The cooler days of fall are here, and with them come thoughts of pumpkins and Halloween. There are several local events happening around Lake Forest and the North Shore this October that you shouldn’t miss if you’re a fan of a little festive holiday fright, all in good fun.
Highwood Pumpkin Festival
In its 8th year in 2018, the Highwood Pumpkin Festival kicks off October 4th and runs through October 7th. Just a short 5 miles from our community at Kelmscott Park, the event benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois and features carnival rides and games, pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie eating, live entertainment, costume contests, and a bid for the world record of most lit jack-o-lanterns on display at one time. Both retail and food vendors will have lots of treats for sale, from funnel cakes and hot dogs to handmade jewelry and artwork. Tickets can be purchased at the festival entrance gate.
Rags to Witches
An artists’ community located on a beautiful 50-acre Lake Forest estate, Ragdale will play host again this year to the 3rd annual Rags to Witches experience. Beginning at 3:00 p.m. on October 20th, guests can enjoy games, performances, art activities, and a scavenger hunt. The more teen and adult-oriented “after dark” program begins at 6:00 p.m., and includes live music, performances, and a ghostly mystery tour. Tickets can be reserved online and all proceeds benefit the arts and community programs of the Ragdale Foundation.
Haunted Trail Walk
Also happening on October 20th, the City of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department will offer a Haunted Trail Walk starting at 7:00 p.m. at Northcroft Park. The self-guided experience winds through a haunted forest that features creature encounters, spooky noises, and eerie lights around every turn. The walk winds up at Stirling Hall, where you can enjoy a bonfire and snacks. Shuttles from Stirling Hall back to Northcroft will run until 9:00 p.m.
Autumn is a frighteningly fun time of year in the North Shore area, and our Lake Forest community is a terrific place to call home. If you’d like more information about Kelmscott Park, please contact us today to arrange a tour.