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5 Fun Things to Do With Kids for Halloween in Chicago

By DNAinfo Staff | September 16, 2016 1:18pm | Updated on October 14, 2016 11:19am
 Casper the Friendly Ghost is showing at Northerly Island October 28.
Casper the Friendly Ghost is showing at Northerly Island October 28.
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Looking for something to do with the kids in Chicago for Halloween this year?

Here's five, fun ideas:

1. Trick or treating. 

While suburbs typically set Halloween trick-or-treat hours, Chicago has traditionally allowed parents to determine when their kids can go door to door. However, police have recommended that people "try to confine ... trick-or-treating to daylight hours."

Make sure children are always supervised. If not by their parents, police said, they should be with "an adult or responsible young adult [parents] know well," a police tip sheet says. Additionally, stick to homes and neighborhoods you know. Trick-or-treaters should never enter an unfamiliar home, and they should totally stay away from "any abandoned building, deserted area or enclosed space."

2. Pumpkins and Parties.

The park district offers pumpkin patches at a number of locations across the city. In addition to pumpkins, the events include pony rides, food, games, arts and crafts, treats, face painting, hayrides, pictures and more! Some charge a nominal fee. There are also a number of park district sponsored parties. Click here for times and locations in your area.

3. Father Daughter Dance.

Feeling like a super hero? A Daddy-Daughter Super Hero dance is scheduled for Oct. 27 for Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. For more information call (312) 746-5494 or click here.

4. Halloween Gathering Festival & Parade.

The second annual festival and parade presents daytime events and spectacles from diverse Chicago cultural institutions such as the The Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The free event ends with the Spectacle Parade along Columbus Drive filled with costumed participants and special displays. October 22, 2:00 p.m. to  8:00 p.m. at Millennium Park and Sir George Solti Garden.

5. Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island.

A number of scary outdoor films are being presented at Northerly Island in October, which include a campfire and marshmallow roasting. Be forewarned though: some of the films may not be suitable for your children. Of October 28, the film is the PG-rated Casper which starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. (The R-rated Friday the 13th follows.) Free. Bring your own blankets and chairs.

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