Halloween may be rooted in the scary, but these days, it offers something for everyone. Read our picks for the best Halloween events happening in and around the Chicago suburbs. Event information is subject to change, we encourage you to check ahead and confirm.


  • Zombie Apocalypse – Adventure comes in endless forms. Weekends in Oct. The Forge: Lemont Quarries. Learn more at: forgeparks.com
  • 13th Floor Haunted House – 9/10-11/13. Select dates. One of the largest haunted house brands. Special features with Fright Club app. Melrose Park. 13thfloorchicago.com.
  • Teenie Weenie Pumpkins & Munchkins – 9/25. Celebrate with treats, games, crafts and a hayride. 10am-Noon. Carol Stream. csparks.org.
  • Itasca Halloween Celebration – Pony rides, bounce house, games, pumpkin decorating. Itasca. Itascaparkdistrict.com
  • Halloween Hayride – 10/3. 5-6:30pm. Hayride around Lake Gregory followed by activities and S’mores. Costume contest. Register. Blackberry Farm. Aurora. oxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
  • Pumpkin Flotilla – 10/8. 6-7pm. Daine Main Park Pumpkin carving and spooky stories while watching the Pumpkin Flotilla at twilight. Westmont. westmontparks.org.
  • Specters & Spirits – 10/8. Exploration of the haunted Downers Grove Museum for adults. Drinks around a bonfire before with paranormal experts. 7pm. Downers Grove. dgparks.org.
  • Creature Double Feature – 10/9. 7pm sharp! Outdoor screening of Beetlejuice and Ghostbusters. Community Park Hill, Lisle. lisleparkdistrict.org.
  • Halloween Hollow – 10/ 9 Drive in Movie 7:15pm- 10pm. The Addams Family. $10 per car. Mokena. mokenapark.com.
  • Not So Scary Golf – 10/11. Family friendly activities, music, mini golf. Coyote Crossing Mini Golf. Carol Stream. csparks.org.
  • Zombie Apocalypse – Adventure comes in endless forms. Weekends in Oct. The Forge: Lemont Quarries. Learn more at: forgeparks.com
  • Glass Pumpkin Patch – 10/13–17. Demos of the country’s top glassblowers and unique, handcrafted designs. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
  • Night of 1000 Jack-o-Lanterns – 10/13-17 & 10/20-24. Over 1000 real pumpkins light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Glencoe. chicagobotanic.org/Halloween.
  • Chicago Ghost Tours – Ongoing through 10/31. Tour the historic haunts of Chicago. Both Bus and Foot Tours available. Times vary. Tickets. chicagohauntings.com.
  • Escape the Barn – 10/15-16. Mysterious crimes are popping up at Primrose Farm! It’s up to your team to escape with your lives before it’s too late! 4, 5 or 8pm. Primrose Farm, St. Charles. primrosefarm.org.
  • Haunted Trail – 10/15. 6-7pm – Family Hour. 7-9:30 Active Scaring. Hold on tight while you are guided through the 1/3 mile loop turned haunted ground! Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary. Itascaparkdistrict.com
  • Things that Go Bump in the Night – 10/15. Fun and not frightening. Watch skits as you walk along the trail with costumed characters. Includes campfire, snacks and songs. 6-8:15pm. Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie. skokieparks.org.
  • Haunted Forest – 10/15. – Merry Monsters, 4:30-7pm; 10/16. Sheer Terror, 6:30-9:30pm. Haunted Hayride then finishing on foot through the haunted Sandra Smith Woods. Westmont. westmontparks.org
  • All Hallows Eve – 10/15-16. Acres of haunting creatures and screaming delights at Naper Settlement! Not recommended for children under 8. Naperville. napersettlement.org.
  • Nightmare at West Main – 10/15. Haunted hike through the spooky trails. Ages 10+. Tickets. Batavia. bataviaparks.org.
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail – 10/16. Ages 0-10 yrs. Children and parents enjoy walking the trail at the Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary, receiving crafts and treats along the way. 12-1:30pm.  FREE! Itasca. Itascaparkdistrict.com
  • Haunted Trail and Bonfire – 10/16. Bonfire, food, cider, games, wagon rides and a haunted trail.  Lindenhurst. lindenhurstparks.org.
