Chicago Halloween Parties, Events and Parades in 2021

There are several ways to celebrate with Halloween parties in Chicago. Adults can choose from some crazy Halloween parties. Families can select a kid friendly event to enjoy. It’s October and time to make plans to celebrate Halloween 2021 in Chicago.

Pumpkin Lights at Navy Pier - Chicago, IL - Oct 1 to Nov 2, 2019
Explore a variety of pumpkin pop-up installations throughout the Pier and enjoy fabulous fall deals at the first-ever Pier Pumpkin Lights, a month-long seasonal celebration. From jack o’lantern towers to light displays, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination will be decked out for fall.

Boo at the Zoo – Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield, IL - Oct 12 to Oct 27, 2019
Trick or treating at candy stations around the zoo (bring your own bag), giant pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, cookie & cupcake decorating, hayrude, carousel, corn maze, and more!

Haunted Maze at Navy Pier - Chicago, IL - Oct 18, 2019
Looking for a scary good time within the confines of Chicago? Navigate through the haunted twists and turns of the Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier as you encounter some of Chicago’s most notorious ghosts. Travel through notable centuries of Chicago history-such as the Union Stockyards, and Capone era as you seek refuge from these famous haunts. $15 per person, no perosn under 18 will be admitted without adult – the haunted maze is not intended for those under 10.

Nightmare on Chicago Street - Eglin, IL - Oct 19, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021! Normally: When the undead rise and shamble through the streets of Elgin, and beyond, join the Zombie Defense Initiative in the Safe Zone of Nightmare on Chicago Street!

Brews and Boos - Chicago, IL - Oct 20, 2019
Pumpkin carving and beer tasting at Tapster

Illumination Halloween Party - Chicago, IL - Oct 26, 2019
Light art, wild costumes, and more while raising money for research on Retinal Vasculopathy with Cerebral Leukodystrophy (RVCL), a genetic condition that affects the central nervous system.

Boos & Booze Halloween Party - Chicago, IL - Oct 26, 2019
3 hours of unlimited beer and wine, live DHs all night, dance floor, costume contest and more

The River Chicago Halloween Party - Chicago, IL - Oct 26, 2019
Cosume contest, prizes and giveaways, treats, and more!

Halloween Bar Crawl - Chicago, IL - Oct 26, 2019
A Halloween bar crawl with costume contests, giveaways, drink specials, and more!

Spirit of Chicago Halloween Cruise - Chicago, IL - Oct 26, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021! Normally: Party on a yacht! The Spirit of Chicago opens up all four decks, live DJs all night long, cash bar, and more. 21+

Trick or Treat on Navy Pier - Chicago, IL - Oct 26 to Oct 31, 2019
Three chances to trick or treat on the pier! Collect candy from stations across the pier, and a passport that shows you where the stations are.

Yacht Party Chicago’s Halloween Booze Cruise - Chicago, IL - Oct 26 to Oct 31, 2019
Choose from one of several Halloween Booze Cruises on the Anita Dee II, boarding at Dusable Harbor. This three story luxury yacht will cruise around Lake Michigan, offering up the best views of Chicago, while you party with a live DHJ, dancing, costume contest, drinks, and an afterparty. See event website to buy tickets on your desired day, and to see the map of the harbor (GPS address given is approximate). 21+

Spooky Zoo Spectacular - Chicago, IL - Oct 26, 2019
Over 30,000 children, many of whom are from underserved communities, come to the Lincoln Park Zoo for safe trick-or-treating, held in conjunction with the five week long Fall Fest. Candy distribution starts at 10:30am.

Halloween Party at Howl - Chicago, IL - Oct 26, 2019
Howl at the Moon Chicago hosts another Halloween party with drink specials, games, and a costume contest.

Halloween Happenings - Naperville, IL - Oct 27, 2019
Free Halloween fest for kids 10 and under, with activities, games, and goodies from 1 – 4pm at Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion

Night of 1000 Jack-o-lanterns - Glencoe, IL - Oct 14 to Oct 25, 2020
Timed tickets allow you to view over 1000 hand carved pumpkins in the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Halloween Night Lights - Naperville, IL - Oct 29 to Oct 30, 2020
Gather the family and enjoy a short drive-through tour of scenes and lights, as the entrance to Centennial Beach is transformed into a world filled with Halloween wonders. Families will remain in their vehicle for this short, approximately 2 minute drive through of eerie lights and smallish frights that culminates with a fun-filled goody bag for each child ages 10 and under. No on-site registration or walk-ups will be permitted; register one vehicle per family.

Haunted Halloween Ball - Chicago, IL - Oct 31, 2020
Congress Plaza Hotel is one of the most haunted hotels in the world, according to USA Today! A Halloween party there is sure to thrill

Northalstead Halloween Parade - Chicago, IL - Oct 31, 2021
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021! Normally: Activities for every age include parade, costume contest with $4000 in cash and prizes, and more. After party at Brompton

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More Fall Activities near Chicago, Illinois:
Apple Picking
Chicago Pumpkin Patches
Ghost Tours
Chicago Haunted Houses
Thanksgiving in Chicago

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One thought on “Chicago Halloween Parties, Events and Parades in 2021

  1. Scary Lady Sarah says:

    The Annual Nocturna All Hallows’ Eve Ball is *THE* yearly Halloween party to attend, brought to you by American Gothic Productions- the people who live *every* day as if it were Halloween! Come dance until dawn with DJ Scary Lady Sarah, join the costume contest up on the big Metro stage, immortalize yourself with free pics by Glitter Guts Photobooth, get a Halloween present from our spooky vendors & free treats from the candy cauldrons all around the club! 18+ welcome. At Metro, 3730 N. Clark Street, Chicago. 11pm – 4am.
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