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A Haunting in the Valley

Schaumburg, Ill.

Costumed guides lead scheduled groups along a trail of Halloween fun, adventure, and magic. Also includes refreshments, games, live owl display, and a bonfire.

When: 6:15-9:30 p.m. Oct. 24-25
Cost: $8, $6 in advance

Chicago Green Festival

Chicago, Ill.

Features leaders in the social justice and environmental community, an organic beer, mead and wine pavilion, and a dedicated kids' area for learning about easy and fun ways to incorporate green at a young age. Plus, more than 350 eco-friendly businesses exhibit.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: Check website

Fright at Night

Oak Park Conservatory | Oak Park, Ill.

Take a walk through the dark conservatory if you dare. Some say that strange and unexplained sounds and movement have occurred under the glass of the Oak Park Conservatory. Is this place really an ancient burial ground? Does the spirit of the farmer, who once owned this land, still haunt the tropical room? Be warned, there are no guarantees that you will escape or escape unharmed.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $5

Halloween Night Walks

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center | Oak Brook, Ill.

Experience the mysteries of the haunted forest during a family-friendly 75-minute half-mile hike with short stops that will delight you with dramatic antics and humorous tales.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $10 in advance

Curious Kids Nature Club

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids make discoveries about the earth through art, play and exploration. Learn about awesome animals and their roles in nature. Dress for outdoor adventures and wear gym shoes. Meal and snack included. Oct. 10, Nov. 7.

When: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $29, $24 resident

Life in a Wigwam

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Learn more about the Metis people of the 18th century at this fun-filled active program. Participate in role-playing games, crafts, and other activities that teach about the lives of this fascinating Native American and fur trader mixed culture.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

An Evening at Trailside Museum

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Sample a variety of programs and nature crafts, chat with naturalists and view our entire collection of mammal furs and skulls. A rare behind-the-scenes program shows how we prepare food for our live animals. Light refreshments will be served.

When: 5-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Halloween Pumpkin Patch & Party

Northerly Island | Chicago, Ill.

Choose a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch, vist the Pumpkin Decorating Station, show off your best moves during the Halloween Dance or make a boo-tiful Halloween craft.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $5

Spooky Seas

John G. Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, Ill.

Children can enjoy seeing their favorite animals at night while showing off their Halloween costumes, along with themed presentations, dinner and breakfast and even a live DJ with dancing.

When: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 a.m.
Cost: Overnight $75, $60 members; VIP $90, $75 member; evening only $40, $20 members

Supper with the Snakes

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Guests are encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes while enjoying a ssscrumptious supper. Plus, snake-themed activitie, and museum biologists introduce more than eight species of native and exotic snakes.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20, $15 member, $10 kids 3 and up

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