Little Lake County SUPREME Guide to Trick-or-Treating in Lake County {2016}

Trick-or-treating isn’t exclusive to neighborhoods anymore. There are actually a lot of opportunities around Lake County to trick-or-treat, and not just on Halloween. Grab your little ones and your pumpkin-faced trick-or-treat pail 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.

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Little Lake County has put together your supreme guide to all things trick-or-treat with this list of community and business district trick-or-treating hours and events.

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Trick-or-Treating Events in Lake County

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.

7 October 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
Downtown Highwood
$2 admission. The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest is coming back! Activities include all-you-can-carve (onsite) pumpkins, trick-or-treating, costume contests, pumpkin parade, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides, kids’ crafts, two stages jam-packed with entertainment, and food and beverage vendors galore.

8 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.

15 October 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Haunted Trail & Bonfire
Forestview Park, Lindenhurst
Wagon rides, a costume contest, free entertainment, pumpkins and yummy treats for sale.  At dusk, the Lake Villa Fire Department will start the bonfire and serve free hot apple cider out of a cauldron.

15 October 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Trick or Treat Path
Viking Park, Gurnee
Ages 1-5, $5 per child 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 Elmo, Winnie the Pooh and friends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mickey and Minnie, your favorite princesses and more!

15 October 15, 11:00 am – 4:00 p.m. – Fall Family Day & Trunk or Treat
T&R Landscape Supply & Garden Center, Zion
FREE. This is a safe place for kids to trick or treat, have their picture taken in their Halloween costume, and have some fall fun.

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20 October 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – 9th Annual Pumpkin Fest
Central Park Aquatic Fields, Grayslake
Pre-registered child $8, registration at the door $12.
Trick-or-treat on the character trail, participate in the costume contest, ride hayrides, bounce in the bounce houses, and more!

20 October 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Boo Bash
Takiff Center, Glencoe
$8 per person by October 19, $10 per person on or after October 20
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!

21 October 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – West Ridge Trick-or-Treat
West Ridge Center, Highland Park
FREE. 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.

October 22, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Great Pumpkin Celebration
Robert W. Rolek Community Center, Round Lake
FREE. Enjoy free family fun including a costume contest, indoor trick-or-treating, a fantasy maze, corn maze and hayrides, kids’ entertainment, carnival games and prizes, and more!

22 October 5:30 -7:00 p.m. –  Trunk-or-Treat
Heritage Park, Lakemoor
FREE. Come join the Lakemoor community in this fun trunk-or-treating event.  Prizes will be awarded for the most decorated car and the best costume. There will be a concession stand and the Parks Community will be passing out taffy apples. River East Library will also be there with crafts from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

22 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 bandshell is the opportunity to participate in the original pumpkin roll, costume contest and carnival type-games.

22 October 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Trunk R Treat
Gages Lake Bible Church, Gages Lake
Come and trick-or-treat for FREE at the church. If you would like to volunteer there are sign up sheets in the welcome center.

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

24 October 10:30 -11:00 a.m. Halloween Storytime Parade
Grayslake Area Public Library, Grayslake
Free, but registration is required. Join the library 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.

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26 October 6:30p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
27 October 1:00 p.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.

28 October 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 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.

28 October 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Halloween Hoopla
Jewett Park Community Center, Deerfield
FREE. This year’s event features new activities and entertainers, inflatables, rides and great giveaways.  There will also be a bonfire and a movie in the park. Food will be available for purchase.

28 October 5:00 p.m. – Trail of Treats & Halloween Fest
Shiloh Park, Zion
FREE.  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 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Trick or Treat Trail & More
Community Arts 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.

28 October 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Trunk or Treat 
Blair Parking Lot, Lake Bluff
Free, but registration is required. Trunk or Treat at Blair Park where people park their cars in the parking lot, open up the trunks of their cars, and kids come around to each car to Trunk-or-Treat.

28 October 6:30 -8:00 p.m.  – Trunk-or-Treat at Goldfish Swim School
Goldfish Swim School, Mundelein
FREE. Join some of your favorite Goldfish Swim School teachers at this year’s Trunk-Or-Treat event.  Not enrolled? No problem, this event is free and open to the community. The event features trunk-or-treating in the parking lot, a family swim, and Halloween crafts.

28 October 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat 2016
Village of Arlington Heights Public Works Building, Arlington Heights
$7, pre-registration is recommended. 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.

28 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.

28 & 29 October Trunk-Or-Treat Weekend at the McHenry Outdoor Theater
Mchenry Outdoor Theater, McHenry
$10 for adults and $5 for children. Bring your children dressed in their Halloween costumes and, before the movies begin, children can trick-or-treat from the trunks of local businesses that dress up their vehicles with trunks full of candy and other fun prizes. The first movie they are playing is Casper followed by The Addam’s Family.

Photo Source: Grayslake Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Facebook

Photo Source: Grayslake Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Facebook

29 October 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Trunk-or-Treat
St. John Lutheran School, Libertyville
St. John Youth Group is hosting it’s first Trunk-or-Treat! Come trick-or-treat in the parking lot in the cars of youth group, school groups, and community members.

