Arts in the Dark is a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the "artist's holiday". Photo courtesy of  the event
Arts in the Dark is a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the "artist's holiday". Photo courtesy of the event

Things To Do in Chicago This Weekend with Kids: Open House, Arts in the Dark, Halloween Parties

It's a big weekend for Halloween parties around Chicagoland, as little ghouls and ghosts prepare for the big night of trick or treating. Join the free neighborhood Halloween party fun at Bloomingdale or Roselle, dress up for Monster Madness in Lisle, do the monster mash at the Mr. Dave Baby Rave, or dive in to a Halloween pool party. York Center in Lombard transforms into Hogwarts for a Potter-themed Halloween party, and Bolingbrook rolls out its annual free trunk or treat event. There's even a deliciously scary Halloween event for bigger kids only in Naperville

There's still time to pick your future jack-o-lantern at pumpkin patches around Chicago, plus a few in the city this weekend at Sheridan Park and Humboldt Park. And kids will love watching glowing gourds take to the water at the free Pumpkin Flotilla Fest in Glen Ellyn.

On Saturday, bring the kids to Maggie Daley Park for the big fall festival, followed by the eerie enchantment of the moonlit Arts in the Dark parade. Fall harvest festivals are cropping up (see what we did there?) in Naperville and at Jesse White Park this weekend, too. 

And this is the weekend Chicago's landmarks and famed buildings open their doors for free exploration as part of Open House Chicago—note that some locations require free advance registration to visit. The Open House Chicago Family Festival at Pritzker Pavilion makes a helpful home base for exploration.

For more ideas, see our weekend event roundup below, and our ever-growing event calendar


Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Chicago Architecture Center
111 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Chicago Botanical Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022

Bloomingdale Village Hall
201 S. Bloomingdale Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Sheridan (Philip Henry) Park
910 S. Aberdeen St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Humboldt Park
1301 N. Sacramento
Chicago, IL 60622

Beauty Bar
1444 W Chicago Ave
Chicago , IL 60642

Maggie Daley Park
337 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60605

Naperville Church of Christ
2035 E. 75th Street
Naperville, IL 60565

Lisle Recreation Center
1925 Ohio Street
Lisle, IL 60532

State and Lake
Chicago, IL

Jess White Park
410 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654

York Center Park District
1609 S. Luther Drive
Lombard, IL 60148

Roselle Ace Hardware
821 E. Nerge Road
Roselle, IL 60172

Burr Ridge Village Center
701 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

ARC Fitness
201 W. National Street
West Chicago , IL 60185

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610

Healthtrack Sports Wellness
875 Roosevelt Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Trickster Art Gallery
190 South Roselle
Schaumburg, IL 60193

Thalia Hall
1807 South Allport Street
Chicago, IL 60608

Lincoln Park - South Fields
1701 N Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

Lemont Heritage Woodland Sanctuary and Community Center
16300 Alba Stret
Lemont , IL 60439

Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 N. Naper Boulevard
Naperville , IL 60563

The Promenade Bolingbrook
631 E. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook , IL 60440

Lake Ellyn Park & Boathouse
645 Lenox Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza
Prospect Park (at Grand Army Plaza) - 8:00 AM Pick
Fishing at Orchard Lake
Linvilla Orchard - 9:00 AM Pick
Virtual Fete Day
Elfreth’s Alley Museum - 1:00 PM Pick
Car Hop Cinema and Dining at Coach Meeting House
Coach Meeting House - 8:00 PM Pick
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