Leon Redbone will perform Oct. 18 at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire.
Updated: October 11, 2012 7:28PM
Fest: Harvest Festival will be held Oct. 13 from 1 to 10 p.m. at Northern Illinois Conservation Club, on Route 83 one-half mile south of Route 173. Activities will include craft table, face painting, hay rides, cake walk, story telling, bucket raffles and more. Also, the Haunted Trail of Terror will be open Oct. 12-13 from dusk to 10 p.m. Details, (847) 395-6422 or www.mynicc.org.
Party: Gurnee Park District welcomes witches and wizards to a Spooktacular Halloween party Oct. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Viking Park Community Center, 4374 Old Grand Ave. This fun party is for children ages 4-8. Enjoy crafts, games and a hayride, weather permitting. Don’t forget to wear your costume. Pre-registration is required. Fee is $7 for residents and $9 for non-residents. To register, call (847) 623-7788 or www.gurneeparkdistrict.com.
Stories and trail: Ghost stories and a haunted trail will be held Oct. 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road. Haunted Trail opens at 5:15 p.m., and stories begin at 7 p.m. Minimum age is 5 years. The storyteller this year is Linda Gorham of AuroraHer stories are creative and energetic, and range from those that make you giggle to those that make you cringe and even shiver a little. Registration required. Details, (815) 344-1294 or dnr.state.il.us.
Walk and open house: Enjoy an arts adventure at the Ragdale ArtWalk and Open House Oct. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ragdale, 1230 N. Green Bay Road. Meet the artists-in-residence and see work created by six members of Chicago Sculpture International. Visit open studios and the recently restored, historic Ragdale House, the summer home of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. Stroll through the gardens and adjacent prairie and find out about this acclaimed artist retreat that welcomes 200 writers and artists each year. Light refreshments are provided. Participating sculptors include Nicole Beck, Barbara Cooper, Mia Capodilupo, Victoria Fuller, Allison Svoboda and Vivian Visser. Admission is $20 and free for Chicago Sculpture International members and children under 12. For advance reservations, visit www.ragdale.org or e-mail email@example.com. Details, (847) 234-1063.
Theater hike: Citadel Theatre and Lake Forest Open Lands will present a theater hike titled “The Witch’s Brew” October 18-21 at 4:30 p.m. at Middlefork Farm Preserve, 1401 Middlefork Drive. Experience the magic of theater amidst the gorgeous fall backdrop. A local witch gathers the children to help solve the missing portions of a long lost recipe meant to protect the woodland creatures. If the proper potion is not concocted, all will be lost. At each station, a clue will be revealed during the story. This unique production gives you the chance to watch a story unfold as you walk the park trails, and see a new side to the wildlife animals found in Lake County. In case of bad weather, the performance will move to the West Campus Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. Costumes encouraged. Dress warm and be sure to bring a blanket or chair and a flashlight. Tickets are $15 and $10 for Open Lands members. Cash only sales at the door. Order online for credit card purchases at www.ticketturtle.com. Details, (847) 735-8554.
Dance: Barn dances will be held Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Susanna Farms, 24153 Town Line Road. There will be live music, food and good cheer. The dances will feature music by Paul Krawl and the Kingsnakes Oct. 13 and Brad Cole on Oct. 20. Tickets are $25 and include barn dance admission and barbecue dinner. Wine and beer along with non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Details, (847) 838-0798 or www.susannafarms.com.
Fest: German American Club of Antioch will hold Oktoberfest Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the German American Cultural Center, 259 W. Grand Ave. The Paloma Band will perform and there will be plenty of beer and food. Tickets are $10. Details, (847) 356-5484.
Fest: Pumpkin Fest will be held Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cook Park on Milwaukee Avenue, between Cook Avenue and Church Street. Receive a pumpkin with a donation for the food pantry; paint your pumpkin, Touch the Trucks on Church Street, visit local businesses for fall activities, and dance and be entertained by a kids DJ. Details, (847) 362-2430 or www.libertyvillejuniors.org.
Competition: The annual Barn Burner Bar-B-Que Competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Association, will be held at Lambs Farm Oct. 19 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Route 176 and I-94. The food festival features the Friday Chili Challenge Cook-Off, contests, demonstrations, raffles, vendors, Miller Beer Tent and live music and more. The public is invited to compete in or judge the chili competition, and learn expert tips from the barbeque competitors. One lucky chili entry will be proclaimed the People’s Choice. Teams compete for Grand Champion title and the chance to compete at national events. There will be several winners in the barbecue competition. Free for spectators. Details, (847) 990-3750 or www.lambsfarm.org.
Concerts: Leon Redbone will perform Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. and 7th Heaven will perform Oct. 19 at 9:30 p.m. at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive. Tickets are $20-45 for Oct. 18 and $10-15 for Oct. 19. Details, (847) 499-5000.
Concert: Hit Or Miss will perform Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. at Cubby Bear North, 21661 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $5. Details, (847) 541-4700.
Trail and Bonfire: The Haunted Trail and Bonfire will be held Oct. 13 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Forest View Park, 513 Forest View Drive. Get ready for a night of thrills and chills as you walk along the winding, wooded path and see approximately 12 different spooky scenes for only $1. Other attractions will include wagon rides from 3 to 6 p.m., games, live entertainment, moonwalk, costume contest, face painting and more. The bonfire starts at dusk. Details, (847) 356.6011.
Fest: Celebrate the historic village’s German roots during OktoberFest Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown at Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin roads. Start the festivities at 10 a.m. Saturday with an old fashioned parade through the center of town. Enjoy live entertainment, including folk dancing and a variety of German bands. Experience the old-fashioned fun of a family hayride, pumpkin decorating and children’s activities. Stay for beer, brats, and traditional German food. Admission and parking are free. Many shops and restaurants will add to the celebration with autumn and Halloween-themed items, sales, live music, special foods and drinks. Details, (847) 634-0888 or www.visitlonggrove.com.
Fund-raiser: K-9 Playtime will host a HOWL-O-Ween HOWL benefit Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 403 Washington Blvd. This spooktacular event will feature pet costume contests, silent auctions and raffles, food, fun and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit Placing Paws of Illinois, a Libertyville based animal rescue group. Admission is $5 per dog or $100 for a multi-dog family. All well mannered, vaccinated animals are welcome to attend. Details, (847) 970-7529 or (224) 433-6537. Vernon Hills
Trucks and treats: Children can wear their Don your Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat with their parents Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sullivan Center parking lot, 635 N. Aspen Drive. A variety of local organizations will bring their vehicles for the kids at and the Park District will supply treat bags. This event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather. Fee is $1 and free for children under 2. Pre-registration is required. Details, (847) 996-6801.