Halloween can be a bit too spooky for toddler and preschooler aged goblins. Here are four not-so-scary events that can be enjoyed by costume-adorned people of all ages.
Tricks and treats with the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Spooky Zoo Spectacular is an annual event that celebrates Halloween in an animal and family-friendly environment. Collect treats from stations scattered throughout the zoo, participate in make-and-take crafts, and learn more about zoo animals. You little ones will enjoy fun musical entertainment, a not-so-haunted house and more. (October 20th from 11am - 2pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo)
An all-day party with something for everything in your family - from the toddlers to the teens. You'll find a petting zoo, hayrides, and an all-day dance party. Don't miss magician Dennis Watkins as he performs Harry Houdini's Dreaded Upside-Down Water Chamber Escape. Wear a costume and participate in the costume contest, and keep your eyes peeled for the 500 pound pumpkin. (October 19-21, 26-28 & 31 Fridays - Sundays plus Halloween at Navy Pier)
Make some sweet skulls at the National Museum of Mexican Art Explore the Day of the Dead Mexico's traditional celebration of the departed, el Dia del los Muertos, is celebrated with a myriad of activities at the unique National Museum of Mexican Art in the Pilsen neighborhood. Check out the colorful and thought-provoking exhibits, then make your own sugar skulls. (12 - 2 on October 12 and 21. www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org)
Get Spooky at the the Chicago Children's Museum. The entire month of October the Chicago Children's Museum will be offering a host of Halloween-y activities. Fun crafts (make your own Autumnal mobile!), face-painting, and Monster-mash dancing are among the many fun family programs, all free with museum admission. www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org.