9 Spectacular Activities to Instantly Upgrade Your Weekend

It is safe to say that Zelda will be living in one of her two costumes all weekend. And while I haven’t settled on what exactly Princess Zelda (or Super Zelda) is going to do, she is definitely ready. We’ve been celebrating Halloween all October with different activities, fun snacks and spooky cartoons. This weekend it culminates with a trip to the American Girl Halloween Spooktacular or maybe a Disney Halloween Dance Class — I just can’t decide! There are way too many fun Halloween activities happening in the city. I have a feeling by the end of the weekend she’s going to be one sleepy babe (fingers crossed). What are you doing to celebrate?  

This features many kids Halloween activities in Chicago.

Photo Credit: Duet Dance Studio, Chicago Reader, Roosevelt Collection Blog, Choose Chicago, Pinterest and the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Disney Halloween Dance Class at Duet Dance Studio: Get the babes dressed up and take them to this dance class in Bucktown! Kids will love getting decked out as their favorite Disney character and mamas will be happy the littles are burning off some energy in this 45 minute swing dancing class. The cost is $15 per child and the class begins at 1pm on Saturday, October 29th. 

30th Annual Dog Halloween Costume Party at the MCA: Dogs are a part of the Halloween dress up crew too! If you’ve got a furry friend in the family, have your kiddo dress them up for this costume contest at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Celebrating its 30th year, this free event is sure to make everyone smile. Bring a toy with, every pup who attends gets a prize! The fun gets going at 9am on Saturday, October 29th. 

Printer’s Row Farmers Market: This Saturday is the last weekend for many outdoor farmers markets. The one in Printer’s Row is at the corner of Polk and Dearborn and runs from 7am to 1pm on Saturday the 29th. Plan out a recipe and have a cozy homemade meal at home this weekend!

Spooky Seas Overnight at the Shedd: If going outside does not sound appealing at all but you need to hit up at least one Halloween event for the littles, check out the Shedd. Tickets for the overnight on Friday the 28th are sold out but there are still tickets available for the evening activities. This sounds like a pretty good deal, you get to have all the fun and at the end of the night head home to sleep in your own bed! Get full details here.

Halloween Spooktacular at American Girl: Another fabulous indoor event, American Girl’s Halloween celebration takes place on October 30th & 31st. Each day boasts a different time frame to fit any schedule. The store will have fun stuff for babes to do, and encourages littles to show up in costume! Make a day of it and grab some food at the cafe, it’s so tasty!

Creatures of the Night at Garfield Park Conservatory: On Saturday the 29th the Garfield Park Conservatory is holding their Halloween event from 12pm to 3pm. The suggested donation is $5 to get in. Littles get to listen to some music, do a little dancing and so much more, including meeting a few new animal friends!


This destination is about a three hour car ride away, which makes for a spectacular weekend getaway. It’s also packed with things to do that the whole crew will enjoy!

This features many kids Halloween activities in Indianapolis.

Photo Credit: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Baltimore Sun and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. 

Indianapolis Museum of Art: Get a dose of culture at the Indianapolis Art Museum! Kids under 5 are free, adults are $18 and kids 6-17 are $10 each. If you attend this weekend and the weather is nice, squeeze in a round of mini golf before they close for the winter on Sunday the 30th!

Duckpin Bowling: Littles need to move, why not let them burn off some energy with this fun take on bowling? I was unfamiliar until I found this spot and learned that the ball and pins are shrunk down (perfect for tiny hands), making for an interesting game! They recommend calling before going, pricing info can be found here

Children’s Museum: Head to the Cursed Castle exhibit (through the 30th) and celebrate  Halloween! Can’t make it this weekend? A very special Doc McStuffins exhibit makes its debut shortly after! Get admissions details here.

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