This seems to be the last weekend before Halloween fever really hits. We're going to spend the weekend raking the leaves, doing some de-cluttering and forcing our daughter to make a final decision on her Halloween costume. But if your family feels like doing something actually fun, there are plenty of events to choose from this weekend. Here are a few highlights from the Go West Calendar:
HORSE-DRAWN HAYRIDES: Take a 30-minute hayride through Danada Forest Preserve's prairies and woodlands in Wheaton and learn about the features of this historic preserve. The rides are $5 for ages 3 and up, $2 for ages 5-12 and under 5 are free. These rides are offered Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. through Nov. 3.
FALL FESTIVAL: Red Oak Nature Center in North Aurora is hosting its annual "Fall Festival" on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. You are invited to visit the woods for some fall color fun, doing fall activities and crafts. Parents must accompany children on this free event.
HEADLESS HORSEMAN: The Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles opens its production of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" this weekend on its Children's Stage. Performances this weekend are on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Shows continue at various times on weekends through Nov. 3. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.
PUMPKIN WEEKEND: Blackberry Farm in Aurora is holding "Pumpkin Weekends" all month long, featuring Halloween-themed festivities, seasonal crafts and spooky stories. Park hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; Admission is $5 per person. The farm's Trick-or-Treat Walk and Costume Contest is either Saturday or Sunday (trying to confirm which day; seen both posted!) from noon to 3 p.m. Make sure to make time for the new Adventure Playground -- it's very cool.
THE WARDROBE: Spotlight Youth Theater is performing "Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" this weekend at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. Performances are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children and seniors when bought in online; They can be bought at the door beginning one hour before each performance, subject to availability.