Glass Pumpkin Patch at The Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

See more than 2,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins with traditional fall hues mixed with sparkling new shades. Artists demonstrate their glass blowing skills. Tour the pumpkin patch Oct. 16-20, then return Oct. 18-20 to buy your favorite.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Trick or Trees

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts, and plant a tree seed to take home. Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase. Weekends in October.

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

The Scarecrow Trail

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Artistically decorated scarecrows from local Girl Scout troops are on display around Meadow Lake, daily in October.

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with admission

Fall Color Festival

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Fulfill your fall food cravings at the Fall Color Festival. Enjoy juicy brats, build-your-own taffy apples and other mouth watering bites available for purchase in Arbor Court. Plus, sample complimentary wine tastings. The festival will be open weekends in October and Columbus Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m

When: 11 a,n,-4 p.m.
Cost:

Trick or Trees

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.

FREE  

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.

FREE  

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

Storywalk

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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