Bats and zombies and mummies, oh my! It’s the time of year creepy creatures take over our neighborhoods and come knocking at our doors begging for candy. But this month, we found some not-so-scary events worth checking out.
Flying rodents don’t sound too pleasant, but Naperville Park District’s Eco-Explorers: AcroBats gives kids a closer look at what the spooky animals are really like. Kids 9-11 can scan the skies for bats and learn how they get around in the dark, discover how a bat’s body is like their own and play bat bingo. $21, $14 resident. 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3-4. Knoch Knolls Park, 336 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville. (630) 848-5000, napervilleparks.org.
None of the cats at Brookfield Zoo are black, so there’s no need for silly superstitions. Instead, learn about the zoo’s cats, including tigers, leopards and house cats at Cat Awareness Weekend. There will be special Zoo Chats and cat-themed activities. Just in case, though, leave your ladders at home. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4-5. Free with admission. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. (708) 688-8000, czs.org.
These skeletons aren’t quite what you would find sneaking up on you in a graveyard. At Feeding Frenzy: Nothin’ but the Bones, kids 8 and up can touch and examine skulls, teeth and parts of animal skeletons to learn about how creatures catch their food and enjoy meals. Free with admission. 12:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St., Sycamore. (815) 895-9777, mmnh.org.
The undead seem to be having a moment. Fortunately, brave tweens and teens can learn how to survive a zombie apocalypse thanks to Zombie Survival Training. Kids learn how to identify, fight and outrun a zombie, then test those newfound skills in a zombie maze. Plus, dress as a zombie hunter and you could win a prize (hopefully one that doesn’t involve blood). $8, $5 resident. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Hampe Park, West Lies Road, Carol Stream. (630) 784-6100, csparks.org.
Mummies and daddies can bring costumed kids 5-12 to Mummies Night, a chance to get up-close-and-personal with a [simulated] preserved corpse. Families can make a mummy craft, decorate a trick-or-treat ancient monster bag, try on an outfit from King Tut’s closet, and go on scavenger hunts in the Egyptian Gallery. Free. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 25. Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago. (773) 702-9514, oi.uchicago.edu.