Halloween Events in Lake County

Halloween in Lake County

Halloween is now officially on the horizon, pumpkins are on the shelves at stores, and your kids have probably already decided on their costume.  If you are not already in the spooky spirit, there are only a few short weeks until Halloween to feel full on festive.  Luckily, Lake County has many events to help you feel frightful. These events are for babies and children through their teen years, and we have rounded them up all in one big, killer list.

halloween events in lake county

Halloween Events in Lake County

Please note that some events require registration and or tickets. Please check the event host website before heading out. Little Lake County is not responsible for sold out events. Events are listed chronologically under each category. If an event is multiple days, the link goes to the first day.

Not So Scary | Storytimes | For Older Kids | Haunted Houses | Halloween Movies | Crafty | Activities

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Not-So-Scary Halloween Events in Lake County

These not scary Halloween Events are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers and feature fun and non-scary characters the whole family will love.

11 October 10:00 a.m. Mr. Kipley’s Halloween Magic & Puppet Show
FREE INDOORS
{Glencoe} Magician and puppeteer Mr. Kipley will dazzle and delight the audience with his spooky (but not too scary!) Halloween-themed show. Costumes are encouraged! All ages, children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

12 October 1:00 p.m. Trick or Treat Path
{Gurnee} $5 residents; $10 non-resident and at the door
Trick or treat through Viking Park with nearly 50 of your favorite friendly characters. This event is held outdoors – please dress for the weather. Recommended for children ages 1-6.

13 October 1:00 p.m. Spooky Train Run
FREE INDOORS
{Mundelein} A special Halloween display from the North Central ‘O’ Gaugers. Press some buttons and learn all about trains and model train enthusiasts.

17 October 5:30 p.m. Pumpkin Fest
{Grayslake} $8 in advance, $13 day of. Adult attendance is free with a paying child. Trick-or-treat on the character trail, participate in the costume contest, ride hayrides, bounce in the bounce houses, and more!

18 October 5:30 p.m. Princesses, Princes, & Superheroes
Registration Required INDOORS
{Highland Park} Ghouls and guys come dressed as your favorite Superhero, Prince or Princess and shake your spooky’s out! A pizza dinner, decorating taffy apples, dancing, and playing games will be a part of the Halloween fun.  Cost is $15-20

18 October 5:30 p.m. Pumpkin Plunge
INDOORS
{Wheeling} $5 per person, includes open swim following the event. Bring the family to hunt for the haunted pumpkins and bob for apples at the Indoor Pool. This hour is for age 6 and younger, see a listing in Tween section for older kids.

18 October 6:00 p.m. Trick & Swim
Registration Required INDOORS
{Highland Park} Swim the first hour, then decorate pumpkins and taffy apple. Participants must be able to swim 15 yards of any stroke, no flotation devices will be allowed. For ages 6-10, cost is $15-25.

19 October 1:00 Spooky Safety Town
Registration Required
{Buffalo Grove} Enjoy a treasure hunt for candy on the outdoor Safety Town course while riding bikes. Children will create a yummy Halloween snack and play safety games. For ages 4-7, the fee is $18-22.

19 October 2:00 p.m. Great Pumpkin Celebration
FREE INDOORS

{Round Lake} Area businesses will be on-site for safe, indoor trick-or-treating. In addition, there will be other activities including face painting, carnival games, bounce house – even an outdoor hayride and corn maze! For the youngest ones, a not-so-scary trick-or-treat walk will be available in the Children’s Neighborhood Museum.

19 October 3:00 p.m. Haunted Trail and Bonfire
FREE Admission
{Lindenhurst} Activities prices vary. The event includes wagon rides, costume contest, kids games, pumpkins, face painting, bonfire, live entertainment including Jason the Juggler, and balloon twisting. Haunted Trail is available for those that are interested.

19 October 3:30 p.m. Pumpkin Fest
FREE
{Mundelein} Children of all ages are invited to join us in the church parking lot for CPC’s Pumpkin Fest. Participants will receive a free pumpkin to decorate or carve. A judge will award prizes to the best in the decorating contest in categories by age. Light fall refreshments will be provided.

22 October 6:00 p.m. Magic Show with Gary Kantor
FREE INDOORS
{Zion} Be spelled by the Magic of Gary Kantor as he demonstrates magic tricks for the ZB Library. In the spirit of Halloween, please feel free to come in your costume.  Children will receive a sweet treat on their way out and possibly leave with a few tricks up their sleeve.

24 October 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Preschool Monster Bash
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Antioch} There will be music and snacks. During the course of the program, we will dance like monsters! Dressing up is not required, but it is encouraged. For ages 2-5.

25 October 4:00 p.m. Boo-nanza!
FREE INDOORS
{Wheeling} Children, ages 10 years and younger, are welcome to spend a bewitching afternoon at the CRC (Creepy Reeky Castle) filled with spooky fun! Decorate your own pumpkin and create a craft. Enjoy spooky storytelling, hayrides, a magic show, and inflatables. 

25 October 4:30 p.m. Howl with Holly
FREE INDOORS
{Round Lake} Ages 4-8 – Holly Collie, library dog, invites you to celebrate Halloween with her as we listen to howingly good seasonal stories, make a craft, listen to howls and music and have treats. Wear a favorite costume, Holly will! Spaces limited. 

25 October 5:00 p.m. Boo Bash
FREE
{Lincolnshire} This frightfully good time will include a magic show, fire eater, a haunted house/trail, hayride, games, a bounce house, small animal exhibit, Halloween movies, food trucks and more.

25 October 5:00 p.m. Halloween Fest
FREE INDOORS
{Zion} Following the Trail of Treats the Leisure Center is the place to be. There will be games with candy, toy prizes, face painting, a hayride, bouncing chamber and costume contest.

25 October 6:00 p.m. Fall Fest
Registration Required INDOORS
{Vernon Hills} Bring your ghosts and goblins to our annual spooktacular family event featuring indoor trick or treating, balloon art, blacklight dance party, and the annual costume contest. Refreshments will be available for purchase.  This event will sell out, so be sure to buy your tickets early! Tickets are $3 per person, children younger than 2 are free.

25 & 26 October Halloween Hoopla
{Deerfield} Two days of Halloween Fun! Friday night includes DJ, bonfire, pumpkin patch and decorating, scarecrow building and more. Saturday has costumed characters, inflatables, crafts, hayride, entertainment and more. Admission is $7

25 & 26 October Halloween Hikes
{Riverwoods} For children over age four. Cost:  $9 residents/$11 non-residents. Reservations required. Bring your family to this long standing tradition at Ryerson Woods and enjoy an evening on a guided walk along a candlelit trail. The hour-long hike makes stops along the trail to watch nature-themed skits. This program isn’t scary, so even preschoolers will have fun.

26 October 10:00 a.m. Halloween Spooktacular
Registration Required
FREE INDOORS
{Barrington} For children ages 1 – 10 with a parent. Adults are free with a registered child, child’s cost is $14-16. Enjoy a Mad Science Lab, games, inflatables, face painting, cookie decorating, candy hunt, balloon animals and hayrides.

26 October 11:00 a.m. TesserAct Theatre Ensemble Halloween Show for Children
INDOORS
{Barrington} Cost is $10 Enter the forest on Halloween Eve to hear the stories only the trees can tell, with some help from the moonlight and TesserAct’s Spinning Tales Collective. Wear a costume, bring your favorite blanket and pillow and get ready for a storytelling treat. This engaging performance is perfect for children up to middle school age.

26 October 1:00 p.m. Halloween Scary Skate
FREE INDOORS
{Highland Park} Halloween party on ice! Come in a costume to skate for free! regular fees apply for skate rentals and those not in costume.

26 October 2:00 p.m. The Big Halloween Balloon Show with Smarty Pants
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Lake Forest} Get ready for the world’s biggest, eye-popping, jaw-dropping balloon creations, all mixed in with some magic and comedy guaranteed to get you in the Halloween spirit.
For registered children ages 3-12.

