October 7, 2020 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Register in advance.

Escape the Barn (St. Charles)
October 9 and 10, 2020 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, or 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Follow creepy clues through the grounds at Primrose Farm. Advance registration required.

Pumpkin Flotilla (Westmont)
October 9, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bring blankets to carve pumpkins, listen to spooky stories, and watch the pumpkins float at twilight.

Zombie Candy Hunt (La Grange, Western Springs Co-Op)
October 9, 2020 | 7:30pm – 8:00pm
Wear a costume and bring your own flashlight. $1 discount for early bird registration by October 2, 2020.

Mummy Mile Fun Run (St. Charles)
October 10, 2020 | 9:00am – 10:30am
This 1-mile run isn’t so scary! Advance registration required.

Halloween Fun (Casey’s Foods, Naperville)
October 10, 2020 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Register in advance for your 1-hour session. Each week is a different activity.

Trunk or Treat (La Grange)
October 10, 2020 | 10:30am – 12:00pm
Register in advance.

Haunted Forest (Oak Brook)
October 10, 2020 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Come out to this spectacular family-friendly 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! Click here for more information and pricing. This event is sold out for 2020, but keep it in mind for 2021!

Halloween at the Y (Indian Boundary, Downers Grove)
October 10, 2020 | 4:00pm – dusk
Come for the trunk-or-treating, stay for the movie!  

Family Movie Night: The Addams Family (Roselle)
October 13, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Families must register in advance.

Tricks, Treats, and Tails (Austin Gardens, Oak Park)
October 11, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Trick-or-treat with your four-legged friend. Pre-registration is suggested.

Freaky Fun Friday (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
October 16, 2020 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm or 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Come in costume and learn about some of the creepy crawlers living at the Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Purchase tickets in advance.

Trunk or Treat Drive-Through (River Forest)
October 16, 2020 | 30-minute session between 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Don’t leave your car at this social-distancing event. Advance registration required.

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Drive-In Movie: Beetlejuice (Lemont)
October 16, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Purchase tickets in advance.

Drive-thru Trunk or Treat (Oswego)
October 16, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Join for the candy and prizes!

Spooky Geocache Halloween Hunt (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
October 16, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Hunt for pumpkins at night using geocaching. Not recommended for children under 6 years old.

A Nightmare at West Main (Batavia)
October 16, 2020 |30-minute sessions from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Join for a haunted walk through the spooky trails at West Main Community Park. Pre-registration is required.

Pumpkin Party (Elmhurst)
October 17, 2020 | 9:00am – 10:00am or 10:30am – 11:30am
Join the Halloween fun at Wilder Park.

Egg-tober (Coyote Crossing Mini Golf, Carol Stream)
October 17, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Hunt for spooky eggs are Coyote Crossing. Advance registration required for your 30-minute session.

Fall Fest Express (Lombard)
October 17, 2020 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Pick up a bag full of family-friendly activities.  

Great Pumpkin Hunt (Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia)
October 17, 2020 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Hunt for the Great Pumpkin with a list of clues provided by the Red Oak Nature Center. Don’t forget to take a picture of it!

Halloween Fun (Casey’s Foods, Naperville)
October 17, 2020 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Register in advance for your 1-hour session. Each week is a different activity.

Fall Family Fest (Hinsdale)
October 17, 2020 | 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.

Halloween House Tour (Downers Grove)
October 17, 2020 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Children must be accompanied by a registered adult as you tour Victorian Blodgett House that’s been decorated for Halloween.

Spooky Stroll (Austin Gardens, Oak Park)
October 17 and 18, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm or 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Make a pumpkin, creep around the gardens, and enjoy treats. Everyone attending must register.

Main Street Cemetery Flashlight Tour (Downers Grove)
October 17, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Learn about the scary and spooky residents of the Main Street Cemetery. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Family Pumpkin Float (North Riverside)
October 20, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Bring your family out for this inaugural event. Carve pumpkins, then send them floating in the pond.

Halloween is Still Happening (Wheaton)
October 20, 2020 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Pre-register for this spooky night filled with crafts, games, treats and more!

Pumpkin Masterpieces (Clarendon Hills)
October 21, 2020 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Come dressed ready to create a pumpkin masterpiece. Pumpkins, pizza and drinks are included in your registration, which is due by October 19. 

Halloween House Decorating Contest (Batavia)
October 21, 2020 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Tour the spooky houses as they’re officially judged during this time.

Halloween is Still Happening (Wheaton)
October 22, 2020 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Pre-register for this spooky night filled with crafts, games, treats and more!

Halloween House Decorating Contest (Clarendon Hills)
October 22, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm  
Visit Clarendon Hill’s finest Halloween houses. Entries are due by the 21st, and will officially be judged on the 22nd.

