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Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween in Chicago

Fall is such a beautiful time in Illinois! There are SO many fun festivals, pumpkin patches, orchards, haunted houses and other fall events, we are bringing you the Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween. Everything is organized here in one spot for you to save / bookmark and return to again and again throughout the month. As you read through, make sure to note your favorites in case they require advance registration so that you can snag a spot before they are all filled.

Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween in Chicago

Fall is such a beautiful time in Illinois! There are SO many fun festivals, pumpkin patches, orchards, haunted houses and other fall events, we are bringing you the Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween. Everything is organized here in one spot for you to save / bookmark and return to again and again throughout the month. As you read through, make sure to note your favorites in case they require advance registration so that you can snag a spot before they are all filled.

2021 Chicagoland Pumpkin Patches

Fall is definitely NOT cancelled this year folks!

Between the apple orchards and these pumpkin patches,

there is fall fun to be had every weekend until November!


As I have stated before, when it comes to farms,

it is always a good idea to verify on their website and Facebook page

to confirm they are open for the day.

You are also going to want to confirm the forms of payments they take,

what COVID policies they have in place,

and whether advance registration is required or not.




Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm

  • Homer Glen, IL
  • “Have you ever wondered where America’s #1 Pumpkin Farm is located? Visit and experience Bengtson Pumpkin Farm to see why so many families include this farm in their annual Fall traditions. Opening Sept. 17th everyday thru November 1, 2021. Fun for the whole family, over 50+ attractions, activities, and food. Unlimited Kiddie Rides included every day with admission.”


Bronkberry Farms

  • Plainfield
  • Annual fall fest is October 9th & 10th
  • Hayrack rides every hour on the hour for $3pp
  • Open Tues – Sunday


Cody’s Farm

  • Marengo
  • Weekends in October enjoy free admission and parking, free hayrides to pick your own pumpkin, free kids play area, 5 acre corn maze, and more!
  • Wristband required for additional activities.


Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest

  • October 1st – 31st
  • Wheaton, IL
  • Come out to Cosley Zoo this fall and enjoy the colors of the season, see the animals, and pick out your pumpkins! Pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, corn stalks, and straw bales are all available for purchase.
  • Carnival Ride tickets will be available for purchase in the zoo admission booth and gift shop.
  • Admission to Pumpkin Fest is included with your general admission entry ticket.

Dave’s Pumpkins

  • Huntley
  • All pumpkins $8 any size
  • Free parking and no admission fees
  • Fresh pumpkins and the best cider donuts in the county. Lot’s of family activities: pumpkin bowling, mini- broom corn maze and pedal tractors. Cider donuts and spooky hay rides ($5) on weekends in the fall.
  • “Join us for Dave’s Amazing Halloween Hay Ride! It’s better than ever this year with a ride through acres of terrific trails, wild woods and a mysterious marsh. You might spot a great blue heron, a snowy egret or even a bald eagle! See a rainbow of fall colors as you travel through the tunnel of trees. According to legend, long ago the ghosts of Caribbean pirates navigated from the Gulf of Mexico up through Illinois to hide away in these marshes. If you look closely you will see these spooky pirates too! They might be fishing, shooting a cannon or just sitting around a campfire. The spooky sights are fun for all ages and not too scary for the little ones.
    Rides are about 15 minutes long. $5 per person, 2 and under are free. Open Thu-Fri 3 PM to 8 PM, Sat – Sun 10 AM – 8 PM.”


Didier Farm

  • Lincolnshire
  • September 18th – October 31st, 7 days a week, 9 AM – 6 PM
  • Come see the Animal Land Zoo or Play in the Pumpkin Playland!
  • “We are well know for growing some of the most amazing pumpkins anywhere.  We have a huge selection of unusual pumpkins and gourds in an array of sizes and colors.  White, green, speckles and orange are all waiting to be made into your favorite Jack-O-Lanterns!”


Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch

  • South Barrington & Pingree Grove, Hampshire
  • “Goebbert’s Fall Festival runs through Halloween. We are a great place for families to come and have a great fall day. Come enjoy the animals, watch a pig race, see our famous Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur, have some lunch and pick out a pumpkin. We have plenty of fun attractions for the whole family! Also make sure to stop by the Red Barn Cafe & Bakery for some tasty treats, including our famous Apple Cider Donuts and Pumpkin cookies. Masks are required to enter the farm and for all indoor buildings, attractions and specified areas (market, cafe, haunted house, pony ride, camel ride, wagon ride, jumping pillow, animal tents, giraffe stand, shadehouse and when maintaining social distance is not possible). Don’t delay; our festival is only 6 weeks long! Our farm is open daily until 6pm, but the last entry for the day is 5pm.”


Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm

  • Minooka
  • Open through October 31st, 7 days a week 10 – 6:30
  • Hay rides and food on weekends and Columbus Day only
  • “Catch a hayride out to our 25-acre pumpkin patch full of 90 different varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and squash! Pick from traditional jack o’ lanterns, to white pumpkins of all sizes, bumpy pumpkins, green, red and multi-colored pumpkins, to name a few. Also, notice the “giant” in our name “Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm”? That’s right, we also specialize in GIANT pumpkins! Our largest pumpkin was grown in 2013, weighing in at 731.5 lbs!”
  • Kids will enjoy the corn maze, soybean maze, milo’s castle playground, straw barn, and more!
  • For Halloween fun enjoy the flashlight maze, moonlight hayride, and haunted corn maze!


Jack’s Pumpkin Pop Up

  • 1467 N. Elston Ave., Chicago (Goose Island)
  • September 23rd – October 31st
  • “Join us for the newest interactive Pop-Up Experience to hit Chicago, Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up is located on over 2 acres in Goose Island. For one month only experience a larger than life, outdoor, multi-sensory adventure in the heart of Chicago. Spend an autumn night outside making memories without having to travel to the Suburbs while you get lost in Chicago’s largest corn maze! Whether you’re seeking a striking nighttime lights display, an outdoor pumpkin-themed party with dozens of fall themed instagramable memories or a one of a kind corn maze, there’s an experience here for everyone! We are open nightly rain or Shine!”


Konows Corn Maze

  • Homer Glen
  • “Konow’s Corn Maze in Homer Glen is open Saturday September 18th – October 30th! Rides, Games, Food, Fun, and our world-famous Corn Maze! 
  • “Come out and enjoy games, rides, animal barn, food, live music, our world famous corn maze and more! Every day is FREE RIDE DAY!”


Kuiper’s Family Farm

  • Maple Park
  • “Fun is grown by the bushel at the Kuipers Family Farm. Create memories for your family to last a lifetime when you spend the day on our beautiful sprawling Midwest farm. Enjoy all of the fun, interesting, and educational feature, attractions, and rides. And of course, take your time scoping out the best spots for the biggest and best pumpkin picking in our expansive pumpkin patch.”
  • Also enjoy the apple orchard, corn maze, hay wagon rides, jumping pillow, petting zoo, tractor train, woodland walk, and more!


Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

  • Lockport, IL
  • Opens September 25th. Some attractions are only open Sat, Sun, & Columbus Day from 10 – 6.
  • The 2021 cornfield maze theme is Super Marios Bros!
  • “You can find your way through the maze (or part of it), feed the goats and sheep,  see the farm animals , take a wagon ride to the UPick pumpkin field , find the queen bee in our observation hive, play in one of our 5 play areas, take a train ride, slide down the tallest slide in the Midwest, and much more!”

Sonny Acres Farm

  • West Chicago
  • Closed Mondays except for Columbus Day
  • Come pick your pumpkin grown right on their farm, enjoy the outdoor grill, petting / feeding zoo, and more!
  • The kids will have a blast in the kiddie koral complete with jumping pillow, bounce houses, pony rides, sonny express train, and rides!
  • For spooky fun enjoy the Haunted Barn and Haunted Trail


Stade’s Farm and Market

  • McHenry
  • “Our hayrides to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins will begin at 9 am. They will continue to run until 5:30 pm. Any size pumpkin in the field is just $8. We offer hayrides on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Fridays in October and Columbus Day.”
  • Shades of Autumn, Fall Family Festival open through November 1st
    • Pumpkin picking, apple picking, food, and fun!


Tom & Zach’s Pumpkin Patch

  • Lockport
  • “We are a small family farm with about 1 and 1/2 acres of pumpkins. There is no admission fee , you can walk through the field with your kids to find the perfect pumpkin.  We have wagons and cutters to cut the pumpkins off the stem.”
  • Pumpkins range in price from $1 to $7. We have white pumpkins. Small straw bales $5, large $8, Corn stalks $4.
  • Cash only
  • “We are open 7 days a week from 8 am till dusk from now until Halloween. We have set up props so you can take pictures with  your kids.”