26 October 3:30 p.m. Mundelein Boo Bash
FREE {Mundelein} A free Halloween themed event with the entire family. Other activities include games and prizes, bounce house and more. Parental supervision is required of all children.

26 October 6:00 p.m. – Monster Bash
Registration Required INDOORS
{Highland Park} Registration required. It’s Deer Creek’s annual Halloween Party! Come in costumes and play tennis. A prize will be given to the Best in Costume! Cost is $30.

28 October 10:00 Toddler Halloween Party
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Antioch} Come in costume to make a craft, sing songs, dance, enjoy the bubble machine, and watch a movie!

28 October 4:00 p.m. Halloween Howl
FREE
{Fox Lake} Meet members of the Fox Lake Police Department, enjoy treats, hot dogs, bouncy houses, hot chocolate, hayrides, and candy apples. This is a free event and Halloween costumes are encouraged. 

29 October 5:30 Boo Bash
Registration Encouraged
INDOORS
{Glencoe} Children of all ages and their families are invited for a Boo-tiful evening filled with crafts, carnival games, candy and treats, entertainment and pizza dinner. Advance registration is encouraged. Cost is $8 per person in advance and $10 per person at the door.

30 October 5:30 p.m. Halloween Fest
Registration Required INDOORS
{Libertyvlle} This is a family fun event geared for kids ages 10 & under.  Activities include inflatable games, train ride, climb “spider” mountain, costume character, music and more. Admission is $7 pre-registered, $10 at the door (if available) parents and grandparents are free.

31 October 9:30 AND 11:00 a.m. Preschool Halloween Party
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Wauconda} Preschoolers and their caregivers come in costume and get ready to sing and dance with musician Mary Macaroni in this interactive concert for children. Join our parade and receive a take-home surprise!


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Halloween Storytimes in Lake County

Enjoy a good story and sometimes a craft and more at these Halloween Storytimes in Lake County.

22 October 6:30 Spooky Storytime
Registration Required FREE INDOORS

{Antioch} Listen to not so scary books. Make a spooky craft. We will be reading Halloween themed books. For ages 3-6.

23 – 31 October Trick-or-Read: A Storywalk
FREE INDOORS
{Libertyville} Celebrate the spooky season by walking and reading fun Halloween stories in the Children’s Department. Halloween stories will be displayed around the department for you and your little one to enjoy at your own pace. 

24 October 1:00 p.m. Ahhhh! Spiders!
FREE INDOORS
{Round Lake} Ages 3-6 – Have your little ones join us for this Halloween program with stories and a spider craft. Spaces limited.

25 & 28 October 10:00 a.m. Costume Party Story Time
FREE INDOORS
{Barrington} Ages 2-5 and a caregiver. Wear your costume for this special story time! After stories and songs, we will march through the Library in a costume parade.

25 October 10:00 a.m. Monster Mash Storytime Bash
FREE INDOORS
{Gurnee} Come in costume to play bingo, hear stories and dance to favorite Halloween songs! Animal crackers will be served. All ages with an adult.

26 October 10:00 a.m. Trick or Read
Registration Required FREE INDOORS

{Antioch} This is a storytime featuring Halloween themed books to get into the spirit of Halloween! Children in costume will receive a treat! For children in kindergarten through second grade.

28 October 10:00 AND 11:00 a.m. Sunshine Squad Spooky Edition
Free Ticket FREE INDOORS
{Lincolnshire} Through books, rhymes, and songs, this Halloween-themed session will focus on what it means to feel scared and how we can be brave.

28 October 4:00 p.m. Halloween Story & Craft
Registration Required FREE INDOORS

{Antioch} Listen to a story all about Halloween followed by a craft to get into the Halloween spirit! For ages 3-5.

29 October Halloween Open House
FREE INDOORS
{Lake Bluff} Dress in your Halloween finest and join us for a not-so-spooky party! Join us for some stories, a craft, and treats, no tricks.

