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From kid-friendly events, like pumpkin patches and Halloween parties, to haunted houses and fall festivals, there is something for everyone this season in the parks, October 15-31 

A complete schedule of Halloween events, please visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/halloween. Back for a second year, the Chicago Park District is also excited to join the City of Chicago in celebrating ‘Halloweek!’ Halloweek 2021 will bring the city of Chicago, community organizations, and families together to celebrate Halloween for an entire week of spooky events and fun from October 23 to October 31. For more information about ‘Halloweek!’ and additional events happening across the city, please visit www.ChicagoHalloweek.org.

“This is an exciting time of year and we’re excited to bring that energy back to Chicago’s parks with the return of lively, in-person fall and Halloween festivities,” said Chicago Park District Chief Administrative Officer, Juliet Azimi. Mars Wrigley is celebrating Halloween with the Chicago Park District throughout the month of October by providing treats and more than 1,500 costume accessories to attendees of park events and the City of Chicago’s Halloweek festivities.

“Mars Wrigley is committed to positively impacting our local communities, so we’re celebrating the season by bringing better moments to their backyard,” said Anne Vela-Wagner, Executive Director of the Mars Wrigley Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with the city of Chicago to help the community safely celebrate this Halloween.”

Halloween in the Parks is presented by Mars Wrigley and supported by Xfinity.

Friday, October 15

Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island

Northerly Island Park, 1521 S. Linn White Dr.

7:00 p.m. – 8:51 p.m.

All ages!

A warm fire on a cool night is the perfect setting for a scary movie. Roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire and enjoy horror classics under the October sky. Event is outside, weather permitting. Please dress warmly and bring blankets to keep warm.

Featuring:

Scream (R) - A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl (Neve Campbell) is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

 

Saturday, October 16

Pumpkin Patch at Margate

Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Drive

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All ages!

Everyone just loves pumpkins! Join us for an afternoon in the park at this family-friendly event. At the Chicago Park District's harvest/pumpkin patches, you get to pick your personal favorite from a field filled with pumpkins of all shapes, and personalize it at the pumpkin decorating station. Enjoy Halloween-themed carnival games and don't forget to bring a camera to capture a family memory at our harvest photo station. There will be a small fee for the pumpkin patch.

 

Pumpkin Patch at Sheridan

Sheridan (Philip Henry) Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ages: 3-12

Sheridan Park will host the annual Free Halloween Pumpkin Patch in partnership with Alderman Byron Lopez (25th Ward). Activities will include, arts and crafts, costume and dance contests, music, outdoor games and children’s tattoos.

 

Campfire Horrors at NPV

North Park Village Nature Center Park, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

7:00 p.m. – 8:16 p.m.

All ages!

A warm fire on a cool night is the perfect setting for a scary movie. Roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire and enjoy horror classics under the October sky. Event is outside, weather permitting. Please dress warmly and bring blankets to keep warm.

Featuring:

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) - Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

 

Wednesday, October 20

Glow Ball Dance Party at Bauler

Bauler (Mathias) Park, 501 W. Wisconsin St.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Ages: 11 & under

Let's Glow and get a little crazy at our family-friendly Glow Ball Dance Party at the playground. Kids/families are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes while we dance to some of our favorite tunes.

 

Friday, October 22

Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island

Northerly Island Park, 1521 S. Linn White Dr.

7:00 p.m. – 8:34 p.m.

All ages!

A warm fire on a cool night is the perfect setting for a scary movie. Roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire and enjoy horror classics under the October sky. Event is outside, weather permitting. Please dress warmly and bring blankets to keep warm.

Featuring:

Little Shop of Horrors (PG-13) - A nerdy florist (Rick Moranis) finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

 

Fall Fest at NPV

North Park Village Nature Center Park, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ages: 3-12

It's the 30th anniversary of Fall Festival at the Nature Center! To keep your family safe in the parks, registration is required with six different timed-entry options. Enjoy a fall walk through the Natural Area, build a scarecrow, visit the children's arts and crafts station, and much more!

