Frightfully fun Halloween events in Chicago’s northwest suburbs


By Cheryl Eugenio

Member of the Chicago Parent Blog Network

I've always loved Halloween. Some of my fondest memories include trick-or-treating with my brother and cousins from house to house, coming home with a pillow case full of candy and staying up all night "trading" our goodies.

After having two children, my love for Halloween has been amplified. Dressing up has never been more fun and I can't wait to start looking for costumes for my little ones and myself! In fact, we usually never settle on one costume. Somehow we always end up wearing more than one!

If you're in the same boat as me and are always looking to get the most out of one (or many) costumes, check out a few Halloween events in the northwest suburbs where the family can have a spooktacular fun time!


Village of Arlington Heights Public Works Building, Arlington Heights

October 25 (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

Kids can trick-or-treat indoors from car to car and receive goodies from individual businesses.  Afterwards, boogie down to music or check out the Mad Science demonstration.

Tips: Arrive early so you won't be waiting in line for your turn to "trunk-or-treat." Impatient kids waiting for candy? Not fun.


LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Schaumburg

Now until October 31

Looking to avoid a sugar overload? Head on over to LEGOLAND Discovery Center to trick-or-treat for bricks. Collect them all to form a Halloween creation! Don't forget to participate in the spooky scavenger hunt in the Jungle Expedition and try to solve the creepy creative challenges!

Tips: Bring a pumpkin, save $5!

Halloween Trick-or-Treating

Santa's Village Azoosment Park, East Dundee

October 26 and 27 (2 p.m. to 3 p.m)

It's always fun at this amusement park/zoo and Halloween is no exception! Celebrate Halloween at the park with trick-or-treating and a costume contest on both days.

Halloween in the Gallery

Paper Crown Gallery, Arlington Heights

Saturday, October 26, 2013 (1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

For a spook-tacular time in a cool venue, parents with kids ages five to 10 should stop by the Paper Crown Gallery, a cool and unique art gallery tucked away in an industrial area of Arlington Heights. Hosted by Yapa Events, kids can play Halloween games, participate in a costume parade and enjoy fun and tasty snacks, all while parents enjoy the "street-art" inspired gallery. Kids will have fun participating in artistic activities such as such as painting a small pumpkin or gourd and decorating a mask.

Nibbles Halloween Party

Nibbles Play Cafe, Wheeling

October 31, 2013

Dress the kiddos and head on over to Nibbles Play Café where they can participate in a costume contest at 11:30 a.m. There will be craft activities, snacks and goody bags. A few spooky visitors will also stop by!

Happy Halloween!



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