Breathe in the crisp fall air as you enter the zoo through a cornstalk lined path, hear the crunch of the leaves underneath your feet, listen to the children conquering the straw pyramid or enjoy the sight of thousands of pumpkins on display. Nature-made fall decorations, including pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks, available to purchase.When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
During the day, The Fear-less Haunted House is a lower scare lights-on guided tour.When: Noon-5 p.m.
Nature Museum biologists demonstrate the science behind why things slime, creep and disappear. During this drop-by activity, kids get to conduct experiments to make things glow, slime, float or even disappear.Cost: Free with admission
Ride an old-time electric trolley to the Pumpkin Patch and choose a pumpkin. Pumpkins are $2 in addition to the fare. Oct. 12-13, 19-20.When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
A spooky ride on a "haunted" trolley along the Fox River to a campfire along the shore of the Fox complete with ghost stories, hot chocolate and s'mores. Advance reservations required at www.foxtrolley.org/reservations.html. Oct. 19-20, 26-27.Cost: Call for cost
Take a terror-ific ride through the haunted woods aboard
the Flying Dutchman Railroad.
Enjoy the fall colors on three real steam railroads that travel through the woods along the Indiana/Michigan border. Hesston's Cider Shed offers fresh squeezed apple cider. Hayride wagons also carry visitors around the museum's scenic 155-acre grounds.When: Noon-5 p.m.
Attractions include Pumpkin Patch Petting Zoo, The Inflatable Kidz Zone, Corn Cannons, Pig Race,s, Cow Train, Hay Rides, Pony Rides, Corn Maze, Hay Maze, Corn Box, Hay Pyramid Flashlight Maze, Zombie Safari Hay Ride, Zip-Line, Giant Inflatable Pillow Jumpy and Bouncy Horses. Weekend nights, the farm reopens at dark for the "Zombie Safari Hayride," along with the Flashlight Maize and Zip-Line.When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Sunday
Pinball exposition features exhibitors, seminars and speakers. Plus, tour the Stern Pinball factory and participate in a pinball tournament.When: Visit website for times
Enjoy the fall colors and check out Scarecrow Trail around the lake. Plus, taste brats, build-your-own taffy apples and other food and beverages available for purchase. Festival kicks off with the Fall Color 5K Run & Walk and Kid's Dash on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 8 a.m.Cost: Free with admission