The Halloween excitement is palpable—costumes are hung in the closets with care and visions of candy dance in kids’ heads. You have a busy weekend of prepping for the ghoulish day ahead, but carve out time for these faBOOlous happenings around town. Read on for our Editor’s favorite picks.

Get a Sugar Rush at a Local Candy Shop
Mix it up a bit this Halloween and stock up on unique sweets to give your favorite neighborhood kids. . . and yourself! Chicago’s candy shops offer something new and unique in both flavor and ambiance. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Enjoy the Fall Colors and Take a Crunchy, Colorful Stroll!
Let the sound of fall leaves underfoot be your soundtrack and take in the beauty of autumn’s symphony of color on a gorgeous family stroll. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Pick Them Before They’re Gone! Go Apple Picking!
Apples are the superheroes of the fruit world—they have the power to keep doctors away. Fill your bags with the juicy, ripe fruit at a kid-loved u-pick nearby. Fri.-Sun. More details.

Play an Epic Game of Hide and Seek in a Corn Maze
Chicago farmers built them in the hopes that you will come! To their intricate corn mazes, that is! Some even have added bells and whistles like petting zoos and pumpkin doughnuts. Fri.-Sun. More details

Play Hide & Seek with Massive Trolls at Morton Arboretum
Use the vast open spaces to play a giant game of seek, looking for unusual creatures, each standing 15- to 20-feet-tall. Guardians of the forest, trying to make sense of the human world. Just like us! Fri.-Sun. More details.

Almost Gone! Take Your Dino Lover to Brookfield Zoo
Pay a visit to Brookfield Zoo and be treated to the temporary Dinos Everywhere exhibit. Nearly 45 animatronic dinosaurs that are BIGGER and BADDER than any dinos you’ve ever met are awaiting your arrival! Fri.-Sun. More details.

Dine and Pumpkin Pick at Fish Bar
Fish Bar transformed their patio into a pumpkin patch where guests can dine and enjoy Fish Bar’s classics, along with picking up the perfect pumpkin to purchase and take home! Fri.-Sun. Event details

Let Lincoln Park Zoo Show You Fall Fun
‘Gourd’-ge yourself on free harvest fun! Stroll the one-way trails adorned with carved pumpkins, corn husks, and hay bales and cherish the fall ambiance without the crowds. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Tune In To Be Virtually Amazed by a 3D Chalk Artist
Acclaimed 3D chalk artist Nate Baranowski will create table-top chalk art featuring a meal or product from a Howard Street business. Fri. Event details

Intro Your Kids to an Iconic Favorite at The FRIENDS Experience
Get a Chicago-style Italian Beef ready for sandwich-loving Joey because the wildly popular FRIENDS Experience is here! Celebrate your favorite friends and revisit some of the series’ most classic moments. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Show the Kids Spooky Fun at Chicago Botanic Garden
Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, features more than 1,000 hand-carved, real pumpkins lit with LED lights lighting up the night and lining the outdoor path in a beautiful fall setting. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Decorate For Halloween! Hit the Fields to Find That Perfect Pumpkin
Give Charlie Brown a run for his dough and find your own Great Pumpkin. Warm your face on the steam of a hot apple cider and breathe the crisp air at our favorite pumpkin patches. Fri.-Sun. More details.

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!

— Maria Chambers

Featured photo: ksenija18kz via iStock

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