22 Halloween Events for Chicagoland Kids

Toddler girl dressed up playing in Halloween party

You can still celebrate Halloween with the whole family! Whether you’re looking for Halloween events at home or some safe in-person events, we’ve got you covered with these spooktacular picks.


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Virtual Events


Haunted Tales: The Online Halloween Family Scavenger Hunt


When: Oct. 10, 24, 25, 31


Hosted by: Waston Adventures


Kids ages 10 and older with their adults team up to explore real places that are said to be haunted, and learn the tales of the ghosts who linger there. Follow a trail of clues across eerie websites in search of answers to tricky questions.


A War of the Worlds


When: Oct. 15-Nov. 21


Hosted by: Theatre in the Dark


Families with kids ages 13 and older can enjoy an original audio drama adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds” performed live online. While it follows the contours of Wells’ story of a Martian invasion, it moves the action to present-day Chicago.


Horror Movie Trivia for Teens


When: Oct. 23


Hosted by: Chicago Public Library


Teens are invited to test their horror movie knowledge with online trivia sponsored by the Chicago Public Library.


Edgar Allen Poe: Spooky Stories from the Schoolhouse


When: Oct. 23


Hosted by: Elmhurst History Museum


On a dark and stormy night, we’ll be conjuring up Halloween spirit at the historic Churchville Schoolhouse through readings of Edgar Allen Poe’s scariest works. Gather your fearless friends and tune in online as museum staff members tap into creepy classics like “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and more.


Not-So-Spooky Halloween Adventure


When: Oct. 28


Hosted by: Bubbles Academy


Kids ages 2-5 can enjoy an early Halloween with the Bubbles Academy Team. Learn about the season and what to expect.


Spooky, Slithery, and Slimy


When: Oct. 31


Hosted by: Little Red Schoolhouse


In honor of Halloween, virtually meet a few of the most misunderstood creatures that call Little Red Schoolhouse their home.


Laurie Berkner’s Halloween Virtual Family Concerts


When: Oct. 31


Hosted by: Laurie Berkner


Children’s musician Laurie Berkner will treat fans of all ages to a live virtual concert. Kids should plan to grab their superhero capes, their instruments (or noisemakers), their dancin’ shoes, and a stuffed animal (for their heads)!


In-Person Events


Long Grove Halloween Town


When: Oct. 10, 15, 23 and 25


Where: Historic Downtown Long Grove, Long Grove


Long Grove has retooled favorite fall Hometown Events to provide visitors with a safe, but fun way to celebrate fall and Halloween with the downtown business community. Enjoy Scarecrow decorating, trick or treating and a pet costume parade.


Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns


When: Oct. 14-18 & 21-25


Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe


More than 1,000 hand-carved, real pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—light up the night. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. New for 2020, the trail is one way, with separate entrance and exit, and there is extra space between pumpkins to allow for social distancing. Face coverings are required for anyone 2 years and older.


Drive-In Haunted House


When: Oct. 15-17


Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Hyde Park, 5200 S. University Ave, Chicago


Be scared silly in the safety of your own car at a drive-through Haunted Parking Lot. Pre-registration for time slot required.


Halloween Spooktacular – Schaumburg


When: Oct. 16-18


Where: Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg


Families can enjoy a Halloween-themed musical performance, pumpkins and more. Guests will receive 3D glasses, one pumpkin with decorating supplies per group, goody bags for the children and photo opportunities with popular characters. All guests will need to wear face coverings the entire time they are in the facility and during the event. Seating will be in pods that will accommodate up to four guests with social distancing in mind.


Little Beans Drive-In Movies


When: Oct. 23


Where: Little Beans Cafe, 430 Asbury Ave., Evanston


Drive In for a movie in the Little Beans parking lot. Sit in your car, on top of your car or sign up for a limited-space blanket spot. Preregistration required and families will receive instructions how to listen to the sound. Watch The Addams Family and enjoy caramel apples.


Hoot ‘n Howl: Flashlight Hike


When: Oct. 23


Where: Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest


Take a flashlight to head off on your own on a short trail. Look for hints along the way to help you spot some of the not-so-real creatures that come out at night.  You might just spot some real ones too.  For families. Timed entry required.




When: Oct. 24


Where: Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, 109th and Laramie, Oak Lawn


Families can walk the path at Wolfe Wildlife and encounter various Halloween themed games, activities and performances. Activities along the trail include scavenger hunts, photo opportunities, pumpkin decorating, crafts, campfire and more. Time slots will be limited to one group with a max of 10 people.


Boo ‘n Brew


When: Oct. 24


Where: Lincolnwood Town Center, 3333 W. Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood


Enjoy a non-alcoholic craft brew from Marz Brewing, treats to go, a DJ party, pumpkin painting, school of rock instrument petting zoo and a stilt-walking Frankenstein monster. Masks required and costumes encouraged.


Mommy & Me Halloween Paint Party


When: Oct. 24


Where: Mimi’s Tots Closet, 8442 S. Ashland, Chicago


Enjoy music, refreshments, raffles and mommy & me painting time with Halloween spirit. Sign up for one of two time slots.


The Un-Haunted Forest


When: Oct. 25


Where: River Trail Nature Center, 3120 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook


Come in costume for a magical hike through the forest. Reserve time slot required.


Halloween Family Photography Night


When: Oct. 29


Where: Evans Field, W. Bloomingdale Ave. & Thatcher Ave., River Grove


Kids and families are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes for a walk along the Des Plaines River Trail. Take pictures of yourself in your costumes in nature, or capture spooky nature pictures you find along this guided walk. Then, warm up by the physically-distanced fires. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.


Arts in the Dark: Halloween Parade


When: Oct. 31


Where: Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago


The 2020 version of “Arts in the Dark” will be turned upside down as dozens of delightful parade contingents will be stationed along a tree-lined drive in Washington Park, and spectators will drive through the route, enjoying the spectacles from the safety of their vehicles.


Halloween Escape Snapology


When: Oct. 31


Where: Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago


Teams of kids ages 4-6 have 60 minutes to discover clues, solve puzzles, answer riddles, and manipulate contraptions in order to complete assigned STEM tasks to unlock the door to escape Snapology. Costumes are encouraged as there will be a trick or treat portion of the event. CDC guidelines will be followed and mask are required for all children. There are also events for kids ages 7-10 and 11-14.


Conjure Up Family Halloween


When: Oct. 31


Where: Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, 1245 Hartrey Ave., Evanston


Crafts and a scavenger hunt highlight spooktacular Halloween fun at a pop-up event in Evanston. Families can also enjoy donuts, coffee and apple cider from the Firecakes food truck and goodie bags to the first 50 kids. Social distancing and masks are required.


Candy Crawl


When: Oct. 31


Where: Lincolnwood Town Center, 3333 W. Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood


Start at the lower entrance to the mall for your first treat, then trick or treat through the mall, enjoying photos with the stilt-walking Frankenstein Monster and dancing through the center aisles. Masks required, costumes encouraged.


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