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HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS

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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.

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  • 13th Floor Haunted House – 9/21-11/3. One of the largest haunted house brands brings two new attractions this year in one location for one price: Ages 12 and up. Melrose Park. 13thfloorchicago.com.
  • House of Torment – 9/28-11/3. Nationally celebrated haunted house offers two attractions: Dead by Dawn and The Shadowrealm: Slenderman. Ages 12 and up. Morton Grove. houseoftormentchicago.com.
  • Ghost Stories in the Park…After Dark – Fri and Sun 10/5- 7, 7 PM; Sat 10/6 6 PM. Evenings of scary stories to send shivers up your spine. Outdoor event.  Riverwalk Grand Pavillion, Naperville. Register napervilleparks.org.
  • Trick or Trees – Weekends in October and Columbus Day, 11 AM-4 PM. 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.
  • Creepy Critters Day – 10/8. Dig for worms, touch a snake, observe spiders. Drop-in 10 AM-2 PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.
  • “Casper” Movie Screening – 10/10. A frightful evening outside watching “Casper” on the big screen. Blankets, lawn chairs and friends welcome for a ghoulishly good time. 6 PM. Lemont. 630-257-6787. Lemontparkdistrict.org.
  • Glass Pumpkin Patch – 10/10-14. 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.
  • “Toast to the Ghosts” – 10/12. Have spirits with the spirits and find out about the ghosts on the “Quarry Queen.” Ages 21 and up. 7 PM. Lemont. The Lemont Historical Society for more information 630-257-2972.
  • Escape the Barn – 10/12-13. 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 – 10/12-13 (with less scary preview 10/11). Spooky 13,000 square foot maze will have several new festive features.and lots of children’s activites. Friday and Saturday, 6:30-9:30 PM, Thursday 4-6 PM. Pathways of Central Park, Oak Brook Park District. 630-990-4233.
  • Boo’s And Spirits – 10/13. Adult Halloween party with DJ, silent auction. South Barrington Park District. 847-381-7515.
  • Boo! At the Zoo – 10/13-14, 20-21, 27-28. Haunting good family time with 7,000 square foot corn maze, giant pumpkin carving demos, costume parade and contest, Halloween-themed crafts and activities. Brookfield Zoo. (708) 688-8000 or CZS.org/Events.
  • Boo Bash – 10/13. Enjoy the Trick-or-Treat Trail with your favorite cartoon characters, Glen Ellyn Public Library storytelling, apple cider, and Halloween treats. Ages 2-8. 10:30-11:30 AM. Maryknoll Park, Glen Ellyn. 630-858-2462. www.gepark.org.
  • Family Fall Fest – 10/13. Wear Halloween costumes for trick or treating in Safety Town, fall games and food trucks. 10 AM – 2 PM. Wild Meadows Trace Park, Elmhurst Park District. 630-993-8900. epd.org.
  • Gone Squatchin’ – 10/13. 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. stcnature.org 630-513-6200.
  • Truck or Treat – 10/13. Trick or treat for trinkets and candy while visiting all kinds of trucks and vehicles. 10 AM. Pirates Cove, Elk Grove Village. 847-437-9494.
  • Witches Walk – 10/13. 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. 630-257-5997. lemontchamber.com.
  • Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow – 10/18. 6:30-10 PM. Enjoy unique animal chats, educational entertainment, cash bars throughout zoo at an adults-only event decorated for the spooky season. Costumes optional. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. 312-742-2000. lpzoo.org.
  • All Hallows Eve – 10/19-20, 6:30-10 PM. Journey through the Underworld, Torture Dungeon, Dracula’s Lair, Victorian Insane Asylum and see live performances. Recommended Age 8 and up. Naper Settlement, Naperville. 630-420-6016.
  • Family Fun Night: Pumpkins and Treats – 10/19. Family night with costumes encouraged. Crafts, pumpkin decorating, trick or treating. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-668-5161. www.cantigny.org.
  • Haunted Canal Hay Ride – 10/19-20 and 10/26-27. Chauffered hayrides by the Lemont Tractor Club take visitors on a scary haunted hay ride. 6 PM. Lemont. hopeandfriendshipfoundation.com.
