Halloween Events Guide 2013

Halloween Events Guide 2013 - Toddling Around Chicagoloand

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

Highwood Pumpkin Festival, Highwood

  • Thursday, October 17 – Saturday, October 19; hours vary
  • $2/person suggested donation
  • Pumpkin carving, vendors, scavenger hunt, parade, and more

Boo at the Zoo, Brookfield Zoo

  • Saturdays & Sundays, October 19-20 and 26-27 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Included in zoo admission
  • Corn maze, haunted hayride, costume parade, activities, and more
Trick or Treat TrolleyIllinois Railway Museum, Union
  • Saturdays & Sundays, October 19-20 and October 26-27
  • Included in general admission
  • Treats for kids in costumes

Pumpkin Painting at Blue Goose Market, 300 S. 2nd Street, St. Charles

  • Sunday, October 20 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Purchase a pumpkin to paint; paints supplied free and participants get a free smoothie coupon

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival, Sycamore

  • October 23-27
  • Free
  • Entertainment, vendors, carnival, pumpkin decorating contest and more

Chicagoween, Daley Plaza, Washington & Dearborn

  • Friday-Sunday, October 25-27
  • Free
  • Miss Lori’s Campus, arts & crafts, movie screening, costume contest, trick-or-treating, and more. See website for full schedule.

Trunk or Treat, Breidart Green in downtown Frankfort

  • Saturday, October 26 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Free
  • Costume parade and trick-or-treating from car trunks

Spooky Zoo Spectacular, Lincoln Park Zoo

  • Saturday, October 26 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Free
  • Crafts, treats, haunted house, trick-or-treating

Simon Mall Kidgits Club Mall-o-ween Party, Woodfield Mall

  • Saturday, October 26 from Noon-2:00 pm
  • Free for Kidgits members; membership is $5/year per child
  • Activities, giveaways. Wear a costume for trick-or-treating through the mall

Trunk-or-Treat at Willow Creek Church in Crystal Lake, 220 Exchange Drive, Suite A, Crystal Lake

  • Sunday, October 27 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Please bring a canned item to donate
  • Music, candy, activities, and treats. Non-scary costumes only.

Simon Mall Kidgits Club Halloween Party, Orland Square Mall

  • Thursday, October 31 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
  • Free for Kidgits members; membership is $5/year per child
  • Crafts, costume contest, spooky photos, mall-wide trick-or-treating

Trick-or-Treating at Pinstripes, Pinstripes in Northbrook, South Barrington, and Oak Brook

  • Thursday, October 31 all day
  • Trick-or-treat at Pinstripes

Halloween Costume Contest, Pinstripes in Northbrook, South Barrington, and Oak Brook

  • Friday, November 1 at 8:00 pm
  • Free
  • Costume contest for all ages


Long-running Events

Bass Pro Shop’s It’s the Great Pumpkin Halloween Events – 709 N. Janes Avenue, Bolingbrook6112 Grand Avenue, Gurnee1000 Bass Pro Shops Drive, East Peoria

  • Daily through October 31. Noon to 5:00 pm on weekends, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm weekdays.
  • Free coloring sheets, photos, trick-or-treating, costume parade, and crafts. See website for full schedule.

Blackberry Farm’s Pumpkin Weekend100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora

  • Weekends throughout October
  • Included in general admission
  • Pumpkin Train, pumpkins available for purchase. See website for special events.

Chicago Park’s Celebrate Halloween, various locations

  • Through October
  • Admission varies
  • Activities vary

Cosley Zoo’s Pumpkin Fest1356 N. Gary Avenue, Wheaton

  • Throughout October
  • Included in general admission
  • Straw pyramid, corn stalk tunnel. See website for special events.

Donley’s Wild West Town’s Annual Fall Festival8512 S. Union Rd, Union

  • Weekends through October 27
  • Included in general admission
  • Spooky train ride, pumpkin decorating contest, every child gets a pumpkin from the chief.

Legoland Discovery Center’s Brick-or-Treat601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg

  • Daily through October 31
  • Included in general admission; save $5 if you bring a pumpkin.
  • Haunted Jungle Expedition, scavenger hunt, creepy creative challenges, trick-or-treat for Lego bricks.

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park’s Harvest Fest601 Dundee Avenue, West Dundee

  • Weekends through October 27
  • Included in general admission
  • Straw maze, cut-out character fun pix. Haunted Barn Experience on Friday and Saturday nights.


  1. Don’t forget the Chicago Architecture Foundation Family Halloween studio!

    Sunday, October 27
    Halloween Studio

    Join us for a day of storytelling and creative play, as the three little pigs help us learn about the importance of design choices! Young builders will hear the architectural tale of the three little pigs, build their own houses and test to see if it can stand up against the big, bad wolf. Costumes are strongly encouraged!

    Suitable for ages 4-10

    TIME: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    COST: Free
    LOCATION: 224 S. Michigan Avenue: CAF Design Studio

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