The North Shore knows how to do Halloween! If you don’t want to miss any of the fun, check out our mega list of Halloween happenings and start your planning now! There are so many spooktacular events to choose from all month long. Whether you are looking for family friendly events or thrills and shrills, or even one for the pooches, this list has got you covered! Also, please be sure to check with your local township for specific treat-or-treat hours on Oct. 31st!
Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28: 7 - 10 pm (some days vary)
Skokie Water Playground, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie
With its chainsaw maniacs and insane clown maze, Scream Scene Haunted House has been terrifying visitors since 1997! Not recommended for kids under 10. Special lights on times on Oct. 22 & 27. Tickets: $12. For more info, click here.
Oct. 12: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave. W, Highland Park
Grab your costume and enjoy a night of goblins, ghosts, and ghouls! Board the hayride and settle in for a haunting story after dark, then cozy up to the fire and watch Halloween classic ‘Hocus Pocus’ (PG) on the big screen (movie starts at 6:45pm) while making s/mores! Craft beers and food available for purchase. $5, cash only. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, click here.
Oct. 13: 4 pm; Oct. 14: 1 pm
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by attending the Theatre Hikes performance at Brushwood Center! Audience members will travel in and around Brushwood with the cast of this avant-garde adaptation, exploring the story through Dr. Frankenstein’s distorted memories and the personal accounts of Frankenstein’s monster. $20/adults (kids are free with a paid adult). Run time is about 2-2.5 hours. For more info, click here.
Pumpkin in the Woods
Oct. 19: 4 - 6 pm
Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka
Hubbard Woods will be transformed into your local pumpkin patch for family fun before Halloween! Enjoy pumpkin decorating, carnival games, and lots of excitement. The Costume Contest registration will start around 4:30 pm and winners will be announced at 5:30 pm. Costume categories include: most original, scariest, and a few others. There will be a DJ, props, bounce houses, games and decorations; the event is not designed to scare children. Food will be sold on-site: caramel apples, cookies, hot dogs, etc. Please register by October 15 to guarantee that you will receive a pumpkin to take home. Day-of registrants are not guaranteed a pumpkin. For more info, click here.
Oct. 19: 5:30 – 8 pm
Park Center, 2400 Chestnut, Glenview
Enjoy a family-friendly indoor Halloween party with inflatables, entertainment, creepy crafts, ghoulish games and more. The event is designed for ages 2-10 years; parents must accompany their children. Costumes are optional. Admission is $10 per child; adults and children under 2 are free. Snacks available for purchase. For more information, click here or call 847-724-5670.
Things That Go Bump in the Night
Oct. 19: 6 – 8:15 pm; Oct. 20: 5:30 – 8:15 pm
Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie
Meet some of the fascinating but often misunderstood critters of Emily Oaks! This popular event is intended to be fun and informative - NOT frightening. As you're guided along the trail, you'll venture to three places - the cave, forest, and marsh - and hear from the animals that live there why these are cool, fantastic, and magical places! Your visit will end at a campfire featuring snacks and songs. Tickets: $5. Advanced tickets are sold for specific times; up to 20 tickets are available for each time. Tickets will be sold at the gate ONLY if available. For more info, click here.
Spooky Pooch Parade
Oct. 20: 11 am – 1 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
For two very special hours only, dogs are allowed in the Chicago Botanic Garden. Cleverly costumed canines march the parade route to celebrate Halloween. Spectators are invited to line the parade route for a barking good time. Note: Viewing the dog parade is free. If you are bringing a dog, however, you must purchase paid registration (advanced $15/20) for your dog, whether or not you enter the parade and costume contest. In addition to the parade, activities include the costume contest, judging, and an awards ceremony. For more info and to register your pooch, click here.
Haunted Trail of Terror
Oct. 20: 6 – 9 pm
Lloyd Beach, 799 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka
The souls of Lloyd Beach have risen from the Lake again for the 7th annual Haunted Trail of Terror at Lloyd Beach. Try to escape the haunted beach and boat house before it’s too late and you wind up in Davey Jones’ Locker. Tickets: $5 at door, recommended ages 10+. For more info, click here.
Oct. 20 5:30 – 9 pm
Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston
The goal of the Zombie Scramble is for you and your team members to finish the race with all of your "lives" intact. Your "lives" are represented by flags hanging from a flag football belt you will wear. Throughout the approx. 2-mile course, Zombies will be attempting to grab your flag as you attempt to avoid them. Participants must register for a specific wave time. Waves begin at 5:30pm and will start every 7 minutes. $20 per person. For more info, click here.
