Are you ready to track down some fun events for Halloween 2018? 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.
Halloween Costume Drive and Giveawau - Champaign, IL - Sep 17 to Oct 20, 2018
Bring last year’s costume to any Champaign Park District facility or Busey bank from 9/17-10/18, and come to the Douglass Community Center (address on map) on 10/20 for the giveaway event! Bring accessories, and kids and adult sizes!
Boo at the Zoo - Decatur, IL - Oct 12 to Oct 28, 2018
Hundreds of jack-o-lantersn guide you to treat stations, plus rides on the train and carousel. Select nights in October
Unofficial Halloween - Carbondale, IL - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
Drink specials, giveaways, and live entertainment. Held at Pinch Penny Pub
Howl-ZOO-Ween - Peoria, IL - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
Trick or treat through the zoo, take in shows, compete in a costume contest and more.
Boo at the Zoo - Brookfield, IL - Oct 13 to Oct 28, 2018
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!
Carve for the Carillon - Springfield, IL - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
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!
Family Pumpkin Carving - Chicago, IL - Oct 19, 2018
Buy a pumpkin for $3 and use all their carving utensils and stencils, plus an appearance from Sparky, the Chicago Fire mascot! You can reserve a pumpkin online to have it guaranteed. 5-7pm
Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular - Springfield, IL - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
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.
Witches Walk - East Peoria, IL - Oct 19 to Oct 27, 2018
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.
Wildlife Scary Park - Hanna City, IL - Oct 19 to Oct 28, 2018
A Peoria tradition at Wildlife Priarie Park, with trick-or-treating, hayrack rides, haunted train rides, animal encounters and more.
Halloween Bar Crawl - Chicago, IL - Oct 20, 2018
A Halloween bar crawl with costume contests, giveaways, drink specials, and more!
Nightmare on Chicago Street - Eglin, IL - Oct 20, 2018
Stay safe from Zombies in this “Safe Zone” along Chicago Street, this year with more gates, and on-site box office. Zombie marches may occur outside, but inside, you’ll be protected while enjoying three stages of live entertainment, bands, food, drinks, vendors, parade and pageant, live graffiti artists, costume contests and more. This event is for 17 and older, although under 17 are admitted and must remain with a parent or guardian at all times. No strollers, other items also prohibited (see event website for more details).
All Hallows Eve - Rockford, IL - Oct 20, 2018
Trick-or-treat plus crafts, games and dancing. Families are encouraged to dress in costumes.
Trunk or Treat at Curtis Orchard - Champaign, IL - Oct 21, 2018
1-2:30 at Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch, go trunk or treating at this free event that also includes non-food treats for those with food allergies, as well as areas for children with sensory concerns. Costume contest at 1:30
Trick or Treating with the Stars - Champaign, IL - Oct 21, 2018
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
Trick or Trot 5K - Rockford, IL - Oct 21, 2018
Run a 5K on the recreation path at Victorian Village, in a costume, with awards for different categories of costumes.
Night of 1000 Jack-o-lanterns - Glencoe, IL - Oct 24 to Oct 28, 2018
Timed tickets allow you to view over 1000 hand carved pumpkins in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Lighted Pumpkin House Display - Arthur, IL - Oct 24 to Oct 30, 2018
Hundreds of carved pumpkins displayed downtown.
Yacht Party Chicago’s Halloween Booze Cruise - Chicago, IL - Oct 25 to Oct 31, 2018
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+
Halloween FunFest - Champaign, IL - Oct 25, 2018
5-8pm at Market Place Mall. 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.
Haunted Maze at Navy Pier - Chicago, IL - Oct 26 to Oct 31, 2018
The Funhouse Maze has been overrun by scary clowns! Try to avoid them as you navigate the twists and turns! 6-10pm Friday & Saturday, 5-8pm Sunday and Halloween Wednesday. Under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Downtown Mahomet Trunk or Treat - Mahomet, IL - Oct 26, 2018
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!
