Best Halloween Events for Kids in Chicago and Suburbs

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When spooky season arrives in Chicagoland, local businesses and attractions go all out to offer plenty of Halloween fun for kids. The best part is that you can celebrate Halloween during the whole month of October!

Chicago and the suburbs offers a variety of kid-friendly events featuring costume parades, hands-on activities, trick-or-treating and so much more. Here are some of our spooktacular picks you don’t want to miss. And you can find more Halloween events for kids on our calendar.

Looking for more fun things to do with kids this fall? Check out our fall family guide!


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Pier Pumpkin Lights at Navy Pier

Begins Oct. 1, 2022

From jack-o’-lantern towers to light displays, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination will be decked out for fall. Explore a variety of pumpkin pop-up installations throughout the Pier. Pumpkins are best experienced after dusk.

Upside Down Parade at Washington Park

Oct. 22, 2022

This event is a “reverse” parade that consists of musical groups, dance performances, circus acrobats, sports mascots and more. Makes sure to wear your costume and pick up your goody bag at the end.

Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

Oct. 29, 2022

  • Address: State St. moving south from Lake to Van Buren, Chicago
  • Cost: Free

This annual Halloween parade returns to State St. for its 8th year. See unique floats and creative performances along the way.

Halloween Party at Commercial Club Playground of Chicago

Oct. 29, 2022

Stop by this Halloween party to enjoy arts and crafts, games and spooky stories. There will also be a trick or treat parade and other family-friendly fun. For ages 6 and up.

North/Northwest Suburbs

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The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest & Skeleton Invasion

Oct. 7-9, 2022

You can expect carnival rides, pumpkin carving stations, live music, vendors, hay rides, pumpkin walls, contests and more at this annual.

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns at Chicago Botanic Garden 

Oct. 12-23, 2022 (Wednesdays-Sundays)

More than 1,000 artist-carved, real pumpkins lit with LED lights will light up the night and line the family-friendly outdoor path in a beautiful fall setting.

Halloween Spooktacular at Park Center

Oct. 21, 2022

There will be games, crafts, hayrides and more at this Halloween event. No advanced registration. Must purchase tickets at the door

South Suburbs

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Halloween Hollow at Yunker Park

Oct. 7-9, 2022

The 40th annual Halloween Hollow features carnival, food, contests, entertainment, pumpkin painting and more. 

Hocus Pocus at Rialto Square Theatre

Oct. 13, 2022

Watch Disney’s Halloween classic on the big screen. Tickets will be available day-of at the Rialto Square Theatre Box Office. All seating will be General Admission—first come, first serve. Bar and concessions will be available for purchase.

Western Suburbs

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The Last Straw at Gregg House Museum

Oct. 2, 2022

This event features include decorating a pumpkin, making a scarecrow, take a hayride, listen to music, make crafts and more.

Boo! at the Zoo at Brookfield Zoo

Oct. 8-23, 2022, Saturdays and Sundays

The not-so-scary and fun-filled event is something for the entire family to enjoy. Dress up in costume and go trick-or-treating throughout the zoo. Check online for more information closer to the event.

Family Fall Fest at The Depot at Wild Meadows Trace

Oct. 8, 2022

Bring the family out to The Depot at Wild Meadows Trace for Safety Town trick-or-treating plus fall festivities, games and food trucks.

All Hallows Eve at Naper Settlement

Oct. 14-15, 2022

Experience two of the darkest nights of the year during this experience that brings some of the scariest literature of the past, present and future to life. For ages 8 and up; not suitable for young children. 

Haunted Forest – Sheer Terror at Diane Main Park

Oct. 22, 2022

Participants will hop on a wagon ride that takes them from Diane Main Park through the terrifying woods path scenes. After that, participants will get off the wagons and walk through the wicked woods where all kind of scares await them. “Merry Monster Showing” is for the younger viewers.


Oct. 29, 2022

BatFest is Batavia’s annual Halloween-themed family features trick-or-treating, Mothers’ Club Parade, pumpkin bowl, contests, stories and games. 

Spooktacular Fun Night at Westmont Community Center

Oct. 31, 2022

Ages 2-10 and their families can enjoy a safe, Halloween night trick or treating through the Community Center. There will be crafts, games, photos and silly fun and games from Wacky Drac.





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