As the leaves rustle, the air turns crisp and the days grow shorter, the enchanting season of Halloween descends upon Lake County. It's a time when the young and young-at-heart adorn their most creative costumes, embracing the spirit of the holiday with enthusiasm and anticipation. See all the fall beauty of Lake County, where the sidewalks come alive with laughter, the houses adorned with spooky decor and little ones venture door-to-door in search of sweet treats. Explore the captivating world of kid-friendly trick-or-treating in Lake County, where Halloween magic awaits around every corner. Get ready to embrace the Halloween spirit, Lake County style!
As you explore all that Lake County has to offer, don’t miss out on the exciting Spooks and Spirits Check-In Challenge. Participate in the Spooks and Spirits Check-in Challenge for a chance to win a 95 WIIL-ROCK Bus Tour to visit three Lake County Libation Trail partners by checking in at five or more Libation Trail stops between October 1-31. Get ready to savor the flavors of fall in style!
Here are your Trick or Treat hours in Lake County.
Village of Antioch: October 31; 4-7 p.m. Downtown Antioch – Harvest Fest/Treat the Streets: noon-5 p.m.
Village of Grayslake: October 31; 4-7 p.m.
City of Waukegan: October 29; 2-5 p.m. ZombieWauk: October 21; 5-9 p.m. INFO» ArtWauk: October 21; 5-9 p.m. INFO» Celebration Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead at the Jack Benny Center: October 21-22; 1-4 p.m. INFO» Something Waukegan This Way Comes; October 24; 6-7:30 p.m. INFO» Waukegan Park District Trick or Treat Trail: October 28; 1-3 p.m. INFO» Haunted Waukegan Tour: October 31; 6-7:30 p.m. INFO»
Excitement and shivers galore await you at Six Flags Great America during the spine-tingling Fright Fest, brought to you by SNICKERS®. Immerse yourself in the park's eerie atmosphere with its bone-chilling haunted houses, thrilling roller coasters, and creepy scare zones. This hair-raising spectacle also features captivating musical performances right on the streets of Six Flags Great America. New for this year, we're introducing Kids BOO Fest, a family-friendly festival that keeps things on the milder side during the daylight hours. Little ones can embark on a delightful adventure along the Character Candy Trail, explore a hay maze, and groove to the beats at the Monster Bash Dance Party. With all these activities, you and your family are bound to work up an appetite. Don't fret; Six Flags Great America has you covered with the Oktoberfest Food Festival, offering authentic German cuisine and beverages. You can savor your meal while enjoying traditional music on the Mooseburger Patio in Yukon Territory. But as soon as the clock strikes 6 p.m., the park transforms into a realm where ghouls and creatures roam freely, ready to send shivers down the spines of those daring enough to venture into the scare zones. For the ultimate thrill, don't miss the opportunity to explore our six uniquely themed haunted houses. Keep in mind that these haunted houses require an additional pass along with your park entrance fee. After 6 p.m., the festivities take a darker turn, catering to brave souls aged 13 and older. To plan your visit and stay up-to-date with performance schedules, ticket information, haunted house details, and more, head over to SixFlags.com. Fright Fest, brought to you by SNICKERS®, runs on select days leading up to Halloween. Don't miss the chance to be a part of this chilling extravaganza!
Get ready for a day of spine-tingling fun as Six Flags Great America transforms into a Halloween wonderland during Kids BOO Fest! From the moment the park opens until 6 p.m., families are in for a treat-filled adventure that promises thrills, laughter and a touch of spooky magic. Step into a world of whimsy as your little ones embark on the Trick-or-Treat Character Trail. This family-friendly adventure brings the classic tradition of trick-or-treating to life within the park. Children can follow the trail, meeting delightful characters and collecting candies along the way. Immerse yourself in the charm of autumn with a range of fall festivities. From vibrant pumpkins to rustic hay bales and friendly scarecrows, the park is adorned with the colors and symbols of the season. Engage in Camp Boo! activities, offering creative crafts and exciting games that capture the spirit of the season. It's a day where thrills meet giggles and spooky meets spectacular. Don't miss out on this unforgettable Halloween celebration – where the fun never ends!