Windy Acres Farm

  • Geneva, IL
  • Apple and Pumpkin Festival September 18th – October 31st
  • Jumping pillow, train, pony rides, corn maze, petting zoo, wagon rides, corn box, tangled web, zip line, educational barn, and more!
  • Gates Open 9am-6pm. Attractions Open 10am-6pm.
    • $15 per person ages 2 and older to enter attractions area on weekdays, not including Columbus Day.
    • $17 per person ages 2 and older to enter attractions area on weekends and Columbus Day.


Don’t forget about Apple Orchards! (Many of them have pumpkin patches as well!) Check out our guide below!


Chicagoland Apple Orchards

The season is upon us! Apple picking, pumpkin picking, sweater weather, cider, donuts…

This is my absolute FAVORITE season of the year! And in the midst of a global pandemic, we need to enjoy

all of the outdoor, social distancing friendly activities we can get!


As with everything, please make sure to check the farms Facebook pages, the weather, mask rules, and acceptable forms of payment before heading out.




All Seasons Orchard

  • Woodstock, IL
  • Apple orchard, pumpkin patch, and corn maze
  •  The Barnyard activity area includes the corn maze, magic shows, pig races, pedal karts, petting zoo, etc. Last entry into corn maze is 45 min prior to closing.
  • Open weekdays 10 AM – 5 PM. Close at 6 PM weekends and holidays


Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

  • Elkhorn, WI
  • “On Fridays (afternoon only), Saturdays & Sundays starting September 19 until the end of October, you can pick your own apples right off the tree, or choose from a variety of fresh picked apples available in our orchard store.”
  • “The Country Store and Bakery is the perfect place to complement your orchard experience. Treasures abound under the barn roof and in the aisles of the country store.”
  • Due to the pandemic there will be no tractor rides, jump house, outside games, etc this season.


Apple Holler

  • Sturtevant, WI
  • 78 acre orchard and hardwood forest
  • Monday-Friday: 9AM until 4PM; the last picking bags are sold at 3PM,
    Saturday-Sunday: 9AM until 5PM; the last picking bags are sold at 4PM.
  • Must pre-purchase bag to pick apples. $15 for a 1/4 peck bag



Cody’s Farm & Orchard

  • Marengo, IL
  • Apple orchard opening TBD. Follow their Facebook page for updates.
  • Pumpkin season are weekends September 21st – October 27th
    • Free hayrides to pick your pumpkin
    • Kids play area
    • Fall decorations
    • Delicious food & desserts


County Line Orchard

  • Hobart, IN
  • U-Pick apples are pay what you pick, 1.79/lb
  • Pumpkins are 40 cents / lb
  • Tractor rides, corn maze, animal barnyard and more!


Curran’s Orchard

  • Rockford, IL
  • Wagon rides, play area, animals, and more
  • Grab ‘n’ Go donuts and apple cider slushies
  • Daily hours, 9 AM – 6 PM





Edwards Apple Orchard

  • Poplar Grove, IL
  • A family-owned apple orchard in Poplar Grove, Illinois where guests can enjoy crisp apples, apple cider donuts, and freshly-pressed apple cider.
  • Apple picking will begin mid-September Monday thru Thursday. Guests will drive their vehicles out to the orchard on days when picking is available
  • Beginning September 28, pumpkin picking will be available weekly Monday thru Thursday.


Garwood Orchards

  • LaPorte, IN
  • No Entry Fee, $20 Minimum Purchase for UPick Entry (Families up to 6)
  • Horses & Pony Rides


Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard

  • Pingree Grove, IL
  • Fall Festival Open Daily from August 28, 2020 through Halloween Day. Hours are 9-6 every day, including Columbus Day and Labor Day
  • General Admission includes: Entrance to Animal Land, Pedal Karts, Tire Mountain, Corn Stalk Maze, Wagon Ride to the Field /Orchard, Haunted House, Munchkin Maze, Straw Bale Maze, Western Town, Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur, Goebbert’s Pumpkin Express Train Ride, Pumpkin Slide, Jumping Pillow, Chicken Show, Pig Races, and Corn Box (Pony and Camel rides are available for an additional cost of $6 each, and our Pop-A-Shot Attraction for big kids is an additional $3).
  • Purchase admission tickets online in advance
  • The fall festival at the South Barrington location begins September 19th and runs through Halloween.
    • Come see the famous Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur, enjoy animals, watch a pig race, and enjoy the bakery.





