Lake Bluff Rib Fest Saturday, October 1, 2007 at 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Lake Bluff Village Green, 40 E. Center Ave. Lake Bluff. A friendly rib competition between teams of community members. lakebluff.org.
Fall Color Walk: Dawn until dusk Oct. 1-31, Primrose farm 5N726 Crane Road St. Charles. Take time to look around the farmyard for fall colors. Free. primrosefarm.org.
Fall Color 5K Walk/Run: Saturday, October 1, 8 am at Morton Arboretum (41100 Route53, Lisle). The post-race party will feature live music and a complimentary beer for anyone 21 years old or older. Supports the Arboretum’s work to plant and preserve trees. Participants can choose between an open or shotgun start. You can also choose to run a virtual 5K for $45. $50. mortonarb.org.
Huntley Farmers Market, Saturday October 1st, 8 am-1 pm Huntley Town Square, 11704 Coral St. Huntley. Fall Fun Day: Last weekly market of season: Free pumpkin decorating for kids and more huntley.il.us.
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Creepy Critters week: October 31 to October 31 at Knoch Knolls Natur Center (320 Knoch Knolls Road) in Naperville. You can drop by anytime during the Nature Center’s hours of operation, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 am – 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Participate in indoor scavenger hunts to win prizes and enjoy a variety of self-guided activities about spiders, bones and pumpkins. No registration is required. napervilleparks.org.
Pumpkin Fest: Saturday October 1, 9 a.m.-5 pm at Cosley Zoo 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Children’s rides, animals and straw pyramid for all ages. There are also thousands upon thousands of pumpkins around the zoo’s lawn. $9 nonresident adult 18 to 54 years, $8 adult 55 years or older; members, Wheaton residents, and children under 17 years are all free. Reservations are required to timed-enter. cosleyzoo.org/pumpkin-fest.
Pumpkin carving is a big part of the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival.
– Courtesy Ripple Public Relations
Open House Chicago 2022: Oct 1-31 at various locations around Chicago An interactive mobile app offers self-guided tours of Chicago’s history and architecture for a month. The iconic weekend event that takes place October 15-16 offers behind-the-scenes access to Chicago’s most culturally, historically and architecturally important sites. openhousechicago.org.
Algonquin Harvest Market: Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Main Street Algonquin 220 S. Main St. Algonquin. Vendors will be selling farm-fresh produce, crafts and food, as well as giveaways and other goodies. Admission is free. AlgonquinHarvestMarket.com.
Fall A-Palooza takes place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lions Park (1200 Silver Lake Road), Cary. Annual Cary Park District event, featuring hayrides. Pony rides, petting Zoo and crafts. Trick-or-treat trail and DJ music. $13 for children 3 years and older; free for seniors, infants, and children under 3 years old carypark.com.
Fall Family Fun Fest: Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave. River Grove. Fall Fest returns in-person to Triton Botanical Gardens. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in food, games, seasonal entertainment, or any other activities. Admission is free to the public. triton.edu/fallfest.
Dog’s Pupkin Fest: 10:30 a.m. – noon Saturday, Oct. 1 at Canine Campus Dog Park 18200 84th Avenue, Tinley Park Treat your pets with costume contests and raffles. Non-members and members of Canine Campus are welcome to attend. Dogs that are aggressive towards one another and those who threaten/showOwners dogs will be asked for their permission to leave. Free. tinleyparkdistrict.org.
Northwest Celtic Fest: Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-4 pm, Now Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway Hoffman Estates. The largest free Celtic-themed festival in the region offers family-friendly activities, including Celtic music, children’s games and activities, a Celtic Marketplace and animal meet-and-greet opportunities. Parking and admission are both free. facebook.com/NWCelticFest.
Pumpkin Weekends: Saturday and Sunday, October 1-30, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora. Family-friendly fall celebrations. Admission costs $7-$8 and includes all attractions, rides, and entertainment. Pumpkins can be bought for $3 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
Hometown Hoedown Fall Fest – Noon to 4 pm Saturday, Oct. 1, at Kimball Hill Park (3286 Kirchoff Road), Rolling Meadows Free. cityrm.org.
Itasca Halloween Celebration: Saturday, October 1, 2013 at Washington Park 350 E. Irving Park Road Itasca Itasca Park District offers a free afternoon of pony rides and bounce houses. The village also offers pumpkin decorating and other activities. Don’t forget to bring canned food/nonperishables to the Itasca Food Pantry. $1 donation per child. itascaparkdistrict.com.
