Celebrate Halloween at Chicago Parks with Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses and More


The Chicago Park District and Walgreens host dozens of Halloween events this fall in the parks.  Offerings include several haunted houses, numerous pumpkin patches, movie screenings, and much more.  Click here for the full listing of Halloween events or call 312-742-PLAY. 

Halloween highlights this fall include:

Pumpkin Patches & Halloween Parties
• Oct. 6-31
• Various parks
• All ages, entrance fees vary from free to nominal
• Nominal fees may apply for on-site activities
Fall pumpkin patches throughout the city features a selection of all shapes and sizes and decorating stations.  Some pumpkin patches and Halloween parties include a petting zoo, hayride, games, treats and a chance to take a photo at the harvest photo station. Click here for a schedule or call 312-742-PLAY.

13 Terrors at Theater on the Lake
• Oct. 19-21 & 26-28; 7 – 10 p.m.
• Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
• Recommended for ages 8 and up; free parking available at Diversey Harbor north of Fullerton Ave. on Cannon Dr.
• Admission $10 - purchase tickets online he​re or at the door.
Terror reigns at the eerie Theater on the Lake as visitors confront evil clowns, a spinning vortex and creepy mausoleum filled with deadly ghouls.

Haunted House
• Thursday, Oct. 25, 4-8 p.m.
• Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St., 773-287-7658
• All ages
• Admission $3
Get your face painted, bounce around in an inflatable and enjoy the party atmosphere.

Haunted House
• Friday, Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.
• Anderson Playground Park, 3748 S. Prairie Ave, 312-747-6007
• Ages 6 and up
• Admission $5
Enjoy a kid-friendly haunted house.

Halloween Arts and Crafts
• Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
• McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd., 312-747-6527
• All ages
• Admission free
Materials are provided to make Halloween decorations.

Haunted House
• Friday-Saturday, Oct. 26-27, 7-9 p.m.
• Archer Park, 4901 S. Kilbourn Ave., 773-284-7029
• All ages
• Admission $5
Celebrate Halloween at this family event.

Haunted Indoor Drive-In Movie Series
• Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
• Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
• Saturday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
• Sunday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
• Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave., 312-742-7553
• Admission $2 to each screening
The annual Wicker Park Halloween film festival features the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Pumpkins in the Park 5K Run and Walk
• Saturday, Oct. 27
• Lincoln Park South Field House, 1800 N. Stockton Dr. at LaSalle
• 3 p.m. CLIF Kid Spooky Sprints (12 years and under)
• 5 p.m. 5K Run
• $30 for 5K run before Oct. 21, $35 during race week; $15 CLIF Kid Spooky Sprints
The 13th annual Pumpkins in the Park 5K is presented by Chicago Park District and Fleet Feet Sports. Participants of all ages come dressed in costume.  To register, visit www.fleetfeetchicago.com.  All registered participants will receive a t-shirt and goody bag.  Post-race activities include a kid’s costume parade, adult costume contest, pumpkin decorating, refreshments, and live music.

A Night Out with Dracula
• Monday, Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.
• Olympia Park, 6566 N. Avondale Ave., 773-631-6861
• All ages
• Admission $12
This family friendly event includes dinner, art projects, entertainment, a photo opportunity with The Count and more.

Creatures of the Night
• Wednesday, Oct. 31; 4 – 8 p.m.
• Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
• $3 suggested donation; kids 3 and under free
Nocturnal creatures such as fruit bats, owls, spiders and wolves will visit the Conservatory.  Boo-grass music, planting activities, treats and more will be provided.  Costumes are encouraged.

Spooky Skate Party
• Friday, Nov. 2, 5-8 p.m.
• Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave., 312-742-7534
• All ages
• Admission free
Children are encouraged to bring skates or scooters to roll through the haunted gym.


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