MONSTROUS Guide to Trick-or-Treating in Lake County {2017}

One of the things I looked forward to the most about having kids was taking them trick-or-treating on Halloween.  It is just so much fun to put on your costume and collect as much candy as your pumpkin- faced bucket will allow.  If you love trick-or-treating as much as I do, you are in luck. There are many opportunities in and around Lake County to trick-or-treat throughout the entire month of October.  Grab your little ones and head to your nearest Halloween event! Here are all of the great places hosting trick-or-treating in Lake County for you to get your candy fix.

trick-or-treating in Lake County

Little Lake County has put together your monstrous guide to all things trick-or-treat with this list of community and bushiness district trick-or-treating hours and events. As always for outdoor events, be sure to check the weather before heading out so as not to disappoint your little ghouls.

Please click on the links provided for full details. Little Lake County is not responsible for changes to, or cancellations of, events. If events take place over multiple days, the first day of the event is what is linked.

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Trick-or-Treating Events in Lake County

Trick-or-Treating in Lake County
Photo Source: Gurnee Park District Facebook Page

14  October 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Trick or Treat Path
Viking Park, Gurnee
$5 residents; $10 non-resident and at the door
Trick or treat through Viking Park with nearly 50 of your favorite friendly characters. Walk from ‘house to house’ and get treats from Winnie the Pooh & Friends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mickey & Minnie, your favorite princesses, and more. This event is held outdoors – please dress for the weather.  Recommended for children ages 1-6.

19 October 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 10th Annual Pumpkin Fest
Central Park Aquatic Fields, Grayslake
$8 Pre-Registered; $13 at the door
Trick-or-treat on the character trail, participate in the costume contest, ride hayrides, bounce in the bounce houses, and more!

21 & 22 October 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Trains, Tricks, & Treats
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
$6 Adults, $5 Seniors, Kids (ages 3-14) $4, children age two and younger are free.
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. Children may also pot a plant to take home. Standard garden admission rates still apply.

21 October 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Public Safety Fair 
North Chicago City Hall, North Chicago
FREE. The Public Safety Fair is FREE and open to the public. There will fire and police simulation activities, vehicles, food and trick-or-treating for the kids.

21 October 10:30 a.m  – Little Hands Big Hearts Trick or Treating 
Winchester House, Libertyville
FREE. Join us  for trick or treating with our grandfriends at Winchester House in Libertyville. We will be handing out candy and making halloween crafts with our grandfriends. Costumes are welcome and highly encouraged! Please RSVP to

27 October 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Trail of Treats
Shiloh Park, Zion
FREE.  Trail of Treats is a fun community event organized by Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, the City of Zion and the Zion Park District. Kids will trick or treat through Shiloh Park starting at the 27th Street tennis courts and ending at the Leisure Center for a Halloween Party hosted by Zion Park District.

28 October 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Spooky Zoo Spectacular
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
FREE. Spooky Zoo Spectacular 2017, hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo, will give children the opportunity to celebrate Halloween for free in a safe and family friendly environment. This year’s celebration will mark the 31st anniversary of this beloved Halloween-themed celebration!

28 October 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Boo Bash
Community Center & Community Park, Mundelein
FREE.Enjoy this Halloween-themed event with the entire family. Candy and treats are provided by local businesses. Other activities include: games and prizes, storytelling and visits by familiar costumed characters. Tractor-pulled wagon rides will be provided by the Lake County Farm Heritage Group. This event is held rain or shine. No registration is required and costumes are encouraged. Parents must supervise children. Food will be available for purchase.

31 October 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Halloween Haunted Trail
Bannockburn Village Hall, Bannockburn
FREE. Bannockburn Trick or Treaters of all ages are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and walk the not so scary “Haunted Trail” thru the park behind the Village Hall collecting candy.


Indoor Trick-or-Treating Events in Lake County

Trick-or-Treating in Lake County
Photo Source : Glencoe Park District

6  October 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m Trick or Tween Halloween
Paulus Park Barn, Lake Zurich
Residents $10, Non-residents $12 * REGISTRATION REQUIRED*
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! Join the Park District at your own risk for this fabulous freaky Friday 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! Costumes are a must to enter the contest to win prizes.  Recommended for ages 9-12.

