alloween may be rooted in the scary, but these days, it offers something for everyone. Read our picks for the best Halloween events happening in and around the Chicago suburbs.
13th Floor Haunted House – 9/22-11/4. One of the largest haunted house brands brings two new attractions this year in one location for one price: Cursed: Purgatory and Dead End District: Freakshow. Melrose Park. Ages 12 and up. 13thfloorchicago.com.
Morton Arboretum Theatre Hikes – Walk along with the action of your favorite literary tales performed live. In October, celebrate the spooky season with "Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe." 10/7-8, 14-15, 22,28,29. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
Ghost Stories in the Park...After Dark – An evening of scary stories to send shivers up your spine. Outdoor event, dress warmly. Fri., Sat., Sun 10/6,7,8. 7-8 PM. Riverwalk Grand Pavillion, Naperville. Register napervilleparks.org.
Tricks or Trees – 10/9. Play tricky games, fashion fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as your treat. Small pumpkins to paint available for purchase. Costumes encourages. Weekends in October and 11AM-4PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org. Day of the Dead Activity – 10/9. Create papel picado/paper banners and flores de papel/paper flowers to decorate ofrendas/altars for the upcoming Day of the Dead celebration. 1-2 PM. Ages 5-12. Des Plaines History Center. 847391-5399.
ALL HALLOWS EVE Friday, October 20, 6:30 – 10 PM Saturday, October 21, 6:30 - 10 PM
Creepy Critters Day – 10/9. Dig for worms, touch a snake, observe spiders. Drop-in 10 AM-2 PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.
This one-of-a-kind experience brings some of the scariest characters of the past, present and future to life.
Glass Pumpkin Patch – 10/11-15. Features demos of the country's top glassblowers and unique, handcrafted designs available for purchase. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
$20/guest Free admission for members and children under 4 Not recommended for children under 8
Witches Night Out – 10/12. A night of friendship, food, raffles and fun activities for women. Benefits Families Helping Families Agency. 5-9:30 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. witchesnightoutnaperville.org.
FORT “PAIN” DARK ART GALLERY HACK THE JACK ZOMBIE MAZE
Indulge in German beer and cuisine under a huge heated tent with family-friendly activities.
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Boo Bash – 10/14. Enjoy the Trick-or-Treat Trail with your favorite cartoon characters, Glen Ellyn Public Library storytelling, apple cider, and Halloween treats. Bobby “Circus Boy” Hunt will be performing an action-packed comedy show. Ages 2-8. 10:30-11:30 AM. 630-858-2462. Gone Squatchin' – 10/14. He lives, he breathes. Search for the sasquatch and enjoy prairie maze, campfire, games and storytelling. 5:30-7PM. Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles. stcnature.org 630-513-6200. Oak Brook Park District Haunted Forest – 10/14-15 (with less scary preview 10/13). Spooky 13,000 square foot maze will have several new festive features. Pumpkin patch, face painting, fireside storytelling, and tractor pulled hayrides, September/October 2017