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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: 6:15-9:30 p.m. Oct. 24-25
Cost: $8, $6 in advance


Batavia, Ill.


Featuring trick-or-treating, Mothers' Club Parade, pumpkin roll, contests and games.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Chicago Green Festival

Chicago, Ill.

Features leaders in the social justice and environmental community, an organic beer, mead and wine pavilion, and a dedicated kids' area for learning about easy and fun ways to incorporate green at a young age. Plus, more than 350 eco-friendly businesses exhibit.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: Check website

HallowFest: A Garden of Good...and Evil!

HallowFest: A Garden of Good…and Evil! | Glencoe, Ill.

Take either the "friendly" or "spooky" path to activities in the Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion. Experience family-friendly thrills and chills, including two stages of entertainment, fortune telling, face painting, a spooky snack shack, and a ride on the "Howlin' Express." As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden, decorated in ghastly lights and running special ghost trains.

When: 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 25, 4-7:30 p.m. Oct. 26
Cost: $19, $14 members in advance, free kids 2 and under

Clark Street Spooktacular

Scarecrows on Parade and Clark Street Spooktacular | Chicago, Ill.


Includes free refreshments, crafts and games, plus trick-or-treating to participating businesses throughout the community. During trick-or-treating, there are Halloween inflatables, magicians, balloon twist artists, jugglers and stilt walkers. Visitors will enjoy Scarecrows on Parade, costume contests for adults and kids, prizes from area merchants, special savings at participating restaurants and an afternoon of outdoor family fun.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Spooky Zoo Spectacular

Chicago, Ill.


Spooky Zoo offers a free, safe alternative to trick-or-treating for more than 30,000 children, as well as a variety of entertainment, crafts and fun for the whole family. Dress up in costume and come to the Lincoln Park Zoo ready for an evening full of fun and games.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Fall Festival

Susanna Farms | Lake Villa, Ill.

Kids can play in the mini maze of clover and sunflowers and enjoy a scenic hayride or train ride. Plus, a corn box, sand box, horseback rides , an obstacle course, kites, archery, face painting, baggo and hula hoop. Pumpkin, mums, decorative plants, corn stocks are for sale. The Snack Shack is open for brats, hotdogs, burgers and treats.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Halloween Night Walks

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center | Oak Brook, Ill.

Experience the mysteries of the haunted forest during a family-friendly 75-minute half-mile hike with short stops that will delight you with dramatic antics and humorous tales.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $10 in advance

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 Navigators

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Class filled with a wide variety of hands-on material, creative explorations, and fun activities based around the theme of the day. Dress for a nature hike. Bring an extra pair of dry socks and shoes for indoor exploration. October's theme is “Spider-ology.” December's theme is “Gross/Weird Science.”

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $27, $22 resident

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