Your Halloween Countdown Bucket List

Posted: October 26, 2021

The countdown to Halloween is on! We've rounded up the best Halloween fun for the days leading up to the big day. Get on the costumes and go have fun!

Daily through October 31
Scarecrow Trail
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
Gaze upon the nature-themed scarecrow trail created by local Scout troops while walking along a scenic one-mile paved path around Meadow Lake. Vote for your favorite on either your mobile device or inside the Visitor Center. 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. Apples, gourds, pumpkins, cider, cornstalks, and various sizes of straw bales are available to purchase. Children’s rides are also available for an additional fee. All ages. 9am - 5pm. Included with regular admission. Learn more.

October 30
Annual Pumpkin Party
Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark St., Chicago
Old Town School of Folk Music will lead a few folksy and Halloween dance and sing-a-longs, and kiddos can create a paper ghost or their very own Halloween slime with Kid Create Studio. Visit a range of candy stations, and enjoy take-home junior pumpkins, balloon artists, a magician and lawn games galore. Plus a lawn showing of Hotel Transylvania at 3pm. All ages. 1-4:30pm. FREE. Learn more.

October 29
Monster Mania
Snapology of Chicago, 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago
Get your scare on with Snapology’s Monster Mania! Use LEGO® bricks to create your own monster fighter, build a haunted town and have a scary good time during this fun program. Drop the kiddos off between 5:30 and 6pm with the spooky awesome activities starting soon after 6:00pm. Pizza will be served and Halloween treats will be provided. Come in costume and maybe even build your Halloween self! Ages 5-14. 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM. $32. Learn more.

October 29-30
Forge Fear - The Tale of Talcott’s Stone
The Forge: Lemont Quarries, 1001 Main Street, Lemont
A sacred stone belonging to Quarry Owner Thaddeus Talcott yielding paranormal powers has been unearthed; it’s unearthing has unleashed evil spirits & creatures upon the Lemont Quarries; A Forge guide will work with each tour group along the haunted trails to solve the riddles and clues to find the stone and return it to its resting place banishing the spirits back to where they came from. Book your slot online. All ages. $20. Learn more.

October 29
Halloween Storytelling at Berger
Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago
Boo!! Join us as we share a few seasonal stories during our Storytelling time with Ms. Eileen. This event will be held outside. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. All ages. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. FREE. Learn more.

October 30
Pumpkin Palooza
DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N Washington St., Napervile
Pumpkin Palooza is full of fun, not frightening festivities for the whole family. Come in costume and celebrate the season in the Museum’s parking lot. This event engages visitors in creative, not-so-scary experiences that explore S.T.E.A.M. concepts through play. All ages. 9 am – 2 pm. Regular admission. Learn more.

October 30
Arts in the Dark
Downtown Chicago, State St. from Lake to Van Buren, Chicago
This event is a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the "artist’s holiday." Past participants include world-renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, celebrated Chicago organizations like Lookingglass Theatre Company, important programs like After School Matters and aspiring artists in every field. It is a dazzling event that delights the audience with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances – all set against the backdrop of historic State Street. All ages. 6pm. FREE. Learn more.

October 30
Saturday with the Snakes
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago
Slither over to the Nature Museum on Saturday, October 30, for a sssuper sssensational celebration of snakes! Trick-or-treat with our resident cold-blooded critters, create your own ceramic snake with Lillstreet Art Center, get up close with unique preserved collections, and participate in a costume contest for a special surprise. Costumes are welcome. Masks are required. Ages 12 and under. 1-4pm. $0-25, includes admission. Learn more.

October 30
Little Beans Halloween Party
Little Beans Cafe, 430 Asbury Ave., Evanston
Join Little Beans for a fun Halloween celebration. We'll have trick-or-treating in the Little Beans village, spooky snacks and pizza, music, and a fun costume contest with prizes. All ages. 4:30pm. See web site for ticket prices. Learn more.

October 31
Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade
Lakeview, 3300 Halsted, Chicago
Join us for the 24th annual Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade & Costume Contest plus Awards & After Party, October 31, 6:00pm. Free to watch or participate, all ages. Parade Route 3300-3700 N. Halsted St. Register in advance or at the event. All ages. 6pm. FREE. Learn more.

October 31
In-Person Halloween ART Workshop
The Paintbrush...a hands-on ART studio for kids, 2646 N. Halsted, Chicago
Masks on! Costumes on! Spend Halloween with The Paintbrush! We'll be creating Halloween ART perfect for decorating your (haunted) house. We'll also decorate our own trick-or-treat bags and fill them with treats! Limited seating for your kids' safety. Register online. Ages 5-11. 1:00-3:00. $40. Learn more.

October 31
Lincoln Scared and Ravenswoooooood
Ravenswood and Lincoln Square, Along Damen, Chicago
Trick-or-Treat with your kids this year in Lincoln Square Ravenswood! On the Sunday of Halloween the business district transforms into LINCOLN SCARED and RAVENSWoooooD, as children trick-or-treat between participating businesses. Plan your route before Sunday by downloading one of the two maps online. All ages. 11:00am - 1:00pm. FREE. Learn more.

Find more Halloween Events from our calendar!