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Halloween Fun on Chicago’s North Shore

You know Oct. 31 is all about trick-or-treating, but why limit Halloween fun to just one day? North Shore businesses and organizations are celebrating all month long with spooky events featuring frighteningly good food, ghoulish games and more. So don your best costume and head out to these can’t-miss events.



Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Chicago Botanic Garden is the place to be this fall for Halloween fun. It all starts with Trains, Tricks & Treats Oct. 21-22, when kids can visit in costume to trick-or-treat in the Model Railroad Garden. And kids won’t be the only ones in costume: Dress up your pup for the Spooky Pooch Parade on Oct. 21 (the only time your furry friend is allowed in the Garden). Then, come back Oct. 26-29 for Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns and walk through the Garden as it’s aglow with the light of carved pumpkins (some of which will be 150 pounds!).

Chicago Botanic Garden Halloween



Downtown Evanston

On Oct. 28, take part in Downtown Evanston’s Trick-or-Treat Parade from noon to 3 p.m. Stop at local businesses such as Ayla’s Originals, where you’ll create Halloween bracelets, and Bottle & Bottega, which will host an open paint event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for an afternoon of family fun. 

Downtown Evanston Halloween



Downtown Skokie

Kids 12 and younger can trick-or-treat throughout Downtown Skokie on Oct. 28. Participating merchants will have a pumpkin poster in their window, but stay tuned for a list of participants online.

Skokie Halloween



Glenview Park District

There are two fun ways to celebrate Halloween in Glenview this month. First, don’t miss Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 20. This family friendly party will feature inflatables, face painting, crafts, games, snacks and more. Second, head out to Wagner Farm on Oct. 29 for a haunted barn, wagon rides, games and harvest treats.

Glenview Halloween



Little Beans Cafe

430 Asbury Avenue, Evanston

Celebrate Halloween at Little Beans Cafe’s Halloween Party on Oct. 29. Little ones will be able to dance along with a DJ, trick-or-treat, play games, enter a costume contest and more.

Little Beans Cafe Halloween



North Suburban YMCA

2705 Techny Road, Northbrook

NSYMCA will host its 10th annual Spooktacular Halloween Party Oct. 22. Enjoy face painting, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, sensory stations, inflatables, a petting zoo and more. The event will be open to those with special needs from 1:30-2 p.m. and open to the public from 2-5 p.m.

North Suburban YMCA Halloween



Oil Lamp Theater

1723 Glenview Road, Glenview

Grownups, don’t let your kiddos have all the fun this Halloween. Oil Lamp Theater presents “Par for the Corpse,” a play set during a dinner party that quickly takes a turn when a guest is poisoned. This murder mystery will you have guessing who the killer is right up to the final curtain. While the show runs through Nov. 19, we recommend you don’t miss the special Halloween performance for a spooktacular Oct. 31. 

Oil Lamp Theater




1150 Willow Road, Northbrook

Pinstripes will host a Kids Club Halloween Party on Oct. 29. Enjoy bowling, mini pumpkin painting, a costume contest, and $5 off brunch. 

Pinstripes Halloween



Winnetka Community House

620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka

Halloween has always been fun at the Winnetka Community House, but this year there’s a brand new event: the Haunted Halloween Extravaganza. On Oct. 27, bring your littlest kids to the Monster Bash from 1-2 p.m. for a puppet show and costume parade. Kids will also bring home a goodie bag and munch on doughnut holes and drinks. Then visit at night for a showing of “Hotel Transylvania,” complete with popcorn, apple cider and doughnut holes.  

Winnetka Chamber Halloween


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