30 October 9:30 a.m. Trick-or-Reading
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Linclonshire} For ages 0-3 years with an adult. Bring your tiny tot in costume for a boo-tastic storytime followed by a trick-or-treating parade in the library.

31 October 10:00 a.m.- Halloween Dress-Up Party
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Fox Lake} A special and spooktacular storytime! Dress up in your Halloween costume to listen to stories, songs, and have a yummy treat. For children 5 and under.

31 October 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Good & Ghostly Storytime
Registration Required FREE INDOORS

{Mundelein} Ages 0 to 5 with an adult. Come in costume and enjoy stories and dancing before parading through the library. Siblings welcome.

31 October 10:00 & 11:00 a.m. Noisy Time Halloween
FREE INDOORS
{Wheeling} Free tickets required. Ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Enjoy a “spooktacular” short Halloween storytime, craft, and game. Costumes encouraged but not necessary. Limit: 25. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before the program.

31 October 10:30 a.m. Halloween Storytime
FREE INDOORS
{Zion} Children (caregivers too) wear your Halloween costume to this storytime. Age-appropriate Halloween books will be read followed by a craft. For children birth through age 6.

31 October 11:00 a.m. Treat, Craft and Creepy Stories
FREE INDOORS
{Round Lake} All Ages – Wear a costume and join us for some friendly ghoulish fun! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space limited to the first 20.

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Halloween Events for Tweens & Teens

11 October 5:00 p.m. Zombie Laser Tag
Registration Required INDOORS
{Waukegan} Form a squad of two and prepare for the zombie madness. In this capture the flag set-up, you and your teammate must survive this timed game, capture the other team’s flag and get it back to your safe zone without being tagged. All supplies and protection will be provided and must be worn. For children ages 8-15, registration by October 7 required. Cost is $8 for non-resident and $5 residents.

11 October 7:00 p.m. Trick or Tween Halloween
INDOORS
{Lake Zurich} $10 residents; $12 non-residents.
Tweens ONLY event! Monsters will be mashing to the beats of The Great Boodini DJ, goblins will be feasting on tons of pizza and fairies will be playing tons of tricky games with attendees!

12 October 5:00 p.m. Ghost Stories Plus
Registration Required
{Ingelside} Travel the Volo Bog Hunted trail, if you dare! Then gather in the cold, dark, picnic area to hear some chilling tales. This year they welcome storyteller Anne Shimojima who will share stories from the U.S., Europe, and her native Japan. Ages 5 through adult are welcome for the first set of stories; 10 and older for the second scarier set. Registration required, the event usually sells out. Cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child.

18 October 6:00 p.m. Pumpkin Plunge
INDOORS
{Wheeling} $5 per person, includes open swim following the event. Bring the family to hunt for the haunted pumpkins and bob for apples at the Indoor Pool. This hour is for age 7 and older, see Not So Spooky section for younger kids.

18 October 6:00 p.m. Trick & Swim
Registration Required INDOORS
{Highland Park} Swim the first hour, then decorate pumpkins and taffy apple. Participants must be able to swim 15 yards of any stroke, no flotation devices will be allowed. For ages 6-10, cost is $15-25.

18 October 7:00 p.m. Zombie Escape Route
Registration Required INDOORS
{Barrington} Ages 12-14 are challenged to enter the undead forest in order to collect items that will keep you alive or turn you into a zombie. You can compete as a group or individual, the fastest time will win a prize. Registration required, the cost is $12-14 and start times are staggered and must be chosen at registration.

22 October 6:00 p.m. Candy Fest
FREE INDOORS
{Lake Villa} Grades 7 – 12. Attention all candy addicts! Sample candy from other countries, test your limits with a sour candy challenge, take bites of popular candies of the past, and play games for candy prizes!

25 October 7:00 p.m. Halloween Hoopla
{Deerfield} Day one Hoopla is great for tweens with DJ, bonfire, pumpkin patch and decorating, scarecrow building and more. Admission is $7.