Corn Harvest: Saturdays & Suns, Oct. 1-30th from 1:30-3:30pm at Kline Creek Farm 1N600 County Farm Road West Chicago. Harvest this year’s corn crop and help to plant next year’s seeds. dupageforest.org/kline-creek-farm.
Scarecrow Fest will take place in downtown St. Charles from Friday through Sunday (Oct. 9-9).
– Courtesy St. Charles Business Alliance
October Fest: Saturday Oct. 1 at 4:30 pm. Central Athletic Complex, 500 S. Naperville Road Wheaton. Live entertainment, food, beer garden, and children’s area. This event generates funds for the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation. wheatonparkdistrict.com/events/octoberfest.
Light the Torch 5K night run at 7 p.m. in downtown Wheaton. Race through luminary lanes. Live entertainment, carnival rides, food and a beer garden will conclude October Fest hosted by the DuPage County Historical Museum. Presented in partnership by the Wheaton Park District and FT Cares Foundation. October 1-15. $30 registration fee. wheatonparkdistrict.com.
Fishing Derby: Sunday October 2, 7:45 a.m. – noon at Fabbrini Park (1704 Glen Lake Road), Hoffman Estates. Bring your poles for the annual catch and release fishing derby. Participants have three hours to catch as much fish as they can and win prizes and other awards. All children must be accompanied at all times by an adult. There is an additional fee per person. You can borrow fishing poles for derby. Register is required. heparks.org.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: Sunday October 2, 9 a.m. at Cantigny Park 1S151 Winfield Road Wheaton. Register by 8 a.m. for funds to the American Cancer Society. acsevents.org.
Fall Festival: Sunday, October 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Grant Township Center, 26725 W. Molidor Road Ingleside Fox Lake and Grant Township will host this free event with music, craft vendors and pumpkin carving. There will be food, refreshments, and many other items. foxlake.org.
Halloween Hayride: Friday Oct. 2nd, 5-6:30 p.m. at Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Road in Aurora Halloween costumes are encouraged and you can go on a Halloween Hayride through Lake Gregory. There will also be family activities and s’mores making at the campfire. Participants will be judged based on their costumes when they enter the park. Registering is required. A parent must accompany their children. $8-$10. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/event/halloween-hayride.
Witches Night Out is Thursday, October 3, 2005, from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Antioch. Contests are open for women aged 21 and over. There are trivia and witches’ hat contests. Check-in at Antioch’s 884 Main St. After the party, enjoy a pizza and a salad bar. $15. antiochchamber.org.
Vernon Hills Scarecrow Fest: Wednesday October 5, 4-5.30pm at Century Park Pavilion (1400 Indianwood Drive) in Vernon Hills. This is Halloween season. Decorate and build your scarecrow. Receive $15 worth of apple cider, doughnuts and other goodies for your group. Register at vhparkdistrict.org/event/scarecrow-fest.
The annual Glass Pumpkin Patch will be back at Morton Arboretum Lisle, October 12-16.
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Scarecrow Fest: Noon to 6 pm Friday, Oct. 7, 10AM to 6PM Saturday, Oct. 8, 10AM to 6PM Sunday, Oct. 9, and 10AM to 6PM Sunday, Oct. 9, in downtown St. Charles. The 37th annual festival features 85 scarecrows, all handcrafted and displayed throughout downtown. Vote in the following categories: individual, mechanical/mega, clubs, nonprofits and schools. Lincoln Park will host a family area that includes live entertainment, a photo booth, and a scarecrow. Pottawatomie Park will host Autumn on the Fox Arts and Crafts Show. Free. scarecrowfest.com.
Fall Festival/Oktoberfest: 4-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and 1-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Emerson Street and Busse Avenue, Mount Prospect. Friday’s event includes food, music and more. The Fall Fest for Kids is Saturday from 1-4 pm. It features pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treat candy lines and hay rides. There will also be food and music in downtown. Saturday Oktoberfest will take place from 4-11 p.m. It features authentic German food, spirits, and music. mpdowntown.com/events.
Lincoln Park Wine Fest, Friday, October 7, 2005, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday October 8-9 at Jonquil Park 1001 W. Wrightwood Ave. Chicago. Saturday, October 9-9, 11 a.m.-10: p.m. Open-air market with food, wine pavilions, as well as ticketed wines tastings. Tickets start at $35. chicagoevents.com/events/lincolnparkwinefestival.
Ghost Stories in Park: 7 pm Friday October 7th, 6 and 8 p.m. Sat Oct. 8th, and 7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 9 at Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. 912 Sindt Court Naperville. Summer Place Theatre’s annual event featuring storytellers sharing their ghost stories — some old and some original. $7. Tickets available summerplacetheatre.org.
