Have No Fear
Nelson, Samantha, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Samantha Nelson Daily Herald Correspondent
With Halloween falling on a school night this year, lots of spots throughout the suburbs start their spooky celebrations early, giving families the chance to get dressed up, go trick-or-treating, play games and get a little spooked.
Creatures of the Night at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, (708) 688-8000;
Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, and Thursday to Sunday, Oct. 29 to 31
Price: $12; $8 for kids ages 3 to 11 and seniors
Teens and tweens can brave the Trail of Terror, a winding pathway through the woods with a dozen scenes featuring monsters and mutants, then take a tram ride through dense fog revealing gory scenes with monsters, goblins and beasts. There's also plenty to do for families with young children. A DJ will play Halloween-themed music throughout the nights and kids can jump around in a inflatable ghost ship and watch performances from stilt walkers and jugglers along with pumpkin-carving and cookie-decorating demonstrations. Kids can also try navigating a 7,000-square-foot corn maze, join a staff-led scavenger hunt, craft paper bats and decorate trick-or-treat bags.
Boo-tiful Saturday at Elmhurst City Centre, 2 City Centre, Elmhurst; (630) 993-1600; elmhurstcitycentre.com
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30
The annual celebration starts with a magic show at York Theatre followed by a screening of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. After leaving the theater, kids can trick-or-treat at participating stores and get their faces painted for free. They can also pick up free balloons and pumpkins to take home. Kids are encouraged to dress in costumes and bring trick-or-treat bags.
Halloween Spooktacular at Langendorf Park, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington, (847) 381-0687; barringtonparkdistrict.org
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30
Kids can get dressed up for a morning of activities including games, hayrides, a candy hunt, face painting, cookie decorating and miniature golf.
Haunted Harvest at Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville, (847) 362-4636; lambsfarm.org
Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30
Price: $15; free for kids under age 3
The farm gets spooky with frightening characters popping up along a Train of Terror. …