Corn Harvest

Saturdays in October

Kline Creek Farm

1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago

(630) 876-5900


After a quick session in “Corn College,” experience life as a field hand, helping to harvest this year’s crop and make corn shocks from the cut stalks. Then, create a souvenir corn-husk figure for home. All ages are welcome. Time: 1 to 4 p.m.

Trick or Trees

Weekends in October

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 968-0074


Head to the children’s garden to play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home. Small pumpkins to paint will be available for purchase, and costumes are encouraged. Cost: free with admission of $15 for adults 18-64, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for kids 2-17 and free for children 1 and younger.

Boo at the Zoo!

Weekends in October

Brookfield Zoo

8400 31st St.

(708) 688-8000


Ghosts and goblins of all ages can have a howling good time at this family friendly event, which includes trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving demonstrations, Zoo Chats on some creepy residents, a haunted hayride, costume parade and more. For a full schedule visit the website listed above. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $21.95 for adults, $15.95 for kids 3-11 and seniors 65 and older, free for kids 2 and younger, plus $14 parking.

Moonlight Mansion Tour

Mondays and Tuesdays in October

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566



After the sun sets, enjoy a guided tour of the mansion and hear urban legends, tales of hauntings and stories of mischief while learning about the building’s architecture, history and ownership. The program is for ages 12 and up; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15 per person.

Family Fun Night: Pumpkins & Treats

Oct. 25

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

(630) 668-5161


The park’s monthly Family Night series continues with a Halloween theme. Costumes are encouraged. Enjoy a fun craft, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating and more. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: free with $5 parking.

Horsin’ Around Halloween Trick-or-Treat

Oct. 26

Danada Equestrian Center

3S507 Naperville Road, Wheaton

(630) 688-6012


Join the “Horsin’ Around” themed day with family and friends. This fun-filled equine activity day may include painting demonstrations by one of the horses, self-guided barn tours, tractor-drawn hayrides ($5 per person ages 5 and up), up-close visits with the Danada herd of horses and more. Time: noon to 4 p.m.

Boo Breakfast

Oct. 27

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 725-2066


Treat yourself to a breakfast in the Gingko Restaurant complete with visits from favorite characters. Menu items include Spooky Scrambled, Possessed Potatoes and Scary Sausage. Costumes are encouraged. Cost: $38 for ages 13 and older, $31 for kids 3-12, free for kids under 3. RR, MD

Night at ‘Pawgwarts’

Oct. 29

Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center

21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale

(630) 323-5630


Harry Potter takes over the Hinsdale Humane Society as pets are sorted into Hogwarts “houses” and kids are invited to enjoy games, crafts and activities provided by Village Children’s Academy along with Halloween treats. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: $5 or donation of supplies from shelter’s wish list available at the website listed above.

Preschool Halloween Party

Oct. 31

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976


Start the celebration early! Dress in costume and head over to the library to listen to music, play games and make a fun Halloween art piece. Time: 10 to 11 a.m.