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Art on Harrison

Oak Park, Ill.


Fall into the Arts at Art on Harrison in the Oak Park Arts district. Special events in the 21 galleries, shops and restaurants. Includes art, music, food, dance and hands-on demonstrations for the whole family.


When: 6-10 p.m. Oct 16; noon-8 p.m. Oct. 17
Cost: Free

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns

Glencoe, Ill.

Take either the "friendly" or "spooky" path to activities in the Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion. Experience family-friendly thrills and chills, including two stages of entertainment, fortune telling, face painting, a spooky snack shack, and a ride on the "Howlin' Express." As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden, decorated in ghastly lights and running special ghost trains.

When: 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 24, 4-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25
Cost: $19, $14 members in advance, free kids 2 and under

Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show

Schaumburg, Ill.

Features prizes and lift ticket giveaways. Meet the top manufacturer reps in the industry and top local retailers selling new snow gear. Pro skiers and snowboarderswill make an appearance, including Grete Elliassen, and there will be a movie premiere. Guests receive lift ticket vouchers to Boyne and Indian Head Resort with paid admission to show.

When: 3-10 p.m. Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m Oct. 23
Cost: $12, free kids 12 and under; free parking

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago, Ill.


The autumnal festival feature a corn maze, hay mountain, a giant 60 ft. burlap sack slide on the zoo’s Main Mall and hay wagon rides throughout Farm-in-the-Zoo. Plus, a pumpkin carver, Ferris wheel, inflatable courses and rides, educational activities and live entertainment. Pumpkins will be available for sale at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo pumpkin patch daily throughout October.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2-4, 9-12 and 16-18
Cost: Free

Halloween Night Walks

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center | Oak Brook, Ill.

During each 75-minute, family-friendly outdoor walk, a costumed guide will lead guests through the lantern-lit woods to six stage sets featuring more than 25 costumed “actors.” This year’s surprise theme features some classic “Halloween Night Walk” characters as well as some new ones.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $12

Fall Hayride and Campfire

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens | Palos Heights, Ill.

The hayride will be followed by pumpkin painting, treats and songs around the campfire.

When: 7-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $10

Family Night Out: Stars, Stories And S’mores

Forest Preserves of Cook County | River Forest, Ill.


Enjoy a cozy fire, s’mores, storytelling, astronomy, night hikes, natural material building and other nature-based activities.

When: 5-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: Electric Toys and Magnets

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Make electric circuits that light bulbs, run a motor, or play music. You can also play with toys powered by batteries and take a turn as engineer with our O-scale electric railroad. We will peek inside some of the battery-powered toys to figure out how they work.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Family Night Out: Pumpkins & Treats

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Enjoy a fun craft, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating and more. Costumes are welcome.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 parking

Pumpkin Splash

The Water Works | Schaumburg, Ill.

Swim with pumpkins at The Water Works. Activities include pool pumpkin picking, DJ, refreshments and pumpkin decorating. Scheduled pumpkin swims per age group throughout the evening in the zero depth pool. All children must be accompanied by an adult during the entire event.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $18, $14 resident

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