Royal Trick or Treat (Bartlett)
October 23, 2020 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Meet and greet 8 characters during your 30-minute time slot. Register in advance.

Ghost Hunt (Glen Ellyn)
October 23, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Register in advance. Hunt for ghosts at this non-spooky event in Churchill Park after sunset. This activity is full for 2020, but be on the lookout for it again in 2021!

Teenie Weenie Halloweenie Party (Roselle)
October 23, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Children ages 2-6 bring an adult with for some Halloween fun. Come in costume, paint pumpkins, and leave with a bag full of treats!

Halloween Party (La Grange Park)
October 23, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Games, prizes, entertainment, and two bike raffles. Come in costume and enjoy the fun.

La Grange Bible Church Trunk or Treat
October 23, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Come out for an evening of outdoor fun. Raindate will be October 30, 2020.

Parkie’s Pumpkin Patch (Pelican Harbor, Bolingbrook)
October 23, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance for one of three 30-minute swim sessions.

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Halloween Parade (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
October 23, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Drive through the grounds of Cantigny Park and see all of the spooky things that we missed this year. This is a ticketed event.

Movie Night: Hocus Pocus (Lemont Historical Society Museum)
October 23, 2020 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm

A Nightmare at West Main (Batavia)
October 23, 2020 |30-minute sessions from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Join for a haunted walk through the spooky trails at West Main Community Park. Pre-registration is required.

Halloween Walk (La Grange)
October 24, 2020 | Time TBD
Join this fun Halloween parade through La Grange. This event is currently on hold. Check their link to confirm it is happening in 2020.

A Happenin’ Fishoween (Lombard)
October 24, 2020 | 8:30 am- 12:00 pm
Fishing derby meets Halloween fest. Costume contest, hayrides, carnival games, crafts, activities, and more.

Boo-mingdale Halloween Drive-Thru (Bloomingdale)
October 24, 2020 | 9:00am – 11:30am

Halloween StoryWalk (Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, Naperville)
October 24, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Come in costume for a spooky spin on this Naperville Public Library event.

Pumpkin Palooza (DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville)
October 24, 2020 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Registration required

Boo Bash Trick-or-Treat Trail (Maryknoll Park, Glen Ellyn)
October 24, 2020 | 20 minute sessions between 10:00am – 11:20am
Register in advance for this Trick-or-Treat event through Maryknoll Park.

Halloween Hayday (Geneva)
October 24, 2020 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Bounce houses, hayrides, and a halloween egg hunt at this spooky family-friendly Halloween event.

Halloween Fun (Casey’s Foods, Naperville)
October 24, 2020 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Register in advance for your 1-hour session. Each week is a different activity.

Halloween Walk (Clarendon Hills)
October 24, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Trick-or-treating throughout downtown businesses.

Howl-O-Ween Dog Party (Roselle)
October 24, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Enjoy this costume party and Halloween fun for the whole family.

Drive Boo Trick-or-Treating (Hoffman Estates)
October 24, 2020 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Receive tricks and treats as you drive through this Halloween event. Register in advance for each vehicle.

Monster Madness (Lisle)
October 24, 2020 | 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Games, ghouls, animals, and goodies. Families must register for a 2-hour increment.

Halloween Hoedown (Lemont)
October 24, 2020 | Kicks off at 1:00pm
Join in the costume competition and parade at Legion Park.

5th Annual Pumpkin Race (Rotary Hill, Naperville)
October 24, 2020 | 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Create your own design and watch it roll. The event has been canceled, but you can still purchase a pumpkin race kit through their website.

Fall Family Fun Day (Downtown Naperville)
October 24, 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Howl O’Ween Dog Parade (Geneva)
October 24, 2020 | 1:30pm
Come in costume for fun with the whole family.

Halloween Ghost Hunt (Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview)
October 24, 2020 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Register in advance for Halloween Ghost Hunt and join in the trick-or-treat in our outdoor Habitat Park. Please note that this event is now sold out.

Mini Monster Bash (Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia)
October 24, 2020 | Starts at 4:45pm
Crafts, games, treats and more for your littlest goblins!

Halloween at the Y! (Fry YMCA, Naperville)
October 24, 2020 | 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Join for the fun with games, costumes, and trunk or treat activities.

Trunk or Treat (Knox Presbyterian Church, Naperville)
October 24, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Registration in advance is required. Details are found on their website.

Spooky Geocache Halloween Hunt (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
October 24, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Hunt for pumpkins at night using geocaching. Not recommended for children under 6 years old.

Fraidy Cat 5K, Ghost Run 8K and Meow Mile (Oswego)
October 25, 2020 | 9:00am
It’s a monster dash! Sign up in advance for the distance of your choice.

