[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he air is crisp, green leaves are turning red and everything you eat and drink is now offered in a pumpkin flavor. It’s official—fall is here! From apple orchards to zombie festivals, welcome the new season properly with these fun day trips.
Wickedly Whiting Festival
1417 119th St., Downtown Whiting, Ind. | 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. |
Think you’re tough enough to go to a festival? Wickedly Whiting Fest is for the brave, as the block long entrance shows an apocalyptic scene, including zombies. The bright side is that the festival is still a festival with vendors, music and food. Either run from a zombie or become one, your pick at the Zombie 5K, beginning at 11 a.m. Go to this festival, if you dare! For registration, vendors and schedules, visit www.whitingoktoberfest.com.
Now – Nov. 21 (Pumpkin Season)
Kuipers Family Farm
1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park, Ill. | Mon. – Sat.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
About 90 minutes from the city, Kuipers Family Farm is a perfect day trip. The farm offers a host of fall activities for the whole family. Enjoy picking pumpkins at the patch, take a haywagon ride, or walk through their Haunted Forest. For tickets and more information, visit www.kuipersfamilyfarm.com.
Now – Oct. 31
Odyssey Fun Farm
18900 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, Ill. | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Odyssey Fun Farm offers a variety of attractions and activities for all ages. On the 110-acre farm, visitors can get lost in a corn maze (a compass would be helpful), make some new friends at the petting zoo and shoot corn from a cannon. On the weekends, Odyssey Fun World has a Zombie Survival Hay Ride from 7 p.m. to midnight where visitors will be given paintball guns and a pep talk to fight against the undead—leave the kids at home for this one. For times, tickets and more information, visit www.odysseyfunfarm.com.
Oct. 2 – Oct. 31
Nightmare from North St.
880 E. Main St., East Dundee, Ill. | 7 to 11:30 p.m.
Not for the faint of heart, Nightmare from North St.’s “Escape the Nightmare” is truly terrifying. Spread out over 16 acres, the park becomes overrun by the Morbid Army when the park employees leave and the lights shut off. Start with Twisted Madness on the trail. If you survive, you’ll be led to the Morbid Manor, where the real nightmare takes place. Visit www.nightmarefromnorthstreet.com for more information and to buy tickets—if you dare!
Now – Nov. 1
All Seasons Apple Orchard
14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock, Ill. | Mon. – Fri.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
All Seasons Apple Orchard, located 50 miles from the city, boasts 10,000 apple trees waiting to be picked. Visitors are taken to the orchard on a haywagon, passing the orchard’s other attractions like the corn maze and pumpkin patches. All Seasons’ website details the apple varieties and the perfect picking dates. For tickets and apple information, go to: http://allseasonsorchard.com/
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