Things To Do
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.
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Oak Brook Park District
Friday & Saturday, October 11 & 12 from 6:30-9:30pm (Last hayride is at 9pm). Each year, this unique fall festival offers Halloween fun for the entire family! Featuring a life-sized haunted maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, crafts and more, this event is available one weekend only! The Indoor/Outdoor event takes place on Fri. and Sat., October 11 and 12 from 6:30-9:30pm, Oak Brook’s Central Park, 1500 Forest Gate Road. This year’s haunted maze is over 10,000 square feet and twists its way into the forest. Maze preview night is on Thurs., Oct. 10 from 4-6pm. While the scary scenes will be in place, there won’t be any actors jumping out to throw maze-goers off track, making the feature more kid-friendly. For $5 participants will be able to walk through the maze as many times as they’d like Thursday night. There is no general admission charge for Haunted Forest on Oct. 11 or 12. Families may buy activity tickets for $1 each or 25 tickets for $20, and several of the family activities are free. For more information visit www.obparks.org/hauntedforest or call 630-990-4233.
St. Charles, Illinois
The 34th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest takes place Oct. 11-13, 2019 in downtown St. Charles. This family-friendly fall festival, famous for its unique scarecrow displays, features an array of activities for everyone to enjoy. The Fest continues to feature new attractions along with its signature events. Come see why St. Charles, Illinois Scarecrow Fest has once again been named one of the country’s “Top 22 Fall Festivals to celebrate the season” by Country Living. St. Charles Business Alliance (630)443-3967 www.ScarecrowFest.com.
Willow the Witch
Provide a spooky twist to your next Halloween Party by inviting Willow to haunt with your guests. Willow provides an eerie – audience heart pumping story with music and sensory stimulation to entertain guests at your next private or public party/event. Many years of experience working with children and haunting in schools, park districts and private parties. A less – scary Willow is available upon request for very small children. Ghoulie Face painting also available. Contact Willow at 708-372-7125.
Mountain View Adventure Center
Join us on these spooky weekends, when the ghosts and ghouls of our old mining town come out to haunt those who dare to play on their mini-golf course. Kids in costume receive a special treat! Oct 18–20 & 25–27. Mt. View Adventure Center. 847-391-5733. DPParks.org.
Westmont Park Dist.
Look no further than the Westmont Park District for bales of fall fun! Our Last Straw Fall Event kicks it off on October 6…don’t miss this great, free, family event for all ages! For those brave ones, walk and ride through our annual Haunted Forest Tour. We are once again offering The Pumpkin Flotilla; families can carve a jack-o-lantern that will float on the Diane Main Park Pond. Little ghouls and goblins can attend our annual Halloween Fun Fair with games, costume parade and show on October 31. For more info call 630-963-5252 or visit westmontparks.org.
Whether one calls him Sasquatch or Bigfoot, the legendary, mythical ape-man that roams the woods lives on in the hearts of true believers and on YouTube videos everywhere. Bring your whole family out to Hickory Knolls on Sat. Oct. 19 from 5:30-7pm to find out for yourself. Fee is $10/person. Ages 3 & under – free. Call for group rates. Remember flashlights. Dress for the weather.
Escape the Barn
Mysterious crimes are popping up at Primrose Farm. We need your help to find the culprit! On Friday & Saturday, October 11 & 12, it’s up to you and your teammates to Escape the Barn before it’s too late! The fee per person each night is $20 for residents and $30 for nonresidents, ages 11+. Sign up for a Moonlight Hayride and get $5 off your escape room ticket! Advanced registration is required at stcparks.org/register.
Retail Monster and Horror Store
Oozing with creepy coolness, Ghoulish Mortals is Chicagoland’s immersive monster & horror retail store filled with fun, artist created art & products! Check out our website for a store video, and info on our customized parties for kids/teens/adults and of course our horrid happenings: classes, seminars, make & takes, b-movie nights, tabletop game nights, ¬¬artist/author signings, kids stories/crafts, themed photography, etc. Definitely like us on social media to always see what’s lurking at the store! 228 W. Main Street, Saint Charles, IL 60174. (Corner of 3rd St & Main (Rt 64) in Downtown STC, across from Rocket Fizz) 630-441-2920. www.ghoulishmortals.com.
Pumpkin Smash 2019 at Scarce!
Help keep Halloween Green by keeping pumpkins out of landfills. Bring your pumpkin on Saturday, November 2nd to Scarce in Glen Ellyn to be composted. www.scarce.org/pumpkins/.
“Halloween Happenings” Events…
13th Floor Haunted House – 9/13-11/9. Weekends. One of the largest haunted house brands brings two new attractions this year in one location for one price: Melrose Park. 13thfloorchicago.com.