26 October 11:00 a.m. Ghosts in a Jar
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Fox Lake} Catch your own spooky friend with this light-up jar craft for ages 8-12.

26 October 1:00 p.m. Halloween Scary Skate
FREE INDOORS
{Highland Park} Halloween party on ice! Come in a costume to skate for free! regular fees apply for skate rentals and those not in costume.

26 October 8:00 p.m. The Return of Scary Stories
Registration Required
{Northbrook} River Trail’s annual scary storytelling around the campfire. $3/person.

27 October 5:00 p.m. Halloween Cake-Off
Registration Required INDOORS
{Bannockbunr} Do you have what it takes to re-create our spooky masterpiece cake? Join us as we take to the kitchen to whip up our signature vanilla cake from scratch and learn how to frost and decorate it like a pro using handmade buttercream frosting and surprise Halloween decorations.  This is a drop-off class for ages 9 and older, fee is $39 per child.

28 October 4:45 p.m. Halloween Make and Take
FREE INDOORS
{Lindenhurst} Grades 7 to 12. Our spookiest season is upon us! Stop in and make three boo-tiful Halloween crafts!

October 30, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Halloween Toon-Tacular
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Fox Lake} Teens are invited to watch Halloween episodes of your favorite cartoons! There will be pizza!

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Haunted Houses in Lake County

The scariest abodes in the county, visit them before they disappear!

Weekends through November 3 The Gallery Presents the Haunting
{Vernon Hills} This is a unique new limited-time venue located at Hawthorn Mall that gives Halloween lovers the chance to step directly into their own Instagram-worthy horror set as the star of their own experience. This Halloween experience offers fun without fear – there are no creepy actors jumping out at visitors to scare them.  Instead, this interactive experience allows guests to interact with a changing lineup of sets, offering photo-worthy encounters that bring imagination to life all along the way. Ticket prices range from $9.99 to $29.99, see website for pricing and hours.

Daily through 31 October 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
{Barrington and Hampshire} Separate fee applies, see website for the current rate. Take a walk through our haunted house and experience the twist and turns, be ready for some thrills and chills. (Appropriate for school-aged children.)

Weekends through November 3 Six Flags Fright Fest
{Gurnee} Standard admission rates apply. All areas of the park are not recommended for young children or those who scare easily, especially after 6:00 p.m. The whole park turns into a Halloween paradise in the day and a giant haunted house with characters jumping out at you at night. In addition, Six Flags has three haunted houses in the park for an additional charge.

Weekends through November 2 Dungeon of Doom Haunted House
{Zion} Cost: $30-$50 per person. Admission for youth ages 12 and older with parents. Come check out one of the scariest haunted houses in the Chicagoland area.  It prides itself on being the only 60-minute long haunted house in a 300-mile radius. Because of how scary this house is, it is up to parental discretion whether their child is mature enough to enter.

19 October 4:30 p.m. Haunted Trail and Bonfire
{Lindenhurst} Are you brave enough to walk through the haunted trail? There will be mortifying unnatural creatures awaiting to eagerly quench their undying thirst for your screams! Cost is $1 per person each time through or 2 tickets available at the ticket tent.

25 October 5:00 p.m. Boo Bash
FREE
{Lincolnshire} This frightfully good time will include a magic show, fire eater, a haunted house/trail, hayride, games, a bounce house, small animal exhibit, Halloween movies, food trucks and more.

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Halloween Movie Showings in Lake County

From spooky to fun, these movies will get you ready for Halloween fun.

18 October 6:30 p.m. Movies in the Barn
FREE INDOORS
{Hawthorn Woods} Prepare for Halloween with Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride!  Start with a craft followed by the movie. Halloween costumes or pajamas are encouraged.

18 October 7:00 p.m. Movie in the Park
FREE
{Lake Bluff} Bring your kids, pack some snacks, and lay out your blankets for an outdoor movie. Show time will start around dusk and will be a family-friendly Halloween themed movie to follow our Trunk or Treat event taking place in the parking lot.

