We’ve been waiting all year for this and we’re ready. We’re waiting, with our sweatered arms open saying, “Welcome back pumpkin pie, apple doughnuts and beloved football! We’ve missed you all very much!” Amber colored leaves are piling up so roll up your sweater sleeves and dive right in, because Autumn is officially here!
Nothing sets the mood for fall like Fright Fest at Six Flags. Get your scare on this year at the largest Fright Fest ever. You heard me right. Largest. Fright Fest. Ever. Six Flags Great America will be totally transformed into a Halloween playground, Fridays – Sundays. Have a ghoulish good time with hair-raising shows, electrifying street entertainment and thrilling haunted houses. Plus, experience all the rides in the dark. Think you can go without getting scared? That’s just “witchful” thinking. Watch Video of Fright Fest
The time is ripe for Long Grove’s 21st annual Apple Festival, Friday, Sept. 27 – Sunday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come out for a colorful weekend of live entertainment, music, shopping and fine dining throughout Historic Long Grove. Activities for the whole family include pony rides, kiddie rides and face painting for bushels of fun for everyone. Enjoy apple inspired cuisine and do NOT miss the apple cider donuts!
Vernon Hills 9th annual Oktoberfest Celebration, Saturday, Sept. 28, 3 – 10 p.m. Celebrate fall at this family friendly event, including free pumpkin painting, petting zoo, raffles, giant inflatables and much more. Try the brats, burgers, hot dogs, taffy apples and then hop on a free hay ride.
Libertyville’s Oktoberfest Street Dance, Saturday, Sept. 28, 4 – 11 p.m, is serving up some delicious brews this weekend! Enjoy live music from Steve’s Bavarian Oompah Band at this night and be sure to wear your lederhosen! Award winning German-style craft beers and ales and delectable German food will be on hand from Mickey Finn’s Brewery. The big top will be rockin’ all night and don’t miss the yodeling contest.
Tomb it may concern: Haunted Trolley Season Kickoff & Fallfest at Volo Auto Museum, Saturday, Sept. 28. Special guest, Svengoolie kicks off this event with live Halloween shows, special hearse display and Christine the haunted car’s 30th Birthday. Watch for the ghost of a Civil War Soldier, often seen wandering the grounds.
Gather with friends and family to roast marshmallows over a toasty campfire and experience nature at night at the Family Campfire, at the Greenbelt Cultural Center on Friday, Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m. Celebrate the start of fall with an early evening walk, followed by a drumming circle. Drums and percussion provided but bring your own treats and blankets.
The seasons come and go, but let’s hope these stunning autumn days, and these kaleidoscope trees stay around for as long as possible!
Wherever the ride takes you this fall, be sure to share your photos at #VisitLakeCounty