9 Halloween Parades to Get Your Spook On

Roscoe Village Halloween Parade

 

Note: These events have been canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Please check out our virtual events calendar for family fun things to do safely at home.

 

Besides Halloween events, haunted houses and trick-or-treat night, the best place to show off your costume is at a Halloween parade. Luckily, Chicago has no shortage of them. With parades happening all month long in the city and suburbs, you can don a different costume for every one! From the haunted parades, to the family-friendly options and even parades for your dogs, here’s a roundup of Chicago’s best Halloween parades.

 

Spooky Pooch Parade

 

When: Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

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

 

Cost: Viewing the dog parade is free. If you are bringing a dog, however, you must purchase paid registration for your dog ($22), whether or not you enter the parade and costume contest.

 

The Chicago Botanic Garden typically bars dogs from its grounds, but it makes an exception for its annual Spooky Pooch Parade, where four-legged friends can celebrate Halloween alongside — and maybe even coordinate costumes with — their owners.

 

Arts in the Dark

 

When: Oct. 19, 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Where: State Street, moving South from Lake Street to Van Buren Street., Chicago

 

Cost: Free

 

This one-of-a-kind parade showcases and celebrates the artistry of Halloween, bringing together   world-renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago and Lookingglass Theatre Company. The 4th annual parade will feature spectacle floats and creative performances.

 

Roscoe Village Halloween Parade

 

When: Oct. 20, Noon

 

Where: Roscoe & Hamilton Streets, Chicago

 

Cost: Free (there is a cost to participate in the Roscoe Village Fun Run, held prior to the event)

 

For nearly two decades, thousands of families have gathered in the streets of Roscoe Village for its popular Halloween Parade. The event is coupled with a spooky photo booth, arts & crafts, food trucks, special performances, and more.

 

Boo-Palooza

 

When: Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Where: Wicker Park, 1495 N. Damen Ave, Chicago

 

Cost: Suggested donation of $10 per family

 

It wouldn’t be a costume parade without prizes: for adults, children, families and yes, even dogs! This fun event also includes a pumpkin patch with pumpkin decorating, ghost bingo, a maze, bobbing for apples, and more than 40 activity tables to keep the little ones busy and ready for a post event nap.

 

BatFest

 

When: Oct. 26, 11:50 a.m.

 

Where: Batavia Riverwalk, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia

 

Cost: Free

 

Attracting more than 2,500 ghouls each year, Batavia’s annual Halloween themed family event is one for the boo-ks! Beginning at 11:50 a.m., what seems like the whole town will line the streets near the Batavia Riverwalk for a parade, followed by games that include pumpkin carving battles, a marshmallow shooting range and dance performances of Thriller.

Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade

 

Halloween Hoedown

 

When: Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m.

 

Where: Legion Park, 111 Main St., Lemont

 

Cost: Free

 

The Village of Lemont takes Halloween very seriously. In fact, they’ve got month-long “Lemonster Days” celebrations leading up until Halloween (haunted bus tours, scarecrow fest, scary silent movie night). The Halloween Hoedown – the culmination of it all – won’t disappoint. The costume contest and parade kicks off a day full of trick-or-treating, hay wagon rides.

 

West Loop Families Halloween Parade

 

When: 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 26

 

Where: Mary Bartelme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St., Chicago

 

Cost: Free

 

Now in its 10th year, the West Loop Families Halloween Parade is the largest and longest running family event at Mary Bartelme Park. The event kicks off with a seemingly endless parade of costume-clad children circling the park, followed by pumpkin decorating, games and trick-of-treating at neighborhood businesses.

 

Logan Square Halloween Parade

 

When: Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m.

 

Where: Illinois Centennial Memorial Column at Logan Square, 3200 W. Logan Blvd, Chicago

 

Cost: Free

 

The 16th annual Logan Square Halloween Parade is sure to be a ghostly good time. The parade begins at the Illinois Centennial Monument and marches south on Kedzie Boulevard to Fullerton Avenue before ending at Lula Café, where kids will be treated to warm apple cider and fresh cookies.

 

Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade

 

When: Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.

 

Where: Halsted Street & Belmont Ave., Chicago

 

Cost: Free

 

Ranked one of the best Halloween celebrations in the U.S. by Fodor’s Travel Guide, this LGBT-friendly parade features outlandish costumes, creative programming and entertainment galore that goes into the wee hours of the night.  While the event changes from year to year, the staples include fire twirlers, stilt walkers, marching bands, and Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz.”

 


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