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The event is family friendly and involves a haunted 45 minute walk through the historic downtown. At about a half a dozen locations you'll stop for a few minutes to meet some characters from Long Grove's past. Some of their tales seem to jive pretty closely with real history, but other parts seem like they're lavishly embellished. Required donation of $5/adult and $3/child. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Bring your family to trick or treat in the safety of Midway Village Museum’s charming Victorian Village! More than 20 village buildings will be specially decorated for Halloween by local community groups, and families can trick or treat in each building to receive candy! There will also be additional children’s activities such as crafts, games and dancing! Starting in mid-afternoon, families can enter the enchanted woods and be transported into the famous adventure of The Jungle Book! Travel along the illuminated path to various scenes from the story and meet famous characters such as Baloo the bear, King Louis, Mowgli, and Shere Khan! Families are encouraged to dress in costume. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Museum Gift Shop. Admission is also purchased at the gates the day of the event.
Try your hand at fishing and also learn about owls during the Pere Marquette fall program. Children will have an opportunity to fish in the Bluegill Pond before learning about owls and other creatures you may hear at night in the largest state park in Illinois. A 2-mile night hike will follow. A hot dog and marshmallow roast is scheduled after the walk. Please bring one flashlight per family and refreshments and drinks will be provided. This program starts at 5 p.m. on Oct. 7th and 22nd. For more information, call (618) 786-3323 ext. 1.
Who you gonna call? The Douglas-Hart Nature Center for our most popular event – Haunted Hike! Once again the Douglas-Hart Nature Center will transform the trails into a dark and scary experience for Halloween goers on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 from 5-9p.m. Last year our participants walked with zombies but this year we will be Ghostbusting! We’ve doubled the size of our festival….hikes leave every five minutes. Our guides will escort you through the haunted forest as you encounter many ghostly creatures. We recommend young children walk the trails during our daylight hours, 5-6p.m. Last hike leaves at 8:40p.m.
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge will hold a Fall Wildlife Festival from 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Festival activities at wildlife refuge visitor center include nature crafts and wildlife photography exhibit, presentation with raptors by Tree House Wildlife Center, citizen science presentation and wildflower seed collection and a Junior Ranger hike for children ages 4-13. Each child will receive a Junior Ranger activity book and badge. The wildlife photography exhibit will highlight local professional and amateur photographers and will be on display at the refuge visitor center Oct. 1-14. This event is free and open to the public.
The annual Halloween Egg Hunt is a twist on an old tradition! Wear your costume, bring your flashlight, a container for eggs, and at 7:00pm, hunt in the darkness for candy-filled eggs! This event is for children 10 and under! For more information please contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357!
Celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of autumn at Fall For The Forest Preserves at Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve. This free fall festival will feature horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s crafts, games, and a scavenger hunt. Happy campers of all ages will enjoy a campfire sing-along led by local musician David Stocker. Roast a marshmallow over the campfire! Refreshments available for purchase. Free admission!
Kids enjoy Halloween Fun at the historic Lyon Farm the last two Sundays in October. They can Trick-or-Treat in the historic Lyon Farm Village, participate in a costume parade around the square, earn prizes awarded for best costume, play old-fashioned games, take hay rides, and get spooked in the Haunted house! At the 39 acre Lyon Farm, you can enjoy historic buildings such as the Oswego-Fox House, Union School one-room schoolhouse, the Seward Town Hall, Corrigan’s General Store, the 1850 Plano CB&Q railroad depot, a CB&Q caboose, a blacksmith shop and several large buildings containing displays of household, farming and commercial artifacts and archival records.
Grab the kids, put on your jacket and come on down to Klehm Arboretum for a memory filled day of free outdoor activities. The crisp fall air and beautiful autumn foliage is sure to put you in the mood for horse drawn wagon rides, scarecrow building and other fun activities for kids of all ages. Bring your camera for all the great family photo opportunities.
