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Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival

Waukegan, Ill.

Hosted by the Waukegan Public Library, this annual award-winning storytelling festival features the work of Ray Bradbury. The 2014 theme is “Literary Halloween”. Call the Genesee Theatre box office for tickets.

When: 10:30 a.m. children's matinee; 7:30 p.m. performance recommended for 10 and older
Cost: $6 children's matinee, $17 evening performance

Tales from the Tram

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Board the Acorn Express for an evening of spooky storytelling. This Halloween, glide through the woods of The Morton Arboretum after dark, hear bone-chilling tales and listen for creatures of the night.

When: 7:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 members

Curious Kids Nature Club

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids make discoveries about the earth through art, play and exploration. Learn about awesome animals and their roles in nature. Dress for outdoor adventures and wear gym shoes. Meal and snack included. Oct. 10, Nov. 7.

When: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $29, $24 resident

Nature Play Open House

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.


Parents and young kids play with nature puzzles, games, puppets, crafts and more, and then take a guided hike at 11 a.m. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $3, free resident

Bones and Skeletons

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

ouch and play with real bones and pretend versions of animals with bones.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with admission

Boo Bash! Parent-Child Activity

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

Children are invited to wear their costumes to this fun hour of Halloween activities and stories, ending with a yummy treat.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $10

Halloween Celebration

Little Bucharest Bistro | Chicago, Ill.

The restaurant will be transformed into a haunted Transylvanian castle. The frightening festivities include a Halloween-themed buffet and ghoulishly fun activities for all ages, such as a DJ and a fortune teller with a crystal ball. Those in costume are entered in a raffle for an all-inclusive complimentary dinner for four at Little Bucharest Bistro.

When: 7 p.m.
Cost: $31

Scary Jump

Pump It Up-Crystal Lake | Crystal Lake, Ill.

When the lights go down....the inflatables will rise in haunted bounce houses. Event includes glow necklace, treat bag, make your own graveyard dessert, games, costume contest, face painting, obstacle course race with a scary twist, and more. Bring a trick or treat bag for prizes.

When: 5-7 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $15

Buena Park Pumpkins

Buena Park Neighbors | Chicago, Ill.


A night of safe trick-or-treating. Buena Circle Park is operation central, and from there trick-or-treaters head north and south on Kenmore to gather goodies from welcoming residents.

When: 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Halloween Boo Bash

Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation | Lincolnwood, Ill.


Little ghosts and goblins are invited to come early to trick-or-treat at participating retailers and then join in the fun later with kids of all ages at the costume contest and Boo Bash Dance Party with a DJ and dancers.

When: 4-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

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