Chicago Area Halloween Events 2012

Events are arranged according to date, with single day or short-term events listed first. Scroll down for activities throughout the month of October. I do my best to provide accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to check the information on the site and call before you go to verify information.

Single Day or Weekend Events

DuPage Children’s Museum – Fall Festival Costume Party
Rice Pool Bath House in Wheaton – Trick or Treat Trail
  • Rice Pool Bath House, 1777 S. Blanchard Street, Wheaton
  • Friday, October 19 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • $2/child
  • Trick-or-treating. No scare zone!

Rice Pool & Water Park/Community Center in Wheaton – Halloween Happening

Lake View Nature Center – Halloween Hayride

Highwood – Highwood Pumpkin Festival

  • 17 Highwood Avenue, Highwood
  • Thursday-Saturday, October 18-20. Thursday-Friday 3:00 pm-9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am-9:00 pm.
  • Pie eating contest, pumpkin carving, “Light Up the Night” Pumpkin Parade, pumpkin walls, pumpkin regatta, and more. See site for schedule of events.

Bass Pro Shops – It’s the Great Pumpkin!

Batavia – BatFest

Lincoln Park Zoo – Spooky Zoo Spectacular

  • 2200 North Cannon Drive, Chicago
  • Saturday, October 20 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm
  • FREE
  • Family entertainment from 11:00 am-Noon; haunted house, educational arts and crafts, and trick-or-treating from Noon-2:00 pm.
Midwest Museum of Natural History – Creepy Crawly Halloween Party 
  • 425 W. State Street, Sycamore
  • Saturday, October 20 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • $8/non-member, $6/member
  • Games, trick-or-treating, Grossology Lab, pictures, and more.

Brookfield Zoo – Boo at the Zoo

  • 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield
  • Saturday & Sunday, October 20-21 and October 27-28 from 11:00 am-4:00 pm.
  • Included in general admission
  • Fisher-Price play area, haunted carousel, professional pumpkin carver demonstration, corn maze, hayride, zoo chats, pumpkins to animals.
  • Costume Parade at 1:00 pm each day.
Illinois Railway Museum – Trick or Treat Trolley
  • 7000 Olson Road, Union
  • Saturdays & Sundays, October 20-21 and October 27-28
  • Included in general admission
  • Treats for kids in costumes
  • Sycamore, IL
  • Tuesday-Sunday, October 23-28
  • FREE. Fees for carnival, some activities, and concessions.
  • Carnival, Frightening Tales, pumpkin display, craft show, blood drive, Radio Disney Road Crew, Zombie Mini Golf, pie eating contest, and scary stories in the cemetary.
  • Parade at 1:00 pm on Sunday.
Water Works in Schaumburg – Pumpkin Splash
Cosley Zoo – Spooktacular
  • Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Avenue, Wheaton
  • Friday, October 26 from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm and 7:00 pm-8:30 pm.
  • $10 for ages 3-14, $5 for over 14, children under 3 free. FREE for members. Registration required by October 22.
  • Come dressed in costume to enjoy loads of activities. Straw maze, a spooky pond path, meet live animals, carve or decorate a pumpkin, play games, enjoy refreshments and make crafts. Stop at various stations along the Trick or Treat Trek to collect your supply of holiday goodies.
Daley Plaza – Franken Plaza
  • 50 W. Washington, Chicago
  • Friday-Tuesday, October 26-29. Friday 4 – 8 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm; Monday-Tuesday: 11 am – 3 pm
  • FREE
  • Midnight Circus, Little Shop of Horrors screening, arts & crafts, hayrides, trick-or-treat candy giveaway, Radio Disney Road Crew, Miss Lori, and more. See site for schedule of events.
North Riverside Park Mall – Halloween Fairytale Fest 
  • 7501 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside
  • Saturday, October 27 at 8:30 am
  • FREE
  • Music & stories with Miss Lori, Halloween art project, costume dance party, free 4×6 photo for all kids in costume; free movie (Shrek) at 10:30 am.
Classic Cinemas – Halloween Movies
  • Various locations, including Elmhurst, Carpentersville, Elk Grove Village, Fox Lake, North Riverside, Naperville, and Downers Grove
  • Saturday, October 27, starting at 9:00 am, 9:30 am, 10:00 am, or 10:30 am depending on location
  • FREE or $1/person depending on location
  • How to Train Your Dragon, SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, or Shrek screening
Seager Park in Naperville – Pumpkin Decorating & S’Mores
  • Seager Park, 1163 Plank Road, Naperville
  • Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 am-11:15 am & 12:00 pm-1:15 pm
  • $14/resident couple, $20/non-resident couple, $10/sibling. For ages 2-8. Registration required.
  • Each child receives a pumpkin and everything needed to create a Halloween masterpiece. Games, prizes, hayrides and s’mores are included.

