Fall festivals throughout October around Chicago

No matter where you live, there is sure to be a festival throughout the month of October to suit your needs. This weekend’s festivals range from treasure hunts to petting zoos to scarecrows – and, of course, lots of food. Enjoy. And check back next week for an updated list.

Cornucopia Fall Festival

Includes pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, a pumpkin patch, face painting, and live entertainment as well as an art fair and food.



Midway Village Museum Scarecrow Harvest Festival

Families can build their own scarecrow with straw provided free. Bring old clothes to stuff, or purchase clothes and accessories. Activities include traditional harvest crafts and activities, old-fashioned games, wagon rides around the village, square dancing and demonstrations.


Cantigny Fall Festival

Festival features hayrides, live entertainment, inflatable jumpers and slides, pumpkin decorating, monster mural and face painting.


Family Fall Fest

Head over to Safety Town Village for some early Halloween fun and safe trick-or-treating through a kid-sized village. Dressed-up volunteers will pass out candy and prizes. Plus face painting, pony rides, petting farm, moon jump, pumpkins, food and more.


St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

View more than 150 handcrafted scarecrows and vote for your favorite in each of six categories. Plus, live entertainment, arts and crafts show, carnival, petting zoo, canine corner and make-your-own scarecrow.


Halloween Hollow

Festival features carnival, food, activities, entertainment, Scarecrow Laboratory, hayrides, horse rides and contests. Visit website for details and schedule. Carnival ride wristband specials are available.


Fall Festival

Features crafts, trick-or-treat candy line, hay rides, food and music in the downtown area.


Fall Harvest Festival

Take part in harvest activities, enjoy wagon rides and fun arts and crafts. Assorted food treats are available for purchase.


Green Halloween

Follow the Green Pumpkin Trail to collect healthy, eek-o-friendly treats at participating businesses. Other activities include pumpkin decorating, free showing of Hotel Transylvania 2, scary storytelling, monster mash and more. Costumes are optional.


Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns

Take either the “friendly” or “spooky” path to activities in the Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion. Experience family-friendly thrills and chills, including two stages of entertainment, fortune telling, face painting, a spooky snack shack, and a ride on the “Howlin’ Express.” As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden, decorated in ghastly lights and running special ghost trains.


Spooky Zoo Spectacular

Spooky Zoo offers a free, safe alternative to trick-or-treating for more than 30,000 children, as well as a variety of entertainment, crafts and fun for the whole family. Dress up in costume and come to the Lincoln Park Zoo ready for an day full of fun and games.


Creepy Crawly Halloween Party

Trick-or-treat through the decorated museum, enjoying games along the way. Have your photo taken with some creepy crawly live critters, check out the grossology lab, and enjoy games, candy, prizes, and more.


Pumpkin Splash

Swim with pumpkins at The Water Works. Activities include pool pumpkin picking, DJ, refreshments and pumpkin decorating. Scheduled pumpkin swims per age group throughout the evening in the zero depth pool. All children must be accompanied by an adult during the entire event.


Clark Street Spooktacular

Includes free refreshments, crafts and games, plus trick-or-treating to participating businesses throughout the community. During trick-or-treating, there are magicians, balloon twist artists, jugglers and stilt walkers. Visitors will enjoy Scarecrows on Parade, costume contests for adults and kids, prizes from area merchants, special savings at participating restaurants and an afternoon of outdoor family fun.


Spooky Science

Come in costume for a non-scary night of Halloween fun. Get ready to grab gobs of goodies in our exhibit spaces as you concoct glowing slime and make creepy crafts. Fill in a bingo card as you garner science facts and feats from expired engineers and deceased scientists. Explore the Park in the dark, pick up a prize from Alfred Nobel, enjoy the not-quite-right chemistry of Dorothy Hodgkin, and practice science tricks that look like magic.


Trains, Tricks & Treats

Celebrate Halloween in theModel Railroad Garden, decorated with spider webs, spiders, ghosts,goblins, and pumpkins, as well as seasonal plant materials.Visitors are encouraged to come in costume. An array of smalltreats and treasures to take home can be found throughout the ModelRailroad Garden. Kids can take part in a planting activity.


Creatures of the Night

Three attractions, including The Haunted Tram, Trail of Terror,and Xtreme Bugs, which guests will see in an eerie new light. Plus,a 7,000-square-foot Crazed Maze, the Pumpkin Executioner andnot-so-scary activities, including the Monster Mash Dance Party,led by a DJ who will be playing a variety of Halloween-themedmusic.


Happy Hauntings

Watch Chicago’s Midnight Circus and their feats of acrobatics and theatrics in Preston Bradley Hall on Thursday and Friday. Kids won’t want to miss the annual Monster Bash on Saturday with trick-or-treating, a dance party and the Monster Bash Costume Contest.

Join a haunted walk through the halls of the Chicago Cultural Center and earn about a long gone librarian who can’t let go, presences in G.A.R. Hall, furniture moving in a blink of the eye and other strange occurrences. Plus, showings of Gremlins and Frankenweenie. Food trucks will also be on site on the Washington side of the building for tasty treats.


Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest

Festival organizers attempt to raise $600,000 for Make-a-Wish Illinois to help grant wishes to kids with life-threatening conditions. Other activities include all-you-can-carve pumpkins, trick-or-treating, costume contests, Pumpkin parade, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, crafts, two entertainment stages, food and beverage vendors and a Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk. All jack-o-lanterns will be placed on walls throughout the festival, with ceremonial lightings Friday and Saturday nights, and the grand lighting on Sunday evening.


Halloween Hayrides

Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume (parents included). Each registered child ages 3-12 receives a Halloween goodie bag filled with treats and prizes. Bring your own food to cook over the bonfire or bring the fixings for s’mores. Hot chocolate and apple juice provided. Registration required.


Glass Pumpkin Patch at The Morton Arboretum

Delight in colorful hand-blown glass sculptures, watch the artists in action, and shop for one-of-a-kind works of art. Live glass blowing demonstrations, art exhibition, and opportunities to meet the artists take place every day.


Halloween at Navy Pier

Fun for all ages will be had throughout the Pier, including two feature films, Pier-wide trick-or-treating, a costume contest, Haunted Maze, Halloween-themed boat cruises and parties, a fireworks show and more! Guests wearing a Halloween costume or Blackhawks gear will get a complimentary skate rental with purchase of admission to Chicago Blackhawks Skate by the Lake ice rink.


Sycamore Pumpkin Festival

Festival features thousands of decorated pumpkins on display, food booths, carnival, parade, and Saturday entertainment. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday. Check the website for schedule of events and times.


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