Whether you are watching a scary movie in your apartment or enjoying a cup of warm apple cider on your private patio, fall in the Midwest signals a change in pace for many. That doesn’t mean all outdoor activities are off limits. From changing foliage to scary sites, here are unique places to visit during the fall in or near DuPage county.
Keller’s Farmstand – Oswego, IL
Keller’s offers a variety of fantastic fall activities. This Oswego location is the destination of choice if you want the most bang for your buck. During the week you can enjoy picking several varieties crisp and juicy apples or choosing a pumpkin right off the vine from their vast pumpkin patch. Visit on the weekend for access to an expanded variety of attractions. Admission is $9.00 and includes access to: the 10-acre corn maze, wagon rides (weather permitting), a childrens straw maze and a large kids play area. Spend a day with a large group or just stop by and visit the farm stand which is stocked with seasonal gourds, plants, apple cider and pumpkin butter.
Konow’s Corn Maze – Homer Glen, IL
Konow’s features two unique corn mazes: a smaller maze which is approximately 0.4 miles of walking and a sprawling maze which totals to an impressive 3.4 miles of walking. Both give visitors the excitement of walking through the tall corn. Don’t be fooled by the name of this attraction – Konow’s Corn Maze also offers 2 corn kernel pits, pumpkin patch, a live music stage and themed costume days. Enjoy all fall activities in the afternoon but stay through the evening for dinner from several concessions stands which include funnel cakes, “straight from the farm veggie foil packets” and apple cider doughnuts.
Morton Arboretum – Lisle, IL
Immerse yourself in an explosion of colorful foliage at the Morton Arboretum’s Fall Color Festival. Walk or bike through 1,700 acres of trees brushed in bright yellows, deep reds and cheery orange. In addition to nature’s beauty, Morton Arboretum hosts a Creatures of the Night event, Scarecrow Trail, Glass Pumpkin Patch, Meet the Beekeeper and Family Jack O’Lantern Hikes. Visit the Morton Arboretum website for more information or to buy tickets to a number special events throughout the season.
Basement of the Dead Haunted House – Aurora, IL
For some, fall isn’t just about pumpkins and apples but getting a good fright during the longer nights. What started as a family hobby has evolved into one of the scariest haunted houses in the state of Illinois, as well as the United States. Voted #1 in the Chicagoland Area, the Basement of the Dead Haunted House brings the dead to life through disturbing sets and props, subtle lighting as well as a sensational group of actors within the basement of a decrepit, 100-year-old building. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
Brookfield Zoo – Brookfield, IL
Though open year-round, every fall Brookfield Zoo hosts “Boo at the Zoo” Saturdays in the month of October. In addition to a visit to one of the best zoos in the United States, guests enjoy trick-or-treating stations, giant pumpkin carving and other crafts, a haunted hayride, pumpkin smasher and costume contest. Check their website for more details about specific weekend events or to buy advance tickets.