7 Free Trick or Treat Events in Chicago

10/14/2016 11:11:52 AM
7 Free Trick or Treat Events - KidTrail Pick
With Halloween soon approaching, you are probably wondering where to take the kiddos for some trick or treating in the city.  Well, take a look below for a list of free trick or treating events in the city.  This list has everything from trick or treating at the zoo to your local neighborhood. Don't miss out as it is both free to participate and guaranteed to create lots of memories. Let us know your thoughts if you have gone in the past in the comments section below. 

River North 5th Annual Halloween Event

River North Residents Association will host its 5th annual Halloween Event on Saturday, October 29th from 2pm to 4pm in Montgomery Ward Park. Put on your costumes and come over for trick or treating in the park and pumpkin decorating.

Recommended Age:
  All Ages

Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 2 to 4 PM.

Cost: FREE


Montgomery Ward Park
630 N Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Trick or Treat on Southport

Lakeview's favorite fall tradition, Trick or Treat on Southport, returns on Monday, October 31 from 4-8 pm. The event celebrates Halloween with family-friendly activities, craft beer, food and trick-or-treating at local businesses.

Recommended Age:
 All Ages

  Monday, October 31, 2016, 4 – 8 PM.



Southport Ave, between Belmont and Irving Park

Clark Street Spooktacular

Spooktacular is Clark Street in Lincoln Park's annual Halloween extravaganza and this will be the 8th year the event is taking place! Participating businesses from Armitage to Diversey, and on the south side of Diversey from Orchard to Lakeview, open their doors to trick-or-treaters. There will be plenty of spooks and sweets for your whole family!

In addition to trick or treating, check out Scarecrows on Parade, which showcase Clark Street business owner's creative and artistic sides! Merchants display a scarecrow in their window that they have designed and created, and customers, pedestrians, and event attendees pick the winners!

Recommended Age:
  All Ages

Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 1 PM to 4 PM.


Clark Street Spooktacular
Clark Street in Lincoln Park, From Armitage to Diversey
Chicago, IL 60614

The Halloween Gathering

What: Last year the Chicago Cultural Mile Association launched one of Chicago’s most exciting, new initiatives, The Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade. This powerful event gathered Chicago’s vast and diverse creative communities for an afternoon festival culminating with a magical nighttime parade. Drawing together world-renowned institutions including the Field Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as unique local organizations like Louder Than a Bomb, Silent Theatre Company, and guilds of artists in assorted fields, this dramatic display activated Halloween as the “artist’s holiday” along one of the most prestigious cultural avenues in the world

Saturday, October 22, 2016. Daytime festival from 2 PM to 5 PM. Spectacle Parade from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Event Schedule:

Daytime Festival  2pm – 5pm : The Halloween Gathering Festival – Millennium and Grant Parks will be brought to life with family-friendly activities including free performances, arts and crafts, pop-up installations, and interactive experiences galore! In addition to the Kid’s Costume Procession around the Great Lawn, the Festival Features the following:

Theatricks Stage: Located in Wrigley Square, this stage will feature theater, improvisation, comedy and live music.

Enchant Tent: Located in the Chase Promenade North tent, this area will feature hula hoops, poi-spinning, dance and other lessons as well as dance, music and acrobatic performances. It also will host smaller tents with ghost stories and other spoken word performances. This is our “doers” activation tent.

Conjure Creative Tent: Located in the Chase Promenade South tent, this area will feature craft tables, mask making workshops, live music, face painting, snack giveaways and other activities. This is our “makers” tent.

Kids Costume Procession: Parents and kids can walk the procession route in Millennium Park around the Cloud Gate (also known as “The Bean”) at any time during the 2-5pm festival and will be treated to a Ferrara Candy goody bag at the end of the procession.

Jester Park: Located in the Sir Georg Solti Garden, this area will feature acrobatics, juggling, stilt-walking, music, tarot card readings, interactive installations and more. It is located adjacent to the newest addition to the Halloween Gathering Festival – the “All Souls Train.”

