Halloween can be a bit too spooky for toddler and preschooler aged goblins and ghosts. Here are four not-so-scary events that will be enjoyed by children of all ages in your family.
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, learn more about zoo animals and enjoy fun musical entertainment, a not-so-haunted house and more. October 25 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Zoo. For more info, visit lpzoo.org
Costume Contest and Trick or Treating at Navy Pier
Dress in your best Halloween costume and head over to Navy Pier for the fourth annual Costume Contest on Saturday, October 25 in the Family Pavilion. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in the child and adult categories. The best child or adult costume overall will be awarded the Grand Prize, main cabin, round-trip air transportation in the continental U.S. for two provided courtesy of American Airlines! From 12 - 4 p.m., children ages 12 and under in costume are also invited to take part in trick-or-treating throughout Navy Pier, with candy provided by Ferrara Candy Company. For more info, visit navypier.org
Celebrate with the Snakes at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
You're invited to dine with the slithering snakes at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This fantastic event has become an annual tradition and a great excuse to wear your Halloween outfit for another night. All kinds of snake themed activities and a pizza dinner are included. Cost: $15/Members, $20/Non-members, $10/Children 3 & up. Tickets and more info at naturemuseum.org
Shake your bones at Skelebration
At Redmoon's Halloween family event Skelebration, kids and parents are invited into Redmoon's warehouse headquarters for a playground full of artistic devices, imaginative games and interactive installations, including a UFO Carousel, a mausoleum mini movie theater, a devilish comedian, a haunted attic maze and more. Because you're invited to explore at your own pace, together with your children, you can pick and choose which features are for you. Skelebration runs two weekends, Oct. 18-19 and 25-26 in Pilsen. For tickets or more info, visit redmoon.org.