Halloween is all about fun and candy, but it can also be scary and loud for toddlers and preschoolers. I’ve rounded up a heaping pile of scare free fun for your youngest goblins and ghouls.
Going door to door is hard when your legs are little. Take out the stairs and the strangers and trick or treat at these business district and trunk or treat events instead:
Trick-or-treat through the DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein (510 IL-83, Mundelein). There will be games and rides, treats from local businesses, a costume contest, face painting and more!
The Grayslake Chamber of Commerce hosts trick-or-treating through the downtown business district.
Start at Brilliant Toys and Books to pick up a treat bag and then head to all the stores with pumpkin decals to collect your treats.
Torch of Faith in Grayslake will be hosting a trunk or treat starting at 10:30 a.m. There will be plenty of candy and a chance to win an iPad.
The streets of Wauconda will be filled with Halloween revelers large and small for their annual trick-or-treat event. Shops and restaurants lining Main Street will be featuring games, specials and, of course, candy!
The youth group at St. John Lutheran School in Libertyville will host their second annual trunk-or-treat in the parking lot starting at 2 p.m.
Skip the streets on Halloween and trick-or-treat in the parking lot at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Barrington.
Enjoy a kids craft corner and trick-or-treating throughout this one-of-a-kind mall.
Spend Halloween visiting the shops in historic Libertyville. Look for the bright orange pumpkins in the windows.
Hawthorn Mall hosts store-to-store trick-or-treating for children ages 6 and younger. Once you’re well stocked, head to YuKids Island for a Halloween party that includes crafts and costume characters.
Halloween stories and crafts
The library is the best place to take your not-ready-for-the-scary-stuff kids. They are filled with fun storytimes, crafts and, in some cases, costume parades too!
Drop into the Lake Bluff Library Children’s Department and make a spooky or sweet craft!
Visit the Highland Park Public Library and see the O-Gaugers annual Halloween Train. Model trains will run through Spookytown and costumes are encouraged.
Stop by the Fox Lake Public Library at 11 a.m. for a bingo game in the Children’s Activity Center for a chance to win Halloween items.
Barnes & Noble is hosting a storytime at their stores (11 a.m., but double check your local store’s times) featuring “Mary McScary,” a funny story featuring a fearless anti-heroine. Then they will read “Creepy Pair of Underwear!,” a hilarious and creepy story of a brave rabbit and a very weird pair of underwear.
The Barrington Area Library will host a special Halloween Storytime. Wear your costumes for a parade around the library.