Enter through October 23, at 5 p.m.
Decorate the outside of your home in our inaugural Halloween House Decorating Contest! Prizes for Scariest House and People's Choice. The winner of each category will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. All displays will be judged by park district staff on Tuesday, October 27 from 5-9 p.m. A list of participating addresses will be available to the media and the public the same day. Public voting for the People's Choice award will close on Friday, November 6, with winners announced on Tuesday, November 10. Questions? Contact Michael Van Den Bosch via email here or call (847) 929-7710. Fee: $5
Things That Go Bump in the Night
Friday & Saturday, October 16 & 17, 6-8:15 p.m.
Meet some of the fascinating but often misunderstood critters of Emily Oaks at this fun, informative and not-frightening event. As you're guided along the trail, you will watch three skits with costumed characters. Your visit will end at a campfire featuring snacks and songs. For all ages. In case of heavy rain, the event will be cancelled.
Sponsored by Shake Shack in Old Orchard Shopping Center.
Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4750 Brummel St.
Advanced tickets only at (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500: $6 per person.
Tickets will be sold at the gate, only if still available.
Saturday, October 17, 1-2 p.m.
Let's get into the Halloween spirit! Let your imagination unfold as you create your own pumpkin masterpiece to take home for the holiday. We provide the decorations; you bring the pumpkins and carving tools. Best of all, leave the mess behind and we'll clean up! This is an outdoor event; please dress for the weather. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the Oakton Community Center. $6/person. Every person must purchase a ticket.
Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton St.
Active Adult 60+ Halloween Party with Bingo
Tuesday, October 27, 12-2 p.m.
Join us for a frighteningly fun afternoon of entertainment, bingo, a costume contest, and lunch. Prizes will be awarded for the costume contest. R: $15/NR: $19.
Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton St.
Family Halloween Decoration Workshop
Saturday, October 17, 1-2 p.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Build your own tabletop haunted scene as a family! We provide all the (not too scary) supplies; it’s up to you to create a hauntingly good scene. This workshop is for families and only the children need to be registered. R: $38/NR: $48
Devonshire Cultural Center, 4400 Greenwood St.