Itasca Bonfire & Brews: Friday October 7, 2007, 7-9 p.m. Springbrook Nature Center 130 Forest Ave. Itasca. For those 21 and older, there will also be four beer tastings, and a smores set. Yard games available. Tickets available for $25 before Sept. 30 at a rel=”nofollow noopener” target=”_blank” href=”http://itascaparkdistrict.ticketleap.com/bonfiresandbrews2022″>itascaparkdistrict.ticketleap.com/bonfiresandbrews2022.
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival and Skeleton Invasion are Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-9 at Highwood, 17 Central Ave. Music and rides, pumpkin carving and more. highwoodpumpkinfest.com.
Holiday Craft Fair: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 8, and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 9, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 25519 W. Route 134 Ingleside Holiday Craft Fair with many types of crafts. There will be food, door prizes, and many more. Admission is free. trinityonthehill.org.
Family Fall Fest: 9 am to noon Saturday, October 8, at The Depot At Wild Meadows Trace 511 S. York St. Elmhurst Elmhurst Park District’s Safety Town Trick-or-Treating, Fall Festivities, Games, and Food Trucks invites you to wear your best costume. Admission is free. epd.org/news/family-fall-fest.
Boo at the Zoo: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 pm, Oct. 8-23 at Brookfield Zoo (8400 31st St.), Brookfield. Halloween-themed events include creepy crawlers, creatures, and more. Costumes are welcomed. Children will be rewarded with sweet treats after their departure. czs.org/booatthezoo.
Cantigny Autumn Festival, 10 a.m.-4: p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. On the parade field at Cantigny park. 1S151 Winfield Road. A fall craft showMusic, Hayrides, and More. Parking is $5 cantigny.org.
Fall Festival at Palatine Stables: Saturday, October 8, 10:45 a.m. – 3:45 pm. Palatine Stables can be found at 1510 W. Northwest Hwy. Palatine. Children between 2 and 11 years old must be accompanied at all times by a parent/guardian. There are many activities, including pony rides, pumpkin decorating and a petting zone. There are also photo opportunities and a horse visit. Preregistration is required by Thursday, October 6. palatineparks.org/rccms/fallfestival.
Danada Fall Festival, Saturday & Sunday, October 8-9 at Danada Equestrian Center 3S507 Naperville Road Wheaton Equestrian performances and hayrides, as well displays, food and more will all be held at Danada Equestrian Center at 3S507 Naperville Road Wheaton. Parking and admission are both free. Some activities require fees. dupageforest.org.
Wauke-Con will be held from Noon to 6PM on Saturday and Sunday October 8-9, at Three Brothers Theatre located at 115 N. Genesee, Waukegan. Waukegan’s comic convention. Proceeds go to Three Brothers Theatre. Every ticket is eligible to win a Ray Bradbury Comic. $10, $5 for military IDs, no charge to children 12 and younger waukecon.wordpress.com.
Northbrook Autumnfest: Sunday, October 8, 2-5 p.m. at Meadowhill Park in Northbrook Pumpkin patch, fall Hayride, bonfire and s’mores with apple cider, pumpkin decoration competition, crafts, inflatables and games, pumpkin chuckin’,’ DJ, entertainment and performances from the Northbrook Theatre Youth Company, and Nanny Nikki (a children’s musical entertainer). nbparks.org/events/northbrook-autumnfest.
Fox Lake Pumpkin Jubilee is Saturday, October 8th 2013, 3-7 p.m., Community Garden Green, 17 E. School Court Fox Lake. There will be pumpkin carving, artisan food, and craft vendors. Carve pumpkins and hang them on a pumpkin wall. foxlake.org/392/Pumpkin-Jubilee.
Ghost Story Train: Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 22 at Fox River Trolley Museum, Route 31, South Elgin. A spooky trolley will transport you to the haunted forest preserve. This is a family-friendly event. Margie’s Girls’ Kitchen treats will be served as treats, so you can listen to chilling stories around the campfire. You can join in as a ghostly musician leads campfire songs. Costumes are welcome. Departures at 6:30, 5:30, and 7:30 p.m. foxtrolley.org/Ghost-Story-Train.
Annual Pumpkin Patch: Noon-7 pm, Oct. 9-31 at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church (1400 S. Arlington Heights Road), Elk Grove Village. Pumpkin patch offers pumpkins of different sizes and decorative gourds. popumc.com.
Evelyn Meyer, then 2 years old, and her mom Abby take a closer look at a scarecrow in Lincoln Park during the 2021 St. Charles Scarecrow Fest.
