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Halloween Events

Creatures of the Night

LOCATION:  Tampa Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa

 

DATES:  Select Nights September 29 - October 29, 2024

FEE:  TBD- waiting for website to update

DETAILS:   

Join us at Tampa Bay’s number one family Halloween event, Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa for a night of eerie family frights! Ghouls and goblins of all ages can enjoy howling outdoor experiences, spooky characters, creepy culinary treats, and much more!

ZooTampa Members and Pay For A Day ticket holders get free admission to seasonal events like Creatures of the Night.

Tampa

Howl-O-Scream

LOCATION:  Busch Gardens®, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa

DATES:  Select dates from September 6 - November 2, 2024

FEE:  Starts at $39.99

DETAILS:  

Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream® returns in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows and more. Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level and once you’re in there’s nothing to fear but everything.

 

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Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. Howl-O-Scream is a separately-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed.

Tampa

UNdead in the Water: The Breach

LOCATION:  705 Channelside Drive, Tampa

DATES: Fridays & Saturdays in October

FEE:  $17.50

DETAILS:  

UNDead in the Water is Tampa's premier authentic nautical haunted attraction. Traverse multiple decks of this historic WWII cargo ship armed only with nerves of steel and a will to survive.

Tampa

Sir Henry's Haunted Trails

LOCATION: 2837 South Frontage Road, Plant City (about 30 minutes from Tampa area)

DATE:  Weekends in October: Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30 PM-11 PM, and Sundays, 7:30 PM-9:30 PM

FEE: $27+

DETAILS:   

Sir Henry's Haunted Trail is an outdoor haunted attraction located in Plant City in the heart of Central Florida between Tampa and Orlando. Founded in 2014, the 501(c)3 operates as a Halloween haunt, as well as holding haunted mazes for fans to visit during the Christmas and Valentine's Day seasons. The I4 Fear Park has celebrated a storied past, with many prior seasons covering many different stories, as well as having a book series based on our characters. View our in-depth haunted attraction history here 

We feature multiple interactive horror trails, escape games, and laser tag and NEW for 2023 a haunted hayride. We also offer roaming scare actors, axe throwing, delicious food vendors, and diverse merchandise. We have proudly served as a filming location for the WWE, South Ridge Films, and Black Dog Filmz.

All customers can enjoy free parking and a uniquely immersive experience with our hand-built haunted houses. For guests' comfort, we recommend wearing closed toe shoes that you do not mind getting dirty, bug spray, and rain protection gear (umbrella, rain coat, or poncho).

Plant City

Ghost Tours of St. Petersburg

LOCATION:   Sweet Divas Chocolates, 181 4th Ave NE, St. Petersburg

DATE:   Various dates & times- check HERE 

FEE:  Tickets are $24 per person ($16 ages 4-12). Advance ticket purchase required. We recommend purchasing by 6pm to ensure your spot. Book online or call 727-894-4678.

DETAILS: 

Peer into the shadows and mysteries of Florida's "Sunshine City" on a candlelight walking tour of downtown St. Petersburg! Hear true ghost stories of wandering spirits, haunted mansions, phantom lovers, and age old curses...forgotten tales brought back to life. Join our costumed tour guides for a leisurely stroll along St. Petersburg's quaint streets and beautiful waterfront!

St. Petersburg

SpookEasy Ghost Tours

LOCATION:  SpookEasy Lounge, 1909 N 15th St, Tampa

DATE: Every Thursday, Friday & Saturdays from 6:30-8:30pm

FEE:  $35/person

DETAILS:  

This is an all ages tour. Welcome to SpookEasy Tours in the captivating historic District of Ybor, where rich history and ghostly legends intertwine.  Join us for an unforgettable evening of spine-chilling stories, paranormal encounters and mysterious happenings. Prepare to be enthralled as we delve into the supernatural side of this vibrant neighborhood, with SpookEasy Lounge as our haunted home base. Are you ready to uncover the chilling tales that lurk beneath the surface?

Tampa

Roser Park Ghost Tours & Halloween Block Party

LOCATION:  Intersection of 6th St S and Roser Park Drive, St. Petersburg

DATE:  October 19, 2024 

TIME:  5pm - 9:30pm

FEE: FREE

DETAILS:  

Mark your calendars for Roser Park’s third annual Halloween Block Party on Saturday, October 19 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Featuring a Halloween market, tarot readings, and spooky movies on the lawn. The highlight of the night will be the riveting Ghost Tours throughout the neighborhood led by paranormal investigators and historians. 