Register for the following times: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., or 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 23

Spooky 3K Walk/Run and Food Drive at Hale

Hale (Nathan) Park, 6258 W. 62nd St.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

All ages!

Families will take part in a 3K walk/run from Hale Park to Wentworth Park and back. They are encouraged to donate any type of nonperishable food items that will then be taken to one of the local food banks. Halloween costumes are also encouraged. All are welcome.

 

Day of the Dead Arts and Crafts Show at McKinley

McKinley (William) Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All ages!

Arts and craft show to celebrate the "Day of the Dead," with music. This vendor fair will be indoors in the field house auditorium. This event is free for the public.

 

Pumpkin Fest at Unity

Unity Park, 2636 N. Kimball Ave.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All ages!

Save the date for Pumpkin Fest! Come for the pumpkins and stay for the fun! Pumpkin Fest brings families to Unity Park for a day of FREE music, food, and Halloween happenings.

 

Halloween Showcase at Brainerd

Brainerd Park, 1246 W. 92nd St.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All ages!

Bring the entire family and enjoy a dance and music showcase.

 

Campfire Horrors at Sherman  

Northerly Island Park, 1521 S. Linn White Dr.

7:00 p.m. – 8:33 p.m.

All ages!

A warm fire on a cool night is the perfect setting for a scary movie. Roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire and enjoy horror classics under the October sky. Event is outside, weather permitting. Please dress warmly and bring blankets to keep warm.

Featuring:

Scoob! (PG) - Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

 

Sunday, October 24

Pumpkin Patch at Hamlin

Hamlin (Hannibal) Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All ages!

Everyone just loves pumpkins! Join us for an afternoon in the park at this family-friendly event! At the Chicago Park District's pumpkin patches, you get to pick your personal favorite from a field filled with pumpkins of all shapes, and personalize it at the pumpkin decorating station. Enjoy Halloween-themed carnival games and don't forget to bring a camera to capture a family memory at our harvest photo station. There will be a cost for the pumpkin patch.

 

Fall Fest at NPV

North Park Village Nature Center Park, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ages: 3-12

It's the 30th anniversary of Fall Festival at the Nature Center! To keep your family safe in the parks, registration is required with 6 different timed-entry options. Enjoy a fall walk through the Natural Area, build a scarecrow, visit the children's arts and crafts station, and much more!

Register for the following times: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., or 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Monday, October 25

Pumpkin Painting & Costume Party at Mozart

Mozart (Amadeus) Park, 2036 N. Avers Ave.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ages: 4+

Join our Halloween Pumpkin Painting and Costume Party at Mozart Park. We can't wait to see everyone in their Halloween Best. Register here!

 

Fun with Fabric at Eugene Field

Field (Eugene) Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ages:18+

Get your creative juices flowing and join us to paint Frida Kahlo canvas bags! Frida Kahlo Tote Bag Workshop! 18" x 16" x 3" w/ pre-sketched Frida on one side. Participants will choose from a variety of textile colors to complete painting.

 

Tuesday, October 26

Haunted House at Fosco

Fosco (Peter) Park, 1312 S. Racine Ave

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

All ages!

Come out and enjoy the annual free Haunted House! Treats and fun for all ages. Children costumes welcomed. Activities will be held inside the Fieldhouse.

 

Thursday, October 28

Train or Treat at Chicago Women's

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens, 1801 S. Indiana Ave.

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Ages: 18+

Your heart will thump and bump in this pumpkin-based fitness class. Take a pumpkin home with you when we're all done. The event will be held outdoors in the grove east of Clarke House or, if weather is inclement, indoors in the south clubroom. Register here.

 

Halloween Arts & Crafts at Maplewood

Maplewood Park, 1640 N. Maplewood Ave.

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ages: 3-5

It's never too early to start thinking about creating spooky crafts! Join us at Maplewood Park and we will create a simple Halloween themed craft to decorate your house. It’s $5 and you can register here.

