Top Five Halloween Things To Do in Lake County 2022

By: Nick Borowitz 10/14/2022

Everyone's favorite spooky time of the year is almost upon us, and it's time to break out the costumes! Hallow's Eve may not be here yet, but here are the top five Halloween things to do in Lake County 2022.

The Spooks & Spirits Libation Trail Check-In Challenge runs October 21-31. Adult beverage drinkers will arrive at a participating winery, distillery or brewery, check in using their mobile pass via indoor, outdoor visit or carryout order, and you'll be entered into a sweepstakes throughout the 10 days.

The grand prize awards one individual a 10-person bus tour sponsored by 95 WIIL Rock (95.1 WIIL-FM) to visit participating Lake County Libation Trail partners. To be eligible, you must patron at least three of the 27 breweries, distilleries and wineries on the Lake County Libation Trail within the 10-day period. Stay tuned for the dedicated website.


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While out and about, snap some pics of the little ghouls and goblins for the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest! Participants have the opportunity to win a prize. The contest goes through October 31.

Break out the candy bags and wear some comfy shoes. These are the top five Halloween things to do in Lake County 2022.

1. Spooks & Spirits: Lake County, IL Autumn Celebration


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Sit for a spell and enjoy the potions from the Spooks and Spirits: Lake County, Illinois Autumn Celebration. The top five Halloween things to do in Lake County 2022 all fall into our six-week experience highlighting Lake County's spooky side. Experience family festivities, spine-tingling scares, and the seasonal offerings of breweries, wineries and distilleries created by the Lake County Libation Trail. The county hosts plenty of fall festivals and costume parades celebrating the change of seasons. Be A-MAIZE-D by corn mazes and pumpkin patches at Didier Farms Pumpkinfest in Lincolnshire and Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove. Adults ages 21 and older can find locally made craft beers, vinos and spirits from over 25 stops provided by Lake County Libation Trail's breweries, wineries and distilleries. Check out the latest Halloween events and travel packages at The Spooks & Spirits: Lake County, IL Autumn Celebration runs through Halloween.

2. Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS® at Six Flags Great America (Through October 31)


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What are the top Halloween things to do in Lake County 2022 without Six Flags Great America? Thrills and chills abound at Six Flags Great America with Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS®. Indulge in the theme park's haunted houses, roller coasters and scare zones. The spooky spectacle features musical performances in the streets of Six Flags Great America. New for this year is Kids BOO Fest, a kid-friendly festival that keeps the amusements tame during the day. Children can trick or treat on the Character Candy Trail, navigate through a hay maze and jive in the Monster Bash Dance Party. The family will work up an appetite while riding coasters, getting scared silly and dancing from the street shows. Grab a bite to eat at Six Flags Great America's Oktoberfest Food Festival. The all-new smorgasbord is the perfect place to sit back with authentic German cuisine and beverages while listening to traditional music on the Mooseburger Patio in Yukon Territory. When the clock strikes 6 p.m., creatures adorned in ghoulish garb roam the park while spooking people walking through the scare zones. There are six haunted houses, each with its unique theme. The haunted houses require an extra pass and the park entrance fee. After 6 p.m., the festivities are geared toward individuals ages 13 and older. Visit for performance times, tickets, haunted houses and additional information. Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS® runs on select days through Halloween.

3. Spooks & Spirits Libation Trail Check-In Challenge


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You might already have loaded up on the pumpkin spice by now as part of the top five Halloween things to do in Lake County 2022. And that's okay. As long as you still have room to sip 27 libations from the Lake County Libation Trail partners! Our spooky autumn celebration is in full swing, and we must ensure the spirits find their way into it. Ignite the fall feels and visit a watering hole before Halloween ends with celebrating the scary side of the year Spooks & Spirits Libation Trail Check-In Challenge will run October 21-31.