Downtown Urbana Trick or Treating - Urbana, IL - Oct 26, 2018
Trick or treat with downtown businesses from 1-5pm, with more Halloween fun at the Urbana Free Library
Spooky Science - Rockford, IL - Oct 26, 2018
Dress up in costume, grab a a bag, and come down to the discovery Center Museym for a night of trick-or-treating acround the exhibit spaces, make slime and other crafts, enjoy some science experiment and learning about inventors and scientists, and more!
Halloween Party - West Peoria, IL - Oct 26, 2018
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 26, 2018
Bloomington businesses will be offering candy and treats to trick or treaters from 5-7pm
The Haunted Virgin Rooftop Chicago Halloween - Chicago, IL - Oct 27, 2018
2 floors of music with amazing views, 26 floors up in the sky, and a killer music line-up from top DJs and full service bars
Illumination Halloween Party - Chicago, IL - Oct 27, 2018
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 27, 2018
3 hours of unlimited beer and wine, live DHs all night, dance floor, costume contest and more
Haunted Halloween Ball - Chicago, IL - Oct 27, 2018
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
The River Chicago Halloween Party - Chicago, IL - Oct 27, 2018
The staff will be dressed up as the theme, Scarytales – Fairytales creatures with a scary zombified, or Mad twist. Cosume contest, prizes and giveaways, chocolate covered marshmallows and candy apples, and more!
Haunted Halloween Ball - Chicago, IL - Oct 27, 2018
The Hard Rock Cafe hosts a Haunted Halloween party each year, with top 40, pop, dance, and hop hop, with fully-stocked cash bars, and more!
Spirit of Chicago Halloween Cruise - Chicago, IL - Oct 27, 2018
Party on a yacht! The Spirit of Chicago opens up all four decks, live DJs all night long, cash bar, and more. 21+
Gatsby’s Masquerade Chicago Halloween Ball - Chicago, IL - Oct 27, 2018
A masquerade among DJs spinning top 40s, huge dance floor, full bars, VIP packages, party favors and more! 21+
Trick or Treat on Navy Pier - Chicago, IL - Oct 27 to Oct 31, 2018
Two 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.
Spooky Zoo Spectacular - Chicago, IL - Oct 27, 2018
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 Hoopla - Decatur, IL - Oct 27, 2018
Visit the museum in costume and catapult a pumpkin through the sky, meet creepy crawlers, collect treats, meet with your favorite superheroes, meet local law enforcement and more!
Brookdale Senior Living Trunk or Treat - Urbana, IL - Oct 27, 2018
2-4pm at Brookdale Senior Living, bring the entire costume in costume for a trunk or treat in the safety of the parking lot
Trunk or Treat at Savoy UMC - Savoy, IL - Oct 27, 2018
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!
Trick or Treat at Green View - Mahomet, IL - Oct 27, 2018
Green View Garden Center hosts all day trick or treating in costume
Howl-o-ween - Champaign, IL - Oct 27, 2018
3-4pm at Champaign Public Library. Spooky storytime, crafts and games, face painting and more. Costumes encouraged.
Galena Halloween Parade and Festival - Galena, IL - Oct 27, 2018
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!
Spook-tacular Haunts - Rockford, IL - Oct 27, 2018
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
Mardi Gras - Pinckneyville, IL - Oct 27, 2018
Light Up the Night” is the 2018 theme, and you can buy your 5/50 tickets at the beginning of October. Pageant trick or treat at downtown businesses, car show, parade, vendors, and more
Bootiful Nauvoo Pumpkin Walk - Nauvoo, IL - Oct 27, 2018
Walk along Mulholland Street taking in the hundreds of hand-carnved pumpkins, plus extended hours and specials at local businesses, treats and entertainment, and a pumpkin chucker!
