Are you ready to track down some fun events for Halloween 2020? We have put together one of the largest calendars of Halloween events in the United States for you. It locates holiday activities for all ages – from kid-friendly children’s activities to adult Halloween parties. We don’t have every event yet, but there are plenty of ideas to get you and your family in the mood for Halloween in Illinois.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites are still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites have not been updated at all for this year. We leave the links up from previous events so you can check yourself if it hasn't updated yet.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19 (or weather or other conditions). We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Carve for the Carillon - Springfield, IL - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
Scoop, carve, and set up pumpkins for the jack-o-lanterns event. Surrounding the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon tower. Bring your carving tools, they supply the pumpkins. Then come back to check them out at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular the following weekend!
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.
Boo at the Zoo – Scovill Zoo - Decatur, IL - Oct 16 to Oct 31, 2020
Hundreds of jack-o-lantersn guide you to treat stations, plus rides on the train and carousel. Select nights in October
Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular - Springfield, IL - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2020
Inspired by the professionally carved jack-o-lantern spectacular in Providence RI, everyone is invited to come out to carve (see Carve for the Carillon above) the weekend previous weekend, followed by a weekend of 2000 hand-carved pumpkins on display around the Carillon and the Washington Park Botanical Garden. This event features special Carillon music, lighting, sound effecs, vendors and more.
All Hallows Eve - Rockford, IL - Oct 17, 2020
Trick-or-treat plus crafts, games and dancing in the Victorian Village of the Midway Village Museum. Families are encouraged to dress in costumes.
Lakeview Park After Dark - Peoria, IL - Oct 17, 2020
The marked route will guide your car along the twists and turns through Lakeview Park with surprises of Halloween fun everywhere you look! If your gang of ghouls are up for a classic Halloween flick, plan to experience “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on their *MONSTEROUS* screen prior to finishing your terrifying tour. All imps, fairies, princesses, and pirates will receive a free goodie bag (guaranteed to all pre-registered cars for all children under 13).
Zoo Spooktacular - Bloomington, IL - Oct 23 to Oct 25, 2020
Dress up in costume, and come to the zoo for crafts, vendors, animal encounters, and candy! $3 for members and $7 for non-members
Lighted Pumpkin House Display - Arthur, IL - Oct 24 to Oct 31, 2020
Hundreds of carved pumpkins displayed downtown.
Halloween Hunt - Savoy, IL - Oct 24, 2020
A scavenger hunt around town to earn goodies and prizes, with a swag bag.
Bootiful Nauvoo Pumpkin Walk - Nauvoo, IL - Oct 24, 2020
Walk along Mulholland Street taking in the hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins, plus extended hours and specials at local businesses, treats and entertainment, and a pumpkin chucker!
Halloween FunFest - Champaign, IL - Oct 28, 2020
Modifications for 2020: Bring your spookiest decorations and decorate your car or truck and participate in the Halloween Car Parade! Participants must be a part of the parade and remain in vehicles to receive goody bags. 5-8pm at Market Place Mall. Normally: Dress in costume and come out for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest, with a spooktacularly family-friendly haunted house in Bergner’s.
Halloween Masquerade Car Parade - Champaign, IL - Oct 28, 2020
Decorate your car at home or in our staging area and join this spooktacular parade safely inside your car and collect a goodie bag for each car. Car decoration from 5:30pm, parade begins at 7:30pm. Look for the return of their normal Halloween FunFest in 2021.
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
Galena Halloween Parade and Festival - Galena, IL - Oct 31, 2020
A day of Halloween fun, including hot air balloons, kids fest at the middle school, food festival downtown, then the parade, running down Main Street from Franklin St to the Floodgate. Floats, marching bands, costumed participants, treats for all will be included, and there will be prizes and a 50/50 raffle as well!
Mardi Gras - Pinckneyville, IL - Oct 31, 2020
Queen pageant, haunted jail, trivia night, parade, trick or treat at downtown businesses, vendors, 8k/5k, car show, and more.
