Best Halloween Events for Kids in Chicago and Suburbs

Have a spooktacular time with your family thanks to these local events.

When spooky season arrives in Chicagoland, local businesses and attractions go all out to offer plenty of Halloween fun for kids. The best part is that you can celebrate Halloween during the whole month of October!

Chicago and the suburbs offers a variety of kid-friendly events featuring costume parades, hands-on activities, trick-or-treating and so much more. Here are some of our spooktacular picks you don’t want to miss. And you can find more Halloween events for kids on our calendar.

Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please double check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions and any last-minute cancellations. Stay safe!


Photo Credit: Arts in the Dark

Pier Pumpkin Lights

Begins Oct. 1, 2021

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. Pumpkins are best experienced after dusk.

Trick or Treat Safety Walk in Mt. Greenwood

Oct. 29, 2021

Celebrating its 25th year, the Safety Walk has become a Halloween staple in this town. All participating local businesses will have an orange pumpkin poster in their window. For ages 10 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Arts in the Dark: Halloween Parade

Oct. 30, 2021

This Halloween parade returns to State Street and is great for the whole family. See unique floats and creative performances along the way. Attendees will receive goody bags at the end.

North/Northwest Suburbs

Photo Credit: Great Highwood Skeleton Invasion

Great Highwood Skeleton Invasion

Oct. 1-Nov. 1, 2021

See the hundreds of skeletons that have descended upon Highwood, decorated in costumes of all kinds and colors. Families who take photos with the skeletons are encouraged to tag #CelebrateHighwood, #HighwoodStrong, #CityofHighwood as well as the local businesses on social media.

Fall Family Festival at Kohl Children’s Museum

Oct. 9-10, 2021

This annual fall fest has a petting zoo, games, kiddie train rides, apple cider press, meet and greet with the animals and insects and a ghost hunt in Habitat Park. Costumes are encouraged. Limited capacity; advanced registration required.

A Family Halloween

Oct. 24, 2021

Wear your favorite costume to our kid-friendly bash that includes a haunted barn, wagon rides, pumpkin games and more ghoulish fun. Note: Limited tickets are available and must be purchased in advance.

South Suburbs

All Hallows Eve

Halloween Hollow at Yunker Park

Oct. 8-10, 2021

  • Address: 10824 La Porte Road, Mokena
  • Cost: Free admission

The 40th annual Halloween Hollow features carnival, food, bounce house, entertainment, pumpkin painting and more.

Hocus Pocus

Oct. 14, 2021

Watch Disney’s Halloween classic on the big screen. Tickets will be available day-of at the Rialto Square Theatre Box Office. All seating will be General Admission—first come, first serve. Bar and concessions will be available for purchase.

Haunted Forest at Diane Main Park

Oct. 16, 2021

  • Address: 200 W. 59th St., Westmont
  • Cost: $6

Participants will hop on a wagon ride that takes them from Diane Main Park through the terrifying woods path scenes. After that, participants will get off the wagons and walk through the wicked woods where all kind of scares await them. “Merry Monster Showing” is for the younger viewers.

Western Suburbs

Photo Credit: BatFest

Boo! at the Zoo

Oct. 9-24, 2021, Saturdays and Sundays

The not-so-scary and fun-filled event is something for the entire family to enjoy. Dress up in costume and go trick-or-treating throughout the zoo. Check online for more information closer to the event.

All Hallows Eve

Oct. 15-16, 2021

Experience two of the darkest nights of the year during this experience that brings some of the scariest literature of the past, present and future to life. For ages 8 and up; not suitable for young children.


Oct. 30, 2021

BatFest is Batavia’s annual Halloween-themed family event attracting more than 2,500 ghouls. It includes downtown trick-or-treating, Mothers’ Club Parade, pumpkin roll, contests, stories and games for free family fun!

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