Halloween Spooktacular at the Orpheum - Champaign, IL - Oct 27, 2018
2-4pm. Become mad scientists with the family at this event, sponsored by REACT Chemistry and the museum, with loads of spooky demonstrations and exhibits, including the dry ice crystal ball, frozen bubbles, spooky lava lamps, and more. A Chemistry professor from UIUC will be doing a chemistry demonstration at 3:30.
Nightmare on Grove Street - Champaign, IL - Oct 27, 2018
Enjoy hayrack reads around the trail, activities, candy giveaway, and more at Douglass Community Center
Zoo Spooktacular - Bloomington, IL - Oct 27 to Oct 28, 2018
Dress up in costume, and come to the zoo for crafts, vendors, animal encounters, and candy! $3 for members and $7 for non-members
Howl at the Market - Bloomington, IL - Oct 27, 2018
Celebrate the end of the farmer’s market season. Kids can wear Halloween costumes, pick up a “Boo Buck” from information, then use them to stop the market for specially marked items.
Halloween Party at Howl - Chicago, IL - Oct 27, 2018
Howl at the Moon Indianapolis hosts another Halloween party with drink specials, games, and a costume contest.
Day of the Dead 5K & 10K - Peoria, IL - Oct 27, 2018
A virtual run (complete it anywhere) in honor of Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, a holiday where Mexican families remember and honor their deceased loved ones. 15% of every registration goes to Soles4Souls, and you get a metal and bib for when you run/walk your 5k or 10k anywere you like (road, trail, treadmill, track, gym, etc).
Halloween Happenings - Naperville, IL - Oct 28, 2018
Free Halloween fest for kids 10 and under, with activities, games, and goodies from 1 – 4pm at Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion
Urbana Firefighters Local 1147 Car Show and Trunk or Treat - Urbana, IL - Oct 28, 2018
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.
Indian Acres Trunk or Treat - Champaign, IL - Oct 28, 2018
1:30-3pm at Indian Acres Swim Club to collect treats
CU Church Trunk or Treat - Champaign, IL - Oct 28, 2018
4:30-6:30pm at CU Church, for a fun night of decorated trunks and treats, crafts and face painting, music and more
Trunk or Treat at First Baptist Savoy - Savoy, IL - Oct 28, 2018
4:30-6:30 at First Baptist Church at Savoy, with free food & candy, games, bounce house, and more. Dress up and come to have fun!
Trunk or Treat and Community Meal - Champaign, IL - Oct 28, 2018
5:30-7:30pm 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
Mayfair Park Halloween Parade - Champaign, IL - Oct 28, 2018
Dress up for a spooktacular parade around the park, with games, treats, and more! 2-4pm at Mayfair Park
Downs Un-Haunted House - Downs, IL - Oct 28, 2018
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)
Library Halloween Party & Trick or Treating - Tuscola, IL - Oct 29, 2018
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 Street - Savoy, IL - Oct 29, 2018
Registration required by 10/22. 6-8pm at Savoy Recreation Center. Music, haunted house, decorated booths with goodies, and more.
Hallowheel at Navy Pier - Chicago, IL - Oct 31, 2018
Ride the Centennial Wheel, free of charge!
Northalstead Halloween Parade - Chicago, IL - Oct 31, 2018
Parade, costume contest with $4000 in cash and prizes, and more. After party at Brompton
Trunk or Treat at Meadowbrook Community Church - Champaign, IL - Oct 31, 2018
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, 2018
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 Treat at Outlets at Tuscola - Tuscola, IL - Oct 31, 2018
5-7pm at the Outlets at Tuscola. Collect treats from participating business while dressed in costume.
Trunk or Treat at Proctor Rec Center - Peoria, IL - Oct 31, 2018
4:30-7:30pm at Proctor Rec Center. Celebrate Halloween in a safe, fun way, with treats for everyone.
Trick or Treating at the Mansion - Bloomington, IL - Oct 31, 2018
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, 2018
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 - Normal, IL - Oct 31, 2018
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.
Witches Night Out - Springfield, IL - Oct 1 to Oct 31, 2019
will return in 2019 – dates are not exact