Little Lake County parents are active, mobile and always seeking adventure! Sometimes we even traverse outside of our fair county to find family entertainment beyond our borders. Due to popular reader demand, we introduce “Little McHenry County,” a monthly column dedicated to finding fun with our neighbors to the west, written by McHenry County Moms in the know. Explore and enjoy!
Halloween Fun in McHenry County!
The weekend before Halloween is always spooktacularly filled with opportunities to get lots and lots and lots (and lots) of candy for your little ones. Bust out those toothbrushes and start planning a weekend of fun! Plenty of free or almost-free events are available to entertain your little goblins for the entire weekend.
Halloween Walk Trick or Treating, Cary/Fox River Grove
Saturday, October 28
Cary: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fox River Grove: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fox River Grove Stone Hill/Foxmoor Crossing,
Route 22, Fox River Grove
Get an early start on those candy baskets with some merchant trick-or-treating and a Halloween costume parade., The Cary parade will start in front of the former Dunkin’ Donuts and the Fox River Grove parade will start in front of Leader Ace Hardware. This event is FREE.
Party at the Plaza, Crystal Lake
Saturday, October 28, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
1 Crystal Lake Plaza Ste. AW, Crystal Lake
Save the Date! On October 28th Achieve Footwear and the Crystal Lake Plaza Merchants will be hosting the 6th Annual Party at The Plaza. Free activities include pumpkin decorating, petting zoo, face painting, trick-or-treating, and touch a truck. In addition, Star 105.5 FM will be doing a live broadcast between 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Wear your costumes and have some fun!
Not-Too-Scary Ghost Stories for the Whole Family, Woodstock Saturday, October 28, 10:00 a.m.
Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock
Come to hear funny (and a bit scary), ghostly adventures of the Boo Baby Girl and her sidekick, Bootsie, the Bilingual Cattle-Herding Chihuahua in a sneak preview of professional storyteller Jim May’s new chapter book The Further Adventures of the Boo Baby Girl. Includes a book signing. Tickets: $8, all seats.
Lunch with Goblins and Halloween Egg Haunt
Saturday, October 28, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills
Grab your costume for friendly goblins, Halloween egg haunt, and boo-licious bites. Limit 12 eggs per child. Lunch including cheese pizza, chips, and a drink will be served. Registration and adult supervision is required. Cost: $15-$18. For registration and information call (847) 960-7460 or visit the event link.
Fall Fun and Haunted Forest
Saturday October 28, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Algonquin Road School, 975 Algonquin Rd., Fox River Grove
Enjoy this fun and slightly scary Haunted Forest with some fall fun thrown in. Fall Fun is free, but the Haunted Forest requires a $4.00 admission, children younger than age three are admitted FREE.
Halloween Hoopla, McHenry
Sunday, October 29, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hilltop School, 2615 W. Lincoln Road, McHenry
Celebrate a safe Halloween inside with “Thrilling” music, dance contests, games and simple crafts for costumed children ages 2-10 accompanied by an adult. Cost: $5 a child at the door, adults FREE.
Halloween Fest, Harvard
Sunday, October 29, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Harvard Chevrolet Buick GMC, 333 S. Division St., Harvard
This family-friendly event is open to the public and features pony rides, petting zoo, games, a pumpkin decorating contest, costume contests and trunk-or-treating. New this year is a pet costume contest hosted by Women for Harvard. FREE.
Trunk or Treat, Lakewood
Tuesday, October 31, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
8525 Redtail Drive, Lakewood
Chesterbrook Academy is hosting a Trunk or Treat event in the parking lot of the school for all to attend. Children can parade through the parking lot to collect candy from decorated trunks. Participants are asked to please bring donations of canned food for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry’s Community Harvest.
10th Annual Safety Town Trick or Treat, Lake in the Hills
Safety Education Center (SEC), 1109 Crystal Lake Rd., Lake in the Hills
Tuesday, October 31, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Lake in the Hills Police Department will host its 10th annual safe trick-or-treat night for guys and ghouls in a fenced area where they can meet friendly monsters and other characters who will hand out treats from the miniature town. The event is held behind the Safety Educational Center and is FREE.
Halloween Handout, Crystal Lake
Tuesday, October 31, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Crystal Lake
Participating merchants throughout downtown Crystal Lake open their doors to invite costumed children age 12 and younger to receive a treat. Participating merchants will have an orange “Halloween Handout” pumpkin flyer on their window.
Trunk or Treat at McHenry Outdoor Theater
Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 5:30 p.m. start
1510 N. Chapel Hill Rd., McHenry
Bring your children dressed in their Halloween costumes and “trick-or-treat” from the trunks of a variety of vehicles representing local businesses in the area. This is a fun event for all, followed by two kid-friendly movies, Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2. Movie Admission fees are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for kids age 12 and younger.
St. Paul’s U.C.C. 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat, Crystal Lake
Friday, October 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
485 Woodstock Street, Crystal Lake
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will be hosting its 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat, a free community event for all families! Come on out and enjoy over 20 trunks full of treats, free dinner (hot dog, chips, drink), hayride, bonfire, face-painting and temporary tattoos, cookie decorating, and an outdoor movie showing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The only admission fee is a suggested donation of three canned goods to benefit the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.
Trunk or Treat at Main Beach in Crystal Lake
Saturday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Dr., Crystal Lake
This annual Truck or Treat party is fun for kids of all ages! Wear your costumes, and enjoy the dozens of trucks, construction, and safety vehicles that are on display and available for the kids to play in and check out. Halloween treats are plentiful and carnival games are also available for free in the Pavilion!
Trunk or Treat – St. Thomas the Apostle Church
October 31, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
451 W. Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake
Join us for the First Annual Trunk or Treat! Bring your little saints and angels to trick or treat in a safe environment or pack up and decorate your trunk in a fun theme and pass out treats to the kiddos! Parking and trunk decorating starts at 5:00 p.m. — no scary trunks, please! The All Saints Day Vigil Mass begins at 7:00 p.m. and families are welcome to attend.
So many activities, so little time! Enjoy your weekend with your little ghouls and goblins!