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Cosley Zoo, Sonny Acres offer folks a plethora of fall fun
Daily Herald Staff Report

Families can enjoy fall festivities and purchase a pumpkin during Cosley Zoo's Pumpkin and Scarecrow Fest, which continues through Halloween.

 

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Sonny Acres in West Chicago offers children a chance to pet animals, ride amusements, take in a hay ride or pick out a pumpkin.

 

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Published: 10/2/2008 12:06 AM

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The spicy scent of apple cider, crunching leaves underfoot and the ghoulish sounds of novelty decorations. It's the way we celebrate fall in the suburbs.

Two area attractions kicked off their fall festivities this week, offering families opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while getting into the spirit of Halloween.

Cosley Zoo

Pumpkins, scarecrows and cornstalks bring fall flair to Cosley Zoo this month.

In addition to picking out a pumpkin for carving, families can enjoy activities such as the cornstalk tunnel and straw pyramid during the Pumpkin & Scarecrow Fest.

The event continues through Oct. 31, with after-hour special events Oct. 17 and Oct. 18.

The Spooktacular member night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Nonmembers can attend from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. The event offers trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, games and crafts.

The event is free for members. Cost for Wheaton Park Districts residents is $6 for those older than 14 and younger than 3; $12 for ages 3 to 14. For nonresidents, the cost is $8 for adults and toddlers, $16 for ages 3 to 14. Registration is required.

Pumpkins are 40 cents per pound. Pie pumpkins are $2.50 to $2.95. The zoo also sells cornstalks, straw, apples and gourds.

The Wheaton zoo, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is at 1356 N. Gary Ave. Concessions are available and the zoo offers free Columbus Day activities.

Admission and parking are free. For details, call (630) 665-5534 or visit cosleyzoo.org.

Sonny Acres

Fall is the busiest time of year at Sonny Acres, a West Chicago pumpkin patch that offers carnival rides, a haunted house, a costume shop and the opportunity to buy anything you need for Halloween.

But it's the haunted hay ride that brings the biggest crowds to the Feltes family-owned attraction.

"It's a 25-minute hayride through seven acres of woods," Tom Feltes said. "We have a lot of haunts and characters. A headless horseman, treeman - just a whole host of haunts. ... Everything is geared toward the family. There's nothing gory, but lots of special effects."

For those who are charity-minded, members of the Lions Club will be there for candy days Saturday to Monday, Oct. 11-13. Members of two area Kiwanis Clubs will bring peanut days to the farm Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19.

Sonny Acres opens at 9 a.m. daily, and attractions open at 10 a.m. The farm is open until 10 p.m. weekends. Pumpkins are 39 cents per pound.

Rides are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and cost $1 to $5 each.

Sonny Acres is at 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago. For details, call (630) 231-9515 or visit sonnyacres.com.