Halloween Fun: Costume Parades, Festivals, Storytimes and More

Thursday, Oct 19th, 2017 by

 

Kids today have it so lucky — they have so many chances to show off their Halloween costumes during the month of October! Here’s a day-by-day guide to how your family can make the most of the Halloween season. Please follow the links for detailed information or registration details for the following events. Here’s a guide to trick-or-treating hours for area cities and towns.

 

Friday, October 20

 

ELGIN: Marcus Theatres is hosting a “Kids Dream Not So Scary Halloween Series” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. during the month of October. Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin is among the participating theaters. Tickets are $3 each. “Shrek” is the movie being shown Oct. 20-22.

 

WHEATON: The Wheaton Park District’s Halloween Happening at the Wheaton Park District Community Center includes a “Trunk or Treat” and a “Trick or Treat Trail” (friendly characters hand out the treats), a costume parade, balloon artist, airbrush tattoos, Halloween games with prizes, bat presentation and more. The fun will be held Friday, Oct. 20, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can buy a Halloween Happening Fun Pass ahead of time ($15 residents, $17 non-residents) or pay cash for separate activities the night of the event. Find more info here.

 

WHEATON: Cantigny Park’s Family Night on Friday, Oct. 20, will be Halloween-themed from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Come in costume; there will be Trick-or-Treating, pumpkin decorating and more. $5 per car entrance fee to the park, for more information visit Cantigny’s Special Event Calendar.

 

OSWEGO: The Oswego Family YMCA is holding a free “Halloween at the Y/Fall Fest” on Friday, Oct. 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a bounce house, costume contest, games and prizes, and free concessions. The event is free and open to the public but some carnival games require a $5 unlimited game wristband. Registration is encouraged by calling 630. 551.0797. For more information click here.

 

ST. CHARLES: Each year, the St. Charles Park District organizes a “Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour”in which homeowners can compete for awards for their spooky yard displays. Homes are best viewed from dusk until 10 p.m. through Halloween night. Note that not all displays are appropriate for all ages, and parents are advised to use their discretion. A printable tour guide is available here.

 

Saturday, October 21

 

ELGIN: Marcus Theatres is hosting a “Kids Dream Not So Scary Halloween Series” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. during the month of October. Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin is among the participating theaters. Tickets are $3 each. “Shrek” is the movie being shown Oct. 20-22. There will be a Trick or Treat Costume Party at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, October 21 before Shrek including in-theater trick-or-treating, crafts, games, and more.

 

AURORA: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackberry Farm in Aurora will be holding its Pumpkin Weekend events. The farm is decorated for fall and there are a variety of special attractions throughout the month. For a full schedule of events, visit www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

 

AURORA: The Disney Store at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora will be hosting a “Halloween Dress Rehearsal” event on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite character and participate in games, a costume parade, and free give-aways! For ages 3 and up, for more information visit the Facebook event page.

 

AURORA: On Saturday, Oct. 21 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora will be hosting a Family Fall Fest. Enjoy a day of activities including a petting zoo, face painting, balloon twisting, crafts and more. For more information, click here.

 

AURORA: The Fox Valley Park District is having a family friendly Pumpkin Palooza party from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Eola Community Center. There will be games, crafts, snacks and a bounce house. Day of registration is $12. For more information and registration, click here.

 

LISLE: Weekends in October, the Morton Arboretum will be hosting “Trick or Trees” in the Children’s Garden from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as your treat. Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase. Costumes encouraged. Event is free with Arboretum admission, for more information click here.

 

GENEVA: The Geneva Park District is hosting a “Zombie Apocalypse” at Wheeler Park on Saturday Oct. 21. There are two different events, a “Family-friendly Hour” from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. which is billed as a “slower-paced but equally fun family-friendly version.” The zombies are instructed to take it easy to ensure all participants have a good time. This hour is suggested for those ages 10 and under. Starting at 6:00 p.m. the event is suggested for ages 11 and older and will be the ultimate zombie obstacle course. If you register before the day of the event it is $9 ($14 N/R) or $10 ($15 N/R) the day of the event. For more information and to find out how to volunteer or register, visit the Park District website.

 

BROOKFIELD: Come to the Brookfield Zoo in costume and enjoy a day of activities during “Boo at the Zoo” on Saturday, Oct. 21 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There are events throughout the day and a costume parade and contest. Visit the Brookfield Zoo website for a full list of events and admission prices.