26 October 5:00 p.m. Hawthorn Mall Spooktacular
FREE INDOORS
{Vernon Hills} The Spooktacular will include a FREE movie (rated PG) and face painting. Costumes are encouraged but not required for the Spooktacular event.

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Halloween Crafting Events in Lake County

From pumpkin decorating to ghoulish costumes get your craft on at these Halloween crafting events in Lake County.

8 October 5:00 p.m. Pumpkin Decorating 
FREE {Round Lake Beach} A fun night of pumpkin decorating at Renwood Golf Course. All supplies are free, and kids will be able to bring home their carefully crafted masterpieces.

10 October 4:00 p.m. DIY Family Paint a Pumpkin
Space limited to 15 FREE INDOORS
{Round Lake} Ages 6 and up – Your family is invited to use their imagination, problem-solving skills and creativity to explore different materials and tools as they learn new techniques to create something new! 

15 October 4:30 p.m. Franken-toy
FREE INDOORS 
{Grayslake} Become a mad scientist and design your own monstrous creation from different pieces of used toys. For ages 5 to 12, drop-in.

16 October 6:30 p.m. Messy Art! Marshmallow Witches
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Fox Lake} Children and caregivers will enjoy a short story followed by a messy art experience.

18 October 6:00 p.m. Pumpkin Decorating
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Fox Lake} Transform a mini pumpkin into a “boo-tiful” Halloween decoration. Children with a caregiver will be able to use various craft supplies to decorate their very own pumpkin. Pumpkins and craft supplies provided. All ages welcome.

19 October 10:00 a.m. Family Halloween Craft
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Antioch} For ages 3-10 with a caregiver to make a Halloween decoration.

21 October 6:00 p.m. Pumpkin Painting Party
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Waukegan} Children in grades 3 through 5 are invited to bring their creative skills to decorate their own pumpkin. 

22 October 4:30 p.m. What’s in the Slime?
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Grayslake} For children in grades 5-6. Make some classic slime with an added surprise ingredient.

22 October 6:30 p.m. Drop-in Ghost Craft
FREE INDOORS
{Antioch} For ages 3-12. Stop in and enjoy making a ghost craft to take home.

23 October 5:00 p.m. –Painted Pumpkin Party
FREE INDOORS
{Grayslake} Get creative and turn a pumpkin into a masterpiece. You bring the pumpkin (real or fake), and we’ll provide the supplies.

24 October 3:30 p.m. Paint a Pumpkin
FREE INDOORS
{Zion} Prepare for Halloween and paint a pumpkin!  For children in grades 3-6 while supplies last.

24 October 4:00 p.m. Spooky Light-Up Cards
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Barrington} Learn about circuits, and make a spooky card that lights up. For children in grades 3-6.

26 October 2:30 p.m. Art Explorations: Day of the Dead
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Glencoe} Guest artist Bernadette Foch returns with new classes featuring oil pastels, Sharpies, chalk paper, and color diffusing paper. You’ll create your own masterpiece to bring home. For children in grades 1-6.

29 October 4:15 p.m. Pumpkin Decorating
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Glencoe} Get in the Halloween spirit by beautifying your very own pumpkin using paints, stickers, Sharpies, and more! For children in Kindergarten through grade 3.

29 October 6:00 p.m. Howloween Luminaries
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Antioch} Have a spooktacular time painting Halloween luminaries. For children in grades 6 through 12.

29 October 6:00 p.m. –  Dia de los Muertos – Sugar Skulls
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Fox Lake} Enjoy a presentation from the Academia Cultural Xilotl on the cultural significance, history, and modern practices behind Dia de los Muertos throughout Mexico and other Latin American countries. Following the presentation, you’ll have the chance to decorate your very own Sugar Skull! All materials will be provided.

31 October 6:00 p.m. Skelton Puppets
FREE INDOORS
{Round Lake} Let’s make our own skeleton puppets and dance! Spaces limited.

 Halloween Activities in Lake County

From creature features to Halloween Science there is a spooky something no matter what you like to do.

