Parties, Candy Hunts, Pumpkin Swims, and All the Local Halloween 2022 Events

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Family-friendly Halloween events 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!

This article is sponsored by Western Springs Park District.

Halloween Bash and Chili Cook-Off

Halloween Bash and Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, October 29, 2022 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Enjoy free hay rides, corn maze, costume contest, pumpkin patch, games and activities, scarecrow building, and lots of candy at Spring Rock Park. They will also have pizza lunches for sale, which will include a slice of pizza, drink, and fruit snack. It’s always a good time for Halloween and fall fun combined! 

This event is also paired with the Chili Cook-Off! If you would like to enter the contest, it’s $25 to bring a crock pot of chili to Spring Rock Park.

Family-Friendly Halloween Events in the Western Suburbs

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

Lemontster Days 2022 (Lemont)
September 24 – October 31, 2022 | times vary
Lemont’s Halloween celebrations are endless. Drive-in movie, witches brew-making, mummy run, and so much more. Check their schedule for daily offerings and keep the spooky fun going all season long.

Ghoulish Golf (St. Charles)
September 30 and October 1, 2022 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Enjoy a family-friendly spooky round of golf at River View Miniature Golf Course.

Spooky Storytime (Wood Dale)
October 5, 2022 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Wood Dale Public Library and Wood Dale Park District team up for this Halloween event.

Halloween Hoot n Howl (River Forest)
October 7, 2022 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Activities include live music, pumpkin painting, bingo, lantern making, s’mores around the bonfire, and more.

Boo! at the Zoo (Brookfield)
October 8 – 23, 2022 | regular admission hours
Family-friendly, not-too-scary event. Check the website for full information.

American Girl Doll Halloween Party (Downers Grove Museum)
October 8, 2022 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Register in advance for this Halloween event for you and your doll.

Mummy Mile (St Charles)
October 8, 2022 | 9:00am – 10:30am
One-mile walk/run with awards presented for best costumes.

Family Fall Fest (Elmhurst)
October 8, 2022 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Enjoy this fall festival of games, food trucks, and of course, trick-or-treating in Safety Town.

Halloween Safety Event (Montgomery)
October 9, 2022 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
This annual event is filled with giveaways, food trucks, activities, and safety information.

Halloween Happening (Wheaton)
October 14, 2022 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Annual Wheaton tradition with crafts, games, and more.

Trick or Treat in the Woods (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
October 14, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Walk through Hidden Oaks Forest Preserve for treats, but watch out for tricks!

Spooky Stroll (Oak Park)
October 14, 2022 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Face painters, crafts, and a spooky stroll through Austin Gardens. Don’t forget your costume!

Zombie Candy Hunt (La Grange)
October 14, 2022 | 7:30pm – 8:00pm
Kids can wear their costumes and bring a flashlight and their own container to collect treats at this spooky hunt.

All Hallows Eve (Naperville)
October 14 – 15, 2022 | 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Special performances, zombie maze, dark art gallery, local music, and food court.

Hummingbird’s Sensory-Friendly Halloween Party (Woodridge)
October 15, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Celebrate the season with touch-a-truck, trick-or-treating, and much more.

Painting Pumpkins at the Museum (Lisle)
October 15, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Paint a pumpkin and tour the grounds at the Museums at Lisle Station Park.

A Happenin Halloween (Lombard)
October 15, 2022 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Enjoy carnival games, hayrides and more at this Halloween event for “Witches and Warlocks”.

Trick or Treat Trail (Lemont)
October 15, 2022 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Stroll through Centennial Park while you trick-or-treat at stations.

Fall Family Fest (Hinsdale)
October 15, 2022 | 11:00am – 1:30pm
Kids can dress in their Halloween costume for pumpkin decorating, inflatables, and entertainment.

Boo Bash (West Chicago)
October 15, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Jump, walk, trick-or-treat, and celebrate all things Halloween at this annual event.

Escape The Mansion (Geneva)
October 15, 2022 | 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Put your skills to the test and try to escape the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center.

Candy Carnival (Berwyn)
October 15, 2022 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Trick-or-treat through Proksa Park. Don’t forget your costumes!

Halloween Trick or Treat Trail (Oak Brook)
October 15, 2022 | 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.

Caravan to Candyland (St. Charles)
October 19, 2022 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm
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.

