Fallapalooza

 

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Fall Color Wine Tasting

Sept. 28

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 968-0074

http://www.mortonarb.org

Enjoy seasonal wines and live music in The Grand Garden amidst changing trees at the arboretum. Attendees can pre-order their favorite wines with Famous Liquors to pick up at a later date. Cases of wine are 10 percent off. Ten percent of all wine sales will be donated back to the arboretum. Designated driver tickets are available, which include a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage ticket, a cookie and an Arboretum-branded silicone wine glass. Time: 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets: $70, $25 for designated driver.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Oct. 1

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 789-1986

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

Learn about the origin of this Chinese festival while enjoying Mid-Autumn delicacies, crafts, games, calligraphy and a special performance. Time: 2 to 4 p.m. RR

Fall Color 5K Run and Walk

Oct. 7

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

http://www.mortonarb.org

(630) 968-0074

Enjoy the arboretum at the cusp of the autumnal color change at this annual USATF-certified 5K run and walk. A virtual option also is available. A postrace party will be held with live music and a beer (nonalcoholic, too) for participants age 21 and up. Time: 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost: $55, $45 for virtual 5K. RR

Fall Festival

Oct. 7-8

Danada Equestrian Center

3S507 Naperville Road, Wheaton

https://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 668-6012

The DuPage County Forest Preserve District’s largest event returns for two days this year. Festivities will include equestrian performances and demonstrations in the outdoor arena, wagon rides, pony rides and other children’s activities, barn tours and more. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free, with small fees for some activities.

Boo! at the Zoo

Weekends Oct. 7-22

Brookfield Zoo

3300 Golf Road

(708) 688-8400

http://www.czs.org/booatthezoo

Families can have a howling good time at this annual Halloween celebration. Don a favorite costume and take memorable snapshots at the many Halloween-themed photo frames and vignettes, including the Howl-O-Scene. Backdrops feature pumpkins, bales of hay, black cat cutouts and more. Afterwards, tackle the Craized Maize corn maze on the Zoo’s East Mall or take a spin on the Creepy Carousel. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. activities, zoo open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $29.95, $20.95 for kids 3-11, $24.95 for seniors plus $17-$20 parking.

Glass Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 13-15

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 968-0074

https://www.mortonarb.org

The Morton Arboretum’s 13th annual Glass Pumpkin Patch features demonstrations by artists as they turn bits of glass into stunning molten pumpkin masterpieces. Guests also can visit the Halloween tent to find enchanting and frightful works of art to decorate the home and garden. Glass pumpkins are available for sale from 1 p.m. Oct. 14 to 5 p.m. Oct. 16. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.

Hinsdale Fall Family Fest

Oct. 14

Burlington Park

30 E. Chicago Ave.

(630) 789-7090

http://www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr

Dress in a favorite Halloween costume and enjoy inflatables, food trucks, entertainment and crafts at this annual event. Free pumpkins will be available to the first 500 participants. The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a costume contest at its booth from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with winners announced at 1:30 p.m. The Hinsdalean will take photographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids can trick-or-treat at selected businesses in the downtown business district from noon to 3 p.m. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Halloween Cupcake Decorating

Oct. 15

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 789-1986

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to listen to a story about fall and decorate Halloween themed cupcakes with frosting, crushed cookies, gummy worms and more. Time: 2 to 3 p.m. RR

OAKtober Walk

Oct. 15

St. James Farm

2S541 Winfield Road, Warrenville

(630) 933-7248

https://www.dupageforest.org

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 ages 5 and older; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 2 to 3 p.m. Cost: $5. RR

Mayslake by Moonlight Tour

Oct. 19, 21, 27, 28, 30

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

http://www.dupageforest.org

See Mayslake Hall in a new light. After the sun sets, enjoy a guided tour of this historic mansion by flashlight. Take in the architecture and history, and thrill to urban legends, tales of hauntings and stories of mischief. The program is for ages 12 and older; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Cost: $15. RR

Pumpkin Night Hike

Oct. 20

Fullersburg Woods

3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook

(630) 933-7248

http://www.dupageforest.org

Use pumpkins and lanterns to light the way on a self-guided night hike. There will be a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt for kids to complete and a treat at the end. Hikes leave every 15 minutes. All ages are welcome; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $10 per person ages 3 and up, free for under 3

 
 

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