Unforgettable Halloween Events for Kids in Chicago 2017

Unforgettable Halloween Events for Kids in Chicago 2017

Minimaster Big Fun For Little Fans

Halloween’s spooky vibe shouldn’t keep you and your kids from getting into the spirit of the season. There’s plenty of age-appropriate events throughout October that are perfect for family fun. We’ve picked our favorite kid-friendly Halloween celebrations in Chicago so that every member of your family has a reason to get dressed up and costumed out — yes, even you parents.

1. Spooky Zoo Spectacular

Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lincoln Park Zoo’s safe, kid-friendly Halloween celebration is back for its 31st year! Costumes are encouraged for this trick-or-treat focused event, that features tons of other awesome activities the whole family is sure to love. And it’s free!

Photo Credit: http://www.lpzoo.org/spooky-zoo

2. Not-At-All Spooky Halloween Party

Oct. 30; 5:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Purple Monkey Playroom’s wonderfully un-scary Halloween bash is best for kiddos 4 and under, and includes snacks, drinks and — wait for it — and appearance by DANIEL TIGER HIMSELF. Yes, that is the sound of my children screaming with excitement. And parents, there’s a Make Your Own Caramel Apple bar — so you have something to scream about, too.

Photo Credit: http://www.purplemonkeyplayroom.com/photos/

3. Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch — Fall Festival

Through October 31st, 9am-6pm daily
There are apple cider donuts. Need I say more? Okay fine: pick a pumpkin, scream in the haunted house, enjoy a wagon ride, get lost in the corn maze (there’s even a “munchkin maze” for tiny guests), and experience their pumpkin eating dinosaur. Sure, it’s a bit of a drive, but just think of all the donuts you can eat on the ride home!

Photo Credit: http://goebbertspumpkinpatch.com/fall-festival.html

4. Night of 1,000 Jack-o-Lanterns

October 26-29, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Come Halloween time, the Chicago Botanic Garden becomes home to 1,000 carved, lit pumpkins. Walk through with a cup of cider in hand, push your smaller kids in the stroller, and enjoy a unique Halloween night that’s perfect for families.

Photo Credit: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/halloween

5. Arts In The Dark

October 21st, 4PM-10PM
Arts in the Dark is a family-friendly parade that unites communities around the city in an artistic celebration everyone can enjoy. Beginning at 4PM, the Chicago Blackhawks will host a pre-parade party and unveil a Halloween-themed mural. From 6pm-8pm the Parade of Artists will take to the streets, followed by a dance party and kid-friendly movie, activities, and candy giveaway.

Photo Credit: http://artsinthedark.org/


Kate, the Minimaster Mom, lives and works in Southern California with her husband and daughters, ages 6 and 4. They never yell, watch TV, or eat sugar.