Staff Photographer, 2021 | Staff Photographer, 2021
Glass Pumpkin Patch: Pumpkin exhibition from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, October 12-13 and 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday. Oct. 14. The sale hours are from 1-5 pm on Friday Oct. 14, through 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Oct. 15-16, at Morton Arboretum (41100 Road 53, Lisle). The 12th annual sale will feature colorful, hand-blown glasses pumpkins. There will be demonstrations of glass-blowing from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 12-14, and all day on October 15-16. Arboretum general admission fee ($8-16), is free. Children aged 1 and under are eligible for free admission mortonarb.org.
Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, 6-10:30 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, October 12-16 and 19-23 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. 1000 Lake-Cook Road Glencoe. There are more than 1000 hand-carved pumpkins. Some pumpkins can weigh up to 150 pounds. The LED-lit Jack-o’-lanterns will appear along a festive, paved path where visitors can meet characters and watch live carving. chicagobotanic.org.
Elevate Chicago Dance 2022 will be held October 13-16 at six locations in Chicago. The festival will feature thirty local dancers and companies performing staged works, dance on camera, virtual, and augmented reality and outdoor experiences. Industry conversations are also included. The entire festival lineup will be available by mid-September. chicagodancemakers.org.
Grayslake Pumpkin Fest, 5:30-7:30 pm, Thursday, Oct. 13 at Central Park 250 Library Lane, Grayslake Children’s Halloween games, hay rides and a Halloween character trail, as well as a costume contest and costume contest. Residents pay $10; nonresidents must pay $12 before Oct. 12. Adults are welcome to attend for free if they pay $15 at the door. glpd.com.
Halloween Happening: Friday Oct. 14th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Wheaton Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard St. For this Halloween event, all ages are welcome to wear costumes. Carnival games, Touch-A-Trucks, Trick-or-Treat Trail, sensory tables, and a concession booth are just some of the attractions. There are some activities that require a small fee. $23-$29 on Oct. 13, $25-$31 the day. Unlimited games, one voucher for the gym’s bounce house, one voucher for an airbrush tattoo, and unlimited access at the Memorial Room. Register at wheatonparkdistrict.com.
Itasca Haunted Trail: 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary, Rohlwing Road, Itasca. The one-third mile loop can be walked by a guide for children between 11 and 12, or on their own. Family hour begins at 6:15 p.m., while active scaring begins at 7 p.m. The last group leaves at nine p.m. Weather permitting. $7, $3 Repeat trips; cash only itascaparkdistrict.com.
All Hallows Eve Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, 6:30-10 p.m. at Naper Settlement (523 S. Webster St. Naperville). 13 acres of eerie entertainment and activities are available. $20. napersettlement.org/285/All-Hallows-Eve.
Civil War Encampment in Battle: 9 a.m.-4. p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and 9 am.m.-3. p.m. Sunday Oct. 16. Northbrook Sports Club, 200 S. Hainesville Road, Hainesville. Relive history with period-garbed actors who recreate battles and bivouacs. Also, they offer historical presentations on the American Civil War. Meet Abraham, Mrs. Lincoln and General Grant. Admission is free. Parking is available on-site for $10 per vehicle and $5 per motorcycle hainesville.org.
Halloween Bash: 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Triphahn Center & Ice Arena 1685 W. Higgins Road Hoffman Estates. This event is open to children aged 1-7. There will be pumpkin decorating and Halloween crafts. Halloween costumes are encouraged. All children must register before Oct. 14 to be eligible to attend. No registration will available at the door. $6-$7. heparks.org.
Trucks, trunks, treats: Saturday, October 15th at Family Aquatic Center (635 N. Aspen Drive Vernon Hills). Children can trick-or-treat as they walk the aisles of trucks. There’s also a bouncehouse and hayrides. All dogs are allowed. $3. vhparkdistrict.org.
Itasca Trick-or-Treat Trail – Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, at Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary Rohlwing Road in Itasca Children up to 10 years old can walk the trail with their parents and receive candy and other goodies. Free. itascaparkdistrict.com.
Floating Pumpkin patch: Saturday, October 15, 2013, 1-3 p.m. Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center 515 E. Thacker St. Des Plaines Activities include decorating, picking pumpkins, and swimming. The registration fee covers one pumpkin per child and swimming for the entire family. When children are in the water, they must be accompanied by an adult. $15-$20. dpparks.org.
Trick or Treat Street: Saturday October 15, 2013, 1-3 p.m. Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Ave. Gurnee Make crafts, take photos with costumes, make slime, and play carnival games. “Mad Science Lab”Enjoy a “glow in the dark”Craft and game area. Children must be accompanied by a 16 year-old or older adult. Residents pay $10, nonresidents pay $13. Adults are eligible for free. gurneeparkdistrict.com.
