5 Unique Fall Activities to Try with Your Family

While we love our pumpkin patches and fall fests, there are plenty of other things to do during the season, unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. If you’re looking to change it up a little bit, check out these unique things to do this fall.

Drive through a lights show.

When: Through Nov. 8

Where: Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch, 42W813 Reinking Road, Pingree Grove

Cost: $5-$50 (depending on number of passengers in car)

We’re all familiar with a drive-through holiday lights show, but how about one during the fall? Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch offers a Fall Lights Show where cars can drive through the farm and orchard to see displays of more than 1.5 million lights.


Run away from zombies.


When: Through Oct. 31


Where: The Forge – Lemont Quarries, 1001 Main St, Lemont


Cost: $35


Immerse in a one-of-a-kind, live action, Tactical Laser Tag experience in a post-apocalyptic world where a zombie outbreak has run rampant and wreaked havoc. The game will consist of two teams battling against each other while simultaneously fending off flesh-eating zombies, who used to be patients at the lab before it was overrun.


Follow a scarecrow trail.


When: Through Nov. 1


Where: Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle


Cost: Free with admission


Take a stroll around Meadow Lake to view scarecrows created by local scout troops and school groups. After your walk, vote for your favorite scarecrow online.


Get lost in an apple maze.


When: Through Nov. 25


Where: Royal Oak Farm Orchard, 15908 Hebron Road, Harvard


Cost: $6


Stroll through 1.5 miles of trails shaped like a giant apple and created out of living apple trees. While you’re winding through the maze, pick out two apples to munch on.


Explore Chicagoland architecture. 


When: Oct. 16-25


Where: Various locations in Chicagoland


Cost: Free


With virtual and small-group, in-person tours, explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. This year, there’s a new Virtual Family Trail featuring seven sites for kids to enjoy.


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This article originally published on Sept. 6, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information.


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