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Halloween may be rooted in the scary, but these days, it offers something for everyone. Read our picks for the best Halloween events happening in and around the Chicago suburbs.


  • 13th Floor Haunted House – 9/22-11/4. One of the largest haunted house brands brings two new attractions this year in one location for one price: Cursed: Purgatory and Dead End District: Freakshow.  Melrose Park. Ages 12 and up.
  • Ghost Stories in the Park…After Dark  – An evening of scary stories to send shivers up your spine. Outdoor event, dress warmly. Fri., Sat., Sun 10/6,7,8. 7-8 PM.  Riverwalk Grand Pavillion, Naperville. Register
  • Morton Arboretum Theatre Hikes – Walk along with the action of your favorite literary tales performed live. In October, celebrate the spooky season with “Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe.”  10/7-8, 14-15, 22,28,29. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • Tricks or Trees – 10/9. Play tricky games, fashion fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as your treat. Small pumpkins to paint available for purchase. Costumes encourages. Weekends in October and 11AM-4PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • Day of the Dead Activity – 10/9. Create papel picado/paper banners and flores de papel/paper flowers to decorate ofrendas/altars for the upcoming Day of the Dead celebration. 1-2 PM. Ages 5-12. Des Plaines History Center. 847-391-5399.
  • Creepy Critters Day – 10/9. Dig for worms, touch a snake, observe spiders. Drop-in 10 AM-2 PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville.
  • Glass Pumpkin Patch – 10/11-15. Features demos of the country’s top glassblowers and unique, handcrafted designs available for purchase. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • Witches Night Out – 10/12. A night of friendship, food, raffles and fun activities for women. Benefits Families Helping Families Agency. 5-9:30 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville.
  • Boo Bash – 10/14. Enjoy the Trick-or-Treat Trail with your favorite cartoon characters, Glen Ellyn Public Library storytelling, apple cider, and Halloween treats. Bobby “Circus Boy” Hunt will be performing an action-packed comedy show. Ages 2-8. 10:30-11:30 AM. 630-858-2462.
  • Gone Squatchin’ 10/14. He lives, he breathes. Search for the sasquatch and enjoy prairie maze, campfire, games and storytelling. 5:30-7PM. Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles. 630-513-6200. LEARN MORE
  • Oak Brook Park District Haunted Forest10/14-15 (with less scary preview 10/13). Spooky 13,000 square foot maze will have several new festive features. Pumpkin patch, face painting, fireside storytelling, and tractor pulled hayrides, plus concessions. Friday and Saturday, 6:30-9:30 PM, Thursday 4-6 PM. Pathways of Central Park, Oak Brook Park District. 630-990-4233.
  • The Great Scarecrow Search 10/21 and 10/22. Guided scavenger hunt to follow the clues along a nature trail with prizes. Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles, IL 60175. 630-513-4399. LEARN MORE
  • Haunted Hole-O-Ween at Mount View Adventure Center10/20-22 and 10/27-29. Ghosts and ghouls of the mining town come out to haunt those who play mini-golf. Des Plaines. 847-391-5730. WEBSITE
  • Hole-O-Ween at Links and Tees – 10/20-22. Mini Golf for children under 12. Free admission for costumed kids with paying “costumer.” 11 AM-9 PM. Putter’s Peak Mini Golf, Addison. 630-233-7275.
  • Haunted Halloween Flea Market – 10/21. Great family fun with live music, costume ball, haunted hayride and ghoulish encounters. 3 PM – midnight. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Zurkopromotions.
  • Murder Mystery Dinner-Theater – 10/27. Enjoy a memorable Halloween festivity enjoying cocktails, a delicious meal and solving a good mystery in an unforgettable, historic setting. Must be 21 to register. Robert R. McCormick House, Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Fee. Register by October 16 via the website or 630.260.8162.
  • Candy Carnival – 10/27. Play games to win candy! Boo buckets, bat bean bag toss, ghoulish putting green, candy walk, pumpkin sack races, howlin’ hula hoops, costume contest. 5:30-7 PM. Centennial Rec Center, Addison. 630-233-7275.
  • Haunted Halloween Ball – 10/28-30. The Nightmare at Navy Pier in the Grand Ballroom promises music and refreshments for a spectacular Halloween celebration. 8 PM – 2 AM. Navy Pier, Chicago.
  • Monster Mash Bash – 10/28. Halloween party packed with entertainment, face painting to match costumes, bounce houses, obstacle course, full goody bags. Oswego. 630-554-1010.
  • BOO Breakfast – 10/29. Features demos of the country’s top glassblowers and unique, handcrafted designs available for purchase. 10/11-15. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • Day of the Dead Celebration – 10/28. Third Annual Dia de los Muertos altar completion. Children will paint sugar skulls, view, ofrendas/altars and have their faces strikingly painted. 11AM-4 PM. Des Plaines History Center. 847-391-5399.
  • Spirit of Chicago Haunted Ghost Ship Cruise – 10/29-30. A haunted evening of music, madness and memories surrounding a ghostly ship’s captain. 11:5-PM-2 AM. Navy Pier, Chicago.
  • Boo Bash – 10/30. Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to this fun hour of not-too-spooky activities and stories, ending with a yummy treat!  For ages 3 to 5 with adult. 10-11 AM. Cantigny Park, Education Center, Wheaton. www. Register or 630.260.8162.

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