Did you rock October? Good. End it with a bang at family events around town, including Halloween happenings (because — let’s face it — we never want this holiday to be over). There’s also a new exhibit at The Field Museum, a kiddie fashion show, and plays for young and old. Enjoy!
Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies Concert
The kindie-pop icon is more thrills than chills, and he’s at his engaging best during a Halloween concert for all ages. Expect catchy call-and-response interaction, groovy a capalla and a whole lot of funky guitar strumming. He plays as part of the Gold Coast Neighbors Association “Ghouly Park” Halloween party. Held Fri., 4-7 p.m. at Goudy Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
“Leo Lionni’s Frederick” on Stage
Most mice are concerned about storing enough munchies for the winter, but Frederick is no ordinary rodent. He spends long summer days relaxing, but has something special up his sleeve for the next polar vortex. Find out what it is in this original, folksy blues romp by Chicago Children’s Theatre. Held thru Nov. 16 at Ruth Page Center for the Arts. $38/adults; $28/children. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
This is a week of amazing movies aimed at mini cinephiles! Whether you’re into animated adventures, documentaries with a message, cool bite-sized short films or even pieces produced by other kids, this is the place to be. Held Fri.-Nov. 2 at Facets Multi-Media and Music Box Theater. $6/children (2-18); $9/adults. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
Monica + Andy Fashion Show
Celebrate the one year anniversary of the adorable children’s clothing brand with a fall fashion show. Watch lil’ trendsetters strut their stuff alongside their dapper dads. This “Daddy and Me” fashion show will feature fashionable fathers dressed in Bonobos. Held Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. $20/suggested donation (benefits Chicago Children’s Choir). All ages. Event details.
Prairie Avenue Halloween Parade
The historic South Side nabe salutes the spooky season with a family procession, kicking off at 18th Street, followed by neighborhood trick-or-treating. Take photos, marvel at historic homes and satisfy your sweet tooth along the way. Held Fri., 4:30-7 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
Pre-Trick-or-Treating Party at Pied Piper
Decorate your very own Halloween cookies, create unique crafts and groove to spooky tunes just in time for the candy collecting to begin. Held Fri., 3-4:30 p.m. at Pied Piper Parties & Preschool. Free. Ages 0-8. Event details.
“Bingo’s Birthday” Play
Go on an interactive theater adventure to find the pup of honor before his birthday shindig begins. With the help of your little ones, Bingo’s Birthday is going to go off without a hitch. You’ll all assist Farmers Pickle and Tickle track down Bingo just in time for the party. Held thru Jan. 4 at Emerald City’s Little Theatre. $15/adults & children; $8/children under 1. Ages 0-5. Event details.
“Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti” Exhibit
At this just-opened exhibit, practitioners will share personal stories about the spiritual pursuit, while kids experience what really happens during a ritual possession ceremony and even take a peek inside the workroom of a Vodou secret society. Held thru Apr. 26 at The Field Museum. Included with general museum admission ($31/adults; $21/children; $25/students & seniors). All ages. Event details.
Halloween Carnival at Pleasant Home
This is a morning of spook-tacular trick-or-treating and more. The kiddos can get their candy fix while they make the rounds to stations including adopt a monster, eyeball soup and pin the eye on the monster. Held Fri., 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Ages 0-5. Event details.
“Science + You” Exhibit
Your little scientists will discover and explore healthy living, as it relates to science concepts. Learn about finger printing, solve math problems and understand behavior of antibodies in the bloodstream. Held thru Sun. at Kohl Children’s Museum. $11/person; free for children under 1. All ages. Event details.
Native American Day
Local heritage is heralded as kids challenge each other to traditional games, listen to a tall tale inside a wigwam and even watch the pros throw atlatls. You can also create beaded necklaces and corn husk dolls to take home. Held Sun., 1-4 p.m. at Elk Grove Historical Museum. Free ($3 for craft projects). All ages. Event details.
LEGOLAND Brick or Treat
Forget the mini Snickers and rake in LEGO bricks. Your master builder can take part in a scary-fun scavenger hunt, and once they’ve collected their bricks they can assemble them into a special Halloween-themed model, guess the number of spooky skeletons hidden in MINILAND Chicago, help build a LEGO pumpkin patch, and more. Held thru Oct. 31 at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. $16/person; free for children under 2. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis
Photo: Mr. Singer