Top Halloween Events in Chicago for Kids and Families

Boo at the Zoo photo courtesy of the Brookfield Zoo
Boo at the Zoo photo courtesy of the Brookfield Zoo

Looking for the best Halloween events in Chicago for kids? Read on for our top picks for the spooky season. 

It's time to break out a different kind of masks! Even if you choose not to go trick-or-treating, there are still plenty of fun Halloween events in Chicago for kids.

We've got you covered with more than 60 kids' Halloween events in Chicago that get you into the scary spirit. From neighborhood trick-or-treating to parties to parades to movies, there's something for everybody this Halloween. When you're done going apple picking and visiting the pumpkin patch, check out one of these happenings. Find lots more must-do events in our Halloween Events and Activities Guide for Chicago Kids

Events are selling out fast this year, so make sure you check each event's website to see if pre-registration is required. For more seasonal inspiration, see our rundown on fall day trips and activities in the Chicago area.

Places featured in this article:


Lincoln Avenue between Wrightwood and Webster

Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center

Wicker Park and surrounding neigbhorhoods

Trailside Museum of Natural History

Sunset Knoll Recreation Center

Lisle Recreation Center

DuPage County Historical Museum

Centennial Recreational Center

Commercial Club Playground of Chicago Park

Adrenaline Special Events
Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago Parks - various times Pick
Free Days at the Field Museum
Field Museum - 9:00 AM
Free Tuesdays at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art - 10:00 AM
Community Playgroup
Irish American Heritage Center - 10:00 AM
Rewired Pizza Cafe Family Fun Night
Rewired Pizza Cafe - 4:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides