Spend a day relaxing on the farm and experience the 7’ tall soybean maze, choice of three hayrides and a hiking trail, private weiner roast fires, a gift shop with pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin fudge and donuts and more. No admission, just pay for activities you choose; some are free. 217-275-3327 or www.pumpkinworks.com.
Typical autumn life on the 1830s prairie will be demonstrated. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing and fishing with nets. Demonstrations of meat smoking will take place in one of the log village’s smokehouses and wild game cooking will be in one of the log homes. Visitors can step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter. 217-632-4000 or www.LincolnsNewSalem.com.
The Galena Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual, almost two-hour long Halloween parade. The event features spectacular floats, local marching bands, candy galore and many costumed participants. Hot air balloons will light up Main Street as they make their way through the parade. The festival starts at 2 p.m. and lasts through the parade at 6:30 p.m. Free admission and shuttle buses available from remote parking. 815-777-9050 or www.galenachamber.com.
Order advance weekend pass by Oct. 25 for $60. Reserved seating and $55 general admission. Send to: Bluegrass Festival, P.O. Box 456, Jacksonville, Ill. 62651 or call 217-243-3159. Features award-winning artists from across the nation. Acoustic instrument workshops, youth/adult guitar show, music-related vendors and jamming on open stage. $10 fee includes all workshops. Bluegrass talent show and open stage Sat. at 10:30 a.m. For more info, 217-243-3159 or www.bluegrassmidwest.com.