October in Springfield

Posted: 9/28/2017
Author: Alison Warren

October in Springfield

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It's that time of year where we go out in search of the perfect pumpkin to carve, get scared walking through haunted houses

and enjoy all the events fall brings.

Visit Springfield has put a list together to help you find just what you're looking for!




Echoes of Yesteryear: A Walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery: October 1 at Oak Ridge Cemetery

The walk will provide visitors with a glimpse into the history and heritage of Springfield. Costumed actors and actresses will tell the stories of seven Sangamon County residents who had links to President Abraham Lincoln. These authentic stories, which have been thoroughly researched, will take the audience back to an earlier time and provide insight into the lives and times of these historic individuals.  Included are Lincoln's three law partners, minister who married him, neighbors, Governor of Illinois at time he was elected President, and sister-in-law. 

Rockin' Nite Maze: October 6 - 7 at Bomke's Patch

Navigate the corn maze in the dark with only your flashlights and glowsticks! Wagon ride, play area, foam and bubble party, music. Food is available for purchase.

Candlelight Tour: October 6 - 8 at Lincolns New Salem

The Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. Period clothed interpreters will be inside many of the log homes and shops in the village to talk about life in 19th century Illinois. Gingerbread and cider will be served in the Rutledge Tavern.

Pumpkinpalooza Super Saturday:  October 7 at the Illinois State Museum

Ninety-five percent of pumpkins processed in the United States are grown in Illinois. Learn more about this amazing crop through games, activities and crafts.

Indian Summer Festival: October 7 at Lincoln Memorial Garden

Kick off the fall season at the 2017 Indian Summer Festival. Enjoy great music, delicious food, vendors, children’s activities and some exciting additions you’re sure to enjoy.

Rochester Olde Towne Fall Festival: October 7 -8 Rochester Square

Take in the sights, sounds and wonderful smells of Fall! Local artisans and crafters. Enjoy Live music, silent auction, and lots of food vendors! Beer Tent and 80's music by DJ Saturday night.

Hocus Pocus Dinner & A Movie: October 13 at The Legacy Theatre

Join us for a wicked good time if you dare!!! We will be having a costume contest so dress up as your favorite Sanderson sister, cool Billy Buterson, or just a great witch or warlock. 
We will have BBQ hotdogs, chips, and popcorn which are included in the price of the ticket starting at 6pm. There will be alcohol and soda on sale. 

Rockin' Nite Maze: October 13 - 14 at Bomke's Patch

Navigate the corn maze in the dark with only your flashlights and glowsticks! Wagon ride, play area, foam and bubble party, music. Food is available for purchase.

Edwards Place Murder Mystery Dinner: October 13 at the Edwards Place

The Premise: Gloria Jackson drags her dysfunctional family on vacation to an historic estate, but doesn't live to enjoy it. Who is responsible for her death?? Your role: Guests at this murder mystery will help the detective solve the crime. Working as a table, you 'll have the opportunity to hear the suspects' monologues and conduct two interrogations of the suspects. Will you be able to figure out "whodunit"?? The menu: Chicago-style deep-dish pizza; 2 craft soda and other craft beverages; salad; dessert

Carve for the Carillon: October 14 -15 at Thomas Rees Carillon

Bring your kids, family, friends, or any group to this fun, family-friendly event to help carve over 2,000 pumpkins that will light the way for annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular the following week.

Lincoln Home Employee’s Assn. Trick or Treat: October 20 at Lincoln Home

This event is completely free and open to children 12 years of age and younger and will begin in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center. This year’s Trick or Treat event will feature candy stops at several historic houses throughout the festively decorated Lincoln era neighborhood, volunteers in period clothing, games, and much more. 

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: October 20 -21 at Washington Park

Enjoy the sparkling splendor of more than 2,000 hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns surrounding the Carillon at Washington Park at this annual family-friendly Halloween event.

Zoolie Ghoulie: October 20 - 22 at Henson Robinson Zoo

The Zoo is transformed into a haunting Halloween haven, complete with these not too scary, family-friendly activities.

Annual Spooktacular- Evening with Abe: October 21 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

The Spooktacular Evening is suitable for all ages and includes historical characters haunting’ the exhibit journeys, special eerie lighting and music, a kids' costume contest, spooky storytelling, crafts and games!

Muni Mayham: October 26 – 28 at The Muni

Mix of song and dance of some of your favorite Halloween/Spooky favorites. Haunted Maze: Open all nights to explore the untold tales of the spooky side of Muni. Attendees may go through as frequently as they would like. Event also includes some performances from high school students, concessions including Famous Muni Dogs, Popcorn, Soda, Coffee and Hot Chocolate along with fire pits on the lawn just outside the gates for campfire fun. These are available all night for everyone in attendance. There will also be s’more kits and glowsticks/necklaces for sale.

Rocky Horror Picture Show – Live: October 26 - 28 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts

The famous rock and roll musical about a "Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania" is live on stage. Survival kits will again be available for $6. Only the approved survival kit may be brought into the theatre. Kits will be sold one hour prior to showtime and will be available to the first 125 patrons. Kit includes all the necessary items to participate with the show including a wedding bell, newspaper, bubbles, a glow stick, lip siren whistle, champagne popper, playing cards, a rubber glove and dance instructions to The Time Warp.

