Trail of History

Ringwood, Ill.

Living history interpretive event features interpreters portraying life as it was from 1670-1850 in the former Northwest Territory. The event includes demonstrations, military tactics, a medicine show, fur traders and pioneer games.

When: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Cost: $8, $4 kids 6-12 and seniors, free kids 5 and under


Batavia, Ill.


Featuring trick-or-treating, Mothers' Club Parade, pumpkin roll, contests and games.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Halloween Hollow

Mokena, Ill.

Festival features rides, food, activities, entertainment, Scarecrow Laboratory, hayrides, horse rides and contests. Visit website for details and schedule.

When: 6-10 p.m. Oct. 18, noon-10 p.m. Oct. 19, 1 p.m.-close Oct. 20
Cost: $2, free kids under 5

Open House Chicago Studio

Chicago Architecture Foundation | Chicago, Ill.


Celebrate Open House Chicago with CAF! Using LEGO bricks and imagination, kids can build the city of their dreams based on the historic 1909 Chicago plan by Daniel Burnham. Young architectural enthusiasts can build model skyscrapers, create new spaces and design the next greatest city in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio at CAF.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Open House Chicago

Chicago Architecture Foundation | Chicago, Ill.


Behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free.

Costume Design with Anna Glowacki

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Work with theater costume designer Anna Glowacki and play with patterns, fabric and recycled materials to create your own simple costume piece.

When: 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday; 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Cost: Free with admission

Hayrides at The Grove

The Grove | Glenview, Ill.

Enjoy an evening hayride through the grounds, followed by a marshmallow roast and popcorn over an open campfire. Registration required. Oct. 12, 20 and 26.

When: Call for times
Cost: $8.75, $7 resident

PianoForte Family Series: “The Story of Babar”

PianoForte Studios | Chicago, Ill.

Kids of all ages will love the musical retelling of two fun and beautiful French tales. Toys come to life and a cardboard solider falls for a doll in "The Toy Box," Claude Debussy's playful love story. And a classic children's book, The Story of Babar, is colorfully depicted with Francis Poulenc's interpretation of the lovable elephant's adventures. Solo piano with English narration.

When: 3 p.m.
Cost: $5

Pockets, Seasons, Rhymes & Reasons

Evanston SPACE | Evanston, Ill.

Wendy & DB celebrate the debut Children's Music CD "Pockets, Seasons, Rhymes & Reasons" with lots of surprises in the celebration. Along with Wendy & DB with their guitars, Geoffrey Lowe will be on Bass, Dennis Calito on Percussion & Dean Rolando on Piano. A portion of the proceeds will go to VH1 Save The Music to help fund school music programs.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door

13 Terrors

Theater on the Lake | Chicago, Ill.

Terror reigns at the eerie Theater on the Lake as visitors confront evil clowns, a spinning vortex and creepy mausoleum filled with deadly ghouls.

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

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