St. Petersburg

A Nightmare at West Main

LOCATION:  West Main Community And Bark Park, 40W101 Main St., Batavia

 

DATE:  Fridays, October 13 and 20 th, 7pm - 9pm

FEE:  Advanced tickets can be purchased through Oct. 12 for $10 per ticket. Admission is $12 day-of.

DETAILS:  The ghosts are coming out to play in the forest at West Main Community Park. Join us for a haunted hike through our spooky trails. Evil lurks in the forest, so enter if you dare! This event is not suitable for kids younger than 10 years old. Every person needs to be registered.

Batavia

The Halloween Experience- Drive Thru Spooktacular

LOCATION: Camp Big Timber, 37W955 Big Timber Rd, Elgin

 

DATE: Fridays and Saturdays, October 6 - 29, 30, 31st,  7pm - 11pm

FEE: $60/car

DETAILS:  This Halloween season a new attraction is coming to Elgin, IL- A spooktacular drive-thru Halloween music and light show! The Halloween Experience features larger than life attractions from Aliens in the Outer world, to Dinosaurs in the Forgotten Land, from Creatures in the Lost Lagoon to a forest filled with endless spooky frights! One low price for everyone in the vehicle, so bring the whole family this year on the most spooktacular Halloween drive-thru event in Chicago! All tickets must be purchased online through our website. Limited amount of tickets each night. Included is our exclusive pumpkin patch where every car will receive a free full size pumpkin, where you are able to bring The Halloween Experience home with you.

Elgin

Fearville at DK Farms

LOCATION:  Dk Farms, 1750 Lake Avenue SE, Largo 

 

DATES:  October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26 2024

TIME:  6:30pm - 10pm

DETAILS:   

This October, brave the Top Local Halloween Tampa Bay Area event: Fearville.
When the sun dips below the horizon, monsters and maniacs alike will take over this seemingly peaceful farmland, and torment those brave enough to enter.


Experience the dark atmosphere of Halloween with walk around characters, photo ops, amazing decorations and animatronics & Performances, best of the night: a full fledged haunted house attraction, Trail & Hayride in Pinellas / Largo.  Designed for a mature audience.

They have additional entertainment for a fee: Mini Golf ($6), Mechanical Bull RIde ($7/ride or $12 unlimited riding), & Bag of Animal Feed ($5)

FEE: $30 + tax

Largo

Night at the Museum: Halloween Party

LOCATION:  DuPage County Historical Museum (102 E. Wesley Street, Wheaton)

 

DATE:  October 20th,  6-8pm 

FEE:  $18 per person; FREE for Explorers Club Members

DETAILS:  Join us for Night at the Museum, a family-friendly Halloween celebration hosted by the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy a flashlight scavenger hunt, movie, and crafts. Details are subject to change.

Wheaton

Halloween Train Ride- SOLD OUT!

LOCATION:  Blackberry Farm, 100 S Barnes Rd, Aurora

 

DATE: October 27th,  6:30pm - 8pm

FEE:  $16

DETAILS:  Be aware of ghosts, witches, and goblins at the all-new Haunted Train Ride. Grab your flashlights and board the haunted train, if you dare! Join us for some spooky activities and crafts. Enjoy the train, carousel, and bonfire with s’mores. Recommended for ages 6+. All attendees ages 1 and up (including adults) must purchase a ticket. All ticket sales are final.

Aurora

Halloween Hayride - SOLD OUT!

LOCATION:  Blackberry Farm, 100 S Barnes Rd, Aurora

 

DATE: October 15th, 5pm - 6:30pm

FEE:  $9 R / $11 NR

DETAILS:  Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join us for a Halloween Hayride. Take a scenic hayride around Lake Gregory, enjoy family activities, and make s’mores at the campfire. Costumes will be judged as participants enter the park. This is a great program for families to enjoy together. Each person attending must be registered. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Aurora

Spooky Night at The Rustic Fox 

LOCATION:   1790 Towne Center Drive, North Aurora

 

DATE: October 22nd, 2-6pm

FEE: $10

DETAILS: Calling all Halloween enthusiasts! The Rustic Fox is brewing up something spooktacular just for you!  Mark your calendars for our upcoming event: Spooky Night Trick or Treat Meet & Greet! From 2pm to 6pm on Sunday October 22nd, get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure filled with candy, vendors, and some bubbly fun while you shop! We'll even provide a treat bag so you can gather all the delicious treats!

 

But that's not all! We're turning up the excitement with a costume contest!  Dress up in your most creative, scary, or hilarious costume, and you could be the lucky winner of a $250 Rustic Fox gift card!  We will even have a photo booth for you to capture all the fun!