4. Haunted Happenings in Lake County


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Haunted attractions are always a part of the top five Halloween things to do in Lake County. There is an abundance of courageous souls out there that want to brave the storm of a professional scarer. That said, Lake County holds a Master's Degree in terrifying individuals. Get your fill of spooks because Lake County has your haunted attraction of choice. Let's take a look at the haunted attractions in Lake County and give you "proof that there had been a nightmare, on my street!"

5. Lake County Fall Festivals


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There is no denying that Lake County loves festivals in the autumn season. Each is an opportunity to be social and support the local businesses that make up Lake County. Experience beers, wines and spirits by a variety of the Lake County Libation Trail. Stretch your legs at one of the parks used for various celebrations in the county. Take the kids to one of many shopping venues hosting Halloween trick-or-treating. Catch a live performance at one of the many theatres that are in Lake County, Il. There is no shortage of opportunities to get out and celebrate in the community.

Trick or Treat Hours in Lake County


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It's that time when your youngsters go door-to-door in the neighborhood and demand people to smell their feet and provide their taste buds with some nourishing sugar treats. But, of course, if your neighbors refrain from providing tasty treats, these children don't have a care in the world and will proceed to embarrass you in front of the whole community by removing your undergarments. So if you want our advice, give the kiddies the candy they desire.

Village of Antioch: October 31; 4-7 p.m. Harvest Fest Treat The Streets in Downtown Antioch: October 22; Noon-2 p.m. INFO»

Village of Deerfield: October 31; 3:30-7 p.m. Downtown Deerfield: October 23; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. INFO»

Village of Fox Lake: October 31; 4-7 p.m. Halloween Howl in Fox Lake: October 24; 4-7 p.m. INFO»

Village of Grayslake: October 31; 4-7 p.m. Grayslake Park District Pumpkin Fest: October 15; 5:30-7:30 p.m. INFO» Downtown Grayslake: October 29; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. INFO»

Village of Gurnee: October 30; 2-5 p.m. Warren Special Recreation Association Trunk or Treat: October 23; 1-2 p.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m. INFO» Boo Bash at Gurnee Mills: October 27; 5-7 p.m. INFO» Howl-o-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois: Through October 31 INFO»

Village of Lake Zurich: October 31; 3-8 p.m.


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Village of Libertyville: October 31; 4-8 p.m. MainStreet Libertyville: October 29; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. INFO» Trick or Treat on the Farm at Lambs Farm: October 29; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. INFO»

Village of Lincolnshire: October 31; 4-8 p.m. Lincolnshire Boo Bash: October 28; 5-8 p.m. INFO»

Historic Downtown Long Grove: October 29; 2-5 p.m. DIY Scarecrow Day: October 8; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. INFO»

Village of Mundelein: October 31; 4-8 p.m. Boo Bash Trunk or Treat: October 22; 3-7.m. INFO» Mundelein Farmers Market Trunk or Treat: October 22; 2-5 p.m. INFO» Loch Lomond Lake Trunk or Treat and Chili Cook-Off: October 29; 4-6 p.m. INFO»

Village of Vernon Hills: October 30; 2-6 p.m. Boo Bash at Sullivan Community Center: October 14; 5:30-7:30 p.m. INFO» Vernon Hills Trucks, Trunks, and Treats: October 15; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. INFO» Halloween Costume Party at Whirlyball: October 22; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. INFO» Halloween Walk - GO Vernon Hills: October 26; 6-6:30 p.m. INFO» Vernon Hills Fall Fest: October 28; 6-9 p.m. INFO» Hawthorn Spooktacular: October 29; 10 a.m.-noon INFO»

City of Waukegan: October 31; 2-5 p.m. Jack Benny Center for the Arts Sugar Skull/Calaveritas de Azucar Workshops: October 8-15; 10 a.m.-noon INFO» Sonesta Trunk or Treat at Sonesta Simple Suites Chicago-Waukegan: October 23; 4-7 p.m. INFO» Waukegan Park District Trick or Treat Trail: October 29; 1-2:30 p.m. INFO»

City of Zion: October 30; 2-5 p.m. Trail of Treats hosted by the Zion Park District at Shiloh Park: October 28; 4-6 p.m. INFO»

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