Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Pumpkin Fun!!!}

This weekend seems to be shaping into a big one for fall fun! Of course, I think all of the weekends in October are packed with fun! Besides all of these fun events, there also is pumpkin carving, baking pumpkin or apple pie, decorating for Halloween and more. I bought a pie pumpkin last weekend and hope to make a pie. However, so many fun events this weekend may keep me away this weekend!

Here are some of the low cost, family fun ideas we found for the weekend:

Saturday, October 5

Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago will be holding its Corn Harvest Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-5PM. During the event, you can help pick, shock, shuck and store corn. The event is free!

On Saturday, you can join in Family Yoga with Kidz N Moms at The Book Market in The Glen Town Center of Glenview from 10:30AM-11:30AM. During the event, you can work on connecting with your body. There also will be a storytime with the Glenview Public Library. The event is a free drop-in event and geared towards children ages 2-6.

This weekend begins Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm in Aurora. The event runs 11AM-4PM and includes carousel rides, wagon rides, an Adventure Playland, pumpkins for purchase, a decorating station and more. Admission is $5 per person. The event is held during weekends in October including Columbus Day.

Palatine Stables will be holding a Fall Festival from 11AM-3PM. The event will include riding demonstrations, pony rides, wagon rides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts and more. Admission is free but there are some fees for pony rides and some activities. There will be seasonal arts and crafts for sale.

Arlington Heights will have its Harvest Fest at North School Park from 11AM-3PM. The fun will include a petting zoo, scarecrow building, face painting, entertainment, food vendors and more. Admission is free!

Join in the Fall Paddle at the Skokie Lagoon from 1:30PM-5:00PM. Participants will meet at Tower Road Boat Launch. The event will include fall fun on the water, pumpkin decorating and more.

Autumnfest will be held at Meadowhill Park in Northbrook from 2PM-6PM. The event will include live music, inflatables, a bonfire, pumpkin games, a costume contest and more. The event is free!

Lynfred Winery in Roselle will be holding Oktoberfest on Saturday and Sunday. The event includes grape stomping, cork tossing, music, food, wine and more. Admission costs $3 per person with those 13 and under free.  Food tickets are $1 per ticket and wine will be sold by the bottle or glass. Please check website for more specifics on the schedule.

It is time for the Scarecrow Trail at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle! Take some time Saturday or Sunday for a nice walk in the Arboretum and see some pretty interesting scarecrow creations. We love to check out the scarecrows this time of year! The Arboretum is open 9AM-6PM. Admission costs $12 for Adults ages 18–64, $11 for Seniors ages 65+, and $9 for youth ages 2–17. (1 and under are free.)

Sunday, October 6

The Grove in Glenview will be holding Grove Folk Fest from 11AM-5PM. The fun will include live folk music, square dancing, a pie tent, nature walks, a flute circle, costumed guides in buildings and more. Admission costs $4 per adult and $1 per child.

Sunday will be Oktoberfest at Twin Lakes in Palatine from 1PM-4PM. The event will include brats, German potato salad, potato pancakes and more German food as well as a pumpkin patch. You can bring 5 canned foods for the food pantry or $5 for each pumpkin (money donated to pantry). There will also be free hayrides and $1 face paining. Admission is free.

There's more......

Pumpkin festivals are starting all over the place including some of our favorites----Stade's, Goebbert's and Didier's.


  1. There are too many choices! I had a hard time trying to decide what to do on Saturday!

    1. I know! This time of year there is so much fun! My daughter is also adamant that we make either pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread so we will probably be up late one night doing that to give us more day time for the events! Have a fun weekend!

  2. Oh my! There is so much to do in October! I'm going to be in NJ in 2 weeks and I am trying to plan some apple picking but these are even more ideas to look into. I'll be there for 2 weeks. Have an awesome weekend!