Halloween Fun: Costume Parades, Festivals, Storytimes and More

Tuesday, Oct 4th, 2016 by

Go West Guide to 2016 Halloween Fun in Chicago’s Far Western Suburbs

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 over the next month. Please follow the links for detailed information or registration details for the following events. Here’s a guide to trick-or-treating opportunities offered by downtown business districts, churches and shopping centers, and we’ll post official trick-or-treat hours for cities and towns in the area closed to Halloween. And of course make sure to check out our Pumpkin Patch Guide, too!

 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

 

WEST CHICAGO: The West Chicago Public Library will be having a drop-in Halloween craft on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Imagination Station in the Youth Services department. This program is intended for kids in grades K-5. For more information, visit http://www.westchicago.lib.il.us

Friday, October 7

 

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 are the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Casper” is the movie being shown Oct. 7-9.

 

Saturday, October 8

 

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 are the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Casper” is the movie being shown Oct. 7-9.

 

AURORA: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on  Saturday, Oct. 8, 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; on Saturday, it is a professional pumpkin carver. For a full schedule of events, visit www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

 

LISLE: Weekends in October (plus Columbus Day) 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.

 

Sunday, October 9

 

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 are the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Casper” is the movie being shown Oct. 7-9.

 

AURORA: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on  Sunday, Oct. 9, 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 (plus Columbus Day) 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.

 

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Monday, October 10

 

LISLE:  The Morton Arboretum will be hosting “Trick or Trees” in the Children’s Garden on Columbus Day 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: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Columbus Day, 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

 

OSWEGO: The Chick-fil-A of Oswego will be hosting a Kids Club Pumpkin Party on Monday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Come craft your own one of a kind creation and add it to their pumpkin patch. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

 

Friday, October 14

 

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 are the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Hotel Transylvania” is the movie being shown Oct. 14-16.

 

ELGIN: The Elgin Public Museum’s monthly Science Night will be all about “Creepy Cryptids” this month. Cryptozoology is the study of creatures whose existence has yet to be proved- or disproved by science. The Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, and the Jersey Devil are just a few examples. So how do you explain the unexplainable? What does it take for information to become fact? Join in at the Elgin Public Museum to uncover the truth, test the scientific method and question what you know about nature. This is a drop-in program, being held Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; No registration required. The fee is $2 per person; members are free. Find more info here.

 

NAPERVILLE: Naper Settlement is hosting a less family friendly event on Oct. 14-15 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Their historic buildings are turned into Frankenstein’s Laboratory, a Victorian Insane Asylum, a Torture Dungeon, Journey through the Underworld and so much more. The event is not intended for children under 8 years old and parental guidance is suggested. The cost is $15 a person and members are free. Visit their site for more information.

 

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. starting Oct. 14 through Halloween night. Note that not all displays are appropriate for all ages, and parents are advised to use their discretion. A free tour guide in PDF format is available here.

Saturday, October 15

 

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 are the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Hotel Transylvania” is the movie being shown Oct. 14-16.

 

AURORA: The Disney Store at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora will be hosting a Halloween Event on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite character and participate in games, crafts, a costume parade, free give-aways and more! For ages 3 and up, for more information visit the Facebook event page.

 

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: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackberry Farm in Aurora will be hosting its Pumpkin Weekend events. The farm is decorated for fall and there are a variety of special attractions throughout the month; this Saturday it is a chance to meet Disney princesses Ariel and Belle. For a full schedule of events, visit www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

 

NAPERVILLE: Naper Settlement is hosting a less family friendly event on Oct. 14-15 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Their historic buildings are turned into Frankenstein’s Laboratory, a Victorian Insane Asylum, a Torture Dungeon, Journey through the Underworld and so much more. The event is not intended for children under 8 years old and parental guidance is suggested. The cost is $15 a person and members are free. Visit their site for more information.

 

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 free tour guide in PDF format is available here.

Sunday, October 16

 

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 are the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Hotel Transylvania” is the movie being shown Oct. 14-16.

 

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 addmission, 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 free tour guide in PDF format is available here.

Friday, October 21

 

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 are the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Hotel Transylvania 2” is the movie being shown Oct. 21-23.

 

WHEATON: The Wheaton Park District’s Halloween Happening includes a “Trunk or Treat” in the Rice Pool parking lot, a “Trick or Treat Trail” through the Rice Pool Bathhouse (friendly characters hand out the treats), an indoor costume pageant, balloon artist, airbrush tattoos, Halloween games with prizes, bat presentation and more. The fun will be held Friday, Oct. 21, 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. 21, 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 the Facebook event page.

 

OSWEGO: On Friday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. children 7 and under can come to the Halloween Haunted Library at the Oswego Public Library. There will be stories, crafts, and games. For more information, visit https://www.oswego.lib.il.us

 

OSWEGO:The Oswego Family YMCA is holding a free “Halloween at the Y/Fall Fest” on Friday, Oct. 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a bounce house, costume contest, games and prizes, and a family friendly outdoor movie. The event is free and open to the public but some carnival games require a $5 wristband. 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 free tour guide in PDF format is available here.

Saturday, October 22

 

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 are the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Hotel Transylvania 2” is the movie being shown Oct. 21-23.

 

BATAVIA: The annual “Batfest” in downtown Batavia is always a good time, and this year it’s scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, 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, a photo booth, 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.

 

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

 

GENEVA: Barnes and Noble at the Geneva Commons will be hosting a free Halloween Storytime on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. They will be reading Little Blue Truck’s Halloween and I Need My Monster. For more information, click here.

 

AURORA: The Disney Store at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora will be hosting a Halloween Event on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite character and participate in games, crafts, a costume parade, free give-aways and more! For ages 3 and up, for more information visit the Facebook event page.

 

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.

 

BATAVIA: Can you find the Great Pumpkin hidden in the Red Oak Nature Center woods? There will be a “It’s the Great Pumpkin” Hunt on Oct. 22-23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clues left by animal inhabitants of the woods and riddles lead the way to find the ‘Great Pumpkin.’ Photograph yourself with the ‘Great Pumpkin’ and receive a small prize! Registration is required, $2 for residents, $4 for nonresidents. Click here for more information.

 

GENEVA: The Geneva Park District is hosting a “Zombie Apocalypse” at Wheeler Park on Saturday Oct. 22. There are two different events, a “Family-friendly Hour” from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. which is billed as a “slower-paced by 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 6:30 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.

 

WEST CHICAGO: The West Chicago Library will be hosting a special Alice in Halloweenland celebration on Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon to 3 p.m. Join Alice and her Halloweenland friends for a game of croquet, play bingo, or make a creepy crawly spider! And don’t forget to vote for your favorite pumpkin in the Family Pumpkin Carving Contest. Please note children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit http://www.westchicago.lib.il.us

 

NORTH AURORA: On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. the Messenger Public Library will be having a Pumpkinpalooza for kids in grades 3-8. Dress for a mess, you will be decorating a pumpkin using craft materials. Registration is required and can be done online.

 

BROOKFIELD: Come to the Brookfield Zoo in costume and enjoy a day of activities during “Boo at the Zoo” on Saturday, Oct. 22. 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 free tour guide in PDF format is available here.

Sunday, October 23

 

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 are the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Hotel Transylvania 2” is the movie being shown Oct. 21-23.

 

AURORA: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackberry Farm in Aurora will be hosting 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, Morton Arboretum will be having “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. 23. 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.

 

BATAVIA: Can you find the Great Pumpkin hidden in the Red Oak Nature Center woods? There will be a “It’s the Great Pumpkin” Hunt on Oct. 22-23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clues left by animal inhabitants of our woods and riddles lead the way to find the ‘Great Pumpkin.’ Photograph yourself with the ‘Great Pumpkin’ and receive a small prize! Registration is required, $2 for residents, $4 for nonresidents. Click here for more information.

 

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 free tour guide in PDF format is available here.

Wednesday, October 26

 

ELGIN: The Gail Borden main library will be hosting a Halloween Happening event on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for children from birth to preschool. 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. 26, and 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. 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 free tour guide in PDF format is available here.

Thursday, October 27

 

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. 30. For more info, including a detailed schedule of events, please click here. There is no admission fee to enter the festival.

 

Friday, October 28

 

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 are the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Goosebumps” is the movie being shown Oct. 28-30.

 

NAPERVILLE: The Naperville Public Library will be presenting Halloween on the Riverwalk on Friday, Oct. 28, 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

 

AURORA: There will be a night of Halloween events at the Prisco Community Center on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. during their Halloween Family Fun Night. Wear your costume and play spooky games, make crafts, and go trick-or-treating. The cost is $5 ($8 for N/R) with one adult free with every child. Space is limited so register early. For more information and registration, click here.

 

ELGIN: The Gail Borden Public Library, on Friday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., will be hosting a “Magic Treehouse Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve” event for kids in grades 1-5.There will be games and activities. Registration is required. For more information, please visit http://gailborden.info/ or call 847-742-2411.

 

NAPERVILLE: The Kroehler Family YMCA in Naperville is holding a “Halloween at the Y” event on Friday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a haunted house, haunted pool, carnival games, magic show, trick or treating, a critter hunt, and more. The event is free for members and $5 per person for non-members. The event is very popular so registration is required, for more information and to RSVP, click here.

 

WHEATON: Cantigny Park will be having a Boo Bash from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. This is for children 3-5 years with an adult. Registration is required and the cost is $10 per child, there is no parking fee. Come dressed in Halloween costumes; adults are also encouraged to dress up! Read Halloween stories, make crafts, and share a special Halloween treat. For more information call 630-260-8162 or register online 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. 30. 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 Friday, 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.

 

WHEATON: Cosley Zoo in Wheaton is hosting its “Spooktacular” on Friday, Oct. 28. The early session is full, but the 7 p.m session still has some spots available. You and your kids can take a stroll through the “not so scary” straw maze, check out the spooky pond path, meet live animals, carve or decorate a pumpkin, play games, enjoy refreshments and make crafts. Non-zoo members pay $10 for ages 3 through 14, $5 for ages 15 through adult. Children 2 and under are free. Space is limited, so register soon if you’re interested in this one.

 

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 free tour guide in PDF format is available here.

Saturday, October 29

 

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 are the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Goosebumps” is the movie being shown Oct. 28-30.

 

GENEVA: The Geneva Park District is celebrating with a Halloween Hayday on Saturday, Oct. 29, 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 having “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. 29 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora will be having a BOOtacular Costume Party. Enjoy a day of free activities including a Halloween show, face painting, balloon twisting, Pikachu Meet & Greet and more. For more information, click here.

 

BATAVIA: On Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Red Oak Nature Center will be hosting Trick or Treat in the Trees. Go out in the woods on a hike and show off your costume to the trees. Follow the self-guided path and learn about the different trees that live at Red Oak and get a few tricks and treats along the way! Remember this fun day with a stop at the Picture tree and take a photo of your little costumed participant! Registration is required, $2 for residents, $4 for nonresidents. For more information, click here.

 

GENEVA: Peck Farm in Geneva is hosting its annual “Howl’O Ween Dog Parade” on Saturday, Oct. 29 starting at 1:15 p.m. in front of the Peck House. This is a free event and prizes will be awarded. For more information, visit the Park District website.

 

AURORA: The Fox Valley Park District is having a family friendly Pumpkin Palooza party at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Eola Community Center. There will be games, dancing, crafts, and snacks. Early bird registration by October 21 is $9, day of registration is $12. For more information and registration, click here.

 

LISLE: The Morton Arboretum is hosting a BOO Breakfast on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be characters visiting and a breakfast buffet to enjoy. Costumes are encouraged. For a full menu and ticket prices, click here.

 

OSWEGO: The Oswego Park District will be hosting a Monster Mash Bash at the Oswego High School on Saturday, Oct. 29, 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. 29, 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.

 

AURORA: The Aurora Skate Center will be hosting a Halloween Family Skate on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1-4 p.m. There will be a Radio Disney Video mix with a Halloween Twist, wear your Halloween costume for this family friendly event. Admission is $6, skate rental is $4. For more information click here.

 

SUGAR GROVE: On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Sugar Grove Public Library will be having drop-in activities from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be events like story time, trick or treating, (so come in costume!) drop in crafts, and a screech owl presentation. The owl pellet presentation requires registration but the other events do not. 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 Oct. 29. 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. 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 free tour guide in PDF format is available here.

Sunday, October 30

 

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 are the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road in Elgin. Tickets are $3 each. “Goosebumps” is the movie being shown Oct. 28-30.

 

AURORA: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackberry Farm in Aurora will be hosting 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 having “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. 30, 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 and Oc.t 30. There will be characters visiting and a breakfast buffet to enjoy. Costumes are encouraged. For a full menu and ticket prices, click here.

 

ELGIN: There will be a Sunday afternoon concert of Halloween music at the Gail Borden Public Library from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30. Acclaimed artists Amy Catron and Silvan Negruțiu present a Halloween concert featuring solo and duet repertoire for cello and piano. The varied program includes works by renowned classical composers that evoke the spirit of Halloween. For more information, please visit http://gailborden.info/ or call 847-742-2411.

 

OSWEGO: Both the Oswego and Montgomery branches of the Oswego Public Library will be having a Halloween Make & Take craft on Sunday, Oct. 30 and Monday Oct. 31. The craft will take approximately 15 minutes. For more information, visit https://www.oswego.lib.il.us

 

BROOKFIELD: Come to the Brookfield Zoo in costume and enjoy a day of activities during “Boo at the Zoo” on Sunday, Oct. 30. 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 will wrap up on 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. 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 free tour guide in PDF format is available here.

Monday, October 31

 

OSWEGO: Both the Oswego and Montgomery branches of the Oswego Public Library will be having a Halloween Make & Take craft on Monday, Oct. 31. The craft will take approximately 15 minutes. For more information, visit https://www.oswego.lib.il.us

 

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

 

OSWEGO: On Monday, Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m. the Chick-fil-A of Oswego will be having a Halloween Party. Dress in your best costume and come for photos with the Cow. There will be face painting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and kids in costume receive a free treat. 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 free tour guide in PDF format is available here.