The Supreme Guide to Trick-or-Treating in McHenry County

Halloween in McHenry County

Trick-or-treating is no longer reserved to the block you live on. These days, there are a lot of opportunities around McHenry County to trick-or-treat, and not only on Halloween. Grab your little ones and your pumpkin-faced trick-or-treat pail and head to your nearest Halloween event! Here are all of the great places hosting trick-or-treating in McHenry County to get your candy fix.

trick-or-treating in mchenry county

Little McHenry County has put together your supreme guide to all things trick-or-treating with this list of community and business district trick-or-treating hours and events.

Trick-or-Treating Events in McHenry County

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Events are listed in chronological order under each type. Outdoor events are weather dependent; please check the listing before heading out. Little Lake County is not responsible for changes or cancellations. If there are fees or registration required spots were available at the time of publishing, we are not responsible for sold out events.

Community Trick-or-Treat Hours

Here are the hours, per the individual city websites or offices, for trick-or-treating. If no hours are posted, we have posted the times as we have seen from previous years or personal accounts, we will update as needed. Times and dates are subject to change.

Thursday, October 31

Saturday, November 2

Sunday, November 3

Trick-or-Treat Trails in McHenry County

27 October 1:00 p.m. Trick or Treat Trail
Registration Required
{Cary} Walk the Lions Park trail and enjoy games, prizes, and more! Parents join your children as they dress up for this “spooktacular” afternoon. Cost is $5 per child.

28 October, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat Huntley
{Huntley} Annual Trunk or Treat party at Springbrook Community Church. Come in any cute and creative costumes and we’ll provide the fun and candy. Trunk or Treat is terror-free and safe for kids of all ages. Come join us for the party and bring your family and friends! All activities are indoors.

31 October 3:30 p.m. Safety Town Trick or Treat
{Lake in the Hills} Children will be in a fenced area where they will be able to go up to each of the little buildings and meet friendly monsters and other cool characters who will be handing out treats.

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Business Trick-or-Treat in McHenry County

26 October 11:00  a.m. Halloween Walk
{Cary} Join the Cary-Grove Chamber and business owners for Halloween Trick or Treating.

26 October 11:00 a.m. Ar-BOO-Retum Fall Fest & Trick or Treating
{Barrington} Calling all little ghouls & goblins! Come in costume and enjoy trick or treating, pumpkin decorating (while supplies last), a magic show, costume parade, balloon artist, science fun stations and more!

26 October 1:00 p.m. Halloween Walk
{Fox River Grove} Join the Cary-Grove Chamber and business owners for Halloween Trick or Treating.

27 October 12:00 p.m. Trick or Treat Fun!
{Algonquin} Kids ages 0-12 can trick or treat at participating retailers, while candy supplies last.

31 October 10:00 a.m. Trick or Treat Around the Square
{Huntley} Trick or Treat around local businesses.

31 October 12:00 p.m. Trick or Treat at Ice House Mall
{Barrington} Trick or Treating at the Ice House Mall for all little ghosts, goblins, and princesses at all stores. A Halloween Kids Craft Corner will also be available for trick or treaters!

31 October 2:00 Trick or Treat @ the Library
{Woodstock} Be sure to swing by the library to trick-or-treat at the different service desks.

31 October 3:00 p.m.Halloween Handout 
{Crystal Lake} A favorite among young children!  Participating merchants throughout Downtown Crystal Lake open their doors to invite costumed children 12 and under to receive a treat.

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Trunk-or-Treats in McHenry County

7 October 5:00 p.m.Trunk or Treat at Green Street
FREE  {McHenry} Cruise night attendees are encouraged to decorate their vehicles, bring candy to pass out, and HAVE SOME FUN!

13 October 3:30 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat
{McHenry} John Berkshire Hathway Home Services Starck Real Estate for a FREE afternoon of spooktacular fun. Children are encouraged to come in their costumes. The event includes bounce houses, food, pumpkins and more.

