With Halloween fast approaching, spooky events and activities are taking place all along the North Shore.
Check here for candy or treat times and more.
Trick-or-treating is scheduled in Evanston on Monday, October 31 from 4-7 p.m.
Main-Dempster Mile Fall Festival and Pumpkin Carving Contest, October 8, 2-6 p.m. — Celebrating its second year, the festival will feature beer and local food vendors as well as family-friendly activities.
Downtown Fall Fest, October 9 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. — This neighborhood party in Fountain Square will host music, arts and crafts, face painting, craft beer and food, a market manufacturers and more.
Create a Pumpkin Book Character, October 9, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31 – Stop by any time of the day to decorate a pumpkin as your favorite book character for the library display.
Halloween pop-up cards, October 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and October 29 from 2-4 p.m. — Join artists to create your own pop-up Halloween cards at the library main. The event is designed for adults and registration can be completed on the library’s website.
Free Halloween pop-up shop, October 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. — New and gently used costumes and accessories are available free of charge at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.
Trunk or Treat, Oct. 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m. — Police, public works and other City of Evanston vehicles will be decked out for the season at the Chandler-Newberger parking lot. The event is open to children up to 5 years old. Registration is mandatory and can be done by phone at 847-448-8252.
Zombie Scramble, October 22 from noon to 8 p.m. – Race against zombies on a two-mile course through Ladd Arboretum, Butler Park and Twiggs Park. Registration is open for $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents. T-shirts are available while supplies last. Food and s’mores will be provided. Open from 8 years old. To register, call 847-448-8256.
Trick-or-Treat on Central Street, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – The event will include crafts, a two-hour walk and a spooky DJ party, all along Central Street in Evanston.
Silent Cinema: Nosferatu, October 21, 7-8:30 p.m. — Come see the classic horror movie Nosferatu at the Wilmette Public Library with a virtual organ performance by Jay Warren.
Halloween Happening, October 21, 4-8 p.m. — This family-friendly event at the Community Recreation Center will include carnival games, a magic show, arts and crafts, face painting, pony rides and more . A pizza and goody bag are included along with a trip to the Pumpkin Patch. Registration for residents costs $25 per child and registration for non-residents costs $30. Day of registration is available for an additional $5.
Wicked Wilmette, October 22, 3:30-6 p.m. — Halloween is coming to the Wilmette Park District with a treat trail. The trail ends in a pumpkin patch with a hay maze, bouncy house, face painting, live music, and more. The cost is $35 for residents, $45 for non-residents. Registration can be done online at the Park District website.
Halloween Candy Delivery Workshop, October 22 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Make your own device to distribute candy and encourage social distancing at the Wilmette Public Library. Registration is open for groups of up to four people.
3D Print a Jack-O-Lantern, October 26, 5-6 p.m. — Stop by the Wilmette Public Library to create your very own 3D Jack-O-Lantern.
Linden Square Pumpkin Walk, October 29, 10 a.m. to noon — Come and watch trick-or-treating by neighborhood businesses and be sure to dress up.
Spooky Skate, October 30 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. — Join the fun at a costumed ice skating event at Centennial Rinks. Costumers will receive a $5 discount while adults will pay $9. Those for skating lessons will cost $8.
Trick-or-treating is scheduled for Monday, October 31 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bats and Other Misunderstood Creatures Oct. 9, 2-3 p.m. – Presenters come to the Northfield Library to teach about misunderstood animals like bats, spiders, snakes and rats. Registration can be completed on the library’s website.
Pumpkins in the Woods, October 21, 4-6 p.m. – Hubbard Woods Park will host a pumpkin patch with pumpkin decorating, carnival games, bouncy houses, DJs, costume contests and more. Contest registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and winners are announced at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required by October 10 to get a pumpkin and can be done on the Park District website.
Trunk-or-Treat and Tractor Rides, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Decorate your trunk and hand out candy or pick up treats from your neighbors at 540 Hibbard Road. The best decorated trunk will win a 2023 family beach pass. To register, contact Julia Kreis at 847-716-1299 or by email at [email protected] To register for tractor rides, visit the Park District website before October 17.
Decorating pumpkins, October 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Children aged 5 to 8 can come and decorate mini pumpkins at the Winnetka library. Registration can be completed on the library’s website.
Frankentoys, October 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. — Come to the Winnetka Library to make spooky creatures out of recycled toys and stuffed animals. Registration can be completed on the library’s website.
Spooky Felt Boards, October 24, 4-5 p.m. — Create a spooky scene with felt at the Winnetka Library. Registration can be completed on the library’s website.
Edible Haunted Houses, October 27, 4-5:30 p.m. — Create a haunted house out of cereal treats, frosting and candies at the Northfield Library. Registration can be completed on the library’s website.
Fall Film Series: The Orphanage, October 28 – Subscribe and receive a recording and review from film expert Scott Siegel with a link to watch the film. Registration can be completed on the library’s website.
Halloween Horror Trivia, October 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. – Join a virtual horror trivia game as a team or even alone to test your knowledge of horror topics. The winners receive a prize. Registration can be completed on the library’s website.
Halloween Party on Ice, October 29 and 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Dress up and come skate at the Winnetka Ice Arena. Admission is $2 per skater with skates available for $4.
Trick-or-Treat is scheduled for Monday, October 31 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fall Fabric Pumpkins at the Glencoe Public Library, October 7, 2-3:30 p.m. — Sign up to learn how to make fabric pumpkins at the library. Equipment will be provided while supplies last, but feel free to bring your own. Registration can be done on the library website.
Screening of The Addams Family 2 at the Glencoe Public Library, October 17 at 4 p.m.
Craft Yarn Wrapped Monsters at the Glencoe Public Library, October 20 from 4:15-5 p.m. – Registration on the library’s website is required for the event.
Bats! at the Glencoe Public Library on October 27 from 4-5 p.m. — Come learn about our flying mammal friends from a naturalist at the Lake County Forest Reserve. Registration can be done on the library website.
HallowNEON Sign Making October 29, 2-3:30 p.m. — Make a Halloween “neon” sign at the Glencoe Public Library using electroluminescent wire. Registration can be done on the library website.
Boo Bash, October 28, 5-7 p.m. — The Takiff Center will host trick or treats, activities and more. The cost is $10 for residents and $12 for non-residents. Registration can be done online at the Park District website.