Best of October: Halloween, Fall Fests, and More Fun Things To Do in Chicago

Photo courtesy of Midnight Circus in the Parks, Facebook
Photo courtesy of Midnight Circus in the Parks, Facebook

Halloween is always exciting, and October in Chicago is delivering a whole lot of treats: We have apples and pumpkins to pick; there are Oktoberfest events in North Center and Wheaton, and kids can check out two different circuses—UniverSoul Circus and Midnight Circus—throughout Chicago parks. Kids can also celebrate their ancestors at Day of the Dead events in Schaumburg and Pilsen.

Of course, we’ve got you covered for Halloween events in Chicago, too. If you'd rather trick-or-treat at businesses than at houses or apartments, visit Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Bucktown or Wicker Park, or trick-or-treat with the animals at Brookfield's Boo at the Zoo. And if you're more comfortable staying in for the holiday, we have some fun Halloween games to recommend.

Check out our full line-up of favorite fall festivals here, or read on to see the best of October!

Places featured in this article:


Easter Seals DuPage and Fox Valley

Schaumburg Township District Library

Hanover Street

Throughout the Chicago Metropolitan Area

Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture

Centennial Recreational Center

Cody's Farm and Orchard

Siegel's Cottonwood Farm

Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery
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
Let It Shine Light Show
Northbrook Court - various times Pick
Let It Shine Light Show
Wintrust Field - various times Pick
Holiday Flower Show
Wilder Park - 8:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
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