52 Halloween Events for Kids in Chicago

Celebrate Halloween in Chicago with the whole family! 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 North/Northwest Suburbs, South Suburbs and Western Suburbs.

Pier Pumpkin Nights

When: Oct. 1-Nov. 2

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

From jack o’lantern towers to light displays, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination will be decked out for fall. Explore a variety of pumpkin pop-up installations throughout the Pier and enjoy fabulous fall deals at the first-ever Pier Pumpkin Nights, a month-long seasonal celebration. Pumpkins are best experienced after dusk.

Halloween at Chicago Children’s Museum

When: Oct. 1-31

Where: Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand Ave.

Paint your face, try on new creatures in the costuming workshop or create Frankentoys using toy parts and other extraordinary junk.

Chicago Campfire Festival

When: Oct. 12

Where: Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland Ave.

The fields of Chase Park transform into a whimsical early autumn spectacular adorned with real campfires, marshmallow roasting, professional ghost stories, live music, treats, eats and more. Bring blankets and picnic baskets for a night of wholesome fun and adventure.

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.

A Walk for the Bear

When: Oct. 20

Where: Lincoln Park, 1701 N. Stockton Drive

Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls of all ages are welcome to dress up and spend the morning walking the 3-mile trail to benefit pediatric cancer research. Halloween activities continue after the walk with pumpkin decorating, costume contests and a boxed lunch.

Pumpkin Party at Gallagher Way

When: Oct. 24

Where: Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St.

Old Town School of Folk Music will lead a few folksy dance and sing-a-longs, the kiddos can create a clay Halloween character or their very own trick-or-treat bag with Kid Create Studio, visit a range of candy stations or try out a caramel apple station, and take-home junior pumpkins, there will be balloon and bubble artists, and lawn games galore. Then, snuggle up on the law for a showing of “Hocus Pocus.”

Creatures of the Night

When: Oct. 26

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Meet live creatures in the tropical plant collection, sing and dance to live music, create creepy crafts, explore the sensory table and wear a costume for the Monster Mash Costume Bash. Kids and families will learn about unique relationships between animals and plants as they collect sweet treats throughout our building.

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.

Lincoln Scared

When: Oct. 26

Where: Lincoln Avenue between Sunnyside & Lawrence, Chicago

Businesses along Lincoln Avenue will open their doors to kids in costume to offer Halloween goodies.

Mummies Night

When: Oct. 26

Where: Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St.

Celebrate 100 years of mummies, tombs, and magic for Oriental Institute’s 20th annual family Halloween party. Costumes encouraged. Make mummy crafts, compete in a Mummy Wrap Race, and catch a family photo at a Photo Op. Recommended for ages 4 and older.

GCYC Halloween Party

When: Oct. 26

Where: Gary Comer Youth Center, 200 South Ingleside Ave.

Event includes the famous Haunted House, carnival, costume contest, candy bags, hay maze, snack shoppe, trackless train, and many performances. Come trick or treat, play games, and get your face painted.

Navy Pier Trick-or-Treating

When: Oct. 26-27 & 31

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Dress up in your best costumes for Trick-or-Treating at Navy Pier. Walk throughout the Pier and collect candy from many of our participating onsite establishments.

Sensory Suspense

When: Oct. 26-28

Where: Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand Ave.

Trick your five senses into giving you a thrill. What do you think you’ll see, hear, smell, feel and taste inside the Chicago Children’s Museum’s not-so-spooky haunted house?

BubbleBean Halloween

When: Oct. 27

Where: Bubbles Academy & Little Beans Cafe

The party starts at Bubbles Academy with a concert, snacks, trick-or-treating and spooky art. At 5:30 all of the costumed cuties will parade down Wood Street to Little Beans for light dinner, more trick or treating, glitter tattoos, a haunted play house and sundaes.

Tilt ‘r Treating

When: Oct. 27

Where: 360 Chicago, 875 Michigan Ave.

Trick or treat on the 360 Chicago 94th Floor and enjoy Sunday Funday with a Halloween sing-along set and Mr. AJ’s magic just for kids.

Halloween Spooktacular

When: Oct. 30

Where: Pump It Up Chicago, 821 W. Eastman St.