Witches Night Out - Joliet, IL - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2021
Witches Night Out Joliet is a costume fundraiser for women who want to make a difference in another woman’s life. Net proceeds raised through Witches Night Out Joliet are distributed to Will County 501 (c)(3) Recipient Agencies, that provide necessary services and support vital to the wellbeing of area women and children.
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
Halloween Costume Drive and Giveaway - Champaign, IL - Sep 16 to Oct 18, 2019
Bring last year’s costume to any Champaign Park District facility or Busey bank, and come to the Douglass Community Center (address on map) at the end of the drive for the giveaway event! Bring accessories, and kids and adult sizes!
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!
Wildlife Scary Park - Hanna City, IL - Oct 18 to Oct 27, 2019
A Peoria tradition at Wildlife Priarie Park, with trick-or-treating, hayrack rides, haunted train rides, animal encounters 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.
Witches Walk - East Peoria, IL - Oct 18 to Oct 26, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021! Normally: The Farm Park is delightfully haunted for the two weekends before Halloween, including a luminary Witches Walk, farm buildings decorated, witches with treats, and more! Open Fridays and Saturdays from 6-8pm. Farm Park season passes are not valid. An express ticket is available to breeze past the line.
Howl-ZOO-Ween - Peoria, IL - Oct 18 to Oct 19, 2019
Trick or treat through the zoo, take in shows, compete in a costume contest and more.
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!
Trick or Trot 5K - Rockford, IL - Oct 20, 2019
Run a 5K on the recreation path at Victorian Village, in a costume, with awards for different categories of costumes.
Mayfair Park Halloween Parade - Champaign, IL - Oct 20, 2019
Dress up for a spooktacular parade around the park, with games, treats, and more! 2-4pm at Mayfair Park
Brews and Boos - Chicago, IL - Oct 20, 2019
Pumpkin carving and beer tasting at Tapster
Unofficial Halloween - Carbondale, IL - Oct 24 to Oct 25, 2019
Drink specials, giveaways, and live entertainment at venues around Carbondale during this “unofficial” holiday celebrated by SIU students, traditionally celebrated the weekend before Halloween.
Downtown Urbana Trick or Treating - Urbana, IL - Oct 25, 2019
Trick or treat with downtown businesses from 1-5pm, with more Halloween fun at the Urbana Free Library
Halloween Party - West Peoria, IL - Oct 25, 2019
Grab your costume and head to Franciscan Rec Center for a night of tricks and treats! Costume contest, carnival games, crafts, bouncy house, candy, and prizes all evening from 5:30-7:30.
Downtown Trick or Treat - Bloomington, IL - Oct 25, 2019
Bloomington businesses will be offering candy and treats to trick or treaters from 5-7pm
Downtown Mahomet Trunk or Treat - Mahomet, IL - Oct 25, 2019
6-8pm in downtown Mahomet, local businesses will be set up on Main Street to pass candy out from decorated cars, with a best decorated car contest, costume contest, pet picture contest and more!
Spooky Science - Rockford, IL - Oct 25, 2019
Dress up in costume, grab a a bag, and come down to the Discovery Center Museum for a night of trick-or-treating around the exhibit spaces, make slime and other crafts, enjoy some science experiment and learning about inventors and scientists, and more!
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.
Spook-tacular Haunts - Rockford, IL - Oct 26, 2019
Anderson Japanese Gardens hosts an afternoon of spooky activities for the whole family including games, trick or treating throughout the gardens, crafts, candy apple station, learning centers, garden tours, and more
Halloween Spooktacular at the Orpheum - Champaign, IL - Oct 26, 2019
Halloween Spooktacular is family-friendly and spooky event in celebration of National Chemistry Week and Halloween! Bring your kids dressed up as goblins and ghouls! Remember a bag to collect all the free candy. 1-4pm
Nightmare on Grove Street - Champaign, IL - Oct 26, 2019
Enjoy hayrack reads around the trail, activities, candy giveaway, and more at Douglass Community Center
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.
