The Ultimate Guide to Trick-or-Treating in Lake County {2015}

The Ultimate Guide to Trick-or-Treating in Lake County is brought to you by Deerfield Park District’s Halloween Hoopla.  Halloween Hoopla is Friday and Saturday October 23 & 24 at Jewett Park Community Center.

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Little Lake County has put together your ultimate guide to a candy coma with this listing of community and business district trick-or-treating hours and events.

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Trick-or-treating doesn’t have to happen on the block; these days there are lots of places to trick-or-treat. Grab your little ones and head to your nearest Halloween event! Here are all the great activities happening this month around Lake County.

Trick-or-Treating Events in Lake County

10 October 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.- Trunks, Trucks or Treats
Vernon Hills Park District Family Aquatic Center
Wear your Halloween costumes to this exciting event! A variety of local organizations will display some of their most unique vehicles in the parking lot of the Family Aquatic Center. Bring your trick-or-treat bags too, because each organization will have candy and other treats available for you. $2 per person, tickets available for purchase online.

15 October 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 8th Annual Pumpkin Fest
Grayslake Aquatic Center Fields
Trick-or-treat on the character trail, bounce in the bounce houses and more! Pre-registered child $8, registration at the door $12. Call the Park District at 847-2233-7259 for more information or to register.

16 October 5:30-7:30 p.m. West Ridge Trick-or-Treat
West Ridge Center, Highland Park
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 your treats and prizes.

17 October 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.Haunted Trail & Bonfire
Forest View Park, Lindenhurst
Wagon rides, costume contest, free entertainment, pumpkins and yummy treats for sale.  The little ones will enjoy a moonwalk, activities, games, and a straw maze, while the brave ones can walk through the haunted trail if they dare. The trail contains mortifying scenes with unnatural creatures awaiting to eagerly quench their undying thirst for your screams! At dusk the Lake Villa Fire Department will start the bonfire.

17 October 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.Lakemoor Trunk-or-Treat
Heritage Park
Trunk-or-Treat is a fun event that can be enjoyed by the whole family.  Trick-or-treating will be followed by a viewing of the movie Casper in the park.

17 October 2:00-5:00 p.m. Great Pumpkin Celebration
Rolek Community Center, Round Lake
This event features indoor trick-or-treating, costume contests, carnival games with prizes, kids entertainment, hayrides, an outdoor maze, plus refreshments for a small fee.

17 & 18 October 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Trains, Tricks and Treats
Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe
Families are invited to come in costume and trick-or-treat throughout the Model Railroad Garden to celebrate Halloween and the end of the railroad’s season. Admission rates apply, see the Chicago Botanic Gardens for more information.

Halloween hoopla* 23 October 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Deerfield Park District’s Halloween Hoopla
Jewett Park Community Center, Deerfield
Halloween Hoopla returns to Jewett Park Community Center on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 with new activities and entertainers, inflatables, rides and great giveaways. For those who have attended the Hoopla for years, note the new schedule of events that will replace the Haunted House.

23 October 6:00- 8:00 p.m. – Trunk-or-Treat
Blair Park Parking Lot, Lake Bluff
What is a Trunk-or-Treat? It’s when families get together at Blair Park, park their cars in the lot, open up the decorated trunks of their cars, and kids come around to each car to Trunk-or-Treat. Children must register by October 16th to participate in this free event. Call the park district at 847-234-4150 for more information and to register.

23 October 6:00 – 8:00p.m. – Trick-or-Treat Path
Viking Park, Gurnee
Trick-or-treat through Viking Park with nearly 50 of your favorite friendly characters. This event is for children age 1-6 and is held outdoors. Parents must attend but do not have to pay. 6:00-7:00 p.m. – Pre-Registered Children (Fee $7 Res/$9 Non-Res; Pre-register by Friday, October 16. SAVE $2 per child.) 7:00-8:00 p.m. – Pay at the Door (Fee $9 Res/$11 Non-Res)

23 October 7:00 p.m.  & 24 October 12:00 & 7:00 p.m. 5th Annual Princess Cabaret Halloween Party
Round Lake Area Park District Park School Campus Stage
Get ready for some tricks and lots of treats in this fun Halloween extravaganza! Your favorite princesses will be on hand with the villains from their stories to perform favorite songs and tickle your funny bone. Each show will end with meet and greet trick-or-treat with a chance for everyone to meet the characters up close, take pictures and of course get lots of candy! Children’s admission includes a trick or treat bag and a special take home treat. Cost: $10 per child; $5 per adult. Pre-registration is necessary.