Statesville Haunted Prison® – Find your way through 23 maximum security cells and come eye to eye with over 100 criminals that were too evil to die. Thurs. – Sun. thru Oct. 31st. 17250 S. Weber Road, Lockport. statesvillehauntedprison.com
Ghost Stories in the Park…After Dark – Weekend evenings of scary stories to send shivers up your spine. Outdoor event, dress warmly. Riverwalk Grand Pavillion, Naperville. Register napervilleparks.org.
Trick or Trees – Weekends in October. Kids and their adult caregivers can enjoy tricky games, paint pumpkins and plant a tree seed. Costumes encouraged. Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden. mortonarb.org.
The Glow: A Pumpkin Wonderland – 10/3-6*, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27; Features an enchanting and unforgettable wonderland of more than 5,000 hand carved, illuminated pumpkins transformed into beautiful landscapes, iconic figures and larger than life structures. 6-10 p.m. sensory-friendly show Oct. 6. Sensory Garden Playground, 2751 Navistar Dr, Lisle Glowpumpkin.com
Haunted Lemont Bus Tour– 10/6. Bring in the Halloween season as we explore the paranormal and urban legends history of Lemont. Tour starts at 1pm at The Old Stone Church/LAHS Museum,306 Lemont St, Lemont. lemonthistory.org
Glass Pumpkin Patch – 10/9-13. Features demos of the country’s top glassblowers and unique, handcrafted designs available for purchase. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
Witches Night Out – 10/11. A night of friendship, food, raffles and fun activities for women. Benefits Families Helping Families Agency. 4:30-9:30 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. witchesnightoutnaperville.org.
Specters and Spirits – 10/11. Join us for an exploration of the allegedly haunted Downers Grove Museum for signs of spirits with paranormal experts. 7 PM. Downers Grove. Dgparks.org
Escape the Barn – 10/11-12. Witches from the Salem Witch Trials are retaliating. It’s up to you and your teammates to Escape the Barn before it’s too late! Ages 11 and up. Sign up for a Moonlight Hayride to get a discount on the escape room ticket. Primrose Farm, St. Charles Park District. Register at stcparks.org/register.
Oak Brook Park District Haunted Forest – 10/11-12. (Less scary maze preview on 10/10). Featuring a life-sized haunted maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, crafts and more. This year’s haunted maze is over 10,000 square feet and twists its way into the forest. Pathways of Central Park, Oak Brook. obparks.org
Haunted Quarry –10/12 and 10/19 The ghosts are coming out to play at the Quarry,. 7 PM to 9 PM Ages 10+. Hall Quarry Beach. Bataviaparks.org
Boo! At the Zoo – 10/12-27 Sat and Sun. Haunting good family time with 7,000 square foot corn maze, giant pumpkin carving demos, costume parade and contest, Halloween-themed crafts and activities. Special Zoo Animal Chats about the creepiest critters. Brookfield Zoo. czs.org
Boo Bash – 10/12. Enjoy the Trick-or-Treat Trail with your favorite cartoon characters, Glen Ellyn Public Library storytelling, apple cider, and Halloween treats. Little Miss Ann will also be there to get you moving and grooving! Ages 2-8. 10:30-11:30 AM. Maryknoll Park, Glen Ellyn. gepark.org.
Family Fall Fest – 10/12. Wear Halloween costumes for trick or treating in Safety Town, fall games and food trucks. Wild Meadows Trace Park, Elmhurst Park District. epd.org.
Witches Walk – 10/12. Get dressed up for drinks, cackles, and treats for an annual “spirits” walk downtown that calls all witches. Invite your favorite warlock to the “Witches Ball at Gelsosomo’s with food, drink, and a band. Ages 21 and up. 6 PM. Lemont. lemontchamber.com.
Halloween Improv Show – 10/13 Knuckleball Comedy will perform their acclaimed, highly interactive improv show, which will have kids and adults, laughing, acting and wanting more. 2 PM Downers Grove. Dgparks.org
Spooky Pooch Parade – 10/13. Costumed canines are invited to march the parade. Free to watch, fee to participate. Chicago Botanic Garden, Glenview. chicagobotanic.org.
Night of 1,000 Jack-O-Lanterns – 10/16-20, 10/23-27. More than 1,000 hand-carved, real pumpkins – some as large as 150 pounds – will light up the night! Chicago Botanic Garden, Glenview. chicagobotanic.org.
Haunted History with Ghost Head Soup – 10/18. Hear haunted tales and hair-raising evidence of paranormal activity. Age 14+ only. Churchville Schoolhouse, Bensenville elmhursthistory.org
Haunted Hole-O-Ween at Mount View Adventure Center – 10/18-20 and 10/25-27. Ghosts and ghouls of the mining town come out to haunt those who play mini-golf. Costumed children receive a special treat. Des Plaines. DPParks.org.