  • Haunted Hole-O-Ween at Mount View Adventure Center – 10/19-21 and 10/26-28. Ghosts and ghouls of the mining town come out to haunt those who play mini-golf. . Fri 4-9 PM, Sat 11 AM-9 PM, Sun 1 -8 PM. Des Plaines. 847-391-5730. DPParks.org.
  • Pumpkin Swim – 10/19. 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. 630-990-4233. obparks.org.
  • All Hallow’s Eve – 10/20. Costumed kids can enjoy a ghoulishly good time with food, drinks, live entertainment, games and activities. 4-8 PM. Arlington Heights Historical Museum. 847-255-1225.
  • PETS Doggy Trick or Treat – 10/20. The whole family can dress up and dogs will have a chance to perform a trick to receive a treat. Costume contest, goody bags. 10 AM. Elk Grove Park District. Register elkgroveparks.org.
  • Ghost Story Train and Terror Trolley – 10/20 and 10/27, 5, 6:15 and 7:30 PM. An evening of frights and delicious delights. Costumes encouraged. All ages. Fox River Trolley Museum, South Elgin. 847-697-4676.
  • Halloween Havoc in Edison Park – 10/20. Dance party with six DJs, costumes recommended. Edison Park, Chicago. eventbrite.com.
  • Haunted Halloween Flea Market – 10/20. Great family fun with live music, costume ball, haunted hayride and ghoulish encounters. Thousands of treasures for sale and interesting vendors. 3 PM – midnight. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Zurkopromotions.
  • Haunted History – 10/20. Explore the creepy side of Victorian history. A lantern-lit walk through the cemetery follows tour with local ghost stories. Ages 14 and up. 6-8 PM. Fischer Farm, Bensenville. Register 630-766-7015.
  • Pumpkins on the Green – 10/20-21, 27-28. The 18th Green at Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf Course will be converted into a pumpkin patch. Play a round, pick out a pumpkin, and carve it! 11AM-9PM. Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf Course, Glen Ellyn. 630-858-2462.
  • Spooky Pooch Parade – 10/20. Costumed canines are invited to march the parade route to celebrate Halloween. 11 AM–1 PM. Free to watch, fee to participate. Chicago Botanic Garden, Glenview. 847-835-5440. chicagobotanic.org.
  • Pumpkin Flotilla Fest – 10/21. Enjoy live music, games, a pumpkin carving demonstration, trackless train rides, bounce houses, free canoe rides, and a lit Pumpkin Flotilla on the lake at dusk! 4 PM-7 PM. Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn. 630-858-2462. www.gepark.org.
  • Trick or Treat Climb – 10/21. Gather treats as you scale the Ackerman Alps indoor climbing wall. The higher you climb, the better the prizes! Rock climbing-friendly costumes encouraged. 11AM or 12:30PM. Ages: 4-13. Ackerman SFC, Glen Ellyn. Register at www.gepark.org. 630-858-2462.
  • Boo-riffic Music & Dance Party Kid Rock Event – 10/23. Halloween songs and musical activities in a fun dance party format. Ages 1-5 with adult. 6-6:45 PM. Visitor Center, Cantigny Park. Register 630-260-8162. cantigny.org.
  • Haunted Gingerbread House – 10/24-25. 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. Register 630-627-0316. helenplum.org.
  • Night of 1,000 Jack-O-Lanterns – 10/24-28. More than 1,000 hand-carved, real pumpkins – some as large as 150 pounds – will light up the night! Chicago Botanic Garden, Glenview. 6:30-10:30 PM. 847-835-5440. chicagobotanic.org.
  • Boo Fest – 10/26. Creepy crafts, ghoulish snacks, spooky games, bounce house and ghosts stories. Costumes of course. Kids ages 1-10 with adult. 6:30-9 PM. Simkus Recreation Center, Carol Stream Park District. 630-784-6114.
