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Spooky Science

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Nature Museum biologists demonstrate the science behind why things slime, creep and disappear. During this drop-by activity, kids get to conduct experiments to make things glow, slime, float or even disappear.

Cost: Free with admission

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

Trick or Trees

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Weekends in Oct., 11-4 p.m. Play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as your treat in the Children's Garden. Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase. Free with Arboretum admission, weather permitting.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

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

Halloween at Navy Pier

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.


Come to Navy Pier for a "spooktacular" Halloween Party, featuring glow and fire spinners and the Zombie Zydeco Band. Plus, watch as master pumpkin carver Steve Dahlke creates works of art by freehand sculpting 500-lb. pumpkins. Kids will enjoy the Fear(less) Low Scare Haunted House during weekend days. Navy Pier's third annual costume contest on Saturday October 26 in the Family Pavilion, or kids 12 and under in costume can take part in trick-or-treating throughout Navy Pier at 17 different locations on Oct. 26, 27 and 31. Don't miss the spectacular Halloween fireworks set to a spooky soundtrack at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: Free; $12 haunted house

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

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