Free Halloween events for kids in Chicagoland

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Save some money this holiday by attending these free Halloween events in Chicago and the suburbs. Read some of our picks below and find the most updated list on our calendar. Don’t forget to check out other kid-friendly Halloween events in Chicago, the North/Northwest Suburbs, Western Suburbs and South Suburbs.

Chicago

 

Arts in the Dark: Halloween Parade

 

When: Oct. 19

 

Where: On State Street Between Lake and Van Buren

 

Arts in the Dark is a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday.” The parade includes unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances that are exceptionally dramatic set against the backdrop of Chicago’s majestic skyline. Plus, there’s an after-party for families at Maggie Daley Park!

 

Spooky Zoo

 

When: Oct. 26

 

Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive

 

Spooky Zoo offers a free, safe alternative to trick-or-treating 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 a day full of fun and games.

 

North/Northwest Suburbs

 

Halloween Family Fest

 

When: Oct. 18

 

Where: Prairie View Community Center, 6834 Dempster Street, Morton Grove

 

Enjoy fall crafts, hayrides, carnival games, pumpkin decorating, costume contests, inflatables and more. Dress in costume.

 

Trick or Treat Trail

 

When: Oct. 27

 

Where: Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove

 

Friendly characters will line the path to hand out candy and small prizes to children ages 1-12. Children will also have the opportunity to get their face painted, take pictures with the characters, play carnival games and more. This event is a no scare zone and parents must accompany children.

 

Western Suburbs

 

BatFest

 

When: Oct. 26

 

Where: Houston Street at Island Avenue, Batavia

 

The annual Halloween-themed family event features trick-or-treating, Mothers’ Club Parade, pumpkin roll, contests and games.

 

La Grange Halloween Walk & Fall Fest

 

When: Oct. 26

 

Where: Downtown La Grange

 

Join the fun of a lively trick or treat parade through downtown La Grange. Afterwards, enjoy activities like crafts and pumpkin bowling.

 

South Suburbs

 

Halloween Bike Ride

 

When: Oct. 12

 

Where: Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights

 

Meet in the Palos Heights City Hall parking lot to embark on a guided cycle ride out to Sag Quarries and back along the Cal-Sag Bike Trail. Halloween gear is encouraged and participants must have bike lights. Preregistration required.

 

Touch-A-Truck & Treat 

 

When: Oct. 24

 

Where: Palos Pool, 7607 West College Drive, Palos Heights

 

Dress in a Halloween costume and explore the trucks, tractors, heavy equipment, emergency vehicles and more. Children will also receive a Halloween treat from each vehicle. From 5-5:45 the vehicles will not use sirens, lights or loud noises for a sensory-friendly atmosphere.

 

Trail of Treats

 

When: Oct. 26

 

Where: Richton Park Community Center, 4445 Sauk Trail, Richton Park

 

Come dressed in your favorite costume for trick or treating, games, music, and more at this festive fun-filled event. Recommended for ages 4-11. Preregistration required.

 


 

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