 

ST. CHARLES: Each year, the St. Charles Park District organizes a “Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour”in which homeowners can compete for awards for their spooky yard displays. Homes are best viewed from dusk until 10 p.m. through Halloween night. Note that not all displays are appropriate for all ages, and parents are advised to use their discretion. A printable tour guide is available here.

 

WEST CHICAGO: Kline Creek Farm is having an all-ages free Corn Harvest event Sat. Oct. 21 at 10:00 a.m.  Head out to the fields and help shuck and store corn to feel the farm’s cows and sheep this winter. Stop by the farmhouse to make a corn-husk figure for home. For more information visit dupageforest.org or call 630.876.5900.

 
Sunday, October 22

 

ELGIN: Marcus Theatres is hosting a “Kids Dream Not So Scary Halloween Series” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. during the month of October. Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin is among the participating theaters. Tickets are $3 each. “Shrek” is the movie being shown Oct. 20-22.

 

AURORA: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackberry Farm in Aurora will be holding its Pumpkin Weekend events. The farm is decorated for fall and there are a variety of special attractions throughout the month. For a full schedule of events, visit www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

 

LISLE: Weekends in October, the Morton Arboretum will be hosting “Trick or Trees” in the Children’s Garden from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as your treat. Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase. Costumes encouraged. Event is free with Arboretum admission, for more information click here.

 

BROOKFIELD: Come to the Brookfield Zoo in costume and enjoy a day of activities during “Boo at the Zoo” on Sunday, Oct. 22 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There are events throughout the day and a costume parade and contest. Visit the Brookfield Zoo website for a full list of events and admission prices.

 

ST. CHARLES: Each year, the St. Charles Park District organizes a “Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour”in which homeowners can compete for awards for their spooky yard displays. Homes are best viewed from dusk until 10 p.m. through Halloween night. Note that not all displays are appropriate for all ages, and parents are advised to use their discretion. A printable tour guide is available here.

 

SOUTH ELGIN: The Gail Borden Public Library South Elgin Branch is hosting a family movie event featuring Hotel Transylvania Sunday, Oct. 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Popcorn and refreshments included. For more information, please visit http://gailborden.info/ or call 847-742-2411.

 
Wednesday, October 25

 

ELGIN: The Gail Borden main library will be hosting Halloween Happenings events on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for children from birth to preschool and at 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for children pre-school through 2nd grade. Wear your costume and parade through the library. For more information, please visit http://gailborden.info/ or call 847-742-2411.

 

SYCAMORE: The annual Pumpkin Festival in downtown Sycamore gets underway the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 25, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 29. It features a pumpkin display, a teen carnival, a kiddie carnival, scary storytimes, a pie-eating contest, great pumpkin weigh-in, house walk, a parade and food vendors. The highlight, however, is strolling the courthouse lawn, looking at the decorated pumpkins. The annual Pumpkin Festival Parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30. For more info, including a detailed schedule of events, please click here. There is no admission fee to enter the festival.

 

ST. CHARLES: Each year, the St. Charles Park District organizes a “Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour”in which homeowners can compete for awards for their spooky yard displays. Homes are best viewed from dusk until 10 p.m. through Halloween night. Note that not all displays are appropriate for all ages, and parents are advised to use their discretion. A printable tour guide is available here.

 
Thursday, October 26

 

SYCAMORE: The annual Pumpkin Festival in downtown Sycamore runs through Sunday, Oct. 30. It features a pumpkin display, a teen carnival, a kiddie carnival, scary storytimes, a pie-eating contest, great pumpkin weigh-in, house walk, a parade and food vendors. The highlight, however, is strolling the courthouse lawn, looking at the decorated pumpkins. The annual Pumpkin Festival Parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. For more info, including a detailed schedule of events, please click here. There is no admission fee to enter the festival.

 

Friday, October 27

 

ELGIN: Marcus Theatres is hosting a “Flick or Treat Halloween Film Series” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. during the month of October. Among the participating theaters is the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Goosebumps” is the movie being shown Oct. 28-30.

 

NAPERVILLE: The Kroehler Family YMCA in Naperville is holding a “Halloween at the Y” event on Friday, Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a haunted house, pirate lagoon, carnival games, magic show, trick or treating, a critter hunt, and more. The event is free for members and $10 per non-member family. The event is very popular so registration is required for more information and to RSVP, click here.

 

SYCAMORE: The annual Pumpkin Festival in downtown Sycamore runs through Sunday, Oct. 30. It features a pumpkin display, a teen carnival, a kiddie carnival, scary storytimes, a pie-eating contest, great pumpkin weigh-in, house walk, a parade and food vendors. The highlight, however, is strolling the courthouse lawn, looking at the decorated pumpkins. The annual Pumpkin Festival Parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. For more info, including a detailed schedule of events, please click here. There is no admission fee to enter the festival.