Oct. 20: 4 – 8 pm
Community Rec Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette
Filled with thrills and chills, this family-friendly event features carnival games, a moonwalk, a magician, arts and crafts, face painting and pony rides. Don't miss the Theater of Terror, the Reptile Room and more! Pizza dinner is included, along with a goodie bag and a visit to the pumpkin patch. For additional information regarding tickets, parking and more, click here. $25 Res/$30 NonRes.
Scarecrow Build-Off Contest
Oct. 20: 1 – 3 pm
Northcroft Park, 1365 S. Ridge, Lake Forest
Come spend a fun fall day with your family at Lake Forest Parks & Recreation’s First Annual Scarecrow Build-Off Contest! Finished scarecrows will be staked and displayed at Northcroft Park through Halloween. Prizes will be given to the winners of select categories. Pumpkin, carving/drawing materials, hay, twine, safety pins, how-to instructions provided. You bring the clothing, accessories and creative ideas. Free, but families must register to participate. $5 material donations will be accepted.For more info, click here.
Haunted Trail Walk
Oct. 20: 7 – 9 pm
Northcroft Park, 1365 S. Ridge, Lake Forest
Prepare to be spooked on a self-guided walk through the haunted forest from Northcroft Park to Stirling Hall. Creepy creatures, spooky sounds, or scary sights will be lurking behind every corner. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight if you dare. After your adventure, join the bonfire at Stirling Hall with hot apple cider and s’mores. Event is free, but registration is encouraged. Recommended for ages 12+. For more info, click here.
Ragdale Presents the Spooktacular Rags to Witches
Oct. 20: 3 – 8 pm
Ragdale, 1260 North Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest
Don’t miss Ragdale’s third annual costumed, creative spookfest for the whole family. Guests and little monsters will be spellbound by live performances, hands-on art projects, games and seasonal tastings throughout Lake Forest’s most imaginative haunted estate. Special features include: Haunted Ragdale House, enchanted stroll in the pet cemetery, ghostly storytelling and performances in the Witches Ring, costume contest and parade, creepy arts and crafts, cider and treats and a cash bar for adults. New this year is the “After Dark” party for teens and adults from 6-8pm. As the light dims, both floors of the Ragdale House will be transformed into a haunted house inhabited by the spooky spirits of Ragdale’s past shaking the walls and walking the halls. Costumes encouraged and prizes awarded. Advance tickets are $20 adults, $15 children, $60 per household (limit 4). Individual tickets are also available at the door for an additional $5. To purchase tickets and for more info, click here.
YMCA 11th Annual YMCA Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 21: 2 – 5 pm
Northern Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook
The North Suburban YMCA welcomes ghosts and goblins of all ages when the entire Y will be transformed with haunted houses, trick-or-treat trails, and a wide range of activities to entertain the entire family. The Y’s festival of frights and fun includes a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable bounce houses, costume contests, a children’s haunted maze, art projects, photo ops and delicious treats. Admission is free for Y members, $20/family for non-members. The event also offers exclusive early access for children with special needs from 1:30 to 2:00 pm. For more info, click here.
Night of 1,000 Jack-O-Lanterns
Oct. 24 – 28: 6:30 – 10:30 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
More than 1,000 professionally hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carving, and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America. This event has timed tickets. Before Oct. 23: $11 - $16; after: $13 - $18. For more, info, click here.
Oct. 25: 5:30 - 7 pm
Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Enjoy a Boo-tiful evening filled with crafts, carnival games, candy and treats, entertainment and a pizza dinner. Please wear a costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Advanced registration is encouraged. No refunds; all sales are final. Advanced: $8; after Oct. 24: $10. For more info, click here.
Dave Rudolph’s Spooktacular Concert
Oct. 26: 1 - 2 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka
Dave will entertain goblins of all ages with his ghost-definitely, not very scary definitely – fun songs and stories to raise the hair on your funny bone. Kids come dressed in costume and share the stage with Dave. Great for children 6 years of age and under. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For more info, click here.
Oct. 26: 5 – 7 pm
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1775 Grove St., Glenview
Enjoy a DJ, amazing food for sale, great raffle prizes and tons of treats as your kids trick or treat amongst 40+ festively decorated cars filled with goodies! Admission $5/child. For more info, click here.
Oct. 26: 7 – 9 pm; Oct. 28: 3 – 6 pm
Jewett Park, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield
Friday night festivities feature a DJ, pumpkin patch & decorating, scarecrow building, crafts, and a bonfire. Activities will take place outside all around the park. There are no fees for events this night. Concessions will be available for purchase at the Jewett Park Pavilion. Saturday festivities feature entertainment, inflatable rides, a hay wagon trip around the park, carnival games with prizes, balloon twisters, face-painters, craft room, and much more! Wristbands, $5 per child (advance purchase available at the Jewett Park Community Center) are required for Saturday activities and are available for purchase on site. For more info, click here.
