I know I’m not the only one who has been frustrated to find that fun, family-friendly Halloween activities in the Chicagoland area are either sold out or swamped with people. But I have great news—there is an interactive and creative display nestled in the northern suburbs that is sure to impress all of the Halloween lovers in your family—the Highwood Skeleton Display!
Typically known for its epic pumpkin fest that tries to tackle the Guinness Record for the most amount of jack-o-lanterns carved in one place, the city of Highwood and their amazing small businesses came up with a new spin on the spookiest season of all!
Through their Highwood Skeleton Display, most businesses have unique skeletons dressed in hilarious or spooky ways both outside their doors and in their windows for Halloween lovers to hunt for. Some match the theme of their business, such as a skeleton getting her nails done at the salon or a skeleton shopping for the perfect pair of heels at the shoe store.
I recommend parking in front of city hall (428 Green Bay Road, Highwood) then getting out (don’t forget your masks) and walking around the entire downtown area to check out the skeleton displays. Here’s a hint—the “yellow brick road” is a great place to start! 😉
You don’t want to miss the huge “skeleton war” in front of the Highwood mural (337 Waukegan Avenue) and be sure to look up when you stroll pass 28 Mile Vodka Distillery (454 Sheridan Road). Challenge your kiddos to see how many skeletons they can find, come up with your family’s own contest for best/spookiest/most creative display.
The Highwood Chamber of Commerce is also conducting its own “Window Decorating Contest” for local businesses and you can learn more about how to vote here. Additionally, the Chamber is holding a Trivia Contest on their social media accounts starting October 19th for great prizes, and kids can sign up for a Socially-Distanced Scavenger Hunt the evening of October 30th. Click here to register.
We visited during the day but you can also see the displays well at night—just be mindful of people eating on patios near the skeletons. Better yet, check out the Highwood Skeleton Display and then enjoy a meal at one of Highwood’s amazing restaurants.
Enjoy the Skeletons!
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