23 October 6:30-8:00 p.m. Trick-or-Treat Trail and More
Community Arts Center, Buffalo Grove
You never know who you will see at our Trick-or-Treat Trail! Friendly characters will line the path at the Alcott Center to hand out candy and small prizes to children in this no-scare zone. The event is free, but please register in advance if you would like your child to be one of the 250 guests to receive a free goody bag. Contact the park district at 847-850-2100 for more information and to register.

24 October 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Deerfield Chamber of Commerce Downtown Trick-or-Treat
Visit Downtown Deerfield and look for the businesses with orange pumpkin signs in their windows inviting you to come on in and trick or treat! For more information visit the Deerfield Chamber of Commerce website. 


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Photo Source: Deerfield Park District Facebook Page

* 24 October 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. Deerfield Park District’s Halloween Hoopla
Jewett Park Community Center, Deerfield
Halloween Hoopla returns to Jewett Park Community Center, on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 with new activities and entertainers, inflatables, rides and great give-aways. For those who have attended the Hoopla for years, note the new schedule of events that will replace the Haunted House.

24 October  5:30 – 9:00 p.m. & 25 October 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Hallow Fest
Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe
Celebrate Halloween, if you dare, at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Get in the Halloween spirit with face-painting festivities! Bring your camera to capture a photo of your costumed family in friendly or frightening surroundings. As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, decorated in ghostly lights and running special ghost trains; then take a ride around the Garden on the Howlin’ Tickets are required and prices vary see the Chicago Botanic Gardens for more information.

24 October 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.- Spooky Zoo Spectacular
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago IL.
Worth the trip! Spooky Zoo Spectacular is a safe and fun way for children to trick or treat and learn about animals. Guests will make crafts, enjoy entertainment, trick or treat, and enjoy a child-friendly haunted house at Lincoln Park Zoo! Contact Lincoln Park Zoo for more information.

24 October 3:00-6:00 p.m. – Treat the Streets and Monster Mash
Downtown Antioch
Get the costumes ready! Kids will trick-o- treat in downtown Antioch, play games, and enjoy entertainment.

24 October 4:00-7:00 p.m. – Boo Bash
Mundelein Community Center & Community Park
Enjoy this free Halloween-themed event for kids ages 3-11 and parents. Candy and treats are provided by local businesses. Other activities include a straw pile with prizes, games and visits by familiar characters, tractor pulled wagon rides and food for purchase. This event is held rain or shine. No registration is required and costumes are encouraged. Parental supervision is required of all children.

25 October 2:00-6:00 p.m. – Trick-or-Treat on Main Street
Main Street Wauconda
Dress up in your costume and trick or treat in downtown Wauconda. Stop in each of the shops for treats, games, and special deals. This free family event also has bouncy houses, a pet costume contest, spooky stories, a pumpkin carving contest, and carnival style games.

26 October 10:30 a.m., 28 October 6:00 p.m. & 29 October 1:00 p.m. – Halloween Story Time Parade at Grayslake Library
Stories, fun and a trick-or-treat parade through the library in your costume. Preschoolers to age 6. Registration required.

27 October, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Trick or Treat Store to Store Candy Stroll
Downtown Highland Park
Children are invited to go store to store for the annual candy stroll. Music, free pony rides, and much more will be located at both the Plaza at Port Clinton Square (3-6 p.m.) and on theRenaissance Place property (4-6 p.m.). We look forward to another great year of this annual community tradition! Enjoy specials at many of the local stores as well.

30 October 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Fall Fest
Sullivan Community Center, Vernon Hills
Children and their families will enjoy indoor trick-or-treating, a magic show, a face painter, carnival games, and a costume contest. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets: $1 each for those 2 years and older. $5 each if purchased on October 30th. Tickets available for purchase online.

30 October 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. {all locations} 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Gurnee Store  – Monster Mash
All Mariano’s Locations
Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the store at all Mariano’s locations including those in Lake County (Buffalo Grove, Gurnee, Lake Zurich, Vernon Hills.)

30 October 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Libertyville
MainStreet Libertyville
Trick-or-treat in town! Bring your camera and trick-or-treat down MainStreet in a safe and fun family event.

30 October 5:00-8:00 p.m. Halloween Fest and Trail of Treats
Shiloh Park Zion
Trick-or-treat through Shiloh Park then head to the Zion Park District Leisure Center! There will be a variety of fun fair games with candy, toy prizes, face painting, a hay ride and a bouncing chamber. Wear your best costume for the costume contest.