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

21 October 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Great Pumpkin Celebration|
Robert W. Rolek Comunity Center, Round Lake
FREE. Join the the RLAPD for the annual Great Pumpkin Celebration! Enjoy free family fun including a costume contest, indoor trick-or-treating, fantasy maze, corn maze, hayrides, kids entertainment, carnival games and prizes, and more!

22 October, 12:00-5:00 p.m. Trick or Treat & Kids Costume Contest at Count-I-Con
Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake
Adults $7 (and drink with ID), Children 12 and under FREE!
Bring the whole family to Count-I-Con Sunday, October 22nd for a fun and family friendly event!
Visit each of our 200+ vendors, guests and artists with the kids (and trick or treat bags) and go home with a ton of candy and trinkets! Also, while you are at Count-i-Con, sign up for the kids’ costume contest and win some great prizes!

25 October 6:30p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
27 October 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Halloween Storytime Parade
Grayslake Area Public Library, Grayslake
Free, but registration is required.
Join the library staff for stories, fun, and a trick-or-treat parade.  Come in costume and join the fun!  This program is for preschoolers and children to age six.

26 October 10:00a.m. -12:00 p.m. Meet Ariel Halloween Party & Trick or Treat
Raders Spinal Health Center, Vernon Hills
FREE. Dress up your little ones and practice trick or treating at Raders Spinal Health Center!! Non-edible toys and healthy, non-peanut treats will be handed out by staff from treatment rooms, no tricks necessary!
*Halloween party will include snacks, balloons, and dancing. The Little Mermaid Ariel will be making a special appearance at our Halloween Party!!! She will be signing autographs and taking pictures with your little monsters from 10:30-11:30 am.

26 October 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Boo Bash
Takiff Center, Glencoe
$8 per person by October 25, $10 per person on or after October 26.
Enjoy a Boo-tiful evening filled with crafts, carnival games, treats, inflatable fun, entertainment and more. Bring a trick-or-treat bag and wear a costume!

 27 October 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Trick or Treat Trail 
Alcott Center , Buffalo Grove
 FREE. You never know who you will see at our Trick-or-Treat Trail! Friendly characters will line the path to hand out candy and small prizes to children. Children will also have the opportunity to get their face painted, take pictures with the characters, play carnival games, and much more. This event is a no scare zone and parents must accompany children during this event.
27 October 6:00 – 9 :00 p.m. Fall Fest 
Sullivan Community Center, Vernon Hills
$2 each for children ages two and older if purchased by October 27th; tickets are $5 each if purchased on October 28th.
This spooktacular family event featuring indoor trick-or-treating, magic show, face painter, carnival games, and a costume contest. My family has gone to this event every year, and it is really nicely done.
28 October, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party
Lindenhurst Park District Gym
$7 residents; $9 non-resident per child (Adults Free with Paid Child Admission.) Registration Required.
Join us for our first Halloween Party. Enjoy games, dance party, crafts, indoor trick-or-treating, and stories from the Lake Villa Library.  Remember to dress in costume to enter the family costume contest.28 October 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Abt’s Halloween Party
ABT Electrionics, Glenview|
FREE. Join the fun at our in-store Halloween Party! Enjoy a safe and fun Halloween with crafts, free prints of your kiddos in costume, and of course trick-or-treating!
28 October, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.- 3rd Annual Halloween Extravaganza 
Double Tree by Hilton, Mundelein
Trick or treat throughout the hotel. Fun games and rides sponsored by Clowning Around and many more.
Costume contest, face Painting and much more.
30 October, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Trick or Reading
Vernon Area Public Library District, Lincolnshire
*Registration Required*  FREE  Bring your tiny tot in costume for a boo-tastic storytime followed by a trick-or-treating parade in the library.
31 October 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.  Halloween Jam!
Fremont Public Library, Mundelein
FREE but registration is required.  Bring your 3-5-year-old for not-so-spooky stories and songs, a parade through the library, and trick-or-treating in the library
31 October All Day Trick or Treat the Youth Services Department
Deerfield Public Library, Deerfield
FREE.  Stop by the Youth Services Department on Halloween to show off your costume and get a (non-food) treat!
31 October All Day  Trick or Treat Lake Bluff Public Library
Lake Bluff Public Library , Lake Bluff
FREE. Children, teens, and adults can stop by the Library on Halloween to trick or treat. All you need to do is say “trick or treat” to the friendly staff at our front desk and you’ll take home the sweet treat of a $5 fine voucher or Halloween candy. Costume optional but enthusiastically encouraged!
31 October, *:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Trick or Treat Yourself! 
Libertyville Bank & Trust , Libertyville
FREE. Halloween is Buck’s favorite holiday, and to celebrate, he’s giving away Halloween treats to his favorite humans. All you have to do is have your parents bring you to the bank on October 31 (during bank hours) to pick up a special spooky treat. It’s our way of wishing you a safe and happy Halloween!

