St. Mark's Blocktober
LOCATION: St. Mark's Lutheran Church, S. 6th Avenue, St. Charles
DATE: October 28, 9am -1 pm
DETAILS: St. Mark's Blocktober event will be on Saturday, October 28th from 9AM-11AM. Families are welcome to dress up in their best costume, and join us for trunk or treat, games, activities, and candy (peanut and tree nut free)!
Caravan to Candyland
LOCATION: James O. Breen Community Park
DATE: October 18 , 5pm - 7:30pm
FEE: $5 per child in vehicle
DETAILS: Get your holiday sweets on the street of treats! In your car, follow the Halloween-themed path for a unique trick-or-treating experience! Along the way, from the safety of your own vehicle, stop at candy/prize stations during this spirited and lively event. Prizes are geared for ages 10 & under.
LOCATION: River View Miniature Golf, 8 North Ave, St. Charles
DATE: October 6 & 7
FEE: $8 per person
DETAILS: Mix it up this Halloween with a game of crazy golf with spooky surprises at every turn. Enter at your own risk! Some family-friendly light scares possible. Last tee time 8:15pm
Escape the Mansion: Director Sven's Theater
LOCATION: Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Rd, Geneva
DATE: October 14 , 1pm - 9pm
FEE: $10 residents, $15 non-residents
DETAILS: Escape the Mansion is an escape room-style event that pits groups of 10 people against the clock to see if they can solve a series of challenges, clues, hidden passwords, and more before time runs out. For one night only, the second floor of the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center is transformed into the fictitious Madam Klara’s Mansion, an estate built in 1799 which has been rumored to be haunted and filled with dark magic. Participants will be given a tour of the mansion, featuring a newly discovered room of the building: Director Sven’s Theater!
Registration opens here on Aug. 8 (NR Aug. 15)!
Tickets are $10 ($15 NR)
– You must register for a timeslot.
– Max participants per timeslot is 10 people.
– Other groups may register with you for your time slot (up to 10 total per slot).
– Clues are of varying difficulty, recommended for older children and adults, but can be for 6+ with parent help.
Escape Viewing Party
Celebrate your group’s escape (or demise) and watch other groups via livestream at the event’s post-party, located in the Persinger Center’s gymnasium.
– Raffle prizes and games will take place throughout the evening.
– Pizza, soda, and more will be available for purchase!
– Party intended for groups who have participated in the escape room. Those who have yet to participate will not be granted entry in the party until their escape attempt.
LOCATION: Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, Geneva
DATE: October 21 | 10am - 1pm
FEE: Pre-Registration: $11 (N/R $13) | Day-Of Registration: $13 (N/R $16) | Ages 14 & Under
DETAILS: • Kids’ Games • Halloween Egg Hunt • Costume Contest • Entertainment
• Bounce Houses • Hay Rides (weather permitting) • Science Activities
Howl O' Ween Dog Parade
LOCATION: Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Rd, Geneva
DATE: October 21st, 10 -11am
DETAILS: Bring your dogs and dress-to-impress at Peck Farm Park! This event is free, but pre-registration required. Prizes will be awarded! One handler per dog. One person may bring more than one dog. Additional people are welcome to enjoy the parade.
Thriller on 38
LOCATION: 2nd Street between Rt. 38 & Hamilton
DATE: October 20th, 7pm -9pm
FEE: FREE but please support the vendors who come out!
DETAILS: Join Vargo’s Dance & the community for another Thriller on 38! Food, Live DJ, Performances of Michael Jackson’s Thriller! ( stay tuned for exact performance times)
A Nightmare at West Main
LOCATION: West Main Community And Bark Park, 40W101 Main St., Batavia
DATE: Fridays, October 13 and 20 th, 7pm - 9pm
FEE: Advanced tickets can be purchased through Oct. 12 for $10 per ticket. Admission is $12 day-of.
DETAILS: The ghosts are coming out to play in the forest at West Main Community Park. Join us for a haunted hike through our spooky trails. Evil lurks in the forest, so enter if you dare! This event is not suitable for kids younger than 10 years old. Every person needs to be registered.
