Spooky Zoo Spectacular

Halloween can be a bit too spooky for toddler and preschool-aged goblins and ghosts. Here are six not-so-scary Halloween events across Chicago that will be enjoyed by children of all ages in your family.

1) Not-So-Spooky October at 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. More info online at chicagochildrensmuseum.org.

 

2) Boo-Palooza in Wicker Park

Celebrate Halloween in Wicker Park with Boo-Palooza. On Saturday, October 24 the neighborhood will host this fun-for-all-ages bash. Costume contests (for both kiddos and dogs), games and a puppet show round out the fun. More info online at wickerpark.org.

 

Spooky Zoo Spectacular

3) 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. Saturday, October 24 from 11am - 2pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo. More info online at LPZoo.org.

 

4) Trick or Treating at Navy Pier

Dress in your best Halloween costume and head over to Navy Pier for a trick-or-treating extravaganza on Saturday, October 24, Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31. Fill up your candy bag with treats from participating businesses around the pier, take part in the costume contest and enjoy live entertainment. More info online at NavyPier.com.

 

5) Celebrate the Science of Halloween at the Boo Bash.

Head the Museum of Science and Industry on Friday, October 30 for a magical evening of trick-or-treating, costumes, haunted exhibits and more at the MSInsider Boo Bash. You'll have a chance to check out the Robot Revolution exhibit, make fang-tastic Halloween crafts to take home with you, play some frightfully fun games corner, and march in the costume parade. Witches' brew, sweet treats and healthy snacks for children and adults will be available throughout the evening. More info online at MSIChicago.org.

 

6) Celebrate OWL-ween at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Make an eek-o friendly mask and learn about some of our favorite Halloween critters — bats, rats, snakes and owls — at the Peggy Notebaert Museum's nature-inspired Halloween party on Saturday, October 31, from 11am - 1pm. Free with museum admission. More info online at naturemuseum.org.