Halloween has evolved from one day of going up and down your block to a month of family-friendly fun! Whether you have teens that want to be scared, tots that just want candy or you want some quality time together for everyone Lake County has an event for you. Find all our guides and reviews related to Halloween on this page so you can come back to one place.

Remember, you can always find things to do in Lake County on the Little Lake County calendar.

halloween in lake county

Halloween in Lake County

Halloween Events in Lake County

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Annual Pumpkin Smash at the Glencoe Community Garden 10:00 am
Annual Pumpkin Smash at the Glencoe Community Garden @ Glencoe Community Garden
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Don’t trash it, smash it! Bring your pumpkins to the Garden, smash ‘em, and compost them! Pumpkins are over 90% water, so they are great for our soil (and composting is better than landfills!). Please [...]
Annual Pumpkin Drop 12:30 pm
Annual Pumpkin Drop @ Keith Mione Community Park
Nov 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Who said being GREEN can’t be fun. Watch your pumpkins soar and roll to the compost. The ever popular “BIG RED” trebuchet/catapult designed and built by Mundelein High School students will be on hand once [...]
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There is so much to do in October, find your perfect Halloween Event in Lake County with our guides:

halloween events in lake county

The Ultimate Guide to Trick-or-Treating in Lake County has all the events, trails, and hours where kids can fill their candy sacks. Continuously updated all season.

Want more than just a trail of treats? Check our the Complete Halloween Events in Lake County guide, a killer list that is broken done by type from not so scary to Tweens and more.

Tweens and Teens enjoy Halloween as well! Find the best events for Tweens and Teens in Lake County.

Want a different kind of trick-or-treating experience? Try a Trunk-or-Treat in Lake County.

Halloween Event Reviews
Read about our experiences in previous years at some of the counties biggest events:
Lindenhurst Haunted Trail and Bonfire from 2012
Halloween Hikes at Ryerson Woods from 2010
Trick-or-Treat on Main Street Wauconda from 2016
Enjoying Six Flags Great America’s Fright Fest with Kids from 2017
Mundelein Pumpkin Drop from 2015

Don’t leave Fido at home! Pets can have fun too at these Howl-o-ween Events for Pets and their Humans.

Coming soon….
– Halloween Candy Buy Back Events

Halloween Activities in Lake County

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Get the whole family in the spirit with these Family Halloween Costume Ideas.

Teal Pumpkin Project: Wondering why your neighbor has a blue pumpkin on their porch? Learn what it is and how you can participate. Natalie also has some great ways to Make Halloween Fun for Kids with Food Allergies.

Want to green up your Halloween a bit? We have some ideas and suggestions for Non-Toxic Halloween Costumes and make-up.

Pumpkin Patches in Lake County is a guide to all the patches where you can pick-your-own pumpkins in Lake County and Southeast Wisconsin. Find all our pumpkin patch reviews on our Fall fun in Lake County page.

When the fun is over it’s time to chuck those pumpkins. We know where to Toss, Roll, Launch and Compost Pumpkins.

Get lost in one of the area’s Corn Mazes or take the family on a hayride.

Cuddle up with a scary story, we have favorite Halloween Books for Kids – perfectly not-to-spooky for preschoolers.

Halloween Recipes

halloween recipes

Halloween lends itself to fun recipes, whether you are looking to use up all that pumpkin or just want something fun to serve for dinner we have a few favorites:
Mummy Dog Recipe
Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast Roll-ups
Pumpkin Muffins
Green Franken-Muffins
Chef Brew’s Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Seeds
Taffy Apple Salad
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin Sugar cookies

Because mom & dad enjoy Halloween too we share some Halloween Wine Pairings with our favorite wine, Diving Rod, paired with your favorite candies.

Find more Halloween Fun in McHenry County and when Halloween is over find all the upcoming holiday fun at Holidays in Lake County.