Halloween Fun Guide
We’ve scared up some fun and frightful Halloween happenings!
September 10-October 30
Haunted Train Tour, Volo Auto Museum – Free for members and paid museum guests.
September 30-October 31
McHenry Area Jaycees Haunted House, Knox Park – Bring a canned food donation for a discount.
Scarytown Scream Park, Plum Tree National, Harvard – A new haunted attraction with Camp Zombie, Deadwoods Haunted Trail and Terror Under the Big Top. Includes a concessions and bar area with scary movies on an outdoor movie screen, a kids’ area with storytelling and min-scare zones.
October 21 & 28
Joe Diamond Paranormal, ‘the Listening Room,’ Crystal Lake – Famed Chicagoland mind reader and magician takes you on a one-hour journey through the unknown.
Trunk-or-Treat, St. Paul’s UCC, Crystal Lake – Community event with candy, food and fun.
Trunk-or-Treat, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake – Pumpkin decorating, face painting, concessions, games, a Bible message and voting for the best decorated trunk.
Annual Halloween Spooktacular!, The Fountains, Crystal Lake – Children age 12 and younger, with their families, welcome to trick or treat, play games, dance to spooky tunes with a DJ and enjoy refreshments.
Rocky Horror Picture Show, Raue Center, downtown Crystal Lake – Interactive film experience and fundraiser and costume contest.
Svengoolie Meet & Greet, Volo Auto Museum – Meet renowned Chicago horror host with free photo, autographs and haunted train rides.
HOWL-O-WEEN Bash, Mandalie’s, Algonquin – Halloween-themed fundraiser for A Heart for Animals with costume contest, raffles, photo booth, silent auction, open bar, appetizer buffet and more.
Halloween Walk/Trick-or-Treating, Cary and Fox River Grove – Cary: Jewel Shopping Center (parade will start in front of the former Dunkin Donuts and end at Athletico). FRG: Stone Hill/Foxmoor Crossing (parade will start in front of Leader Ace Hardware and end at Early Learning Center).
Trick-or-Treat Trail, Lions Park, Cary – Games, prizes and more for costumed children.
Fall Fun & Haunted Forest, soccer fields next to Algonquin School Road – Fall fun games for the littles ones, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and more.
Halloween Costume Ball, Flores Banquet Hall (former VFW), Woodstock – Part of The Orson Welles Creative Arts Festival. Donations accepted at the door.
Spooky Stories – Three times for different age groups, Read Between the Lynes, Woodstock Square.
Boo Party & Trick-or-Treating, Algonquin Commons – Frightfully fun time with pumpkin decorating, face painting, magic show, live entertainment and music, as well as trick-or-treating at participating store.
Halloween Handout, downtown Crystal Lake – Merchants in downtown Crystal Lake give out treats to children in costume 12 and younger.
Halloween on the Woodstock Square – Costume contest and trick-or-treating.
Trunk-or-Treat, Horse Fair Park, Spring Grove – Trick-or-treating with a tailgating atmosphere.
Pumpkin Roll & Smash, Lions Park, Cary – Bring your pumpkins and compete with others to see which pumpkin wins the Pumpkin Roll or demolish your pumpkin in the Pumpkin Smash.
Great Pumpkin Roll, Butch Hagele Beach, Lake in the Hills – Experience the crazy fun of rolling a pumpkin down the steep hill at Butch Hagele Beach and watch how far it will go or smash.
October 7, 8, 21, 22
Hayrides & Campfire, Hoffman Park, Cary – 45-minute long hayride and s’mores around a campfire.
Haunted Hayride, Petersen Park, McHenry – Fundraiser for local charities. Refreshments available. Free parking.
Historic Halloween Program, McHenry County Historical Society, Union – Join a shadowy procession through more than one hundred of the exquisite points of Victorian funereal culture. Refreshments in the Society’s West Harmony one-room school afterward.
Maze Til Midnight, Richardson Adventure Farm, Spring Grove – Richardson Farm is one of the few corn mazes open after dark, and the only maze that celebrates the full moon by staying open until midnight on select weekends.
Dearly Departed: A Sweet Demise, Colonel Palmer House, Crystal Lake – Annual re-telling of a real-life story from Crystal Lake’s past. Showtimes are already selling out. Get tickets early.
Halloween at the Y, Sage YMCA, Crystal Lake – Join us for our haunted trail (and family fun trail), games, crafts, snacks, hot chocolate and more. $0 joiner fee.
Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade, Ganek Municipal Center, Algonquin – Owners and their dogs are encouraged to come dressed up in their favorite costumes as we parade from the municipal center to High Hill Park.
Halloween Art Party, Creative Arts Inc. Crystal Lake – Draw, paint, sculpt and sew spooky and cute arts and crafts
Party on the Plaza, Crystal Lake Plaza – Petting zoo, face painting, hot apple cider, trick-or-treat, touch-a-truck, pumpkin painting and more.
Fall Fun on the Square, Huntley – Trick or Treat 5K Trot for Special Olympics, family costume parade, Trinity Lutheran trunk-or-treat, baggo tourney, brat tent, food, entertained, hayrides, games and more.
Dracula, Woodstock Opera House – Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece with renowned storyteller Megan Wells (for young adults and adults).
Murder Mystery, Grand Oaks Recreation Center, Crystal Lake – Clues unfold throughout the evening during this Capone-era Chicago whodunit, dinner included.