All Souls Train: We are trilled to announce that Windy City Soul will be spinning records and entertaining the crowd for the All Souls Train, which will take place on the Van Buren bridge between Michigan Avenue and Columbus. Participants can enter the lines on the west side of the bridge, disco their way to the east end of the bridge and then dance down the center, back to the west end.

Spectacle Parade 6pm – 8pm : The Halloween Gathering Parade – As dusk arrives, our creative communities will assemble for a powerful procession filled with large spectacle, legions of lanterns, costumes, performances, music, dance, dramatic lighting, moving platforms and more! The parade, traveling north on Columbus from Balbo to Monroe, will be led by a new class of “Creative Spirit Fellows,” 13 of Chicago’s most influential creative leaders. Their dramatic entrance will set the tone for the spectacle to follow.


Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Spooky Zoo Spectacular

Spooky Zoo Spectacular, hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo, is an opportunity for children to celebrate Halloween in a free, safe and family-friendly environment. Guests are invited to learn fun facts about the animals, stimulate their minds while making crafts, trick or treat and enjoy entertainment throughout the zoo while dressed in their best or spookiest costume!

Date/Hours: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10 AM to 1 PM. 

Schedule of Events:

10 a.m.–1 p.m.:
Family entertainment on the Main Stage, Main Mall
Toddler Zone activities, Regenstein Center for African Apes
Fall Fest rides and activities

11 a.m.–1 p.m.:
Trick-or-treating throughout the zoo
Haunted house, Kovler Seal Pool
Educational arts and crafts, Kovler Lion House

Recommended Ages:
  All Ages



Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

West Loop Families Halloween Parade & Trick or Treat

Festivities for this hugely popular event start at Mary Bartelme Park, where  fun & games will kick off the night. We then parade around the park before we embark in the neighborhood's largest trick-or-treating event on Madison Street. After some serious trick-or-treating, festivities will end at Brooklyn Boulders, where a not-too-scary party with activities for the kids and appetizers & drinks for parents will end the night. See below for more on the Party portion of the night! Admission is FREE.

Recommend Age:
  All Ages

Date/Hours:  Friday, October 28, 2016, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Party portion of the night is from 7 PM to 9 PM at Brooklyn Boulders

Cost:  FREE

Event starts at Mary Bartelme Park
Trick or Treat along Madison Street

Mary Bartelme Park
115 S. Sangamon
Chicago, IL

Halloween Hoopla

Area families trick or treat at local businesses! Hosted by Nettelhorst School, this event features free family fun, candy and treats, Halloween bags, hayrides, arts and crafts, face painters, balloonists, games and photos!

Stay tuned for this year's event details.

Recommended Age:
  All Ages

  Sunday, October 30, 2016, 11 AM to 2 PM.  Trick or Treating hours TBA.

Cost:  Free

Nettelhorst School
3253 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

Trick or Treat on the Trail

What: It is The 606’s first Halloween so put on your best costume and come enjoy spooktacular treats for the whole family. There will be hands-on activities at Julia de Burgos and Churchill Field Park, candy distributed by the 14th District Police officers, a costume contest and a free showing of the classic movie, Beetlejuice.

Age Group: All Ages

Monday, October 31, 2016 from 5 PM to 7 PM

3:00 – 5:00 pm: Candy and Hands-on Activities at Julia de Burgos Park (1805 N. Albany) and Churchill Field Park (1825 N. Damen)

5:00 pm: Costume Contest at both parks

5:45 pm: Movie in the Park, Beetlejuice at Churchill Field Park

Cost: Free

The 606
Julia de Burgos Park
1805 N. Albany
Chicago, IL

Halloween at Navy Pier

What: Trick-or-Treat (participating locations around the Pier). Children 12 and under are invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes and Trick-or-Treat around the Pier. While supplies last.

Sunday, Oct 23, 2016: Time TBD 
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016: Time TBD 
Monday, Oct 31, 2016: Time TBD

Costume Contest: 
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016: Time and location TBD

Stay tuned for additional information!

Age Group:  12 and under

Cost: Free

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Photo Credit:
  Cultural Mile



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