The Ultimate Guide to Halloween 2022 for Families in the Suburbs

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Once school starts and the weather begins to turn cooler, kids start planning their costumes and dreaming of Halloween candy. Local grocery stores are already starting to stock treats and decorations. We’re rounding up local Halloween happenings for 2022, from not-too-spooky hayrides and pumpkin carving events to trick-or-treat hours and indoor events to have on standby in case of rain. Happy hauntings!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. We’ll update this one closer to Halloween, but we’ve left last year’s details up to give you an idea what to look for.

Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Western Suburbs
Easily find the recommended trick-or-treat hours for your town and surrounding areas. We’ve left 2021 hours up for you to see the usual times, but we’ll add 2022 hours once towns begin to announce them.

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.

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 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.

2022 Pumpkin Smashes and Composting Events
Saturday, November 5, 2022 is going to be the big day for pumpkin and jack-o-lantern composting events. Keep those pumpkins out of the landfill and save them for a pumpkin smash event!

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. We’ll update this one closer to Halloween 2022.

Our Guide to Fall Family Fun has even more seasonal activities for your family to enjoy!

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