Chicago weekend events for kids


There's a lot going on in this world-class city we live in, and the options can be overwhelming. So every week, we'll pick our not-to-miss events. Chances are, you'll see us there, kids in tow. If none of these suit your schedule, browse our full calendar to find events near you.

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Spooky Zoo Spectacular

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.


Trick or Treat Fest

Afternoon includes a specially guided tour of the haunted house, games, face painting, storytelling, a bouncy house, candy, food and fun. Takes place indoors.


Blue Man Group Autism-Friendly Performance

Blue Man Group and Autism Speaks are partnering to provide individuals with autism a slightly modified performance of the Blue Man Group. Minor changes will be made to the performance including the reduction of sound levels at select moments during the performance. Headphones also will be available upon request. In addition, Blue Man Group will also be creating a calming environment in the lobby with bean bags, dim lights and quiet corners for anyone seeking a sensory break from the high-energy fun of the show.


Boo! at the Zoo

The not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy, including the "Crazy Maize" corn maze, haunted hayrides, the ever-popular "Pumpkin Smasher,” professional pumpkin carving demonstrations, a 1:00 p.m. Costume Parade followed by the Costume Showcase at 1:30 p.m., scarecrow building, and Zoo Chats about some of the zoo’s creepy critters.


Mummies Night

Get up close and personal with a mummy, discover painted coffins and a Book of the Dead, try on an outfit from King Tut's closet, and go on a treasure hunt in our Egyptian Gallery. See if you can find out what a mummified ancient Egyptian priestess actually looked like when she was alive 3,000 years ago.


Free Family Workshop: Garden of Verses

Learn about plants in the Lurie Garden through poetry. After a fun, interactive look at nature poems, participants will write their own poems about the plants in the garden. The workshop ends in a poetry reading with prize.



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


Princess Masquerade Ball!

Come bob for apples with Snow White, sing-a-long to "Let It Go" with the Snow Queen, make a mask with the Little Mermaid and watch Cinderella waltz with her Prince Charming. Includes fun and games, photo ops and a costume contest with prizes for the best costumes and masks. Purchase tickets here:


Hallowed Haunts

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago performs a program of spooky music. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for young ghosts, goblins and ghouls to enjoy Halloween games and arts-and-crafts activities.


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.


Happy Hauntings

Watch Chicago’s Midnight Circus and their feats of acrobatics and theatrics in Preston Bradley Hall on Thursday and Friday. Kids won’t want to miss the annual Monster Bash on Saturday with trick-or-treating, a dance party and the Monster Bash Costume Contest.Join a haunted walk through the halls of the Chicago Cultural Center and earn about a long gone librarian who can’t let go, presences in G.A.R. Hall, furniture moving in a blink of the eye and other strange occurrences. Plus, showings of Gremlins and Frankenweenie. Food trucks will also be on site on the Washington side of the building for tasty treats.


Supper with the Snakes

Guests are encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes while enjoying a ssscrumptious supper. Plus, snake-themed activitie, and museum biologists introduce more than eight species of native and exotic snakes.


Baby Loves Disco

Afternoon dance party featuring DJs, MCs, dancers, music, crafts, food, unlimited drink boxes, cash bar parents, and lots of dancing. Oct. 25, Nov. 22.


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