Lincolnshire Boo Bash
Oct. 26: 5 – 8 pm
North Park, 1025 Riverwoods, Lincolnshire
Complete with food, haunted house, bounce house, hay rides, haunted trails, games, activities, costume contests, a DJ, and more; this annual Halloween fest is fun for all ages. Free.
West Ridge Trick-or-Treat
Oct. 26: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Rd., Highland Park
Leave your Halloween weather worries behind! West Ridge program participants, friends and family members are invited to trick-or-treat inside and play all kinds of spooky and silly games. Bring a bag to collect toys and prizes. All Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event. Free. For more info: 847-831-3810.
Youth Services Haunted House
Oct. 26 & 27: 5 – 8 pm
Youth Services, 3080 West Lake Ave., Glenview
Treat the whole family to a spooktacular two nights of Halloween fun - featuring a haunted house (recommended ages 8+) for those up for a scare! Take advantage of the opportunity to dress in costume to show off your Halloween spirit. Additional activities Include: face painting, arts & crafts, refreshments, games, movie and so much more! Ticket: $7 in advance, $10 at door. For more info, click here.
Oct. 27: 3 – 6 pm
Glenview Town Center, 2030 Tower Dr., Glenview
Bring your little ghouls and goblins to GTC for an afternoon of free family fun! Participating merchants will have trick or treating and Halloween inspired activities.
Spooky Saturday on the Main-Dempster Mile
Oct. 27: 10:30 am – 4 pm
Chicago & Main St., Evanston
Kids of all ages welcome to Trick or Treat the merchants of the Main-Dempster Mile, while stopping in at some special events along the way, including story time and songs (10:30 – 11:15 am) and Movie Party (Wallace & Gromit, 2:30 – 4 pm) at the Evanston Public Library (900 Chicago Ave.) For more info, click here.
Trick or Treat Downtown Skokie
Oct. 27: 1 – 3 pm
Lincoln & Oakton Sts., Downtown Skokie
Trick-or-treat at participating merchants in downtown Skokie. Children, ages 12 and younger in costume, are welcome to participate. Pick up a bag at Crafty Beaver, Mini Man Monkey Brains or North Branch Yoga and start your adventure. Look for participating merchants with the pumpkin poster in the window! Finish off the day on the Village Green with some Halloween fun courtesy of the Skokie Public Library! Listen to the crackling fire, play some Halloween trivia, sing along with spooky songs and then when the fire is ready – roast marshmallows and make s'mores! For more info, click here.
Oct. 27: 12 pm
Centennial Ice Rinks, 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette
Come in costume and enjoy games, a costume contest and prize drawings. Skate rentals available. Students: $8, Adults: $9, 5 and under: $4. *Wear your Halloween costume and admission is $5. Age 5 & Under in costume are free.
Halloween Scary Skate
Oct. 27: 1 – 2:30 pm
Centennial Ice, 3100 Trail Way, Highland Park
Halloween party on ice! Come in costume to skate for free! Regular fees apply for skate rentals and those not in costume. For more info, click here.
Halloween Party on Ice
Oct. 27: 1:40 pm – 2:55 pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka
Dress up in your favorite costume and take a few laps skating to our chilling Halloween music. Bring a dry foods donation for the NT Food Pantry to receive free admission. Skate rental: $4. For more info, click here.
A Family Halloween
Oct. 28: 3 – 6 pm
Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview
Enjoy all kinds of spooky shenanigans as Historic Wagner Farm celebrates Halloween. Wear your favorite costume to our kid-friendly bash that includes a haunted barn, wagon rides, pumpkin games and more ghoulish fun. Cost: $10/person. Children under 2 are free. For more info, click here.
Willow Creek North Shore Trunk or Treat
Oct. 28: 2:30 - 5 pm
Willow Creek Community Church, 2200 Shermer Rd., Glenview
Kids can wear their non-scary costumes to collect candy and small prizes at decorated cars around our parking lot from 2:30-5:00pm. We'll have a large lot for all ages as well as a smaller Tot Lot for kids 5 and under. There will be a petting zoo, inflatables, photo ops, games, and candy. Admission is FREE for everyone, and snacks will be available for purchase. Invite your friends and neighbors! No registration is necessary. Free event held rain or shine. For more info, click here.