You know how it goes: weeks of assembling Halloween costumes,
hours of wearing them. If you want more bang for your costume buck,
check out these spots.
Brookfield Zoo and Lincoln Park Zoo both host Halloween bashes
this month. Stop by Spooky Zoo Spectacular (Oct. 26) for
trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, Spooky Glee and a not-too-scary
haunted house. Boo! at the Zoo (Oct. 19-20 and 26-27) includes a
haunted carousel, professional pumpkin-carving and the costume
parade. czs.org; lpzoo.org.
Music lovers can head to Old Town School of Folk Music for a
program that's more "Ooo" than "Boo." Wiggleworms faculty lead
families in a Spooky Singalong that won't send chills up your
spine. Sounds like a Halloween treat! $12. 11 a.m. Oct. 27. 4544 N.
Lincoln Ave., Chicago. (773) 728-6000, oldtownschool.org.
Chicago Botanic Garden's Model Railroad is dressed up with
spider webs, pumpkins and ghosts-and five trick-or-treat stations.
Kids and parents will walk away happy, since it includes candy and
an educational planting activity. $6, $4 kids 3-12; $5 members, $3
member kids. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20. Chicago Botanic Garden,
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 835-5440,
If your kids idolize their favorite book characters, the Family
Festival of Stories might be for them. It includes a costume
parade, plus face painting for those who might not have a costume
on hand. The best part? Professional storytellers who regale with
tales at 7 p.m. Call for cost. 6 p.m. Oct. 18. Martin Recital Hall,
Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. (708)
At Halloween hayride, parents and kids both can wear costumes!
So if you've been harboring a group costume idea, now's the time.
The hayride includes dinner or s'mores over a campfire, so bring
fixings. Plus, kids receive Halloween goodie bags. $13, $9
resident, free kids under 3. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 27. Knoch Knolls Park,
336 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville. (630) 848-5000,
There's no better place to show off a Chicago costume than right
on Daley Plaza, aka Franken Plaza. The costume contest is on Oct.
26, but the whole weekend's full of Halloween fun, including
performances, a movie, and-yes-candy. Free. Visit website for
schedule. Oct. 25-27. chicagoween.us.
Elizabeth Diffin is the senior editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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