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6 Fun Fall Things To Do in Bloomington, IL

While everyone is busy lamenting the demise of summer and the rise of colder temps we’ve been busy rounding up all the fun Fall things to do in Bloomington, IL. With so many to choose from we’ve managed to narrow it down to six things. From trick or treating at the Zoo to our favorite flea market we know you’re going to find your new fall activity on the list!
3rd Sunday Market, Bloomington, IL

3rd Sunday Market

This is not your grandma’s garage sale. With a continuous run since 1988 and over 450 top dealers, you’ve come to the right place for collectibles, antiques, and everything in between. Do yourself a favor, grab some breakfast before you head over bright and early to score the very best deals available. 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: Adults $6, Children Free

Location: Interstate Center 1106 Interstate Dr. Bloomington, IL

 
Eastland Suites Trunk or Treat Event, Bloomington, IL

3rd Annual Trunk or Treat at Eastland Suites 

In its third year Eastland Suites Trunk or Treat is a festive Halloween experience for the whole family. Truly a community event, there will be 20-25 area businesses in attendance with decorated cars handing out candy. Grab your costume and be sure and say hi to the ghosts and ghouls on hand to wish you a Spooky Halloween! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Cost: Free!

Location: Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center 1801 Eastland Dr. Bloomington,. IL

Trick or Treating, Bloomington, IL

Downtown Bloomington Trick or Treating 

It’s a week of trick or treating! Start off on Wednesday night at Trunk or Treat and then grab the family on Friday night to head to downtown Bloomington for round two. Many businesses will be participating by handing out candy and other goodies for kids. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Cost: Free!

Location: Various Locations around Downtown Bloomington 200 N Main St Bloomington, IL

Discovery Museum, Halloween Hoopla, Bloomington, IL

Halloween Hoopla

If you feel like all the fun this season has been for kids then Halloween Hoopla at the Children’s Discovery Museum is for you! One of the most popular  family fall events they encourage ghosts and ghouls of all ages to celebrate Halloween. With trick-or-treating in the museum exhibits and spooktacular games and crafts, they have something for everyone. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cost: $5 members, $12 non-members

Location: Children’s Discovery Museum 101 E Beaufort Street Normal, IL

Murder Mystery at the Winery, Mackinaw, IL

Murder Mystery Dinner- Murder at the Haunted Winery

Line up the babysitter for the little monsters because the Murder Mystery Dinner is your chance to play Clue in real life. Show up on time to mix and mingle with the cast. This is your chance to let them know you would like to participate in the show. Billed as an interactive comedy of terrors this show has it all — wine, dinner, and a chance to solve (and be part of) the mystery! 

Friday, October 25, 2019

5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Cost: $45 Per Person Plus Tax

Location: Mackinaw Valley Vineyard & Winery 33633 State Route 9 Mackinaw,  IL

Miller Park Zoo, Spooktacular, Bloomington, IL

Miller Park Zoo Spooktacular

Head over to the Miller Park Zoo and join the animals in celebrating Halloween. The Zoo will be lit up with fun and spooky Halloween decorations. You can wear your costume while enjoying the local vendor booths, seasonal arts and crafts, and close-up encounters with the animals. Also, let’s not forget the most important thing — the candy! 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cost: $3 for members and $7 for non-members

Location: Miller Park Zoo 1020 South Morris Bloomington, IL

Looking for more fun Fall things to do? Great! We have also rounded up some activities in Champaign, IL and Springfield, IL!

Fun Fall Things to do in Champaign IL

4 Fun Fall Things To Do in Champaign, IL

This season has all the necessary fun, Fall activities in Champaign, IL for a good time. Fresh crisp weather, pumpkins galore, and all kinds of free, family events. We’ve done the work for you and rounded up a list of our favorites. From costume contests to a whole event based around catapulting pumpkins in the air. We know this for sure — you’ll want to mark these dates on your calendars:
Halloween FunFest, Champaign, IL

Halloween FunFest 

 

In its 34th year, Halloween FunFest is THE event for Halloween fun for the whole family. Champaign and Urbana Park Districts along with Market Place Mall invite you and your family to come out and enjoy this FREE event. Dress up in your favorite costume and turn your Thursday into a spooktacular night. There will be trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest. If you dare, take a walk through the spooky (family-friendly) haunted house, and most importantly don’t forget to bring a bag to carry all your goodies home!