Oak Brook Park District Halloween Treat Trail: 2-5pm Saturday October 15, at Central Park 1450 Forest Gate Road Oak Brook Follow the half-mile trail to trick-or-treat. Then board the Haunted Wagon for a leisurely tour of the park. You will also find arts & crafts, bounce houses, and other activities. $5-$15. Register at obparks.org.
Grayslake Trick-or-Treat Trail: 3-5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 15, Hart’s Woods Park 814 Hart Road, Round Lake Enjoy candy, crafts, hay rides. rlapd.org.
Lindenhurst’s Haunted trail and Bonfire: 3-8 pm Saturday, October 15, at Forest View Park (513 Forest View Drive), Lindenhurst. Halloween costumes, entertainment, food and treats, as well pumpkins. lindenhurstparks.org.
Scarecrow Scramble 5K walk/run: Saturday, Oct 15, 5:15 pm at Lisle Community park (1825 Short St. Lisle. 18th Annual Nighttime 5K run/walk. Youth Run. Tot Dash. All proceeds go to Lisle Teens for Character Program and Lisle Partners for the Parks Foundation Scholarship Fund. $20-$45; Tot Dash 8 Register by noon on October 12. lislepartnersforparks.org/scarecrowscramble.html.
Sugar Skull City is open every day from Friday Oct. 15 through Saturday Nov. 6. Celebrate Day of the Dead by displaying art in storefronts Society 57 also offers Art & Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Free. auroradowntown.org.
ECC Concert Band Fall Concert: Wednesday Oct. 19, at 7:30 PM, Elgin Community College Blizzard Theatre 1700 Spartan Drive Elgin. The band plays many different types of music. Students and seniors pay $10 each. Seniors and students pay $8 each elgin.edu/arts-center/events.
The St. Charles Dance Company performed the monster mash at last years’ St. Charles Scarecrow Fest.
Staff Photographer, 2021 | Staff Photographer, 2021
Day of the Dead Family Walk/Run: 7-10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Heritage Park 100 Community Boulevard, Wheeling. You can run/walk the race and then join in the Day of the Dead celebration. Enjoy traditional Mexican food and live entertainment. 7:45 to 8.45 a.m. Day -of packet pickup and participant face painting; 8:15 a.m. 5K Run/Walk Start; 9:45 a.m. Awards; 9-10:30 a.m. Post-event celebration. dayofthedead5k.run.
Witches’ Night out: Friday, October 20, 5-7:30 p.m. in downtown Antioch Participating shops offer contests to women 21 years and older. To win prizes, participate in a scavenger hunting and dress up as a witch. Check in at Heartland Bank on Lake Street. After party, enjoy Rivalry Alehouse from 7:30-9 p.m. $15 antiochchamber.org.
Pumpkins in Woods: Thursday October 21st from 4-6 p.m. at Hubbard Woods Park (939 Green Bay Road). Winnetka Hubbard Woods Park’s pumpkin patch will be transformed for family enjoyment. You can decorate pumpkins and have fun with bounce houses. You can also win a costume contest. Register before October 10. winpark.org/event/pumpkins-in-the-woods.
Halloween Pet Parade: Friday October 21 at Techny Prairie Park Fields. Address: 1700 Techny Road Northbrook. A costume contest follows the pet parade. The costume contest determines the winners. The following are leash-friendly activities. Please indicate the number of pets and their breeds when you register. To register, you must have at least 18-years-old nbparks.org/events/halloween-pet-parade.
Howlin’ at The Moon: Friday and Saturday, October 21-22 at Naper Settlement (523 S. Webster St.), Naperville For those aged 21 and over, live music, local cuisine, and drinks at the Booze Bar are all available. To find out more about the Dark Art Gallery, or to take a stroll through the Moonlight Market, you can visit the Dark Art Gallery. You can also enter a costume contest for a chance to win prizes. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. $20. napersettlement.org.
Halloween 3K Fun Run: Friday 21st October, 6-8 p.m. Techny Prairie Park & Fields. 1700 Techny Road Northbrook. Join us for the Halloween 3K & Fun Walk through Halloween Techny Prairie Park Fields. Wear your costume. After the race, there will be themed activities and a costume contest in various categories, including best costume or group costume. Registration deadline is Oct. 19. nbparks.org/events/halloween-3k-fun-run.
Halloween Movie in The Barn: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at Village Hall Barn 2 Lagoon Drive Hawthorn Woods. Get ready for Halloween by attending a screening of a seasonal movie. Free. vhw.org.