Heinz Orchard

  • Green Oaks, IL
  • Opening day is September 18th
  • No bathrooms, fruit sampling, hanging out or picnicking this year
  • One picking stick per group
  • Pure apple picking fun!
  • $10 for a 1/2 peck bag
  • Check their website and Facebook page for hours and schedule


Homestead Orchard

  • Woodstock, IL
  • Next picking day is September 19th
  • Because of COVID -19 the restrictions are no picnicking and you must wear your mask in the store and in the orchard when you cannot keep the 6’ distance


Honey Hill Orchard

  • Waterman, IL
  • Open September 10th – October 31st, 9 AM – 5:30 PM daily
  • Children’s play area with farm petting zoo and straw maze
  • Donuts, cider, pies, etc
  • Must have a pre-purchased picking bag to enter the orchard. $8 1/4 peck


Jonomac Orchard

  • Malta, IL
  • Fall Festival Days will require a General Admission to safely limit the number of guests visiting the farm and allow for proper space to safely social distance. Guests are encouraged to purchase general admission tickets in advance on-line to ensure your entry on the day you plan to visit.
  • Fall Festival days are Fri-Sun and holidays
  • Admission not required Mon – Thurs
  • Barn Yard Play Area is open free of charge Monday through Thursday, and guests are able to pick apples in our U-Pick Apple Orchard from 9am-5:00pm
  • All the fall festival activities are open on the weekends.





Keller’s Farmstand

  • Oswego, IL
  • The apple orchard is located on the Oswego farm. Before heading to the orchard for U-pick apples, all guests must first purchase a bag in the farmstand on weekdays or at the Apple Barn on weekends. Please buy apple bags 30 minutes prior to closing time to allow enough time for picking.
  • $7.00/person for ¼ peck bag (about 3 lbs)
  • The pumpkin patch is at the Oswego farm only
  • Kids play area, farm animals, corn maze, pedal tractors, etc available on weekends.


Kuipers Family Farm

  • Apple Orchard & Pumpkin Farm
  • Admission to Orchard: $10.99 per person Includes 1/4 peck bag of apples. Children 2 and under admitted FREE but don’t receive a bag.  Everyone entering the orchard must purchase admission.
  • U-Pick apples on weekends only
  • Pumpkin Farm Fun begins September 19th.
  • Corn maze, pig races, jumping pillow, tractor train, farm animals, and more!

Lang’s Orchard

  • Woodstock, IL
  • Open Sat and Sun from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Honeycrisp and Snowsweet will be sold prepicked only
  • Follow their Facebook page for the availability schedule of the various apple varieties




Rendleman Orchards

  • Alto Pass, IL
  • U-Pick Pumpkin Patch open late September through October 31st
  • Check their Facebook page for what variety of apples are available for U-Pick
  • U-Pick sunflower and zinnia field as well
  • “Nestled in the hills of Southern Illinois, Rendleman Orchards has been committed to growing and shipping quality peaches, nectarines, apples, and vegetables to the commercial produce markets throughout the Midwest since 1873!”


Royal Oak Farm Orchard

  • Harvard, IL
  • “Our u-pick apple orchard, located in Northern Illinois near the Wisconsin state line, offers family fun and  entertainment in a beautiful 120 acre setting from mid-August through mid-November. We have over 17,000 apple trees with over 30 varieties of apples to choose from and new varieties are being planted each spring. We also grow pumpkins, giant pumpkins, gourds and winter squash. And we have the country’s first apple tree maze, Amaze ‘N Apples, where you can wonder through 1.5 miles of trails with 9 varieties of apples. Don’t forget our world famous apple cider donuts and the best apple picking in northern Illinois!”
  • There is also a children’s entertainment area with train, carousel, hay ride, etc.


Stade’s Farm & Market

  • McHenry, IL
  • A $10 minimum apple purchase per person is required to enter the apple orchard
  • Hayrides and pumpkin picking will begin on Saturday, September 19th


Valley Orchard

  • Cherry Valley, IL
  • U-Pick apples will be available September 12th
  • Pay per pre-purchased bag
  • Fresh donuts, pie, and apple cider!


Woody’s Orchard

  • Plano, IL
  • Apple orchard, pumpkin patch, playground, train rides, and activities galore!
  • Open Fri – Sun in September and Thur – Sun in October
  • “Orchard entrance is permitted with the purchase of a $7 quarter peck bag for each person.
    Over the age of 4 requires purchase of an apple bag.’
  • Woodys Orchard has a 2 acre pumpkin field that features 15 varieties of pumpkins planted randomly. The pumpkins range from 1-5 lb “cannon balls” to 100 lbs “atlantic giants.”