Chicago’s Best Family Friendly Halloween Activities

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Looking for something fun and not too spooky to do with your little boos and ghouls? Here's Chicago Birth & Baby's list of best Halloween Fun in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs! 

Forest Park Casket Races - Saturday 10/28 @ 10am

Head to Forest Park, IL for a frightfully good time on Saturday morning. Grab some coffee and Do-Rite Donuts from Counter Coffee and snag a spot on Beloit Ave., just south of Madison, to watch costumed teams race their homemade caskets! A fun time for the whole family!

14th Annual Logan Square Halloween Parade - Sunday 10/29 @ 5pm

Owner Cait Sobotka's son in 2013 as a Chicago Style Hot Dog at the Parade.

Owner Cait Sobotka's son in 2013 as a Chicago Style Hot Dog at the Parade.

Chicago Birth & Baby owner, Cait Sobotka, hasn’t missed this event since her son was born in 2011 - it’s a neighborhood favorite. This year, the parade will start in Palmer Square Park at 5:00pm and will march down Kedzie at 5:30pm led by Mucca Pazza and end at another favorite spot, Lula Cafe, for cookies and cider.

Come in your best costumes and bring along your musical instruments or noise-makers (is there a difference when in the hands of toddlers?) and be prepared to use them!

5pm on Sunday 10/29 beginning at Palmer Square Park, Chicago.

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest - All Weekend

Pumpkins, and Treats, and Rides, Oh My! Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest in Homer Glen, IL is a festive and adorable place for families with tiny tots to school aged big kids. The farm and festival grounds are clean, well-decorated, and easy to navigate. Enjoy picking out pumpkins, snacking on fresh made apple cider donuts, a petting zoo, rides & more!

13341 W 151st St Homer Glen, Illinois 60491

Creatures of the Night- Saturday 10/28 from 12-3pm

Head to Garfield Park Conservatory on Saturday for some Halloween Fun including visits with animals, activities, music and dancing, and a Monster Mash Costume Mash. From their website:

“Join us for a special Halloween treat at the Conservatory – live creatures including owls, snakes, bats,  and many more! Kids and families will learn about unique relationships between animals and plants as they collect treats throughout our building!”

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo - 10/27-10/29 from 10am - 5pm

It’s Lincoln Park Zoo’s 3rd annual Fall Fest.  This family-friendly festival features several attractions throughout the zoo including: a fun slide, hay mountain, ferris wheel and more. There will also be music, chats about the animals in the zoo, and lots of pumpkins!

Cait Sobotka is a labor & postpartum doula, placenta encapsulator, and the owner of Chicago Birth & Baby. She lives in Humboldt Park with her family.

Caitlin Sobotka