Best Free Halloween Events In Chicago For Kids

Lincoln Park Spooktacular is one of the most popular free Halloween events in Chicago. Photo courtesy of the event
Lincoln Park Spooktacular is one of the most popular free Halloween events in Chicago. Photo courtesy of the event

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 near Wrigley Field or at Oak Brook Center. Find all kinds of festivals around Chicago and its suburbs, too, like a Touch a Truck and Treat in Palos Heights, circus acts and mad scientist demos at Navy Pier, 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

Lincoln Avenue between Wrightwood and Webster

Palos Heights Pool Parking Lot

Wicker Park and surrounding neigbhorhoods

Palos Heights Pool Parking Lot

Trailside Museum of Natural History

Commercial Club Playground of Chicago Park
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo - 4:00 PM Pick
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Water Tower Water Works - various times Pick
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo - various times Pick
Let It Shine Light Show
Northbrook Court - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
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