Halloween Events in Lake County {2017}

Halloween isn’t just about trick-or-treating.  There are an entire month’s worth of family friendly events right here in Lake County to get everyone into the spooky spirit.  Whether your kids are haunted house and scary movie-loving tweens, or preschoolers who would prefer a not-so-scary story time at the local library, or school age kids who enjoy something in between, Lake County has something for the whole family to enjoy.

halloween events in lake county

Please note that some events require registration and or tickets. Please check the event host website before heading out. Little Lake County is not responsible for sold out events. Events are listed chronologically under each category.

Halloween Events in Lake County

Not So Scary | Storytimes| For Older Kids |Haunted Houses | Halloween Movies | Crafty | Creature Features

not scary halloween events

Not-So-Scary Halloween

6-8 October  The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
Downtown Highwood
This festival kicks off with the world’s largest pumpkin carving celebration to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Many fun activities include a pie eating contest, jack-o-lantern light show, rides, all you can carve pumpkin stations and much more. This is very close to the Metra Station, so why not take the train and have a fun fall day! See Jen’s story for tips for attending.

7 October, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fall Festival and 500 Pumpkin Giveaway
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes, Grayslake
FREE. Join us for a fun family event. The first 500 children to visit will receive one free pumpkin. Children can play in two bounce houses, and enjoy free donuts and apple cider, while supplies last, one per person.

7 October, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fall Festival
Veteran’s Park, Island Lake
FREE.  There will be free hayrides for all and free crafts for the children. Guess the weight of the large pumpkin and win the pumpkin. Children in Halloween costumes will be entered into a contest with prizes for the top three costumes. For $3, children will be able to pick a pumpkin right off the vine and decorate it. Ice cream sundaes with all the toppings will cost $1 each.

7 October, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Haunted Halls — A Villian Halloween Party
Park School, Round Lake
Registration required. Cost: $10 for kids 3-10 and under; $15 for all others.
Brave a trip through the Haunted Halls for a wicked night out! We will party the night away with your favorite villains. Come eat, drink, and be evil! There will be a fangtastic dessert bar, cauldrons of beverages and undead entertainment! This event is fun for the whole family so bring all of your ghouls and boys.

14 & 15  October Spooky Train Run 
Fremont Public Library , Mundelein
FREECome to the 2nd floor to view the seasonal North Central ‘O’ Gaugers’ model trains.

18 October, 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Trick or Treat Halloween Magic & Puppet Show with Mister Kipley
Antioch Public Library District, Antioch
Registration Required.
FREE. Treat yourself to this hilarious, not-too-scary Halloween-themed magic and interactive puppet show. Help Grunkelina the Witch find the perfect feline friend. Meet “Boo” the baby ghost and watch her soar over your head. Also making an appearance are Frankenstein, Dracula, and “Skelly Bones” the Skeleton.

19 October, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Pumpkinfest
Central Park Aquatic Field, 250 Library Lane, Grayslake
Cost: $8 before October 18th; $13 day of event. Adults enter for FREE.
The Grayslake Park District hosts this event for the 10th year which includes a moonwalk, Halloween character path, games, a costume contest and a giant slide.

20 October, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Halloween at the Y
Foglia YMCA, Lake Zurich
Pre-Register: $10/child and $5/adult; Day of: $15/child and $5/adult.  Children younger than two are FREE!
Join us for a SPOOKTACULAR night of fun! We’ll have tons of family friendly activities like a petting zoo, pony rides, a haunted house, costume party, inflatables, arts and crafts, snacks and more.

21 October 1:00 p.m. Sunburst Pageant and Costume Contest
Ice House Mall & Village Shops, 200 Applebee St., Barrington
Cost: $50 minimum entry fee.
Join Sunburst Pageant at the Ice House Mall for a pageant and costume contest for children and adults ages newborn – 27. A winner will be chosen in each age group for the Baby Contest, Miss Pageant and Costume Contest. There will be a runner-up chosen in the pageant category. Entry forms for the pageant are available at all Ice House Mall stores and online at www.sunburstbeauty.com.

21 October, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Haunted Halloween
National Museum of the American Sailor, Building 42, 610 Farragut Ave., Great Lakes
FREE. At the Halloween celebration, children will have an opportunity to play exciting games, visit different Halloween craft stations, and enjoy Halloween-themed entertainment. Younger visitors will also have the opportunity to enter in our costume contest, featuring two groups (ages 10 and younger and 11 and older). Prizes will be awarded in each group for the cutest, scariest, and most original costumes.

