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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 10/25 to 10/31

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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Oct. 25th – Oct. 31st
(Thursday though next Wednesday) 

Here are loads of terrific things to do in the upcoming week…from Suburban Family’s extensive database of local events and activities.

Happy Halloween! … Wednesday, October 31st.

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TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show
It’s HERE!  Finally the largest show of the year is here!  Find your individuality and style at the 123rd TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Rosemont Convention Center from October 25th to October 28th.  With 400 vendors in 650 booths, anyone can find exactly what they are looking for.  Shop for jewelry of all kinds, fashion and clothing for every occasion, accessories to complement your wardrobe, beauty products to highlight your style, gifts for special occasions, and much more.   Bring your friends, colleagues and family to the October 25th to October 28th  Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show in Rosemont.  Visit and make sure to register to attend today!

Westmont Park Dist.
Look no further than the Westmont Park District for bales of fall fun! Our Last Straw Fall Event kicks it off on October 1st…don’t miss this great, free, family event for all ages! For those brave ones, walk and ride through our annual Haunted Forest Tour.  New this year, we’re adding the Pumpkin Flotilla; families can carve a jack-o-lantern that will float on the Diane Main Park Pond.  Little ghouls and goblins can attend our annual Halloween Fun Fair with games, costume parade and show on October 31. For more info call 630-963-5252 or visit

Abbey Farms
Celebrate Fall at Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze and create memories for families and friends of all ages. Abbey Farms specializes in acre after acre of fun, outdoor activities that let you disconnect from the digital world. Explore Kane County’s largest corn maze, our weekend petting zoo, take a turn in a human hamster ball, relax on a hayride — or have fun on the megadrop slide, pedal go-carts or childrens’ ziplines. Parents might enjoy the weekend craft beer & wine tent, and everyone loves our fresh-made donuts available daily! Pick-a-pumpkin before leaving, or shop at our Farmstead Emporium. Join us now – Oct. 28! It’s a great day for family fun at Abbey Farms’ Pumpkin Daze!
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Goodwill is your HALLOWEEN HEADQUARTERS! Look no further than your nearest Goodwill Store to find that unique and creative Halloween outfit and accessories guaranteed to make you the hit of the party! Goodwill it is a DIY’s dream and the best part is no one will have exactly the same costume! Visit for your own, personal amazing look! Trick or Treat never looked so good!

Kohl Children’s Museum
Seventeen interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Walk into your favorite children’s books in Storyland, featuring Peter Rabbit, The Snowy Day, Abuela, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and more!  September and October offer our lightest traffic – come see for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. 847-832-6600.

Apple Holler
Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard and family farm  with a farm to table restaurant, bakery, gift shop, offering pick your own apples, peaches, pears and pumpkins. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including; orchard and farm tours, children’s shows, school field trips, hayrides, sleigh rides, barnyard animals and outdoor play areas. Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, WI at Exit #339 Hwy E off I-94 (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100, or visit, for further information.

Lincoln Park Zoo
Harvest some family fun at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest! Enjoy ticketed attractions including a corn maze, corn pool, hay mountain, giant fun slide, Ferris wheel, and inflatable obstacle course. The autumn-themed activities also include animal chats, musical entertainment, a pumpkin patch, professional pumpkin carvers, and fall-themed enrichment for the animals! Open Fridays–Sundays, Now–October 28, and Monday, October 8; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturdays.

Chicago Steel
Join the Chicago Steel Hockey Team for fast-paced family fun at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva and see the future stars of college and pro hockey! Enjoy exciting promotions and theme nights for all ages. Tickets start at just $10 and sit right on the glass for only $20. Plus, parking is always free!  It’s affordable family fun now through May. Check out the full promotional schedule and purchase tickets at

Santa’s Village Azoosment Park
The 2018 Season at Santa’s Village promises something for everyone! From the moment you pass through the front gates, it is apparent that Santa’s Village is a special place for creating memories. With 23 rides, attractions, animals, shows, games, and all your favorite fun foods your bound to have a magical time. From Picnics to Parties, toddlers to tweens, and thrill seekers to party goers … Santa’s Village is the perfect place for a day of play for your next family or group outing. Visit for further details. Located at 601 E. Dundee Ave., East Dundee.

Konow’s Corn Maze
Family Fun is in season at Konow’s Corn Maze! Fall Fest has begun, so come by and spend a fun day with the family on our farm! Get lost in our world famous corn maze, play on the hay stacks, take a ride on our cow train, or just enjoy some of the seasonal beauty!  Perfect for small children, our farm also features a petting zoo with lots of animals to interact with, as well as pony rides on the weekends. In addition to all the seasonal fun, be sure to check out our weekly live music selections, grab some lunch from our cafe, or shop in our general store! Plan a day with your family for games, rides, food and fun at Konow’s Corn Maze!

Mountain View Adventure Center Haunted Hole-O-Ween
Join us on these spooky weekends, when the ghosts and ghouls of our old mining town come out to haunt those who dare to play on their mini-golf course. Kids in costume receive a special treat! Oct  26–28. Mt. View Adventure Center. 847-391-5733.

Mountain View Adventure Center, Des Plaines Park District
This challenging 18-hole mini golf course features a gold-rush mining town theme, with waterfalls, obstacles, and some rather interesting signposts. Step up to the plate in one of six Batting Cages, with a full range of softball and baseball pitches. Free Skate and BMX parks. Concessions and picnic shelter. A great place for parties and outings. 510 E. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL 847-391-5733

Forest Preserve District of Kane County Campgounds
You can get away from it all without spending it all. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer with electric and water hook-ups for RV or tent camping. We also offer equestrian camp sites – where you can camp with your horses! You’ll enjoy miles of trails and other amenities in these forest preserve-based campgrounds. Sites range from $15 to $35 per day.  Campgrounds are open through October. Call 630-444-1200 or visit

Odyssey Fun Farm
Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park presents Odyssey Fun Farm, just down the street! Amazing attractions include the Dueling Zip-Lines, Containment ‘Z’ Shooting Gallery, 2018 Super Mario Bros 35 Yr Anniversary Corn Maize, petting zoo, pig races, hayrides, inflatable kids zone, pony rides and so much more. Fun for the whole family! The Farm will be open 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm starting now – 10/28! Opening Weekend (9/22-23) will also be the 4th Annual Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest featuring entertainment, guest speakers and all things OZ! See our ad for coupons and save! Located at 18900 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. 708-429-3800.

Kuipers Family Farm
Visit the farm for apple picking (Sat, Sun & holidays only) and the aroma of fresh apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, fudge, pasteurized apple cider and hand-spun caramel apples from The Orchard Shop and Bakery. Taste our six hard ciders at The Bin Tasting Bar! Take a scenic ride around the farm on The Farmview Railroad! The Pumpkin Farm activities have begun and include Pig Races on the weekends, slide mountain, 5 acre corn maze, jumping pillow, rat rollers, barnyard ballgames, haunted barn and forest, petting zoo, hayrides and much, much more! for more information.

Cantigny Park
The fall colors and redesigned gardens alone are a fine reason to visit family-friendly Cantigny in Wheaton. Even better, some of the park’s most beloved annual events are just ahead: Sign up for the Cantigny 5K on Nov. 3, too! The gardens, renovated First Division Museum and special events are free admission with paid parking. Visit for details and receive updates by texting PARK to 36000.




Healthy Driven FRAIDYCAT 5K GHOST RUN 10K & MEOW MILE– Sun. 10/28 – 9 AM approx. start in Downtown Oswego. 630-554-3505. Use code SFM18 to save $5.

