Its that time of year! Bonfires, s’mores, apple cider and trick or treat! Time to get your sweaters out and get ready for the holiday season. The fall season is my favorite time of year and we put together a list of fall family fun events to do in and around the Elgin area. Even though the focus of the season tends to center around dark characters, we support anything in Elgin that is family friendly and a good time for all. There are many events going on in Elgin, but here are the top 5 places we think you need to hit up with your family this fall season:

Elgin Public Museum

Friday, October 16
Halloween Science Night
6-8 PM; Nonmembers: $2, Members Free!
Calling all ghouls, goblins and ghosts! Come visit the museum for some scientific Halloween fun. Learn the science behind black lights, spider-webs, and the main ingredient in witch’s brew; dry ice! Adults and kids can experience demonstrations, partake in discussions and create their own creepy crafts. This is a drop-in program, no registration necessary.

South Elgin Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fest

Saturday, October 3, 2015
County Park, 225 South Water, South Elgin, IL
The annual Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at County Park.  Everyone will have fun picking out pumpkins which are available for purchase ($1 – mini, $2, $3 and $5 depending on size). Other activities that will be included are hay rides, petting zoo (minimal charge for feed), pyramid of hay, “touch a truck”, trolley ride (with the purchase of any pumpkin) and pony rides that are available for $2 (profits donated to the FUNdation). There will be an Entertainment Tent with music from a live band and beer, brats and hot dogs for purchase.  For more information visit or call 847-622-0003.

St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

October 9-11th
Join generations of visitors who flock to the annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest every year! For over 25 years, this award-winning festival has brought heartwarming memories to both children and adults, and is a tradition for thousands of families across the Midwest.

Pumpkin Trolley

Saturday, October 17, 2015 to Sunday, October 18, 2015
Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 S. La Fox Street, South Elgin, IL, 60177
The pumpkin harvest is complete and the corn is in the shock…and Indian summer with beautiful autumn colors decorates the “Ole Pumpkin Patch.” Pick up a pumpkin at the patch and enjoy a small treat – great family fun at a low cost.

Randy’s Vegetable Farm Stand

October Hours
Daily 10:00am-6:00pm
Randy’s Vegetable Farm Stand

Come out to Randy’s and have a Fun day, Bring the Kids, the Grandkids, or the Neighbor Kids, and Enjoy Spending Time on a Farm. Train rides, Corn Maze, Caramel Apples, Crafts.

Don’t forget to join us for our 2nd “Sneak Preview” Service for Elgin City Church on Sunday, October 18th at 11:00 am. All are welcome no matter what stage of your spiritual journey you’re at. You will be moved by some wonderful music and inspired by a relevant message from the Bible. We also have kids Sunday school for elementary age children. For more details visit our preview service page here.

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