 

ST. CHARLES: Each year, the St. Charles Park District organizes a “Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour”in which homeowners can compete for awards for their spooky yard displays. Homes are best viewed from dusk until 10 p.m. through Halloween night. Note that not all displays are appropriate for all ages, and parents are advised to use their discretion. A printable tour guide is available here.

 
Saturday, October 28

 

ELGIN: Marcus Theatres is hosting a “Kids Dream Not So Scary Halloween Series” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. during the month of October. Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin is among the participating theaters. Tickets are $3 each. “The Book of Life” is the movie being shown Oct. 27-29.

 

BATAVIA: The annual “BatFest” in downtown Batavia is always a good time, and this year it’s scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family event will feature morning trick-or-treating (a map of participating businesses is usually posted here closer to the event), storytelling, a pumpkin roll, hayrides, farmers’ market, games and contests at the Riverwalk. The costume parade, organized by the Batavia Mothers’ Club, is always fun – the streets are closed so kids can parade from the library to the Riverwalk. For a complete schedule, please click here. This is a free event.

 

GENEVA: The Geneva Park District is celebrating with a Halloween Hayday on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center. Activities include kids games, costume contest, cookie decorating, bounce houses, hay rides, and more! Pre-registration is encouraged, the pre-registration fee is $5 (N/R $8) and day of registration is $7 (N/R $10) There is free admission for adults. For more information click here.

 

AURORA: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackberry Farm in Aurora will be holding its Pumpkin Weekend events. The farm is decorated for fall and there are a variety of special attractions throughout the month. For a full schedule of events, visit www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

 

LISLE: Weekends in October, the Morton Arboretum will be hosting “Trick or Trees” in the Children’s Garden from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as your treat. Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase. Costumes encouraged. Event is free with Arboretum admission, for more information click here.

 

AURORA: On Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora will be having a BOOtacular Costume Party. Enjoy free activities including face painting, balloon twisting, and photo opportunities with Trolls’ characters Poppy, Branch, Bridget and more. For more information, click here.

 

GENEVA: Barnes and Noble at the Geneva Commons will be hosting a free Halloween Storytime on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. They will be reading the book Mary McScary and the Creepy Pair of Underwear. For more information, click here.

 

GENEVA: Peck Farm in Geneva is hosting its annual “Howl’O Ween Dog Parade” on Saturday, Oct. 28 starting at 1:15 p.m. in front of the Butterfly House. This is a free event and prizes will be awarded. For more information, visit the Park District website.

 

OSWEGO: The Oswego Park District will be hosting a Monster Mash Bash at the Oswego High School on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be face painting, bounce houses, games, and costumes. Admission is $5 at the door and adults are free. For more information visit http://www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org

 

NAPERVILLE: Come to downtown Naperville on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the Scare-illon Concert, a free, all-ages Halloween themed concert. It will take place outdoor at the Millennium Carillon and will feature spooky and atmospheric pieces featuring both classical and popular music. For more information click here.

 

SUGAR GROVE: On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Sugar Grove Public Library will be having drop-in activities from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be events like story time, trick or treating, (so come in costume!) drop in crafts, and a presentation on scaly, slithery, and scary creatures from Cosley Zoo (11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.). For more information and the full schedule, click here.

 

BROOKFIELD: Come to the Brookfield Zoo in costume and enjoy a day of activities during “Boo at the Zoo” on Saturday, Oct. 28 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There are events throughout the day and a costume parade and contest. Visit the Brookfield Zoo website for a full list of events and admission prices.

 

BROOKFIELD: The Brookfield Historical Society and the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce are hosting “Monsters on Mainstreet” on Oct. 28 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Trick or Treat in the local business district and enjoy free taffy apples, pumpkins, apple cider and a costume contest. For more information visit brookfieldil.gov.

 

SYCAMORE: The annual Pumpkin Festival in downtown Sycamore runs through Sunday, Oct. 30. It features a pumpkin display, a teen carnival, a kiddie carnival, scary storytimes, a pie-eating contest, great pumpkin weigh-in, house walk, a parade and food vendors. The highlight, however, is strolling the courthouse lawn, looking at the decorated pumpkins. The annual Pumpkin Festival Parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. For more info, including a detailed schedule of events, please click here. There is no admission fee to enter the festival.