Downtown Trick or Treat (Downtown Naperville)
October 25, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
A modified version of their usual trick-or-treating event. Click the link for details.

Halloween Ghost Hunt (Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview)
October 25, 2020 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Register in advance for Halloween Ghost Hunt and join in the trick-or-treat in our outdoor Habitat Park. Please note that this event is now sold out.

Drive-Through Trunk or Treat (Good Shepherd UMC, Bartlett)
October 25, 2020 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm  
Cruise through this socially-distant version of trunk or treat.

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Rockin’ Halloween (Berwyn)
October 27, 2020 | 5:00pm
Berwyn Public Library and Berwyn Park District are hosting this spooky, social distanced Halloween concert.

Trunk or Treat (Naperville)
October 28, 2020 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Caravan to Candyland (St. Charles)
October 28, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Purchase tickets online in advance for this drive-thru Halloween event. Socially distance in your car as you pick up sweet treats.

Halloween Hoopla (Western Springs)
October 29, 2020 | 3:45pm – 4:45pm or 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Register in advance for one time slot.

Halloween Nights Lights (Naperville)
October 29, 2020 | 5:30pm – 9:30pm
This event is sold out, but join the waitlist!

Pumpkin Carve Spooktacular (Westchester)
October 29, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Join the fun for this decorating event. Must be registered by October 27.

Family Pumpkin Carving (North Riverside)
October 29, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Make the mess at the Village Commons with this pumpkin decorating event.

Candy Carnival (Addison)
October 30, 2020 | 3:30pm – 7:45pm
Guests must pre-register for this spooky event!

Ackerman Woods Spook Trail (Glen Ellyn)
October 30, 2020 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Games, treats, and walk a spooky trail at this scary event.

Halloween Nights Lights (Naperville)
October 30, 2020 | 5:30pm – 9:30pm
This event is sold out, but join the waitlist!

Drive-Thru Halloween (La Grange Park)
October 30, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Register in advance for this drive-thru version of trunk-or-treat.

Terror-ific Drive (Bloomingdale)
October 30, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Join in this haunted drive-thru experience at Springfield Park. Register adult drivers and child treat bags.

Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt (St. Charles)
October 30, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Advance reservations required. Don’t forget your flashlight!

Haunted Trail (Glendale Heights)
October 30, 2020 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Stroll through this guided tour of Camera Park and try not to get scared! Pre-registration is required.

Halloween Bash (Western Springs)
October 31, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Register for a 20-minute session.

Halloween Trunk or Treat Event (One Line Church, Wheaton)
October 31, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Halloween Fun (Casey’s Foods, Naperville)
October 31, 2020 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Register in advance for your 1-hour session. Each week is a different activity.

Trunk-or-Treat (St. John Lutheran Church, Darien)
October 31, 2020 | 10:30am – 12:00pm
Walk through and look at all the car decorations, but grab a pre-packaged goodie bag on your way out.

Spooktacular Halloween Trunk or Treat (Lombard)
October 31, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Come out and trunk or treat with the Butterfield Park District. Space is limited and registration is required.

Monster Mash Bash Drive-Thru Trick or Treat (Oswego)
October 31, 2020 | 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Pre-registration is required for this socially-distanced event.

Halloween Spook-Tacular Drive Thru (Hillside)
October 31, 2020 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Costumes, games, prizes and more.

Trick or Treat Trail (Carol Stream)
October 31, 2020 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
All participants must register for a designated time slot, and must check-in during their arrival window.

Drive-Thru Trunk Or Treat (Family Harvest Church, Tinley Park)
October 31, 2020 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Registration is encouraged for this drive-thru event.

All Hallow’s Eve Outdoor Adventure (Burr Ridge)
October 31, 2020 | 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Trick-or-treat at this non-scary event. Register in advance for a 1-hour time slot.

Halloween Party at the Darien Sportsplex (Darien)
October 31, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:45pm
Graveyard games, a magician, and entertainment galore with use of the skating rink and soccer complex. The 2020 event is tenatively planned. Click the link for the most up-to-date information.

Drive-In Movie Night: The Addams Family (Glendale Heights)
October 31, 2020 | approximately 6:30pm

Canceled in 2020

These annual events are not happening in 2020, but keep an eye out for them in 2021!

  • Boo at the Zoo (Brookfield)
  • Family Fall Fest (Elmhurst)
  • Halloween Parade and Festival (Glen Ellyn)
  • Halloween Hop (Naperville)
  • Halloween Happening (Naperville)
  • Lombard Park District Fall Fest (Lombard)
  • Fall Fest Boo to You Parade (Warrenville)
  • The Last Straw Fall Event (Westmont)
  • Monster Bash (Lombard)
  • Mary’s Boo Party (Warrenville)

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

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

3 Comments on "Halloween is Happening! 2020 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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