Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Pumpkins, Halloween and Crocodiles}

Pumpkin and fall leaf

Pumpkins, Halloween and Crocodiles -- Oh My!

Fall is here! There are plenty of fall festive and Halloween events to enjoy this weekend. Oh-- and there are crocodiles too!

Friday, October 19:

  • October 19 & 20 Halloween Hikes, Ryerson, Riverwoods, variety of times in the evening, must register, candlelit path, nature themed skits, cider and donuts in a cabin, $9 resident, $11 non, kids 3 and under free
Saturday, October 20:
  • October 20 & 21 Corn Harvest, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-4PM, help walk the fields to pick the corn, shock the stalks, fill the corn cribs, make a corn husk doll, free
  • October 20 Living Cemetery, Downers Grove, 10AM-12PM, reenactors interpret local history, Main Street Cemetery
  • October 20 Spooky Pooch Parade, Chicago Botanic Garden, 11AM-1PM, see ticket information
  • October 20 Palatine Plaza Fall Fest, 11AM-3PM, trick-or-treat, police and fire trucks, obstacle course, kids can come in costume, more, free
  • October 20 & 21 Pumpkin Weekends, Blackberry Farm, Aurora, 11AM-4PM, seasonal crafts, corn crib, trick-or-treating and more, $7 pp
  • October 20 Randhurst Village Fall Fest, Mount Prospect, 1PM-4PM, costume parade, decorate pumpkins, create your own hat, bouncy house, owls from Stillman Nature Center and more, free admission, you can register for the parade online
  • October 20 -21 Walking Plays The Grimmest of Ghost Tales, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 3:00PM, $20 per adult, $15 per child
  • October 20 Waukegan Zombie Wauk, 5PM-10PM, free
  • October 20 All Hallow's Eve Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 4PM-8PM, TnT paranormal investigators, storytellers, kids crafts, costume parade (Lights on portion 4PM-6PM), Lights off 6PM-8PM with Radio Players, campfire, spooky stories and more, $10 pp at the door, $6 if registered online
  • October 20 Jammin' Around the Campfire, Vera Meineke Nature Center, Schaumburg,  6PM-8PM, free, songs, stories, s'mores and marshmallows
Sunday, October 21:
  • October 21 Fall Festival, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 10AM-3PM, hayrides, honey, storytelling, beekeeping and more, free admission but small fee or food donation for some activities, see website
  • October 21 Chicago and Railroadiana Model Train Show and Sale, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, 10AM-3PM, $6 pp, kids 12 and under are free
  • October 21 Croctoberfest, Wildlife Discovery Center, Lake Forest, 10AM-3PM, visit with discovery center residents, all sorts of family activities, $10 pp donation, kids 3 and under free
  • October 21 Volo Bog Fall Color Walk, McHenry, 1:30PM-2:45PM, free

Also: Richardson Corn MazeShades of Autumn at Stade's, Pumpkinfest at Didier's and Apple Tree Maze, fall fun UPick and more at Royal Oak Farm Orchard.
Halloween Decorating Contest in Carol Stream, follow the map
Troll Hunt at The Morton Arboretum -- see large scale trolls being made from reclaimed wood. Free with admission.

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