  • Ghost Stories at Smith Woods – 10/22. 5:45pm. Enjoy scary stories and snacks around a fire pit. Beware of ghosts in the surrounding woods! Westmont. westmontparks.org.
  • Zombie Apocalypse – Adventure comes in endless forms. Weekends in Oct. The Forge: Lemont Quarries. Learn more at: forgeparks.com
  • Haunted Forest Walk – 10/22-23. Wind your way through a haunted forest trail full of scary scenes, wicked creatures and evil spirits. Afternoon matinee suitable for children under 9. Fri: 6:30-9:30pm, Sat: 1-3pm and 6:30-9:30pm. Hawthorne Woods. Woodridge. woodridgeparks.org.
  • BOONANZA – 10/22. Children, ages 10 and younger, are welcome to spend a bewitching afternoon at the CRC (Creepy Reeky Castle) filled with spook-tacular fun! Enjoy spooky storytelling, carnival games, a balloonist, crafts and inflatables. 4-7 PM. Community Recreation Center,  Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com
  • Halloween Hoedown – 10/23. 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. FREE Event. Line-Up for annual Costume Contest & Parade followed by Trick or Treating at participating merchants and more! Frightening Photo opportunity. Historic Downtown Lemont, lemont.il.us
  • Halloween Hayday – 10/23. Halloween egg hunt, costume contest, bounce house, hayrides, science activities. 10am-1pm. Stephen Persinger Rec. Center. Geneva. genevaparks.org
  • Monster Mash – 10/23. 11am-2pm. Halloween themed walk through Bensenville Parks ending with carnival games, bounce house, live critters. Bensenville.  bvilleparks.org.
  • Howl O’Ween Dog Parade – 10/23. Bring your dogs and dress-to-impress at Peck Farm Park’s FREE Howl O’ Ween Dog Parade! Geneva. genevaparks.org
  • Halloween Happening – 10/24. Enjoy fun activities, games and goodies a FREE Halloween fest for kids 10 and under. 1-4pm. Naperville. napervilleparks.org.
  • Zombie Apocalypse – Adventure comes in endless forms. Weekends in Oct. The Forge: Lemont Quarries. Learn more at: forgeparks.com
  • Spooktakular Fun Night – 10/29. Ages 2-10. Trick-or-treat through the community center, costume prizes goodies, crafts and activities. 5-7pm. Westmont. westmontparks.org
  • Trick-or-Treat Tango – 10/29. Dancing, crafts, games, candy and prizes. $10. 7-8:30pm. Aurora. foxvalleyparkdistrict.com.
  • Haunted Hayride – 10/29-30. 7-9pm. Hot cider and a haunting ambiance for a hayride for ages 16 and up. St. Charles. primrosefarm.org.
  • Boo Bash! – 10/29. Come in costume and hear stories, make crafts and share a treat.  10-11 AM. Cantigny, Wheaton. cantigny.org.
  • Kooky Spooky Candy Trail – 10/30. Trick-or-treating along the candy trail at Oakton Park, while enjoying the roaming magician. 3-5pm.Skokie. skokieparks.org.
  • Monster Mash Dance Party – 10/30. Learn dance moves to spooky Halloween songs, followed by a candy hunt at Fishel Park. Ages 3-5: 1:30–2:30pm. Ages 6-10:  2:45-3:45 PM. Downers Grove. dgparks.org.
  • Haunted Halloween Flea Market – 10/30. Live music and ghoulish encounters and thousands of treasures for sale. 3pm– Midnight. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Wheaton. zurkopromotions.com.
  • Trick or Treat Downtown – 10/30. Dress up in costume and visit dozens of participating businesses and museums for treats. Aurora. auroradowntown.org
  • Trick or Treat Trail – 10/30. Trick or Treat socially safe at Red Hawk Park. All participants must register for a designated time slot. Register. Red Hawk Park, Carol Stream. csparks.org.

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