Trick-or-Treat off the Block – Business Trick-or-Treat Events

Trick-or-Treating in Lake County
Photo Source: Grayslake Chamber of Commerce

21 October 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Treat the Streets  & Monster Mash Bash
Antioch Bandshell, Antioch
FREE. The Treat the Streets event from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. is a chance to trick-or-treat in the downtown area businesses.  The Monster Mash Bash event from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the band shell is the opportunity to participate in the original pumpkin roll, costume contest and carnival type-games.

26 October 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Candy Stroll
Downtown Highland Park
FREE. Children are invited to go store-to-store for the annual candy stroll. We look forward to another great year of this community tradition! There will be Stilt walkers/performers, face painters, balloon artists, DJ entertainment. As well as free pony rides in the plaza, free hay rides ’round the block, live music by Cirrus Falcon, cute backdrops for your own photos!

26 October 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Halloween Fun at Market Square
Market Square, Lake Forest
FREE. Join the FREE family-friendly fun October 26 (4-6pm) for trick-or-treating throughout Market Square with a FREE Halloween bag (while supplies last)! Enter the costume contest, have your face painted, dance to the DJ or take snapshots in the photo booth.

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

28 October 12:00 –5:00 p.m. Trick or Treat Deer Park Town Center
Shops at Deer Park Town Center, Deer Park
FREE. Look for pumpkin decals on participating stores doors or windows while you shop.

28 October 2:00 –5:00 p.m. Trick or Treat on 6th Avenue
6th Avenue, Kenosha, WI
FREE. Welcoming all families for a SPOOKTACULAR Super Saturday Trick or Treating on 6th Avenue! Little ghosts and goblins will enjoy trick-or-treating in the downtown area at participating stores (TBA). The fun Begins at 2:00 p.m. and goes until 5:00 p.m. or while supplies last. Following is a Free Decorate your own cookie event at The Sugar Boxx from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

29 October 12:00 -5:00 p.m. – Trick or Treat on Main Street
Main Street, Wauconda
FREE. Stop at the shops and restaurants on Main Street for treats, games and specials!

31 October 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Little Goblins Trick or Treat 
Hawthorn Mall,Vernon Hills
FREE. Guests 6 years old and younger are invited to trick-or-treat at their favorite participating Hawthorn Mall stores.Not all stores participate in the trick-or-treating event. Participating retailers will have a sign at their door/kiosk. Candy is available while supplies last.

31 October 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Trick or Treat on MainStreet 
Downtown Libertyville, Libertyville
FREE. Trick-or-treat in town! Bring your camera and trick-or-treat down MainStreet in a safe and fun family event.Participating stores will have a bright orange pumpkin sign on their door or window.

31 October 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Trick or Treat at Ice House Mall
Ice House Mall, Barrington
FREE. Kids in costumes can trick-or-treat at all Ice House Mall Stores and enjoy the special Halloween Craft Corner.


Trunk or Treating

Trick-or-Treating in Lake County
Photo Source: Village of Arlington Heights Facebook Page

14  October 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival
T&R Landscape Supply & Garden Center, Zion
FREEJoin T&R for their 2nd annual Trunk or Treat and Fall Fest event! There will be many free activities such as Trunk or Treating at over 40 vendors (for kids ages 13 and under), bounce houses, face painting, Lake County Sheriff K-9 demos, games, pumpkin painting, food, raffles, and more.

14 October 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Trucks, Trunks, & Treats
Family Aquatic Center Parking Lot, Vernon Hills
$3 per child, Children younger than two are admitted for free.
Come in your costumes and hop aboard community vehicles at this fun touch-a-truck event with a twist. Candy will be handed out at each truck. New this year is a Canine Costume Contest where you can let your furry friend strut their stuff. Canine Contest Fee: $1 (cash only) on the day of the event.