 

 Get ready to be amazed as our vendors will be joining in on the fun, dressed up in their spookiest attire!  It’s time for you to meet all the faces behind your most favorite shops! 

 

 So gather your friends, family, and fellow Halloween enthusiasts, and join us at The Rustic Fox for an unforgettable Spooky Night Trick or Treat Meet & Greet! 

 

Let's make this Halloween season one to remember! See you there! 

Get your tickets now!

Aurora

Halloween Storytime & Costume Parade

LOCATION:  Aurora Public Library District, 101 S. River St., Aurora

DATE:  October 24th,   10 - 10:30am

FEE:  FREE!

DETAILS:  Ready for a “not-too-scary" Halloween storytime? Storytime will be followed by a costume parade through the library. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume. Ready for a “not-too-scary" Halloween storytime? Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume. Storytime will be followed by a costume parade through the library. For children of all ages and their caregiver(s).

 

Aurora

Trick -Or-Treat Tango

LOCATION: Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W Indian Trail, Aurora

DATE:   October 20th, 7pm - 8:30pm

 

FEE:   $10

DETAILS:  Trick-or-treat then twist and shout! Come celebrate Halloween by joining us for an evening of dancing, crafts, games, and lots of candy. Prizes will be given to the winners of the costume contest. Register early for a discounted rate! All participants must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Aurora

All Hallows Eve at Naper Settlement

DATE: October 20 - 21st, 6:30-10pm

LOCATION:  Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster St., Naperville

FEE: $20

DETAILS: 

Performances

  • Haunted performances by Naperville Park District and Kaneland Arts Initiative 

  • Big Nazo's Alien Autopsy

  • Fire Dance Performances by Ohio Burn Unit

  • Magician Steve Chezaday

  • Acts of Danger

  • Monster Jams by School of Rock 

  • Werewolf Boyz Acrobatics

Interactive Experiences

  • A 15-foot werewolf art installation created by nationally recognized Naperville artist Paul Kuhn

  • Zombie Photo Experience created by Horror Photographer Joshua Hoffine and Professional Makeup and FX Artist Damien Zimmerman 

  • Zombie Maze

  • Axe Throwing by Axe Legends

  • Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble 

  • Bug and Reptile Show 

  • Face Paint & Caricaturist

  • Blacklight Painting with Pinot's Palette

  • Laser Tag with Wicked Ball

  • and MORE!

Naperville

Howlin' at the Moon (21+ event)

LOCATION: Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster St, Naperville

DATE: October 27-28th,  5pm - 10pm

FEE:  $20

DETAILS:  Howlin' at the Moon is for adults twenty-one years of age and older only. No one under the age of twenty-one is permitted. IDs will be checked at the entrance.

Enjoy thrilling performances and attractions at our Halloween event for adults (21+). Howl along to live music, feast your fangs on delicious local cuisine at the Food Truck Graveyard, and quench your undying thirst in our BOOze Bar. Behold a 15’ werewolf in the haunted forest, take a stroll through our Moonlight Market to purchase eerie and bizarre items, wander through the Dark Art Gallery, and participate in our costume contest. Other attractions include fire dancers, axe throwing, evil photo-ops, an impalement artist and more!

Naperville

Trick-Or-Treat at Naper Settlment

LOCATION: 523 S. Webster St., Naperville

DATE: October 29th, 12 - 5pm

FEE:  $5 per person

DETAILS:  Put on your best costumes and enjoy trick or treating at Naper Settlement's historical homes for your Halloween treats, watch the blacksmith at his forge, and more! Children under 18 must attend with an adult. Adults must be accompanying a child.

Calling all kids and their adults! It’s time to show off your Halloween costumes and enjoy a special trick-or-treat experience at the museum’s historical homes. This special afternoon also includes demonstrations by our blacksmith, a Monster Mash Bash dance party, Halloween-themed games, and a costume contest that will give you bragging rights all year! Children under 18 must attend with an adult. Adults must be accompanying a child. While candy supplies last. 

 

The event will also include a family costume contest! Families can win one of three titles: Best Costumes, Best Family Theme, Most Creative Costumes. Costume contest entrants must sign in at the judging station before judging begins promptly at 1:30PM. Winners will be announced at 3PM. You must be present to win.

Naperville

Boo at the Zoo - Randall Oaks Zoo

LOCATION:  Randall Oaks Zoo, 1180 N Randall Rd., West Dundee

DATE:  October 28 and 29th,  9am - 5pm

COST:  Normal admission applies ($5 for residents and $5.50 for non-residents.)

