It's October, and that means that the ChicagoKids.com Halloween Zone is live and filled with the best Halloween fun events and activities for Chicago area kids and families! See our picks for some of the best Chicago Halloween events and find more events plus pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Halloween Zone!
Daily through October 31
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
Stroll the path along Meadow Lake to see the friendly faces of nearly 50 scarecrows—each handmade by a local scout troop. Scarecrow viewing is included with admission to the Arboretum. After, vote for your favorite scarecrow. All ages. 7am - sunset. Free with Arboretum admission. Learn more.
Daily through October 31
Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest
Cosley Zoo, 1356 Gary Ave., Wheaton
Come see the animals and take in the thousands of pumpkins scattered on the zoo’s lawn. Children’s rides are also available for an additional fee. Apples, gourds, pumpkins, cider, cornstalks, and various sizes of straw bales are also available to purchase. All ages. 9am - 5pm. Regular admission. Learn more.
Weekends through October 22
Boo! at the Zoo
Brookfield Zoo, First Avenue and 31st Street, Brookfield
Gather your ghoulfriends, little ghosts, and goblins for this fun-filled family event. Check out the creatures, creepy crawlers, and more in your costumes at the Halloween-themed event that's perfect for family photo ops. All ages are in for a fang-tastic time, and the kids will leave with a sweet treat. All ages. 10:30am - 4pm. Regular admission. Learn more.
Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago
Enjoy Halloween-themed carnival games, inflatables, music by Horner Park Jazz Band and don't forget to bring a camera to capture a family memory at our harvest photo station. Plus, the kiddos will experience a visit from JG Reptile. All ages. 10am - 2pm. $5. Learn more.
Halloween Art Workshop
The Paintbrush, 2446 N. Clark, Chicago
Get ready for Halloween with The Paintbrush! We'll be creating boo-tiful Halloween ART perfect for decorating your (haunted) house! We'll also decorate our own trick-or-treat bags (and fill them with treats!) and Halloween cookies. Costumes optional. Drop-off. Ages 4-10. 2-4pm. $40. Learn more.
S'mores & Stories
Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago
Join us for our Annual S'mores & Stories with Ms. Renee. We will have a bonfire with Nature Oasis providing the fire. Spooky and Fall themed stories will be read by Ms. Renee and there will be games for the kiddos. Come dressed in a costume as KPAC will be hosting the costume parade. Advanced registration is encouraged. Ages 1.5 to 11. 5-7pm. $5. Learn more.
Night at the Museum: Halloween Party
DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley Street, Wheaton
Join us for Night at the Museum, a family-friendly Halloween celebration hosted by the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy a flashlight scavenger hunt, character visit and crafts. All ages. 6-8pm. $18. Learn more.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago
Join us on Saturday, October 21 for Spooky Zoo, Presented by Peoples Gas, hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. This year’s event will offer trick-or-treating on zoo grounds starting at 10 a.m. and continuing while supplies last, along with family-friendly entertainment. All ages. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (while supplies last). FREE. Learn more.
Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
Boo-Palooza is full of Halloween activities including live performances with Little Miss Ann, a costume parade, a dog costume parade, pumpkin decorating, games and more. All ages. 10:00 am - 2:00 p.m. $10. Learn more.
Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St., Chicago
Join us for our annual Halloween Extravaganza in the Park! We are looking forward to seeing everyone dressed in their funniest, scariest, craziest, and most original costume. Ages 3-12. 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. $2. Learn more.
Pumpkin Fest at Unity
Unity Park, 2636 N. Kimball Ave., Chicago
Come for the pumpkins and stay for the fun! Pumpkin Fest brings families to Unity Park for many free activities for the whole family like: Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin decoration, face painting, family photo station,spooky themed photo booth, Dia de Los muertos activity. Ages 16 and under. 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. FREE. Learn more.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago
Join us for an afternoon of animal encounters, crafts, and Halloween fun. Meet an owl, discover the animals that go bump in the night, and become friends with the Museum's spooktacular snakes! Costumes encouraged. All ages. 1-4pm. $20-$30. Learn more.
Bubbles Academy Bucktown, 2184 N Elston Ave., Chicago
Trick or treat in our open play Meadow Room, paint mini-haunted houses, a costume parade through our classrooms and pumpkin patch nature playground, and join us for a monster mash dance party! For families. 1-3 PM or 4-6 PM. $30 per child. Up to 2 adults may accompany each registered child. Learn more.
Trick or Treat on Southport at Sheil
Sheil Park, 3505 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
The neighborhood's favorite fall tradition features family-friendly activities, local food and so much more. Make sure to stop by Sheil Park for a spooktacular treat! All ages. 4-7pm. FREE. Learn more.
Trunk or Treat at Austin Town Hall
Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St., Chicago
Children can come dressed in their costumes to collect candy from cars decorated for Halloween. Activities include arts & crafts, games and more. Ages 3 and up. 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM. FREE. Learn more.