A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 27-29, 2023}

Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 27-29, 2023}

Friday, October 27, 2023


Halloween Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 27-29, 2023

Halloween Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 27-29, 2023

What could be better than a fall AND Halloween weekend??? There is plenty of family fun in the Chicago suburbs. These are my picks:


February 4-December 23 Viking's Voyage, Geneva History Museum, learn about the history of the replica Viking ship in Geneva which started as an attraction at the World's Columbian Exhibition in 1893, $5 per adult, $2 kids and seniors, free for members, closed Sundays and Mondays

May 2 - November 3 Infrastructure: Creating 19th Century Clothing Then and Now, exhibit starts with the fabric scrapbook of Hannah Ditzler Asplaugh. Her memories of creating and recreating 19th century clothing over 50 years inspired the exhibit.  Explore the connection of clothing and memory as well as how the fashions were made then and now. See website for hours and admission.

September 9 - January 7 Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dreamworld, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, creatures from Mexican folklore that are composites of multiple animals, free exhibit

September 16 - October 28 Pumpkin Daze, Abbey Farm, Aurora, corn maze, pumpkin picking, wagon rides, and so much more fun -- see website

September 16 - October 29 World's Largest Corn Maze at Richardson Adventure Farm, see website

through October 29 Shades of Autumn Festival: Apple picking, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, a pumpkin cannon, farm animals to meet, a hayride, and so much more fun makes Stade's Farm & Market an easy family fall fun favorite! Plus, there is always something great to pick up in the farm market. The event has already started for this year and runs through October 29.

September 9 - January 7 Picasso 50 Years Later, Elmhurst Art Museum, works by Picasso and his contemporaries, with admission

Pumpkin Weekends: Pumpkin Weekends in October at Blackberry Farm treat families to pumpkin fun while visiting the farm. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, pumpkin-themed activities as well as special events each day. Purchase tickets online. You can also enjoy the event on Columbus day.

Through October 31 The Halloween Experience, Elgin, on select days, a drive-through Halloween experience, $15 pp but a variety of packages exist, see website for tickets, family-friendly 

October 17-31 Pleasant Prairie Halloween Lights Tour, Pleasant Prairie, WI

Carol Stream Halloween Decorating Contest: Every year, Carol Stream has a village Halloween Decorating contest! Residents can enter through October 20 this year. Pay attention to the Carol Stream website -- they will post a map of the village's spooky houses.

Through October 31 Schaumburg Halloween Lights

Through October 31 Mount Prospect Halloween Lights

Fall is for hiking! Check out my Chicago Suburban Hiking Recommendations for ideas. Also, see 20 Chicago Suburbs Forest Preserve for Fall Colors!

Friday, October 27

October 27 Trick-or-Treating, Village of Long Grove, merchants, 3PM-5PM

October 27 Ravinia District Trick-or-Treating, Highland Park, 3:30PM-5PM

October 27 - 31 Naperville Trolley Halloween Light Tour, various times, $25 pp, purchase tix online

Saturday, October 28

October 28 Trick-or-Treat, Lambs Farm, Libertyville, 10AM-5PM, $10 pp

October 28 BatFest, Batavia, 10AM-2PM, Halloween parade, pumpkin roll, farmers market, costume contest, pet costume contest, and more

October 28 Dia de Los Muertos Celebration, Elgin Public Museum, 12PM-4PM, crafts, vendors, ofrenda, $3 per adult, $2 children

October 28 Trick-or-Treat, Danada Equestrian Center, Wheaton, 12PM-4PM, free admission, $5 wagon rides

October 28 Downtown Skokie Trick or Treating, 1PM-3PM

October 28 Trick-or-Treat, Downtown Aurora, 1PM-3PM 

October 28 Halloween Geocache, Brookdale Conservation Area, Woodstock, 2PM-3:30PM, must register

October 28 Trick or Treat, Downtown Evanston, 2PM-5PM, free

October 28 Trick-or-Treat, Glen Town Center, 3PM-5PM

October 28 Halloween Bonfire Bash, Izaak Walton, Des Plaines, 4PM-7PM, hike, campfire, games, refreshments, free

October 28 Jack-o-Lantern Trail, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 6PM-9PM, night walk on the trails, call 847-381-6592 to register, free

October 28 Moon Walk, Little Red Schoolhouse, Willow Springs, 6:30pm, walk in the largest Urban Night Sky Place in the world, register 708-839-6897.

Sunday, October 29

October 29 Trick or Treat, Naper Settlement, 12PM-5PM, $5 pp, ages 4 and under free, reserve tix online

October 29 Pumpkin Paint Pouring, Maker Place, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, register for time slot 1PM-2:30PM, ages 12 and up

October 29 Fall Haiku Walk, St. James Farm, Warrenville, 2PM-3:15PM, ages 12 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by adult, $5 pp, register

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