The 2020 Guide to Trick-or-Treating in Lake County

Halloween in Lake County

Obviously Halloween 2020 is going to look a bit different than usual. However it’s on SATURDAY this year so let’s make the best of it! Be sure to bookmark this page and come back frequently as we will be updating as often as possible.

It’s here, the month your kids dream of all year – Candy-tober! I mean October! As Halloween has grown beyond the neighborhood, it has also expanded beyond one day. So splurge on the good costume or let them buy more than one because there are plenty of opportunities this month to grab some candy all across Lake County!

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Little Lake County put together this ultimate guide of all things trick-or-treat with community and business district trick-or-treating hours and events.

COVID-19 Statement: Experts have advised that the best thing for our community during the current Coronavirus pandemic is to reduce crowded gatherings. Please exercise caution when selecting outings. Ultimately it is your decision if you choose to go to public events and spaces. For the best and most up to date information on the outbreak locally, please visit the Lake County Health Department COVID-19 status page.

Trick-or-Treating Events in Lake County

Trick-or-Treat Trails| Business Trick-or-Treating Events| Trunk-or-Treat | Special Needs Trick-or-Treating Events | Events with Trick or Treating | Community Trick or Treat Hours

Events are listed in chronological order under each type. Outdoor events are weather dependent; please check the listing before heading out. Little Lake County is not responsible for changes or cancellations. If there are fees or registration required spots were available at time of publishing, we are not responsible for sold out events.

Community Trick-or-Treat Hours

Here are the hours, per the individual city websites or offices, for trick-or-treating. If no hours are posted, we have published the times as we have seen from previous years or personal accounts, we will update as needed. Times and dates are subject to change.

Saturday, October 31

  • Barrington, normally 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. no announcement or confirmation published yet
  • North Barrington, normally 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. no announcement or confirmation published yet

Saturday, November 2

Saturday 26 October

Sunday 27 October

  • 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Round Lake, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Park City
  • 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Beach Park, Round Lake Beach, Wadsworth, Waukegan, Zion, North Chicago
  • 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Hainesville
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Trick-or-Treat Trails in Lake County

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.

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!

25 October 5:00 p.m. Trail of Treats
{Zion} 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. In addition to the trick or treat trail, there will be a Halloween festival with fair games, face painting, a hayride, and a bouncing chamber.

26 October 1:00 p.m. Trick or Treat Trail
{Waukegan} Walk the trail of professionally costumed loved and feared characters and scenes along a walking path. The ghouls, monsters, and wildlife know you must stay on the path, so don’t fear the fantastic fun that awaits. Children will receive Halloween treats along the way. Costumes are encouraged. For ages 2 and older.

27 October 11:30 p.m. Trick-or-Treat Trail

{Buffalo Grove} 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. This event is a no scare zone, and parents must accompany children during this event.

31 October 4:00 p.m. Halloween Haunted Trail
{Bannockburn} Trick or Treaters of all ages are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and walk the “Haunted Trail” thru the park behind the Village Hall (don’t worry this will not be scary). Volunteers will be stationed along the trail giving out treats to the children.

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Business Trick-or-Treat in Lake County

19 October 12:00 p.m. Harvest Fest & Treat the Streets 
FREE {Antioch} Treat the Streets takes place at participating businesses in downtown Antioch, IL. The Harvest Fest (with other activities) takes place at the Antioch Bandshell from 1-4 pm.

24 October 5:00 p.m. Boo Bash
FREE Indoors
{Gurnee} Come in costume for mall-wide trick-or-treating, spooky music, and a FREE photo booth!

25 October 2:00 p.m. Trick-or-Treat Downtown Long Grove
{Long Grove} Stores throughout Halloween Town (Downtown Long Grove) will dole out sweets during a business community-wide Trick or Treating Bonanza

26 October 11:00 a.m. Business Trick-or-Treat
{Grayslake} Join businesses in downtown and throughout Grayslake for a safe, fun trick or treating experience.

26 October 12:00 p.m. Trick or Treat Deerpark Town Center
{Deer Park} Trick or Treat from store to store while enjoying activities including a stilt walker, balloon twisting, crafts, pumpkin decorating, snacks, and more.

26 October 1:00 p.m. Fall Trick-or-Treating Festival
{Vernon Hills} Mellody Farms is hosting an open house trick-or-treating festival for the entire family! There will be costume contests, games, live music and of course, Trick-or-Treating!

27 October 1:00 p.m. Trick or Treat on Main Street
{Wauconda} Stop at the shops and restaurants on Main Street for treats, games, and specials! Read about Stephanie’s experience at the event.

30 October All Day Trick-or-Treat the Library

{Lake Bluff} Children, teens, and adults can stop by the library on Halloween for trick-or-treating. 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.

31 October All Day Trick or Treat the Library
{Deerfield} Stop by the Youth Services department anytime on Halloween to show off your costume and receive a special (non-food) treat!

31 October All Day Trick-or-Treat at the Library
{Lake Bluff} Children, teens, and adults can stop by the library on Halloween for trick-or-treating. 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 11:00 a.m. Trick or Treat on MainStreet 
{Libertyville} Trick-or-treat in town! Bring your camera and trick-or-treat down Main Street in a safe and fun family event. Participating stores will have a bright orange pumpkin sign on their door or window.

31 October 11:00 a.m. Trick or Treat at Hawthorn Mall
Trick or Treat at Hawthorn Mall! Participating retailers will have candy signs posted throughout the center. For children, ages 6 & Under.

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Trunk-or-Treat Events in Lake County

18 October 6:00 p.m. Lake Bluff Trunk-or-Treat
{Lake Bluff} Trunk or Treat is a community event that allows a safe environment for children to trick or treat! Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes as well.

19 October 11:00 a.m. Trucks, Trunks, & Treats
{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.

25 October 6:00 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Island Lake} In the Village of Island Lake Gymnasium. This event includes games, contests, and prizes. Children must pre-register with the village; the cost is $5 per child.

25 October 6:30 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat
{Barrington} Enjoy this free event where children can collect candy. Free meal of hot dog and chips while supplies last.

27 October 2:00 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat
 {Libertyville} Come wearing your best Halloween costume and enjoy yourself! The Youth Group will be in charge of operating games for the kids, as well.

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Special Needs / Allergy Friendly Events

13 October 2:00 p.m. Autism Family Cares Trunk or Treat
Registration Required FREE
{Gages Lake} Trick or treat in a safe environment during the daylight. This is a FREE event for kids/young adults with autism and their families. Costumes are optional.

31 October All Day Trick or Treat the Library
Stop by the Youth Services department anytime on Halloween to show off your costume and receive a special (non-food) treat!

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Events with Trick-or-Treating in Lake County

11 October 4:00 p.m. 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.

11 October 7:00 p.m. Trick or Tween Halloween
{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!

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.

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. Fall Fest
Registration Required INDOORS
{Vernon Hills} Registration fee is $3 per person. This event features 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!

28 October 4:00 p.m. Halloween Howl
{Fox Lake} Join the Village of Fox Lake Police Department to celebrate Halloween. Your family will get to meet members of the Fox Lake Police Department, enjoy treats, hot dogs, bouncy houses, hot chocolate, hayrides, and candy apples.

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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.

The 2020 Guide to Trick-or-Treating in Lake County
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