Get ready for a month-long Halloween celebration like never before! Great Wolf Lodge Illinois invites you and your family to dive into the enchanting world of Howl-o-Ween. At Great Wolf Lodge, every day is a costume party in October! Bring out the creativity in your little ones and let them dress up as their favorite characters, superheroes, or spooky creatures. Prepare for a series of fa-BOO-lous events designed to enchant visitors of all ages. Enjoy interactive storytelling, mesmerizing magic shows and pumpkin carving extravaganzas that bring out the artist in your little ones. Embark on a magical journey along the Trick or Treat Trail, where every twist and turn reveals sweet surprises! Little goblins can fill their treat bags with delicious candies, chocolates and other goodies, making this trail a highlight of the Howl-o-Ween experience. Dive into the Spooky Splash Bash, a poolside party where goblins and ghosts mingle with mermaids and sea creatures. Enjoy water games, thrilling slides and themed activities that make a splash for all the right reasons. So, if one night of Halloween simply isn't enough for your family, pack your costumes and head to Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee for a month-long celebration of Howl-o-Ween. Immerse yourselves in the wonder of the season, create unforgettable memories and let the enchantment of Halloween fill your hearts. Get ready for a spooktacular adventure that will leave your family howling with delight!
Get ready for a night of fall festivities that will leave your little ones enchanted and your family brimming with Halloween spirit! Kick off the evening with a whirlwind of Halloween games that will challenge and delight your little witches and wizards! Hop aboard our hay wagon and take a scenic tour of their festive grounds, complete with the crisp autumn breeze and the scent of hay in the air. Embark on a magical journey along the Character Path, where beloved characters come to life in the soft glow of twilight. From friendly ghosts to enchanting princesses, your kids will have the chance to meet and greet their favorite characters, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Show off their creative costumes at our thrilling costume contest, held at the Performance Pavilion. It's an event that promises laughter, excitement and memories that will warm your heart throughout the season. We can't wait to celebrate the spirit of fall with you!
Calling all little goblins, superheroes and fairies! Get ready to embark on a magical and scare-free Halloween adventure at the Grayslake Park District beloved Halloween Monster Mash. This delightful event promises an evening of creativity, laughter and wholesome fun tailored for your youngest Halloween enthusiasts. This scare-free event encourages your little ones to don their most imaginative and adorable costumes. Join in on a variety of crafts from pumpkin decorating to making spooky masks. And don’t forget about the thrilling Halloween-inspired activities and games. The Grayslake storytellers will weave enchanting tales fit for ghosts, goblins and ghouls, creating an atmosphere of mystery and delight. Hurry and secure your child's spot for a night of magical Halloween memories!
Get ready for a spine-tingling, laughter-filled and enchanting Halloween celebration! Halloween Hoopla is proud to present an afternoon of family-friendly festivities that promises to be the highlight of your Halloween season. Explore a variety of games, from pumpkin ring toss to mummy wrap races, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Take a leisurely hayride through the beautiful autumn landscape, enjoying the crisp air and fall scenery. Join in the trick-or-treating as kids visit various stations to collect Halloween goodies. Meet beloved costumed characters who will bring your favorite stories and fairy tales to life. Visit balloon twisters who will craft intricate designs, skilled face painters and a magician who will leave you in awe. Get your costumes ready, grab your wristbands and join the Deerfield Park District for a hauntingly good time!