This event includes playtime in both Arenas A and B, bubbles, glow lighting and a Monster Mash dance party.

Trick-or-Treat Wicker Park-Bucktown-West Town

When: Oct. 31

Where: Chicago Avenue in Wicker Park & Bucktown

Chicago families looking for a safe trick-or-treating route this Halloween can head to the Wicker Park, Bucktown and West Town neighborhoods, where local businesses and shops are hosting a neighborhood trick-or-treating extravaganza for families with more than 60 stops along the route that runs from Halsted to Western Aves. with most businesses on Chicago Avenue. Participating businesses will have balloons on display to mark the way for the Halloween festivities.

Nightmare Before Christmas

When: Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Where: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive

Celebrate Halloween with a screening of Tim Burton’s cross-holiday movie. Follow along as Jack, the Pumpkin King, attempts to bring the Christmas spirit to his spooky hometown. The film is brought to life with a concert performance featuring the Chicago Philharmonic.

Chicago Park District Events

Fall Fest at Athletic Field

When: Oct. 5

Where: Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison St.

Enjoy a day in the park jam packed with fun fall activities. Activities include pumpkin patch, face painting, petting zoo, live music and food.

Fall Fest at Union

When: Oct. 5

Where: Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph

Kids ages 12 and under are invited for a goblin good time while enjoying a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, games, arts and crafts, jumpy house, pictures and more.

Pumpkin Patch at Horner

When: Oct. 5

Where: Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Pick a personal favorite from a field filled with pumpkins of all shapes, and personalize it at the pumpkin decorating station. Enjoy Halloween-themed carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides, and tattoos complete a day’s worth of fall fun.

Harvest Fest

When: Oct. 6

Where: Indian Boundary Park & Cultural Center, 2500 W. Lunt Ave

At the Chicago Park District’s pumpkin patches, you get to pick your personal favorite from a field filled with pumpkins of all shapes, and personalize it at the pumpkin decorating station. Enjoy Halloween-themed carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides and tattoos.

Pumpkin Patch at Ada

When: Oct. 6

Where: Ada Park, 11250 S. Ada St.

Enjoy a goblin good time with a pumpkin patch, pony rides, food, games, arts and crafts, treats, face painting, hayrides, pictures and more.

Pumpkinpalooza at Skinner

When: Oct. 12

Where: Skinner Park, 1331 W. Adams St.

Family fun, inflatables, games, arts & crafts, face painting and petting zoo. Recommended for ages 3-12.

Pumpkin Patch at Hale

When: Oct. 12

Where: Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd St.

Enjoy a goblin good time with a pumpkin patch, pony rides, food, games, arts and crafts, treats, face painting, hayrides, pictures and more.

Mini Pumpkin Patch at Bell

When: Oct. 13

Where: Bell Park, 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Enjoy games, crafts, inflatables, pumpkin painting and pick your own pumpkin. Cameras and photos encouraged.

Spooky Crafts at Maplewood

When: Oct. 14

Where: Maplewood Park, 1640 N. Maplewood Ave.

Kids will create spooky crafts for Halloween. Ages 4-7 will meet from 3:30-4:30 and ages 8-13 will meet from 4:30-5:30.

Halloween Extravaganza at Sheridan

When: Oct. 18

Where: Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St.

Treats, costume contest, dance contest, face painting, inflatables and fun at Sheridan Park. Recommended for ages 3-12.

Pumpkin Patch at Sheridan

When: Oct. 19

Where: Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St.

Treats costumes, pumpkins, petting zoo, inflatable, face painting at the Halloween Pumpkin Patch for ages 3-12 years.

Creatures of the Night, Photo Credit: Brian Kinyon Photography.

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Pumpkin Patch at Portage

When: Oct. 19

Where: Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.

Pick a pumpkin then enjoy Halloween-themed carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides, and tattoos. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture a family memory at our harvest photo station.

Pumpin Patch at Rainey

When: Oct. 19

Where: Rainey Park, 4350 W. 79th St.

Have a goblin good time while enjoying a pumpkin patch, pony rides, food, games, arts and crafts, treats, face painting, hay rides, pictures and more.

Halloween Campfire at Kilbourn

When: Oct. 19

Where: Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Activities for kids ages 3-12 will include arts & crafts, S’mores and face painting.

