7 Free Trick or Treat Events in Chicago

10/6/2017 8:10:13 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

Join us on October 28 for our annual Halloween Fest in Ward Park! Wild costumes, trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, fun games… right in your own back yard!   FREE event and open to all neighborhood families.

Recommended Age:
  All Ages

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

Cost: FREE


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

Trick or Treat on Southport

The neighborhood's favorite fall tradition returns in 2017! Trick or Treat on Southport celebrates Halloween with free, family-friendly activities and trick-or-treating at local businesses.

Art & Games, Beer Garden, Pet Parade and Costume Contest, Pumpkin Patch, Photo Booth and Trick or Treating from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Recommended Age:
 All Ages

  Monday, October 30, 2017, 4 – 8 PM.



Southport Ave, between Belmont and Irving Park

Clark Street Spooktacular

Spooktacular returns to Clark Street in Lincoln Park on October 24th, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m on Clark Street between Armitage and Diversey, and on the south side of Diversey from Orchard to Lakeview. 

Spooktacular attendees will load up on tasty treasures and encounter plenty of surprises along the way, including: 
- mesmerizing magicians
- jugglers
- ghoulish stilt walkers 
- festive activities put on by area merchants
- special savings at participating restaurants 
- An afternoon of outdoor family fun 

And don’t forget our spooky costume contests for adults and children located at 2558 N. Clark Street from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

Recommended Age:
  All Ages

Saturday, October 24, 2017 from 1 PM to 5 PM.


Clark Street Spooktacular
Clark Street in Lincoln Park, From Armitage to Diversey
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.

Spooky Zoo Spectacular

Spooky Zoo Spectacular 2017, hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo, will give children the opportunity to celebrate Halloween in a free, safe, and family-friendly environment. This year’s celebration will mark the 31st anniversary of this beloved Halloween-themed celebration!

Date/Hours: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10 AM to 1 PM.  

Recommended Ages:
  All Ages



Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

West Loop Families Halloween Parade & Trick or Treat

 If you haven't made it to this event, you don't want to miss it! It's the largest family-friendly Halloween celebration in the West Loop, with over 600 attendees last year! In its 8th year, the not-too-spooky festivities will start at Mary Bartelme Park, where neighborhood businesses will offer children fun games and activities under the metal misters. Led by Alderman Danny Solis, the children will then proceed to parade around Mary Bartelme Park before heading to Madison Street for a trick-or-treating extravaganza at participating businesses. Admission is FREE.

Recommend Age:
  All Ages

Date/Hours:  Friday, October 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cost:  FREE. Please RSVP Online to get your free tickets.

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!

Recommended Age:
  All Ages

  Sunday, October 29, 2017, 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: Trick-or-treat end-to-end along the Bloomingdale Trail, or choose a section near you. Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail will provide “BOOmingdale Trail” Halloween bags and CAPS Officers from the 14th and 25th Districts will be part of the fun.

Age Group: All Ages

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 5 PM to 7 PM

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

Trick or Treat, West Town, Bucktown, Wicker Park

What: Trick-or-Treat at specific West Town, Wicker Park, and Bucktown businesses between 3pm and 6pm with your costumed trick-or-treaters on Halloween Tuesday, October 31, 2017!

Date: Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 from 3PM to 6PM

Cost: Free

West Town, Bucktown, Wicker Park

Photo Credit:  Cultural Mile



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