DETAILS:  Trick-or-treating all weekend for everyone! Costume parade at 11am and 2pm.  Meet by the Centerville Schoolhouse 

West Dundee

Boo Bash in West Chicago

LOCATION: ARC Center, Park District, 201 W National St, West Chicago

 

DATE:  October 14th,  12pm - 3pm

FEE:  $10 Resident/$12 Non-Resident | $15 at door

DETAILS:  Calling ghosts and goblins galore!  Come to the ARC to see what’s in store!  Halloween games and lots of fun treats, this Halloween celebration is sure to be neat! Jump on your broomstick or float like a ghost to the Recreation Center and enjoy a hayride, live entertainment, games, crafts, activities and MORE!!! All children must be registered. Adults are free and must accompany children. Pre-registration closes October 13 at 5:00pm. Walk-up registration $15.

West Chicago

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival

LOCATION:  Downtown Sycamore

DATE: October 25 - 29

FEE: FREE!

DETAILS:   The historic Sycamore Pumpkin Festival takes place on October 25-29. Thousands of pumpkins, all painted or carved for judging, decorate the courthouse lawn, and food vendors dish up pumpkin pie, caramel apples and other fall favorites. The festival has over 1000 entries in the Lions Decorated Pumpkin Display, 2 carnivals, many non-profit vendors including two indoor craft shows, entertainment and various activities, and the Festival concludes with a 90 minute parade on Sunday.

Sycamore

Ghost Story Train

LOCATION: Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 S La Fox St, South Elgin

DATE: Saturday, October 7, 14, 21st, 5:00 pm, 6:15 pm and 7:30 p.m.

FEE: $23 per rider

DETAILS:  Ride a spooky trolley down to the haunted forest preserve for an evening full of family friendly frights. Listen to spooky chilling stories around the roaring camp fire while enjoying monstrously good treats whipped up by you and Margie's Girls' Kitchen. Join in as our ghostly musician leads everyone in singing campfire songs. Costumes are welcome! This Event is Family Friendly and Suitable for all ages.

South Elgin

Halloween Drive-Around Scavenger Hunt

LOCATION: 100 Parkers Mill, Oswego (Village of Oswego)

 

DATE: October 15th, 12 - 2:30pm

FEE: $20 in advance OR $25 day of 

DETAILS:  

CREATE FUN HALLOWEEN MEMORIES WITH YOUR FAMILY!

Household teams will experience what Oswego has to offer, including historical landmarks; Oswego's hidden gems; parks and unique sights throughout the Village. When finished, teams will have 20 great family photos to remember the 2023 Halloween season.

ELIGIBILITY/REGISTRATION INFORMATION

• Teams must consist of family members who reside in the same household (all ages welcome)

• Fee: $20.00 in advance/$25.00 day of

• Net proceeds benefit the Kendall County Food Pantry

• Online registration closes on Oct. 14 at 11:59 pm, 2023. (Applicable online fees apply.)

EVENT DAY INSTRUCTIONS

OPTIONAL:

1. Decorate your vehicle for Halloween.

2. Get dressed in Halloween costumes.

REQUIRED:

1. Bring a fully charged mobile phone with photo and e-mail capabilities.

2. Check in at Oswego Village Hall between 11:00 – 11:45 AM. Upon arrival, provide your first and last name and remain inside your vehicle. A Waiver of Liability and Photo Release are required to be signed by all participants or their parents/legal guardians to participate.

3. Volunteers will direct you to designated parking.

4. The Best Decorated Vehicle Contest will begin promptly at check-in. All teams must be checked-in no later than 11:45 AM to be considered.

5. Clues will be passed out after the instructions have been given. Each team will be assigned the clues to their first three starting locations. The first three clues must be solved in the order given to spread everyone out. After that, clues may be solved in any order.

6. Each team will drive from place to place within the Village to solve the clues. After each clue is solved, each team is required to snap a picture including your team at the applicable location, with the Halloween prop indicated in the clue. Next, it should immediately be texted to the Event Coordinator at 1-833-205-6565. Be sure it includes your assigned team letter and the number of the clue being solved. Example: Team A, Clue 1

7. Drivers must obey the posted speed limits at all times.

PRIZES - Up to $100 in gift certificates will be awarded

1. One prize will be awarded to the first team that successfully completes the Scavenger Hunt, or, in the case the allotted time expires, it will go to the team that solves the most clues by 2:30 p.m.

