16 Chicago Halloween Events for Kids

9/27/2017 7:58:15 AM
19 Chicago Halloween Events for Kids - KidTrail Pick
Halloween Fun in Chicago!
Why wait till the end of October to celebrate Halloween when you can celebrate the whole month of October?  And, that is exactly what Chicago is offering, a full month of fun, spooky, kid friendly Halloween events.  There is something for everyone here from haunted houses to ghost stories and of course some sweet treats.  Or maybe a haunted cruise on beautiful Lake Michigan, family friendly of course! Enjoy and have a spooky good time!

River North Halloween Festival

What: Join us on October 28 for our annual Halloween Fest in Ward Park! Wild costumes, trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, fun games and Halloween portraits!

Cost: FREE

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 2PM to 4PM.

Montgomery Ward Park
Neighborhood: River North
630 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60654
RiverNorth Party

Zoo Ghost Tours
See the Zoo’s Haunted History at Night. Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun destination, but there’s plenty of spooky stuff lurking beneath the surface. This after-hours ghost tour will share the zoo’s cemetery roots, highlight a 19th-century “Suicide Bridge” and identify which animal house is most likely to be haunted. Paranormal investigator Ursula Bielski, equipped with electronic voice phenomena recording gear, takes guests on an interactive tour of the zoo’s most haunted spaces. Experience eerie sounds and inexplicable photos taken at the zoo while reliving its historical past.

Your Ghost Tour Guide: A practice paranormal investigator, tour guide Ursula Bielski of Chicago Hauntings has more than 20 years experience leading local ghost tours. Snacks are available for purchase. Beer and wine available for guests 21 and older.

Recommended Age:  8 Years and Older

Date/Hours: Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Tuesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Tuesday, October 17 at 9 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24 at 9 p.m.
Monday, October 30 at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.

All tours meet at Café at Wild Things and visit several locations throughout the zoo.

Cost:  $29 for non-members, $25 for members

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Fright Flicks: Monster House

What: On Saturday, October 21 and Saturday, October 28, join Navy Pier for Fright Flicks, a free outdoor film screening of favorite Halloween movies. Grab a blanket and get comfortable at the Lake Stage on the Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns as Navy Pier presents a double feature at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., with a mix of family-friendly films and classic horror films. The Pier will also offer complimentary treats to Fright Flicks guests on a first-come, first-served basis while supply lasts. 

Date: Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 and Saturday, Oct 28, 2017

Cost: Free and Open to the Public. Free outdoor screening of a family friendly Halloween film.

Navy Pier

Halloween Open House at Fosco Park

Fosco Park Halloween Open House featuring, Haunted House, Halloween Movie, 10 U event room with pumpkin decorating, coloring etc., also free candy, hotdogs & popcorn. Co- sponsors Alderman Danny Solis, Heartland Alliance Abla Homes LAC & Fosco Park advisory Council.

Recommended Age:  Any

Date/Hours: Monday, October 23, 2017, 6 PM to 9 PM.

Cost:  FREE


Fosco Park
1312 S. Racine Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60608

Halloween Extravaganza at Sheridan Park

Wear your favorite Halloween costume and enjoy Games & Refreshments, Dance contest, and arts & crafts too!

Recommended Age:
6 and up

Friday, October 20, 2017 from 4PM to 6PM

Cost: $2

Sheridan Park
910 S. Aberdeen St.
Chicago, IL

Seadog Chicago Haunted River Tours

What: Experience the sights, lights, and frights of Chicago this Halloween! Through the month of October, discover Chicago’s spookier side aboard Seadog's Haunted River Tours. Let our talented tour guides divulge the many secrets, spirits, scandals, and sins of the Windy City through spine tingling tales of mysterious supernatural occurrences and infamous figures along the beautiful Chicago River

Date/Time: 75-minute tours available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus Halloween in October. 

Cost:  From $36.95 per adult, $19.95 per child

Navy Pier

Pumpkin Patch at Sheridan Park

Join us for a Petting zoo, face painting, inflatables, and pumpkins while supplies last. Treats and fun! Co-sponsored by 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis.

Recommended Age: Age 2 to 12

Saturday October 21, 2017 from 10 AM to 1 PM


Sheridan Park
910 S. Aberdeen St. 
Chicago, IL 60607

Haunted Zoo Lecture

An Evening of Zoo Ghost Stories. Get ready for an evening of scary zoo stories. Chicago ghostlore expert Ursula Bielski will share a historical overview of haunted zoo locations and tales from the past to the present. She’ll also reveal inexplicable sounds and photos of paranormal activity she’s recorded at Lincoln Park Zoo. This special, sit-down lecture takes place in the Great Hall at historic Café Brauer, itself the purported site of paranormal occurrences.

