A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: 30 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs October 22-25, 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Weekend Windup: 30 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs October 22-25, 2020

31 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs October 22-25, 2020

30 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs October 22-25, 2020

Things are getting really spooky here! This is such a fun time of year! Enjoy a mix of fall fun, Halloween fun and even architectural exploration this weekend with my picks for family fun in the Chicago suburbs:

Ongoing:

Ongoing Apple Picking and Amaze 'N Apples Maze, Royal Oak Farm Orchard, See Facebook for details and COVID precautions

Ongoing Richardson Corn Maze -- Did you know that the Chicago area is home to the World's Largest Corn Maze? We certainly are! One of our favorite corn mazes is Richardson's Corn Maze which is the World's Largest and features a new theme each year. This year's maze celebrates Earth Day's 50th Anniversary.  This year's maze is open September 12-November 8. Don't forget the apple cider donuts! 

Ongoing Shades of Autumn Festival --  This year, Stade's Shades of Autumn Festival will look a little different. While the play area will not be open, families will still be able to pick apples and pumpkins! Please check website for information and u-pick dates.

Ongoing Pumpkin Daze -- Abbey Farms in Aurora hosts family fun on the farm during Pumpkin Daze each year. Abbey Farms delights with a corn maze, pumpkin picking, a rope maze and much more. Take a peek at the live music on the farm options as well! Please check website for more information on COVID protocols. Pumpkin Daze runs through November 1. Don't forget to snag some apple cider donuts!

Ongoing through November 1 Scarecrow Trail -- Stroll around Meadow Lake at Morton Arboretum enjoying scarecrow creations crafted by local organizations. We have been pretty impressed by the creativity of each year's contributions. The trail is included in admission BUT you must reserve timed entry, so head over to the website to reserve your time. 

Ongoing through October 31 Terror in the Timbers Halloween Drive Through in Elgin, Fridays and Saturdays; Thursdays the last two weekends in October, this is a scary drive so more for families with teens; $65 per car; to provide a true family event there will be Family Fun Trick-or-Treats Oct 23, 25, 30 and 31 for $20 per car, must reserve tickets 

Ongoing October 10-31 Skeleton Scavenger Hunt, LaGrange, fun and free skeleton hunt

Ongoing through October 31 Windows Into Art: Love Where You Live art display throughout downtown Wheaton, local artists have painted incredible scenes on the windows of local businesses, check out the map and go on an art hunt

Ongoing Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Outdoor Tours; it is preferred that you order tickets online: https://flwright.org/

Ongoing Dunn Museum Timed EntryLibertyville, 10AM-3:30PM, must reserve timed entry, nonresident $10, $6 seniors, $6 kids, resident $6, $3 and $3 respectively, under 4 free, learn about the history and culture of Lake County, museum open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only

Ongoing through October 31 Naperville Settlement timed entry, Naperville, $5 per person, residents free, register online, must follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask, open Tuesdays-Sundays

October 15 - November 15 Sugar Skull City, Aurora, self guided walking tour of Sugar Skull designs on storefronts downtown, special first Friday event November 6, special menu items, Sugar Skull scavenger hunt, special locally crafted items and more, see website

October 15-31 Carol Stream's 2020 Halloween Decorating Contest, click link to get map

October 16-November 1 Open House Chicago, reimagined architectural celebration including OHC trails, virtual experiences and more, there is an app to download to begin to explore Chicago's architectural treasures on this special weekend, 20+ neighborhoods

October 16-October 31St. Charles Halloween Tour, pack up the car and tour spooky Halloween decor, see more online

October 17-31 Halloween Walk with a Twist, Cary and Fox River Grove, Free, trick-or-treat participating businesses with a passport

October 23 - December 20 Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior, Elmhurst History Museum, must reserve time slot to see exhibit, free

Through February 14 Wright Before the "Lloyd", Elmhurst Art Museum, journey through Wright's youthful architectural explorations, also enjoy a self guided walking tour, free with admission, must reserve a time

Through October 31 Skeletons decorate Highwood, see the creativity local businesses and organizations have come up with


Thursday, October 22:

October 22-October 31 Scarecrow Rows in Glen Ellyn, check out 100+ scarecrows crafted by scouts, community members and more

October 22-November 1 Little Park of Horrors, Wing Park, Elgin, 6PM-9PM, drive through spooky Halloween event, $5 donation per car, the weekends will feature actors and atmospherics

Friday, October 23:

October 23-25 Pop-Up Haunted Park, Forest Park, Wilmette, 6AM-9PM, enjoy a park decorated with spine-tingling decor, free and at your leisure, please maintain social distance and wear a mask if crowded

October 23 Trick-or-Treating, Long Grove, 2PM-5PM, participating businesses will be handing out treats outdoors, participants must wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines

October 23 Hoot-N-Howl, Trailside, River Forest, 6PM-8PM, take short hike on your own with a flashlight using clues to find not-so-real creatures on the trail -- and maybe some real ones too, flashlights provided, must register, must wear masks and social distance

Saturday, October 24:

October 24 & 25 Patterson Glassworks Open House: Make a Pumpkin, Mundelein, $35 for a small one; $65 large, you can make an appointment, walk-ins permitted but appointments prioritized, 

October 24 -25 Corn Harvest, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, learn about the corn harvest and experience picking corn by hand alongside horse drawn equipment, learn how to properly shuck, $5 pp,  must register, various times, must wear a mask

October 24 Family Fun Fest, Camp Big Timber, Elgin, various times, must register, $10 per person, scarecrow building, pumpkin painting and more

October 24  Hoot-N-Howl, Trailside, River Forest, 6PM-8PM, take short hike on your own with a flashlight using clues to find not-so-real creatures on the trail -- and maybe some real ones too, flashlights provided, must register, must wear masks and social distance

Sunday, October 25:

October 25 Pet Costume Parade, Long Grove, 11AM, weather permitting, must register and follow social distancing guidelines including wearing a mask, dogs must be leashed

October 25 Insects and the Afterlife, Zoom presentation via Crabtree Nature Center, 1PM, learn about the insects associated with the afterlife, explore the biblical plagues of locusts and grasshoppers, learn about myths surrounding fireflies, free but must register

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