One of the more popular fall festivals for miles around is taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The 32nd annual Scarecrow Festival in St. Charles features more than 100 hand-made and mechanical scarecrows made by local businesses, organizations, families and artists. There’s also a carnival, live music, petting zoo, entertainment and more. Admission to the festival is free, but some attractions (and obviously the carnival) have a price attached. This is a large event, so spend a bit of time on the website before heading out to orientate yourself. The scarecrows are centered around Lincoln Park.
The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is hosting a Harvest of the Acorn Moon festival at the Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be nature crafts, pumpkin painting, outdoor games, folk music, and guided hikes. Admission is free but there will be a nominal fee for crafts and refreshments. Find out more info here on Page 3 or look to the forest preserve’s Facebook page.
The Danada Equestrian Center’s free Fall Festival in Wheaton on Sunday includes a variety of riding demonstrations and the chance to see many breeds of horses. Visitors can take a hayride through the woods; watch a parade of horses; see exhibits on shoeing, grooming and feeding and more. Children can paint pumpkins or stop by the face-painting booth. Admission and parking are free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and some activities have a fee attached. For more information, see this page about the 2017 festival.
Goodrich Quality Theaters will be showing “Smurfs: The Lost Village” at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia and the Kendall 11 in Oswego. This is part of the Weekend Morning Movies Fall Series, and tickets are $1 (or free for FMG club members.)
Pumpkin Weekends continue on Saturday and Sunday at Blackberry Farm in Aurora, as well as on Columbus Day. Carousel rides, hay wagon rides, pony rides, paddle boats and tours on the Pumpkin Train are included with the $7-per-person admission, along with some special Halloween-themed attractions.
Pumpkin Fest continues at Cosley Zoo in Wheaton. There will be a straw pyramid and corn stalk tunnel, plus children’s rides available for an extra fee. This event runs daily through Oct. 31.
Home Depot stores across Chicagoland host a free Kids Workshop on the first Saturday of every month for children to create a variety of projects. Participating children also leave with an apron and a pin. Read our recent “Insider’s Guide to Kids Workshops at Home Depot” to get the skinny on what you and your kids can expect at this fun program. This month, kids will be creating firehouse bank. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon.
Donley’s Wild West Town in Union holds a “Fall Festival” on weekends through Oct. 29, 2017, featuring spooky train rides, pony rides, a pumpkin painting contest and more. Every child receives a free pumpkin. Check the website for details, but it looks like admission is $17 for the rides, shows and attractions. Children under 3 are free with a paid adult. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Morton Arboretum is hosting “Trick or Trees” on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, where children are encouraged to wear costumes, play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as a treat. This program takes place on weekends through October, plus Columbus Day, too, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Children’s Garden.
There are a couple fall resales scheduled for the bargain hunters out there!