30 October 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Mommy & Me Trick-or-Treating
Westfield Hawthorn, Vernon Hills
Children 6 & under are welcome to trick-or-treat at participating stores during this time. Just look for the special orange “Trick-or-Treat Here” posters!

30 October 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Trunk-Or-Treat and Open Family Swim
Goldfish Swim School, Mundelein
FREE Open Family Swim, Trick-or-Treat in parking lot, crafts, games, and more.

31 October 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Trick-or-Treat Downtown Grayslake
Downtown Grayslake
Join businesses in downtown Grayslake for a safe and fun trick or treating experience.

31 October  12:00-3:00 p.m. Trick-or-Treat Deerpark Town Center
Start at Brilliant Sky Toys to pick up a bag and trick-or-treat the shops for free.

31 October 12:00- 5:00 p.m. Trick-or-Treat Ice House
Ice House Mall, Barrington
Trick-or-treat throughout the mall and visit the Kids Craft Corner and Costume Contest!

31 October 1:00- 5:00 p.m. – Trick-or-Treat Deerfield Pubic Library Youth Services Department
Stop by Youth Services on Halloween to show off your costume and get a treat!

31 October 3:00-7:00 p.m. – “Boowen Park” Halloween Fest
Bowen Park,  Waukegan
Dress up in your Halloween ‘finery’ and enjoy games, trails and oodles of spooky fun at “Boowen Park”. This is a free event for the whole family and takes place rain or shine.

31 October 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Pumpkin Fest Trick-or-Treat
Didier Farms, Lincolnshire
Each child that comes in costume will receive a free trick-or-treat bag to collect sweet treats around the farm.

30 & 31 October 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Trick-or-Treat at Bass Pro Gurnee
Line up at 6:00 p.m. at the front end greeter’s desk. Each participant will get a FREE glow-in-the-dark bucket! (Kids 12 and under may participate in the costume parade.)

31 October 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 1st Annual Halloween Extravagnza
Double Tree By Hilton, Mundelein
50 Vendors for Trick or Treating, Bubble Ball Soccer Games and more!

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2015 Lake County Community Trick-or-Treat Hours

Here are the hours, per the individual cities websites or offices, for Trick-or-Treating. With Halloween being on a weekend this year, all hours are on Saturday, October 31 and are subject to change.

Antioch 4:00- 7:00 p.m.
Bannockburn 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Barrington 3:00 -7:00 p.m.
Beach Park 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Buffalo Grove 2:00 -7:00 p.m.
Deer Park 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Deerfield 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Fox Lake 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Fox River Grove 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Glencoe 2:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Grandwood Park 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Grant Township 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Green Oaks 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Grayslake 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Gurnee 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Hainesville 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Hawthorn Woods 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Highwood 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Highland Park 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Ingleside 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Kildeer 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lake Bluff 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Lake Forest 4:00 -8:00 p.m.
Lake Villa 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Lake Zurich 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Libertyville 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lincolnshire 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lindenhurst 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Mundelein 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
North Barrington 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Park City 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Round Lake 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Round Lake Beach 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Round Lake Heights 1:00  – 5:00 p.m.
Round Lake Park 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Vernon Hills 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Wadsworth 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Wauconda 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Waukegan 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wildwood 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Winthrop Harbor 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Volo 4:00 – 7: 00 p.m.
Zion 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Additional events and listings may be added as the information becomes available. If you know of an event or community that isn’t listed, please tell us about it in the comments.

* It’s time for Halloween Hoopla – Deerfield is the place to be October 23-24, 2015!  All the cool ghouls and goofy goblins will be at the Jewett Park Community Center for the Deerfield Park District’s Annual Halloween Hoopla featuring new activities, entertainment, inflatables, rides and awesome giveaways. Admission is FREE but some activities incur a fee.  Come and see what all the hoopla is about!

Photo source: Deerfield Park District
Photo source: Deerfield Park District
Photo Source: Deerfield Park District
Photo Source: Deerfield Park District

Disclosure: Deerfield Park District is the paid sponsor of The Ultimate Guide to Trick-or-Treating in Lake County.


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  1. The time posted for trick or treating in downtown Antioch was wrong. It was from 12pm to 2pm, not 3pm to 6pm as posted here. We missed the whole thing…..

    • Elizabeth

      I am sorry, we try to be ac accurate as possible but are human and make mistakes. We also encourage you to check the listing and the link to the event was listed as 12-4. Again I apologize.

      Melissa Haak
      Editor-in-Chief, Little Lake County

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