Spooktacular Halloween Stroll (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
October 21, 2022 | 5:15pm – 8:30pm
Experience an evening stroll through the zoo while enjoying the family friendly decorations, activities, and pumpkin decorating.

Pumpkin Swim (Oak Brook)
October 21, 2022 | 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.

Halloween Happenings (Villa Park)
October 21, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Trick-or-treat outside the Iowa Community Center, but don’t miss the reptile show starting at 7:00pm.

Haunt on Hirsch Street (Melrose Park)
October 21, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
There’s endless fun to be had at this free family block party.

Halloween Happenings (Villa Park)
October 21, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Trick-or-treat, and enjoy the reptile show, and spot the spooky scenes in the Iowa Rec Center.

Haunted Library (Glen Ellyn Public Library)
October 21, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Explore the library as it’s been taken over by both family-friendly and scary characters.

Night at the Museum: Halloween Party (DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton)
October 21, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy a musuem-wide scavenger hunt, spooky crafts and more.

Hocus Pocus Hoe Down (Aurora)
October 21, 2022 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Enjoy watching “Hocus Pocus”, as well as dancing and crafts at this family-friendly Halloween event.

Howl O Ween Dog Parade (Peck Farm Park, Geneva)
October 22, 2022 | 9:00am – 9:30am
Bring your four-legged friends for this festive parade. Prizes are awarded.

Halloween Hayday (Geneva)
October 22, 2022 | 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.

Boo Bash (Glen Ellyn)
October 22, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Weave through the trick-or-treat trail, but don’t forget to take your pumpkin home!

Halloween Party (Westchester)
October 22, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Trick-or-treat through this outdoor celebration.

Trick or Treat Trail (Westmont)
October 22, 2022 | 10:30am – 2:30pm
Trick or treat through downtown Westmont, and stay for the pumpkin smash.

Howl-O-Ween (Phillips Park Zoo, Aurora)
October 22, 2022 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Visit the animals and have fun making Halloween crafts.

Paws and Pumpkins Cat Cafe (Hinsdale Humane Society)
October 22, 2022 | 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Register for your session to visit with the cats, but stay to decorate a pumpkin, too.

Family Halloween Craft (Kiwanis Park, Brookfield)
October 22, 2022 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Create your own Halloween decoration at this family-friendly event.

Halloween at the Promenade (Bolingbrook Promenade)
October 22, 2022 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Join the costume parade, hop on the trackless train, and enjoy the twinkling Halloween tree running through November 6th.

Monster Madness (Lisle)
October 22, 2022 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Autumn fun fair filled with friendly games, pumpkin patch, and crafts.

Halloween Hop (Downtown Naperville)
October 23, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Trick or treat through the streets of downtown Naperville at this annual event.

Wondereen…and Boo! (Wonder Works Museum, Oak Park)
October 23, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Purchase tickets in advance to visit the museum for spooky fun and games.

Spooktacular (Lombard)
October 23, 2022 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Trick-or-treat, join the costume contest, and so much more and this spooky event through Downtown Lombard.

Downtown Downers Grove Trick-or-Treating
October 23, 2022 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Roam the streets of Downers Grove for an afternoon of trick-or-treating.

Creepy Critters (Jurica Suchy Nature Museum, Lisle)
October 26, 2022 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm
This annual event returns with spooky fun around the nature museum. Trick-or-treat, play games, and much more.

Jack-o’-Lantern Jubilee (Memorial Park, La Grange Park)
October 26, 2022 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Join the La Grange Park Public Library as they host a festival of jack-o-lanterns.

Parent and Tot Pumpkin Carving (Western Springs, La Grange Co-Op)
October 26, 2022 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Avoid the mess at home by carving pumpkins with the park district.

Great Pumpkin Challenge (North Riverside)
October 26, 2022 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Find the pumpkins in the flashlight hunt, and enjoy all the spooks and scares from North Riverside.

Monster Bash (Lombard)
October 27, 2022 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Enjoy delicious treats, and play spooky games at Lombard’s Halloween festival.

Halloween for Ghouls and Goblins (Darien)
October 27, 2022 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Come in costume, enjoy delicious pizza, and have fun playing lots of spooky games and crafts.

Pumpkin Carving Night (Glen Ellyn)
October 27, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Keep the mess at the Main Street Rec Center, then leave your pumpkin to be on display through Halloween.

Halloween Zumba (Bensenville)
October 27, 2022 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Bust out your scariest moves at this Halloween dance party!