Recommended Age:  16 Years and Older

Date/Hours: Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 at 7PM

Cost: $29 for non-members, $25 for members.

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

The Halloween Gathering

What: Arts in the Dark unites the city’s diverse creative community in a magical nighttime parade. Drawing together world-renowned institutions as well as artists in assorted fields, this dramatic display activates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday”. This family-friendly spectacle will begin as dusk arrives and will include live music, unique floats, fanciful giant puppets and more. 

Date/Hours: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 6PM to 8PM

Event Schedule:

4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. - Pre-Parade Activities

The Chicago Blackhawks will host a pre-parade celebration - special highlights will include the Blackhawks street team, music and a Blackhawks inspired mural featuring Halloween elements to commemorate the artist’s holiday in conjunction with hockey. The mural will be displayed for party-goers to take photos with and post to social media for the chance to win Blackhawks prizes.
Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - PARADE

Arts in the Dark - Halloween Parade of Artists draws together Chicago’s vast creative community, from world-renowned cultural institutions to aspiring artists in every field.  The Art Institute and School of the Art Institute will march in medieval-style armor, Broadway In Chicago will invite their devoted fans to dress up as their favorite Broadway characters, 1871 will have a float modeled after the Chicago Merchandise Mart, and After School Matters will have multiple programs participating including West Town Bikes with decorated cycles and riders, the Mariachi Ensemble, Aztec Dance Chicago and The Art of Drumming.

Family-Friendly Halloween Movie and Candy Giveaway hosted by the Chicago Park District at Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park
337 E Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
On Columbus Dr. moving north from Balbo Ave. to Monroe St.

Purple Money’s 6th Annual Not At All Spooky Halloween Party

Our most anticipated event of the year is back! Our not-at-all-spooky brand of fun will feature Daniel Tiger! Come in a costume! Includes snacks, juice and soft drinks. Plus a make your own Caramel Apple bar. Make sure to buy your tickets soon as this sells out each year! 

Recommended Age:
  0 – 4

 Monday, October 30, 2017 at 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM.

Cost: $35 includes 1 adult and 1 child.  Add a sibling for $15. Additional adult is $10.

Purple Monkey Playroom
2040 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Night Out with Dracula

What: Spooky fun for all this Halloween.
Creep on over to this hauntingly fun, family-oriented event! Pizza and salad, color you favorite Halloween character, a Kids Music Game Show and a photo opportunity with THE COUNT!

Date/Time: Monday, October 23, 2017 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Cost: $5.00

Olympia Park 
6566 N. Avondale Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60631 

Halloween Dance at Maggie Daley

Join the Halloween fun at this family friendly costume dance.

Recommended Age: 1 to 7

Friday, October 27, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Cost: $5

Maggie Daley Park
337 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Little Beans Halloween Party

Join Little Beans for one of our favorite parties of the year! Enjoy a DJ and dancing, trick or treating in the LBC Village, Spooky games and snacks, pizza and a costume contest!

Recommended Age: 0 – 8

Date/Hours: October 28, 2017, 4 PM to 7 PM.

Cost: $35 for the first child, $25 for siblings.

Little Beans Play Café
1809 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614 

Hallow-Palooza at Indian Boundary Park

Spooky Fun for Everyone! Join us for scare free thrill fest! This family-friendly day will feature music/dancing, no-scare haunting, trick n treating opportunities, costume parade and contest and tons of fun.

Recommended Age: All Ages

Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 2 PM to 4 PM

Cost: Free


Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt Ave.
Chicago IL 60645

Mummies Night

What: Get up close and personal with a mummy, discover painted coffins and a Book of the Dead, try on an outfit from King Tut's closet, and go on a treasure hunt in our Egyptian Gallery. See if you can find out what a mummified ancient Egyptian priestess actually looked like when she was alive 3,000 years ago.

Age Group: Recommended for children ages 4 and up

Date/Time:  Saturday, October 28, 2017, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cost:  Free

Oriental Institute Museum
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL

Halloween at Kid City

What: Festivities will include playtime, pizza, festive treats, spooky crafts, a costume parade, photo booth, and much more!  Space is limited for this event, so reserve your tickets soon!  Sign up online or at the front desk.

Age Group: 7 and under

Date/Time:  Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM

Cost: $25 for one child/adult, $15 for siblings, Additional adult is $6

Kid City
1837 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

Photo Credit: Chicago Park District



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