A Little Time and a Keyboard: Wednesday Weekend Windup {Scarecrow Fest, Pumpkin Festivals, Glass Pumpkins, Corn Fest and More}

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Scarecrow Fest, Pumpkin Festivals, Glass Pumpkins, Corn Fest and More}

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Scarecrow Fest, Pumpkin Festivals, Glass Pumpkins, Corn Fest and More Fall Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 11-13, 2019:

The weekend is right around the corner and there is a ton of fall fun! Here are my picks for the weekend:


Thursday, October 10:

  • October 10-13 Glass Pumpkin Patch at Morton Arboretum -- The Glass Pumpkin Patch is a fun opportunity to view 1,000s of handblown glass pumpkins. They are pretty spectacular and unique! Every time I visit the festival, I am so caught up in the beauty of the pumpkins. The festival also includes glass blowing demos which are always fun. Admission is included with normal Morton Arboretum admission. This year's festival is October 9-13. Be sure to check the website for details and times for the sale and demos.
Friday, October 11:
  • October 11-13 Scarecrow Fest -- Scarecrow Fest has been celebrating the harvest in St. Charles for 34 years! Businesses and organizations decorate scarecrows for a village-wide contest every year creating quite the assemblage of unique and sometimes spooky scarecrows!  The event is pretty fun and also includes various festival elements. This year's fest is October 11-13.
  • October 11-13 The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival: The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival features hundreds of jack-o'-lanterns carved and lit by the community. The festival is attempting to achieve the Guinness Book of World Record's record for number of jack-o'-lanterns lit and carved at the same time. Visitors enjoy pumpkin carving, carnival rides, a pumpkin pie eating contest, trick-or-treating, costume contests and more. This year's event runs October 11-13, 2019 with a special community night October 10.
Saturday, October 12:
  • October 12 Fall Festival Cantigny, Wheaton, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, craft fair, food trucks and more, free admission, $10 parking
  • October 12 Palatine Stables Fall Festival, 11AM-4PM, pony rides, petting zoo, scarecrow building and more, small fees for some activities
  • October 12 Scarecrow Fest, Memorial Park, Barrington, 11AM-2PM, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow building and more, free
  • October 12 Fall Festival, Mount Prospect, 1PM-4PM, kids crafts, trick-or-treat line, rides and more, free
  • October 12 Corn Harvest, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1PM-4PM, help harvest corn and make corn shocks out of corn stalks, make corn husk dolls, free
  • October 12 Free Trail Walk, The Grove, Glenview, 2PM
Sunday, October 13:
  • October 13 Sukkot Family Activities, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, 10AM-2PM, celebrate the Jewish harvest Sukkot, decorate the branch like sukkah, arts and crafts, free, parking is $35 per car
  • October 13 Fall Festival at Danada, Danada, Wheaton, 11AM-3PM, equestrian performances, hayrides, grooming demos, pony rides and more, free, fee for some activities
  • October 13 Falling Into Autumn Walk, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, guided fall walk, free

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