Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions linked to the harvest and Halloween season that range from glass-blown pumpkin demonstrations to theatrical and historical events, to Spooktacular family fun.
WHERE: Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook
WHEN: Wednesday to Sunday evenings through Oct. 31
COST & INFO: $10, and recommended for ages 12 and older; reservations encouraged at 630-986-8067, www.firstfolio.org
“Searching for Peabody’s Tomb,” an interactive Halloween experience, is presented by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, in association with First Folio Theatre. With shows every half hour, groups will follow the mansion's ghostly butler as he guides them through Mayslake Hall, in search of the spirit of F.S. Peabody, the coal millionaire who built the mansion in 1921. Not a haunted house, it's an eerie homage to both Mr. Peabody and the Franciscan monks who resided in the mansion for decades, said the playwright, Chrissie Howorth. Shows are on the half hour from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and 7 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
WHERE: McCollum Park Pavilion, 6801 S. Main St., Downers Grove
WHEN: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18
COST & INFO: $15; registration recommended at dgparks.org, 630-963-1300
A mysterious evening is promised by the Downers Grove Park District, whose Spooktacular Halloween offers mini pumpkin painting, trick-or-treat miniature golf and plenty of ghoulish activities for the entire family. Food and drink specials will be available at the concession stand. Visitors can wear costumes and bring cameras. The following Friday, the district's museum offers a night-time tour of Main Street Cemetery, sharing little-known facts about the people buried there.
GLASS PUMPKIN PATCH
WHERE: 4100 Route 53, Lisle
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, Oct. 16 to 20
COST & INFO: Regular admission; mortonarb.org
Glassblowers will create works of art in demonstrations the first days of the Glass Pumpkin Patch at Morton Arboretum, featuring 3,000 glass pumpkins and autumnal designs such as apples, gourds and acorns. Demonstrations end when pieces go on sale at 1 p.m. Friday for the weekend. “Large crowds gather to watch the gaffers, as they walk through each stage of the process and narrate step by step,” said Jacque Fucilla, manager of The Arboretum Store.
WHERE: The Center Stage Theatre, 1665 Quincy Ave., Naperville
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 17 to 19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20
COST & INFO: Tickets start at $16 at nightfallwithpoe.brownpapertickets.com; www.facebook.com/ColorBoxTheatre
Kurt and Michelle Konow will launch their ColorBox Theatre with "Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe," a compilation of some of his most hair-raising tales. Kurt Konow is a playwright, director and coach. Michelle Konow has performed in professional theater productions since she was 7, and spent 16 seasons at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She teaches voice. Their new performing arts company will serve as a platform for emerging artists. The couple co-direct the opening show.
WHERE: Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave., downtown Hinsdale
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19; trick-or-treating noon to 3 p.m.
COST & INFO: Free; 630-789-7090, www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr
The Hinsdale Family Fall Festival will kick off the day with the big costume parade from the Hinsdale Middle School east field. Show off your costume while enjoying a day full of pumpkin decorating, games, inflatables and live entertainment including a magician. The first 500 participants receive a pumpkin to decorate. Trick-or-treating will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the downtown business district for those wearing costumes.