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A Haunting in the Valley

Schaumburg, Ill.

Costumed guides lead scheduled groups along a trail of Halloween fun, adventure, and magic. Also includes refreshments, games, live owl display, and a bonfire.

When: 6:15-9 p.m. Oct. 28-29
Cost: $8, $6 in advance. Advanced registration is required.

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago, Ill.


The autumnal festival feature a corn maze, hay mountain, a giant 60 ft. burlap sack slide on the zoo’s Main Mall and hay wagon rides throughout Farm-in-the-Zoo. Plus, a pumpkin carver, Ferris wheel, inflatable courses and rides, educational activities and live entertainment. Pumpkins will be available for sale at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo pumpkin patch daily throughout October.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2-4, 9-12 and 16-18
Cost: Free

Creepy Campfire

Northerly Island | Chicago, Ill.


Little ones enjoy a Halloween favorite, Casper (PG), which is full of mild frights, big laughs and Halloween spirit. The family-oriented screening will also include a kids’ costume contest and crafts, games and fun activities during the movie. Plus, campfires and marshmallow roasting.

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


Cosley Zoo | Wheaton, Ill.

Come dressed in Halloween costumes to enjoy activities, such as the "not so scary" straw maze and the spooky pond path, meet live animals, carve or decorate a pumpkin, play games, enjoy refreshments, visit trick-or-treat stations and make crafts.

When: 5:30-7 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, $10 kids 3-14, free kids under 2; $4 members; $7 member kids

Family Night Out: Stars, Stories And S’mores

Forest Preserves of Cook County | Chicago, Ill.


Enjoy a cozy fire, s’mores, storytelling, astronomy, night hikes, natural material building and other nature-based activities.

When: 5-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Halloween DJ Night

Oak Lawn Ice Arena | Oak Lawn, Ill.

Celebrate Halloween early with some indoor fun. A DJ will provide ghoulish music and there will be treats for all.

When: 9-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $9, $3 skate rental

Bones and Skeletons

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Find out which animals have bones and what their bones look and feel like. Then play with plastic and plush versions of animals with bones. You also can discover skeletal decorations and costumes designed for Halloween, plus decorated sugar skulls made to celebrate Day of the Dead.

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

Boo Bash!

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

Children are invited to wear their costumes to this fun hour of not-so-spooky activities and stories, ending with a yummy treat.

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

Spooky Science

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.


Come in costume for a non-scary night of Halloween fun. Get ready to grab gobs of goodies in our exhibit spaces as you concoct glowing slime and make creepy crafts. Fill in a bingo card as you garner science facts and feats from expired engineers and deceased scientists. Explore the Park in the dark, pick up a prize from Alfred Nobel, enjoy the not-quite-right chemistry of Dorothy Hodgkin, and practice science tricks that look like magic.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $9, $5 members

Spooky Seas

John G. Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, Ill.

Children can enjoy seeing their favorite animals at night while showing off their Halloween costumes, along with themed presentations, dinner and breakfast and even a live DJ with dancing.

When: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 a.m.
Cost: Overnight $75, $60 members; VIP $90, $75 member; evening only $40, $20 members

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