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Halloween Happenings

Ghouls, Goblins and Ghosts, oh my! Halloween is coming on Chicago's North Shore. Discover all the spooktacular events happening this season.

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October 13, 2019
SPOOKY POOCH PARADE
For two very special hours only, dogs are allowed in the Chicago Botanic Garden. Cleverly costumed canines march the parade route to celebrate Halloween. Spectators are invited to line the parade route for a barking good time. Note: Viewing the dog parade is free. If you are bringing a dog, however, you must purchase paid registration for your dog, whether or not you enter the parade and costume contest. In addition to the parade, activities include the costume contest, judging, and an awards ceremony. Costume categories include Best Costume Overall, Best Dog/Owner Costume, Best Puppy in Costume for dogs ages 1 and under in people years, Best Senior in Costume for dogs ages 10 and older in people years, and Best Horticultural Interpretation.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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October 16, 2019 - October 20, 2019
A NIGHT OF 1,000 JACK-O'LANTERNS
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. Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carving, and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America. Purchase light snacks and drinks such as cider and ale on the Esplanade before you head onto the path. Along the path, stop over at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for more hearty seasonal fare. Event is held rain or shine. Due to the popularity of this event, we encourage you to buy tickets in advance.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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October 18, 2019
PUMPKINS IN THE WOODS
Hubbard Woods Park will be transformed into a pumpkin patch for the family to enjoy! The event will include pumpkin decorating, carnival games, bounce houses, a DJ, costume contest, and more. Cookies, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase from Chef Phil. Register by October 15 to receive a pumpkin. Pending availability, pumpkins may be purchased at the event for $7 residents and $12 non-residents. Those not interested in receiving a pumpkin do not need to pre-register for this event – just show up!
Location: Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Road, Winnetka
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October 23, 2019 - October 27, 2019
A NIGHT OF 1,000 JACK-O'LANTERNS
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. Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carving, and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America. Purchase light snacks and drinks such as cider and ale on the Esplanade before you head onto the path. Along the path, stop over at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for more hearty seasonal fare. Event is held rain or shine. Due to the popularity of this event, we encourage you to buy tickets in advance.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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October 25, 2019
BOONANZA
BOO-Nanza: Children, ages 10 years and younger , are welcome to spend a bewitching afternoon at the CRC (Creepy Reeky Castle) filled with spooky fun! Decorate your own pumpkin and create a craft. Enjoy spooky storytelling, hay rides, a magic show and inflatables. It's all free and kid-friendly! Children and adults are welcomed to come in their favorite costumes. 
Location: Wheeling Community Recreation Center , 100 Community Boulevard, Wheeling
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October 26, 2019
MONSTER BASH
Come with the whole family to celebrate Halloween! You can play carnival games, win prizes, and make crafts. There will be family entertainment and fun for all. Event price includes Exploritorium play! Come in costume. Children, ages 1 and older, and all adults must pre-register. 
Location: Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie
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October 27, 2019
A FAMILY HALLOWEEN
Enjoy all kinds of spooky shenanigans as Historic Wagner Farm celebrates Halloween. Wear your favorite costume to our kid-friendly bash that includes a haunted barn, wagon rides, pumpkin games and more ghoulish fun. Tickets are required for ages 2 & up and must be purchased in advance.
Location: Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview
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