If my memory hasn’t totally failed me, I recall the weather on Halloween last year being abysmal and not suited for any manner of good old fashioned neighborhood trick-or-treating. When so much is hinging on the fickle fall weather, it’s nice to have a backup plan when Mother Nature’s plans don’t jive with yours. Here’s a quick and dirty list of some establishments around the city that are offering trick-or-treating indoors, complete with climate control.
600 E. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL
Trick-or-treat on the pier from 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 30 and from 12-4 p.m. on Halloween. Stick around for costume contests, free scary movies, performances by Comedy Sportz Chicago and (Not so) Spooky Halloween events at Chicago Children’s Museum. Check out the calendar for a detailed list of event times.
1825 N. Damen Chicago, IL
Hosted by the Chicago Park District, the park is holding a candy distribution with the help of the 14th District Chicago Police Department from 3-7:30 p.m. Don’t miss pumpkin decorating, spooky story telling, live animal shows and face painting. Plus, they’re hosting a free showing of “Beetlejuice” at sundown, so stay and get your kid acquainted with a classic Halloween flick in a fun group setting.
3333 W. Touhy Ave. Lincolnwood, IL
Many malls in the Chicagoland area open their doors to costumed trick-or-treaters, and Lincolnwood is one of the best. Your kids are more than welcome at the mall’s Boo Bash to hit up each participating store and demand candy while donning their scariest outfit from 12-3 p.m. on Halloween. Then enter the costume contest, the pumpkin decorating contest and practice your Monster Mash at the Boo Bash Dance Party.