Chicago Area Halloween Events

Pumpkins on table - Chicago Area Halloween Events 2017

Halloween only lasts one day, but doesn’t it seem like it should be more? I know I prefer to celebrate much longer than that. Get those costumes ready and enjoy these events all through the month of October. Know of any other fun events coming up? I’d love to hear about them!

Please note that I make every effort to provide accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to call or visit the event web site before making plans.

Single Day or Weekend Halloween Events

Halloween Event, Bass Pro Shop in Bolingbrook, Gurnee, and Peoria

  • Saturday, October 21- Sunday, October 22, and Friday, October 27 through Tuesday, October 31. Times vary. See website for details.
  • Free
  • Photos and crafts. Costume parade and trick or treating on Saturday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 31.

Boo at the Zoo, Brookfield Zoo

  • Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22 & 28-29
  • Included in zoo admission, but additional charges for some activities
  • Corn maze, disco carousel, haunted hayride, costume parade, and more

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival, Sycamore

  • Wednesday, October 25 through Sunday, October 29
  • Free
  • Entertainment, vendors, carnival, pumpkin decorating contest, and more

Boo Bash, Orland Square Mall

  • Thursday, October 26 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
  • Free
  • Music, refreshments, games, costume contest, and more.

Boo Bash, Gurnee Mills

  • Thursday, October 26 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Free
  • DJ, photo opp, and trick-or-treating. Wear a costume!

Brick-or-Treat, Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg

  • From October 27 through October 31
  • Included in admission to Legoland Discovery Center; $5 discount on admission for every child wearing a costume.
  • Monster Takeover of Miniland, spooky scavenger hunt, spooky model building, and more

Trunk or Treat, Frankfort

  • Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 am-Noon
  • Free
  • Costume parade and a Safety Trunk or Treat organized by the Frankfort Police Department.

Halloween Haven, Chicago French Market

  • Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 am-Noon
  • Free
  • Wear a costume for treats from vendors.

Mall-O-Ween, Woodfield Mall

  • Saturday, October 28 from Noon-2:00 pm
  • Free
  • Candy, photo opps, games, and trick-or-treating.

Halloween Party, Santa’s Village AZoosment Park in West Dundee

  • Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 from 3::00 pm-5:00 pm
  • Included in admission to Santa’s Village AZoosment Park
  • Costume parade, costume contest, and trick or treating.

Tilt or Treat, 360 Chicago Observation Deck

  • Sunday, October 29 from 9:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Included in admission
  • Candy stations, admission discounts for kids, magician, spooky stories, and more.

Halloween Fun Fair, Westmont Community Center

  • Tuesday, October 31 at 4:30 pm-7:00 pm
  • Free admission
  • Pizza, games and prizes, trick-or-treating, parade, bounce house.

Halloween Happenings, Homewood-Flossmoor Sports Complex

  • Tuesday, October 31 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Free admission
  • Interactive DJ, games, prizes, and costume parade.
  • 5:30 pm-6:00 pm – Quiet time; admission during this time is limited to children with disabilities, on the Autism spectrum, or with sensory-processing disorders and their families.


Long-Running Halloween Events

Fall Festival, Wild West Town in Union

  • Saturdays and Sundays from September 23 through October 29
  • Included in Wild West Town admission
  • Spooky tunnel ride, pumpkins, pumpkin painting contest, and more

Trick or Trees, Morton Arboretum

  • Weekends throughout October
  • Included in general admission
  • Games, crafts, treats (a tree you can plant and take home); costumes encouraged.

Pumpkin Fest, Cosley Zoo in Wheaton

  • Daily through October 29
  • Included in Cosley Zoo admission
  • Straw pyramid, children’s rides, and seasonal decorations

Halloween in the Parks, various Chicago parks

  • 80 events during the month of October at various Chicago parks; see website for a full list of events

Pumpkin Weekends, Blackberry Farm in Aurora

  • Weekends through October 29
  • Included in admission to Blackberry Farm
  • Corn crib, pumpkin train, pumpkin paddle, and more

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