The Halloween Experience- Drive Thru Spooktacular
LOCATION: Camp Big Timber, 37W955 Big Timber Rd, Elgin
DATE: Fridays and Saturdays, October 6 - 29, 30, 31st, 7pm - 11pm
DETAILS: This Halloween season a new attraction is coming to Elgin, IL- A spooktacular drive-thru Halloween music and light show! The Halloween Experience features larger than life attractions from Aliens in the Outer world, to Dinosaurs in the Forgotten Land, from Creatures in the Lost Lagoon to a forest filled with endless spooky frights! One low price for everyone in the vehicle, so bring the whole family this year on the most spooktacular Halloween drive-thru event in Chicago! All tickets must be purchased online through our website. Limited amount of tickets each night. Included is our exclusive pumpkin patch where every car will receive a free full size pumpkin, where you are able to bring The Halloween Experience home with you.
Spooktacular Halloween Stroll at Cosley Zoo
LOCATION: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N Gary Ave, Wheaton
DATE: Friday, October 20th, 5:15pm - 8:30pm
FEE: $12.95 for ages 2-adult. Infants age 1 and under are free but do require a ticket
DETAILS: Experience an evening stroll through the zoo while enjoying the family friendly decorations, activities and pumpkin decorating. Cosley Zoo gift shop and concession stand will be open.
Entry times are scheduled in 15-minute increments with the last entry at 7:30P. Space is limited within each entry time.
Night at the Museum: Halloween Party
LOCATION: DuPage County Historical Museum (102 E. Wesley Street, Wheaton)
DATE: October 20th, 6-8pm
FEE: $18 per person; FREE for Explorers Club Members
DETAILS: Join us for Night at the Museum, a family-friendly Halloween celebration hosted by the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy a flashlight scavenger hunt, movie, and crafts. Details are subject to change.
Halloween Train Ride- SOLD OUT!
LOCATION: Blackberry Farm, 100 S Barnes Rd, Aurora
DATE: October 27th, 6:30pm - 8pm
DETAILS: Be aware of ghosts, witches, and goblins at the all-new Haunted Train Ride. Grab your flashlights and board the haunted train, if you dare! Join us for some spooky activities and crafts. Enjoy the train, carousel, and bonfire with s’mores. Recommended for ages 6+. All attendees ages 1 and up (including adults) must purchase a ticket. All ticket sales are final.
Halloween Hayride - SOLD OUT!
LOCATION: Blackberry Farm, 100 S Barnes Rd, Aurora
DATE: October 15th, 5pm - 6:30pm
FEE: $9 R / $11 NR
DETAILS: Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join us for a Halloween Hayride. Take a scenic hayride around Lake Gregory, enjoy family activities, and make s’mores at the campfire. Costumes will be judged as participants enter the park. This is a great program for families to enjoy together. Each person attending must be registered. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Spooky Night at The Rustic Fox
LOCATION: 1790 Towne Center Drive, North Aurora
DATE: October 22nd, 2-6pm
DETAILS: Calling all Halloween enthusiasts! The Rustic Fox is brewing up something spooktacular just for you! Mark your calendars for our upcoming event: Spooky Night Trick or Treat Meet & Greet! From 2pm to 6pm on Sunday October 22nd, get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure filled with candy, vendors, and some bubbly fun while you shop! We'll even provide a treat bag so you can gather all the delicious treats!
But that's not all! We're turning up the excitement with a costume contest! Dress up in your most creative, scary, or hilarious costume, and you could be the lucky winner of a $250 Rustic Fox gift card! We will even have a photo booth for you to capture all the fun!
Get ready to be amazed as our vendors will be joining in on the fun, dressed up in their spookiest attire! It’s time for you to meet all the faces behind your most favorite shops!
So gather your friends, family, and fellow Halloween enthusiasts, and join us at The Rustic Fox for an unforgettable Spooky Night Trick or Treat Meet & Greet!
Let's make this Halloween season one to remember! See you there!
Get your tickets now!
