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Family-Friendly Halloween Events in Oak Park

children in halloween costumes trick-or-treating

If you’re a kid, there are few things more exhilarating than Halloween. The one day of the year when dressing up like your favorite super hero or cartoon character and asking for candy are actually encouraged. While traditional trick-or-treating typically involves residential suburbs and parading from house to house, Halloween can be just as fun for families living in cities and apartments.

Even if your building or fellow renters aren’t into the apartment trick-or-treating thing, there’s still plenty of Halloween fun for families living in our Oak Park apartments.

Halloween Hoot n’ Howl

Friday, October 12, 2018 | 5:30pm-8:00pm

Children 10 and under and their parents are invited to this free event at the Trailside Museum in River Forest. Also hosted by the River Forest Park District and the River Forest Public Library, Halloween Hoot n’ Howl features pumpkin painting, a bonfire, spooky story-telling, s’mores, hot chocolate, boo bingo, a night safari flashlight hike and more.

Family Art Night – Ghoulish Fun

Friday, October 19, 2018 | 6:30pm-8:00pm

Held at Austin Gardens in Oak Park and hosted by the Park District of Oak Park, this Family Art Night features 1-2 Halloween craft projects. All supplies are included, as well as snack time and extension activities. Families must register in advance, and the cost of $21 covers one adult and one child. Each additional guest is $6. Separate fees apply to non-residents.

Spooky Skate

Friday, October 26, 2018 | 6:15pm-8:15pm (Kids 12 and under) | 8:30pm-10:00pm (Teens)

Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex in Oak Park hosts children of all ages for this ghoulishly good time on ice skates, complete with a costume contest, games, crafts and candy. The rink is even decorated like a haunted house and features Halloween-themed music. $10, or $5 with a rink pass, plus $3 for skate rentals.

Halloween Movie for Kids

Sunday, October 29, 2018


Need to get your little ghost or goblin out of the house for a bit? Drop them off at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park for a screening of the movie Monster House about three adventurous kids that take on a neighborhood haunted house. The event is open to kids ages 5-10 and includes lunch with the price of admission. Hosted by the Park District of Oak Park. $25 for residents, $35 for non-residents.

Boo at the Zoo

Saturdays & Sundays, October 13-28 | 10:00am-4:00pm

Brookfield Zoo in Chicago welcomes kids of all ages to this month-long Halloween event. Each Saturday and Sunday, families can enjoy trick-or-treating, crafts, haunted hayrides, a corn maze and more. Visist Brookfield Zoo for the daily schedule of events. If you purchase tickets online, the cost is $14.95 for children ages 3-11, and $20.95 for adults.

Oak Park is a Great Place to Live

With so much to do, not just at Halloween, but year-round, Oak Park is a great place to live. Ready to make the move? We have several apartment complexes with two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments in Oak Park that are perfect for families, as well as one-bedrooms and studios – all of which are pet-friendly. Browse our available apartments or contact us for more information.

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Oak Park, IL 60302

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