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Cantigny Fall Festival

Wheaton, Ill.

Festival features hayrides, live entertainment, inflatable jumpers and slides, pumpkin decorating, monster mural and face painting.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 parking

Family Fall Fest

Safety Town Safe Trick-or-Treating at Annual York/Vallette Business Association Family Fall Fest | Elmhurst, Ill.


Head over to Safety Town Village for some early Halloween fun and safe trick-or-treating through a kid-sized village. Dressed-up volunteers will pass out candy and prizes. Plus face painting, pony rides, petting farm, moon jump, pumpkins, food and more.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Hobo Night

Homewood, Ill.


Features a wide variety of activities for families. Attendees are encouraged to wear hobo costumes and there will be a best costume prize. Everyone also receives a goodie bag upon arrival with all the ingredients necessary for s'mores. Plus, take tours of the Rail Park's retired and restored Illinois Central locomotive and caboose.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

North American Reptile Breeders Conference and Trade Show

Tinley Park, Ill.

Attendees will get an up-close view of reptiles of all shapes and sizes including snakes, frogs, turtles, geckos, iguanas, and tortoises - all are available for sale. In addition to viewing exotic and rare breeds, admission to the show includes educational sessions from some of the industry’s most respected experts as they discuss specific species and habitats during various presentations throughout the weekend.

When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct. 10; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Oct. 11
Cost: $15, $8 kids 5-12, free kids under 5

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago, Ill.


The autumnal festival feature a corn maze, hay mountain, a giant 60 ft. burlap sack slide on the zoo’s Main Mall and hay wagon rides throughout Farm-in-the-Zoo. Plus, a pumpkin carver, Ferris wheel, inflatable courses and rides, educational activities and live entertainment. Pumpkins will be available for sale at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo pumpkin patch daily throughout October.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2-4, 9-12 and 16-18
Cost: Free

Locktoberfest Weekends at Lockwood Park

Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre & Children's Farm | Rockford, Ill.


Locktoberfest begins Oct. 3 and continues with a different theme each weekend. Locktoberfest will also be open on Columbus Day with added special activities such as a magician, caricature artist, balloon artist, juggler and storytime hayride. On Halloween, enjoy the new Sweet Treat Roundup, a one-day activity where kids can collect candy along Gum Drop Trail ($5).

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; cost varies by activity

Spider City

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Brian Moskalik, Assistant Professor of Zoology at the University of St. Francis, introduces the world of miniature predators. View local spiders, praying mantises and even exotic tarantulas, discover why these creatures are important and make a spider craft to take home.

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

Family Jack O’ Lantern Hike

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore the night life of owls, bats and spiders at the arboretum. Decorate pumpkins and roast marshmallows over a fire. Children must be accompanied by adult. Flashlights are recommended.

When: 6-8:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Cost: $19, $16 member

Family Weekend

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Bring the whole family out for story-telling, face painting, science experiments, critter shows, live music, and more. In the Children’s Garden, kids can fashion fun fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home. Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase. Costumes are encouraged.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 10-12
Cost: Free with arboretum admission

Animal Day for Families

Angelic Organics Farm | Caledonia, Ill.

Milk goats, feed horses, gather eggs, and produce soil with worm boxes, make goat’s milk ice cream, enjoy a sack lunch under the trees, and more. Visit to register.

When: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $20

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