October Fun in Springfield | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

Yes, 2020 fall adventures are going to look a little different, but that doesn't mean we can’t get out and have a great time in Springfield with our family and friends! It's time of year where we set out on adventures in search of that one perfect pumpkin to carve, we get scared walking through haunted trails and enjoy all that fall brings, you know, like hot apple cider, YUM. 

Interested in why we are saying ‘Fall in Springfield has never been so fun,’ then check out our SPI 7 in 7 Fall Competition. Enjoy all fall has to offer in nature, in our shops & eat + drink spots, sites & attractions and more. Take a pic of your fun and post on social using #SPI7in7, then enter to win fun fall prizes. Get more info here.

Since fall, and the cool weather it brings, is just about here...we put a handy list together to help you find just what you're looking for during our 2020 fall adventure! 


All locations are following the CDC COVID-19 Guidelines

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes & Orchards

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 the farm, and cut them right off the vine! They offer children’s area, corn & bean mazes & petting zoo. Every Friday night through October they will be doing an outdoor showing the movie “Hocus Pocus” at part of their Friday Nights at the Farm event.                                                                                                                     

Saturday & Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

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!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Friday: 2 pm - 6 pm, Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday: 11 am - 6pm

Indian Knoll Pumpkins 

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. (Mechanicsburg)                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Friday & Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday: Noon - 5pm

Apple Barn 

Offering apples, apple cider, pumpkins, baked goods, decor and more. (Chatham)                                                                                                                                      

Daily: 7 am - 6 pm

Jefferies Orchard

Offers in season veggies, apples, fall decorations, including mums and tons more.                                                                                                                           

Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm and Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

Pumpkin Creek Farms 

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

Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 5 pm, Friday & Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday: Noon - 6 pm  

Indian Creek Farmstead 

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

Saturday & Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm (Monday - Friday: by appointment)


 Hayrides & Haunted Trails

Carter Brothers Haunted Hayride

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

Boo Crew Haunted House

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. This year the house portion will be closed, just the outdoor “Trail of Lost Souls” will be open.       

Friday & Saturday: 6:30 pm - 10 pm 

Haunted Walks

Haunted Dead Tours

Join us for the Halloween season of ghosts and hauntings and take a trip back in time and from this world to the next as we uncover ghostly tales, eerie events, haunted places and a strange history of death, politics, and dark deeds from Springfield history! Discover how the events of the past have created the hauntings of today in Abraham Lincoln's hometown! 

Lincoln's Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore

This 90-minute, 5 block lantern lit walking tour uses the Lincoln sites as the backdrop for strange & bizarre stories surrounding Lincoln’s life and his death. Lincoln’s bizarre dreams of death, Spiritualism, Mary’s seances in the White House, and skullduggery at the Tomb. This is a factual history tour that includes some of the ghostly lore surrounding the Lincolns.

Enjoy Nature this Fall

How about just getting out and enjoying nature? The fresh crisp air, the smells, the beautiful colors all around and the strolls through the fallen leaves as they make the rustling sound, how can you not love fall?!  Grab some take-out for a picnic and knock off a few items off your #SPI7in7 Competition Checklist. Check out a few locations below where you can do all of this and more!! Want more ideas?? Click for our Enjoy Nature blog


Fall Events in Springfield

It's a much shorter list then previous years, but we didn't want you to miss out on the opportunity to participate in an in-person event.

Every Wednesday & Saturday: Old Capitol Farmers Market in Downtown Springfield

October 2nd: Glass Pumpkin Workshop at Springfield Art Association

October 2nd, 9th & 16th: Friday Night Movie  “Hocus Pocus” at Bomke’s Patch

October 31st: A Dark Arts Show at Arlingtons

There are several events happening at our local breweries & wineries during October, for a listing of those locations, click here.


Wondering what Springfield is doing to keep you safe while visiting, read through our “Tourism Update on COVID-19” page for al the information.                           

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