21 October, 1:30 p.m. Halloween Kids’ Fest 
Highwood Public Library, Highwood
Registration required.
FREE. Get dressed up and join the Highwood Public Library for some Halloween fun!  Kids ages 3-10 will participate in games, raffles, watch a spooky magician show, and eat pizza.

21 October, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Great Pumpkin Celebration
Robert W. Roleck Community Center, 814 Hart Rd., Round Lake
FREE.  Enjoy free family fun including a costume contest, indoor trick-or-treating, fantasy maze, corn maze & hayrides, kids entertainment and carnival games and prizes.

21 October, 1:30 p.m. Pumpkin Fest
Community Protestant Church, Mundelein
RSVP Preferred in order to ensure enough pumpkins
FREE. Participants will receive a free pumpkin to decorate or carve. A judge will award prizes to the best in the decorating contest in categories by age. A face painter will be on site for those who’d like a little decoration themselves and light fall refreshments will be provided.This event is our offering to the community, free of charge.

24 October, 4:30 p.m. Halloween Party
Lake Bluff Library
Dress in your Halloween finest and attend a not-so-spooky party including stories and treats, but no tricks!

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, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m, – Spook-tauclar Halloween
Rainforest Cafe, Gurnee
 Come for the $9.99 kids buffet and sundae bar, and stay for the games, raffles, crafts, and more.

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.

26 October, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m, – Halloween Party & Costume Contest 
Rainforest Cafe, Gurnee
Bella’s Bouncies Skate on Grand, Fox Lake
$10 plus skate rental
Come join Bella’s Bouncies Skate On Grand for a night of Spooktacular Halloween fun. There will be a costume contest, games & prizes, and a bounce house. In addition, 50 FREE orize redemption tickets if you come in costume.

26 – 29 October Halloweenfest and Carnival
Antioch Bandshell, Antioch
Enjoy four days of Halloween Carnival for families in Downtown Antioch including costume contests, spooky ghosts, a pumpkin totem pole contest, along with the lights, music and the thrill of carnival rides! Wristbands will be available for purchase.

Special Needs Carnival
Registration required.
Special needs carnival rides are available on Friday, October 27 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Free carnival rides for a family of four with a special needs child.

27 October, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rockin’ Jump Halloween Rockin’ Tots Party
Rockin’ Jump, Buffalo Grove
$10 for 1st child – $5 for each addtl child
Our Rockin’ Toddlers! On Friday morning, 10/27 join us for all the FUN of our 100+ trampolines PLUS a Halloween Parade (wear your costumes!), Arts & Crafts, Sweet Treats, Face Painter and raffle prizes for the kids!

27 October, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Halloween Tricks & Treats
Lake Forest Parks & Recreation, 400 Hastings Rd., Lake Forest
Lake Forest Residents Only
FREE. Spend Halloween at the Recreation Center. Age appropriate activities, including a haunted house, spooky games, a haunted hay ride and much more will provide plenty of fun for Lake Forest preschoolers through third graders and their parents.

Photo Souce: Village of Lincolnshire Facebook Page

27 October, 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Boo Bash
North Park, 1025 Riverwoods Rd., Lincolnshire
FREE. North Park will be transformed into the ultimate Halloween party on October 28th. Here you will find a haunted house, pumpkin decorating, DJ, bounce houses, games, and food trucks.

27 October, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Boo-nanza!
Wheeling Park District, 333 W Dundee Rd., Wheeling
FREE. Children ages 10 and younger can spend a bewitching afternoon at the CRC (Creepy Reeky Castle) filled with spook-tacular fun! Decorate your own pumpkin and create a craft. Enjoy spooky storytelling and hay rides and a giant spider-web maze in the gym.

27 October, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Halloween Fest
Leisure Center Sports Arena, Zion
FREE. Join us for our Halloween Fest at the Zion Park District Leisure Center! Participate in fun fair games with candy and toy prizes, face painting, a hay ride and a bouncing chamber. Wear your best costume for the costume contest.

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28 October,10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Preschool Boo Bash
Dance Academy of Libertyville, Libertyville
$20 , pre-registration required.
Preschoolers are invited to Dance Academy of Libertyville for a Boo Bash experience! This camp experience will include dance instruction, crafts, and a treat.

28 October,10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. – Halloween Spooktacular
Elawa Farm, Lake Forest
$20 kids $10 adults, pre-registration required.
Come celebrate Halloween with Elawa Farm. There will be pony rides, a petting zoo, games, activities, and even a costume contest.

28 October,10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. – Halloween Bash
We Orbit, Highland Park
Free with general admission
Join us for light snacks, refreshments and complimentary pictures. Space is limited, registration encouraged but not required.

