The resident leprechauns will be joined by all sorts of ghosts, goblins and creatures at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., in Oak Forest, during the children’s Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 25.
The fun will begin at 6 p.m., and the event is free.
The Halloween party will include activities inside and out. A popular favorite is the haunted hayride. The evening will also include broomstick limbo, making s’mores around the fire pit, spooky Bozo buckets, Halloween movies and plenty of other surprises. Costumes and screams are optional.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
For more information, call (708) 687-9323 or visit the website at chicagogaelicpark.org.
‘Boo at the Zoo’
Visitors of all ages will have a good time at Brookfield Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration.
The not-so-scary and fun-filled event will be held Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 19-20 and 26-27, and feature candy stations, a corn maze, giant pumpkin carving demonstrations and Halloween-themed crafts and activities. In addition, there will be special animal Zoo Chats about some of the zoo’s creepy critters.
For more information, call (708) 688-8000 or visit czs.org.
Oak Lawn Park District
Carve some fun into fall with the Oak Lawn Park District and enjoy an evening filled with pumpkin decorating, jack-o-lanterns and yummy treats.
Visit the Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, 109th Street and Laramie Avenue, on Friday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., for “Costumes, Pumpkins, Candy, Oh My!”
After making jack-o-lanterns, participants will enjoy s’mores by the campfire.
Preregistration is required, and the fee is $10 for residents and $12 for non-residents. Fee is per family and includes one pumpkin.
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The Oak Lawn Park District’s annual Spookview Event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St.
Activities include a costume showcase, ghoulish games, eerie crafts, inflatables and a performance by Oak Lawn’s “IndepenDANCE” dance team. All-inclusive wristbands are $10 for the first child and $5 per additional child.
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Celebrate Halloween at the Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave.
Halloween DJ Night will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 to 10:30 p.m.
Admission is $9, and skate rental is $4.
Costume Skate will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy some spooky music provided by a DJ. Admission is $7, and skate rental is $4.
For more information, call (708) 857-2200 or visit the website at olparks.com.
Hayride and Campfire
Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Dr., in Palos Heights, will host a hayride and campfire on Friday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Visitors will enjoy pumpkin painting, pumpkin treats and songs around the campfire.
The cost is $10 per person.
For more information, call (708) 361-1873 or visit lakekatherine.org.
The Lincoln Park Zoo Auxiliary Board will host the 33rd annual Spooky Zoo on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.
This free event allows children to celebrate Halloween in a safe and family-friendly environment. It will include an animal education zone, arts and crafts and trick-or-treating.
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Too old for trick-or-treating but still want to join in on the holiday fun? Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
This is an event for the kid at heart for people over age 18.
Enjoy the zoo featuring pumpkins galore and unique animal chats. Wine, beer and spirits will be available for guests over age 21.
Tickets are available in advance for $15, $12 for members.
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Join Adam Selzer, host of Mysterious Chicago Tours, for spine-tingling walkabouts that dig into the zoo’s cemetery roots as well as locations throughout its allegedly haunted history.
Haunted History Tours take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout October.
For more information, call (312) 742-2000 or visit the website at lpzoo.org.
“The Haunting: a Terrifying Tale & Hayride” will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, at The Center, 12700 Southwest Hwy., in Palos Park. There will be three shows each night: 6:30, 7:15 and 8 p.m.
“The Haunting” is an evening of frightful fun featuring a theatrical, scary story and a hayrack ride around the trails of the Children’s Farm. The past comes alive on these special October evenings, which is family-friendly and just a bit scary.
Tickets are $11 each and must be purchased in advance.
For more information, call (708) 361-3650.