Halloween 2021 Guide for Chicago Families

When October arrives, we’re so ready for the spooky season. Chicagoland offers plenty of spooktactular things to do with your family. You can attend a few Halloween events, celebrate at home or see some spooky decorations.

We know Halloween might not be completely the same this year, but we’re seeing more of return of our favorite Halloween family traditions in 2021. Read our family guide below to find the best things to do with Chicagoland kids this Halloween.


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Many of our favorite Halloween events are back in October. Check a few of our spooky event picks below and find more events in our calendar.

Boo! at the Zoo

Oct. 9-24, 2021

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.

Arts in the Dark: Halloween Parade

Oct. 30, 2021

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

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