2. One prize will be awarded for the best decorated Halloween-themed vehicle. Decorations can be cute, scary, or funny but must be “in good taste”. No weapons (real or fake) of any kind, will be allowed. Five extra points will be awarded to teams whose entire team is dressed in Halloween costumes. Judging will take place starting at check-in.

Oswego

Trick-or-Treat At Safety Town in Naperville

LOCATION: Naperville Safety Town, 1320 Aurora Avenue, Naperville

 

DATE: October 21st, 9:30 - 1pm

FEE:  $10 donation per family

DETAILS:  Learn PUMPKINS safe trick or treat tips, and trick or treat on the town! Costumes encouraged, please bring a bag to put all your goodies in! Perfect for children ages 3-12, younger children are welcome to join us as well. We will have activity stations and many local businesses handing out toys, coupons, stickers, candy and more! (We do our best to encourage allergy friendly treats, however some may contain nuts, please ask sponsor if your child has severe allergies)

Cost is $10 donation per family (benefiting Safety Town) and a non perishable food item (benefiting Loaves and Fishes).

Naperville

Trick-or-Treat at Hidden Oaks Nature Center- SOLD OUT

LOCATION: Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet

 

DATE: October 20th, 6 - 8:30pm

FEE: $5 per kid, must be with an adult

DETAILS: Experience the woods like never before! Come dressed in costume and hike along a glowing night trail. Bring a bag and keep an eye out for hidden treats, but beware of those tricks! Enjoy a crackling fire while roasting hot dogs and marshmallows for s’mores.

The program is not a parking lot trunk or treat; it’s a night hike in the woods.

Two sessions will be offered:

  • Session 1: 6-7 p.m.

  • Session 2: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

 

 

Registration required by Thursday, Oct. 19: 815-722-4121. 

Bolingbrook

Haunted Hangar

LOCATION: Illinois Aviation Museum, Bolingbrook

 

DATE: October 21st, 10am - 4pm 

FEE: $3 per person, cash only 

DETAILS: Hop on your broomsticks and head over to Clow Airport for a spooky good time! Walk through our haunted hangar, play some games, and enjoy some frightening family fun! Tickets are $3 per person, cash at the door only! Look forward to seeing all you ghosts and goblins there! Brought to you by Illinois Aviation Museum, Bolingbrook Clow Airport, EAA Chapter 461, and our Airport Friends.

Bolingbrook

Annual Halloween Party in the Park

LOCATION: Grafelman Park, West Dundee

 

DATE: October 28th, 12 pm - 3pm

FEE: FREE

DETAILS: The Village of West Dundee is excited to once again host their Annual Halloween Party at Grafelmen Park in West Dundee. Dress the family up and head out for an afternoon of kid activities, trunk or treat, costume contest, fall refreshments, and pumpkin decorating! Remember to bring your donation to the @F.I.S.H. Food Pantry which gives you access to all the activities!

West Dundee

Halloween Hop 

LOCATION: Downtown Naperville

 

DATE: October 29th, 10 am - 12pm

FEE: FREE

DETAILS: 

Calling all costumed characters, ghouls, goblins, witches, and super heroes! Come to Downtown Naperville on 10/29 to enjoy a great morning filled with fun and surprises (both candy and non-candy goodies)! Dozens of downtown businesses will be open early (at 10am) and will be handing out Halloween surprises!

CHECK IN AT TOP FASHION (corner of Main Street/Jackson Avenue) – for a treat and a printed map of participating businesses (while supplies last). Enjoy this fun fall day with your family!

Click Explore more below to get the map! 

Naperville

Goebbert's Halloween Drive Thru Light Show

LOCATION: Goebbert's Farm, 42W813 Reinking Rd. Pingree Grove

DATE: Select Dates in October, see below

DETAILS: 

The Halloween drive through light show at Goebbert’s Farm in Pingree Grove IL, will run select dates through Tuesday October 31st.

Drive your car through a fun, festive Halloween inspired light show. The dancing of the lights sync up to the music in your car. You will wind your way through the orchard where the holiday lights will be on full display.

*Tickets for the light show are separate from the farm entrance admission.

Tickets: www.goebberts.com/tickets

October 13th 6pm-10pm
October 14th 6pm-10pm
October 15th 6pm-9pm

October 19th 6pm-10pm
October 20th 6pm-10pm
October 21st 6pm-10pm
October 22nd 6pm-9pm

October 26th 6pm-9pm
October 27th 6pm-10pm
October 28th 6pm-10pm
October 29th 6pm-9pm

October 30th 6pm-9pm
October 31st 6pm-9pm


 FEE:  Admission: $20 per car

Pingree Grove

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