It’s fall in Chicago and that means it is time for Halloween activities. However, the cost of pumpkin farms and other Halloween fun can add up quickly. Instead of shelling out big bucks at the pumpkin patch, you can enjoy these free events with your family this weekend. Keep in mind, these events are free so they will likely draw large crowds and be very packed. If you don’t mind shelling out a bit of cash for Halloween fun, check out the 5 Best Pumpkin Farms around Chicago instead.
Six FREE and Fun Fall Activities This Weekend
1. Green Halloween, Oak Park. On Saturday October 19th from 11am-3pm Oak Park is holding its free Halloween event, Green Halloween. They are having a Green Pumpkin trail that kids can follow to receive free, healthy treats and participate in themed activities. There will also be free storytelling, face painting and the Lake Theatre will be showing Ghostbusters for free at 10:00 am. Start at the Oak Park Visitors center at 1010 Lake Street, and you can also find more information online at: www.downtownoakpark.net.
2. Happy Fall Y’all, The Little Red School House. On Saturday October 19th, you can join the Little Red Schoolhouse in Willow Springs for their Happy Fall Y’all autumn program. Enjoy the fall colors while you stroll along and learn about how wild animals and plants are preparing for the upcoming winter weather. The nature center will also be open and full of fun and educational animal exhibits. For more information, check out: http://fpdcc.com/nature-centers/little-red-schoolhouse-nature-center/
3. Dairy Day, St. James Farm. St. James Farm in Warrenville is hosting a Dairy Day on October 19th. Kids and adults alike can learn about dairy farming in the early 1900s and try their hand at making butter and milking cows. This event is free, but the farm also offers covered wagon tours for $5 a person age 13 and up and $2 a person ages 5-12. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy exploring this expansive and gorgeous farm once owned by the McCormick family. Farm entry is free, and there are picnic facilities available. The farm also offers 3.4 miles in trails, numerous artworks to enjoy and a beautiful backdrop for enjoying fall colors. For more information, check out the Dupage County Forest Preserve website.
4. Fall Festival, Red Oak Nature Center. On Saturday, October 19th, The Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia will be hosting a free fall festival. Families can take a walk in the woods, enjoy the fall colors and participate in free crafts and activities. For more information, check out: www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.com
5. Truck or Treat, Crystal Lake. On Saturday October 19th, kids can dress up in their Halloween costumes and Truck-or-Treat. Trucks from the community and local businesses will be available for kids to explore up close, and each truck will have a treat inside for the kids. Kids are actually invited to climb in the trucks and honk their horns, so this will be a noisy, but fun event! This event is free, and you can find more details at http://www.crystallakeparks.org/Programs/free-programs.asp#2013Truck
6. Hoots & Howls, Randhurst Village. Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect is holding their second annual Hoots & Howls event on Saturday October 19th from 11:30am to 5pm. Activities include a pet costume parade and contest, Live owls from the Stillmann Nature Center, a candy sculptor, stilt walkers, sand sculptors, balloon twisting, hat decorating and a pumpkin decorating station. This event is free and more details can be found at www.randhurstvillage.com