Trail of History

Ringwood, Ill.

Living history interpretive event features interpreters portraying life as it was from 1670-1850 in the former Northwest Territory. The event includes demonstrations, military tactics, a medicine show, fur traders and pioneer games.

When: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Cost: $8, $4 kids 6-12 and seniors, free kids 5 and under

Build It! Make It!

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Exhibition features a variety of building materials for kids and families to play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with tools.


Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest

Highwood, Ill.

Come to watch as Highwood attempts to win the Guiness World Record for the number of lighted jack-o-lanterns lit in one location. Other activities include food vendors, live music, hay rides, pumpkin carving, massive pumpkin displays, light up the night parade, pet costume contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, 5K Pumpkin Run and Kids Dash, head shaving stations benefiting St. Baldrick's Foundationand more.

When: 4-9 p.m. Oct. 17-18; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 19; 9 a.m. Oct. 20
Cost: $2

Fall Festival

Donley's Wild West Town | Union , Ill.

In addition to the regular rides and activities offered at Wild West Town, guests can take a family-friendly, spooky ride on the C.P. Huntington Train through the old mine tunnel. A mountain man introduces the children to the Chief and the children exchange beads with the Chief to receive a pumpkin of their choice from the Chief's private patch. Attendees can show off their artistic talents at the pumpkin painting station or singe Halloween classics with Ms. Lorrieann's Karaoke at Clayton's Sasparilla Saloon. Plus, enjoy fresh pies, muffins and cookies.

Cost: Free with admission

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