28 October 9:00 a.m. Bootacular
Hawthorn Mall, Vernon Hills
Admission is FREE but tickets are required.- Pickup tickets at mall security office.
FREE. Come join Hawthorn Mall for our Bootacular Event! Enjoy a costume contest, kids crafts and games, and live entertainment and prizes. Admission is FREE but tickets are required.

28 October 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Spooktacular Halloween Open Gym & Party
American Eagles Gymnastics, Round Lake
$5 for 2 hours of fun!
Join us for open gym with special halloween obstacle courses, games, contests and a whole lot of fun!

28 October 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Halloween Railroad
Highland Park Public Library, Highland Park
FREE. It’s back by popular demand! Model trains will run through Spookytown. Wear your costume and celebrate Halloween at the Library!

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. Halloween Spooktacular
BPD Fitness and Recreation Center, Barrington
$11 Residents /$13 Non-Resident  per Child (Adults Free with Paid Child Admission)
Registration Required.
The Barrington Park District is offering this event for children ages 1 through 11. There will be activities such as games, music, inflatables, cookie decorating balloon animals, hayrides, and new this year is a mad scientist lab.

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 in the inaugural Halloween Party with games, dancing, crafts, indoor trick-or-treating and stories from the Lake Villa Library. Dress in costume to enter the family costume contest.

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.

28 October, 11:00 a.m. BINGO HALLOWEEN
Fox Lake District Library, Fox Lake
Come enjoy BINGO in the Children’s Activity Center and win Halloween items!


29 October, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Uno Kids Halloween Party
Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Gurnee
Join us for our spook tacular Halloween party! There will be a Halloween craft, kids eat free, a coloring sheet, and take home treats! Kids are invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes.


Photo Source; Gurnee Park District Facebook Page

28 October, 3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pumpkin Plunge
Fitnation, 1655 Nations Dr., Gurnee
Pre-registration is required.
$7 (per child) parents and children 2 years and younger are free
Come to FitNation for an Aquatic Trick or Treat! Children will collect floating pumpkins
then stay for a swim or enjoy a Halloween craft. Bobbing takes place promptly at the times listed for each age group, so don’t be late!

28 October, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Mundelein Boo Bash
Mundelein Community Center, Mundelein
FREE. Enjoy this family friendly Halloween-themed event with candy and treats 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.

28 October – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Scary Skate
Centennial Ice Arena, Highland Park
Come dressed in a costume and skate for free. Regular fees apply for skate rentals and participants not in costume.

28 & 29 October Halloween Hoopla
Jewett Park Community Center, Deerfield
$7 per child
Event includes entertainers, inflatables, rides, a Pokemon lure drop, a movie and bonfire in the park, and great giveaways.

29 October, Elawa Spooktacular
Elawa Farm, Lake Forest
$20 kids, $10 adults
All guests will take the Ghoul Bus to the event — from St. James Lutheran Church (1380 N. Waukegan Rd).  The shuttle bus will run continuously throughout the event. Enjoy a petting zoo, pumpkin bowling, music, apple cider and donuts.

29 October 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Pinstripes Kids Club Halloween Party
Pinstripes, Northbrook
$12 per child ,$6 per adult
Gather with friends and family for the ultimate Halloween bash with bowling, mini pumpkin painting , and a costume contest.  Admission includes includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, craft and $5 off brunch voucher.

29 October, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Tilt or Treat 360 Chicago
John Hancock Observatory, Chicago
$20.50 for adults,  $13.50 for youth (3-11)
Myster AJ’s magic will take youngsters on an eerie adventure as he dazzles and delights each with tricks that leave curious guests dumbfounded.  And the Super Epic Story Time team amplifies bump-in-the-night atmosphere with ghost stories and more.

29 October, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Benefit Concert 
Lyudmila Schaible Children’s Theater, Buffalo Grove
Children, parents, teachers and friends of Lyudmila Schaible Children’s Theater invite you to this Halloween Benefit Concert where our children will present dance and music numbers. Tickets are free. Halloween costumes are encourged. Donations are accepted to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charity, the mission of which is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing them housing during the children’s hospitalization. 

30 October, 1:00 p.m. Owls, Bats and Spiders
Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd., Barrington Hills
FREE. Enjoy a fun nature program where participants will get to meet an owl and hear bat calls, among other activities.

30 October , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Halloween Fest
Libertyville Sports Complex, Libertyville
Pre-registration Kids $7; $10 at the door. Parents and Grandparents attend for FREE.
Family fun for children ages 10 and younger. Includes inflatables, spooky climbing mountain, train ride, and a pumpkin patch.