Halloween Ethnic Wine Festival: Oct 27 – 28 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds

Our Illinois Wineries will be showcasing their award winning wines along with ethnic foods. We are featuring Cajun, German, Italian, Irish, Mexican, Jamaican ethnic foods and more. We will have micro-brewed beer available as well. Come as you are or as you wish to be since Halloween costumes are encouraged.

The Roxy Group: Halloween Dreams: October 27 at the Legacy Theatre

This enchanting musical revue brings the magic of Halloween to the stage, celebrating the holiday of imagination.  On the occasion of its 13th Anniversary, the show rematerializes with a cauldron full of new songs, as well as all the favorites audiences have come to love:  "Old Black Magic," "Stormy Weather" "Moondance" and "Monster Mash."  These songs, brewed together with puppetry, silliness and 50 pounds of candy, create a delightful treat for the whole family!

Trick or Treat Maze: October 28 – 29 at Bomke’s Patch

Bring your child out and Trick-or-Treat through our 10 acre corn maze! Kids dressed in costume will get maze entry for $3. A portion of the maze proceeds will go to benefit Family Services Center in Springfield. They specializes in providing foster care, community counseling and adoption services for Springfield and surrounding communities!

Halloween at the Market: October 28 in Downtown Springfield

The annual Halloween at the Market includes costume contests for kids, families and dogs! This event wraps up the 2017 market season.

Halloween Fun: October 28 at Z Bistro & Udder Hut

Join us for a fun Halloween event featuring Spaghetti Brains with Eyeballs, witches brew, build your own worm garden at the Udder Hut, play games and more.

Shop Spooky Specials: October 28 in Downtown Springfield

Downtown businesses are getting in on the Halloween fun, too! They’ll be staying open later on this particular Saturday with treats, fun and specials — and not many tricks. Take your kids (or friends) around the stores for a special experience before the Halloween Parade kicks off at 7:30 pm.

1st Annual Halloween Parade: October 28 in Downtown Springfield

The Parent Place Is Hosting Its First Annual Halloween Parade In Downtown Springfield On 5th And 6th Streets. Families Will Line The Street As Floats, Children And Other Special Halloween Guests Parade The Streets!

Fall Festival: October 28 - 29 at Lincolns New Salem

Period clothed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks throughout the historic village such as candle dipping, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and broom making. Visitors can step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.

Goosebumps Music Concert: October 28 at First Presbyterian Church

Electronic lighting effects and dramatic dance will heighten the atmosphere at this extraordinary concert. Splendidly evocative (and even a little scary!) classics, filled with staccato chords and deep swelling tones, will emerge from the Brombaugh Pipe Organ at the skilled touch of organist Christopher Holman.

Trick-or-Treat: October 30 at SCHEELS

Come dressed in your BEST costume and join SCHEELS and community partners for some Halloween Fun. Trick-or-Treating, Scavenger Hunt, Fun Games, Prizes, Candy & more! Unique Photo Opportunities. Fun for the whole family!


Pumpkin Patches


Bomke’s Patch

They offer over 50 different varieties of pumpkin/gourds of every shape and size. You can pick your selection of pumpkins from our pre-picked selection, or take some clippers (provided by our farm) and cut them right off the vine! They offer children’s area, corn & bean mazes & petting zoo.

Kristen’s Pumpkin Patch

They have pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, a corn maze and hayrides. They provide wagons and clippers for you to go into the patch and pick your own pumpkins. It's fun for all ages! 

Indian Knolls Pumpkins (Mechanicsburg)

This patch has over 55 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash. They offer free indoor activities, wagon rides through the patch, outdoor barnyard obstacles and a game area. 

Apple Barn (Chatham)

They offer apples, apple cider, pumpkins, baked goods and more. 

Pumpkin Creek Farms (Sherman)

They offer hayrides, barrel train rides, kid corn maze, u-pick pumpkins and more.

Indian Creek Farmstead (Petersburg)

This patch features 70 varieties of pumpkins, farm animals, a corn maze and hayrides. 


Hayrides and Haunted Houses


Carter Brothers Haunted Hayride

Take a bumpy, fast-paced and fun ride through the woods. Watch out for trolls and headless horseman! 

Riverside Stables Extreme Haunted Hayrides & Zombie Paintball

Travel through the woods along the river pulled by a 1968 Cadillac Hearse. Concessions, live entertainment, bonfires nightly. 

Boo Crew Haunted House (Rochester)

This is no amateur operation – we’re serious about scary! Our creepy crew works on our haunted haven all year; putting their sinister minds to work as they create a high tech, theatrical environment that evokes blood-curdling screams and spine-tingling terror. Come see why they are ranked as one of the best haunted houses in Illinois.   

Terror in the Graveyard (Petersburg)

Take a walk through an abandoned graveyard leading into a creepy 600’ trail in the woods. See illusions that will send chills up your spine. All the details make this outdoor event a unique haunting experience!  

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