The Ultimate Guide to Halloween for Families in the Suburbs

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.


Simply click on the buttons below to be taken to area-specific information to make planning memorable days with your kids for the days leading up to Halloween.

If you live in La Grange, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, Naperville, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, and everywhere in between, the western suburbs section is for you!

Click on the southwest suburbs if you live in Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Lemont, Bolingbrook, Joliet, Frankfort, and surrounding areas!

Halloween for Families in the Suburbs

Everything Halloween in the Western Suburbs

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.

Rainy and/or cold on Halloween? 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.

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.

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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.

Construction Paper Halloween Witch

A fun project that you can do with your kids at home, complete with templates to print out.

Fluffy White Ghosts

Make ghosts out of what looks like puffy paint, but is made from stuff you probably have around the house!

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!

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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.

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Everything Halloween in the Southwest Suburbs

Family-Friendly Halloween Events

This helpful resource lists all of the Halloween events by day, with times and descriptions.

Rainy and/or cold on Halloween? Indoor Halloween Events, Trick-or-Treating and More

It’s looking like this year will once again be a chilly one, so if you want to stay warm, check out these indoor trick or treating alternatives.

Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Southwest Suburbs

Easily find the recommended trick-or-treat hours for your town and surrounding areas.

Haunted Walks, Hayrides, and Haunted Houses

There’s a chill in the air and frights to be found all over the Southwest Suburbs! Round up your little monsters and head to a haunted house. Or, get into the Halloween spirit by taking a spooky stroll through a haunted forest trail.

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.

READ
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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 Fests and Oktoberfests in the Southwest Suburbs

The season of fall is a favorite to many. Not only does it bring about cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and the beloved pumpkin spice, but it gives families the opportunity to spend more time together. We’ve gathered a list of some of the fall fests and Oktoberfests in your area that are sure to keep your family’s calendar chock full of fun activities all season long!

Construction Paper Halloween Witch

A fun project that you can do with your kids at home, complete with templates to print out.

Fluffy White Ghosts

Make ghosts out of what looks like puffy paint, but is made from stuff you probably have around the house!

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.

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About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their 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.

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