Get in the Halloween spirit with these spooky, spectacular, and supernatural events. Greater Peoria is packed with haunted happenings every autumn, from frightening to family-friendly activities. Celebrate the spookiest time of year with haunted locations, cemetery tours, pumpkin picking, and beyond. 


Here are a few of the best things to do for Halloween in Greater Peoria, excerpted from the September/October 2022 Calendar of Events.



Haunted Houses, Trails + Manors  {Greater Peoria}   //   Leaves changing colors and pumpkin spice mean the arrival of fall and Halloween and the opening of haunted attractions across Greater Peoria. Check out these 5 terrifying haunted attractions in the Greater Peoria Area.


U-Pick Farms + Orchards  {Greater Peoria}   //   Whether you're looking to pick sweet corn, pumpkins, gourds, apples, pears, vegetables, mums, or more, check out these amazing options to pick-your-own produce in the Peoria Area. For a list of farms and orchards, read Peoria Area U-Pick Farms + Orchards


Annual Pumpkin Launch Party at J Draper Glass  {Peoria}   //   September 7, 2022   //   Celebrating 13 years in business, J Draper Glass will is unveiling the signature 2022 glass pumpkin series! Select your pick of the patch before they go to the market with in-house discounts and cash prizes.


Little Shop of Horrors performed by the Peoria Players Theatre  {Peoria}   //   September 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18   //   A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for over 30 years. 


Springdale Cemetery Tour with the Peoria Historical Society   {Peoria}   //   September 10, 15, 24 and October 1, 2, 8, 9, 14  //   Historic Springdale Cemetery has many fascinating stories.  Explore the oldest chartered cemetery in the state of Illinois and enjoy the beautiful park-like setting as you hear stories of those who have their final resting place in Peoria during this guided history tour.


Halloween Gnomie at Art at the Bodega  {Washington}   //   September 16, 2022   //   Lets get this Halloween season started now at Art at the Bodega with an adorable gnome canvas painting class.


Ghost at the Peoria Civic Center  {Peoria}   //   September 21, 2022   //   Children of North America, rejoice… GHOST will once again bring the “euphoric spectacle” (ROLLING STONE) of its live ritual to North America. The North American tour will see the GRAMMY® Award-winning Swedish theatrical rock band headlining 19 arenas across the United States and Canada, including a night at the Peoria Civic Center!


Hocus Pocus Party at Art at the Bodega  {Washington}   //   October 7, 2022   //   Amuck! Amuck! Amuck! Come and run amuck at Art at the Bodega! Offering lots of Hocus Pocus themed projects to choose from, witches brew, cupcakes, raffles, and a costume contest.


Misery performed by the Peoria Players Theatre  {Peoria}   //   October 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16   //   Written by William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King, ‘Misery’ follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes. He wakes up captive in her secluded home and quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go….

Haunted Peoria Tour with the Peoria Historical Society  {Peoria}   //   October 7, 8, 15, 21, 22, 28 + 29  //   Explore the darker side of Peoria!  Discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years.  Curses, graves, legends and spooky sightings abound in this guided history tour.

Wand-Lore and Wand Making at the Luthy Botanical Garden   {Peoria}   //   October 15, 2022   //   Wizards, witches, and muggles are welcomed to the world of wand-making and wand-lore. Dressing in wizard gear is encouraged, but not mandatory. We will explore wand-making, a few magical plants…but most importantly you will be paired with your very own wand!


Spooktacular Craft and Vendor Market   {East Peoria}   //   October 15   //   Head out to East Peoria for the 6th annual spooktacular market featuring local crafters, vendors and locally-owned businesses.


Witches Walk at Fon du Lac Farm Park   {East Peoria}   //   October 21   //   Get into the Halloween spirit while trick-or-treating through the illuminated, kid-friendly park. Enjoy movies, concessions, and Halloween fun!


