Illinois Halloween Events 2021

Are you ready to track down some fun events for Halloween 2021? 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.

Last Major Update:

Halloween 2021 Events have been updated! Many have been canceled or their websites were not updated for this year. Please double-check the event organizer's websites before heading over to any events in case of any changes or cancellations.

Chicago Halloween

2021 Events

Halloween Costume Drive and Giveaway - Champaign, IL - Sep 20 to Oct 20, 2021
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 Oct 31, 2021
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.

Haunted Maze at Navy Pier - Chicago, IL - Oct 8 to Oct 31, 2021
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.

Trick or Treat on Navy Pier - Chicago, IL - Oct 9 to Oct 30, 2021
For 2021, pop-up events for Saturdays with different themes, circus acts, costume contest, Halloween-themed food and drink specials, strolling actors and more. Normally: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.

Boo at the Zoo – Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield, IL - Oct 9 to Oct 24, 2021
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 9 to Oct 10, 2021
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!

Unofficial Halloween - Carbondale, IL - Oct 12, 2021
Drink specials, giveaways, and live entertainment at venues around Carbondale during this “unofficial” holiday celebrated by SIU students, traditionally celebrated the weekend before Halloween.

Night of 1000 Jack-o-lanterns - Glencoe, IL - Oct 13 to Oct 24, 2021
Timed tickets allow you to view over 1000 hand carved pumpkins in the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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.

Paranormal Cirque – Illinois - Aurora, IL - Oct 14 to Oct 24, 2021
Final stop on the 2021 fall tour is in Aurora IL. A show with breathtaking implications always poised between fun and the most uninhibited fear that will transport you to a dark world inhabited by creatures with incredible circus art abilities. Under this Clown Castle, the black and red big top tent, Acrobats of the Air, Illusionists, freaks, mysterious creatures and all the elements that make one think of a “normal” Circus – but it’s anything by normal! This show is rated R for adult language and material. You must have ID showing you are above 17 when buying a ticket and all guests 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult 21+. It’s a show on tour, so visit their website to find a location near you.

Boo at the Zoo – Scovill Zoo - Decatur, IL - Oct 15 to Oct 31, 2021
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 15 to Oct 16, 2021
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.

Howl-ZOO-Ween - Peoria, IL - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2021
Trick or treat through the zoo, take in shows, compete in a costume contest and more.

Halloween Hunt - Savoy, IL - Oct 16, 2021
A scavenger hunt around town to earn goodies and prizes, with a swag bag.

Wildlife Scary Park - Hanna City, IL - Oct 21 to Oct 30, 2021
A Peoria tradition at Wildlife Priarie Park, with trick-or-treating, hayrack rides, haunted train rides, animal encounters and more.

Witches Walk - East Peoria, IL - Oct 22 to Oct 30, 2021
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.

Zoo Spooktacular - Bloomington, IL - Oct 22 to Oct 24, 2021
Dress up in costume, and come to the zoo for crafts, vendors, animal encounters, and candy! $3 for members and $7 for non-members

Lakeview Park After Dark - Peoria, IL - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2021
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).

Illumination Halloween Party - Chicago, IL - Oct 23, 2021
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.

All Hallows Eve - Rockford, IL - Oct 23, 2021
Trick-or-treat plus crafts, games and dancing in the Victorian Village of the Midway Village Museum. Families are encouraged to dress in costumes.

Trunk or Treat at Savoy UMC - Savoy, IL - Oct 23, 2021
Held at Savoy United Methodist Church with food, candy, fun, and costumes!

Bootiful Nauvoo Pumpkin Walk - Nauvoo, IL - Oct 23, 2021
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 Happenings - Naperville, IL - Oct 24, 2021
Free Halloween fest for kids 10 and under, with activities, games, and goodies from 1 – 4pm at Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion

CU Church Trunk or Treat - Champaign, IL - Oct 24, 2021
Head to CU Church, for a fun night of decorated trunks and treats, crafts and face painting, music and more

Halloween Masquerade Car Parade - Champaign, IL - Oct 27, 2021
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.

The River Chicago Halloween Party - Chicago, IL - Oct 29, 2021
Cosume contest, prizes and giveaways, treats, and more!

Spooky Science - Rockford, IL - Oct 29, 2021
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!

Downtown Trick or Treat - Bloomington, IL - Oct 29, 2021
Bloomington businesses will be offering candy and treats to trick or treaters from 5-7pm

Haunted Halloween Ball - Chicago, IL - Oct 30, 2021
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

Spirit of Chicago Halloween Cruise - Chicago, IL - Oct 30, 2021
Party on a yacht! The Spirit of Chicago opens up all four decks, live DJs all night long, cash bar, and more. 21+

Library Halloween Party & Trick or Treating - Tuscola, IL - Oct 30, 2021
For 2021, a Drive Boo (drive through) trunk or treat event at Ervin Park. Normally: Halloween party at the community building with games, crafts, treats, and a spooky room, and downtown trick-or-treating at local businesses

Galena Halloween Parade and Festival - Galena, IL - Oct 30, 2021
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 30, 2021
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 30, 2021
Queen pageant, haunted jail, trivia night, parade, trick or treat at downtown businesses, vendors, 8k/5k, car show, and more.

Nightmare on Grove Street - Champaign, IL - Oct 30, 2021
Enjoy hayrack reads around the trail, activities, candy giveaway, and more at Douglass Community Center

Halloween Party at Howl – Chicago - Chicago, IL - Oct 30, 2021
Howl at the Moon Chicago hosts another Halloween party with drink specials, games, and a costume contest.

Halloween Hayride - Naperville, IL - Oct 30, 2021
Each registered child receives a goodie bag. In addition to the hayride, there will be picnic tables and bonfires, plus hot chocolate and cider, so bring the fixings for smores, hot dogs etc and sticks to cook over the fire.

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

Urbana Firefighters Local 1147 Car Show and Trunk or Treat - Urbana, IL - Oct 31, 2021
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 31, 2021
First UMC of Champaign for kids, with a free community meal and trunk or treating, plus pumpkin bowling, bingo, and more

Trunk or Treat at Meadowbrook Community Church - Champaign, IL - Oct 31, 2021
Come dressed up and collect candy from decorated cars. DJ, food and hot drinks

Downs Un-Haunted House - Downs, IL - Oct 31, 2021
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

Trick-or-Treat at the Manor - Bloomington, IL - Oct 31, 2021
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.

Past Events

Nightmare on Chicago Street - Eglin, IL - Oct 19, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. 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!

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

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.

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

Family Pumpkin Carving - Chicago, IL - Oct 24, 2019
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

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!

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.

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

Halloween Bar Crawl – Chicago - Chicago, IL - Oct 26, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: A Halloween bar crawl with costume contests, giveaways, drink specials, and more!

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

Lighted Pumpkin House Display - Arthur, IL - Oct 24 to Oct 31, 2020
Hundreds of carved pumpkins displayed downtown.

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.

For more Halloween fun in Illinois, check out our pages for these classic fall activities:
Haunted HousesPumpkin PatchesGhost Tours

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