Head to Navy Pier for Pier Pumpkin Nights, a free Halloween event in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Navy Pier.
Head to Navy Pier for Pier Pumpkin Nights, a free Halloween event in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Navy Pier.

Best Free Halloween Events In Chicago For Kids

Parents already spend a load of money on Halloween, from costumes to candy to decorations. Luckily, families have many options for fun, FREE Halloween events in Chicago for kids. We've put together a list of our favorite free Halloween events in Chicago, including trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treating from Lincoln Square to Lemont, parades downtown, in Lakeview, and in the suburbs,  and outdoor movies on Northerly Island or near Wrigley Field. Find all kinds of festivals around Chicago and its suburbs, too, like a pumpkin flotilla in Westmont, a 3k run or walk in Clearing, or a tiny pumpkin scavenger hunt in South Holland.

If you haven't picked your pumpkin yet, now is a great time to check out one of our favorite pumpkin patches. Or have some seasonal fun, with just enough thrill, by getting lost in a corn maze. Willing to spend a little bit more money this month? Check out our list of the best things to do with kids in Chicago in October.

Here are our favorite free Halloween activities in Chicago for kids!

Places featured in this article:


Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary

Trailside Museum of Natural History

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
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides