Halloween Fun: Non-Traditional Trick-or-Treat Options in Chicago’s Far Western Suburbs
Want your kids get more use out of their costumes and get an additional chance to trick-or-treat? Here’s a guide to suburban business districts, shopping centers and churches that offer their own trick-or-treat events. Know of an event I missed here? Please share it in the comments section! If you’re looking for more general info on Halloween events, like festivals, storytimes and costume parades, you can find it here. Here’s a list of pumpkin patches we love, and I’ll be sharing official trick-or-treating times for cities and towns later this month.
Friday, October 21, 2016
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.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
DOWNTOWN BATAVIA: Downtown businesses hand out treats from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 22, as part of Batavia’s annual “Batfest.” Batfest also includes a costume parade, pumpkin roll, petting zoo, train rides, farmer’s market, library storytime, costume contest, marshmallow shooting range, tractor-pulled hayrides and more. The event takes place in and around the Batavia Riverwalk and Peg Bond Pavilion in downtown Batavia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. Admission is free. Find more info here.
YORKVILLE: The Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce is organizing a “Biz Boo!” on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during which a number of businesses in town will welcome trick-or-treaters. Check out the Yorkville Chamber website for a detailed list of participating businesses, along with their locations. There will also be a “Touch-a-Truck” opportunity on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Old Second National Bank, located at 26 W. Countryside Parkway.
DOWNTOWN WEST CHICAGO: Businesses in West Chicago will be handing out goodies from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. Look for a pumpkin in the window of participating businesses. Prior to the trick-or-treat event on the same day, the West Chicago City Museum will be organizing a Halloween Parade and Costume Contest. It will start with a registration period at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the West Chicago Public Library. Costume judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. The parade will step-off from the parking lot at noon, continue up onto Main Street by way of West Washington Street and end at the Wayne and Helen Fox Community Center at 306 Main Street in West Chicago. Prizes will be announced at the Community Center, and then kids and families can begin the Downtown Trick or Treat. Find more info here.
BLACKBERRY FARM: Blackberry Farm will have a trick-or-treat walk in between stations and rides on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The costume contest is at 1 p.m. in the Events Plaza, starting with a parade as the judges look on. Regular admission prices apply. Find more info here.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
GENEVA COMMONS: Stores in Geneva Commons, along Randall Road, will welcome trick-or-treaters with “ghoulicious treats” on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Look for a trick-or-treat sign in the window of participating businesses. Find more info here.
WHEATON: Gary United Methodist Church is holding its second annual “Trunk or Treat” on Sunday, October 23. The event, to be held in the church parking lot from 2 to 4 p.m., will feature treats served from the trunks of church members’ awesomely-decorated vehicles. Free games, crafts, food and more will be available. Trunk or Treat will be open to the public, and costumes, which should be church-friendly, are encouraged. Gary Church is located just steps from downtown Wheaton at 224 N. Main Street. For more info here.
MONTGOMERY The Montgomery Police Department is holding a Halloween Safety Event on Sunday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be safety tip stations with games and prizes, hourly costume contests, and other surprises. This event is free and family friendly. For more info here.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
SYCAMORE: Downtown businesses in Sycamore will hand out tasty treats on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is part of the kick-off to the annual Pumpkin Festival. Find more info here.
LaFOX: Lord of Life Church is hosting its annual Fall Fest on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be hayrides, a trunk or treat and an “interactive grand finale.” Find more info here.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
DOWNTOWN GENEVA: The businesses of downtown Geneva along Third and State streets will welcome trick-or-treaters on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Look for a “Trick or Treat” sign in the window of participating shops.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
SAFETY TOWN IN NAPERVILLE: Ages 2-10 can trick-or-treat at Safety Town in Naperville on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a short lesson on safe trick or treating before touring the town. The cost is $1 a person plus at least one non-perishable item to be donated to Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville. For more information, click here.
DOWNTOWN WHEATON: The Downtown Wheaton Association will host a “Boo-Palooza!” event on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Halloween Costume Contest will be held at 10 a.m. by the Martin Memorial Plaza Fountain on Front Street, just west of Main Street. Kids can also visit participating businesses for prizes and treats.
DOWNTOWN AURORA: Businesses in downtown Aurora invite kids to trick or treat on Saturday, Oct. 29, from noon to 3 p.m. Shops, museums and restaurants will be open. There will be a bat scavenger hunt, too! Find more info here.
SOUTH BARRINGTON: Willow Creek Community Church’s main campus in South Barrington is hosting a “trunk or treat” on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 2:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. There will also be games, inflatables and music from Promiseland Band, plus food for purchase. Find more info here.
AURORA: Village Bible Church’s Aurora campus, located at 1401 W. Galena Blvd., is having a “truck or treat” on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church says there will be decorated trunks with candy and games for kids, plus autumn-themed snacks, beverages and a bonfire. Find more info here.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE: There is a “Halloween Hop” scheduled in downtown Naperville for Sunday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon. It will feature candy and non-candy surprises. Check-in first at Main & Jefferson in front of Two Boston’s Pet Boutique to receive a map of where you’ll find Halloween surprises around downtown. The Halloween Trolley will also be circling downtown offering complimentary rides, compliments of Naperville Trolley and Tours for costumed kids and their parents. There will be crafts, photo booths, balloons and a costume contest at the Main Street Promenade. Find more info here.
WHEATON: St. Matthew United Church of Christ in Wheaton is hosting a “Trunk or Treat” on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children are invited to come in costume, collect candy from costumed church volunteers and check out decorated cards. Indoors you’ll find crafts, games, prizes, a hot dog lunch and dessert. This is a free event, and the trick or treating will be moved indoors if the weather is poor. You’ll find more info here.
ABBEY FARMS: Abbey Farms in Aurora is going to offer a trick-or-treat event on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Guests who come in costume will receive 50 percent off general admission. Find more info here.
AURORA: Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora is hosting a “trunk or treat” on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food and other fun activities during the event, too. Find more info here.
AURORA: Aurora Advent Christian Church is hosting a “truck or treat” on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. This event will be held rain or shine and is a free event. Find more info here.
NORTH AURORA: Asbury Gardens Retirement Community is hosting trick or treaters on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 1-5 p.m. They are advertising this event as “better than last year” with trick or treating and other activities for kids, this is a free event. For more information, please contact Asbury Gardens at 630-896-7778
ELBURN: The Elburn Community Congregational Church is hosting a “trunk or treat” on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of 100 E. Shannon Street. There will be games, prizes and refreshments (donuts and apple cider) at this free event. Find more info here and here.
Monday, October 31, 2016
BATAVIA TRADER JOE’S: On Monday, October 31 from 2-4 p.m. the Batavia Trader Joe’s will be holding a Halloween Hoopla with trick or treating. For more information call the store at 630-879-3234.
WARRENVILLE LIBRARY: There will be trick-or-treating all day from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Warrenville Public Library on Monday, Oct. 31. There will be non-candy choices provided as well. For more information visit the library website.
OSWEGO LIBRARY: All day at both the Montgomery and Oswego branches of the Oswego Public Library there will be trick-or-treating from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for ages 0-5th grade on Monday, Oct. 31. Wear your costume and stop in Youth Services for a treat while supplies last. This is part of the Teal Pumpkin Project and there will be non-food treats. For more information, visit https://www.oswego.lib.il.us