Pumpkin Swim: Friday, October 21st at 6 p.m. Oak Brook Park District’s Family Aquatic Center is located at 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. Children can get candy eggs from the pools, and they have the chance to win a full-size pumpkin. There will be activities prior, during, and after the pumpkin hunt. The following age groups are available for children: 6-6.10, 6-6.10, 9-12, 6:15-6.25, 3-5, 6:30-6.40, 6-8, and 6-8. After the event, parents can swim with their children until 8:45 pm. Register at obparks.org/special-events/pumpkin-swim.
Boo Thru from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday October 21 at Randall Oaks Park Randall Oaks Park is at 1180 N. Randall Road West Dundee. There will be candy and surprises in the park’s reverse trunk-or-treat. Deadline for submissions: October 20 Register now for $6 per vehicle dtpd.org.
Howl O’ Ween Dog Parade: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Prizes will be given to the most original, scariest, or creative costumes. It is open to everyone. Free. Register at genevaparks.org.
Halloween Hayday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday October 22nd at Persinger Rec Center (3507 Kaneville Road), Geneva Games, costume contests and entertainment, including a Halloween egg hunt and bounce houses. $8-$11. Register at genevaparks.org.
Tractor Ride: Saturday, October 22nd, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Winnetka park district, 540 Hibbard Road Winnetka. Take a safe tractor ride, meet your favorite characters and get candy. Registration deadline is Oct. 17. winpark.org/event/tractor-ride.
Trunk-or-Treat: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday Oct. 22 at Winnetka Park District 540 Hibbard Road Winnetka Trick-or-treating experience. Decorate your car and hand out treats The family beach pass 2023 is awarded to the best-decorated trunk. Register before October 10. Julia Kreis can be reached by calling (847) 716-1299 [email protected] Registration deadline is Oct. 17. winpark.org/event/trunk-or-treat.
Haunted Hoffman Family Fest: Saturday, October 22nd, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Fabbrini Park (1704 Glen Lake Road), Hoffman Estates. Trick or Treat Path (with Registration), food trucks and costume contests, Halloween-themed Games, Pumpkin Carving Contest, Hay Ride, and Music from Miss Jamie’s Farm. heparks.org.
Peyton Zimmerman, then 6 years old, plays miniature golf at Northwest Celtic Fest in Hoffman Estates.
– Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer, 2021
Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade, 10:30 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 22, at Willow Stream Park 651 Old Checker Road Buffalo Grove. Bring your dog to participate a costume contest or hunt for eggs. There will be prizes in a variety categories and awards. Day-of registration is acceptable. Free. bgparks.org/howl-o-ween-pooch-parade.
Crystal Lake Park District Flannel Fest Saturday, October 22, 2010, 10 a.m.-4 pm. Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake Timberworks of Minnesota presents an hour-long show that includes log rolling (hot-sawing), speed cutting, and other activities at 11 am, noon, and 3 pm. Birds of Prey Raptor. showAt 11:30 am; ax throwing from noon to 4pm; Best Beard contests and pie eating contests are at 12:30 PM; Third Coast Bluegrass performs from 1:30-3:00 pm. Food trucks will be available on-site. Advance tickets $5-$10, $2 at gate crystallakeparks.org/special-events.
Cider and Ale Festival: Saturday October 22nd, from Noon to 4PM at Morton Arboretum (4100 Route53, Lisle). There are over 30 local breweries where you can enjoy hard cider as well as seasonal beer. There are tasting booths located along the Frost Hill and Meadow Lake paths. For 21-year olds and older, tickets include 20 3-ounce samples and a souvenir cup. Tickets available online mortonarb.org.
Halloween Hoopla: Saturday 22 October, 3-5:30 p.m. at Jewett Park Community Center (836 Jewett Park Drive), Deerfield. There will be games for children, hayrides and inflatables, a Scavenger Hunt, a trackless railway, costumed characters, balloon twisters and magicians, as well as entertainment. facePainting, entertainment, as well as many other activities. $5 for residents and $6 to non-residents. deerfieldparks.org.
Nightmare at Chicago Street Saturday Oct. 22nd from 6-11 p.m. Chicago Street between Douglas & Villa in Elgin. There will be three stages with bands, food and drink, vendors, as well as cage matches at Thunderdome. There will also be live graffiti artists, a hookah bar, costume contest and special guests like MeTV’s Svengoolie. $35; VIP parking $50 nightmareonchicagostreet.com.
New Philharmonic “Halloween Spooktakular — Haunting Classics”Saturday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm and Sunday, Oct 23rd at 3:00 pm at McAninch Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn. This family-friendly concert features popular songs in costumes performed by New Philharmonic musicians. Audience members are encouraged, and encouraged to wear costumes $53. atthemac.org.
