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n Trunk or Treat

Oct. 20

Zion Lutheran ECEC

204 S. Grant St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-0065

Join the Zion early childhood education program for costumes, chili and candy at this annual event. Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

n Howlin’ at the Moon

Oct. 21-22

Naper Settlement

523 S. Webster St. Naperville

(630) 420-6010

Come dressed in costume and enjoy thrilling performances and attractions at this annual event for adults 21 and older. Howl along with live music, feast your fangs into local cuisine from the Food Truck Graveyard and quench your undying thirst at the Boooze Bar. Other attractions include a Moonlight Market, Dark Art Gallery, costume contest, fire dancers, liquid lights show, contortionist, magician and more. Time: 5 to 10 p.m. Cost: $20. RR, MD

n Fall Color Walk

Oct. 22

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 W. 111th St., Lemont

(630) 257-2045

Enjoy a leisurely nature walk with the family to see fall colors. Time: 1 p.m. RR

n Cider and Ale Festival

Oct. 22

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 968-0074

Savor 20 3-ounces samples of hard cider and seasonal beers selected from more than 30 local breweries and cideries. Breathe in the fresh autumn air and stroll among the trees while sipping and enjoying live music from the AD3 Trio from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Ticket purchasers must be 21 or older. Time: 1 to 4 p.m., noon to 4 p.m. for VIP guests. Tickets: $60, $70 for VIP. RR, MD

n Pumpkin Night Hike for Families

Oct. 22

Fullersburg Woods

3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook

(630) 933-7248

Use jack-o-lanterns to light the way on a self-guided night hike, with a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt for kids to complete and a treat at the end. Hikes leave every 15 minutes. The program is for all ages; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Cost: $10, free for 3 and younger. RR

n Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 22-23

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

421 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

This bewitching New Philharmonic performance features classic musical treats — from Bach, Stokowskis, Berlioz, Wanger and Offenbach and popular films — and ghoulishly fun costumes. Audience members are welcome to wear their own spooky costumes. Time: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 3 p.m. Oct. 23. Tickets: $53.

n Corn Harvest

Oct. 22-23 & 29-30

Kline Creek Farm

1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago

(630) 876-5900

Experience life as a field hand while helping to harvest this year’s corn crop, which 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 program is for all ages; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

n Halloween Party

Oct. 23

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Different stations will be set up around the children’s department with Halloween-themed games and crafts. Costumes are encouraged at this party for all ages. Time: 2 to 4 p.m.

n Boo! at the Zoo

Weekends through Oct. 23

Brookfield Zoo

3300 Golf Road

(708) 688-8400

Zoogoers of all ages can enjoy creatures, memorable photo opportunities, sweet treats and fall fun at this annual event. Enjoy the “Crazed Maize” corn maze or take a spin on the carousel with its Halloween-themed decorations. Seasonal fall food and drinks are on sale at carts around the zoo. Watch animals play with and eat pumpkin treats and enjoy special zoo chats. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. activities, zoo open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $24.95, $17.95 for kids 3-11, $19.95 for seniors plus $15 parking.

n Thrills and Chills Book Club

Oct. 25

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Readers who dare are invited to read “City of Ghosts” by Victoria Schwab. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR

n A Hollywood Halloween

Oct. 27

Clarendon Hills Public Library

7 N. Prospect Ave.

(630) 323-8188

Film historian Annette Bochenek will lead the way into the spooky side of classic Hollywood with a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips and captivating stories. From beloved classic horror films to lesser-known gems, she will explore the variety of classic horror films and characters as well as how the genre was developed to entertain audiences of all ages. . Time: 7 p.m. RR

n Fright Fest

Oct. 28

Hinsdale Humane Society

21 Salt Creek Lane

(630) 323-5630

Dress up and trick or treat through the haunted cat lodge and dog kennels, enjoy fall flavored treats, participate in Halloween-themed games and more at the event sponsored by the HHS Junior Board. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15, $10 for kids. RR

n Lantern-Lit Halloween Hike

Oct. 28-29

St. James Farm

2S541 Winfield Road, Warrenville

(630) 933-7248

Experience a 2-mile self-guided lantern-lit walk along the trails, ending with haunted conversation around the fire and decorated buildings. The program is for ages 12 and up; those under 18 must be with an adult. Hikes leave every 15 minutes. Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $10. RR

n OAKtober Walk

Oct. 30

St. James Farm

2S541 Winfield Road, Warrenville

(630) 933-7248

Enjoy the fall colors and learn about oaks on a guided walk. Participants may bring crayons and paper to make their own leaf and bark rubbings. The program is for those 5 and older; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 2 to 3 p.m. Cost: $5. RR

n Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt

Oct. 30

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Find all the hidden pumpkins during this fun scavenger hunt. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. RR

n Day of the Dead Celebration

Oct. 30

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Attend the unveiling of the animal altar dedicated to endangered and extinct specied, talke a night walk and enjoy stories at the campfire. This program for all ages also will be offered in Spanish. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR

n Boo Bash

Oct. 31

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

(630) 668-5161

Little ones ages 3-5 and grown-ups are encouraged to come dressed in costume to enjoy Halloween stories, crafts and a special treat. Time: 10 to 11 a.m. Cost: $12 per child. RR, MD

n Scarecrow Trail

Daily in October

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 719-2468

Take a stroll around Meadow Lake to view scarecrows created by local scout troops and school groups. After the walk, vote for your favorite scarecrow. Cost: free with timed admission of $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $11 for kids ages 2-17 and free for those 2 and younger.


RR — registration required

MD — member discount


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