19 October 3:00 Trunk or Treat
{Lakemoor} Come for the treats and stay for the fun! Prizes for the best adult and child costume will be awarded. Pizza for sale by the slice.

19 October 5:30 Trunk-or-Treat
{Richmond} Games, food, prizes and more for this trunk-or-treat! If you are able, please bring a non-perishable food item for the Grace Lutheran Food Pantry.

19 October 5:30 Trunk-or-Treat and Saintly Stories

{Huntley} Join St. Mary’s for a fun, family event full of candy and fun! Trunk or Treating, Games, Hot Dog Dinner (free), and Saintly Stories.

20 October 3:00 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat at First Church
{Crystal Lake} Bring the whole family and enjoy a safe, FREE Family Event. Costumes, Games, Candy, Prizes & Snacks for everyone!

20 October 3:00 p.m. Hebron Trunk-or-Treat
{Hebron} There will be games, fun, and of course trick or treating! Bring the kiddies out for a fun time!

20 October 3:15 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat at First United Harvard
{Harvard} Children and families register starting at 3:15 pm. Trunk or Treating starts at 3:30 p.m. followed by games, pumpkin decorating and a photo-booth inside.

25 October 6:30 Trunk or Treat
{Crystal Lake} This free event provides a safe, fun environment for Trick or Treating for the entire community. Also offered for each person who attends, is a free meal of hot dog, chips, and a drink, a hayride, face-painting, cookie decorating, and a movie. Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Register online at

26 October 10:00 a.m. Trunk-or-Treat at St. Barnabas
{Cary} Trick or treat among decorated car trunks in the St. Barnabas Church parking lot. Games and activities as well. Candy and non-candy fun for all! 

26 October 1:00 Trunk or Treat with Richmond PD
{Richmond} Join the Richmond Police Department for a spectacular family event that provides a safe, fun, and friendly alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating.

26 October 3:00 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat Family Freedom Festival
{McHenry} Please join the McHenry VFW for FREE food, fun, DJ, games and much more!!

27 October 1:00 p.m.Trunk or Treat
{Harvard} Halloween Fest is a safe, family-friendly, Halloween themed event, open to the public. Admission is free with all money collected benefiting local non-profit organizations. We will have free Trunk-or-Treating all afternoon, an all-ages costume contest, pumpkin decorating contests, games, pony rides, balloon figures, and free hot dogs!

30 October 4:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat
{Crystal Lake} A Halloween celebration for the whole family! Families are invited to wear costumes and trick or treat while viewing decorated cars in the church parking lot.

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Special Needs Trick-or-Treating Events

20 October 2:00 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat at First Church
{Crystal Lake} Bring the whole family and enjoy a safe, FREE Family Event. Costumes, Games, Candy, Prizes & Snacks for everyone! This first hour is reserved for families with special needs.

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Events with Trick-or-Treating in McHenry County

20 October 11:00 a.m. Harvest Fest on the Square
{Huntley} There is something for everyone at Harvest Fest on the Square including pumpkins, corn stalks & Indian corn for purchase! Trunk or Treat, hay rides and more available.

26 October 12:00 p.m. Party in the Plaza
{Crystal Lake} Don’t forget your bag to collect candy! The event includes face painting, petting zoo, touch-a-truck, trick-or-treating, and pumpkin painting.

30 & 31 October 10:00 a.m. – Halloween Parade & Trick or Treating
{Huntley} Join the Huntley Area Public Library for some Halloween fun! For ages 0-6.

31 October 4:00 p.m. Halloween on the Square
{Woodstock} Trick or Treating on the Square along with the Annual Costume Contest.

29 October 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Halloween Howl
FREE {Fox Lake} Join the Village of Fox Lake Police Department to celebrate Halloween. Your family will get to meet members of the Fox Lake Police Department, enjoy treats, hot dogs, bouncy houses, hot chocolate, hayrides, and candy apples.

Additional events and listings may be added as the information becomes available. If you know of an event or community that isn’t listed, please tell us about it in the comments.

The Supreme Guide to Trick-or-Treating in McHenry County

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