Fall 2018: Things to Do


Claire Jessen

It’s officially October, and now that summer has come to an end, the chilly air moving in tends to push us indoors.  Although the coming of Autumn may prohibit going swimming in the lake or getting a tan, there are still so many ways to have fun and stay outside as the leaves begin to fall.


Go apple picking.

Spending an afternoon in the orchards can be a great way to not only have a blast but also get a ton of fresh fruit right off the tree.

Apple Holler

5006 S Sylvania Ave, Sturtevant, WI 53177


Go to a pumpkin patch.

Decorating your house and carving a pumpkin is a fun and traditional way to get in the Halloween mood. Visit a local pumpkin carving event, or go hand pick your pumpkins from a nearby patch.

Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm

13236 Townline Rd, Waukegan, IL 60087


Go to a haunted house (fright fest)

Getting a good scare at a haunted house event can be exhilarating fun while helping you to get in the Halloween spirit. Go to a haunted house attraction, like Six Flags Fright Fest, or go explore and find local buildings with a scary history.


Six Flags Great America

1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031

Dungeon of Doom Haunted House

600 29th St, Zion, IL 60099


Go to a drive-in movie

Drive in movies are a great way to experience a movie like they did before modern technology and can also be a blast with some friends. Most drive-ins show Halloween movies this time of the year, so check it out!


McHenry Outdoor Theater

1510 N Chapel Hill Rd, McHenry, IL 60051


Go for a hike

The fall season brings beautiful trees, and as the leaves start to change, a relaxing hike can clear your mind while seeing beautiful, vibrant fall colors.


Starved Rock State Park

2668 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348

Shawnee National Forest

50 Highway 145 South

Harrisburg IL


River Trail Nature Center

3120 Milwaukee Ave.

Northbrook, IL 60062