Halloween Party (Darien, Indian Prairie Public Library)
October 28, 2022 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Join IPPL for games, crafts, candy and more.

Halloween Hoopla Party (Western Springs)
October 28, 2022 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Play games, and trick-or-treat through Safety Village at this annual event.

Candy Carnival (Addison)
October 28, 2022 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
This annual, indoor event is filled with games and activities for children of all ages.

Drive-Thru Trick or Treat (Midwestern University, Downers Grove)
October 28, 2022 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Register for your 30-minute session to drive thru for tricks and treats, but don’t forget your canned food or monetary donation for admission.

Parkie’s Pumpkin Patch (Pelican Harbor, Bolingbrook)
October 28, 2022 | 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, York Center Park District)
October 28, 2022 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Find pumpkins scattered around Villa Roosevelt Park for prizes.

Pumpkin Patch Pool Party (Aurora)
October 29, 2022 | 8:45am – 11:45am
Make a splash at this pumpkin patch in the pool.

Pumpkin Palooza (DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville)
October 29, 2022 | 9:00am – 2:00pm
DCM’s annual event returns with spooky STEM activities.

Monster Mash Dance Party (Downers Grove)
October 29, 2022 | 9:00am – 11:00am
Show off your spookiest dance moves, then enjoy outdoor trick-or-treating at Fishel Park.

Halloween Festival and Parade (Glen Ellyn)
October 29, 2022 | 9:45am – 1:00pm
Join the parade and trick-or-treat through downtown Glen Ellyn.

Sugar Rush Youth Fun Run (Bartlett)
October 29, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Run off all that extra energy before it’s time for candy!

Monster Mash (Yorktown Mall, Lombard)
October 29, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Join the fun in Center Court to meet-and-greet characters, get your face painted, and more.

Downtown Wheaton Trick-or-Treat
October 29, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Stroll the streets of Wheaton, cruising for candy.

The Great Sand Ridge (Tiny) Pumpkin Hunt (Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland)
October 29, 2022 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Find pumpkins hid

BatFest (Batavia)
October 29, 2022 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Trick-or-treat through downtown Batavia, join the parade, and countless other ways to have fun at this annual event.

Halloween Parade (Downers Grove)
October 29, 2022 | 10:30am – 5:00pm
The fun is endless at Lyman Woods. Join the costume contest, games, s’mores, and more.

Halloween Pet Parade and Open House (Alive Center, Aurora)
October 29, 2022 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Alive Center’s Halloween festivities are back in 2022!

Monster Mash (Bensenville)
October 29, 2022 | 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.

Ghost Hunt (North Riverside Park Mall)
October 29, 2022 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Find ghosts scattered throughout the mall, and stay for the festivities afterwards.

Trick-or-Treat Trail (Carol Stream)
October 29, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Stroll through Red Hawk Park with games, activities, and treats. Don’t forget to register in advance!

Pumpkin Race (Rotary Hill, Naperville)
October 29, 2022 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Race your pumpkin design down Rotary Hill.

Trick or Treat (Downtown Aurora)
October 29, 2022 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Stop in the shops in downtown Aurora for tricks and treats.

Monster Mash Bash (Oswego)
October 29, 2022 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
This year’s event is filled with crafts, candy, and countless opportunities for fun.

Spooky Skate (Oak Park)
October 29, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Play games, listen to spooky music, and enjoy an evening of ice skating.

Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt (Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs)
October 30, 2022 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Find pumpkins scattered around the nature center.

Halloween Happening (Naperville)
October 30, 2022 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Activities, games, and treats at this family-friendly Halloween event for kids 10 and under.

Trick or Treat at Naper Settlement (Naperville)
October 30, 2022 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Walk through historic Naperville buildings as you trick-or-treat through stations.

Reverse Trick-or-Treating (Inside Out Club, Naperville)
October 30, 2022 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Spread cheer this Halloween by making treat bags to share with local seniors.

Boo Bash (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
October 31, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Read Halloween stories, make Halloween crafts and share a special Halloween treat. Boo!

Blodgett House Boo Fest (Downers Grove)
October 31, 2022 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Don’t worry about the weather as you trick-or-treat through Blodgett House on Halloween night.

Monsters in Smith Park (Lyons)
October 31, 2022 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Keep the fun going at Smith Park with hayrides, bounce houses, and much more.

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

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