 

ST. CHARLES: Families with children in grades three and up can come to the Creek Bend Nature Center for scary stories outside at the amphitheater around a campfire on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. In case of bad weather the story time will be held inside the nature center. For registration and more information, click here.

 

ST. CHARLES: Each year, the St. Charles Park District organizes a “Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour”in which homeowners can compete for awards for their spooky yard displays. Homes are best viewed from dusk until 10 p.m. through Halloween night. Note that not all displays are appropriate for all ages, and parents are advised to use their discretion. A printable tour guide is available here.

 
Sunday, October 29

 

ELGIN: Marcus Theatres is hosting a “Kids Dream Not So Scary Halloween Series” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. during the month of October. Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin is among the participating theaters. Tickets are $3 each. “The Book of Life” is the movie being shown Oct. 27-29.

 

AURORA: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackberry Farm in Aurora will be holding its Pumpkin Weekend events. The farm is decorated for fall and there are a variety of special attractions throughout the month. For a full schedule of events, visit www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

 

LISLE: Weekends in October, the Morton Arboretum will be hosting “Trick or Trees” in the Children’s Garden from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as your treat. Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase. Costumes encouraged. Event is free with Arboretum admission, for more information click here.

 

NAPERVILLE: On Sunday, Oct. 29, Naperville is hosting a free “Halloween Happening” at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 10 and under. There will be four different themed lands with different activities for kids of all ages. For a full listing of events, click here.

 

LISLE: The Morton Arboretum is hosting a BOO Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Oct. 29. There will be characters visiting and a breakfast buffet to enjoy. Costumes are encouraged. For a full menu and ticket prices, click here.

 

BROOKFIELD: Come to the Brookfield Zoo in costume and enjoy a day of activities during “Boo at the Zoo” on Sunday, October 29 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There are events throughout the day and a costume parade and contest. Visit the Brookfield Zoo website for a full list of events and admission prices.

 

SYCAMORE: The annual Pumpkin Festival in downtown Sycamore runs through Sunday, Oct. 30. It features a pumpkin display, a teen carnival, a kiddie carnival, scary storytimes, a pie-eating contest, great pumpkin weigh-in, house walk, a parade and food vendors. The highlight, however, is strolling the courthouse lawn, looking at the decorated pumpkins. The annual Pumpkin Festival Parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. For more info, including a detailed schedule of events, please click here. There is no admission fee to enter the festival.

 

ST. CHARLES: Each year, the St. Charles Park District organizes a “Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour”in which homeowners can compete for awards for their spooky yard displays. Homes are best viewed from dusk until 10 p.m. through Halloween night. Note that not all displays are appropriate for all ages, and parents are advised to use their discretion. A printable tour guide is available here.

 
Monday, October 30

 

NAPERVILLE: The Naperville Public Library will be presenting Halloween on the Riverwalk on Monday, Oct. 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.. Children of all ages can dress in costume and enjoy Halloween fun at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. Get into the spirit with stories, songs and a puppet show about this favorite fall holiday. In the event of severe weather, the program will be held in the Community Room of the Nichols Library. For more information visit http://www.naperville-lib.org

 

Tuesday, October 31

 

OSWEGO: Both the Oswego and Montgomery branches of the Oswego Public Library will be having Trick-or-Treat at the Library all day on Tue. Oct. 31. Ages 0 – 5th grade. Wear your costume and stop in youth services for a non-food treat. For more information, visit https://www.oswego.lib.il.us

 

ELGIN: Preschoolers and kindergarteners can come to the Gail Borden’s Rakow Branch on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to celebrate Halloween. Wear a costume and parade through the library. For more information, please visit http://gailborden.info/ or call 847-742-2411.

 

ST. CHARLES: Each year, the St. Charles Park District organizes a “Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour”in which homeowners can compete for awards for their spooky yard displays. Homes are best viewed from dusk until 10 p.m. through Halloween night. Note that not all displays are appropriate for all ages, and parents are advised to use their discretion. A printable tour guide is available here.

 

WARRENVILLE: The Warrenville Public library will have all day trick-or-treating as well as a Family Story Time session at 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. with stories, songs, rhymes and finger plays. Visit http://www.warrenville.com/ for more information.

 

WEST CHICAGO: The West Chicago Public Library is hosting a “Not So Spooky Halloween Spectacular” on October 31 from 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Drop-in for Halloween crafts, songs, dancing, stories, trick-or-treating, a costume parade and a special treat. For more information click visit the West Chicago Public Library calendar.

 

 

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