Pumpkin Swim – 10/18. Pumpkin hunters search for capsules filled with candy and real pumpkins. After event swim time and activities on deck. 6 PM. Oak Brook Park District. obparks.org.
Halloween Flick and Float – 10/18. Enjoy Tim Burton’s Halloween movie while floating around or sitting on the deck at BBC Splash Central. Bartlett. bartlettparks.org
Fright at Night – 10/18. Trick or treating and entertainment throughout the haunted Oak Park Conservatory. Oak Park. Pdop.org.
Grave Reminders at North Cemetery – 10/18. Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to walk through one of St. Charles’ oldest cemeteries in the dark. Explore the cemetery’s dark corners, closely inspect the headstones and take a moment to step across the graves – if you dare! St. Charles. Stcparks.org.
All Hallows Eve – 10/18-19, Journey through the Underworld, Torture Dungeon, Dracula’s Lair, Victorian Insane Asylum and see live performances. Guests should not wear costumes (to avoid confusion with other visitors confusing guests with performers). 6:30-10 PM. Recommended Age 8+. Naper Settlement, Naperville. napersettlement.org
Gallery of Ghoulish Home Tour – 10/18-31 Pack up the family and drive by some of the spookiest houses in St. Charles! Best viewed at dusk. Judging night is 10/19. St. Charles. Stcparks.org.
Haunted Halloween Flea Market – 10/19. Great family fun with live music, costume ball, haunted hayride and ghoulish encounters. Thousands of treasures for sale and interesting vendors. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Zurkopromotions.
Halloween Happening – 10/19. This family-friendly event features carnival games, a magician, arts and crafts, face painting and pony rides, Theater of Terror, Reptile Room and much more! Event includes pizza, goodie bag and a visit to the Pumpkin Patch. Wilmette. wilmettepark.org
Trunk or Treat – 10/19. Trick or Treat from car to car. Businesses and organizations will decorate their vehicles and provide Halloween Goodies. Come in costume; we’ll provide the treat bags. Parents must accompany their children during the event. Hoffman Estates. heparks.org
All Hallow’s Eve – 10/19. Costumed kids can enjoy a ghoulishly good time with food, drinks, live entertainment, games and activities. Arlington Heights Historical Museum. ahmuseum.org
Haunted Trail and Bonfire – 10/19. They are creepin’ it real! Live entertainment, wagon rides, face painting, games, costume contest, witches’ kitchen, bonfire. Lindenhurst. Lindenhurstparks.org
Trick or Treat Climb – 10/19 Gather treats as you scale the Ackerman Alps indoor climbing wall. Rock climbing-friendly costumes encouraged. Ages: 4-13. Ackerman SFC, Glen Ellyn. Register at gepark.org.
Ghost Hunt and Paranormal Tour – 10/19. Tour Chicago’s eeriest haunts including Queen of Heaven Cemetery and the crash site of Flight 191. Lunch at Country House Restaurant. Chicago. Summitparks.org.
Haunted Gingerbread House – 10/21 & 23. Sugar and spice and everything not so nice to build a spooky gingerbread house. Ages K-3 with adult. 4:15 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. helenplum.org.
Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow – 10/24. This evening is an ages 18-and-older event for the kid at heart. Enjoy the zoo covered in pumpkins galore, unique animal chats, and a wine, beer, or spirit in hand (for those ages 21+) without kids and crowds. Lincoln Park Zoo. lpzoo.org
Family Fun Night: Pumpkins and Treats – 10/25. Family night with costumes encouraged. Crafts, pumpkin decorating, trick or treating. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. cantigny.org.
Haunted Canal Hay Ride – 10/25-26 Chauffered hayrides by the Lemont Tractor Club take visitors on a scary haunted hay ride. Lemont. hopeandfriendshipfoundation.com.
Boo Fest – 10/25. Creepy crafts, ghoulish snacks, spooky games, bounce house and ghosts stories. Costumes of course. Kids ages 1-10 with adult. Carol Stream Park District. csparks.org
Spooktacular – 10/25. Come dressed in costume. Stroll through the corn maze, meet live animals, decorate pumpkins, play games, make crafts and enjoy refreshments. Wheaton. Wheatonparkdistrict.com
Halloween Boonanza – 10/25. Kids ages 2 to 14 will enjoy crafts, inflatables, trick or treating, a costume contest, a haunted train ride, carnival games and entertainment. Community Recreation Center, Schaumburg. parkfun.com
Forest Fright and Delight – 10/25. Come join us for a clue solving Halloween adventure around Fischer Farm. Tricks, treats and age appropriate haunted surprises. Fischer Farm. Bensenville. bensenvilleparkdistrict.org
Boonanza – 10/25. Kids 10 and younger can decorate a pumpkin and create a craft, enjoy storytelling, hayrides, magic show and inflatables. Community Recreation Center. Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com
Spooky Skate – 10/25. Grab your costume and skates and have some fun at our rink! Enjoy cosmic skate with our DJ, head to the gym for fun activities or embrace your creativity with an Art Studio Craft. Mount Prospect. mppd.org.