30 October, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. , Kids Halloween Party
O’Toole’s Libertyville, Libertyville
Join us for our Annual Kids Halloween Party! Kids eat free, Holly the Balloon Artist, FREE SPOOKY
SUNDAE and a Goodie Bag…while supplies last!

30 October, 6:30  – 8:30 p.m.  Join the Girl Scouts for Halloween
Antioch Senior Center, Antioch
FREE. We are having an upcoming event for Girls from Kindergarten to 5th grade and their parents. Girls can decorate treat bags, plays spooky games while parents learn about Girl Scouts.

3 1 October, 10:00 p.m. – 10:30 a.m. Toddler Halloween Party
Antioch Public Library District, Antioch
Pre-Registration is required.
FREE. Time for toddlers to have some fun! Arrive in costume and sing, dance, clap and move to music. The party also includes a simple craft and a short movie.

3 1 October, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Trick or Treat and Something Sweet Halloween Party
Yu Kids Island, Hawthorn Mall, Vernon Hills
Standard Admission Rates Apply.
Yu Kids Island wants to put the Spook in your Halloween with some fun activities!

31 October Preschool Halloween Party
Wauconda Area Library, 801 N. Main St., Wauconda
Pre-Registration is Required.
FREE. Come in costume and get ready to giggle away and sing and dance with award winning children’s recording artist Julie K.! Join the parade and take-home a surprise!

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Halloween Storytimes

Halloween Storytimes

2 October, 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Not so Scary Stories
Grayslake Library, 100 N. Library Lane, Grayslake
Registration Required.
FREE.  Let’s celebrate by reading some not-so-scary stories, making some not-so-scary crafts, and playing some not-so-scary games!

12 October, 4:15  p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Not so Scary Scarecrows 
Grayslake Library, 100 N. Library Lane, Grayslake
Registration Required.
FREE.  Even the crows won’t be scared by our friendly scarecrow craft or the stories that you will hear!

Photo source Lake County Forest Preserve on Facebook

14 October, 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  Annual Ghost Stories
Volo Bog, 28478 W. Brandenburg Rd., Ingleside
Reservations Required
Reservations are required at this annual storytelling event at the Volo Bog State Natural Area.  Snuggle under blankets in the cool air, while telling ghost stories. Come early to have a guided tour of the haunted woods.  Stories are geared for ages five and older for the first reading, and age 10 and older for the second reading.

23-31 October  Trick or Read
Cook Memorial Library, Libertyville
Aspen Drive Library, Vernon Hills
FREE.  Take a story time stroll through the Children’s Department at Cook Park Library and Aspen Drive Library. There will be Halloween stories and activities for families to enjoy at their own pace. Costumes welcome! Drop-in during library hours.

24 October, 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich
FREE. Miss Sarah will be on the patio (weather permitting) sharing spooky folktales, selected especially for school-aged children. She will also read the winning stories from the Scary Stories Writing Contest. Bring a flashlight and join her…if you dare!

25 October, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monster Story & Craft
Antioch Public Library District, Antioch
Pre-Registration is required.
FREE.  After listening to some monstrously good books, children can use their imagination to create a monster craft using various materials.

25 & 26 October, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Halloween Storytime Parade
Grayslake Library, 100 N. Library Lane, Grayslake
Registration Required.
FREE. Enjoy stories and a trick-or-treat parade through the library. Come in costume!

27  & 30  October, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Costume Party Storytime
Barrington Area Library, Barrington
FREE. Wear your costume to this special story time! After stories and songs, join our costume parade through the library. Meeting Room. Drop in

26 October, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monster Mash Storytime
Warren Newport Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Rd., Gurnee
FREE. Come dressed in costume to hear stories and dance to favorite Halloween songs! All children must be accompanied by an adult. (Adults are welcome to wear a costume, too!) Animal Crackers will be served.

29 October, 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.Halloween Storytime with the Spanish Princes
Bevel Salon & Blow Dry Bar, Wauconda
*Registration  Required*
FREE. Come on over to have a Spooktastc time with our Spanish Princess!  This event will have a story time, sing a long and picture opportunity .  Make sure you bring your candy bag! Elena will be handing out candy to all her guests!

30 October, 7:00 p.m. Somewhat Scary StoriesCrabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd., Barrington Hills
Registration Required. Cost: $2.
Enjoy a family friendly program including storytelling and treats around a campfire.

31 October, 10:00 a.m. Noisy Time Halloween
Indian Trails Library District, Wheeling
Free Tickets Required
Children ages 2-5 (with a caregiver) will enjoy a “spooktacular” short Halloween storytime, craft and game. Costumes encouraged but not necessary. Event is limited to 30 attendees, and free tickets are distributed 30 minutes before the program.