  • Candy Carnival – 10/26. Play games to win candy! Pumpkin sack races, howlin’ hula hoops, costume contest. 5:30-7 PM. Centennial Rec Center, Addison. 630-233-7275.
  • Halloween Fest – 10/26. Pumpkin decorating, hayrides Not-So-Scary Haunted House, and costume parade with contest. 5-7:30 PM. The Pavilion, Elk Grove Village. 847-437-9494.
  • Hole-O-Ween at Links and Tees – 10/26-28. Mini Golf for children under 12 in costume, when accompanied by and adult paying “costumer.” 11 AM-10 PM. Putter’s Peak Mini Golf, Addison. 630-233-7275.
  • Trunk or Treat – 10/26. Volunteers decorate and fill their trunks with goodies for kids to trick or treat from trunk to trunk. 6:30-8:30 PM. St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Crystal Lake. stpaulsucci.org.
  • Murder Mystery Dinner-Theater – 10/26-27. Cocktails, dinner and the fun of solving a good mystery—in an historic setting! Theme centers on a pirate captain in the 1740s; professionally acted. Ages 21 and up. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register 630-260-8162. www.cantigny.org.
  • Batfest – 10/27. Trick or treating, music, parade, costume contests for humans and pets, pumpkin roll, pumpkin carving contest, games, activities and live entertainment. 10 AM- 2 PM.  Downtown Batavia. downtownbatavia.com.
  • Day of the Dead Celebration – 10/27. 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.
  • Halloween Festival and Parade – 10/27. Trick or treating at local businesses, festival entertainment and crafts. 9:45 AM–1 PM. Downtown Glen Ellyn. 630-469-0907 or glenellynchamber.com.
  • Halloween Walk – 10/27. Trick or treat parade, crafts and pumpkin bowling. 10 AM-12 PM. LaGrange. 708-582-6510 or lgba.chambermaster.com.
  • Haunted Halloween Party Cruise – 10/27. 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 and older. 5:30 – 8 PM. halloweencruises.com.
  • Safe Saturday Halloween – 10/27. The Des Plaines Chamber, Park District and Library invite all to attend a Halloween parade, trick-or-treating, drop-in crafts and magic show. Parade at 10 AM, other events follow in various locations. dpchamber.com.
  • Village of Lemont Halloween Hoedown – 10/27. Costume Contest and Parade followed by trick or treating downtown stores and the Safety Village. Haywagon rides, photo opps and “Halloween Hoops” contest. Lemont. lemontparkdistrict.org.
  • Naperville Pumpkin Race – 10/27. Decorating contest, costume contest and family fun. Pumpkin race kits to race/roll pumpkins available in October. 1 PM. Rotary Hill, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.
  • Scare-illon Concert – 10/27. Hear spooky and atmospheric pieces featuring classical and popular music. Millenium Carillon, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.
  • Haunted Halloween Ball – 10/28. The Nightmare at Navy Pier in the Grand Ballroom promises music and refreshments for a spectacular celebration. 21 and older. 9 PM – 3 AM. Navy Pier, Chicago. navypier.com.
  • Halloween Happening – 10/28. Children 10 and under to enjoy fun activities, games and goodies. Costumes welcome. Naperville Riverwalk’s Grand Pavillion. 630-848-5000.
  • Hooowl-A-Ween – 10/28. For pets and their pet parents, participate or watch a costume contest and trick contest. Pet rescue groups, pet products and vendors. 1-3 PM. Lemont. 630-257-2522.
  • Halloween Parade – 10/29 at 7 PM and 10/31 at 9:30 and 10:30 AM. Slightly spooky stories, crafts and costume parade indoors. All ages with adult. Register 630-627-0316. Helen Plum Library. helenplum.org.
  • 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 treat. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. 10-11 AM. Cantigny Park, Education Center, Wheaton. Register 630-260-8162 or www.cantigny.org.
  • Halloween Boonanza – 10/31. 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. 847-490-7020.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas – 10/31. Screening of the classic stop-motion film with live music from the Chicago Philharmonic. Costumes encouraged, kid-friendly. 7:30 PM. Auditorium Theatre, Chicago. 312-341-2300.

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