Halloween Storytime & Costume Parade
LOCATION: Aurora Public Library District, 101 S. River St., Aurora
DATE: October 24th, 10 - 10:30am
DETAILS: Ready for a “not-too-scary" Halloween storytime? Storytime will be followed by a costume parade through the library. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume. Ready for a “not-too-scary" Halloween storytime? Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume. Storytime will be followed by a costume parade through the library. For children of all ages and their caregiver(s).
Trick -Or-Treat Tango
LOCATION: Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W Indian Trail, Aurora
DATE: October 20th, 7pm - 8:30pm
DETAILS: Trick-or-treat then twist and shout! Come celebrate Halloween by joining us for an evening of dancing, crafts, games, and lots of candy. Prizes will be given to the winners of the costume contest. Register early for a discounted rate! All participants must be accompanied by a paying adult.
All Hallows Eve at Naper Settlement
DATE: October 20 - 21st, 6:30-10pm
LOCATION: Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster St., Naperville
Haunted performances by Naperville Park District and Kaneland Arts Initiative
Big Nazo's Alien Autopsy
Fire Dance Performances by Ohio Burn Unit
Magician Steve Chezaday
Acts of Danger
Monster Jams by School of Rock
Werewolf Boyz Acrobatics
A 15-foot werewolf art installation created by nationally recognized Naperville artist Paul Kuhn
Zombie Photo Experience created by Horror Photographer Joshua Hoffine and Professional Makeup and FX Artist Damien Zimmerman
Axe Throwing by Axe Legends
Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble
Bug and Reptile Show
Face Paint & Caricaturist
Blacklight Painting with Pinot's Palette
Laser Tag with Wicked Ball
Howlin' at the Moon (21+ event)
LOCATION: Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster St, Naperville
DATE: October 27-28th, 5pm - 10pm
DETAILS: Howlin' at the Moon is for adults twenty-one years of age and older only. No one under the age of twenty-one is permitted. IDs will be checked at the entrance.
Enjoy thrilling performances and attractions at our Halloween event for adults (21+). Howl along to live music, feast your fangs on delicious local cuisine at the Food Truck Graveyard, and quench your undying thirst in our BOOze Bar. Behold a 15’ werewolf in the haunted forest, take a stroll through our Moonlight Market to purchase eerie and bizarre items, wander through the Dark Art Gallery, and participate in our costume contest. Other attractions include fire dancers, axe throwing, evil photo-ops, an impalement artist and more!
Trick-Or-Treat at Naper Settlment
LOCATION: 523 S. Webster St., Naperville
DATE: October 29th, 12 - 5pm
FEE: $5 per person
DETAILS: Put on your best costumes and enjoy trick or treating at Naper Settlement's historical homes for your Halloween treats, watch the blacksmith at his forge, and more! Children under 18 must attend with an adult. Adults must be accompanying a child.
Calling all kids and their adults! It’s time to show off your Halloween costumes and enjoy a special trick-or-treat experience at the museum’s historical homes. This special afternoon also includes demonstrations by our blacksmith, a Monster Mash Bash dance party, Halloween-themed games, and a costume contest that will give you bragging rights all year! Children under 18 must attend with an adult. Adults must be accompanying a child. While candy supplies last.
The event will also include a family costume contest! Families can win one of three titles: Best Costumes, Best Family Theme, Most Creative Costumes. Costume contest entrants must sign in at the judging station before judging begins promptly at 1:30PM. Winners will be announced at 3PM. You must be present to win.
Boo at the Zoo - Randall Oaks Zoo
LOCATION: Randall Oaks Zoo, 1180 N Randall Rd., West Dundee
DATE: October 28 and 29th, 9am - 5pm
COST: Normal admission applies ($5 for residents and $5.50 for non-residents.)