20 October 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat
Blair Parking Lot, Lake Bluff
Free, but registration is required by October 13th to ensure enough candy.
Trunk or Treat from car to car at the Blair Park parking lot. There will be costume contests as well as apple cider and popcorn under pavilion.

20 October 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat
Round Lake Beach Civic Center, Round Lake Beach
FREE.Everyone’s invited for some outdoor seasonal family fun! We’ll have a trunks competition, giant inflatables, face painting, music, games for kids, real food and tons of candy… all for free! Costumes encouraged, and bring a candy bag for your takehome!

27 October 6:00 – 8:15 p.m. Trunk or Treat
Village of Arlington Heights Public Works Building, Arlington Heights
$7, pre-registration or $10 at the door.
Trick-or-Treat from car-to-car INSIDE the Public Works building. Businesses and organizations will decorate their vehicles and provide “Halloween handouts.” Come in costume; trick-or-treat bags will be provided.

27 October 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat
Goldfish swim School, Mundelein
FREE. Join some of your favorite Goldfish Swim School teachers at this year’s Trunk or Treat event Trunk or treat in the parking lot followed by crafts, family swim, and more.

27 October 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat
Goldfish swim School, Northbrook
FREE. Please join us for our first annual Trunk or Treat! The night will feature trick-or-treating from car to car in our parking lot, arts and crafts, light refreshments, and of course-swimming! Don’t forget to wear your costume!

28 October 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat w/ Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2 at the Outdoor 
McHenry Outdoor Theater, McHenry
Standard movie rate applies.
Join us for this fun event! Let the kids trick or treat from supporting businesses’ Halloween displays followed by the movies Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2

29  October 2:00  – 4:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat
St. John’s Lutheran School, Libertyville
FREE.  St. John’s Lutheran School Youth Group will be leading a Trunk or Treat event! Join us for this fun community event!

29  October 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. . Trunk or Treat
Torch of Faith, Grayslake
FREE.  Enjoy the awesome decorated cars, vote for your favorite, and get plenty of free candy for the kids! Don’t leave without getting your raffle ticket for the chance to win a free iPad!

31  October 3:00  – 7:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Barrington
FREE.  All goblins are welcome to come and trunk or treat!

31  October 4:00  – 7:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat
Mt.Hope U.M.C, 1015 W Broadway St. McHenry
FREE  Come out for trunk or treating,  games, face painting, crafts, and much more.  Come in your Halloween costume and the hotdogs & Popcorn are on us, while supplies last!

Community Trick-or-Treat Hours

lake county trick or treat hours

Here are the hours, per the individual cities websites or offices, for trick-or-treating. Dates are posted as they are announced. Times and dates are subject to change. Unless otherwise noted all hours are for October 31.

Antioch – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bannockburn –3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Barrington – 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Beach Park – October 29 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Buffalo Grove – 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Deer Park – 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Deerfield – 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fox Lake –4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fox River Grove – 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Glencoe – 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Grandwood Park –  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Grant Township –To be announced
Green Oaks – To be announced
Grayslake – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gurnee – October 28 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hainesville – October 29 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Hawthorn Woods – 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Highland Park – 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Highwood – 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Island Lake –  4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Kildeer – 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Kenosha-  4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lake Bluff – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Lake Forest – 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lake Villa – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Lake Zurich – 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Libertyville – 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Lincolnshire – 4:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.
Lindenhurst  4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
McHenry- 4:00 p.m. –  7:00 p.m.
Mundelein –  4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
North Barrington –3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
North Chicago – October 29, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Park City –October 29, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pleasant Prairie – October 29,  3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Round Lake – October 29, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  * Round lake board overturned mayor’s decision to have Halloween on the actual day*
Round Lake Beach – October 29 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Round Lake Heights – October 29 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Round Lake Park – To be announced
Vernon Hills – 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Wadsworth – October 29, 2:00 -5:00 p.m.
Wauconda – 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Waukegan – October 29, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wildwood – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Winthrop Harbor – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Winnetka – end of school – dusk
Wheeling – 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Volo – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Zion – October 29, 2:00 p.m. – 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.

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