Pumpkin Fest

Cosley Zoo | Wheaton, Ill.

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.
Cost: Regular admission; cost of pumpkins varies

The Fear-less Haunted House

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

During the day, The Fear-less Haunted House is a lower scare lights-on guided tour.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $12

Spooky Science

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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

The Pumpkin Trolley

Fox River Trolley Museum | South Elgin, Ill.

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.
Cost: $4, $3 seniors, $2 kids 3-11, free under 3

Halloween Haunted Ghost Story Train

Fox River Trolley Museum | South Elgin, Ill.

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

The Hesston Ghost Train

Hesston Steam Museum | Hesston, Ind.

Take a terror-ific ride through the haunted woods aboard the Flying Dutchman Railroad.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $5, $3 kids 12 and under

Fall Festival

Hesston Steam Museum | Hesston, Ind.

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.
Cost: $5, $3 kids 12 and under

Odyssey Fun Farm

Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park | Tinley Park, Ill.

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
Cost: $11; $20 Zombie Safari Hayride; some activities cost extra

Pinball Expo

Wheeling, Ill.

Pinball exposition features exhibitors, seminars and speakers. Plus, tour the Stern Pinball factory and participate in a pinball tournament.

When: Visit website for times
Cost: Visit website for details

Fall Color Festival

Lisle, Ill.

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

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