A Garden of Good...and Evil
Celebrate Halloween, if you dare, at the Chicago Botanic Garden! 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: Landmarks of America, 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!
Spooky Forest Walk through the spookily decorated bat cave in the Bridge Gallery to get to the haunted forest in the Joutras Gallery. Seeing the display of carved and shaved pumpkins may inspire you to try making your own, and you can use the free pumpkin from the West Greenhouse Gallery!
Plant and Pumpkin Giveaway Come get your free live plant and pumpkin in the West Greenhouse Gallery.
Fortunetelling Curious? Meander over to the Linnaeus Room for a mysterious glance into your future.
Face-painting Fun Enhance your Halloween costume with face-painting festivities in the East Greenhouse Gallery.
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, see the Model Railroad Garden in ghostly lights and miniature splendor, and find the special ghost trains. (Guests enjoy this garden at no cost during HallowFest.)
Dance Party On Saturday at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m., and on Sunday at 4, 5:15, and 6:30 p.m. come boogie with the Scribble Monsters.
Spooky Snack Shack Enjoy free treats in the South Greenhouse.
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 interactive activities for our younger HallowFest visitors, including Critter Olympics and a Jack-o'-lantern Ball Toss.
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.