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The Morton Arboretum in Living Color

The Morton Arboretum celebrates autumn in spectacular fashion. Bring the whole family to soak in the cool, crisp weather and the changing of the seasons in nature at the annual Fall Color Festival through October 28, 2012.
With trees from more than 40 countries, the colors are breathtakingly beautiful. There's something for everyone to discover: stunning landscapes, a scarecrow trail, Tree House Tales, food, and wine.
At Trick or Trees in the Children's Garden, kids enjoy games, crafts and pumpkin painting (costumes encouraged!). At the Fall Color Festival Fare in Arbor Court, you can enjoy hot-off-the-grill brats and burgers, create-your-own taffy apples, and kettle corn. Watch the Illinois Gourd Society create unique art at Gourd Works. For adults, there’s a complimentary wine tasting from Wente Family Estates.
Leaf peepers will enjoy an unparalleled blaze of foliage as they drive or hike through 1,700 acres of trees. It’s the perfect time for picture taking.
Take the half-mile Scarecrow Trail around Meadow Lake to see more than 50 cleverly decorated and nature-themed scarecrows crated by local Girl Scouts. Then vote for your favorite at the Visitor Center.
The fun doesn't end at sunset. Family Twilight Adventures: Batacular offers a night to explore the world of bats, with a moonlit tram ride and a walk around Lake Marmo, then a campfire and marshmallows. Suggested for families with children 10 and under; one adult per five children, please. Held on Fridays and Saturdays October 6 to October 19. Cost $19 per person ($16 for Arboretum members).