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Harvest Festival and Spooky Adventure

Santa's Village Azoosment Park | East Dundee, Ill.

The park will be decorated with pumpkins and colorful autumn décor. Specialty menus feature caramel apples, chili and other sweet treats. In addition to rides, animals and attractions, kids can enjoy a variety of activities, such as a walk through the kid's haunted house, trick-or-treating (2-3 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28) and a costume contest (1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 27). At night, Nightmare From North Street Haunted House and Terrify Trails are open for those 12 and up.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $17.75, free seniors and kids under 2

Family Bicycling

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore the Arboretum's nine miles of scenic roads by bicycle. Bring your own or rent regular bicycles, tandems, electric bikes, burley strollers, wagons and more.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday
Cost: Free with Arboretum admission.

Acorn Express at The Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

See gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies in a tram tour. 60-minute and 30-minute tours explain the rich Arboretum history, and describe the trees and plants you'll see. There's also an opportunity to see lovely wildlife in a native habitat.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $4-6; (discounts for Arboretum members)

Haunted Railway

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens | Valparaiso, Ind.

Throughout October, visitors enjoy spooky sights and sounds, plus special events during Twilight Witching Hours (4-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday October 6-29). Spooky trees, raving ravens and creepy crawlies will take up residence in the garden, joining the thousands of miniature plants, dozens of handmade bridges, and of course, an assemblage G-gauge steam trains.

Cost: $10, $5 kids 5-12, free kids 4 and under

Discover the Power of Plants

Garfield Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the conservatory's Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden to plant an imaginary garden, build a tropical habitat, help water the plants, or read a book under the tropical canopy. Runs through entire 2012.

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

Deep River Hayrides

Deep River County Park | Hobart, Ind.

Take a ride along the trails of Deep River at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-28. Rides are first come, first served.

When: 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $2

Home Run! Reggie Jackson and the Original 500 Club

Kenosha Public Museum | Kenosha, Wis.

Exhibit includes bats, uniforms, contracts, team traveling suitcases and much more from Reggie Jackson. Items in the exhibit are presented in collaboration with the Mr. October Foundation for Kids, a non-profit organization to benefit at-risk children.

Cost: Free with admission

Werewolf's Curse; Or Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

A vegan couple find themselves in a pickle when Harry is bitten by a werewolf cub. Luckily, Dr. Frank Einstein and Madam Clara Voyant may have a cure. Meet a campy cast of characters in this spoof of the horror movies of the 1930s. Audience members walk to each location to enjoy the unfolding story. Low-impact hikes (suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs) are presented on the first Sunday performance of the month.

When: 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, plus Columbus Day
Cost: $13-19

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$97

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

In a world where a trip to the Laundromat threatens to separate Trixie from her beloved bunny, a girl needs a hero to help--Dad. Can her parents understand what she's saying in time to rescue Knuffle Bunny? Performances run Oct. 2, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.

Cost: $16, $13 kids, limited number of $10 tickets available for all performances
 







 
 
 
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