Summer has waved farewell as of last week, but don’t fret because Lake County lives and breathes the fall.
From pumpkin patches to family-friendly festivals, to Cubs playoff baseball to Fright Fest, to Halloween and haunted houses, Lake County has what you’re looking for in October.
Here are your top 10 things to do in October 2017.
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After a cloudy day during the eclipse that made visibility difficult, Aspen Library in Vernon Hills invites moon & star buffs to their marquee skywatching event. The Lake County Astronomical Society will provide sophisticated telescopes to view the moon and other matter in the sky. Continue here to learn more about stargazing in Lake County.
Monday, October 2; 7-9 p.m. Aspen Library, 701 Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills.
Six Flags Great America’s Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS® has returned. Crypts, ghouls, zombies and everything else Halloween takes over the Gurnee amusement park on select days from September 16-October 31. The transformation of Six Flags Great America features plenty of exciting thrills and chills including scare zones, live entertainment, haunted attractions and of course the coasters and rides that we love all-year round. So visit Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS® if you dare. We hope your stay isn’t eternal.
Through October 31; Various hours and admissions. Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Pkwy., Gurnee.
Haunted Houses in Lake County (through November 4)
Every October, there is a ‘Monster Mash,’ and the haunted attractions in Lake County never fail to scare. There is an abundance of courageous souls out there that want to brave the storm of a professional scarer. That said, Lake County holds a Master’s Degree in terrifying individuals. Here are some Lake County’s spookiest spots during the Halloween season.
- Dungeon of Doom in Zion (open through Nov. 4)
- Realm of Terror (open through Nov. 4)
- Six haunted houses at Six Flags Great America’s Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS® (open through Halloween)
Fall on the Farms
So why does Fall Farm Fun in Lake County seem so inviting? Well, maybe it’s because it’s the mellow time of year, and nature is exploding with colors perfect for scenic shots and pumpkins! Where can you find fall fun in Lake County? There are many different farms in the area that have brain teasing corn mazes, petting zoos, cider, pumpkins, gourds, squash, hayrides, zip lines and the list goes on. Here is a list of farms in Lake County:
- Lambs Farm in Libertyville
- Didier Farms in Lincolnshire
- Richardson Farm in Spring Grove
- Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile,” said by poet William Cullen Bryant. From the beautiful foliage on the trees in Lake County Forest Preserves to the spooks and spirits to Oktoberfests to pumpkin patches, to Halloween and watching football at the sports bars, Lake County is the place to be during fall. Here is a list of fall festivals in October:
- Didier Farms Pumpkinfest (through Oct. 31)
- Oktoberfest at Side Lot Brewery (Sept.29-Oct 1)
- First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville (Oct. 6)
- The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival (Oct 6-8)
- Fall Bulb Fest at Chicago Botanic Garden (Oct. 6-8)
- Long Grove Craft Beer Fest (Oct. 7)
- Grandwood Park’s Oktoberfest (Oct. 7)
- Epic Fall Fest at Wilmot Mountain (Oct. 8)
- Zion Fall Festival (Oct. 14)
- Long Grove’s Scarecrow Day (Oct. 14)
- 10th Annual Pumpkin Fest in Grayslake (Oct. 19)
- Antioch’s Fall Arts & Crafts Faire with Monster Bash, Treat the STreets and Weiner Races (Oct 21-22)
- ZombieWauk in Waukegan (October 21)
- Antioch’s Halloween Fest & Carnival (Oct. 26-29)
- Lincolnshire’s Annual Boo Bash (Oct. 27)
- Vernon Hills Fall Fest (Oct. 27)
- Zion Park District’s Halloween Fest (Oct. 27)
- Antioch’s Beer & BBQ Walk (Oct. 28)
- Fall Fest & Trick or Treat at the Deer Park Town Center (Oct. 28)
- Waukegan Halloweenfest (Oct. 28)
- Mundelein’s Boo Bash (Oct. 28)
Splendid tunes, Halloween-themed events and more are in store for you at the Waukegan theatre all of October. Here are some of the acts gracing Genesee’s stage this month.
- Kristin Chenoweth (Oct. 1)
- America with Al Stewart (Oct. 6)
- Blue Oyster Cult with April Wine and Head East (Oct. 7)
- Queen Machine (Oct. 10)
- Wauktober: GhostWauk – Tales of the Historic Genesee Theatre (Oct. 11-25)
- Ronnie Milsap (Oct. 12)
- The Ultimate Paranormal Experience (Oct. 13)
- 50 Summers of Love (Oct. 15)
- A Tribute to Ricky Nelson & Chuck Berry (Oct. 19)
- Champions of Magic (Oct. 26)
- Easton Corbin with special guest Lindsay Ell (Oct. 27)
- Ladies of the 80s (Oct. 28)
The New York Times raved that “Honeymoon In Vegas” is “a real-live, old-fashioned, deeply satisfying Broadway musical in a way few new shows are anymore!” Based on the classic 1992 film comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker, James Caan and Nicholas Cage, the Lincolnshire show is a hilarious story of commitment-phobe Jack, his not-so-patient girlfriend Betsy and a professional gambler named Tommy. This is a musical comedy in the Golden Age Tradition with gags games and great tunes, highlighting a book by Andrew Bergman (who wrote and directed the original film) and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.
Through October 15. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.
CROCtoberfest at the Wildlife Discovery Center is a fun-filled event for all ages in a safe environment to meet live crocodiles. Jim Nesci, Illinois’s lone licensed gator owner, is in attendance and brings Bubba, the world-famous American Alligator. The expert staff and members of the Chicago Herpetological Society and the Madison Area Herpetological Society will speak on crocodiles and other cold-blooded critters. The event also features kid-friendly activities, face painting, a storyteller, craft vendors, food and refreshments.
Sunday, October 22; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wildlife Discovery Center, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest.
Planning for a wedding? First and foremost congratulations on your big news! This weekend head to the largest wedding expo in the area – the Lake and Cook County Wedding Expo at DoubleTree Mundelein. Brides-to-be don’t miss this show for all your bridal needs. Visit with over 30 vendors offering everything needed to make your wedding day special, plus a panel of experts providing the latest tips, tricks and ideas to help your day go as smoothly as possible. Besides a blowout bridal gown sale, attendees will have a chance to win a three-night honeymoon.
Sunday, October 22; Noon-3 p.m. Doubletree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein, 510 E. IL Route 83, Mundelein.
Before you and the kids terrorize the streets for some Halloween trick-or-treating, the man from Berrrrrrwyyyyyn will be at Voooolooo Auto Museum. Dodge rubber chickens as you participate in a meet and greet with Svengoolie. Take a photo, get an autograph and gaze upon all of the fantastic cars featured in movies, TV and more. Also, take a free trip on the haunted train ride.
Saturday, October 28; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Volo Auto Museum, 27580 Volo Village Rd., Volo.
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