Wicker Park – Boo-Palooza

  • 1425 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago
  • Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm
  • FREE
  • Performances, parades, games, art projects, face painting, maze, bobbing for apples, photo op area, and much more. See site for schedule of events.
Plainfield – Spooktacular
  • Downtown Plainfield
  • Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 am-8:00 pm
  • FREE; $5/child donation for family fun area
  • Trick-or-treating, photo booth, games, contests, inflatable, face painting, hair coloring
  • Downtown Frankfort
  • Saturday, October 27 from Noon to 3:00 pm
  • FREE
  • Hayrides, trick-or-treat treasure hunt, hot apple cider & popcorn

Clark Street – Halloween Spooktacular

Raven Theatre – Boo Haha!
  • 6157 N. Clark Street, Chicago
  • Saturday, October 27 from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • FREE
  • Bounce houses, games, trick-or-treating, face painting, prizes, and costume parade

Naperville – Halloween Hayrides

  • Knoch Knolls Park, 336 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville
  • Saturday, October 27 from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • $9/resident, $13/non-resident, children under 1 free. Registration required.
  • All registered children from 1-12 receive a bag with treats and prizes; hot chocolate and juice provided.
Wagner Community Center – Halloween Town
  • 615 N. West Avenue, Elmhurst
  • Saturday, October 27 from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • $10/child
  • Carnival games with prizes, inflatables, haunted house, costume contest and more.  Children and parents both are encouraged to wear costumes.
Black Cinema House – Halloween-A-Go-Go
Oakbrook Terrace Park District – Halloween Carnival 
Mundelein Park District – Boo Bash!
Bartlett Nature Center – Halloween Bash

Westfield Old Orchard – Harvest Festival

  • 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie
  • Saturday and Sunday, October 27 & 28 from Noon-4:00 pm
  • FREE
  • Arts & crafts, games, trick-or-treating, face painters, and balloon sculpting
  • Costume contest on Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 pm
Naperville River Walk – Halloween Happening

FireZone – Spooky Firefighters at the FireZone

  • 1100 National Parkway, Schaumburg
  • Sunday, October 28 from 2:00-3:30 pm
  • $9/participant, $4/adult, children under 1 free. Wear a costume & receive $1 off admission.
  • Haunted FireZone and make a trick-or-treat safety bag.
Woodfield Mall – Club Kidfield Halloween Bash
  • Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg
  • Wednesday, October 31 from 10:30 am-Noon; trick-or-treating from Noon-6:00 pm
  • FREE
  • Games, entertainment, costume contest, trick-or-treating

Garfield Park Conservatory – Creatures of the Night

  • 300 N. Central Park Avenue, Chicago
  • Wednesday, October 31 from 4:00-8:00 pm
  • Suggested donation $3; children under 3 free
  • Night dwelling animals such as fruit bats, owls, spiders, and wolves will visit the Conservatory on this special Halloween Night. Come learn about these creatures’ special night-time tricks. Boo-grass music, fun planting activities, treats, snack-tivities and more will be provided. Costumes are encouraged! Be sure to join us for a backyard candlelight costume parade at 7:30pm.
North Riverside Park Mall – Mall-Wide Trick-or-Treat
Schaumburg Community Recreation Center – Halloween Boonanza
  • 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg
  • Wednesday, October 31 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • $10/person, $8 if pre-registered. Parents and children under 2 free.
  • Hay rides, crafts, carnival games, moonwalk, prizes, haunted house, and trick-or-treating.

Long-running events

Donley’s Wild West Town – Annual Fall Festival

  • 8512 S. Union Rd, Union
  • Saturdays and Sundays through October 28
  • Included in general admission
  • Children take a train ride to the Indian Village and meet Chief Great Eagle and receive a pumpkin, spooky train rides, pumpkin decorating contest, and more.
Cosley Zoo – Pumpkin Fest

 Blackberry Farm – Pumpkin Weekends

  • 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora
  • Weekends in October
  • $4/person
  • Saturday, October 20, Noon-4:00 pm – Trick-or-treat walk; 1:30 pm – Costume Contest.
  • Carousel, train, and hay rides available.

Morton Arboretum – Trick or Trees

  • 4100 Lincoln Avenue, Lisle
  • Weekends in October, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Included in general admission
  • Costumes encouraged
  • Games, crafts, and bring home a tree seed! Pumpkins to paint available for purchase.

Chicago Parks – Halloween in the Chicago Parks

  • Chicago Parks
  • See site for full schedule with locations, events, and prices
Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – Harvest Fest
Legoland Discovery Center – Brick-or-Treat
  • 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg
  • October 5-31
  • Included in general admission. Bring a pumpkin to receive $5 off general admission (valid for up to 4 people)
  • Trick-or-treat for LEGO bricks, create a LEGO monster, hunt for ghosts in the Jungle Expedition for a chance to win 4 free annual passes, participate in autumn and Halloween-themed speed build challenges, receive a limited-edition Halloween factory brick.

Not sure when to trick-or-treat? Here’s a great list of trick-or-treat times in communities in Illinois.

Know of any other great Halloween events? I’d love to hear about them and add them to the list! 


  1. Great list, but I have two you missed. Mine! The Halloween Fairytale Fest at the North Riverside Park Mall Saturday October 27th from 830-10am. The CAMPUS Kids and I will be on hand to perform a concert as well as run a craft project. Then Sunday October 28th at 315pm I will have another Miss Lori’s CAMPUS concert at the Daley “Franken” Plaza as a part of the Chicagoween festivities in Chicago. I hope to see you there!



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