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Chicago Green Festival

Chicago, Ill.

Features leaders in the social justice and environmental community, an organic beer, mead and wine pavilion, and a dedicated kids' area for learning about easy and fun ways to incorporate green at a young age. Plus, more than 350 eco-friendly businesses exhibit.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: Check website

HallowFest: A Garden of Good...and Evil!

HallowFest: A Garden of Good…and Evil! | 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. 25, 4-7:30 p.m. Oct. 26
Cost: $19, $14 members in advance, free kids 2 and under

Fall Festival

Susanna Farms | Lake Villa, Ill.

Kids can play in the mini maze of clover and sunflowers and enjoy a scenic hayride or train ride. Plus, a corn box, sand box, horseback rides , an obstacle course, kites, archery, face painting, baggo and hula hoop. Pumpkin, mums, decorative plants, corn stocks are for sale. The Snack Shack is open for brats, hotdogs, burgers and treats.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Free Family Workshop: Garden of Verses

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Learn about plants in the Lurie Garden through poetry. After a fun, interactive look at nature poems, participants will write their own poems about the plants in the garden. The workshop ends in a poetry reading with prize.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Curious Kids Nature Club

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids make discoveries about the earth through art, play and exploration. Learn about awesome animals and their roles in nature. Dress for outdoor adventures and wear gym shoes. Meal and snack included. Oct. 10, Nov. 7.

When: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $29, $24 resident

The Eyes Have It Drop-in

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Learn how other animals see, from snake eyes that never close to the compound eyes of insects.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Along Came a Spider

Fuller Air Station Prairie and Tyner Interpretive Center | Glenview, Ill.

Discover the secret lives of spiders and why they are so important to have around. Our spider investigation will include a draft and an outdoor trailwalk, so please dress for the weather. Advance registration required.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $15 adult-child pair, $12 resident adult-child pair; $6 additional child

Halloween Scary Skate

Centennial Ice Arena | Highland Park, Ill.


Come in your Halloween costume to skate for free.

When: 4-5:10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Trick or Treat on Ice

Oak Lawn Ice Arena | Oak Lawn, Ill.

Show off costumes while enjoying some spooky music provided by DJ Joe La Duke. Everyone will receive treats.

When: 2-3:15 p.m.
Cost: $6, $3 skate rental

Haunted Theatre

Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.


Dress in costumes and enjoy treats, games and a costume parade.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

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