VISIT & explore

Fall Color Festival

Come and enjoy Fall Color Festival at The Morton Arboretum
See the world through a kaleidoscope of brilliantly-colored trees while enjoying grilled goodies and taffy apples, a haunted hike, a Mystery Dinner at Thornhill, a 5K run & walk,  and much more. 


Scarecrow Trail 

Daily in October
7:00 a.m-sunset

Meadow Lake Trail
Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow.
FREE with Arboretum admission

Splendid Spiders

Daily in October
Weekdays, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Weekends, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Some people think they’re scary, but we think they’re spectacular!  Find out where spiders live and how they help our gardens.  We’ll even have some spider specimens to look at.

LEGO® brick Play: Spiders

Weekends in October
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Can you build a spider?  What else will nature inspire you to build?  Please play and let the bricks stay as you create your own LEGO masterpieces


Trick or Trees

Weekends in October
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts, and plant a tree seed to take home as your treat.  Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase.  

Chef's Table: Vegetarian Italian 

October 1, 2015
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Join us for a four-course meal and learn to put your vegetable garden’s harvest to good use.
$55 members/$60 nonmembers
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Annual Bulb Sale

October 3-4, 2015 - Opening weekend
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Arboretum Store
Shop dozens of varieties of beautiful Dutch bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums,  crocus, fritillaria, and many more.  LEARN MORE


Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

October 4, 2015
8:00 a.m. Run and Walk
9:00 a.m. Kid’s Dash
Join us as we celebrate Fall Color Festival at the Arboretum with the 12th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk. Register now, prices increase race day.
$30 Member /$35 nonmember
Kid's Dash: $10 Member child /$15 nonmember child
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Theatre-Hikes®: In This Final Century 

Weekends in October PLUS Columbus Day, October 12, 2015
3:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center
Hike through colorful trees in this adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, as a modern-day heroine foils an alien invasion of Chicago. 
Member adult $10/member child $5
Nonmember adult $20/nonmember child $10

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Oaks Uncorked

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Visitor Center
Sample wine while Murphy Westwood, PhD, explains her work with endangered oak trees. This is a for ages 21 and older.
Members $20/nonmembers $25
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Fright in the Forest tram tour and night hike

October 9, 2015
Various time slots
Departs from Thornhill Picnic Shelter
Experience a spirited tram tour and haunted hike, ending with live music, cocktails, and snacks. This is for ages 16 and older.
$30 members/ $40 nonmembers

Family Weekend 

October 10-12, 2015
Arbor Court and Children’s Garden 
Bring the whole family for storytelling, face-painting, science experiments, critter shows, live music, and more!

Spider City

October 10 & 11, 2015
11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Meet local spiders, praying mantises and even exotic tarantulas! Make a spider craft to take home!


Family Jack-O’-Lantern Hikes

October 10, 11, 17, or 18, 2015
Varied start times
Departs from Arbor Court
Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum, including a tram ride through the woods after dark.
Preregistration required
$16 members/ $19 nonmembers
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Meet the Beekeeper

October 12, 2015 - Columbus Day
Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Learn facts about bees and honey. July 11 and October 12, 2015. 
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Glass Pumpkin Patch

October 14-18, 2015
Delight in colorful hand-blown glass sculptures, watch the artists in action, and shop for one-of-a-kind works of art. 
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Glass Pumpkin Workshops-SOLD OUT

October 12-16, 2015
Work with molten glass to create your own glass pumpkin paperweight.
$83 members/ $98 nonmembers
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Mystery Dinner at Thornhill Mansion

October 23 or 30, 2015
6:30-9:00 p.m
Step back in time to the 1920s for The Morton Arboretum’s Grand Opening Gala and help detectives solve a mysterious crime committed on the grounds! For adults 21 and older.
$95 members /$105 nonmembers


Cider and Ale Festival

October 24, 2015
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Visitor Center
Enjoy the autumn air and fall color while exploring dozens of seasonal ales and hard ciders. This is for adults 21 and older.
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Halloween at the Arb

October 31, 2015
All children will be admitted free to meet fantasy characters and take part in a trick-or-treating scavenger hunt .  The scavenger hunt will take place from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Halloween costumes are encouraged.
Regular admission fee applies for nonmember adults. 

Boo Breakfast

October 31, 2015
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Treat the family to a Halloween breakfast complete with visits from favorite characters. Costumes encouraged.
Member adult $30/member child $27
Nonmember adult $34/nonmember child  $31


Daily in October 2015
Timese vary



The Morton Arboretum thanks the following 2015 sponsors:

Fall Color Festival-Presenting Sponsor

DuPage Medical Group logo

Fall Color 5K Run & Walk sponsors

2015 Fall Color 5K Run & Walk sponsors

Arts programs at The Morton Arboretum are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency

Illinois Arts Council