Things to Do This Weekend

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Are you looking for things to do this weekend in DuPage County? With Halloween approaching and the trees beginning to change colors for the fall, we put together a list for you.


Things to Do This WeekendTroll Hunt and Cider and Ale Fest at the Arboretum

Visit the Arboretum this weekend for the Troll Hunt, Scarecrow Trail and see the leaves begin to change colors. Journey through our far-reaching forest to hunt for six colossal trolls. Marvel at these 15- to 30-foot-tall (and one 60-foot long) sculptures that have been created to serve as protectors of our environment.

Sample ciders and seasonal beers in the midst of rich fall color at the Cider and Ale Festival on Saturday. Sip on local favorites and explore new craft ciders and beers while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Cool nights mean fall color is ramping up. Sugar maples along Route 53 are turning red-orange with the change of color accelerating in our collections and woodlands. Sugar maples are turning orange where they are exposed to the sun. Ironwood, elms, hickories, and hackberries are starting to show yellow. Sumacs at the Big Rock Visitor Station are turning red. Walnuts are still dropping their large heavy nuts. The prairie is a good place to visit with late fall asters blooming, and tall grasses beginning to color. The recent weather is speeding fall color development. Colors will be changing almost daily, so get out and enjoy as often as possible!

The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53 
Lisle, IL 60532


Boo at the Zoo 

Brookfield Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration, Boo at the Zoo provides a haunting good time for the entire family this weekend. The fun-filled event, presented by Ferrara Candy Company, features a 7,000-square-foot corn maze, giant pumpkin carving demonstrations, a costume parade and contest, and Halloween-themed crafts and activities each weekend. In addition, there will be special animal Zoo Chats about some of the zoo’s creepy critters.

Brookfield Zoo
8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL
Brookfield, IL 60513


Corn Harvest This Weekend

Attend Corn College this weekend and then stroll to the fields to help hand-pick the corn, shock the stalks and fill the corn cribs. Then, stop near the farmhouse to make a corn-husk figure to take home. Volunteer beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions in the honey house, and a blacksmith will demonstrate the tools and techniques of the trade in the wagon shed.

Kline Creek Farm
1N600 County Farm Road
West Chicago, IL 60185


All Hallows Eve at Naper Settlement

Experience two of the darkest nights of the year this weekend with 13-acres of haunting creatures, eerie entertainment, screaming delights, and must-see horrors. Like a haunted house on steroids, this one-of-a-kind experience brings some of the scariest characters of the past, present, and future to life. Meet the lost souls of the dead in a haunted happening you won’t forget.

Our historic buildings are turned into H.H. Holmes’ Murder Castle, Frankenstein’s Laboratory, a Torture Dungeon, Victorian Insane Asylum and so much more. Beware! Be Scared!

The Naper Settlement
523 S. Webster Street
Naperville, IL 60540