The Ultimate Guide to Halloween for Families in the Suburbs

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Find everything from when to trick-or-treat and where to trunk-or-treat to all of the Halloween events, where to see the best decorated houses for the holiday to what to do with leftover candy, crafts to do with your kids to family-friendly recipes in these guides to local Halloween fun! Kids can even eat free on Halloween! You can also get tips on how to make Halloween fun for everyone, including those with allergies who often can’t enjoy the majority of treats being handed out.

Halloween for Families in the Suburbs

Keep scrolling to find all kinds of Halloween fun in Chicago’s west suburbs. If you find that a link is displaying last year’s info, check back soon. We’re constantly updating articles as organizers publicize their events and programming.

Family-Friendly Halloween Events
This helpful resource lists all of the Halloween events by day, with times and descriptions. There are many opportunities to decorate pumpkins, watch Halloween-themed movies, take a hayride, listen to a storyteller, enjoy Halloween treats and games, and more.

Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Western Suburbs
Easily find the recommended trick-or-treat hours for your town and surrounding areas.

Haunted Houses and Haunted Forest Walks
Haunted houses are everywhere during the month of October… but we’ve also found some spooky Halloween walks that are sure to thrill! Descriptions are included to give you insight as to how scary these attractions and events will be.

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events
Trick-or-treat trunk to trunk! Many of these events offer activities as well as an opportunity for kids to wear their costumes while gathering candy.

Best Decorated Halloween Houses
Take a drive to check out these spooky houses, all decked out for Halloween! Photos are included to give you a sneak peak and of course addresses.

The Teal Pumpkin Project and Other Allergy-Friendly Halloween Ideas
Halloween should be fun for everyone! Learn about the Teal Pumpkin Project and get ideas for what you can hand out for those with allergies and sensitivities.

Kids Eat Free on Halloween
You’re in for a special treat. Halloween is an incredible day for Kids Eat Free! All of the details for the deals are included in this one.

What To Do With Leftover Halloween Candy
We love Halloween and all the fun this time of year has to offer, but sometimes we are left with lots of extra candy. So what to do with leftover Halloween candy after everyone’s picked their favorites out of the bowl? Read on for a couple opportunities to pay it forward with that candy.

Pumpkin Patches Near Chicago
This great guide includes farms in our area that either have pick-your-own pumpkins or pumpkins in bins with all sorts of great attractions, rides, and food. Key features of each location are highlighted, along with hours and prices.

Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests
Fall is such a beautiful time of year… with the changing leaves and crisp air comes an incredible line up of fun things to do as a family! We’ve rounded up some of the fall festivals that will be happening in your neighborhood, as well as venues that host fall activities all season long.

Indoor Halloween Events, Trick-or-Treating and More
The perfect weather for a spooky Halloween may be cold and rainy, but it isn’t much fun to trick-or treat in! If the weather forecast is spooking you, check out these fun indoor options.

12 Halloween Crafts: Kidlist Tested, Mom Approved
Looking for some fun and doable Halloween crafts to do with your kids? It’s easy to get sucked into Halloween crafts that look beautiful… but then you quickly find out that a professional crafter and photographer roped you into thinking it’s easier than it is. Good news! The following 12 ideas can all be realistically done with young children. Also, you mostly likely already have most of the supplies needed!

Halloween Books for Little Ones
A local mom put together a great list of Halloween books she enjoys reading with her kids and they are wonderful suggestions!

Halloween Costume Ideas
Tons of ideas for costumes for kids you can make, buy, or a combination of both.

Where to Find Halloween Costumes
We’ve scoped out some great (and affordable!) places to find Halloween costumes for your kids.

Also, head over to our friends at Little Lake County, Little McHenry County, and Stateline Kids (Rockford Area) for more details about Halloween in those areas.

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