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Tween Halloween Events

4  October, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m Glow in the Dark Day of the Dead Lanterns
Highwood Public Library, Highwood
Make glow-in-the-dark lanterns! This program is open to youth ages 11-17.

6  October, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Trick or Tween Halloween
Paulus Park Barn, Lake Zurich
Cost: Residents $10, Non-residents $12
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! Join us 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.

9 October. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Costume Construction Meet Up 
Indian Trail Library District, Wheeling
Registration Required.
FREE.Youth ages 14 and older can pack up a sewing machine, fabric and supplies, and join fellow enthusiasts to get a jump-start on a Halloween costume. Work alongside others for inspiration and motivation. We will provide some additional decorative supplies, tools, and two sewing machines, but please do your best to bring what you’ll need.

20 October, 7:00 p.m. Ghost Hunters 
Round Lake Area Library, 906 Hart Rd., Round Lake
FREE. The Shadow Hunters demonstrate the equipment they use to detect paranormal activity – and some of the results they’ve obtained.

20 October Spooky Escape Room 
Barrington Area Public Library, Barrington
Registration Required
FREE. Can your family survive our spooky escape room? Work together to gather clues, solve puzzles, and escape the Program Room before your time runs out.

20 October, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Teen Halloween
Fremont Public Library, Mundelein
Registration Required.
Join in a Star Wars-themed night of fun in the library after hours. Festivities will include food, a costume contest, scavenger hunt, and more. Feel free to dress up as your favorite character.

21 October, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Halloween Cupcake Wars
Youthage Culinary , Mundelein
Registration Required and space is limited, donation of $50 is required.
Ages (8-18) are welcomed to come and show off their baking & decorating skills! All bakers MUST come in a costume. The event will start at 9:00 am, judging will begin at 12 noon! The winning team will advance at no extra charge to the Holiday Cupcake Wars! (date to be decided)

24 October. 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Spooky Scavenger Hunt 
Indian Trail Library District, Wheeling
FREE, but tickets required. Free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before the event.
Youth ages nine through fifth grade can join in a fun (and not too spooky) scavenger hunt throughout the library.  Teams will test their library knowledge and decoding skills to win fun prizes. 

25 October. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Spooky Nails
Warren Newport Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Rd., Gurnee
FREE. Paint your fingernails with cool and spooky designs! Supplies will be provided.

26 October, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Franken Toys
Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich
Registration Required.
FREETwo parts broken toy, one part glue, and five parts wackiness. That’s the recipe for creating a Frankentoy. We will bring broken toys back to life by splicing them together to form something crazy. The Library will supply some broken toys, but feel free to bring your own.

26 October, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free Halloween Workshop
Brainstorm Inc.  Lindenhurst
Registration Required.
FREE. We’re stirring up some Halloween fun! Come join in this Free event: Candy Catapult Activity – design, build and shoot your own candy catapult! Compete, win candy prizes and enjoy a goody bag on us.

27 October, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Teen Zone: Nerf Halloween Party
Cook Memorial Library, Libertyville
Registration Required.
FREE. Come to the library to play some fun, challenging and spooky Nerf games. All equipment will be provided. Costumes are encouraged and may be rewarded with candy. All costumes should be comfortable for Nerf competition. A pizza dinner will be provided.

Photo Source: Park District of Highland Park Facebook Page

27 October, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. X-Fearience
Sunset Woods Park, Highland Park
Cost: $5; additional fee for some activities and food.
Come and enjoy haunted spectacles at Phantom Manor. Food trucks will be on site serving spooky food and craft beer. Donate $1 to the SMILE foundation, and receive marshmallows to roast by the bonfire. Not recommended for kids under age eight.

28 October, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Meet & Greet with Svengoolie
Volo Auto Museum,Volo
FREE. Svengoolie will be making his way to the Volo Auto Museum once again for the annual meet and greet. Guests will be allowed one autograph and one photo per person or group from our photographer. No personal cameras will be allowed. The meet and greet is free, but normal museum admission rates apply.

29 October, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Spooktacular Halloween Costume Contest
The People’s Choice Family Fun Center, Waukegan
FREE.  A night of the scariest, funniest and most creative costumes for both adults and children. The first 100 people to register receive a FREE Halloween treat bag.

30 October, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Hungry Hungry Zombies
Grayslake Library, 100 N. Library Lane, Grayslake
Registration Required.
FREE. Kick off International Games Week with a chomping round of Hungry Hungry Zombies. Use scooter boards and laundry baskets in an upcycled, plastic ball-gathering, retro game of fun. Open to Tweens and Teens (fifth grade and up). All participants must have a permission slip on file, which is available for pickup at service desk.


