Thrills and chills lurk behind every stalk at this (in)famous haunted Minooka fall hotspot. Hosted by Heaps Giant Pumpkin Farm, visitors are treated to thrilling attractions including a haunted corn maze and can indulge in tasty treats like hot chocolates and pumpkin cookies. Just make sure to end the night with a romantic moonlight hayride.
Dozens of unique and handcrafted scarecrows are on full display at this beloved Girl Scout campsite in Big Rock. Situated in Camp Dean, a 160-acre wood and grassland, Scarecrow Fest welcomes visitors from all over the state and invites them to take part in scavenger hunts, Gaga ball, and so much more. Crows need not attend!
Over $4,000 in prizes await you in this year’s costume contest at the 25th annual Northalsted Haunted Halloween Parade. This LGBTQIA-hosted event is in Chicago’s Proudest Neighborhood at Halsted & Roscoe and promises a spooky evening for costumed participants and parade watchers alike.
Over 30 local breweries and cideries will be on hand to give visitors a taste of the very best that this local Chicago suburb has to offer. Hosted by the Morton Arboretum, ale enthusiasts and cider lovers will get the chance to savor a variety of delicious fall spirits while breathing in the fresh autumn air and taking a stroll from tasting booth to tasting booth.
It’s a three-ring spectacle for the Royal Hanneford Circus will be performing its 75th annual show in the Bank of Springfield Center this year. In 1807, the Hanneford family first toured as a troupe and has now evolved into a dazzling, eye-catching circus extravaganza. With death-defying acrobatics, amazing animal performances, and more, Ansar Shrine Circus will bedazzle and bewitch ages young and old.
It’s a good old-fashioned drag hoedown! Celebrating its first show, this newly created, LGBTQIA-friendly event celebrates all things fall and country music with dancing, games, pumpkins, hale bales, and a fun variety show featuring a country music drag show. A silent auction and mouthwatering food trunks will be among the event’s main attractions. At this event, don’t be a drag. Just be a queen!
Adorn your trunk with the finest Halloween and autumn accouterment and enter for a chance to win at this year’s 2022 Trunk or Treat Festival. Celebrate the return of one of Mattoon’s favorite fall and family-friendly occasions with food, music, a Spooky Park Walk, games, and more. Admission is free and it’s free to enter your car, as well.
For nearly a century, Centralia has hosted its annual Halloween Parade and fall Festival in its historic downtown area and will make its return once again this year. The festival celebrates all things fall with a craft fair, flea market, and car show. For those with little ones, there will be free games, activities, and a costume contest where children of all ages can compete, walk in the parade, and be crowned as Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkin, as well.
Though it may sound a bit spooky, The Haunted Hollow is an annual Halloween festival that promises a perfect balance of laughs and gasps for the whole family. Hosted by the Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center, visitors are encouraged to arrive in their spookiest attire as they get the chance to partake in various Halloween activities including haunted hayrides and trick-or-treating themselves to frighteningly tasty foods.
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