Celebrating our 20th birthday this year, our Halloween Parade is known throughout the nation for its outlandish costumes, creative programming, and entertaining parade. With over 2,000 entries into our annual Costume Contest, be sure to join the crowd and see Chicago’s most amazing display of costumes. Your 2016 Northalsted Halloween Parade comes to Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood on Monday, October 31st – Halloween Night!
Come on out and witness an exciting seminar about dog sledding and the Siberian Husky while enjoying exciting sled demos. There will be huskies for you to meet and greet as well as the Husky Boutique and information about the rescue. Admission is free and event is open to the public. Sled demo times are 9:30am,12pm, and 3pm and are located at the Southwest end of the Starved Rock State Park Visitor's Center Parking Lot. Seminar times are 10:30am and 1:30pm and will be in the LaSalle Room in Starved Rock Lodge.
Join in the fun from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday October 8th for the 10th annual car cruise-in with great classic cars, food, music, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. The event is co-sponsored by the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club. Vehicle registration suggested donation is $5. A fund raiser for The Mill restoration project. The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club has hosted the event all ten years and has raised over $2500 for the Mill from this annual event.
This historical reenactment of life in 1800's is complete with artillery and historical demonstrations.
2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Safe House Animal Rescue. Over 20,000+ Easter Eggs. A Visit with the Easter Bunny. All eggs filled with Candy, toys, with a possibility of larger prizes. Raffle Baskets, Baked Goods. Hunt free for all, age divided. Lunch will also be provided for small fee. Hunt starts at Noon, Pictures with the Easter Bunny and kids crafts starts at 11am, Face Painting, Games, Cake Hop, Bake Sale all start following the Egg Hunt games cost $1 a game.
Visitors of all ages have lots to do and see at this free family-friendly event. Kids can go through the hay maze, pick pumpkins or pet the new calves in the calf barn! There will be several artisan cheeses and other treats available for purchase.
A Peoria area tradition during the season of fright, Wildlife Prairie Park transforms into a spooky, kid-friendly Halloween experience. See website for dates and times.
The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 27 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month.
Six Flags Great America will be open for an extra bonus weekend this year for those who want to take on the thrill rides one more time before the park closes for the season. With Fright Fest closing on October 31st, the park will open for regular visits on November 5th and 6th with limited hours. Please check the website for special hours.
Timber Terror, a bone chilling experience that recreates and relives the Witter Hills Asylum. Patients experienced a macabre, sadistic torment while housed at the facility. A patient revolt took place and the Witter Hill Asylum was burnt to the ground. Survivors had not where to go and hid in the woods for years. The patient's spirits lurk in the woods and become vocal each October with unsettling noises and vibes coming from the area which once was the Witter Hills Asylum. Hours: 7pm to 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays. Admission: $10
Come help with the Annual White (and gray) Squirrel count of Olney. Each counter will be given a specific area of the town to count. Volunteers are always welcomed. Please, call today to reserve your counting area today for October 1 , 8, or 15th.
Enjoy this year's Jersey County Historic Society's Annual Apple Fest. Throughout the day, visitors can browse craft booths, demonstrations, quilt raffle, kettle corn and children's games. Pioneer stew, ham & beans with cornbread, and sweet treats will be sold throughout the day. Historic tours of the Cheney Mansion, Log House and Lone Star School are $5 for adults; free for children 6 and under. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day. All other events are free. For more information, call (618) 498-2811.
Celebrate the cool crisp weather and the changing of the seasons in nature! Fall Color Fest at The Morton Arboretum is a festival of activities to entertain the entire family. One of the most anticipated events is the Glass Pumpkin Patch. Each piece is unique and each particular glass pumpkin has been made exclusively for this event at The Morton Arboretum. Don't miss your chance to take home one (or more!) of these exquisite pieces of art. Fun is nestled in a radiant nature show of reds, golds, and oranges. All ages.
In a new Halloween event called Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Replacing HallowFest, Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, and find seasonal light food and drink, such as apple doughnuts, cider, and ale, for sale.