Local Haunted Hayrides, Walks, and Drives for Halloween 2020

There’s a chill in the air . . . and little ghosts and goblins everywhere are on the hunt for a good scare! While some events have been cancelled this year, others are moving ahead with a focus on advance registration, smaller groups, and other precautions. These open-air events are a great way to get those scares in more safely.

haunted trail with cute ghost and spider; haunted walks

2020 Haunted Hayrides, Houses, Forest Walks, and Drive-Thru Events

Parental discretion is always recommended. If you’re unsure whether a particular event or venue listed below is age-appropriate for your kids, call ahead!

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.

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.

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, all decorated for Halloween.

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: May 7–9 and Beyond

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Ongoing Events

Goebbert’s Farm Haunted Hayride (South Barrington)
September 19 – October 31, 2020 | Daily from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Explore a frightening 12-room haunted house specially designed for school-aged children. Included with admission wristband; masks required.

Sonny Acres Farm (West Chicago)
October 2020; Check website for more details
29W310 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185
Sonny Acres usually runs a haunted hayride and other spooky events. This year, “haunted” experiences will begin in October; check their website for more details.

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There are plenty of 2020 family-friendly Halloween events going on, so make sure to plan ahead and make reservations early!

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a mom to two boys (ages 2 and 4) who "certainly has her hands full," as strangers in grocery stores tell her. She's doing her best to keep up and get comfortable with the mud pies and tree-climbing her kids love. In addition to writing and editing, Rachel frequently pillages the Naperville library, plays nerdy board games with her husband, and collapses into a tired heap at 8:30 p.m.

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