WINNETKA-GLENCOE, IL — Coronavirus has taken its toll on Illinois, canceling events and postponing sports, graduations and even weddings, but there's one thing it hasn't taken from us: Fall fun.
From pumpkin patches to apple orchards to corn mazes and fall events, there's plenty to keep us busy as the weather turns cool and crisp.
Here's a roundup of the places around Winnetka and Glencoe where you can pick a pumpkin, gather up fall apples, wind your way through a corn maze or attend a safe and socially distanced fall event.
Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes Around New Trier Township
Pumpkin Patch: Didier Farms
Address: 16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire
Season ends: Oct. 31
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Attractions: Pumpkinfest offers hayrides, pony rides, camel rides, kiddie rides, craft area, and have an animal land to explore.
Pricing: No admission fee. Tickets can be purchased for rides and activities.
Pumpkin Patch: Patch 22
Address: 15900 Kelly Road, Wadsworth
Season ends: Oct. 31
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday
Attractions: Hayrides, pony rides, hayloft, petting zoo
Pricing: $10 per car, more for some activities
Pumpkin Patch: Kroll's Fall Harvest Farm
Address: 13236 W. Townline Road, Waukegan
Season ends: Nov. 1
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Monday), Noon-8 p.m. (Tuesday, Wednesday), 10 a.m-8 p.m. (Thursday), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Friday, Saturday) and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sunday)
Attractions: Maze and hayride.
Pricing: $7 adults, $5 children (12 and under), Free (2 and under) for maze; $4 per person for hayride, Free (2 and under); $1-$50 for pumpkins, priced by size. Weekends during timed entry for all guests = $10 per person includes hayride, corn maze and animal area.
Address: 40. W. Higgins Road, South Barrington
Season ends: Oct. 31
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, last entry at 5 p.m.
Attractions: Pumpkin-eating dinosaur, giraffe barn, pumpkin-eating dino, pig racing, pony rides, camel rides, wagon ride, little farmer's play yard, corn stalk maze, pumpkin tunnel, climbing trucks, corn hole game, ring toss game and more.
Pricing: $16.99 for fall festival on weekends, free on weekdays with fees for some activities
Halloween Events In Winnetka, Glencoe
Terrors At Tower
The Winnetka Park District is hosting a campfire, scary story and haunted surprises for ages 10 and up at Tower Road Beach on the evening of Oct. 16. Tickets are $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents.
Superhero Tractor Ride
Registration is required by Oct. 19 for an Oct. 24 family-friendly tractor ride with candy and without any Halloween frights. Tickets are $5 for residents, $10 for non-residents.
The theme of the Winnetka Park District's first ever trunk-or-treat event is "Monster Bash." It is scheduled to take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 at 600 Hibbard Road.
The Takiff Center is hosting an evening of Halloween Fun at Reinsdorf Field. The event will include activities, a goody bag and character greetings. Face masks and tickets are required.
Post-Halloween Pumpkin Smash
A pumpkin smashing event is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Glencoe Community Garden, 380 Old Green Bay Road, where cleaned-out, used pumpkins can be turned into compost and kept out of landfills. There will also be a dumpster available for dropping off pumpkins from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5 outside the garden's south gate at 300 Harbor St.
Winnetka village staff have declared trick-or-treating hours are between 2 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, while Glencoe village staff set hours for trick-or-treating from 4 to 8 p.m.
Groups should keep apart from one another, avoid homemade items and consider leaving candy on the porch or otherwise avoiding close contact with visitors. Public health experts suggest hanging treats from a clothesline for trick-or-treaters to grab or using chalk to mark an area sufficiently distant from the front door to hand out candy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against wearing a costume mask over a protective cloth face mask due to the potential breathing risk. Wearing a Halloween-themed cloth face covering is preferred, according the guidelines.
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