Trunk-or-Treat in Chicago: 31 Fun Halloween Events

Trunk-or-Treat in Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Winnetka Park District
Trunk-or-Treat in Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Winnetka Park District

Is it too cold, too hot, or too far to walk this Halloween? Fear not, toddler parents, there are plenty of trunk-or-treat events in Chicago available for your little ghosts and goblins. Trunk-or-treat in Chicago involves local families, businesses, or organizations decorating their cars and lining them up in a parking lot so kids can go from trunk to trunk gathering sweets, just like trick-or-treating. And many neighborhoods and suburbs have them, sponsored by their park district, local church, school, or toy store. Trunk-or-treating in Chicago also offers kids an extra opportunity to grab some candy before Halloween, while supporting local businesses and non-profits.

Trunk-or-treat events make up just some of our free halloween events, while there's plenty of top halloween events you can pay for as well. And for traditionalists, we have a list of the Best Trick-or-Treat Neighborhoods in Chicago, too. Just don't spend your whole night in one of our favorite pumpkin patches waiting for the Great Pumpkin!

Here's some of our favorite places to trunk-or-treat in Chicago and the suburbs.

Places featured in this article:


Grace United Methodist Church

St. John's Lutheran Church and School

Faith United Methodist Church

Palos Heights Pool Parking Lot

Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Palos West Elementary School

Gary United Methodist Church

Four Corners Community Church

Roselle American Legion 1084
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
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