Photo Source : Goebberts Facebook Page

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Haunted Houses in Lake County

1 September – 31 October 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch locations in Barrington and Hampshire
Free with standard farmyard admission.
Take a walk through our Haunted House and experience the twist and turns, be ready for some thrills and chills. (Appropriate for school-aged children.)

16 September – 31 October Six Flags Fright Fest
Six Flags Great America, Gurnee
Standard Admission Rates Apply
All areas of the park are not recommended for young children or those who scare easily, especially after 6:00 p.m. If you have not yet taken your kids to Fright Fest, DO IT! We love Fright Fest. The whole park turns into a Halloween paradise in the day and a giant haunted house  with characters jumping out at you at night. In addition Six Flags, has two haunted houses in the park for an additional charge.

22 September- 4 November Dungeon of Doom Haunted House
Dungeon of Doom, Zion
Cost: $25 per person.
Admission for youth ages 11 and older with parents; youth age 13 and older are allowed without an adult.
Come check out one of the scariest haunted houses in the Chicagoland area.  It prides itself on being the only 60-minute long haunted house in a 300 mile radius. Because of how scary this house is, it is up to parental discretion whether their child is mature enough to enter. It is recommended for youth age 13 and over.

Photo Source : Halloween Town Facebook Page

1 October – 31 October Halloween Town
821 Hartley Dr., Algonquin
FREE. This interactive haunted outdoor display is located in Algonquin during the month of October. Halloween Town was first created in 2006 by homeowner Jim Haupert, starting with a tiny graveyard and a few skeleton lights. Kids enjoyed the display while parents would photograph them in the graveyard on Halloween night. Every year the display has grown larger with lights, fog and ghouls. The display is viewable during daytime hours, but the full effects are only visible at night. 

7 October – Halloween, Germann Lights
4968 Prairie Oak Rd, Gurnee
Tune to 87.9 FM to listen to the music!! Before, during, or after the show they will be accepting food donations for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Any non-perishable food items can be dropped off in a box in their yard right by the donation sign.

26 October Halloween Festive House Contest
Show your spirit by entering our Halloween House Decorating Contest. Use lights, sound, live actors,animation and LOTS of imagination to decorate your own home. Judging is at 4:00 p.m. on October 26th. Don’t want to enter? Drive around Gurnee and admire all of the spooky houses.

27 October, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. X-Fearience
Sunset Woods Park, Highland Park
Cost: $5.
Cost: $5; additional fee for some activities and food.
Come and enjoy haunted spectacles at Phantom Manor. Food trucks will be on site serving spooky food and craft beer. Donate $1 to the SMILE foundation and receive marshmallows to roast by the bonfire. Not recommended for kids under age eight years of age.

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Halloween Movie Showings

October 13 – 29 , Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Kids Dream: Not-so-Scary Movies
Marcus Theatres, Gurnee
Cost: $3.
Movies will be Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek, and The Book of Life .

21, 26, & 28, 10:00 a.m.Halloveen Party
Gurnee Cinema 20 , Gurnee
Regal Lincolnshire 20, Lincolnshire
Come celebrate Halloween at a party you’ll never forget! “Disney Junior at the Movies – HalloVeen Party!” invites kids and parents to dress up, sing, dance, play and celebrate the most spooktacular time of the year with a special Disney Junior-themed celebration just for them. This special event will include four Disney Junior episodes including Mickey and the Roadster Racers and a never-before-seen episode of “Vampirina” on the big screen, a costume party for kids and families, and more.

26 October, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Halloween Movies at Lake Bluff Public Library
Lake Bluff Library, Lake Bluff
Wear your costume and enjoy a showing of Hotel Transylvania at 4:00 p.m., followed by Hocus Pocus at 6:00 p.m.

27 October, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m Family Movie Night-Hocus Pocus
Wauconda Area Library, Wauconda
Registration Required.
FREE. Bring the whole family out to enjoy pizza and a classic Halloween movie after hours at the library!

27 October – 31 October The Nightmare Before Christmas
Regal Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Beach
Regal Lincolnshire Stadium , Licolnshire
Regal Crystal Lake Showplace Stadium, Crystal Lake
You can celebrate the Halloween holiday with Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie and more as Disney’s beloved classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS returns for a limited engagement exclusively at select Regal Cinemas.

