Tween Beat: Halloween fun for Bigger Kids

Halloween in Lake County

The kids are past the stage that they want to go door to door with mom and dad, but they still want to dress up and get treats! We’ve got you covered. Drop them at one of these events – perfect for middle-school through high school. Just don’t ask how it was at the end, that’s so uncool.

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.

Halloween Events for Teens and Tweens in Lake County

Now through 24 October After Hours Ghost Tours
In-Person- Registration Required
{Waukegan} Ever since The Genesee opened in 1927, claims of ghost sightings and unexplained phenomena have surrounded the historic theater. Learn about the paranormal activities that have been reported, the theater’s fascinating history, and the unsettling stories that simply cannot be explained. It’s a hair-raising experience that’s sure to get you spooked! This special walking tour includes rare access to all floors of The Genesee, including the dressing rooms and stage where stars from around the world have performed! Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.  Rated PG-13 Tickets are $20 per person.

15 October 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 3D Printed Jack-O-Lantern
Virtual – Registration Required
Hosted by the Barrington Area Public Library for tweens and teens. Follow along as Digital Services Specialist, Ken, provides a video with step-by-step instructions on how to use Tinkercad to create a 3D printed Jack-O-Lantern.

21 October 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Escape Room: Zombie Outbreak
Virtual – Registration Required
Hosted by the Indian Trails Public Library District for tweens in grades 6-8. Put your minds to the test as you work together to solve this virtual escape room. Will you find the solution in time?

23 October 7-8:00 p.m. Dread Time Stories
In-Person – Registration Required
{Grayslake} Bring your mask and join us for “Dread Time Stories” in Centennial Park. Put on your costume, grab your lawn chairs and blankets, and snuggle in for a bewitching hour of spooky stories and terrifying tales. This is a socially-distant, limited-capacity outdoor event and spots will go fast, so reserve your seat today!

24 October 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Pumpkin & Ghost Crochet
Hosted by the Antioch Public Library District for tweens and teens in grade third grade or older.  Learning how to crochet with easy to follow videos. Patrons must provide their own supplies. The video will be posted to Facebook at the time of the event and also available on YouTube.

24 October 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Scary Stories and Scavenger Hunt
In-Person – Outdoors – Registration Required
{Northbrook} River Trail’s annual Scary Storytelling around the campfire – physical distance edition! All participants are required to wear a mask.

26 October 7-8:00 p.m. This is HalloTEEN
Virtual – Registration Required
Looking for your next spooky read? Sip on hot cocoa while listening to spooky stories and discussing scary books and movies. For children in grades 6-12, hosted by the Deerfield Public Library.

29 October Trivia Night: Spooky Spectacular
Virtual – Registration Required
Test your spooky knowledge at this trivia night on Kahoot. Featuring all things Harry Potter, Sabrina, Stranger Things, Hocus Pocus, and our favorite haunting reads. Hosted by the Ela Area Public Library.

30 October 7:00 p.m. Almost Full Moon Hike
In-Person – Registration Required – Free
Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills. Hike a trail under an almost full moon on Halloween Eve. Choose 1.4 miles or 2.0 miles. All participants are required to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.

31 October 7-10:00 p.m. Halloween Party
{Lake Villa} Celebrate Halloween at Bella’s Bouncies Skate on Grand! Enjoy games, prizes, specialty drinks, and more. There will be a costume contest as well. Admission is $13 without a costume and $10 with, skate rental included. Space is limited.

What are your tweens and teens doing for Halloween?

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Tween Beat: Halloween fun for Bigger Kids
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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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