19 Halloween events for kids in the South Suburbs


Celebrate Halloween in the South Suburbs with the whole family! Read some of our picks below and find the most updated list on our calendar. Also, check out other kid-friendly Halloween events in Chicago, the North/Northwest Suburbs and Western Suburbs.

Lemontster Days


When: Oct. 5-31, select days


Where: Downtown Lemont


Celebrate Halloween with a month of events ranging from a masquerade ball to Lemont Park District’s Fall Fest and that concludes with a weekend of Haunted Hay Rides. Visit website for complete event details.


Pumpkin PlayLand


When: Oct. 5-27, weekends


Where: The Children’s Farm at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park


Families will enjoy barn tours and the petting farm, a straw bale climber, the corn box, a spooky wood shed and a crazy maze. U-pick pumpkin farm will be open during the festival.


Not-So-Scary Stories in the Woods


When: Oct. 9


Where: Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs


Join a naturalist and a LaGrange Park library staff member on a short hike while we tell some not-so-spooky stories at dusk. Recommended for ages 4 and older with a caregiver.


The Witches Tea


When: Oct. 11


Where: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park


Enjoy traditional spider cider, a delicious herbal elixir (tea) that was grown in Lois’s organic garden at the farm and a giant spread of sweet and savory tea party fare from which to choose. Actress and story teller Megan Wells will conjure up an enchanting performance to entertain.


Trunk or Treat/Touch a Truck


When: Oct. 12


Where: St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School, 505 Kingston Dr., Romeoville


Try out your Halloween costume early with a Trunk or Treat and Touch A Truck event. Activities include food, crafts and games.


Halloween Bike Ride


When: Oct. 12


Where: Lake Katherine Nature Center, 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.


Hocus Pocus


When: Oct. 17


Where: Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet


Watch Disney’s Halloween classic on the big screen. Movie is rated PG and runs 1 hour, 36 minutes.


Boo-Bingo Bash


When: Oct. 18


Where: Alsip Park District, 12521 S. Kostner Ave., Alsip


Families with kids of all ages can play Halloween bingo for fun prizes. Wear costumes to enter the costume contest; prizes will be awarded for most original, funniest and scariest costumes.


Touch-A-Truck & Treat


When: Oct. 24


Where: Palos Pool Parking Lot, 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.


Boo Bash


When: Oct. 24


Where: Orland Square Mall, 288 Orland Square, Orland Park


Features Halloween-themed games, snacks, crafts, and more for little ghouls and goblins to enjoy. Costumes encouraged.


Kids Halloween Party


When: Oct. 24


Where: 115 Bourbon Street, Merrionette Park


Costume contests, music, dancing, games, coloring contest, candy, balloon artists and snacks at this all ages event. Adults must be accompanied by a child.


RELATED: 12 best things to do in the South Suburbs with kids in September


Halloween Parade


When: Oct. 25


Where: 50-Acre Park, 91st and Rockwell, Evergreen Park


Evergreen Park resident children ages 1 month to 11 years and their parents are invited to march in the costume parade, pick a pumpkin from the patch, watch a Halloween-themed movie and take home a goodie bag.


Haunted Halloween Bash


When: Oct. 25


Where: Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center, 7759 S. Harlem Ave., Burbank


Meet and greet with two of favorite superheroes plus dine on a “Monster” slice of one-topping pizza and a soft drink. Admission also includes unlimited rides on Crazy Cabs and Miner Mike Coaster, $10 in game play, a raffle prize entry, costume parade plus “Trick or Treat” candy stations, karaoke fun, music and games.


Haunted Halloween Breakfast


When: Oct. 26


Where: Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center, 1423 N. Broadway, RT 53, Joliet


Meet two of your favorite superheroes and enjoy a hot breakfast. Admission also includes unlimited Monster Hop, Bone Shaker and Tornado Rides, $10 in game play, a free raffle prize entry, costume parade plus “Trick or Treat” candy stations, karaoke fun, music and games.




When: Oct. 26


Where: Oak View Community Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn


Activities include a costume parade, ghoulish games, eerie crafts, magic, inflatables and a performance by Oak Lawn’s “IndepenDANCE” team.


All Hallow’s Eve Carnival


When: Oct. 26


Where: Alsip Park District, 12521 S. Kostner Ave., Alsip


Show off your Halloween costumes at the costume parade and contest, then decorate a pumpkin and enjoy popcorn and beverages. Each child will receive a bag for prizes upon entering the carnival.


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.


Halloween 5K/1K


When: Oct. 26


Where: Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills


Costumes are encouraged at the Moraine Valley Health, Fitness & Recreation Center’s Halloween 5K/1K run/walk. In addition to the race, Little Pumpkin’s Patch is a free activity area for children. Strollers are allowed on the course. Money raised goes toward student scholarships.


Halloween Glow Hunt


When: Oct. 30


Where: Alsip Park District, 12521 S. Kostner Ave., Alsip


Enjoy a glow-in-the-dark Halloween egg hunt at the Apollo Playground followed by an outdoor screening of a Halloween classic on the 20-foot screen.



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