6 fun Halloween events for tweens and teens in Chicagoland

Halloween can be fun for all ages. As kids get older, they tend to move from the sweet to the spooky. Even if your kids have outgrown the class parties, there are opportunities for older kids to celebrate and have a hauntingly good time in Chicago this Halloween.

Halloween Bike Ride

Where: Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights

When: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 12

Cost: Free, preregistration required. 

Teens – and their parents if the teens allow it – will 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 and costumes are encouraged and participants must have bike lights.

All Hallows Eve

When: Oct. 18 & 19, 6:30-10 p.m.

Where: Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville

Cost: $20

Experience two of the darkest nights of the year during this experience that uses 13 acres to bring to life some of the darkest and spookiest characters from literature. The fun is designed for tweens and teens, so brothers and sisters younger than 8 are encouraged to stay home. 

Arts in the Dark Parade of Artists

When: Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Chicago Loop, the parade begins at State and Lake and proceeds south

Cost: Free

This nighttime parade is a great option for families with tweens, as it is aimed at kids up to 12, but we think it looks awesome for all ages. The parade has featured large-scale lanterns of iconic Chicago building created by local artists and performance groups such as Kaotic Drumline, Comparsa Explosive, Second City and the Jabberwocky Marionettes. Parade will travel along State Street from Lake to Van Buren. A dance party at the Bean with a DJ and activities at Maggie Daley Park will be held after the parade.

Edgar Allen Poe Readings

Where: Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago

When: Oct. 26, 5-6:15 p.m. or 8-9:15 p.m.

Cost: $25 per person

This is a great event for those looking to share some shudders with their teens. Literature-loving adolescents may already know just how spooky Edgar Allan Poe can be, but even those who don’t adore Language Arts class will be taken in by Poe’s spooky stories and poetry when they are performed by actors from Lifeline Theater. The event is best for teens with fortitude, and not the faint of (the tell-tale) heart, as it is not recommended for children.

Halloween Dance

Where: Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd St., Chicago & Valley Forge Park, 7001 W. 59th St., Chicago

When: Oct. 26, 6:30-8 p.m.

Cost: $5.

These Halloween parties designed for teens are hosted by the Chicago Parks Department and will include a costume contest, dance contest, face painting, arts and crafts and games. 

Hyde Park Teen Halloween

Where: The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, Chicago

When: October 31, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Teens in and around Hyde Park can celebrate with each other on the actual holiday at this free party in Hyde Park. In addition to music, there will be food and prizes.


This article was originally published Oct. 10, 2018 and has been updated with the newest information. 

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