The Stateline knows how to have fun for Halloween! There are many events happening in the Rockford area throughout October in celebration of Halloween. There are parties, outdoor events, parades, costume contests, and more! Unless noted, all of the events below are for kids of all ages and are family friendly and not scary.
We will continue to add events to this calendar as we find them. If you know of an event we’ve missed, please email us!
If you’re looking for Trunk or Treat and Trick or Treat events, you can find them here.
Costumes are encouraged at these events!
Halloween Parties & Family Events
Village of Davis Junction Annual Halloween Party
Where: Davis Junction Fire Department
108 S. Maple St., Davis Junction, IL
When: October 13, 2018
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bring your family to the annual Village Halloween party. Refreshments will be available.
Where: Belvidere Family YMCA
220 W Locust St, Ste 1, Belvidere, IL
When: October 21, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Cost: Free – Suggested donation of non-perishable food item for Feed the Need Food Drive
Come to the Belvidere YMCA for a family fun event. Activities include apple bobbing (limited to the first 200 children), caramel apple decorating (limited to first 200 children), “spooky” sensory guessing game, imagination playground maze, fun photo area, Halloween crafts, awesome games and more.
Where: Discovery Center Museum
711 N Main St, Rockford, IL
When: October 26, 2018
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $5 for members, $9 for non-members
Enjoy a night of spooky science and delicious treats. Go Trick or Treating throughout the museum, make glowing slime, do science experiments and other crafts.
Boo Bash Weekend
Where: Carlson Ice Arena
4150 N Perryville Rd, Loves Park, IL
When: October 26 – 28, 2018
Friday 8 pm – 10 pm
Saturday 1 pm – 3 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 3 pm
Cost: $5 per person on Friday, $8 per person on Saturday and Sunday
Jam-packed weekend of spooktacular fun! Costumes welcome! No discount coupons accepted.
Friday: 8–10 pm, Frosty Friday $5 admission with skate rental, individual costume contest, DJ music
Saturday: 1– 3 pm, $8 Skate + Play Special (public skate admission, skate rental, and Sapora Playworld admission, Family Costume Contest, Free 15-min skating lesson at 1:15 pm
Sunday: 1– 3 pm, $8 Skate + Play Special (public skate admission, skate rental, and Sapora Playworld admission)
Where: Anderson Japanese Gardens
318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL
When: October 27, 2018
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Cost: $9.00/adult, $7.00/child
Free for members
Anderson Japanese Gardens is partnering with Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehab & Education Center and Haunted Rockford for a Halloween event that will be fun for the whole family. Children are invited to come dressed in costume and explore the Garden in a new and spooky way! Activities include fun Halloween games, trick or treating throughout the Gardens, Halloween craft & candy apple station, Spooky Graveyard- perfect for photos, and Hoo Haven Learning Centers located throughout the Garden. Haunted garden tours at 3, 3:30, 4 and 4:30 pm. For reservations, visit the ticket link here: https://andersongardens.org/spook-tacular-halloween/.
Halloween on the Prairie
Where: Byron Forest Preserve
7993 N River Rd, Byron, IL
When: October 28, 2018
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hayrides, games, face painting, and more! Be sure to try an apple cider donut or a delicious caramel apple. Most activities are free, however, games are 5/$1.00. Games are appropriate for kids age 10 and under.
Downtown Beloit Halloween Parade & Party
Where: Downtown Beloit
500 Public Ave, Beloit, WI
When: October 27, 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Kids can show off their costumes in a parade down Grand Avenue visiting Downtown Beloit businesses for treats during the last Farmers’ Market of the season. The fun includes live music, entertainment, carnival rides and activities for all ghouls and goblins!
Cherry Valley Halloween Parade
Where: Baumann Park
218 S. Walnut St., Cherry Valley, Illinois
When: October 27, 2018
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The parade will start at the tennis courts in Baumann Park and end at Village Hall. There will be costume judging, treats for everyone in costume, and activities for the kids.
The Enchanted Forest and Hollywood Hayride
Where: Palmer Park
2501 Palmer Dr., Janesville, WI
When: October 17 – 20, 2018
Wednesday and Thursday 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: Enchanted Forest $3/child, $2/adult
Hollywood Hayride $3/person
The Enchanted Forest and Hollywood Hayride is a non-scary community-wide special event for families with young children. The Enchanted Forest was an award winter at the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Conference for excellence in recreation programming. The event has evolved over the years to a spectacle like no other in the surrounding area, and is a must-see for families
Halloween Trails & Haunted Woods
Family Fun Trail
Where: 4E Family Fun Trail
6688 E Rockton Rd., Roscoe, IL
When: October 13, 20, 27
2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: $5 per person, $20 per family maximum
Take a hayride, roast S’Mores and hot dogs, play in a tunnel and corn box. Follow pumpkins along a .75 mile trail along a wooded creek to get candy. You walk the trail in daylight or dark with a flashlight. This is a non-scary event.
Kids Day at Forest of Freaks
Where: Forest of Freaks
5946 S US Highway 51, Janesville, WI
When: October 20, 2018
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: $5 per kid
Walk along a 25+ stop candy trail, jump in bounce houses, and ride a horse. There will also be carnival games like ring a bottle, a dunk tank, and a paintball target range. This is a kid friendly event, all of the other days it’s a scary event.