There’s a chill in the air . . . and little ghosts and goblins everywhere are on the hunt for a good scare! These haunted trails, haunted hayrides, and haunted houses range from cute to scary, so be sure to pay attention to age recommendations.
If you have younger or spook-sensitive kiddos, be sure to look for events offering daytime or special scare-free times as well. Some lean more into the Halloween theme, while others are a bit more seasonally fall focused.
Parental discretion is always recommended. If you’re unsure whether a particular event or venue listed below is age-appropriate for your kids, call ahead!
A Nightmare at West Main (Batavia)October 13 and 20, 2023 | 7:00pm – 9:00pmTake a haunted walk through the spooky trails at West Main Community Park. Not for kids under 10. Pre-registration is required.
Halloween Trick or Treat Trail (Oak Brook)October 14, 2023 | 2:00pm – 4:00pmCome in costumes for a spooky walk in the park. This 1/2 mile walk in the woods includes games and crafts before participants head to the trick or treat trail and a leisurely haunted wagon ride. Please note, you will need to register for a specific time slot. Each time slot is designated for one hour.
Haunted Forest Walk (Woodridge)October 20 – 21, 2023 | Friday & Saturday: 6:30pm – 9:30pm | Saturday Matinee: 1:00pm – 3:00pmFeatures scary characters around every dark corner — the Saturday matinee will be more suitable for kids 9 and under. Hayrides are available from the parking lot to the event at Hawthorne Hill.
Ackerman Woods Spook Trail (Glen Ellyn)October 26-27, 2023 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm on Thursday, 4:00 – 9:00pm on FridayGames, treats, and walk a spooky trail at this scary event. Trail is less scary from 4pm – 6pm and geared towards older kids from 6pm – 9pm. Everyone over age 3 must register and pay a $5 fee.
Worth Park District Haunted Trail (Worth)October 27-28, 2023 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm Spooky creatures and other haunts along the Worth Boat Launch Trail. $10 per person.
Oswego Cemetery WalkOctober 5, 2023 | 5:30pm – 9:30pmParticipants are guided through a cemetery visit with spirits from the past. Registration is required and a flashlight and comfortable shoes are encouraged.
Tales and Tombstones (Lombard)October 6-7, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pmHeld at the Lombard Cemetary. Participants will be guided through a candlelit walk through the cemetery. Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required.
Campfire in the Park Spooky Stories (La Grange Park)October 18, 2023 | 6:30pm – 7:30pmSpooky stories and s’mores provided by the La Grange Park Library.
Haunted Forest Walk (Woodridge)October 20, 2023 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm and October 21, 2023 | 1:00pm – 3:00pmHaunted Forest trail featuring scary characters and horrors around each corner. The session on October 21st will be more suitable for children under age 9.
Spooky Trail (West Chicago)October 26-28, 2023 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm and open until 9:30pm on October 28thHaunted trail full of ghosts and ghouls in Reed-Keppler Park. Register ahead of time to avoid waiting in line.
Spooky Stories and a Hayride (Barrington)October 6, 2023 | 5:30pm – 8:00pmHalloween stories, spooky hayride through Citizen’s Park and s’mores. Pre-registration is required.
Haunted Trail (Itasca)October 21, 2023 | 6:00 – 7:00pm Family Friendly Hour, 7:00pm – 9:30pm Scary HoursLocated at the Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary. Age 11 and under must be supervised by an adult.
Ongoing Haunted Events
Goebbert’s Farm Haunted Hayride (South Barrington)September 9 – October 31, 2023 | Daily from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (open until 3pm on Labor Day and Halloween)Hop on the wagon and travel a corn stalk trail to the Haunted Barn. Included with admission wristband.
Sonny Acres Farm Haunted Wagon Ride (West Chicago)September 29 – October 29, 202329W310 North AvenueWest Chicago, IL 60185Spooktacular fun awaits for all ages on the wagon ride during the day. Nighttime brings scarier fun.
Please note that some of these haunted houses do not allow children or may be very scary, while others host family-friendly times. Check out the websites, call if you have questions, and use your parental discretion.
Canyon Trail Cemetery Halloween DisplayCheck Facebook for dates/times/updates to this event.371 Canyon TrailCarol Stream, IL [email protected] and extensive residential Halloween display that goes all out with moving parts and special effects, including some elements that pop out.
Goebbert’s Farm Haunted HouseSeptember 9 – October 31, 2023 | 9am – 6pm40 W. Higgins Rd.South Barrington, IL 60010(847) 428-672710-room haunted house designed to scare school-aged children. Entry included with farm admission.
Disturbia Haunted HouseOpens September 221213 Butterfield RoadDowners Grove, IL 60515(630) 896-2466Not recommended for children ages 12 and under.
13th Floor Haunted HouseOpens September 15, 20235050 River RoadSchiller Park, IL 60176(708) [email protected] recommended for children ages 12 and under.
Bengston’s Haunted BarnSeptember 15 – October 31, 202313341 W 151st StreetHomer Glen, IL 60491(708) 301-3276Kids under age 12 must be with an adult.
Six Flags Fright FestSeptember 17 – October 31, 2023Six Flags Great America1 Great America ParkwayGurnee, IL 60031(847) 249-1776Six Flags recommends not bringing children after 6pm — their scariest frights are at night!
Basement of the DeadOpens September 22, 2023 42 West New York StreetAurora, Illinois 60506(630) 896-2466
Midnight Terror Haunted HouseOpens September 29, 20235520 West 111th StreetOak Lawn, IL 60453(708) 639-3279
Hellsgate Haunted HouseOpens September 39, 2023301 W. 2nd StreetLockport IL 60441(605) 301-4283
Sonny Acres Farm Haunted Barn September 29 – October 29, 202329W310 North AvenueWest Chicago, IL 60185(630) 231-3859Days and times may vary; check their website for the most updated information.
Dungeon of DoomSeptember 29 – December 16, 2023600 29th StreetZion, IL 60099(847) 262-3666No one under the age of 12 can enter this haunted house. The experience features gore, suggestive themes, and intense situations that are designed for an adult audience.
There are so many fun events happening this fall to keep your entire family happy. Check out our excellent fall fun list for all the best ones!