Hole-O-Ween at Links and Tees – 10/25-27. Child friendly haunted mini golf course. Every Child under 12 wearing their costume get free admission when accompanied by another paying “costumer.” Putter’s Peak Mini Golf, Addison. addisonparks.org
Monster Bash at The Exploritorium – 10/26 This family event will have carnival games & prizes, crafts, bounce house, face painting and candy galore. Come in costume. This fun fair does not scare. Oakton Community Center. Skokie. skokieparks.org
Halloween Happening – 10/26 Activities include games, airbrush tattoos, concessions, trunk or treat, strolling magic and a trick or treat trail. Wheaton. Wheatonparkdistrict.com
Main Street Cemetery Flashlight Tour – 10/26. Explore the historic Main Street Cemetery on a guided tour of the graveyard and learn little known facts about the people buried there. Ages 15+. 7 PM. Downers Grove. Dgparks.org
Howl O’Ween Dog Parade – 10/26. Bring your dogs and dress-to-impress at Peck Farm Park’s FREE Howl O’ Ween Dog Parade! Prizes will be awarded for most creative, funniest, and scariest costumes. Geneva. genevaparks.org
Teenie Weenie Halloweenie Party – 10/26. Kids can dress up in their costumes decorate their own pumpkin.Kid-friendly activites and snacks will be served. Kids should come dressed in costumes. Ages 2-6 Roselle. Rparks.org.
Batfest – 10/26. Trick or treating, music, parade, costume contests for humans and pets, pumpkin roll, pumpkin carving contest, games, activities and live entertainment. Downtown Batavia. downtownbatavia.com.
Spooky Zoo – 10/26 This FREE event in a safe and family-friendly environment will include an animal education zone, arts and crafts, and, trick-or-treating. Lincoln Park Zoo. Lpzoo.org.
Zombie Obstacle Course – 10/26 Test your abilities in the zombie infested obstacle course. Monster bash following. Open to all ages. O’Brien Woods. Bartlett. bartlettparks.org
Halloween Festival and Parade – 10/26. Trick or treating at local businesses, festival entertainment and crafts. 9:45 AM–1 PM. Downtown Glen Ellyn. glenellynchamber.com.
Halloween Walk – 10/26. Trick or treat parade, crafts and pumpkin bowling. LaGrange. lgba.chambermaster.com.
Haunted Halloween Party Cruise – 10/26. Don your costume and board a Spirit of Chicago Yacht for a tour of the city with music by a DJ and available full bar. 21+. Chicago. halloweencruises.com.
Village of Lemont Halloween Hoedown – 10/26. Costume Contest and Parade followed by trick or treating downtown stores. Haywagon rides, photo opps and “Halloween Hoops” contest. Lemont. lemontparkdistrict.org.
Naperville Pumpkin Race – 10/26. Decorating contest, costume contest and pumpkin race kits to race/roll pumpkins. Rotary Hill, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.
Scare-illon Concert – 10/26. Hear spooky and atmospheric pieces featuring classical and popular music. Elan Dance Company will perform. Suitable for all ages. Millenium Carillon, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.
Haunted Halloween Ball – 10/26. The Nightmare at Navy Pier in the Grand Ballroom promises music and refreshments for a spectacular Halloween celebration. 21+. Navy Pier, Chicago. navypier.com.
Limelight Theater Presents: The Black Eyes of the Crow. 10/26. Limelight’s annual horror radio show is a nightmarish tale inspired by Italian slasher films. Set in a mental institution in the 1970s, someone is picking off patients one by one. Montgomery. oswegolandparkdistrict.org
KIDS-Monstrosity Make & Take – 10/27. Come in your costume and create a monster! Stay for Halloween story time after. Suggested for ages 7 and up. Ghoulish Mortals Monster & Horror Retail Store in Downtown St. Charles – 10am – FREE – Please call or email to reserve your child’s space. 630-441-2920 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Trunk or Treat – 10/27. Visit the cars in the parking lot for goodies and then go inside for games and snacks. If it rains, we’ll move indoors. St. Matthew United Church of Christ. Wheaton. stmatthewucc.org/
Boo Bash! – 10/30. Children are invited to preview with their Halloween costumes to this fun hour of not too spooky activities and stories, ending with a yummy treat! Wheaton. Cantigny.org.
Trick or Treat Downtown – 10/31 Dress up in costume and visit dozens of participating businesses and museums for treats. Aurora. Auroradowntown.org