  • Chicago Lakefront 50/50 – Sat 10/27 at 6:30 AM. 50 MI/50K Run. Chicago.
  • Halloween Hustle 5K – Sat 10/27 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Come in costume. USATF certified. Palatine.
  • Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase – Sat. 10/27 at 8 AM. 5K Race and 1MI Fun Run. CARA Certified. Lake Bluff. 224-622-9022.
  • Race to Cure Sarcoma Chicago – Sat 10/27 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits the Sarcoma. Libertyville.
  • Trick or Trot 5K/Little Devil Dash 1K – Sat 10/27 at 7 AM. Costume fun run. Villa Park.
  • Halloween 5K – Sat 10/27 at 9 AM. 5K and 1K Races. Costumes encouraged. USATF Certified. Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills.
  • Race of the Dead – Sat 10/27 at 8 AM. Pilsen, Chicago.
  • Haunted Oak 5K – Sun 10/28 at 4 PM. Run through a haunted course. Homer Glen.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Sun 10/28 at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. 708-669-2475.


  • Cantigny 5K Run/Walk – Sat 11/3 at 7 AM. Benefits Midwest Shelter for Homeless Vets. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.
  • Gobbler Hobbler 10K & Mashed Potato Mile – Sunday, November 11 at 8:30 AM. Check out this scenic chip-timed course! Oswego, IL. 630.554.1010.



  • Boo Fest – 10/26. Creepy crafts, ghoulish snacks, spooky games, bounce house and ghosts stories. Costumes of course. Kids ages 1-10 with adult. 6:30-9 PM. Simkus Recreation Center, Carol Stream Park District. 630-784-6114.
  • Candy Carnival – 10/26. Play games to win candy! Pumpkin sack races, howlin’ hula hoops, costume contest. 5:30-7 PM. Centennial Rec Center, Addison. 630-233-7275.
  • Halloween Fest – 10/26. Pumpkin decorating, hayrides Not-So-Scary Haunted House, and costume parade with contest. 5-7:30 PM. The Pavilion, Elk Grove Village. 847-437-9494.
  • Hole-O-Ween at Links and Tees – 10/26-28. Mini Golf for children under 12 in costume, when accompanied by and adult paying “costumer.” 11 AM-10 PM. Putter’s Peak Mini Golf, Addison. 630-233-7275.
  • Trunk or Treat – 10/26. Volunteers decorate and fill their trunks with goodies for kids to trick or treat from trunk to trunk. 6:30-8:30 PM. St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Crystal Lake.
  • Murder Mystery Dinner-Theater – 10/26-27. Cocktails, dinner and the fun of solving a good mystery—in an historic setting! Theme centers on a pirate captain in the 1740s; professionally acted. Ages 21 and up. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register 630-260-8162.
  • Batfest – 10/27. Trick or treating, music, parade, costume contests for humans and pets, pumpkin roll, pumpkin carving contest, games, activities and live entertainment. 10 AM- 2 PM.  Downtown Batavia.
  • Day of the Dead Celebration – 10/27. Third Annual Dia de los Muertos altar completion. Children will paint sugar skulls, view, ofrendas/altars and have their faces strikingly painted. 11AM-4 PM. Des Plaines History Center. 847-391-5399.
  • Halloween Festival and Parade – 10/27. Trick or treating at local businesses, festival entertainment and crafts. 9:45 AM–1 PM. Downtown Glen Ellyn. 630-469-0907 or
  • Halloween Walk – 10/27. Trick or treat parade, crafts and pumpkin bowling. 10 AM-12 PM. LaGrange. 708-582-6510 or
  • Haunted Halloween Party Cruise – 10/27. Don your costume and board a Spirit of Chicago Yacht for a tour of the city with music  by a DJ and available full bar. 21 and older. 5:30 – 8 PM.
  • Safe Saturday Halloween – 10/27. The Des Plaines Chamber, Park District and Library invite all to attend a Halloween parade, trick-or-treating, drop-in crafts and magic show. Parade at 10 AM, other events follow in various locations.
  • Village of Lemont Halloween Hoedown – 10/27. Costume Contest and Parade followed by trick or treating downtown stores and the Safety Village. Haywagon rides, photo opps and “Halloween Hoops” contest. Lemont.
  • Naperville Pumpkin Race – 10/27. Decorating contest, costume contest and family fun. Pumpkin race kits to race/roll pumpkins available in October. 1 PM. Rotary Hill, Naperville.
  • Scare-illon Concert – 10/27. Hear spooky and atmospheric pieces featuring classical and popular music. Millenium Carillon, Naperville.
  • Haunted Halloween Ball – 10/28. The Nightmare at Navy Pier in the Grand Ballroom promises music and refreshments for a spectacular celebration. 21 and older. 9 PM – 3 AM. Navy Pier, Chicago.
  • Halloween Happening – 10/28. Children 10 and under to enjoy fun activities, games and goodies. Costumes welcome. Naperville Riverwalk’s Grand Pavillion. 630-848-5000.
  • Hooowl-A-Ween – 10/28. For pets and their pet parents, participate or watch a costume contest and trick contest. Pet rescue groups, pet products and vendors. 1-3 PM. Lemont. 630-257-2522.
  • Halloween Parade – 10/29 at 7 PM and 10/31 at 9:30 and 10:30 AM. Slightly spooky stories, crafts and costume parade indoors. All ages with adult. Register 630-627-0316. Helen Plum Library.
  • Boo Bash – 10/30. Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to this fun hour of not-too-spooky activities and stories, ending with a treat. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. 10-11 AM. Cantigny Park, Education Center, Wheaton. Register 630-260-8162 or
  • Halloween Boonanza – 10/31. Kids ages 2 to 14 will enjoy crafts, inflatables, trick or treating, a costume contest, a haunted train ride, carnival games and entertainment. Community Recreation Center, Schaumburg. 847-490-7020.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas – 10/31. Screening of the classic stop-motion film with live music from the Chicago Philharmonic. Costumes encouraged, kid-friendly. 7:30 PM. Auditorium Theatre, Chicago. 312-341-2300.





