Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Weekend Windup: {Fall and Halloween Happenings}


After this rain, we really need some fun! Good thing there is a BUNCH to do this weekend. Check out our picks:

ROAD TRIP IDEA: Old World Wisconsin--this weekend, Old World Wisconsin is part of the Wisconsin State Science Festival so see some of the innovative ways settlers handled challenge. Plus, prepare for winter during Autumn on the Farms! Check website for details.

October Weekends--Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm, Aurora, seasonal crafts, pumpkin train, purchase pumpkins to decorate, carousel rides, pedal cars, pony rides and more, $8 per adult, $7 per child non resident, $5 and $4.50 respectively for residents, 2 and under free!
Wednesday, October 15

Through Sunday, check out the Glass Pumpkin Patch and Sale, at Morton Arboretum. Take in demos and check out the market. Check schedule. $12 Adults ages 18–64,$11 Seniors ages 65+, and
$9 Youth ages 2–17.

Friday, October 17

Get crafty at the Create-a-Craft Halloween Hoopla at the Mount Prospect Public Library 11:30AM-5:00PM. The event is free. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kick off Halloween fun with the Halloween Spooktacular at Park Center, Glenview from 5:30PM-8:00PM. Fun to include entertainment, inflatables, face painting, snacks, costumes optional. Admission is $5 per child. Event geared toward those 2-10 years old, parents must accompany.

Saturday, October 18

Halloween and trains, what a combo at the Chicago Botanic Garden Saturday and Sunday! Trains, Tricks and Treats from 10AM-5PM will include trick-or-treating in the specially decorated Model Train Garden. Kids will also pot up Halloween plant. The event costs $6/adult, $5/senior, $4/kids 3-12, under 3 free, $1 discount for members. Tickets will be at ticket booth. There is $25 per car parking at garden for nonmembers. {Spooky Pooch Parade is also Saturday 11AM-1PM. check website for more details and tickets are $14 member/$19 nonmember in advance, $20 member/$25 nonmember day of. Ticket price per dog. $25 parking for nonmembers.}

Hoots and H'Owls at Randhurst in Mt. Prospect will put the Hoot in Halloween from 1:00PM-4:00PM. The free event includes face painting, candy sculpting, sand sculpting, stilt walking, owl visits and more!

The Monster's Bash at the Weiss Center in Mt. Prospect is a free Halloween fun event from 11AM-2PM. Wear your costume for tricks and treats, bounce in bouncy houses, listen to scary stories and more.

Enjoy Green Halloween in Oak Park from 11AM-3PM. Follow the Great Pumpkin Trail--collect stickers along the way and reward at the end. Enjoy a free showing of Shrek, scary story telling and refreshments. Pumpkins for purchase (and decorating). Free admission. Check website for more info.

Get a jump on trick-or-treating during Palatine Plaza Trick-or-Treating in Palatine from 11AM-3PM. Trick-or-treating store to store, games, obstacle course, fire trucks and more for free!

Enjoy nature during the Fall Festival at Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia from 1:00PM-3PM, work on activities and crafts while walking through the forest, free!

Have a spooky family evening at All Hollow's Eve at Blackberry Farm in Aurora, 6PM-8PM. Hear spooky stories, play vintage Halloween games, see a magic show and more. Tickets are $4.50 resident, $7 for non. Family-friendly with some spooky elements.

Sunday, October 19
Celebrate at the Fall Festival at River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook 10AM-4PM. There will be beekeeping demonstrations, pumpkin painting, honey sales, hay rides and more for free!
Say Boo at the Spooktacular Halloween Party at YMCA Northbrook. The event runs 2PM-5PM and is free for member families, $10 for nonmember families. Wear your costume for a costume contest and trick or treating, enjoy an outdoor maze, spooky boat ride. Those with special needs are invited 1:30PM-2:00PM.

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