5 Great Pumpkin Activities for Great Chicago Dogs

Can you feel it? That chill in the air means finally time for cuddling up with your pup for scary movies, human-dog couples taco costumes, and pumpkin spiced everything. Give your pooch a break from raking leaves (we can dream, right?) and head out these dog-friendly pumpkin patches and other fall attractions in the Chicago area. And don’t forget to take lots of pictures–it’s gonna be so heckin’ cute.

Scarecrow Fest – October 11-13 in St. Charles

Every year, Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles brings pups from far and wide to vote for their very favorite scarecrow. Get in on the action by entering a scarecrow version of your dog (a scarecorgi? A labracrow?) or walk around take in everything from crafts to classic cars. There’s no beating the sprawling views of the Fox River, and there’s plenty of live entertainment and snacks to keep you both busy all weekend.

Abbey Farms – Aurora

Easily the most dog-friendly pumpkin patch fun you’ll have with your pup in the western suburbs this fall. You’ll need to sign a waiver for your leashed pal on entry, and while your dog is not welcome in the corn maze or on the hay rides, Abbey Farms knows the way to our hearts. Once you pick out the perfect pumpkin, you can spend the rest of the afternoon in the craft beer tent (!) reveling in autumnal merriment together.

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival – October 23-27 in Sycamore

The iconic Sycamore Pumpkin Festival is more than an event–it’s an institution. With over 1,000 decorated pumpkins on display, ghost stories in the park, two carnivals, tons of vendors, fireworks on Saturday night (hold onto your Thundershirts!), and a 90-minute parade on Sunday, there’s something for everydoggy. Check out Tail’s Humane Society’s special dog tent with glass sculptures, cute costumes, shirts and trick-or-treatos Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. too.

Richardson Farm – Spring Grove

When it comes to Chicago-area pumpkin patches, Richardson Farm tops every good dog’s list. Not only does the farm feature an expansive corn maze (the world’s largest), but they also have FUNNEL CAKE, which dogs obviously love. Don’t be intimidated by the 50-mile trek outside of the city–this one is well worth the travel (please, think of the Instagrams!).

Konows Corn Maze – Homer Glen

Just 32 miles to the southwest exists a Western-themed Octobery oasis just waiting for you and your pooch to explore. Get lost together in the corn maze or find glory at their annual Pet Contest. Looking to add another squishy best friend to your pack? Konows has been known to host special ‘doption events with Animal Welfare League and It’s a Pittie Rescue.

(Photo by @flinttheblacklab)

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