5. Rader Family Farms
This pumpkin patch is located at 1238 Ropp Rd. in Normal and offers a variety of activities including a huge corn maze, pumpkin sales, hay rides and petting zoos. There are a few different stands that have snacks, apple cider, unique desserts and fall drinks. There is also a gift shop with Halloween decorations and treats like pumpkin donuts.
4. Gail’s Pumpkin Patch
Located at 1709 2000th Ave. in Beason, this pumpkin patch is not far from Normal. Gail’s pumpkin patch is closing Oct. 31, so get there while you can. Gail’s has apple cider, pumpkin spice donuts and of course, pumpkins. New this year there are activities with an antique tractor as well. Gail’s Pumpkin Patch updates and photos can be found on its Facebook page.
3. Haunted Constitution Trail
Oct. 25-26, the Constitution Trail will be transformed into the Haunted Trail from 6:30-9 p.m. This is the scary weekend and is not kid friendly. Those who want to attend should line up behind Normal City Hall at 100 E. Phoenix Ave. Admission is only $1 and you can also donate canned food at the event that will go toward the local food pantry.
2. Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch
If you are willing to take a short trip to Champaign, you can check out this orchard and pumpkin patch. Located at 3902 S. Duncan Rd. in Champaign, this orchard isn’t only open in the fall; they open at the end of July and stay open until Dec. 20. There are a variety of attractions including the pumpkin patch, apple orchard, café, and country store. There is also a petting zoo and other fun activities for kids.
1. Haunted Houses
There is a haunted house about 20 minutes from Normal in Downs, open Oct. 26 and 27. Admission is $2 and there are concessions and other activities taking place in Dooley Park. There is a hayrack ride and a bonfire, and on Sunday there is a non-scary version of the haunted house for kids where they can walk through the haunted house with the lights on and no scaring. See www.villageofdowns.org for more details.