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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.