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

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

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

Circus in the Parks

Margate Fieldhouse | Chicago, Ill.

Circus In The Parks, featuring Chicago's Midnight Circus, a high-flying assortment of acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists and even a dog tours Chicago parks under a brand new purple and blue little big top. To purchase tickets visit

When: 2 and 5 p.m. Oct. 19; 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 20
Cost: $5-$20

UniverSoul Circus

Union Park | Chicago, Ill.

One-of-a-kind show features a cast of performers hand-selected from around the world. The cross-cultural spectacle incorporates pop and hip-hop music for a modern take on the traditional circus act. Performances include Caribbean dancers; Irina Markova's comedy dogs; contortionists; and teeterboard acrobatics. Visit for information.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: $16-$35

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

The exhibit showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago's native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. Features artifacts that have not been widely seen by the public, including drawings, props, costumes, artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films, plus items from contemporary Disney milestones. Hands-on, interactive stations bring Disney's technological breakthroughs in animation and motion pictures to life. Guests can try recording sound effects, explore Disney's revolutionary MultiPlane film camera and learn to draw some of their favorite Disney characters in the Animation Academy.

Cost: $9, $7 kids 3-11, plus admission

The Fear-less Haunted House

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

During the day, The Fear-less Haunted House is a lower scare lights-on guided tour.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $12

Halloween Haunted Ghost Story Train

Fox River Trolley Museum | South Elgin, Ill.

A spooky ride on a "haunted" trolley along the Fox River to a campfire along the shore of the Fox complete with ghost stories, hot chocolate and s'mores. Advance reservations required at Oct. 19-20, 26-27.

Cost: Call for cost

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

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