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 indoor trick-or-treat options over the next few days, including Halloween itself, and here’s a list of official trick-or-treating times for cities and towns.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
YORKVILLE: The Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce is organizing a “Biz Boo!” on Saturday, Oct. 21, 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. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Old Second National Bank, located at 26 W. Countryside Parkway.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
SYCAMORE: Downtown businesses in Sycamore will hand out tasty treats on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 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. 25, 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 26, 2017
DOWNTOWN GENEVA: The businesses of downtown Geneva along Third and State streets will welcome trick-or-treaters on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Look for a “Trick or Treat” sign in the window of participating shops.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
DOWNTOWN BATAVIA: Downtown businesses hand out treats from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28, as part of Batavia’s annual “Batfest.” Batfest also includes a costume parade, pumpkin roll, petting zoo, 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. 28. Admission is free. Find more info here.
DOWNTOWN WEST CHICAGO: Businesses in West Chicago will be handing out goodies from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. 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.
WHEATON: Gary United Methodist Church is holding its third annual “Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, October 28. The event, to be held in the church parking lot from 10 a.m. to noon, 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.
ST. CHARLES: Blue Goose Supermarket in St. Charles will host a Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring pumpkin decorating, face painting and apple cider donuts. Find more info here.
SAFETY TOWN IN NAPERVILLE: Ages 2-10 can trick-or-treat at Safety Town in Naperville on Saturday, Oct. 28, 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. 28, 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. 28, from noon to 3 p.m. Shops, museums and restaurants will be open. There will be a Halloween scavenger hunt, too! 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. 28, from 3 p.m. to 5 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 29, 2017
GENEVA COMMONS: Geneva Commons, along Randall Road, is hosting a “Fall Fest” on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature a hay bale maze, paint your own pumpkins, hay rides, a face painting, balloon art, stiltwalker and free treats. Note, however, that I don’t know that this event has any kind of ‘trick or treat” element.
MONTGOMERY The Montgomery Police Department is holding a Halloween Safety Event on Sunday, Oct. 29, 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.
DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE: There is a “Halloween Hop” scheduled in downtown Naperville for Sunday, Oct. 29, 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. 29, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children are invited to come in costume, collect candy from costumed church volunteers and check out decorated cars. Indoors you’ll find crafts, games, prizes and snacks. 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.
ELBURN: The Elburn Community Congregational Church is hosting a “trunk or treat” on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of 100 E. Shannon Street. Find more info here.