29 October 1:00 – 4:00 p.m Rockin’ BooFest
Dinosaur Discovery Museum,  Kenosha Public Museum and The Civil War Museum, Kenosha, WI
FREE. Show off your costume at the Halloween event at the public museums in Kenosha. There will be a few indoor trick-or-treat stops at all three locations, plus story telling, trick-or-treat bag making, lantern tours, dancing, and more.

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

29 October 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Halloween Hoopla
Jewett Park Community Center, Deerfield
FREE. This year’s event features new activities and entertainers, inflatables, rides, and great giveaways.  There will also be a bonfire and a movie in the park. Food will be available for purchase.

29 October 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Boo Bash
Community Center & Community Park, Mundelein
FREE. Enjoy this free Halloween-themed event for kids ages 3-11 and their parents. Candy and treats are provided by local businesses while trick-or-treating inside of the Community Center. No registration is required and costumes are encouraged. Parental supervision is required of all children.

29 October 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Halloweenfest
Bowen Park, Waukegan
FREE. There is fun for the whole family at this spooktacular event. Experience our famous haunted trail, enchanted walk, games and other great activities rain or shine!

29 October 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Spooky Zoo Spectacular
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
FREE. The Lincoln Park Zoo is  thrilled to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Spooky Zoo Spectacular this year with even more special Halloween-inspired activities for guests.

29 October 12:00 – 3:00 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, and grab a complimentary treat bag at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books. Families can also enjoy face painting, balloon art, kids activities, and touch-a-firetruck sponsored by the Lake Zurich Fire Department.

29 & 30 October 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. , Trains, Tricks, & Treats
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
$6 Adults, $5 Seniors, Kids (ages3-14) $4, childre age two and yonger 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.

Photo Source: Mundelin Park & Recreation District Facebook Page

Photo Source: Mundelin Park & Recreation District Facebook Page

30 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! Other activities include a pet costume parade, pumpkin carving contest, spooky stories, a bigger, better, kid-friendly haunted house at Beach Park, pumpkin decorating, carnival games and bounce houses.

30 October 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza
DoubleTree by Hilton, 510 E. IL Route 83, Mundelein
FREE. Stop by the DoubleTree hotel for some indoor trick-or-treat fun. Last year events included trick-or-treating at designated rooms, treats, battle balls, and more.  Information about this year’s extravaganza is still to come.

31 October 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Little Goblins Trick-or-Treat
Hawthorn Mall, Vernon Hills
FREE. Stop by Hawthorn Mall for Trick-or-Treating this year. Open to all children ages six and younger. Visit stores that have an orange pumpkin in their windows.

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 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.

31 October 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. – 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 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Haunted Halloween Trail
Park behind Village Hall, Bannockburn
Free, but registration is required. Trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to walk through the Halloween Trail.  This trail is not spooky, and village workers will be passing out treats to all walkers.

Weekends, September 24- October 31st – Six Flags Fright Fest’s Trick or Treat Trail
Six Flags Great America, Gurnee
Standard Admission Rates apply, Free for pass holders
The daytime hours are family-friendly and offer the chance to grab some candy from your favorite Looney Tunes characters in the trick-or-treat trail, then while you are in the park stop by and catch a few shows. My favorite is Love at First Fright. 

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Community Trick-or-Treat Hours


Here are the hours, per the individual cities websites or offices, for Trick-or-Treating. They will be posted as they are announced. Times and dates are subject to change.

Antioch – October 31; 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Bannockburn -October 31; 3:30- 7:00 p.m.
Barrington – To be announced
Beach Park – To be announced
Buffalo Grove – October 31; 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Deer Park – October 31; 3:00-8:00 p.m.
Deerfield – October 31; 3:30-7:00  p.m
Fox Lake – October 31; 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Fox River Grove – October 31; 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Glencoe – To be announced
Grandwood Park – To be announced
Grant Township – To be announced
Green Oaks – To be announced
Grayslake – October 31; 4:00-7:00  p.m
Gurnee – October 30; 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Hainesville – October 30; 3:30-7:00 p.m
Hawthorn Woods – October 30; 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Highland Park – October 31; 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Highwood – October 31; 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Ingleside – To be announced
Island Lake – October 31; 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Kildeer – October 31; 3:00-8:00 p.m.
Lake Bluff – October 31; 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Lake Forest – October 31; 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Lake Villa – October 31; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Lake Zurich – October 31; 3:00 -8:00 p.m.
Libertyville – October 31;  4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lincolnshire – October 31; 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lindenhurst  October 31; 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Mundelein – October 31; 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
North Barrington – To be announced
North Chicago – October 30; 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Park City – October 30; 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Round Lake – October 30; 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Round Lake Beach – October 30; 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Round Lake Heights – To be announced
Round Lake Park – To be announced
Vernon Hills – October 31; 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Wadsworth – October 30; 2:00-5:00 p.m
Wauconda – October 31; 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Waukegan – October 30; 2:00-5:00 p.m
Wildwood – To be announced
Winthrop Harbor – October 31; 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Winnetka -October 31; after school until dusk
Wheeling – To be announced
Volo – October 31; 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Zion – October 30; 2:00 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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