Halloween events are starting to creep onto the Go West Calendar, but you'll find some non-Halloween events here in the spotlight, too. Don't forget to check out our Go West Guide to Pumpkin Patches and another guide to Hayrack Rides. And of course the Go West Calendar has plenty more events that might better fit your family's interests or budget.
ELGIN: The monthly Family Science Night at the Elgin Public Museum will focus on bats, skulls and pumpkins in honor of not only Halloween but the Day of the Dead. There will be experiments and demonstrations set up throughout the museum, starting at 6 p.m. and lasting til 8 p.m. The fee is $2 per person.
BATAVIA: The Albright Theatre Company in downtown Batavia will be performing "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" several times over the coming weeks. The theater says this production of Washington Irving's famous tale of Ichabod Crane is rated G and lets the theater's younger actors a chance to shine. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays on Oct. 12-13 and 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
OSWEGO & BATAVIA: The Goodrich Quality Theater's "Free Fall Movies" series continues this weekend with "The Lorax" being shown for free on both Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia and the Kendall 10 in Oswego. The film will also be shown in a sensory-friendly manner on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at both locations, as part of the GQT effort "Lights Up, Sound Down."
WHEATON: Cantigny is hosting its annual "Fall Festival" on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be an arts and craft show, hayrides, scarecrow making, inflatables, a juggling show, barnyard petting zoo and facepainting. Plus, the kids' band Scribblemonster will perform at 11 a.m. The event is included with the regular $5 per car parking fee. There will be nominal fees for some activities, such as facepainting, hayrides, pumpkin decorating and the petting zoo.
WHEATON: If you can't make Cantigny's "Fall Festival" on Saturday, you'll have another chance on Sunday, when the Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton hosts its annual "Fall Festival" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a celebration of horses and the autumn season, so there will be a parade of breeds, outdoor equestrian performances, family activities, hayrides, food for sale and more. Free admission, with fees for some activities. Danada is part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.