From haunted houses to kid-friendly spooks, we’ve got you you covered on all things Hallow’s Eve in Chicago this year! See a list of adult and kid-friendly events below:
Friday October 23 2015 – Kid Friendly
Head to this North Side park for some Halloween fun. Kids can create family-friendly Halloween crafts, enjoy treats and play outside. This event is perfect for kid ages three to thirteen.
Saturday October 24 2015 – Kid & Dog Friendly
Watch Wicker Park transform into a Halloween haven with tons of activities for the whole family. From bobbing for apples to face painting, pumpkin patches to a pumpkin show, this isn’t your ordinary day at the park. Don’t miss a double whammy of cuteness with the kids’ costume parade and the dogs’ costume parade.
Boo! at the Zoo
Saturday October 17 2015 – Sunday October 25 2015 – Kid Friendly
Round up your family for a wild Halloween festival perfect for all ages to enjoy. Enjoy pumpkin smashin’, make scarecrows, take a hay ride or get lost in a 7,000-square-foot corn maze. The not-too-spooky event also lets you and your little ones get up close to creepy creatures like a boa constrictor, owls and ravens.
The Halloween Gathering
Saturday October 24 2015 – Kid Friendly
Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Columbia College Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians as well as local organizations and artists guilds come together for an artistic take on Halloween. Join the all-day festival with a kids’ costume parade, zombie “Thriller” dance, mask-making workshops and installations. Stay for the event’s finale: a nighttime Halloween parade with an artistic twist. Presented by the Chicago Cultural Mile.
Friday October 30 2015
Chicago teens finally get a their own Halloween event. This immersive Halloween party promises a night of DJs, Dancing, arcade games and food trucks to the 1,000 fierce costumed teens looking for something between a pumpkin patch and bar crawl. This is event is for ages 15 to 20 to come out to Redmoon’s 57,000 square foot Pilsen warehouse.
Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue
Glessner House Museum
Or walk — if you dare — through one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods after dark. Glessner House Museum presents Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue on October 30-31, where tales of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely endings are lurking around every corner!
Spooky Pooch Parade
Saturday October 31 2015 – Kid & Dog Friendly
Chicago Botanic Garden
There’s only a single day each year when dogs are allowed in the Chicago Botanic Garden, but they need to be in costume. Pups and their owners dress up, compete for prizes and celebrate Halloween at the annual Spooky Pooch Parade. Bring your canine friend or just come to admire all the cute costumed dogs.
Edgar Allen Poe Readings
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Clarke House Museum,
A spine-tingling tradition for over 25 years, will have you squirming in your seats as the terrifying tales and poetry come alive during staged theatrical readings in the intimate parlor on October 31.
Saturday, October 31st, 2015 – Kid & Dog Friendly
At the 18th annual Northalsted Halloween Parade, an exuberant crowd lines the streets of Boystown in Lakeview to check out the outrageous outfits for the evening parade. The family-friendly daytime portion (both take place October 31) touts its own parade and festival: for kids and pets alike.
Until Sunday November 1 2015 – Kid Friendly
Six Flags Great America, Gurnee
As if its Vertical Velocity coaster wasn’t enough of a scream, Six Flags transforms to its Halloween alter ego with hair-raising shows, haunted houses and a trick-or-treat trail for kids. 200 monsters, ghouls and freaky faces will roam the park and guests are encouraged to dress up as well. This year, Smashing Pumpkins appropriately performs on Sunday, November 1.
Images and Sources: TimeOut.com