A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup {Chicago Suburbs Family Fun October 21-23, 2022}

Weekend Windup {Chicago Suburbs Family Fun October 21-23, 2022}

Thursday, October 20, 2022


Chicago Suburbs Family Fun October 21-23, 2022

The weekend is right around the corner and there are plenty of ways to enjoy fall and Halloween! Here are my picks for weekend fun in the Chicago suburbs:

15 Favorite Chicago Suburban Preserves for Fall Hikes


June 1 - October 31 Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Alebrijes are Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures, learn about the artists, go on a scavenger hunt for all 48 pieces and more, parking is $10 per car

Through November 6 Delicate Forces, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, Rockford, 7 large scale art displays created with dichroic materials crafting kaleidoscope, admission fees apply 

September 10-October 30 Richardson World's Largest Corn Maze, Spring Grove, currently also has sunflower fields

October 1-31 Pumpkin Festival, Cosley Zoo, Wheaton, come visit the animals and see the zoo all decorated for fall, thousands of pumpkins will be scattered on the zoo lawn, pumpkins, apples, corn stalks and more will be for purchase, regular admission fees apply, please reserve timed entry

Through October 31 Carol Stream Halloween Decorating Contest

Through October 31 Elk Grove Village Halloween Decorating Contest

October 15 - November 6 Sugar Skull City, Aurora, downtown storefronts will be decorated by local artists, scavenger hunt

Through October 31 Ghoulish Home Tour, St. Charles

Through October 31 Schaumburg Haunted House Contest

Through October 31 Arlington Heights Haunted Houses

Apple Orchards

Ongoing through October  Royal Oak Farm, Harvard, apple picking, apple tree maze, activities,  country kitchen

Ongoing through October Kuipers Farm, Maple Park, UPick apples, opening day August 27

Ongoing through October Stade's Farm, McHenry, UPick Apples starting August 26

Ongoing through October, All Seasons Apple Orchard, Woodstock, also has a corn maze

Pumpkin Festivals

September 17 through October 30 Pumpkin Daze, Abbey Farms, Aurora

September 10-October 30 Richardson World's Largest Corn Maze, Spring Grove

Ongoing through October 30 Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm, Homer Glen

Ongoing through October 30 Pumpkin Fest at Didier Farms, Lincolnshire

Ongoing through October Stade's Farm, McHenry, Fall Festival

Friday, October 21

October 21-23 Schaumburg Halloween Carnival, rides, local merchants, beer garden, arts and crafts and more, see website for more info

Saturday, October 22

October 22 - 23 Halloween Happenings, Downtown Downer's Grove, pumpkin hunt, window painting, Living Cemetary 10AM-12PM Oct. 22, more see website

October 22 Haunted Hoffman Family Fest, Hoffman Estates, 10AM-2PM, hayride, food trucks, costume contests, and more

October 22 Ghost Story Train, Fox River Trolley Museum, South Elgin, ride a spooky train to a haunted forest, listen to ghost stories around a fire, $16.50, purchase tickets online

October 22-23 Make Glass Pumpkins, Patterson Glass, Mundelein, $45 small, $75 large, $95 blown, please reserve space

October 22 - 23 A House, Haunted, Harley Clarke Mansion, Evanston, 11AM-4PM, check out the spooky decorations in the house, free

October 22 Harvest Fest, Antioch, 12PM-4PM, pumpkin roll, costume contest, food trucks and more

October 22 Pumpkinpalooza, Bunker Hill, Niles, 1PM-4PM, pumpkin painting, gourd toss, obstacle course and more family fun activities, free

October 22-23 Corn Harvest, Kline Creek, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about the harvest on the farm, free

October 22 All Hallows Eve Arlington Heights History Museum, 2PM-4PM, trick-or-treating on museum campus, spooky stories by the fire, hands-on experiences with museum harvest equipment, historic games, $10 pp walk up, register ahead to ensure space

Sunday, October 23

October 23 Creatures of the Night, River Trail, Northbrook, 1:30PM, experience spooky and nocturnal animals of the forest preserves

Chicago Suburban Hiking Locations

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