4 November, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m Burtonfest
My Eye Xpert, Gurnee
Registration Required.
Boys & Girls Of Every Age, Wouldn’t You Like To See Something Strange? Save The Date: November, 4th 2017, My Eye Expert Presents – BurtonFest! From 5-7, come dressed as your FAVORITE Burton character and celebrate with all your favorite boys and ghouls in a Tim Burton Wonderland, take pictures of creepy characters and partake in spooky refreshment by The Chocolate Sanctuary and Chicago Woodfire Pizza Co. At 7:00, 3 winners will be chosen for best costume to recieve prizes beyond their wildest dreams- designer sunglasses that inspire Burtonesque uniqueness and creativity, high fashion clothing, a lavish gift basket and giftcards to the scrumptuous Chocolate Sanctuary! At 7, we will begin an outdoor showing of The Nightmare Before Xmas! Seats to the outdoor screening are limited to 200- to RSVP and reserve your spot, email ela@krownpr.com with subject “Burtonfest”- and bring your own cozy outdoor seating!

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Halloween Crafting Events

7 October, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Stick or Treat- Duct Tape Pumpkins
Fremont Public Library , Mundelein
FREE. Bring your own pumpkin to this drop-in program, the tape and craft supplies are provided.

9 October, 7:00 p.m. DIY Galaxy Art Pumpkins 
Vernon Area Public Library, Lincolnshire
Registration Required.
FREE. Intended for youth in sixth grade and up. Use paint and glitter to create an out-of-this-world pumpkin! We provide the supplies, you provide the creativity!

11 October, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Pumpkin Decorating 
Renwood Golf Course, Round Lake Beach
FREEJoin us for the last event in our Summer Kids’ Series, where will be decorating pumpkins at Renwood Golf Course. All supplies are free, and kids will be able to bring home their carefully crafted masterpieces.

13 October, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Painting Pumpkins & Pizza
Julie’s Coffee, Lake Villa
Cost: $15 per attendee, registration required.
Come on out and have some family fun painting and decorating pumpkins. This is a family event and includes pizza and soda.

19 October, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and 20 October 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Iron on Vinyl Sugar Skull Shirt
Wauconda Area Public Library, Wauconda
Registration Required.
FREE. Teens and tweens will use the Silhouette Cameo to cut sugar skull patterns for you to customize and iron on to a t-shirt we provide. All supplies will be provided.

20  October, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Decorate your Own FrankenPumpkin 
Wauconda Area Library, Wauconda
FREE Each child will have a freakishly good time decorating their very own little Frankenstein.

21 October, 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Family Craft: Halloween Decoration 
Antioch Public Library District, Antioch
Pre-Registration is required.
FREE.  Calling all kids! Come on in with a caregiver to make a decoration celebrating the upcoming holiday.

21 October, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Pumpkin Carving
Grayslake Park District Recreation Center, Grayslake
$15 Residents/ $19 Non- Residents, Pre-Register by October 18th.
Come carve a pumpkin with the Grayslake Park District. Pumpkins and all supplies are included in cost.


Photo Source : Cook Memorial Public Library District Facebook Page.

21 October, 1:30 p.m. Duct Tape Pumpkins
Cook Memorial Library, Libertyville
Registration Required 
FREE.  Bring a pumpkin and your imagination; use a variety of duct tape to create a one-of-a-kind fall decoration.

22 October, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sugar Skulls with AcademiaCultural Xilotl
Warren Newport Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Rd., Gurnee
Registration Required.
FREE.  On 22 de Octubre! Celebrate Day of the Dead by decorating your own sugar skull! This free workshop will be offered in English and Spanish. Children under age ten must be accompanied by an adult.

23 – 31 October Drop-in Halloween Craft 
Lake Bluff Library
Drop in during the week before Halloween and whip up a spooky or sweet craft! Small children may require assistance from a parent or caregiver.

24 October, 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Haunted Gingerbread Houses 
Warren Newport Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Rd., Gurnee
Registration Required.
FREE.  Use engineering skills to build a stable structure and then artistically decorate it. Materials provided. For children in grades three through twelve.

25 October, 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Brushstrokes-Pumpkin
Antioch Public Library District, Antioch
Pre-Registration required.
FREE. Love to paint! Participants will use paint and creativity to make a piece of art.

26 October, 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monster Eyes
Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich
Pre-Registration required.
FREE. Create petrifying peepers that from ping-pong balls, tea lights, and your imagination that will be sure to frighten your friends on Halloween! This program is for children in third through fifth grade.

 26 October, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Spooky Stop Motion Shorts
Wauconda Area Library, Wauconda
Registration Required.
FREECelebrate the season by making your very own spooky Halloween-themed animation!

27 October,5:00 – 6:00 p.m.Halloween Haunted House Gingerbread Decorating
Taste Buds Kitchen, Bannockburn
Registration required.
Cost: $45 per child with one caregiver included
Bring your spooky chef to enjoy family bonding and gingerbread fun in our signature Halloween Workshop. From frosted candy corn roofs to gummy window panes, you and your creative chef will love the endless decorating options as you work together to design and decorate your very own gingerbread house masterpiece. Enjoy cheerful spooky tunes while sipping on orange hot cocoa and experiencing quality family time. Celebrate the season by inviting friends to join you for this creative workshop! Costumes welcome.

