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Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns

Glencoe, Ill.

Take either the "friendly" or "spooky" path to activities in the Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion. Experience family-friendly thrills and chills, including two stages of entertainment, fortune telling, face painting, a spooky snack shack, and a ride on the "Howlin' Express." As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden, decorated in ghastly lights and running special ghost trains.

When: 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 24, 4-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25
Cost: $19, $14 members in advance, free kids 2 and under

The Candy Garden

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Find out what sweet treats grow on trees and other plants, plus play fun candy games.

When: 9:30-10:45 a.m. Oct. 12 and 20
Cost: $22 kids, $15 member kids

Urban Wild: Celebrate Fall at the Lurie Garden

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Celebrate fall in an urban garden setting! Savor the bounty of the garden, including honey from the Lurie Garden’s honeybee hives and enjoy products from other wild and domesticated urban residents. Lurie Garden honey will be available for sale. Stay for a tour of the fall garden.

When: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Cockroach and Millipede Dissection class

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Learn about the anatomy of insects and arthropods.

When: 7-8 p.m.
Cost: $15, $10 members

Cool Science: Halloween Potions, Elixirs & Mixtures

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Learn about basic principles of chemistry while following ancient recipes and using various "magical" ingredients to create potions, elixirs and other mixtures. At the end of the evening, receive a certificate of Advanced Potion Making.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $36, $24 resident

Cool Science: Halloween Gooey Concoctions

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Learn about the different states of matter (solids, liquids, gases and plasma) and create gooey concoctions like slime and ice cream.

When: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $27, $18 resident

Spotlight Youth Theater's "OLIVER!"

Timothy Christian Schools | Elmhurst, Ill.

One of Charles Dickens’ classic tales comes alive onstage in a vibrant and exciting way through this award-winning musical. After seeing both the cruelties and beauty of life, Oliver eventually finds a family and discovers what it means to truly be home.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: $9-$12

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.


Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

Wings of Wonder: The Lorikeet Exhibit

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens | Rockford, Ill.

Visitors will be “face to beak” with the small- to medium-sized parrots known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with conservatory admission

Zoom Room

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Send toy cars hurtling through race jumps, long runs, loops, dips, and super spirals within a colossal, multilevel race course. Crash sites, obstacle courses and tracks with different textured surfaces invite physical science exploration for the innately curious of every age. Zoom Room is a play-filled, physics laboratory for kids.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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