 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Cost: Free

Location: 2000 N. Neil St. Champaign, IL 

 
Downtown Mahomet Trunk or Treat, Mohoment, IL

 

Downtown Mahomet Trunk or Treat

 

The cars will be decorated and the candy will be in abundance. Slide into your costume and bring the family down for the Downtown Mahomet Trunk or Treat celebration. In between munching on candy, vote for your favorite decorated car and enter The Best Costume Contest. Entries will be posted to Facebook and everyone will be allowed to vote for the winner. There’s a lot going on in Downtown Mahoment, all you need to do is show up to enjoy the festivities. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Various Locations around Downtown Mahomet, IL

Nightmare on Grove Street, Champaign, IL

Nightmare on Grove Street

Don’t worry about having nightmares at this event because Nightmare on Grove Street is going to have a lot more treats than tricks. A free family friendly event held in Douglass Park, there will be fun activities for the kids and of course a candy give away! 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Cost: Free

Location: 512 E. Grove St.

Champaign, IL 61820

Pumpkin Chunkin, Champaign, IL

Punkin Chunkin

Nothing says fall like pumpkins everywhere and the Punkin Chunkin takes them to a whole new level. Hosted by The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association, this non-profit raises money for scholarships, as well as organizations that benefit youth and the local community. This annual event fuels innovative engineering and science-based ideas that draw spectators from all over. A weekend long event you can camp out if you wish and pop in to see a pumpkin or two tossed around. Either way you’re sure to enjoy the competitive quest that strives for more distance in those flying pumpkins! 

 

Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd – November 3rd 

Cost: Children 10 & under are free. You can buy tickets here. 

Location: 6 Aviation Center Dr. Rantoul, IL

 

Looking for more fun Fall things to do? Great! We have also rounded up some activities in Bloomington, IL and Springfield, IL!

Fun things to do in Springfield, IL

5 Fun Fall Things To Do in Springfield, IL

Central Illinois during fall is the perfect storm of seasonal bliss. Crisp days, strong sunshine, and did we mention a bevy of family fun events? We have rounded up the best fall activities in Springfield, IL including a haunted zoo, a jack-o-lantern spectacular, and even a parade. Get out your calendars and mark them down, you’re not going to want to miss out! 

Carve for the Carillon, Springfield, IL

Carve for the Carillon

 

Calling all pumpkin carvers! There are 2000 pumpkins ready for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular and they all need to be carved! This is your chance to discover your inner artist and stock up on your pumpkin seeds for late night noshing. Come and help scoop and carve in preparation for the event the following week. Everyone in the community is invited. Just bring your favorite scooping and carving tools. You supply the creativity and they will supply the pumpkins!

 

Saturday & Sunday October 2nd – October 3rd, 2019 

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cost: Free

Location: Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon 1740 W. Fayette Ave Springfield, IL 

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular, Springfield, IL

 

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular 

 

In its 15th year, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular was inspired by an event with the same name in Rhode Island – featuring the talents of professional artists only. Springfield’s event differs in that everyone is invited — from students, individuals, families and artists — from the community to participate and carve their own pumpkin. 

 

This event features more than 2,000 illuminated hand-carved jack-o-lanterns displayed around the Carillon and the Washington Park Botanical Garden. There will be special Carillon music, wonderous lighting and sound effects, a unique Tree of Lights, and all kinds of tasty bites. With thousands in attendance this event is one of Springfield’s crown jewels of the season.

Friday & Saturday October 18th – October 19th, 2019 

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Cost: Adults $7; Children 4-11 $5; Children 3 & under Free

Location: Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon 1740 W. Fayette Ave Springfield, IL 62704

Zoolie Ghoulie at the Zoo, Springfield, IL

Zoolie Ghoulie at the Zoo

During one weekend of the year as the sun sets and evening arrives the Zoo is transformed into a haunted Halloween haven. You’ll find trick or treating and an assortment of not too scary, family-friendly activities. Another perfect opportunity to don your favorite Halloween costume and fill your candy bucket! 

Friday to Sunday October 25th to October 27th, 2019 

Friday: 5 pm – 8 pm; Saturday -Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

Cost: The price of admission

Location: Henson Robinson Zoo 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr Springfield, IL 62640

 

Halloween at the market, Springfield, IL

 

Halloween at the Market

 

It’s tradition that the last Farmers Market of the season go out with a bang, or in this case with a Boo! The annual Halloween at the Market, has lots of kids activities and a great costume contest. Not just for kids, there’s also a category for the whole family and your dog! You really can’t beat this fun, fall activity!

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost: Free

Location: Downtown Springfield 411 E. Adams St Springfield, IL 62701

Halloween Parade Springfield, IL

Halloween Parade

 

What’s more spooky and festive for Halloween than a nighttime parade? The Parent Place is hosting its 3rd Annual Halloween Parade in downtown Springfield on 5th and 6th Streets. Line up on the streets and bring your candy pail to collect your goodies as floats, costumed children, and other special Halloween guests parade the streets! There’s even a contest for best parade float — which one will it be? Watch for festive floats and entries in this lighted evening parade! 

 

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

7:30 PM

Cost: Free

Location: Downtown Springfield 1 Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield, IL

Looking for more fun Fall things to do? Great! We have also rounded up some activities in Bloomington, IL and Champaign, IL!