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Chicago Halloween Events for Kids (and Parents, too)

Update: This post is for 2008. For information on 2009 Halloween events on Chicago’s North Side, see here [1].

Halloween may be a one day event in some parts of the country, but here in Chicago, there’s nearly a month’s worth of parades, haunted houses, pumpkin carvings, fun runs, spooky mazes, and other events dedicated to the holiday. Many of these events are cheap (or free), are geared towards children, and don’t involve the ingestion of mass amounts of candy. In others words, they make for good, wholesome family outings.

The Chicago Parks District has a list of all their Halloween offerings [2], and About.com has a good general summary of city-wide events [3].

For simplicity’s sake, however, I had a Google map made up of all the North Side Halloween events [4]. Use it to find the upcoming events near where you live. Blue markers are Parks District events, red markers are parades, and yellow markers are all other events.

Please click through to the website for each marker to get the most up-to-date information for each event.
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Did I miss any great Chicago Halloween events? Let me know with a comment!