A Garden of Good...and Evil
October 25 & 26, 2014
Saturday: 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion
Tickets in advance (purchased on or before 10/24):
Tickets (purchased on or after 10/25): $17/$22 member/nonmember
Parking is per car; free for Garden members.
Celebrate Halloween, if you dare, at the Garden! Take either the friendly or spooky path to activities in the Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion. Experience family-friendly thrills and chills this year including Mysterious Magic with Dracula and a live show and tell of creepy, crawly creatures. Then get in the Halloween spirit with face-painting festivities!
Bring your camera to capture a photo of your costumed family in friendly and frightening surroundings. As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden, decorated in ghostly lights and running special ghost trains; then take a ride around the Garden on the Howlin’ Express — keep your eyes peeled for spooky sights!
more oF the highlights:
Eerie Entertainment in Alsdorf Auditorium & Nichols Hall Experience a live show and tell with Rob Carmichael’s creepy, crawly amphibians, reptiles, and birds of prey show in Alsdorf Auditorium. Make sure to stop by Nichols Hall for baffling tricks and cackles during Magic with Dracula!
Carved Pumpkin Gallery Walk through the spookily decorated bat cave in the Bridge Gallery to get to the carved pumpkin gallery in the Joutras Gallery. The glowing jack-o-lanterns may inspire you to try making your own—and you can pick up a pumpkin to carve at home at the pumpkin giveaway in Burnstein Hall.
Fortunetelling Curious? Meander over to Linnaeus Room for a mysterious glance into your future.
Face-Painting Fun Enhance your Halloween costume with face-painting festivities in McGinley Pavilion.
Ride the Howlin' Express Take a 15-minute ride around the Garden on the magical Howlin' Express. Enjoy the brisk fall weather as you watch for animals lurking around the Garden!
Miniature Mania As night falls on the Garden, view the Model Railroad Garden in ghostly lights and miniature splendor, running special ghost trains. (Guests enjoy this garden at no cost during HallowFest.)
Spooky Snack Shack Enjoy free treats in the Greenhouse Gallery.
The Garden View Café The Garden View Café will be open to HallowFest ticketholders, serving a special Monster Menu for "boos" and "ghouls."
Activities in the Lenhardt Library! Stop by the Lenhardt Library for new interactive activities for our younger HallowFest visitors, including Critter Olympics and sensory boxes.
Tickets to this event are nonrefundable. Due to the popularity of this event, we encourage you to buy tickets in advance. A confirmation will arrive via e-mail once your order is received. Tickets are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Advance tickets may also be purchased at the Chicago Botanic Garden in the Visitor Center. Event will occur rain or shine. Please call (847) 835-5440 if you have questions.