Halloween Howl: Thursday October 24, at 4-7 p.m. Fox Lake Police Station, 301 Route 59 Fox Lake Meet the Fox Lake Police Department to enjoy hot dogs, treats, and children’s activities. Free. Both children and adults are encouraged wear costumes foxlake.org.
Downtown Trick-or-Treat: Wednesday, October 26th at 4-6 pm downtown Mount Prospect. Dress up in your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat downtown Mount Prospect businesses. Businesses with teal-colored Pumpkins will be able offer non-food treats. mpdowntown.com/events.
Skeleton egg hunt: Thursday Oct. 27, 6:15-7.15 pm Meadowview Park in Grayslake. To hunt for candy-filled eggs at night, bring a flashlight. Register by October 20. glpd.com.
The Academy of Irish Music performs at a Northwest Celtic Fest at NOW Arena Hoffman Estates.
– Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer, 2021
Libertyville Trick or Treat on MainStreet: 11:00 am to 2 PM Friday, October 28th in downtown Libertyville. Participating stores will have Orange Pumpkin signs on their doors or windows. mainstreetlibertyville.org.
Boo Bash: Friday Oct. 28th, 5-8 p.m. North Park, 1025 Riverwoods Road Lincolnshire Family-friendly Halloween event. lincolnshireil.gov.
Trick or Treat Trail: Friday 28 October, 5-7 pm at Community Arts Center, located on 225 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove. You can walk along the trail and see friendly characters handing candy out to children. There will also be entertainment, prizes, and prizes. Children 12 years and younger. This event is not appropriate for children younger than 12. Register now $5-$7. bgparks.org/trick-or-treat-trail.
Halloween Spooktacular: 6 – 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 28 at Clauss Recreation Center in Roselle Halloween-themed crafts, indoor pumpkin patches, games, treats, and more. $20-$25. Register before Oct. 24 rparks.org.
Vernon Hills Fall Fest, 6-9 p.m., Friday Oct. 28, at Sullivan Community Center (635 Aspen Drive Vernon Hills). Indoor trick-or–treating and magic for all ages. vhparkdistrict.org.
Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m. Friday Oct. 28 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. 485 Woodstock St. Crystal Lake Bring the whole family and enjoy a hotdog dinner. Free. stpaulsucc-cl.org/event/trunk-or-treat/.
Haunted Train Ride: 6:30-8.30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Road in Aurora. On the all-new Haunted Train Ride, you will encounter ghosts, witches, and goblins. A flashlight is recommended for the spooky activities and crafts. Enjoy the bonfire and s’mores. Recommended for 6 and older. All participants over 1 (including adults) must purchase a ticket. $16. Tickets available at a rel=”nofollow noopener” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/event/haunted-train-ride”>foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/event/haunted-train-ride.
Zombie Fun Run at Volkening Lake, 6-8 p.m. on Friday Oct. 28, Schaumburg Walking or running for 3K while being chased down and accosted with zombies. Costumes encouraged. Registration includes one hot dog, brat, chips, or one drink. Concessions can be purchased. Register required for children aged 6 and older $10-$15. parkfun.com.
Bat Race 5K/10K: 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at North River Street, Batavia. Ninth annual Halloween-themed chip timed 5K/10K race. The course follows Batavia’s Fox River Trail. It raises funds and awareness for Batavia United Way which supports local residents. All ages and abilities are welcome, with a Kids’ Fun Run available. $20-$40. bataviaunitedway.org/bat-race.
Fall Flower Show: Everyday, 8 a.m.-6. p.m. at Wilder Park Conservatory, October 29-November 27. Church Street and Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst. An autumn display, seasonal. epd.org/news/fall-flower-show.
Boo at the Zoo: Saturday, Oct. 29-30, 9 am to 5 pm at Randall Oaks Zoo, 1180 N. Randall Road West Dundee. Trick-or–treating all weekend, costume parades at 11 and 2 p.m. at Centerville School Residents: $4.25; $5 for all others; free for children 1 and under and U.S. military personnel with ID. dtpd.org/randall-oaks-zoo.
Monster Mash Dance Party: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at Fishel Park downtown Downers Grove $10-$15 dgparks.org.
BatFest: Saturday, October 29th at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in downtown Batavia Annual Halloween-themed family event. Free. downtownbatavia.com/event/batfest.
Linden Square Pumpkinwalk: 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, Oct. 29, at Linden Square. 4th and Linden in Wilmette. Trick-or-treating at local shops Halloween costumes are encouraged. Free. chambermaster.wilmettekenilworth.com.