Get ready for an unforgettable afternoon of family-friendly activities at the Deer Park Town Center's Fall Bash. Your kids can groove to the beats at open-air mall’s lively DJ Dance Party! Be captivated by the talented magicians showcasing their astounding tricks and illusions. Unleash your creativity at their mini pumpkin decorating station! Engage in exciting craft activities sponsored by Bright Horizons Daycare. From colorful creations to imaginative projects, there's something for every artistic soul to enjoy. Watch in awe as skilled balloon artists transform ordinary balloons into extraordinary creations. Marvel at the expertise of a local artist as they bring pumpkins to life with their carving skills. It's a fascinating demonstration that showcases the beauty and intricacy of pumpkin carving. The Fall Bash festivities will take place on the roads from the traffic circle to Pottery Barn. Best of all, admission to the Fall Bash is free! Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.
In the heart of Waukegan, a vibrant and diverse community comes together to celebrate a cherished tradition: Día de Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This year, the Waukegan Park District and Academia Cultural Xilotl have joined hands to present a captivating and free community celebration at the historic Jack Benny Center for the Arts and Jane Addams Center in Bowen Park.
At the heart of the celebration lie the mesmerizing altar exhibits, each a unique tribute to the departed. These beautifully crafted altars serve as poignant reminders of the lives once lived, adorned with marigolds, photographs and cherished mementos, creating a connection between the living and the deceased. Be captivated by mesmerizing dance presentations that narrate tales of folklore, love and heritage, embodying the rich cultural tapestry of Día de Muertos. Learn about the fascinating world of sugar skull workshops where you’ll experience the intricate art of crafting these colorful and symbolic skulls. Let the vibrant spirit of Día de Muertos fill the air and your hearts.
Prepare for a spine-chilling adventure as ArtWauk transforms into ZombieWauk this October in downtown Waukegan! ArtWauk, a monthly celebration of all things artistic, takes on a spooky twist for Halloween, inviting the undead to invade the streets. Brace yourself for an evening of macabre art exhibits, haunting musicians and thrilling featured performances, making this event a unique and unforgettable experience. Explore the eerie world of art as downtown Waukegan comes alive with captivating exhibits. Listen to the melodies of the night from ghostly ballads to electrifying beats. Prepare to be mesmerized by featured performances with spine-chilling theatrical acts to avant-garde displays. While you're immersing yourself in the world of art and the walking dead, take a break and indulge in a delicious dinner at one of downtown Waukegan's restaurants. Prepare for a night of artistic enchantment, ghastly sights and spine-chilling sounds.
Calling all little goblins, witches and superheroes – it's time to gather for a bewitching evening of Halloween delight at the Gurnee Mills Mall! Step into a world of enchantment as Gurnee Mills Mall transforms into a Halloween haven. Your little ones can enjoy mall-wide trick-or-treating, filling their goody bags with delicious treats from various stores. Capture the magic of the moment at the designated selfie station, where you can immortalize your little one's adorable costumes and create cherished memories. From the excitement of trick-or-treating to the joy of capturing the perfect Halloween selfie, Boo Bash promises an unforgettable experience for everyone. Let the Halloween festivities begin!
Get ready, Lake County residents and visitors, because Boo Bash is back and spookier than ever! Let your creativity run wild at the pumpkin decorating station. Brave the spine-chilling haunted house and trail if you dare! Put on your best Halloween costume and dive into a world of games, treat opportunities and magical moments. Watch in awe as a magician performs mesmerizing tricks, enjoy intricate balloon artistry and let your imagination soar with face painting. Don't miss out on this spooktacular celebration! Join family, friends and fellow Halloween enthusiasts for an unforgettable evening of Halloween fun and excitement. It's a night where the ordinary transforms into the extraordinary and every moment is filled with Halloween magic.
Prepare your little goblins and princesses for a candy-filled adventure! Twenty-seven businesses in the Ravinia District enthusiastically welcome trick-or-treaters. From delightful chocolates to chewy candies, the treats are as varied as the costumes you'll see. Swing by Viaggio's patio to grab your free trick or treat bag. While you're at Viaggio's patio, seize the moment with fun photos with renowned photographer Jeff Cohen to add a touch of magic to your Halloween memories. And guess the weight of two gigantic pumpkins. If your guess is correct, you could win $100 to spend at your favorite Ravinia District business. It’s a community celebration, a chance to connect with your neighbors and local businesses and most importantly, an opportunity to create cherished memories with your family.
