It’s no news that late October is the spookiest time of year, especially here in Chicago. Whether you’re looking for a chance to show off your costume, take your kids trick or treating, tour a haunted house, or celebrate the holiday with your dog, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate! And as a bonus, all events are under $25 per person.
Chicago Botanic Garden’s Spooky Pooch Parade. Do you have a dog that loves to dress up? The Spooky Pooch Parade is just the place for you to take Fido for a fun time this Halloween. Tickets are cheaper in advance, and still required if you want to bring your dog to spectate. If you just want to spectate without a dog, you can do so for free.
The Chicago Botanic Garden also hosts the Night of 1,000 Jack O Lanterns from October 26-29. Walk through the garden, which is decorated with hand-carved pumpkins and lit with LED lights. Ticket information is available on their website.
Halloween at Navy Pier. Navy Pier is a Halloween hotspot from October 21-31 for kid-friendly and 21+ events. For the family, check out “Fright Flicks” on October 21 and 28 for movies like “Monster’s Inc.” and “Beetlejuice.” There’s also the Haunted Maze (October 27-28 & 31) and Firework show (October 28), which are enjoyable for all ages! For those who consider themselves “boogeymen” there’s a Halloween Ball on the 28th (pun intended). Visit Navy Pier Halloween for a full list of events, details, and ticketing information for applicable events.
Spooky Zoo Spectacular at Lincoln Park Zoo & Haunted History. On Saturday, October 28th from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. children can come dressed in their costumes and celebrate Halloween. This free event is celebrating it’s 31st year!
On October 19th, you can join paranormal investigators as they discuss the Haunted History of the zoo (the ghost tours are already sold out this year). It turns out the zoo has some paranormal activity that may surprise you! Ticket information is available here.
Logan Square Halloween Parade. On Sunday, October 29 children and adults can dress up in in their Halloween best in Logan Square and join the parade! Spectating the parade is also free. Parade-goers are also encouraged to make some noise by bringing musical instruments! More information on the parade route available on their website.
Chicago Ghost Tours. Chicago’s haunted history isn’t exclusive to the Lincoln Park Zoo. This walking tour takes you through some of the darkest places in Chicago history, highlights include the Congress Hotel and H.H. Holmes’ hangouts. This is a “name your price” tour, and you don’t have to pay until it’s over. More information available on their website.
Chicago Hauntings Bus Tour. If spookiness on foot isn’t your thing, the Chicago Hauntings Bus Tour might be more your thing. Learn about famous ghost Resurrection Mary and get ready to get scared! (Tour not recommended for small children). Fun fact: the tour guide, Ursula, is the same guide who does the haunted tours at Lincoln Park.
Pumpkin Carving. Fun for the whole family, pumpkin carving is one of the greatest ways to enjoy Halloween. But before you start carving, you need a pumpkin. Timeout Chicago has this list of pumpkin patches outside of Chicago within a 30-40 mile radius. Pick out your pumpkin and get inspired.
For more ideas on how to save on costumes and other fun this Halloween, read our post from last year: Spooky Ways to Save This Halloween