Celebrate Halloween at Chicago Parks

9/18/2013
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The Chicago Park District hosts 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. 5-31
• 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.

Harvest Festival
• Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 12-13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., 312-744-5472
• All ages
• Admission free
Celebrate autumn by making a scarecrow, walking the trails, enjoying fall foliage, listening to live music, making nature crafts and more.  Registration not required.

Harvest Fest
• Sunday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Ave., 773-262-8658
• All ages
• Admission free, nominal fee per activity, cash only
A little bit of the country comes to the city at this family-friendly event.  Pick and decorate a pumpkin plus enjoy Halloween-themed carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides, and more.

13 Terrors at Theater on the Lake
• Friday-Sunday, Oct. 18-20 & Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 24-26; 7 – 10 p.m.
• Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-742-7994
• Recommended for ages 8 and up; free parking available at Diversey Harbor north of Fullerton Ave. on Cannon Dr.
• Admission $10; Click here to buy tickets in advance or purchase in person day of event.
Terror reigns at the eerie Theater on the Lake as visitors confront evil clowns, a spinning vortex, mirrored mazed and deadly ghouls.

A Night Out with Dracula
• Monday, Oct. 21, 6:30-8:30 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.

Monster Mash Basketball Tournament
• Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m.
• Olympia Park, 6566 N. Avondale Ave., 773-631-6861
• Ages 13-17
• Admission free
Teams dress in Halloween costumes and participate in a single elimination tournament.  Refreshments will be provided.

Haunted Indoor Drive-In: The Twilight Series
• Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 24-27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave., 312-742-7553
• All ages
• Admission $3 to each screening
The annual Wicker Park Halloween film festival features the Twilight series. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Day of the Dead Mask Painting
• Thursday, Oct. 24, 5-7 p.m.
• Mayfair Park, 4550 W. Sunnyside Ave., 773-685-3361
• Ages 9 and up
• Admission $15
In honor of the Day of the Dead holiday, participants will paint and decorate masks to resemble La Catrina, the iconic skeleton woman created by Mexican artist Jose Posada.

Day of the Dead Jewelry Making
• Friday, Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m.
• Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave., 773-478-9744
• Ages 9 and up
• Admission $20
Participants learn about the history of Day of the Dead and make a jewelry set of earrings, necklace and bracelet. Traditional Day of the Dead treats will be served.  Sponsored by the park advisory council.

Spooky Skate Party
• Friday, Oct. 25, 6-8 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 in costume to non-stop music.

Halloween Party
• Friday, Oct. 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
• Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave., 773-685-3270
• Ages 2-9
• Admission free
Enjoy tricks and treats for all at this annual party.

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls
• Saturday, Oct. 26, 12-2 p.m.
• Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave., 773-478-9744
• Ages 6 and up; ages 6-9 must have parent present
• Admission $20
Participants learn about the history of Day of the Dead, make sugar skulls from scratch and enjoy traditional Day of the Dead treats.  Sponsored by the park advisory council.

Pumpkins in the Park 5K Run and Walk
• Saturday, Oct. 26
• Lincoln Park South Field House, 1800 N. Stockton Dr. at LaSalle
• 2 p.m. CLIF Kid Spooky Sprints (12 years and under)
• 4 p.m. 5K Run
• $30 for 5K Run; $15 CLIF Kid Spooky Sprints
The 14th 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, refreshments, and live music.

Halloween Fun
• Wednesday, Oct. 30, 4-6 p.m.
• Piotrowski Park, 4247 W. 31st St., 312-745-4801
• All ages
• Admission $3
Dress up for the costume contest, play games, enjoy food, arts and crafts and more.

Tot’s Halloween Party
• Thursday, Oct. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• Skinner Park, 1331 W. Monroe St., 312-746-5560
• All ages
• Admission free
Party features a costume contest, games, inflatable gyms, snacks and more.
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