Spooky Crafts at Edgebrook

When: Oct. 22

Where: Edgebrook Park, 6525 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Kids ages 2-5 will create spooky crafts for Halloween.

Mommy & Me Painting at Taylor-Lauridsen

When: Oct. 23

Where: Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 647 W. Root St.

Halloween theme paint party for children ages 6-10 and parents. Cost includes easels and paint.

Halloween Dance at Hale

When: Oct. 24

Where: Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd St.

This Halloween Party for teenagers will include a costume contest, dance contest, face painting, arts and crafts, and games.

Haunted House at Taylor

When: Oct. 25

Where: Taylor Park, 39 W. 47th St.

Halloween Haunted House sponsored by the Park Advisory Council and Taylor Park Teen Club. Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Halloween Happenings at West Pullman

When: Oct. 26

Where: West Pullman Park, 401 W. 123rd St.

This Halloween event features games, face painting, a costume contest and dancing. Recommended for ages 5-11.

Halloween Fun at Vittum

When: Oct. 26

Where: Vittum Park, 5010 W. 50th St.

This Halloween event features arts & crafts, face painting, costume contest and treats. Recommended for ages 1-12.

Halloween Dance at Valley Forge

When: Oct. 26

Where: Valley Forge Park, 7001 W. 59th St.

Teens ages 14-18 will have a fright night at this ghoulish Halloween dance.

Chicago Park District

Halloween Glow Skate at Margate

When: Oct. 26

Where: Margate Fieldhouse, 4921 N. Marine Drive

Wear brightly colored costumes to stand out at the Halloween Skate as black lights are used in the family event.

Hallow-palooza at Indian Boundary

When: Oct. 26

Where: Indian Boundary Park & Cultural Center, 2500 W. Lunt Ave.

This family-friendly day will feature music/dancing, no-scare haunting, trick-or-treating opportunities, costume parade and contest and tons of fun.

Clark Street Spooktacular

When: Oct. 27

Where: Clark Street from Armitage to Diversey

Participating businesses on Clark Street from Armitage to Diversey transform into trick-or-treat stops featuring candy and surprises for the whole family. Along the way, be amazed by jugglers, spooky stilt walkers and incredible magicians.

Haunted House at Wolfe

When: Oct. 26

Where: Wolfe Park, 3325 E. 108th St.

Scare fans ages 5-10 will enjoy a creepy and ghoulish haunted house like no other.

Halloween on Southport at Sheil

When: Oct. 28

Where: Sheil Park, 3505 N. Southport Ave.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the annual community Halloween Party with games, greats and fun.

Haunted House at Fosco

When: Oct. 28

Where: Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine Ave.

A haunted house created in one of the Fosco Park clubrooms is included in the Halloween activities that also brings pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts and prepared candy bags. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

A Night Out with Dracula at Olympia

When: Oct. 28

Where: Olympia Park, 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Creep to Olympia Park for a hauntingly fun, family-oriented event. Pizza and salad, color your favorite Halloween character, a “Kids Music Game Show” and a photo opportunity with The Count.

Halloween Party at Green Briar

When: Oct. 31

Where: Green Briar Park, 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Wear the scariest, funniest, most creative costume for carnival games, costume judging and candy.

Halloween Party at Welles

When: Oct. 31

Where: Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Games and treats for costumed children ages 11 and younger. Kids are urged to join the party with their most creative and spookiest costume.

Community Halloween Party at West Lawn

When: Oct. 31

Where: West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St.

Join the Chicago Parks Department for tricks and treats, games, costume contests and more.

Halloween Party at Rainey

When: Oct. 31

Where: Rainey Park, 4350 W. 79th St.

Enjoy games, music, candy and costume contests with prizes for every age category. Costume judging will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Haunted House at Foster

When: Oct. 31

Where: Foster Park, 1440 W. 84th St.

Join the Chicago Park District at Foster Park for a ghoulish haunted house like no other.

Bootiful Party at Lindblom

When: Oct. 31

Where: Lindblom Park, 6054 S. Damen Ave.

Join neighbors at Lindblom Park for tricks and treats at this festive Halloween party. Enjoy games, food, costume contests, and win prizes. Recommended for ages 14 and younger.

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