Free and cheap fall events from now until the end of October. We wish we could attend all of these fun fall and halloween events!
Pier Pumpkin Lights
October 1 – November 2
Free pumpkin pop-up experience at the Navy Pier.
Fall Fest at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Friday – Sundays, Sept. 27 – Oct. 27
Ticketed attractions throughout the zoo! Also enjoy animal chats, musical entertainment, a pumpkin patch, professional pumpkin carvers, and fall-themed enrichment for the animals!
*Photo courtesy of @mama_pret
Pumpkinfest at Unity Park
Saturday, October 19, 10am – 2pm
Pumpkins (while supplies last), Pumpkin Decorating, Costume Parade, Face Painting, Fresh Popcorn & Cider
Music & More TBA!
Maggie Daley Park Fall Fest
Saturday, October 19, 12pm – 5pm
Pumpkins, Treats, and games! Free to attend.
Big City Readers Pumpkin Party
Sunday, October 20, 11am – 12pm
“Big City Reader’s Pumpkin Themed story time at Bad Hunter’s gorgeous event space The Herbarium.”
Pumpkin Party at Gallagher Way
Thursday, October 24, 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Sing-alongs with Old Town School of Folk Music, create a halloween character out of clay or create your own trick-or-treat bag, candy stations, caramel apple station, take-home junior pumpkins, balloon and bubble artists, lawn games & more!
Spooky Zoo – Lincoln Park Zoo
Saturday, October 26
A free and safe alternative to trick-or-treating in Chicago.
Boo-Palooza 2019 Wicker Park
Saturday, October 26, 10am – 2pm
Performances, costume parades, pumpkin patch & pumpkin decorating, maze, face painting, dog activity area, balloon creations, balloon creations & more! $10 per family or $10 per group of 2-4 adults.
Not-So-Scary Bilingual Story Time
Saturday, October 26, 10am
Sulzer Regional Library
Stories, songs, dancing, and TREATS! The fun will be in English and Spanish!
Creatures of the Night at Garfield Park Conservatory
Saturday, October 26, 12pm – 3pm
“Visit animals up close throughout our tropical plant collection. Kids and families will learn about unique relationships between animals and plants as they collect sweet treats throughout the event.”
Halloween Hoopla – 2019
Sunday, October 27, 11am – 5pm
Free family fun, candy and treats, Halloween bags, hayrides, arts and crafts, face painters, balloonists, games and photos!
Activities located at the Nettelhorst School from 11am – 2pm. Trick-Or-Treating will run 2pm – 5pm at local businesses.
Vegan Halloween Market
Sunday, October 27, 11am – 4pm
Emporium Logan Square
“Indulge in all the Vegan treats from conscious local chefs while shopping for cruelty free goods! Costumes are strongly recommended. Free to enter and family-friendly.”
Hora De Cuentos Halloween Special
Sunday, October 27, 11am – 11:30am
Avondale Coffee Club
Come listen to Miss Ana Read & Sing in Spanish. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween Costumes. Perfect for toddlers 4 and under.
Clark Street Spooktacular – Lincoln Park
Sunday, October 27, 1pm – 4pm
“FREE crafts and games followed by Trick-or-Treating at businesses throughout the Clark Street SSA district.“
Logan Square Halloween Parade/Desfile de Halloween
Sunday, October 27, 5pm – 7pm
“The parade starts at the Illinois Centennial Memorial and surrounding traffic island, the parade will proceed south along the west side of Kedzie Blvd to Fullerton, where it will cross east, and then loop back north on the other side of Kedzie. The parade ends at Lula Cafe, where kids will be treated to complimentary apple cider and delicious cookies.”
Trick or Treat on Southport
Monday, October 28, 4:00 – 8:00pm
Trick or Treat on Southport features family-friendly activities, local food vendors, craft beer from Corridor Brewery, music and trick-or-treating at local businesses.
Pumpkin Patch at Humboldt Park
Wednesday, October 30, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Games, art activities, face painting, inflatables, popcorn and refreshments. Free for children ages 12 years and younger.
Thursday, October 31, 4:00 – 8:00pm
Salvation Army Freedom Center
“Come for Dinner, a 75 ft tunnel, games, prizes, candy, and a movie from 6:30 to 8PM. No cost.”
Halloween Party at Welles Park
Thursday, October 31, 4:15 – 5:15pm
“Annual Community Halloween Party. Games and Treats! Wear your most creative and spookiest costume. We can’t wait! Plus, its FREE. Ages 10 & under”