Get ready for a hair-raising good time at Fall Fest, the annual spooktacular family event that promises a bewitching blend of indoor trick-or-treating, creative balloon art, a dazzling black light dance party and the much-anticipated annual costume contest. Little ghosts and goblins can roam from door to door, collecting delicious treats in a safe and friendly environment. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy neon lights illuminating the dance floor, get ready to groove to the spookiest tunes and show off your best dance moves. Dress to impress and enter the annual costume contest! Prizes await the most spooktacular costumes. Gather your family and friends, put on your best costumes and head to the Sullivan Center for a Halloween adventure that promises laughter, excitement and plenty of treats.
Trail of Treats is back and it's gearing up to be the most spooktacular funfest of the season. This family-friendly event promises a ghoulishly delightful experience for all ages, taking place right from your own vehicle. Trail of Treats invites you to embark on a Halloween drive-thru adventure winding through Shiloh Park. You'll encounter multiple trick-or-treat stops that promise to delight and surprise. Each stop along the trail will be hosted by the Park District, local businesses and other community organizations, all eager to share the Halloween spirit. Don’t forget to get creative and transform your car into a spooky spectacle! Decorating your car adds to the festive atmosphere and lets you join in the Halloween fun in style. Trail of Treats is where the magic of Halloween comes to life, where little witches, ghosts and superheroes can experience the thrill of trick-or-treating in a safe and exciting environment. Zombie-to the Zion Park District event for a night filled with treats, surprises and unforgettable memories.
Dress to impress in your costumes and prepare for a day of frightful fun at the Hawthorn Spooktacular! Join the fun at Vernon Hills mall for a Halloween extravaganza that promises a spooktacular experience for the whole family. Show off your Halloween spirit for a chance to win fantastic prizes with your most creative costumes that will send shivers down your spine. Enjoy a variety of thrilling games that will test your skills and provide endless entertainment. Every registered child will receive a spooky bag filled with surprises! Engage in creative activities like pumpkin decorating and cookie decorating. Let your imagination run wild as you craft spooky masterpieces that capture the spirit of the season. Be amazed by a magical performance from Magic Dave, where one lucky child will experience the thrill of levitation! Enjoy the enchanting atmosphere created by balloon twisting and bounce around in the inflatable bounce house. It's a day of Halloween excitement that promises laughter, surprises and unforgettable memories. Don't miss out on this hauntingly good time!
Get ready for a farmtastic Halloween adventure at Lamb’s Farm’s upcoming event, where they invite you and your little ones to visit for a spooktacular day filled with exciting activities, adorable animals and delightful goodies. Dress up your little pumpkins in their finest costumes and embark on a trick-or-treating journey with the friendly farmyard animals. Join their knowledgeable keepers for insightful chats about the Green Oaks/Libertyville farm animals. Learn fascinating facts about their habits, diets and the unique characteristics that make each animal special. It's a Halloween celebration that promises unforgettable moments for the whole family. Don't miss out on this opportunity to create cherished memories with your little ones and their adorable farmyard friends. They can't wait to welcome you to their spooktacular event!
Get ready for a spooktacular adventure at Hawthorn mall, where all little witches, goblins and ghouls are invited to join the Halloween festivities! It's time to don your most enchanting costumes and prepare for a night of trick-or-treating fun, all for FREE at Hawthorn! Participating stores will be adorned with cheerful 'Trick-or-Treat HERE' signs, guiding you to a treasure trove of delightful treats and surprises. Each store will be ready to welcome you with open arms and a bucket full of candies and goodies. Prepare for an evening of enchantment and joy as you venture through Hawthorn in search of treats and surprises. Visit the Vernon Hills Mall on this magical afternoon and let your little ones experience the delight of Halloween in a safe and friendly environment.