12 Halloween Yard Displays for Chicagoland Families

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As we get closer to Halloween, we begin to see our neighbors delight us with their spookiest decorations. There are many Chicagoland residents who go all out with skeletons, spiders, lights, inflatables and more spooktacular fun.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Halloween yard displays across Chicagoland that are more geared for families. Warning: Some of these attractions still may be too scary for little kids, so use your discretion when planning your trip!

Don’t forget to download our free Halloween Scavenger Hunt printable to make your spooky outing even more exciting!

Canyon Trail Cemetery

Through Oct. 31, 2021

Stop by to see residents new and old at Canyon Trail Cemetery. Families can spot several pneumatic and motorized animatronic characters in the spooky graveyard. This display is also accepting donations to Just Giants Rescue, Inc. and non-perishable food items for Humanitarian Service Project.

Gandor Family Light Show

Through Oct. 31, 2021

You don’t have to wait until the holiday season to find some awesome light shows! Gandor Family Light Show has created a Halloween-themed display that plays ongoing shows from 6:45-9:30 p.m. every day. Tune to 88.7 FM when you arrive.

Halloween Town

Through Oct. 31, 2021

You’ll find every ghost, spider and witch spooking up this small Halloween town. Open from dusk to 10:30 p.m. every night, the yard display has been around since 2016. Kids will love to see the moving props and some familiar faces from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Sally’s Nightmare on Melvina

Through Oct. 31, 2021

Fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas need to drive down to the South Suburbs to get a glimpse of this whimsical yard display perfect for all ages. You’ll find Jack Skellington, Zero, Sally and more fun characters to get you into the Halloween spirit.

Midnight on Morton

Through Oct. 31, 2021

See all the skeletons, ghouls and other friendly monsters light up the night at this neighborhood display. You can walk up to get a closer look at all the spooky details but remember, do not touch the props and practice social distancing. The yard display is also accepting donations to Animal House Shelter.

Holiday Habits

Begins Oct. 1, 2021

Boris, the huge skeleton, welcomes all ghouls to their neighborhood haunt. On certain days, they have undead actors passing out candy. For a fun photo op, pose in the coffin or guillotine if you dare.

Scares on Sequoia

Oct. 1-31, 2021

Come here on Fridays with littles for a tamer experience with static lights. Stop here on the weekends with those looking for a thrilling experience with live actors, full animation, and over 50 props. Open dusk to 10 p.m.

The Hauntings of Carol Stream

Oct. 2-31, 2021

Fellow ghosts and goblins will appreciate the elaborate display that includes static and motorized props. Viewings start daily at dusk and open Monday-Thursday until 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m., and Sunday until 10 p.m.

Mack Manor

Oct. 3-31, 2021

Drive through the Mack Manor to get a glimpse of these elaborate outdoor Halloween decorations. There’s plenty to see, and at night, monsters (a.k.a live actors) come out. If you’re driving at night with easily scared kids, leave your flashers on to keep the monsters away. Note: Follow Mack Manor on Facebook to get daily updates on hours, last-minute closures and safety tips.

Timbers Pointe Cemetery

Oct. 7-31, 2021

The award-winning haunted house and graveyard has animations, a fog display, and live actors (weather permitting). Monetary donations and non-perishable food accepted for Haunts against Hunger.

Scary Potter

Oct. 8 – 31, 2021

Fans of Harry Potter and Halloween will want to flock to this family-friendly display of favorite characters and scenes. Weekends only dusk until10 p.m.

Haunt 31

Oct. 9-31, 2021

This neighborhood haunt has been scaring the community for 23 years. Visit during the day for a tamer experience. During the evenings, it becomes more of a scare with professional animations and props.

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