Grayslake Chamber Business Trick-or-Treat: Saturday, Oct. 29th, 11 a.m.-1. p.m. along Center Street, Seymour Street, to Slusser Street. Grayslake Children may trick-or-treat in local businesses along Center Street in downtown Grayslake. grayslakechamber.com.
Cary Halloween Walk: Saturday October 29th, 11 a.m. to noon. The 2022 Miss Cary Grove leads the trick-or-treating parade. It will start at Tasty Sushi and end at Athletico Jewel lot, at 630 Northwest Hwy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a can to donate food for the Thanksgiving food drive. carygrovechamber.com.
Naperville Pumpkin Race, Saturday, Oct. 29, at Noon, in Naperville’s Millennium Carillon, Rotary Hill Park. Turning Pointe Autism Foundation event featuring food trucks, costume contests and pumpkin-decorating contest, as well as games and other activities. All are welcome to attend. $25 Race Kits Available at turningpointeautismfoundation.org.
Trick-or–Treat Trail: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday Oct 29, at Red Hawk Park (651 W. St. Charles Road), Carol Stream Trick or Treat in the Park with candy and other activities $10-$15. Register before Oct. 28 to reserve a time slot csparks.org/event/trick-or-treat-trail-2.
Maci Schneider, now 7 years old, rides a horse during a fall festival at Danada Equestrian Center.
Staff Photographer, 2019| Staff Photographer, 2019
Trunk or Treat: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at Prairie Lakes Community Center (515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines). Des Plaines Park District trick-or-treating event. Des Plaines sports affiliates and community groups will offer treats to people who visit decorated park districts trunks. Resident registration opens Monday, Oct. 3; nonresident registration opens Monday, Oct. 10. $2 per child 17 years and under. Adults are always free dpparks.org/event/trunk-or-treat.
Art Harvest: Saturday, October 29 at DuPage Court and nearby Elgin locations Annual family-friendly event featuring a haymaze. facePainting and magician, arts-and-craft stations, and much more. “Art Central”DuPage Court. Next, use the Art Hunt Map for directions to public art in Elgin. Free. cityofelgin.org.
Fox River Grove Halloween Walk: Sunday, October 29, 1-2 p.m. 2022 Miss Cary Grove leads the trick-or–treating parade. It begins at Leader Ace Hardware 980 Route 22. It ends at Wonderland Kids Academy, 775 Northwest Hwy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a can to donate food for the Thanksgiving food drive. carygrovechamber.com.
Waukegan Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Bowen Park, 1800 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan. Walk the Halloween trail and interact with costumed characters. Treat bags for children. waukeganparks.org.
Trick & Treats in Valley: 2-5 pm Saturday, Oct. 29-30 at Heritage Farm 201 S. Plum Grove Road Schaumburg. This new twist on Spring Valley Halloween celebrations combines Haunting in Valley with an all-ages trick or treat experience. Heritage Farm will be the first stop on the trail. The trail will take you past many of the farm’s historic buildings before reaching the woods. Wear your costume, and plan to walk for at least one mile. St. Matthew’s Church, 1001 E. Schaumburg Road, has parking available. Register is required. $4-$6. parkfun.com.
Elgin Coin Club Fall Coinshow Sunday, October 30, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Holiday inn, 495 Airport Road Elgin Trade, sell and buy coins, currency and other numismatics. There will be a children’s auction, raffle prizes, and hourly door prizes. $20 Early bird registration starting at 8-9 AM 2 elgincoinclub.com.
Wauconda Trick-or-Treat on Main Street: Sunday, October 30, from Noon to 4 PM. Main Street in downtown Wauconda. Trick-or-treat in local shops for free waucondachamber.org.
Halloween Happening Sunday, October 30th, 2014 at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion 320 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville Children under 10 years old and their parents can wear Halloween costumes to participate in Halloween games, inflatables, and win prizes. Free. napervilleparks.org/halloweenhappening.
The Dare Devil Riders perform at Wheaton’s Danada Equestrian center during the 2019 Fall Festival.
Staff Photographer 2019, 2019 | Staff Photographer, 2019
Halloween Spooktacular at Geneva Public Library, 127 James St. Geneva Halloween crafts, games and parade through the library. Costumes encouraged. gpld.org.
Halloween Costume Parade: 10:15-11:30 AM Monday October 31st at Skokie Library 5215 Oakton St. Skokie Bring your costume to Skokie Library, 5215 Oakton St. Skokie. Then, march through the department for indoor trick-or-treating. All participants must follow the pandemic safety guidelines as provided by the library. skokielibrary.info.