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Enjoy Fall, Halloween in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

A Forest Preserves staff member holding River Trail Nature Center's ambassador barred owl
Photo by Jerry Attere.

From fall color hikes to costume-clad children and meeting “spooky” native animals, there are numerous opportunities for families and visitors of all ages to join us this season and enjoy a variety of fun fall activities!

Remember: Most in-person events & programs require registration. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. 


Halloween Events

If you’re looking for some Halloween fun, check out these great events:


exterior of the Sand Ridge Nature Center building
Sat, Oct 29 • 10 am

The Great Sand Ridge (Tiny) Pumpkin Hunt

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473

Fall Color Events

Visitors can experience the beauty of warm autumn hues during fall in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, with numerous opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature’s warm colors and crisp air. If you’re interested in a guided fall color hike, check out these events below:


exterior of the Sand Ridge Nature Center building
Thu, Sep 22 • 6 pm

Autumnal Equinox

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473
two people enjoying fall colors on the Des Plaines River Trail
Sun, Oct 16 • 12 pm

Fall Color Ramble-Bilingual

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473