Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Scarecrows, Fall Colors, Hauntings & More Fun!}

Image via St. Charles Scarecrow Festival
The weekend is almost here! The weekend is almost here! Here are some ideas to keep the fam busy and sane! 
Friday, October 9
  • October 9-10 Oktoberfest, Mt. Prospect, German music, food vendors and more on Fri and Sat 4PM-11PM, Fall Fest Sat 1PM-4PM free family fun, trick-or-treat line, crafts and more
  • October 9-11 Scarecrow Festival, St. Charles, scarecrow contest submissions to view, arts an crafts show, petting zoo, carnival and much more, see schedule for times
  • October 9-11 Peter Pan, Cutting Hall, Palatine, 7:30PM Fri & Sat, 2PM Sun, $18 per adult in advance, $20 at door, $16 students, seniors & children in advance, $18 at the door
  • October 9-11 Ghost Stories in the Park, Grand Pavilion River Walk, Naperville, Fri 7PM-8PM, Sat 6PM-7PM or 8PM-9PM, Sun 7PM-8PM, $7 cash pp at door, 5 and older
  • October 9-10 Oak Brook Haunted Forest, 6:30PM-9:30PM, tickets $1 a piece or 25 for $20, haunted maze, hayrides, pumpkins, face painting, crafts, candy in a haystack, fireside storytelling, bounce house, check website to see prices, some activities free others need tickets, maze does have spooky actors
Saturday, October 10
  • October 10-12 Fall Fun Days! Lurvey Garden Center, Des Plaines, 10AM-4PM, build a scarecrow, pumpkin decorating, food, games and more fun!
  • October 10 Fall Fest, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 10AM-5PM, hayrides, pumpkin sales, petting zoo, inflatables, craft show, live entertainment, some small fees for activities, $5 parking, free admission
  • October 10 Firehouse Open House, Fire Station 1, Arlington Heights, 10AM-2PM, fire safety house, equipment and informational displays, tours, face painting, games and more, free
  • October 10 Heritage Day, Fisher Farm, Bensenville, 10AM-4PM, candle making, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, pony rides, colonial reenactors and more, free admission, $5 wristband for kids for activities.
  • October 10 Scarecrow Fest, Memorial Park, Barrington, 11AM-2PM, pony rides, scarecrow, pumpkin and cookie decorating, live entertainment and more, free
  • October 10-12 Family Weekend, Morton Arboretum, 11AM-4PM, face painting, science experiments, fortune telling, story telling and more, free with admission, $14 adults, $12 seniors, $9 kids
  • October 10 Fall Festival, Palatine Stables, Palatine, 11AM-4PM, craft vendors, petting zoo, bouncy houses, riding demos, wagon rides, fees for some activities and pony rides, free admission, $10 to enter scarecrow contest
  • October 10 Ghost Stories and Haunted Trail, Volo Bog, 5:00PM tours and Haunted Woods, 7:00PM stories, $5 per adult, $3 per child, reservations required, recommended for kids older than 5
  • October 10-11 Fall Family Weekend at Reds, Northbrook, petting zoo free Sat 12PM-4PM, face painting Sat & Sun 12PM-4PM $2, pumpkin painting Sat & Sun 12PM-4PM $5, games, decorations and more
  • Also, Oktoberfest Mt. Prospect, St. Charles Scarecrow Fest, Naperville Ghost Stories, Peter Pan and Oakbook Haunted Forest from above.
Sunday, October 11
  • October 11 Festival of the Oaks, Lake Barrington Village Hall, Lake Barrington, 10AM-2PM, tree planting demos, nature crafts, nature walks, free
  • October 11-12 Fall Color Walk, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, free
  • Also, St. Charles Scarecrow Fest, Naperville Ghost Stories, Peter Pan, Lurvey Garden Family Fun Days, Morton Arboretum Family Fun Weekend and Red's Fall Family Weekend from above.
Monday, October 12
  • October 12 Make Your Own Compass, Raupp Museum, Buffalo Grove, 1PM-3:30PM, free
  • Also, Fall Color Walk, Lurvey Garden Family Fun Days and Morton Arboretum Family Fun Weekend from above.
  • Plus, don't forget to visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard! Most will be open on Columbus Day!


  1. This was such a great list! I generally go to the St. Charles Scarecrow Fest ever year - this is the first year I've missed it in such a long time!

    New to your blog - but looking forward to coming back and checking out more posts :)

    1. We missed it too! There are scarecrows around the lake at Morton Arboretum plus they have LEGO sculptures right now and this weekend is their Glass Pumpkin Festival, so would be a nice trip. Thanks for stopping by and following along!