The Best Trick-or-Treat Neighborhoods in Chicago
Halloween is your annual excuse to get the family dressed up, sugared up, and out for a spooky adventure. You’ve got the perfect Halloween costume and trick or treat bag (plus an extra bag for when that one gets full). Now, you just need to find that extra-special trick or treat Chicago neighborhood giving out the full-size candy bars.
Whether you’re looking for haunted mansions, festive parades, live entertainment, or over-the-top decor, we have the best neighborhoods in Chicago for trick-or-treating and Halloween fun for families. If you strategize, you can even hit up multiple events for maximum returns on that costume. Don't forget to follow social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines, and be sure to sign up for any events in advance—these will fill up fast!
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Trick-or-Treating in Chicago: Southport
The Southport neighborhood in Lakeview goes all out for Halloween. Trick or treating takes place on Monday, October 25 on Southport Avenue between Roscoe and Grace Street. The whole family can enjoy games, activities, snacks from local food vendors, craft beer for grownups, music, and trick or treating at local businesses. Jewel-Osco hosts a pop-up pumpkin patch, and Our Lady of Mount Camel Academy will host a balloon artist.
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Harper Avenue in Hyde Park, one of our favorite neighborhoods to trick or treat in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Anne Rossley Real Estate
Trick-or-Treating in Chicago: Hyde Park and Kenwood
With its historic mansions and tree-lined streets, Hyde Park is a storybook setting any time of year. Add a touch of ghostly decor, and you will feel transported into a scary-good tale. On Halloween night, locals flock to Harper Avenue between 57th and 59th Streets. Word on the street is that it can get crowded with long lines, so little ones should go early. Families looking for a more relaxed experience can check out nearby Kenwood on Dorchester between 48th and 50th Streets. Families who like scary movies can also start the holiday early with Campfire Horrors on Northerly Island.
Photo courtesy of the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce
Trick-or-Treating in Chicago: Lincoln Park
As one of Chicago’s most family-friendly neighborhoods, it's no surprise that Lincoln Park makes our list for best trick or treating neighborhoods. Head to the Haunted History Tours at Lincoln Park Zoo to learn more about the neighborhood's hautings and cemetery history on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the month. Come back to the 'hood on Sunday, October 24 for the Clark Street Spooktacular, when local businesses up and down Clark Street hand out free candy, and jugglers, stilt walkers, and magicians will keep your squad entertained.
Boo-Palooza is a costume parade for kids and dogs. Photo courtesy of the Wicker Park Advisory Council
Trick-or-Treating in Chicago: Bucktown and Wicker Park
Bucktown and Wicker Park are favorites of Chicago parents for trick or treating, and it’s not hard to see why. There are plenty of activities, entertainment, and free candy for the whole family. Take the kids to Boo-Palooza on Saturday, October 23 for a costume parade and contest for kids and dogs, plus live entertainment and pumpkin decorating. Enjoy another costume parade in Bucktown, usually held the Sunday before Halloween, followed by games, snacks, and a costume contest. On the 31st, head over to the WPB Trick-or-Treat, where local businesses will be handing out candy.
Trick-or-Treating in Chicago: Andersonville
Recently named the second coolest neighborhood in the country by Conde Nast Traveler, Andersonville celebrates Halloween for the whole month with spooky yoga at Sandbox Baby Boutique and pumpkin decorating at bars like SOFO Tap and Meeting House Tavern. In 2021, families can sign up for a time slot to trick or treat at local businesses on and around Catalpa Avenue on October 30 to encourage social distancing. Treats will include candy apples, gourds, and pie pumpkins. Plus, kids can get a picture with Spiderman and maybe some other costumed characters at AlleyCat Comics.
Halloween 2018 by spablab is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Trick-or-Treating in Chicago: Logan Square
With all the hip, young families that live in Logan Square, it is no surprise that this Chicago neighborhood is one of the best places to go trick or treating. The annual Logan Square Halloween Parade takes place on Saturday, October 23. On Halloween, kids can trick or treat up and down Logan Boulevard.
Trick-or-Treating in Chicago: Lincoln Square
Lincoln Square or Lincoln SCARED? Bad jokes aside, Lincoln Square is a top choice for Halloween activities. The Lincoln Square business district transforms into Lincoln Scared on Saturday, October 30, when businesses hand out free candy to costumed kids. Or, visit on October 23 for Pup-O-Ween on Damen Ave between Leland Avenue and Argyle Street, where your favorite furry family member can trick or treat for doggie bones and biscuits.
Norwood Park offers early trick or treating in Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce
Trick-or-Treating in Chicago: Norwood Park
This far northwest side neighborhood has early trick or treating in its business district, or you can come back to visit the big, old houses in the neighborhood for traditional trick or treating. The neighborhood's family-friendly feel with more houses and fewer apartments is appealing for many north side families.
Trick-or-Treating Near Chicago: Naperville
It's not a neighborhood, it's a suburb. But it's a suburb where you really clean up on pre-Halloween trick or treating from local businesses and attractions. Trick or treat at Naper Settlement, the Naperville Riverwalk, in downtown Naperville, or at Naperville's Safety Town courtesy of the Junior Women's Club. And if that's not enough, we recommend the big houses just north of Hobson Road and east of Washington.
Trick-or-Treating Near Chicago: Buffalo Grove
In the Chicago area, Halloween has a reputation for being either 40 degrees with "wintery mix" or 80 degrees. If you're looking to avoid the extreme conditions, this northwest suburb has two opportunities for indoor trick or treating. The first, through the Buffalo Grove Park District, is on October 15, while My Gym Buffalo Grove has parties with trick or treating on October 30 and 31.