Final days to enjoy some Halloween fun

Activities in Hinsdale and nearby locales promise treats, frights and scary stories

The big day is almost here!

With Halloween falling on Sunday, there are just a few events on the schedule this weekend to help get you in the mood.

The fright factor varies for each, but all are sure to be a good time.

The darkness calls

Enjoy a spooky atmosphere while taking a nighttime tractor-drawn wagon ride through a forest preserve from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at St. James Farm Forest Preserve, 2S541 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The program is for ages 8 and up; those younger than 18 must be with an adult.

The cost is $10 a person.

Visit or call (630) 933-7248.

Get your fright on

All are invited to the Hinsdale Humane Society Junior Board's Fright Fest 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale. Travel through the outdoor haunted hallway, stop by the fall-themed photo both and then watch "Hocus Pocus" on the front lawn.

Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

Visit or call (630) 323-5630.

Something good to eat

Ghouls and goblins of all ages are welcome for treats and games at the Hinsdale United Methodist Church's Trunk or Treat from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 30, at church, 945 S. Garfield Ave. Everyone will be masked and cars will be placed farther apart to allow for social distancing.

Visit for more details.

Spooky story on stage

Get in the mood for Halloween with First Folio's performance of "The Jigsaw Bride: A Frankenstein Story," at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook.

This world premiere, written by Joseph Zettelmaier and directed by Hayley Rice, tells the eerie and suspenseful tale of noted scientist Maria von Moos, who - 100 years after the death of Victor Frankenstein - decides to excavate a ruined castle deep in the Geneva woods. Inspired by Mary Shelley's "The Bride of Frankenstein," this play continues the electrifying legend. Proof of full vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test. Shows are at 3 and 8 tonight, Oct. 28; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29 and 30, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. The show runs through Nov. 14.

Tickets are $49-59 with discounts for seniors and students.


Help with the harvest

Experience life as a field hand while helping to harvest this year's corn crop from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and 31, at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. The harvest will feed the farm's livestock throughout the year and provide seed for next year's plantings. Learn about the importance of this crop to farmers in the 1890s and today. The free program is for all ages.

Visit or call (630) 876-5900.

Fall foliage and more

Take a stroll around Meadow Lake, enjoying fall colors and the scarecrows created by local scout troops and school groups today, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle.

Special fall concessions, including taffy apples and warm doughnuts, will be available in Arbor Court.

Timed admission to the arboretum is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $11 for kids ages 2-17 and free for those 2 and younger and members.

Visit or call (630) 719-2468.

- compiled by Pamela Lannom

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean