Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up in Chicago, photo courtesy of Fatima Sitabkhan.
Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up in Chicago, photo courtesy of Fatima Sitabkhan.

Top Halloween Events Near Chicago for Kids and Families

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 near Chicago for kids.

We've got you covered with more than three dozen Halloween events for kids in Chicago that get you into the scary spirit in case door-to-door candy grabs are limited this year. When you're done going apple picking and visiting the pumpkin patch, check out one of these happenings, which range from trick-or-treating to drive-through hauntings to kids' costume parties and drive-in movies.

Events are selling out fast this year, so make sure you check each event's website to see if pre-registration is required. Pandemic protocols are likely to be in place, so remember to bring masks and hand sanitizer and stay more than 6 feet away from anyone else when busting open that bag of candy. For more seasonal inspiration, see our guide to fall day trips and activities in the Chicago area.

Places featured in this article:


Sunset Knoll Recreation Center

Lisle Recreation Center

Centennial Recreational Center

Commercial Club Playground of Chicago Park
Night of 1,000 Jack-o'- Lanterns
Chicago Botanical Gardens - 6:30 PM Pick
Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up
Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up - various times Pick
Open House Chicago
Throughout the Chicago Metropolitan Area - 8:00 AM
Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest
Cosley Zoo - 9:00 AM
Bubbles and Balloons Playtime
Purple Monkey Playroom - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides