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The Weekender: October 28th - 30th

BOO! You're certain to have a spooky good time this weekend in Chicago Southland. Whether you’re looking to get more use out of the kids' costumes at Halloween events, explore nature or an alien plant, you will find it
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Halloween Spookiness


Friday, October 28th - Sunday, October 30th
HAUNTED HOUSE NIGHTMARE AT THE TERRACE
Worth Park District Terrace Centre
11500 South Beloit, Worth
(708) 448-7080
Will you survive the nightmare? Weave your way through 12+ rooms of terror. Admission $8
7-10:30PM

Saturday, October 29th - Sunday, October 30th
BOO! AT THE ZOO2014_Brookfield Zoo_GIRAFFE FEEDING
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield
(708) 688-8000
Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin' good time! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy.
11AM-4PM

Friday, October 28th - Sunday, October 30th
FREAKY DEAKY MUSIC FESTIVAL
TOYOTA PARK
7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview
(323) 908-0607
Freaky Deaky Halloween Festival is an 18+ festival. Everyone will be required to show a government issued ID upon entry.
2PM

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HAUNTED HILLS OF PALOS HAYRIDE
Pleasure Lake Park
10801 South Roberts Road, Palos Hills
(708) 403-4500
Travel by wagon through the haunted woods. A less scary ride will be from 6-7PM. Refreshments will be sold.
6-9PM

Saturday, October 29th
TRUNK OR TREAT
Village Green
Kansas & White Streets, Frankfort
(815) 469-9435
Join the Frankfort Police Department for a "Safety Trunk or Treat". Kids go trick or treating trunk to trunk in the Village Green parking lot. E.F. Bucko costume parade kicks off at 11:00 AM.
11AM-1PM

Saturday, October 29th
HALLOWEEN STORY TIME
Paperback Trading Co.
8825 South Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Lawn
(708) 598-8442
A good time for the 3-7 year old children for a Halloween Scary Story, Craft and Activity. FREE
11AM-12PM

Sunday, October 30thHarry Potter 1
DOWNTOWN TINLEY BOO BASH
Oak Park Avenue Train Station
174th & Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park
(708) 444-5044
Dress up and head out to the Downtown Tinley Boo Bash. Wear your costume, trick-or-treat, games, crafts, prizes, enjoy food and refreshments.
12-3PM

Sunday, October 30th
ALL HALLOW'S EVE
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Come and learn about bats, spiders and snakes and why they’re really not so scary. Costumes strongly encouraged.
1:30PM

 

 

 

Arts & Culture


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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
The Drama Group Studio Theatre
330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights
(708) 755-3444
In this classic musical, Seymour works at a flower shop, attending a plant who he has named Audrey II (after the love of his life, Audrey). However, his plant is no normal plant. It came from outer space and requires a diet of fresh blood. Seymour starts by giving the plant his own blood, but, when people start dying, the plant wants more than a few drops of blood.
F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM

Friday, October 28th
BRUSHES AND BOTTLES
Sgt. Means Barn
20712 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields
(708) 481-7313
Join OFPD for their own Paint & Wine Night!!! Bring your friends, snacks, & drinks and they'll bring the rest. $35
6-9:30PM

Friday, October 28thYou Deserve More
KATE SHANNON | YOU DESERVE MORE
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills
(708) 974-5500
Kate Shannon uses digitally manipulated photographs, animations and videos to explore notions such as happiness, love and loss.
9AM-4:30PM

Saturday, October 29th - Sunday, October 30th
FAT PIG
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park
(708) 235-2222
Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus-sized - and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, he finally comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks.
Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM

 

 

Explore Nature


Saturday, October 29th
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Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont
(630) 257-2045
Sagawau Canyon will highlight the geology of Northeastern Illinois. Hike is over rough terrain, wading through a stream is necessary. Registration in person or by phone, starts the Monday prior to the program date. No groups. Space is limited.
10AM

Friday, October 28th
DUSK BIRD HIKE
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Join us as we go on a sunset walk to see what birds we may find at day’s close. Space is limited. REGISTRATION Deadline: 10/26
5-6:30PM

Friday, October 28th
HIKE UNDER THE NEW MOON
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
(708) 839-6897
Come join us for a night hike followed by a tasty snack. Registration required. Adults only. Limit 25
7:30PM

Saturday, October 29th
EVERYDAY SCIENTIST
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Learn how you can help collect information used by scientists to better understand our planet and save species. For ages 12 & up.
1:30PM

 

 

Farmers Markets


 

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Family Fun


Friday, October 28th - Sunday, October 30th
BENGTSON'S PUMPKIN FARMBengtston
Bengtston's Pumpkin Farm
13341 West 151st Street, Homer Glen
(708) 301-3276
Bengtson Farm is a family owned and operated Pumpkin Farm that has served the Homer Glen area for over 35 years. The farm is “Stroller Friendly,” so bring your strollers or wagons. The farm is about 90% paved, but there are some gravel paths. Don’t forget your camera! Plenty of FREE Parking. Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm is a great place for the young and the young at heart. It’s an annual activity that parents love because of all the fun, interactive pumpkin farm attractions for the little ones to enjoy.
F - Sa 10AM-9PM; Su 10AM-8PM

Friday, October 28th - Sunday, October 30th
PICK. AT GARDEN PATCH FARMS
Pick. at Garden Patch Farms
14158 West 159th Street, Homer Glen
(708) 301-7720
Entrance to Pick's Fall Fest will be FREE the whole month of October! The fall fest includes: a full scale petting zoo with different exotic animals added every weekend in addition to our regulars - pigs, goats, tortoises, turkeys, etc., a bounce house, mini straw maze, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, straw mountain, hay rack rides to our orchards where you can pick apples from bins and the pumpkin patch! Pony rides are available for $5 per ride. They also have locally famous apple cider mini donuts made fresh on site where you can watch them be made! We are also serving apple cider slushies and hot and cold apple cider by the cup! Please note our fall fest runs Saturday and Sunday only. It's also time to start prepping for Halloween! There all kinds of pumpkins and gourds in a wide variety of colors, textures, sizes and shapes! they also have tons of other fall favorites too like corn stalks, hay bails, decorative corn, jams, jellies, pancakes, syrups, salsa, pickled goods, candy apples, caramel apples and all different types of fall inspired goodies.
9AM-6PM

Friday, October 28th - Sunday, October 30th
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Odyssey Fun World
19111 South Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park
(708) 429-3800
The Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is fun for all ages! It is a 110 acre farm with a 13 acre pumpkin patch that you will be able to walk through to find the perfect pumpkin for your family. The exclusive corn maze is 15 acres! There's also a 5 acre courtyard full of family friendly activities: The Odyssey Petting Zoo, The Inflatable Kidz Zone, corn cannons, pig races, a cow train, hay rides and pony rides! (Pony Rides only available on Saturday and Sunday. Max weight of 90lbs.) Smoking and alcohol are strictly not permitted within The Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. Smoking is only permitted within the front parking lot. No outside food or beverages allowed on the Farm!
10AM-6PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn Something New


Saturday, October 29th
STEP BACK INTO A 1950s HALLOWEEN EXHIBIT
1950s Park Forest House Museum
227 Monee Road, Park Forest
(708) 481-4252
The museum is decorated in vintage Halloween decorations including die-cuts and Halloween Gurley Candles. Adults $5; 12 and under free.
1-3:30PM

Sunday, October 30th
PEOTONE WINDMILL TOURS
427 West Corning Avenue, Peotone
(708) 328-4072
Tour and explore three floors of the largest Dutch/German Illinois Windmill built in 1872, filled with antiques and exhibits.
1-3PM

Ongoing
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: SELF MADE IN AMERICA
Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis
700 East Tri-State Tollway, South Holland
(708) 596-8300
Last year the exhibit, "Abraham Lincoln: Self Made in America" came to the Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis. The traveling exhibit was created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The exhibit features eight kiosks and covers Lincoln's childhood, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the 1860 Presidential election, the Civil War, the 13th Amendment and Emancipation Proclamation, his assassination and other important periods and events in his life. This is a temporary exhibit, so don't miss the opportunity to learn about a famous part of America's history!
Open 7 days a week

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping


Saturday, October 29th - Sunday, October 30th
SWAP-O-RAMA FLEA MARKET
The Great Hall at the Tri-State Swap-O-Rama
4350 West 129th Street, Alsip
(708) 344-7300
Chicagoland's most modern indoor/outdoor permanent flea market. Over 800 individual booths of merchandise at bargain prices.
7AM-4PM

Friday, October 28th
JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTION
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(708) 997-0245
Auctions will include antiques, collectibles, furniture and more!
6PM

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