Sure, you can go door-to-door. But with these Halloween events, you don’t have to.
By Kari Kamin and Amy L. Hayden|
Halloween Parade Garfield Ridge (59th St and Nordica Ave) October 29, 11am.
Follow the parade to Kennedy High School, where trick-or-treaters will find food, drinks and games.
Boo-tiful Saturday Elmhurst (2 City Centre, Elmhurst) October 29, 9am–2pm.
The York Theatre screens Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit at 10:15am, followed by trick-or-treating at City Centre businesses from noon–2pm.
Halloween Howl Schiller Park (9638 W Irving Park Rd) October 31, 7-8:30pm.
In an event geared for kids 10 and under, Schiller Park turns its rec center into a haunted forest, complete with inflatables, games and even a magician.
Trick or Treat Downtown! Naperville (Main St Promenade, 55 S Main St) October 30, 11am-2pm.
Various shops and restaurants in downtown Naperville hand out yummy candy treats, and the Main Street Promenade (55 S Main St) hosts a fall festival, including Shutterbox photos, crafts, costumed characters and more.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat Rogers Park (7000-7400 N Sheridan Rd) October 29, 2-5:30pm.
Can’t make it to the costume shop in time? Rogers Park’s Chamber of Commerce offers masks and bags to any empty-handed child as local businesses along Sheridan Rd open up for trick-or-treating. Festivities end at 7301 N Sheridan Rd with a Halloween movie and pumpkin patch.
Clark Street Spooktacular Lincoln Park (Clark St between Armitage and Diversey) October 29, 1-5pm.
Clark St is transformed into a ghoulish wonderland featuring street magicians, jugglers, balloon artists, Halloween inflatables, strolling costumed characters and a spooky play. Trick-or-treat at participating businesses, and join in a costume contest at 4:30pm.
Halloween Happenings Lincoln Square (Business districts on Damen, Lincoln, Rockwell and Western) October 29, 11am-4pm.
This popular neighborhood trick-or-treating event features giveaways—ranging from candy to toothbrushes (from a dentist’s office, of course)—and family activities in Giddings Plaza (4700 block of N Lincoln Ave).
Boo-Palooza Wicker Park (1425 N Damen Ave), October 29, 10am-3pm.
Ghouls and boys can converge on Wicker Park for wagon rides, face painting, a spider picture booth, not-so-scary stories, pumpkin decorating, ghost bingo and a monster mash music bash. Neighborhood businesses will also be open for trick-or-treating.