 

Halloween Arts & Crafts at Maplewood

Maplewood Park, 1640 N. Maplewood Ave.

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ages: 6-11

It's never too early to start thinking about creating spooky crafts! Join us at Maplewood Park and we will create a simple Halloween themed craft to decorate your house. It’s $5 and you can register here.

 

Trunk or Treat at Wentworth

Wentworth (John) Park, 5625 S. Mobile Ave.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

All ages!

Children can come dressed in their costumes to collect candy from cars decorated for Halloween inside parking lot. We are also looking for volunteers to decorate trunk of cars and fill with candy for trick or treaters. Please contact park staff if you are interested in volunteering or for additional information.

 

Halloween Dance at Hale

Hale (Nathan) Park, 6258 W. 62nd St.

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ages: 13-14

This fantastic Halloween Party will include a costume contest, dance contest, face painting, arts and crafts, and games.

 

Friday, October 29

Halloween Trick n' Treat at Galewood

Galewood Park, 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ages: Youth

Join us for our annual Community Halloween Trick n' Treats candy pass-out! Wear your most creative and spookiest costume. We can't wait to see you. Register here.

 

Trunk or Treat at White (Willye B.)

White (Willye B.) Park, 1610 W. Howard

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Ages: 3-16

In partnership with CAPS (24th District) we are hosting a Halloween Trunk or Treat.

Dress in your Halloween best and you'll follow the trail we have set up. Enter the parking lot on the Marshfield side of fieldhouse.

 

Halloween Party at Welles

Welles (Gideon) Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Ages: 10 & under

Join us for our annual Community Halloween Party. Games and Treats! Wear your most creative and spookiest costume. We can't wait!

 

Halloween Community Party at Scottsdale

Scottsdale Park, 4637 W. 83rd St.

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ages: 2-12

You are invited to join us for tricks or treats at this glorious Halloween party! Enjoy games, food, costume contests, and win prizes. Participants must be dressed in a costume to participate.

 

Halloween Party at West Lawn

West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St.

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Ages: 3-11

Looking for an awesome Halloween party? Join us for tricks and treats, games, costume contests and more!

 

Halloween Storytelling at Berger

Berger (Albert) Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

All ages!

Boo!! Join us as we share a few seasonal stories during our Storytelling time with Ms. Eileen. This event will be held outside. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

 

Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island

Northerly Island Park, 1521 S. Linn White Dr.

7:00 p.m. – 8:32 p.m.

All ages!

A warm fire on a cool night is the perfect setting for a scary movie. Roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire and enjoy horror classics under the October sky. Event is outside, weather permitting. Please dress warmly and bring blankets to keep warm.

Featuring:

Beetlejuice (PG) - The spirits of a deceased couple (Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin) are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit (Michael Keaton) to drive them out.

 

Saturday, October 30

Halloween Happenings at West Pullman

West Pullman Park, 401 W. 123rd St.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ages: 5-11

This Halloween event features games, face painting, a costume contest and dancing.

 

Trunk or Treat at Shabbona

Shabbona Park, 6935 W. Addison St.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Ages: 13 & under

Children will trick n' treat at a variety of cars spookily decorated and ghostly people passing out candy.

 

Halloween Party at Commercial Club

Commercial Club Playground of Chicago, 1845 W. Rice St.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All ages!

Come out and enjoy a free Halloween Party! Treats and fun for all. Children costumes welcomed. Activities will be held outdoors and inside the Fieldhouse.

 

Haunted House at Wolfe

Wolfe (Richard) Park, 3325 E. 108th St.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Ages: Youth

Join us for a creepy and ghoulish haunted house like no other.

 

Sunday, October 31

Bootiful Party at Lindblom

Lindblom (Robert) Park, 6054 S. Damen Ave.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ages: 14 & under

You are invited to join us for tricks and treats at this festive Halloween party! Enjoy games, food, costume contests, and win prizes. It’s $1 and you can register here.