  • FAMILY Project – Make at home; take home the materials you’ll need to make this hedgehog craft. All ages with adult. 9:30 AM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. 630-627-0316.


  • KIDS Star Wars Reads Day – Try your hand at some Star Wars-inspired activities, celebrate these amazing books and movies. 9 AM- 5 PM. Mount Prospect Public Library. 847-253-5675.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Art Institute of Chicago – “Medieval Renaissance Art, Arms and Armor” is now open and showcases a private collection of items from the years 1200-1600. Altarpieces, exquisite jewelry, and extensive arms and armor in a “sumptuous, immersive display.” Chicago. 312-443-3600.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Museum of Science and Industry – Through January 6. “Let Your Imagination Fly” gives a unique look at the Pixar animation process and explores the technology behind beloved characters from “Toy Story,” “Monster’s Inc.” and other favorites.  Chicago.


  • HOBBYISTS Elgin Coin Club – Buy, sell or trade coins and currency with the public. Kids’ auction, raffles, door prizes. 8 AM-3 PM. Holiday Inn, Elgin. 847-804-6362.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Art Institute of Chicago – “Medieval Renaissance Art, Arms and Armor” is now open and showcases a private collection of items from the years 1200-1600. Altarpieces, exquisite jewelry, and extensive arms and armor in a “sumptuous, immersive display.” Chicago. 312-443-3600.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Museum of Science and Industry – Through January 6. “Let Your Imagination Fly” gives a unique look at the Pixar animation process and explores the technology behind beloved characters from “Toy Story,” “Monster’s Inc.” and other favorites.  Chicago.


  • RECITAL Cello – Wheaton College music students will perform on campus. Public welcome. 7:30-8:30 PM. Wheaton College, Wheaton. 630-752-5099.


  • ADULTS Book Club – All are welcome to discuss Romance Novels or Romance Subgenre is welcome. 7:30-8:30 PM. Bloomingdale Public Library. 630-924-2730.



  • TEENS Anime Club – Watch anime, read manga, discuss favorites, enjoy Japanese snacks, crafts and draw favorite characters. Agers 12-18. 5:30-7:30 PM. Aurora Public Library. 630-264-3417.


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