29 October,9:00 – 10:00 a.m.Halloween Spooky Cupcakes
Taste Buds Kitchen, Bannockburn
Registration required.
Cost: $30 per parent/child pair
Happy Halloween! Join in our SPOOK-tacular celebration as we take to the Kitchen to whip up oh-so-delicious Spooky Cupcakes complete with monsters and spiderwebs. Plain old vanilla? Bore-ring! Chocolate is the name of our game. Grab your spooky friends and let’s get cooking! Costumes encouraged.
29 October,5:00 – 7:00 p.m.Halloween Battle Cupcakes
Taste Buds Kitchen, Bannockburn
Registration required.
Cost: $45 per person
Everyone’s favorite sweet escape takes on a frightful twist as we put your culinary creativity to the test. We’ll teach you the techniques to make melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes, but it’s up to you to invent your own version of this traditional sweet using our tasty array of Halloween-inspired decorations, flavors and mix-ins. Each cupcake becomes a masterpiece in the making, complete with fondant decorating, leaving all budding chefs cheering for more! Judged by our very own TBK panel of chefs to see which family’s cupcakes reign supreme. Maybe you will be the next cupcake star.
30 October, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Day of the Dead Festivity with Sugar Skull Decorating
Wauconda Area Library, Wauconda
FREE. Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Latin America. On this holiday people celebrate the lives of the deceased with food, parties, and activities their loved one enjoyed in life. Join us in this celebration by decorating your very own Calaverita de Azucar or Sugar Skull.
31 October, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Garabato-calabazas
Wauconda Area Library, Wauconda
Registration Required.
FREE. Enjoy a relaxing time doodling on pumpkins, listening to music and chatting with friends and family. Spanish Program.

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Trails for Tots

5 October, 7:00 p.m. Full Moon Night Hike
Raven Glen Forest Preserve, Antioch
Registration Required.
FREE. Hike under the magical glow of the full moon. This is your chance to enjoy the peace and serenity of a preserve after dark and experience what the animals see at night

6 October, 7:00 p.m. Harvest Moon Hike
Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington
Registration Required.
FREE. Hike the trails under the full Harvest Moon

14 October, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Haunted Trail and Bonfire
Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area, 21950 N. Riverwoods Rd., Deerfield
FREE.  Start off with a wagon ride through McDonald Woods, then stroll over to the costume contest at the Cornstalk Stage. After the costume contest enjoy the amazing FREE performers at our Cornstalk Stage. If your still searching for that perfect pumpkin-check out the Millburn Tree Farm — they always bring a great selection. Bring your appetite, the Witches’ Kitchen will be grilling up some yummy treats, and make sure you save room for a giant Halloween sugar cookie — they’re always a hit! The little ones will enjoy our inflatable pumpkin moonwalk and pirate ship, kids’ game tent, face painter, and the Happy Ghosts straw maze, while the brave ones can walk through the trail if they dare. What lurks among the trees? There will be 10 mortifying scenes with unnatural creatures awaiting to eagerly quench their undying thirst for your screams! At dusk the Lake Villa Fire Department will start the bonfire and we will serve FREE apple cider heated in a cauldron.

20 & 21 October Halloween Hikes
Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods
For children over age four.
Cost:  $9 residents/$11 non-residents
Reservations Required.
Bring your family to this long-standing tradition at Ryerson Woods and enjoy an evening on a guided walk along a candlelit trail. The hour-long hike makes stops along the trail to watch nature-themed skits. At the end of the hike you will be treated to cider and donuts in front of a fire in a log cabin. This program isn’t scary, so even preschoolers will have fun. 90 minute event. One hour hikes begin every 30 minutes from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Total distance walked is about 1.5 miles.

Photo Source ; Chicago Botanic Garden Facebook Page

26- 29 October, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Night of 1000 Jack ‘o Lanterns
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Cost: Before October 25, Adults: $14 non-member/$12 member Children 3 – 12: $12 non-member/$10 member. After October 25, Adults: $16 non-member/$14 member Children 3 – 12: $14 non-member/$12 member
This evening event with jack-o-lanterns carved by artists, as well as a trail and Halloween themed food is bound to get you in the fall spirit. More than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area.

28 & 29 October, 1:30 p.m. Un-Haunted Forest
River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
$1 per child , Registration is required.
Come in costume for a magical hike through the forest.

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Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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