Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion

October 25 & 26, 2014
Saturday: 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 4 – 7:30 p.m.

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A Garden of Good...and Evil
Celebrate Halloween, if you dare, at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Take either the friendly or spooky path to activities in the Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion. 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!

more highlights:

Live Pumpkin Carving Walk through the spookily decorated bat cave in the Bridge Gallery to get to the haunted forest in the Joutras Gallery. The live pumpkin carving demonstration 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. 

Fortune-telling 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 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.

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.