7 October 6:30 p.m. Vampirology
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Antioch} Join the Ology Club and study vampires. The myths the legends and the beautiful creatures of the night. For children in grades 2-5.

9 October 6:30 p.m. Spider Slime
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Antioch} Make your very own spider slime to celebrate the spooky season. For children in grades 2-5.

11 -13 October Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest
{Highwood} Daily admission is $3/day
Activities include trick or treating, costume contests, hayrides, a petting zoo, kids crafts, pony rides, live music, carnival rides, food and beverage vendors galore and more.

13 October 11:00 a.m. Spooky Pooch Parade
{Glencoe} The only time dogs are allowed in the garden! Cleverly costumed canines march the parade route to celebrate Halloween. Tickets are required for pets entering the content, $22 in advance $28 at the door, viewing is free, standard parking rates apply.

13 October 1:00 p.m. Spooky Train Run
FREE INDOORS
{Mundelein} A special Halloween display from the North Central ‘O’ Gaugers. Press some buttons and learn all about trains and model train enthusiasts.

14 October 11:00 a.m. Incredible Bats
FREE INDOORS
{Fox Lake} Come to the library to see real bats and other animals at his live animal show! Shee sugar gliders, reptiles, bats, and more!

16 -20 and 23-27 October 6:30 p.m. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns
{Glencoe} Tickets in advance (on or before October 23): Adults: $16/$14 Children 3 – 12: $13/$11 Tickets (after October 23): Adults: $18/$16 Children 3 – 12: $15/$13 More than 1,000 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 takes advantage of the Garden’s glorious fall setting, and features only real pumpkins. It’s an unforgettable experience.

19 October 10:00 a.m. Incredible Bats!
Ticket Required FREE INDOORS
{Grayslake} Come see Egyptian Fruit Bats and African Straw-Colored Fruit Bats up close. For all ages. Tickets available one month prior to event for district residents, and two weeks prior for reciprocal borrowers. Free tickets available at the Youth Services Desk.

19 October 19, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Incredible Bats!
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Antioch} Come see Egyptian Fruit Bats and African Straw-Colored Fruit Bats up close. For all ages.

20 & 26 October 9:30 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. Creepy Cooking
Registration Required INDOORS
{Glencoe} Celebrate Halloween with a little less sugar. We will make banana ghosts (yogurt-covered bananas), green monster smoothies, and pretzel spider webs. This program engages the adult and child together. For ages 4-10 and up to two adults. Fee is $24 per child.

23 & 24 October 6:15 p.m. The Great Pumpkin Hunt & Decoration
Registration Required
{Buffalo Grove} All participants will start indoors and will decorate a pumpkin. Following the pumpkin decorating, participants will enjoy a flashlight egg hunt in the backyard of the museum, so bring your flashlights!  For children ages 3-12, no day of registration accepted. The cost is $10-13.

24 October 6:00 p.m. Halloween Cookie Decorating
Registration Required INDOORS
{Wauconda} Scary ghosts or cute little Jack-O-Lanterns? It’s all up to you!! Join us as we get creative decorating Halloween cookies. Each child will get 3-4 cookies to decorate and take home with them. Fee is $35 per child.

26 October 5:00 p.m. AND 27 October 9:00 a.m. Halloween Haunted Houses
Registration Required INDOORS
{Bannockburn} Bring your spooky chef to enjoy family bonding and gingerbread fun in our signature Halloween Workshop. From frosted candy corn roofs to gummy window panes, you and your creative chef will love the endless decorating options as you work together to design and decorate your very own gingerbread house masterpiece.  Suitable for all ages over 2, $39 per parent/child pair.

27 October 1:30 p.m. The Un-Haunted Forest
Registration Required
{Northbrook} A whimsical, but not scary, hike in the woods to solve a mystery.  Costumes optional. $3/child.

27 October 6:00 p.m. Ghost Walk
Registration Required
{Long Grove} The event is family friendly and involves a haunted hour long walk through the historic downtown. Required donation of $10/adult and $5/children (Grades K-8). Reservations are required and space is limited.

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