Between trick or treating, pumpkin carving and partying, kids have it good this month. Halloween never gets old, right? Neither do these spooktacular celebrations I’ve scouted out for you. This year these celebrations have a few surprises for those little goblins of yours.
1 Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Hallowed Haunts, 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, pre-concert activities 1:30 p.m.; cso.org
Dress in costume for this special Halloween concert. Arrive early for an instrument petting zoo, treats and photos with orchestra members. Bonus: The CSO is playing Harry Potter music. Recommended for kids 5 and up. Tickets start at $13.
2 Roscoe Village Parade, 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26. Route runs from Roscoe Street from Leavitt to Damen; roscoevillage.org
For the 16th year, Roscoe Village Neighbors is closing down Roscoe Street for youngsters to strut their stuff. The Lane Tech Marching Band leads the way with everyone’s favorite “Thriller” and check out “spooky activities” in tents overseen by Audubon School teachers. Trick or treating at local businesses, too, of course. Free.
3 Purple Monkey Playroom Not-at-All Spooky Halloween Party, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2040 N. Western Ave.; purplemonkeyplayroom.com
The Not-at-All Spooky Halloween Party is perfect for babies and toddlers. New this year, Bucktown Music will lead a Monster Mash dance session. $25 per child + one adult.
4 New spots to try this year for trick or treating:
Hyde Park, from 59th South Harper Avenue to 56th Street; Bucktown, block of Cortland and Leavitt; North Center, 2000-2200 block of West Bradley Place; Andersonville, Lakewood and Balmoral.