Have you finally wrapped your mind around the fact that it’s October? Good, because we’re halfway through! Take a break from stocking the closets with cold-weather gear to enjoy all the fun happenings. From staying cozy indoors at a show full of smiles to making your way to a harvest fest, read on to find the best of the best for slaying the weekend.

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IN THE CITY

Lakeview

Giggle So Hard You Cry at Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create an unpredictable story. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. Sat. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Go Wild at LPZ’s Fall Fest
Usher in the harvest season with your animal friends at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest, a family celebration complete with rides, sing-a-longs, activities and entertainment. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

North Park

Harvest with the Animals at North Park Nature Center
This beloved forest celebrates the harvest by focusing on animals that prepare for the winter ahead after gathering their fall goodies. Learn a little something nature-y while crafting, strolling the farmers market, watching a scarecrow building contest, listening to live storytellings and jamming to live music. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Norwood Park

Have Big-Top Fun at Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago’s offbeat and totally entertaining circus takes its act on the road, performing in parks in all corners of the city. The troupe does high-wire acts, juggling, clowning and acrobatics. It’s all for a good cause: The tour raises money to improve public parks and playgrounds. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

IN THE ‘BURBS

Elmhurst

Start the Treating Early at Family Fall Fest
Dress in your Halloween best and take in the sights and sounds of autumn at the Elmhurst Park District’s Family Fall Fest. Take the family to Wild Meadows Trace Park for Safety Town trick-or-treating, fall games, food trucks and more! Sat. Event details.

Homer Glen

Fill Your Day with Smiles at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest
Pack a full day’s worth of fun that goes well beyond the pumpkin patch with rides, mega slides and pumpkins, of course. Come hungry and gobble up a freshly baked apple cider donut. Mmmm. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

McHenry

Create Memories at Shades of Autumn Festival
Take a little drive for more than 25 family friendly attractions at the Shades of Autumn Festival. You’ll find the traditional hayrides, pumpkin picking and petting zoo. But, the little ones will be wowed by the pumpkin cannon, hamster track, semi-truck slide, trikes for tikes, scrumptious apple cider donuts and so much more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Oak Park

Go Green for Halloween in Oak Park
Go green this Halloween at the Oak Park Green Pumpkin Trail. Costumes are optional at this trek thru town that will lead kids to local business and organizations for all sorts of kid-friendly activities and healthy trick-or-treats — emphasis on the treats, of course. Sat. Event details.

Oakbrook

Start ‘Em Early with Baby DJ School
Drop in for an interactive sing-a-long for your littlest music lovers that turns music education into a dance party, while honing their fine motor, ocular, language, social and, perhaps most importantly, their digital DJing those funky beat skills. Fri. Event details.

Union

Tackle Fall Like It’s Done in the Wild, Wild West
Don your best cowboy boots and get ready for an autumn Wild West adventure via Donley’s Wild West Town, a family themed park with loads of things to see and do. Pan for faux gold, take a vintage canoe ride and see a show. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers

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