Things To Do This Weekend October 9-11, 2020

We put a spell on you, because you’re ours in this edition of things to do this weekend October 9-11.

Spooky season is underway and we are elated. We have a slew of fall feels type information in Lake County like Autumn’s Fab Five, Street Art and Murals, October’s Top 10, Fall Farm Fun and Pumpkin Picking.

Don’t forget to submit your imagery to the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest. Six winners will be named and win prizes. The contest runs through October 31.

This weekend you can scare the magpies, spook speak with spirits, walk the costume red carpet with man’s best friend, TikTok challenge with a stallion or enjoy a hot diggity dog with a shake one last time for the season.

Here are your top five things to do this weekend October 9-11.

1. Long Grove DIY Scarecrow Day

Hay, Hay! It’s a great weekend to visit Historic Downtown Long Grove for their annual DIY Scarecrow Day. Attendees at the beloved autumnal event will build a custom scarecrow to be displayed throughout the historic village’s main street throughout October. The village’s business district will provide each participant with the basic structure for the scarecrows, bales of straw and building guidance. Haymaking masons are encouraged to bring old clothing and accessories to decorate their creations. Visitors will have the opportunity to cast votes online for the scariest, funniest and most creative scarecrows. Walk-ins are allowed, but registration is recommended. Makers are required to wear masks and practice social distancing guidelines.

Saturday, October 10; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $10 per scarecrow. Brothers Field, 342 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.

2. After Hours Ghost Wauk Tour at Genesee Theatre in Waukegan


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It’s not even October 31 yet, but there’s something spooky going on at Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. The historic theatre is hosting an After-Hours GhostWauk Tour. The ghoulish adventure takes visitors back to the Roaring 20s when claims of ghost sightings and unexplained phenomena have surrounded the historic space. The hair-raising tour features tales of paranormal activities and unsolved mysteries. Visitors will receive rare access to all of the Genesee floors, including the dressing rooms and stage where worldwide stars have graced. Social Distancing and cleaning protocols are in place to ensure the safety of guests. Order tickets in advance at or call 847-263-6300 for the box office. The Waukegan theatre will host tours every weekend through October 24.

Friday-Saturday, October 9-10; 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets $20 per walker. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.

3. Doggy Trick-or-Treat at Barefoot Bay in Mundelein

Unwind after a ruff week and bring your costumed four-legged friend to Mundelein Park District’s annual Doggy Trick-or-Treat event. Strut your pup through Barefoot Bay’s parking lot and experience a variety of “howl-o-ween” activities. In addition to the trick or treating and fashion show, your canine can bob for weenies, scamper on an agility course, capture a photo-op in the booth, search for bones in the graveyard and more. Fare will be available for purchase at this event, and all dogs must be accompanied by an owner age 15 years and older. Face coverings are required for the free Mundelein event.

Saturday, October 10; noon-2 p.m. Barefoot Bay Family Aquatics parking lot, 1461 N. Midlothian Rd., Mundelein.

4. How a Lipizzan Stallion Learns to Dance at Tempel Farms and Retirement Party for Five Lipizzan Mums

“The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of Lipizzans danced in their heads.” Equine lovers will gather at the Old Mill Creek farm to view the stallions cutting a rug. Visitors will sit social-distanced, ringside at their outdoor arena while professional trainers and the most highly-trained Lipizzan horses go through the process of dressage (dancing). How the Lipizzaner stallion learns to dance is a rare opportunity in a serene country setting. This is a more special dance show as the Old Mill Creek retires five Lipizzan mothers, as you can give them a mighty farewell. If it rains, the event will be conducted in the farm’s open-air indoor arena. Tempel Lipizzan holds this “bust a move” event periodically through December 5. Visit for the facility’s COVID-19 Regulations.

Saturday, October 10; 10-11 a.m. Tickets: $15-$25. Tempel Farms, 17000 Wadsworth Rd., Old Mill Creek.

5. Miller’s Dog N’ Suds Drive-in in Ingleside Final Weekend

The social distancing and curbside pickup go hand-and-hand with Miller’s Dog N Suds’ business model as we head into the Ingleside eatery’s final weekend of the year. Miller’s Dog N Suds is home of the Coney dog and their famous creamy root beer. The Ingleside drive-thru styled eatery is a four-generation, family-owned business that recently celebrated its 50th birthday in 2017. A little touch of the past is still relevant today because you can’t pass up a delicious dog. At one point, there were 600 locations of the restaurant. Currently, 14 Dog N Suds is still in operation with one other place in Lake County (Grayslake). Miller’s Dog N Suds is also listed in “Car Craft Magazine” as one of the “Top Five Cruise Spots in Chicagoland.” Other items on the menu at the iconic restaurant include Texasburgers, corndogs, cheese dogs, chicken sandwich and their shake of the month, which since it’s autumn, you know there’s pumpkin in it. Also, it’s a drive-in, so social distancing is practiced by default. The Ingleside staple will reopen in May 2021.

Friday-Sunday, October 9-11; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Miller’s Dog N’ Suds Drive-in, 517 Washington St., Ingleside.

For more things to do this weekend October 9-11, continue here.

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