Spooky Space

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Family activities include trick-or-treating, a special Atwood Sphere Spooky Space tour and a Slimy Science family workshop filled with gooey alien experiments.On  weekends, guests can stop by Planet Explorers for a chance to hear eerie tales about the Moon in the Stories Under the Stars program

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Fall Festival

Donley's Wild West Town | Union , Ill.

In addition to the regular rides and activities offered at Wild West Town, guests can take a family-friendly, spooky ride on the C.P. Huntington Train through the old mine tunnel. A mountain man introduces the children to the Chief and the children exchange beads with the Chief to receive a pumpkin of their choice from the Chief's private patch. Attendees can show off their artistic talents at the pumpkin painting station or singe Halloween classics with Ms. Lorrieann's Karaoke at Clayton's Sasparilla Saloon. Plus, enjoy fresh pies, muffins and cookies.

Cost: Free with admission

Brick-or-Treat

Legoland Discovery Center | Schaumburg, Ill.

The last four weekends in October will feature special Halloween activities, including trick-or-treating for LEGO bricks, taking part in a spooky scavenger hunt and trying creepy creative challenges.

 

When: 9 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday
Cost: $19, $15 kids

Family Hayrides

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Take a harvest-moon hayride at a Naperville Park. Bring your food or fixings for s'mores to cook over the bonfire; hot chocolate and hot cider provided. Rides are at Knoch Knolls Park, 336 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville (Oct. 6 and 26) and Seager Park, 1163 Plank Road, Naperville (Oct. 12 and 20).

When: Visit the website for times
Cost: $12, $8 resident; free kids under 3

Pinocchio

Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.

Come meet Gepetto the Toymaker, the Blue Fairy and the rest of Pinocchio's friends as he learns to be honest, unselfish and brave. Performances run 10:30 a.m. weekdays from Oct. 17-Nov. 27 and 1 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23. For tickets visit chicagokidscompany.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost: $12

The Bully Show

AlphaBet Soup Productions | Lombard, Ill.

Join Professor McBumble and his group of rag tag actors as they present three different fairy tales with an anti-bullying message. Updated adaptions of Little Red Ridinghood, The Ugly Duckling & Three Billy Goats Gruff are performed in this world premiere musical. "It's not cool to be cruel!" "It's so lame to call people names!" are just a few of the lesson taught in this important show. Performances are from Oct. 2-May 2 at locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Check website for venue dates and times.

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $7-$10, depending on venue

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$97

A Year with Frog and Toad

Chicago Children’s Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Based on the Frog and Toad book series. Runs Oct. 9-Nov. 24, 2013.

 

 

Cost: $25-$38

Llama, Llama...

Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

Spend a whole day with Llama Llama and Mama Llama as they encounter the daily fun and foibles of Llama life. Help them get through school stress, grocery store grievances, and bedtime big business. Runs Oct. 5, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014.

 


 

Cost: $16, $13 for kids

Rapunzel

Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

Get tangled up in this musical fairy tale treat. Princes, Princesses, and even Evil Witches find their happy endings in this story of growing hair and growing up. Performances run Oct. 19, 2013-Jan. 4, 2014.

 

 


 

Cost: $16, $13 children
 





 
 
 
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