Pumpkins, Parties and Franken Plaza: Chicagoween 2012

Pumpkins, Parties and Franken Plaza: Chicagoween 2012


The month of October has crept up on us which means that Halloween is right around the corner. I'm excited mainly because this is Go-2-baby's very first Halloween. We will more than likely do the usual trick or treating in Oak Park with family members, but I also want to take her to a pumpkin patch, petting zoo or some other Halloween festivity as well.

The city of Chicago always has a great line up of activities and events suitable for kids of all ages, adult kids included. I took some time to surf the net and pull together a list of the coolest events I could find. Without further adieu, here's the list of fun fall weekend activities in the Chicagoland area during the month of October:


Pumpkin Patches

Each year, the Chicago park districts host pumpkin patches loaded with petting zoos, activities and fun games for the entire family. Prices vary from $1-$3 depending on the day and location. These are a few of the pumpkin patches I chose to feature but please check with your neighborhood park district for other dates and locations.

10/6 Portage Park - 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

10/6 Nichols Park- 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

10/20 Horner Park- 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

10/20 Skinner Park- 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


Circus in The Park

The high-flying acrobats from Midnight Circus return with an all new show for the 2012 Tour. Step inside the magical purple and blue Big Top and witness fantastic physical feats and heart-warming magical moments so close you will feel like you are part of the show. This one-of-a-kind, family friendly event has played to sold out houses across Chicago and raised over $250,000 for Chicago Parks. Performances at 2pm & 5pm.

10/6 Commercial Park- 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

10/14 Mt Greenwood Park 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

10/20 Chase Park 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

10/27 Hayes Park 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.


Harvest Festival

Enjoy a scarecrow-making contest (bring your own old clothes, or use ours), live music, nature crafts, and other seasonal activities!  Free.  No registration required. For more information, call 312-744-5472.

10/14 North Park Village Nature Center- 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Fall Fest

Enjoy fun activities such as a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and pony rides. Don't forget to stop by concessions for yummy fall treats!

10/13 14 Athletic Field Park- 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

10/20 Armour Square Park- 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

10/27 McGuane Park- 11 a.m.-3: p.m.


13 Terrors Haunted House

Sitting feet away from the water of Lake Michigan, 13 Terrors, a haunted house, takes place in what used to be a sanitarium and today is known as Theatre on the Lake. Runs Oct. 19-21 and 26-28.

Fee: $10 per person

Age Range: Ideal for those 8 & up

Sitting feet away from the water of Lake Michigan, 13 Terrors, a haunted house, takes place in what used to be a sanitarium and today is known as Theatre on the Lake.

Terror reigns at the eerie Theater on the Lake as visitors confront evil clowns, a spinning vortex and creepy mausoleum filled with deadly ghouls. By the same creative team of Trails of Terror.

To purchase tickets online click here.

Free parking is available at Diversey Harbor lot - located north of Fullerton on Cannon.


Halloween Party

Join the Chicago Park District for the annual Halloween parties in the park. Be prepared for games, costume contests and fun for the entire family.

10/27 Pulaski Park 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

10/27 Commercial Park- 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

10/27 Grand Crossing Park-1 p.m.-4 p.m.


Chicagoween 2012

This is the event I'm most excited about. I remember doing research for a local resource website for parents in Chicago a few years back and reading about Chicagoween. I planned to take my younger sister and a few kids in my family for the past two years, but now I'm definitely planning to attend this year with Go-2-baby. For three days this year, Daley Plaza becomes Franken Plaza, October 26-30, with special performances, a Monster Bash - complete with prize give-aways, hayrides and trick-or-treating!

Entertainment from Midnight Circus, Magic Matt, Dave Herzog's Marionettes, Storyteller Oba William King, the Batbuck$ Game Show and fcbc educational theatre performing Thriller. Plus Arts & Crafts.

(schedule is subject to change)


Friday, October 26, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012


  • 11 am-6 pm - Arts & Crafts for KidsHayrides
  • 12:15 pm - Costume Showcase & Contest
  • 1-5 pm - Hayrides
  • 1-3 pm - Trick-or-Treat Candy give-away (while supplies last)


Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • 11am-6pm - Harvest Marketplace
  • 11am-6pm - Arts & Crafts for Kids


Monday, October 29, 2012

  • 11am-3pm - Harvest Marketplace
  • 11am-3pm - Arts & Crafts for Kids

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

  • 11am-3pm - Harvest Marketplace
  • 11am-3pm - Arts & Crafts for Kids

For more information on ChicagoPark District Activities or Chicagoween please visit the websites for each. All of the details of this post were pulled directly from the sources. Please check the source for any changes in dates, locations, prices etc.


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