Howl at the Market - Bloomington, IL - Oct 26, 2019
Celebrate the end of the farmer’s market season. Kids can wear Halloween costumes, pick up a Boo Bucks from information then use them to stop the market for specially marked items.
Trunk or Treat at Savoy UMC - Savoy, IL - Oct 26, 2019
4-6pm at Savoy United Methodist Church for food, candy, fun, and costumes! Depending on the weather, the Kona Ice truck will be there, plus a bounce house and more!
Howl-o-ween - Champaign, IL - Oct 26, 2019
3-5pm at Champaign Public Library. Spooky storytime, crafts and games, face painting and more. Costumes encouraged.
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 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
Trick or Treating with the Stars - Champaign, IL - Oct 27, 2019
3-5pm at Ubben Basketball Practice Complex. Join U of I athletics and characters at this family friendly trick or treating at interactive stations with free candy. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Free admission and parking
Urbana Firefighters Local 1147 Car Show and Trunk or Treat - Urbana, IL - Oct 27, 2019
The biggest annual fundraiser for the lcoal 1147’s charity to help local families, this is a safe trick or treat opportunity for kids, and is free to all attendees.
Trunk or Treat and Community Meal - Champaign, IL - Oct 27, 2019
5-7pm at First UMC of Champaign for kids up to 5th grade, with a free community meal and trunk or treating, plus pumpkin bowling, bingo, and more
CU Church Trunk or Treat - Champaign, IL - Oct 27, 2019
4:30-6:30pm at CU Church, for a fun night of decorated trunks and treats, crafts and face painting, music and more
Downs Un-Haunted House - Downs, IL - Oct 27, 2019
A special, free lights-on, unhaunted house for younger children from 1 to 3 pm. The scares will be removed, and volunteers will pass out candy in each room, with a magical Ice Princess in the middle of the house as a special treat! There will also be entertainment outside the haunt like crafts, hot cocoa, cookies, and games. The normal version runs from Fridays and Saturdays in October (find more information on the full haunt at www.funtober.com/hauntedhouses/illinois)
Trick or Treat Street - Savoy, IL - Oct 28, 2019
Registration required by 10/22. 6-8pm at Savoy Recreation Center. Music, haunted house, decorated booths with goodies, and more.
Library Halloween Party & Trick or Treating - Tuscola, IL - Oct 28, 2019
5:30-7:30pm with a Halloween party at the community building with games, crafts, treats, and a spooky room, and downtown trick-or-treating at local businesses
Trick or Treat at Outlets at Tuscola - Tuscola, IL - Oct 31, 2019
5-7pm at the Outlets at Tuscola. Collect treats from participating business while dressed in costume.
Trunk or Treat at Meadowbrook Community Church - Champaign, IL - Oct 31, 2019
6-8pm, come dressed up and collect candy from decorated cars. DJ, food and hot drinks
Halloween Trick & Treat for the Pups - Urbana, IL - Oct 31, 2019
4-5pm at Urbana Dog Park. Trick or treat with your dog. Free to dog park members, visitors pay the daily rate to enter
Trick or Treating at the Mansion - Bloomington, IL - Oct 31, 2019
4-6pm at the David Davis Mansion. Trick or treat in costume and take your photo on the Mansion grounds!
Trick-or-Treat at the Manor - Bloomington, IL - Oct 31, 2019
Trick or treat at the Manor, with plenty of fall decor and photo opportunities, and more from 4-6pm. Event website suggests you park across the street at St Johns Church.
Trick or Treat at the Shoppes at College Park - Normal, IL - Oct 31, 2019
The Shoppes at College Hills hosts trick-or-treaters for Halloween, with signs in the windows of participating businesses, 5-7pm or while supplies last.
Trunk or Treat at Proctor Rec Center - Peoria, IL - Oct 31, 2019
4:30-7pm at Proctor Rec Center. Celebrate Halloween in a safe, fun way, with treats for everyone.