Fall festivals throughout October around Chicago

No matter where you live, there is sure to be a festival throughout the month of October to suit your needs. This weekend's festivals range from treasure hunts to petting zoos to scarecrows - and, of course, lots of food. Enjoy. And check back next week for an updated list.


Franken Plaza

Daley Plaza becomes Franken Plaza with entertainment and crafts. Includes free performances from Midnight Circus, a Friday night showing of Hotel Transylvania and a kids costume contest on Saturday. Monster Bash includes free hayrides, trick or treating (while supplies last) and the popular Kids Costume Contest. Plus, an appearance by the Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew, arts and crafts, a Harvest Marketplace - and, on Sunday, a Wicked sing-a-long featuring some of the musical's most familiar songs at 1:30 p.m.



Spooky Zoo Spectacular

Celebrate Halloween in a free, safe and family-friendly environment. Activities include trick-or-treating, arts & crafts, Spooky Glee and a haunted house. Guests are encouraged to come in costume.


Halloween Hollow

Festival features rides, food, activities, entertainment, Scarecrow Laboratory, hayrides, horse rides and contests. Visit website for details and schedule.


Glass Pumpkin Patch at The Morton Arboretum

See more than 2,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins with traditional fall hues mixed with sparkling new shades. Artists demonstrate their glass blowing skills. Tour the pumpkin patch Oct. 16-20, then return Oct. 18-20 to buy your favorite.


Fall Festival

Features pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treat candy line, hay rides & food and music in the downtown area. The Mount Prospect Oktoberfest starts immediately after the Fall Festival.


Creatures of the Night

Three attractions, including The Haunted Tram, Trail of Terror, and Xtreme Bugs, which guests will see in an eerie new light. Plus, a 7,000-square-foot Crazed Maze, the Pumpkin Executioner and not-so-scary activities, including the Monster Mash Dance Party, led by a DJ who will be playing a variety of Halloween-themed music.


Halloween at Navy Pier

Come to Navy Pier for a "spooktacular" Halloween Party, featuring glow and fire spinners and the Zombie Zydeco Band. Plus, watch as master pumpkin carver Steve Dahlke creates works of art by freehand sculpting 500-lb. pumpkins. Kids will enjoy the Fear(less) Low Scare Haunted House during weekend days. Navy Pier's third annual costume contest on Saturday October 26 in the Family Pavilion, or kids 12 and under in costume can take part in trick-or-treating throughout Navy Pier at 17 different locations on Oct. 26, 27 and 31. Don't miss the spectacular Halloween fireworks set to a spooky soundtrack at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26.


Corn Harvest Festival

Take part in farm activities, enjoy wagon rides and meet the Wagner Farm animals. Assorted harvest food treats are available for purchase.


Green Halloween

Participants follow a Green Pumpkin Trail through local businesses, churches and organizations to participate in free kids' activities and collect healthy, eek-o-friendly treats. This green event also encourages kids to give back to their community. Costumes are optional.




Cornucopia Fall Festival

Pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkins, face painting, inflatables, balloon artist plus live entertainment. Concessions sold.


Buckley Homestead Fall Festival

Celebrate fall on the farm. Kids' activities, traditional crafts and skills, historic buildings, food concessions, entertainment, cowboys, music, and storytelling.


Midway Village Museum Scarecrow Harvest Festival

Families can build their own scarecrow with straw provided free. Bring old clothes to stuff, or purchase clothes and accessories. Activities include traditional harvest crafts and activities, old-fashioned games, wagon rides around the village, square dancing and demonstrations.


Cantigny Fall Festival

Festival features hayrides, live entertainment, inflatable jumpers and slides, face painting and candy-dive.


Family Fall Fest

Celebrate a safe Halloween with trick-or-treating and face painting in Safety Town Village and enjoy pony rides, petting zoo, moon jump, carving or painting pumpkins, food and more (fees may apply).


St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

View over 150 handcrafted scarecrows and vote for your favorite in each of six categories. Plus, live entertainment, arts and crafts show, carnival, petting zoo, canine corner and make-your-own scarecrow. New in 2013: scarecrows displayed in Lincoln Park will be illuminated by solar-powered path lights.


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

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.


Creepy Crawly Halloween Party

Trick-or-treat through the decorated museum, enjoying games along the way. Meet tarantula breeders, have your photo taken with our creepy crawly live critters, check out the grossology lab, and enjoy games, candy, and prizes.

Pumpkin Splash

Swim with pumpkins at The Water Works. Activities include pool pumpkin picking, DJ, refreshments and pumpkin decorating. Scheduled pumpkin swims per age group throughout the evening in the zero depth pool. All children must be accompanied by an adult during the entire event.


Clark Street Spooktacular

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.


Spooky Science

Come in costume for a non-scary event. Create crafts, make your own slime, sit in the most sincere pumpkin patch, boogie under black light, and more. Famous deceased scientists will be on hand to amaze you with "dead" science demonstrations.


Trains, Tricks & Treats

Celebrate Halloween in the Model Railroad Garden, decorated with spider webs, spiders, ghosts, goblins, and pumpkins, as well as seasonal plant materials. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume. An array of small treats and treasures to take home can be found throughout the Model Railroad Garden. Kids can take part in a planting activity.



Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest

Come to watch as Highwood attempts to win the Guiness World Record for the number of lighted jack-o-lanterns lit in one location. Other activities include food vendors, live music, hay rides, pumpkin carving, massive pumpkin displays, light up the night parade, pet costume contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, 5K Pumpkin Run and Kids Dash, head shaving stations benefiting St. Baldrick's Foundationand more.


Halloween Hayrides

Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume (parents included). Each registered child ages 3-12 receives a Halloween goodie bag filled with treats and prizes. Bring your own food to cook over the bonfire or bring the fixings for s'mores. Hot chocolate and apple juice provided. Registration required.


Sycamore Pumpkin Festival

Festival features thousands of decorated pumpkins on display, food booths, carnival, parade,and Saturday entertainment. Check the website for schedule of events and times.


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