Lakeview Park After Dark {Peoria} // October 21 // After Dark brings back the vintage, all hallows eve experience of ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and witches, through this family-friendly adventure. The marked route will guide your car along the twists and turns through Lakeview Park with surprises of Halloween fun everywhere you look!


Carn-Evil {Peoria} // October 21, 22, 23 and October 28, 29, 30 // A night of boos and booze awaits around every turn that includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails, Parks on Tap, a classic Halloween movie on the big screen, and a spooktacular hayrack ride through the park!


Halloween Trivia + Costumes at the Pekin Country Club  {Pekin}   //   October 22   //   Get dressed up and show off the amount of useless knowledge stored in your brain.


Halloween Creeps in Jeeps at the Pekin Marine Corps League  {Pekin}   //   October 22   //   Costume and Jeep decorating contests!! The creepy crawl starts and ends at Marine Corp with live music by K&R Country and a rock light show after dark.


PEORIA Sign + Fun Trick or Treat! at Keller Station {Peoria} // October 22 // Join Communication Junction for an afternoon of Halloween fun! Bring your little one(s) dressed in his/her Halloween costume and come sing, dance, read books and trick-or-treat in a fun, family friendly way.


Royal Halloween Bash at Stoney Creek Hotel  {East Peoria}  //   October 23   //   Time to dress up the kids, and take them trick-or-treating at Stoney Creek Hotel! You'll meet your favorite princesses, villains, and superheroes at this Royal Halloween Bash!


The Rocky Horror Picture Show performed by the Peoria Players Theatre  {Peoria}   //   October 28 + 29   //   The midnight madness returns to Peoria Players for the annual showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The actors will perform onstage while the movie plays on the big screen. Doors open at 11:30 PM each night and the show will begin at midnight. 


2022 Halloween Extravaganza at the Villas of Holly Brook  {Pekin}   //   October 28 + 29   //   Bring lawn chairs or blankets for an outdoor showing of Casper the Friendly Ghost Friday at sundown! Saturday, join the fun for raffles, bounce houses, face painting, amazing food, local vendors, snow cones, music, bake sale and kids crafts!


Ghost Chase 5k Race at Three Sisters Park   {Chillicothe}   //   October 29   //   The Ghost Chase 5k is an event benefiting the Illinois Valley Central School district Band Programs and consists of a 5K run and 1 Mile fun walk. 


Screaming Pumpkin through Springdale Cemetery  {Peoria}   //   October 29   //   Benefitting the Yellow Bear Foundation, the Screaming Pumpkin night race will wind through the Springdale Cemetery. Chills and thrills will keep you motivated as you run or walk through our 2-mile walk, 6.55-mile run, half marathon, full marathon, or full marathon relay! Run or walk if you dare. Once you start, there is no turning back.


Spooky 5K Fun Run at Wildlife Prairie Park  {Hanna City}   // October 29 //   The Spooky Fun Trail Run is a great activity for you and your squad to get into the festive spirit! Dress up in costume and come enjoy the beauty of fall on the trails of Wildlife Prairie Park.


Trick or Treat at the Pickers Daughter  {East Peoria}    //   October 29   //  Bring your lil ghosts & goblins by the Pickers Daughter from noon to 3:00 PM for a spooky treat! Enter the drawing for a $25 gift certificate. You'll find some scary crazy sales and markdowns! Don't miss out on your chance to win some wicked prizes.


The Governors' Masked Ball at Betty Jayne Center for the Performing Arts  {Peoria Heights} // October 29 // Put on your best Halloween get-up and get down to the Betty Jayne for The Governors’ Masked Ball hosted by the Grey Governors! The Grey Governors are an eclectic, heavy hitting rock band with a one-of-a-kind sound! Don’t miss openers, the Common Shamans, playing their mix of grunge, punk, and classic rock!


HISRA Halloween Dance  {Peoria}   //   October 29   //   Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA) is hosting a Halloween Dance that will be such a fright. Costumes are optional but highly encouraged. Music, dancing and snacks will go from 7-9 PM. Ages 15-99 welcome!








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