This Weekend Around Oak Park

October 12-14

It's officially #SpookySeason in Oak Park with the park district hosting a haunted walking trail at Austin Gardens this weekend. Photo by Brian Crawford, contributing photographer.

I hope everyone who complained about how hot it was over the summer is happy because it’s Leo DiCaprio hanging onto the floating door with frost in his hair cold this morning. Maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit, but it feels like autumn 2018 has arrived, and I have a couple quick thoughts about it before we jump into this weekend’s events.

  • Starbucks & the internet don’t seem to be pushing the Pumpkin Spiced Latte so much. I feel for the past several years, everyone loses their mind about pumpkin coffee and I haven’t noticed it as much this year. Thank you for not being so annoying, pumpkin people.
  • The Cubs’ postseason run was short because nobody felt like hitting for two games but the Bears have stepped up to give us hometown sports fans something to get excited about. The Monsters of the Midway currently sit atop the NFC North with a 3-1 record and travel to Miami this weekend to face a Dolphins team that is coming off back-to-back losses.
  • Some interesting horror films are out in time for #SpookySeason. A new installment of Michael Myers and the “Halloween” series will be in theaters next Friday; “Hell Fest” is a slasher that places teenagers and a killer at an event similar to Six Flags Fright Fest; and “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” received positive reviews if you are looking of a family pick.

Cheney Mansion Open House
Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave., is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a great opportunity to walk around the campus and gardens to get an inside look at one of Oak Park’s gems. For more information, visit

Spooky Stroll
Walk the dangerous trail at Austin Gardens Park on Saturday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. if you dare. In addition to the Spooky Stroll walking trail, this family-friendly event will have pumpkin-carving, face-painting, ghost stories, and a magic show. Austin Gardens is located at 167 Forest Avenue.

For ideas on how to celebrate Halloween all month, click/tap here

Oak Park After Dark Annual Fundraiser
Oak Park After Dark is an annual event designed to support the Hephzibah Children’s Association. This fundraiser will feature a cocktail reception, light food, local performance artists, and more. Tickets are $50 to attend the event taking place on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago Avenue.

Fall Harvest Market and Bulb Sale
Visit the Oak Park Conservatory to shop for your fall decorating and plant needs. Items for sale include mums, fall pansies, fall containers for your front porch, broom corn, unusual pumpkins, gourds, and straw bales. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all three days this weekend. The Conservatory is located at 615 Garfield Street.

Oak Park Farmers’ Market
The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., so take advantage of it while you still can. Items for sale include locally grown produce, flowers, bedding plants, honey, cheese, frozen meat, bread, and doughnuts. Cash is the preferred method of payment but credit and debit are available depending on the vendor. The Farmers’ Market is located in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, 460 Lake Street, Oak Park.

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