DETAILS: Trick-or-treating all weekend for everyone! Costume parade at 11am and 2pm. Meet by the Centerville Schoolhouse
Boo Bash in West Chicago
LOCATION: ARC Center, Park District, 201 W National St, West Chicago
DATE: October 14th, 12pm - 3pm
FEE: $10 Resident/$12 Non-Resident | $15 at door
DETAILS: Calling ghosts and goblins galore! Come to the ARC to see what’s in store! Halloween games and lots of fun treats, this Halloween celebration is sure to be neat! Jump on your broomstick or float like a ghost to the Recreation Center and enjoy a hayride, live entertainment, games, crafts, activities and MORE!!! All children must be registered. Adults are free and must accompany children. Pre-registration closes October 13 at 5:00pm. Walk-up registration $15.
Sycamore Pumpkin Festival
LOCATION: Downtown Sycamore
DATE: October 25 - 29
DETAILS: The historic Sycamore Pumpkin Festival takes place on October 25-29. Thousands of pumpkins, all painted or carved for judging, decorate the courthouse lawn, and food vendors dish up pumpkin pie, caramel apples and other fall favorites. The festival has over 1000 entries in the Lions Decorated Pumpkin Display, 2 carnivals, many non-profit vendors including two indoor craft shows, entertainment and various activities, and the Festival concludes with a 90 minute parade on Sunday.
Ghost Story Train
LOCATION: Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 S La Fox St, South Elgin
DATE: Saturday, October 7, 14, 21st, 5:00 pm, 6:15 pm and 7:30 p.m.
FEE: $23 per rider
DETAILS: Ride a spooky trolley down to the haunted forest preserve for an evening full of family friendly frights. Listen to spooky chilling stories around the roaring camp fire while enjoying monstrously good treats whipped up by you and Margie's Girls' Kitchen. Join in as our ghostly musician leads everyone in singing campfire songs. Costumes are welcome! This Event is Family Friendly and Suitable for all ages.
Halloween Drive-Around Scavenger Hunt
LOCATION: 100 Parkers Mill, Oswego (Village of Oswego)
DATE: October 15th, 12 - 2:30pm
FEE: $20 in advance OR $25 day of
CREATE FUN HALLOWEEN MEMORIES WITH YOUR FAMILY!
Household teams will experience what Oswego has to offer, including historical landmarks; Oswego's hidden gems; parks and unique sights throughout the Village. When finished, teams will have 20 great family photos to remember the 2023 Halloween season.
• Teams must consist of family members who reside in the same household (all ages welcome)
• Fee: $20.00 in advance/$25.00 day of
• Net proceeds benefit the Kendall County Food Pantry
• Online registration closes on Oct. 14 at 11:59 pm, 2023. (Applicable online fees apply.)
EVENT DAY INSTRUCTIONS
1. Decorate your vehicle for Halloween.
2. Get dressed in Halloween costumes.
1. Bring a fully charged mobile phone with photo and e-mail capabilities.
2. Check in at Oswego Village Hall between 11:00 – 11:45 AM. Upon arrival, provide your first and last name and remain inside your vehicle. A Waiver of Liability and Photo Release are required to be signed by all participants or their parents/legal guardians to participate.
3. Volunteers will direct you to designated parking.
4. The Best Decorated Vehicle Contest will begin promptly at check-in. All teams must be checked-in no later than 11:45 AM to be considered.
5. Clues will be passed out after the instructions have been given. Each team will be assigned the clues to their first three starting locations. The first three clues must be solved in the order given to spread everyone out. After that, clues may be solved in any order.
6. Each team will drive from place to place within the Village to solve the clues. After each clue is solved, each team is required to snap a picture including your team at the applicable location, with the Halloween prop indicated in the clue. Next, it should immediately be texted to the Event Coordinator at 1-833-205-6565. Be sure it includes your assigned team letter and the number of the clue being solved. Example: Team A, Clue 1
7. Drivers must obey the posted speed limits at all times.
PRIZES - Up to $100 in gift certificates will be awarded
1. One prize will be awarded to the first team that successfully completes the Scavenger Hunt, or, in the case the allotted time expires, it will go to the team that solves the most clues by 2:30 p.m.
2. One prize will be awarded for the best decorated Halloween-themed vehicle. Decorations can be cute, scary, or funny but must be “in good taste”. No weapons (real or fake) of any kind, will be allowed. Five extra points will be awarded to teams whose entire team is dressed in Halloween costumes. Judging will take place starting at check-in.
