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The Hesston Ghost Train

Hesston Steam Museum | Hesston, Ind.

Take a terror-ific ride through the haunted woods aboard the Flying Dutchman Railroad.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $5, $3 kids 12 and under

Fall Festival

Hesston Steam Museum | Hesston, Ind.

Enjoy the fall colors on three real steam railroads that travel through the woods along the Indiana/Michigan border. Hesston's Cider Shed offers fresh squeezed apple cider. Hayride wagons also carry visitors around the museum's scenic 155-acre grounds.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $5, $3 kids 12 and under

Odyssey Fun Farm

Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park | Tinley Park, Ill.

Attractions include Pumpkin Patch Petting Zoo, The Inflatable Kidz Zone, Corn Cannons, Pig Race,s, Cow Train, Hay Rides, Pony Rides, Corn Maze, Hay Maze, Corn Box, Hay Pyramid Flashlight Maze, Zombie Safari Hay Ride, Zip-Line, Giant Inflatable Pillow Jumpy and Bouncy Horses. Weekend nights, the farm reopens at dark for the "Zombie Safari Hayride," along with the Flashlight Maize and Zip-Line.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Sunday
Cost: $11; $20 Zombie Safari Hayride; some activities cost extra

Weekend Family Classes

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Explore cool things about nature and plants with your family on Saturdays and Sundays. Classes include a variety of hands-on activities and projects for kids 4-10, accompanied by an adult.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $22 kids, free adults

Chicago Fine Chocolate Show

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

Features samplings of the country's finest chocolates, education sessions about chocolate-related topics, a "Pairings Pavilion," live cupcake competition, a cake and pastry, demonstrations and a life-size replica of the iconic Chicago Blues Brother.

When: 3-8 p.m. Oct. 18; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 19; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 20
Cost: $25, $10 kids

The Artist’s Studio: Oil Pastel Landscapes

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


Explore the galleries and discover Georgia O'Keefe's colorful paintings of New Mexico landscapes, then return to the Ryan Education Center and create an oil pastel drawing of an outdoor place that has a special meaning.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free


Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Temporary exhibit in Habitat Park that consists of 18 child-height stands placed throughout the park, each displaying two pages of "Leaves" by David Ezra Stein.

Cost: Free with admission

Spooky Space

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Family activities include trick-or-treating, a special Atwood Sphere Spooky Space tour and a Slimy Science family workshop filled with gooey alien experiments.On  weekends, guests can stop by Planet Explorers for a chance to hear eerie tales about the Moon in the Stories Under the Stars program

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Fall Festival

Donley's Wild West Town | Union , Ill.

In addition to the regular rides and activities offered at Wild West Town, guests can take a family-friendly, spooky ride on the C.P. Huntington Train through the old mine tunnel. A mountain man introduces the children to the Chief and the children exchange beads with the Chief to receive a pumpkin of their choice from the Chief's private patch. Attendees can show off their artistic talents at the pumpkin painting station or singe Halloween classics with Ms. Lorrieann's Karaoke at Clayton's Sasparilla Saloon. Plus, enjoy fresh pies, muffins and cookies.

Cost: Free with admission


Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.

Come meet Gepetto the Toymaker, the Blue Fairy and the rest of Pinocchio's friends as he learns to be honest, unselfish and brave. Performances run 10:30 a.m. weekdays from Oct. 17-Nov. 27 and 1 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23. For tickets visit








Cost: $12

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