Naperville Park District Family Hayrides, Oct. 19, 25, Knoch Knolls Park, Upper Picnic Grove, 336 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville. Round up the family and take a hayride in the crisp autumn air through a beautiful Naperville park. You may bring your own food to cook over the bonfire or bring the fixings for s’mores. We provide hot chocolate and apple juice. No alcohol allowed. Picnic tables are provided. Bring your own chairs, blankets, flashlights and insect repellant. Children under three may ride for free and do not need to be registered. Each child and adult attending must register. This is a per person event. Tickets range from $8 to $12. Visit www.napervilleparks.org for times, Registration Codes and rainout information. Designed for those ages 3 and up. Visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000 to register.
Farnsworth House Light Display, Oct. 17-20, Farnsworth House, 14520 River Road, Plano. INsite by Luftwerk is an art exhibition that will transform the Farnsworth House into a canvas of light and sound. INsite celebrates the structural minimalism and transparency of the Farnsworth House. Once illuminated the planes of the architecture will appear to float in darkness with projected light traveling through the glass walls, creating a myriad of reflections. Tickets range from $50 to $200. Information: (630) 552-0052 or visit farnsworthhouse.org.
Terror on the Railroad, Oct. 17-18 and 24-25, Illinois Ralway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, South Elgin. In its eighth year of fear, Terror on the Railroad returns bigger than ever. This year, three haunts are in one location. The circus train dropped the twisted circus freaks off … join them at Cirque de Decay. The escaped inmates have taken over the abandoned Train of Chills. face your fears in their new home …they’re dying to see you. If you make it that far, take a ride through the darkness on the possessed Screamliner. Information and tickets: Call (815) 923-2006 or visit terrorontherailroad.com.
Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour, Oct. 17-31, St. Charles. Free guided tours. Pack up the family for an evening cruise to see some of the spookiest houses in the St. Charles community. If you wish to participate in the tour, email email@example.com in early October. FREE guided tour available on line. Homes best viewed at dusk. Information: 630.513.6200 or visit www.stcparks.org.
Nightmare on Chicago Street, Douglas to Villa, Elgin, Oct. 25, 6-11 p.m. The safe zone will be under heavy military control this year in order to keep everyone safe from the infection. Expect some of the businesses to be Boarded Up, trash everywhere, burning tires, some of the left over cars may be damaged and overturned, as well as zombies being caged up. Music, food and scary fun. Tickets are $10 at the gate and $7 online.Information: nightmareonchicagostreet.com/contact/ .
Horse Tails & Tales: the Romance of Fire Horses, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway. Free, but limited seating and RSVP’s recommended. David Lewis, Curator of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and a nationally recognized historian will present a lively forty-five minute discussion/multi-media presentation examining the realities and romance of the era of the fire horse. Call (630) 264-4123 for more information or registration.
Haunted Quarry, Oct. 17-25, 7-10 p.m. 400 S. Water St., Batavia. Summer is over, the leaves are brown and evil lurks. Throughout this haunted town the water has been drained, the guards have gone away and the scary ghosts have come out to play. If you’re up for a good scare enter if you dare. Escape if you’re lucky. Oct. 17, 18, 24, and 25. Hours: 7-10 p.m. Admission: $8. Advance Ticket Purchase – $6 (through Oct. 16). Not suitable for kids 10 and under. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Univited, Oct. 17, 8-10 p.m., Riverfront Playhouse, 13 S. Water St., Aurora. Fans of a good old fashioned ghost story will enjoy “The Uninvited”, the latest production at the Riverfront Playhouse just in time for Halloween. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (630) 897-9496. Information: www.riverfrontplayhouse.com.
Sing along to The Sound of Music, Oct. 18, ECC Arts Center. The ECC Arts Center will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic movie musical “The Sound of Music”on Saturday, Oct. 18, when it presents “Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music.” The performance will begin at 7 p.m. at the Blizzard Theatre located in the Building H Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Tickets for all performances in the ECC Arts Center are available online at tickets.elgin.edu, at the ECC box office located in the Arts Center, or by phone at 847-622-0300. Box office hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Fall Festival, Oct. 18, 1-3 p.m., Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 S. River St., Batavia. Enjoy the colors of fall. Visit craft and activity stations on your walk in the woods at the picnic shelter, along trails and inside Red Oak Nature Center. Story time with Barefoot Books is at 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. in the Maple Classroom inside the Nature Center. Books also will be for sale. No need to register, but groups of 10 or more are asked to register and parents must accompany their children. Admission: free.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Killer Family Reunion, Oct. 24-26, Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. Audiences willhave a chance to question the characters and vote to determine the guilty murderer; each performance has a unique ending. Written by Elizabeth Krahulec. Audience members will enjoy a catered meal before the show as well as dessert during intermission. Performances are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission: $19 per person which includes dinner. Information: (630) 859-8606.