Trick-or-Treat At Safety Town in Naperville
LOCATION: Naperville Safety Town, 1320 Aurora Avenue, Naperville
DATE: October 21st, 9:30 - 1pm
FEE: $10 donation per family
DETAILS: Learn PUMPKINS safe trick or treat tips, and trick or treat on the town! Costumes encouraged, please bring a bag to put all your goodies in! Perfect for children ages 3-12, younger children are welcome to join us as well. We will have activity stations and many local businesses handing out toys, coupons, stickers, candy and more! (We do our best to encourage allergy friendly treats, however some may contain nuts, please ask sponsor if your child has severe allergies)
Cost is $10 donation per family (benefiting Safety Town) and a non perishable food item (benefiting Loaves and Fishes).
Trick-or-Treat at Hidden Oaks Nature Center- SOLD OUT
LOCATION: Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet
DATE: October 20th, 6 - 8:30pm
FEE: $5 per kid, must be with an adult
DETAILS: Experience the woods like never before! Come dressed in costume and hike along a glowing night trail. Bring a bag and keep an eye out for hidden treats, but beware of those tricks! Enjoy a crackling fire while roasting hot dogs and marshmallows for s’mores.
The program is not a parking lot trunk or treat; it’s a night hike in the woods.
Two sessions will be offered:
Session 1: 6-7 p.m.
Session 2: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Registration required by Thursday, Oct. 19: 815-722-4121.
LOCATION: Illinois Aviation Museum, Bolingbrook
DATE: October 21st, 10am - 4pm
FEE: $3 per person, cash only
DETAILS: Hop on your broomsticks and head over to Clow Airport for a spooky good time! Walk through our haunted hangar, play some games, and enjoy some frightening family fun! Tickets are $3 per person, cash at the door only! Look forward to seeing all you ghosts and goblins there! Brought to you by Illinois Aviation Museum, Bolingbrook Clow Airport, EAA Chapter 461, and our Airport Friends.
Annual Halloween Party in the Park
LOCATION: Grafelman Park, West Dundee
DATE: October 28th, 12 pm - 3pm
DETAILS: The Village of West Dundee is excited to once again host their Annual Halloween Party at Grafelmen Park in West Dundee. Dress the family up and head out for an afternoon of kid activities, trunk or treat, costume contest, fall refreshments, and pumpkin decorating! Remember to bring your donation to the @F.I.S.H. Food Pantry which gives you access to all the activities!
LOCATION: Downtown Naperville
DATE: October 29th, 10 am - 12pm
Calling all costumed characters, ghouls, goblins, witches, and super heroes! Come to Downtown Naperville on 10/29 to enjoy a great morning filled with fun and surprises (both candy and non-candy goodies)! Dozens of downtown businesses will be open early (at 10am) and will be handing out Halloween surprises!
CHECK IN AT TOP FASHION (corner of Main Street/Jackson Avenue) – for a treat and a printed map of participating businesses (while supplies last). Enjoy this fun fall day with your family!
Click Explore more below to get the map!
Goebbert's Halloween Drive Thru Light Show
LOCATION: Goebbert's Farm, 42W813 Reinking Rd. Pingree Grove
DATE: Select Dates in October, see below
The Halloween drive through light show at Goebbert’s Farm in Pingree Grove IL, will run select dates through Tuesday October 31st.
Drive your car through a fun, festive Halloween inspired light show. The dancing of the lights sync up to the music in your car. You will wind your way through the orchard where the holiday lights will be on full display.
*Tickets for the light show are separate from the farm entrance admission.
October 13th 6pm-10pm
October 14th 6pm-10pm
October 15th 6pm-9pm
October 19th 6pm-10pm
October 20th 6pm-10pm
October 21st 6pm-10pm
October 22nd 6pm-9pm
October 26th 6pm-9pm
October 27th 6pm-10pm
October 28th 6pm-10pm
October 29th 6pm-9pm
October 30th 6pm-9pm
October 31st 6pm-9pm
FEE: Admission: $20 per car