Autumnal gatherings in NWI

Autumnal gatherings in NWI

Written by: Kassidy Weemhoff
September 11, 2018


As the air gets crisp and the beautiful Northwest Indiana landscapes turn from the vibrant colors of summer to the soft, warm tones of fall, we tend to settle into our cozy routines and forget about the local event scene. Sadly, this causes us to miss out on incredible festive experiences, community involvement and all those cider donuts!  

While it is necessary to curb a sweet tooth, it’s also important to seek out community events and mingle with other members of the area. In doing the small things like dressing up the kids for trunk-or-treat or making a reservation to enjoy a farm-fresh meal around a table, the big connections are made and fresh perspectives are instilled.  

Karen Maravilla, president of the Downtown Hammond Council, has been preparing for Haunting in Hammond for months. Because she also owns the eclectic shop It’s Just Serendipity, she has been able to collect special pieces for spooky decorations along with coordinating a plethora of Halloween-themed locations. Haunting in Hammond is run by volunteers who, according to Maravilla, “are passionate and love our downtown.”  

Maravilla puts the effort in because of what comes out. “It’s gratifying to be part of making a change in the area you care about,” she says. Like Maravilla, we want you to get connected by seeking out these and many more hubs for community growth this fall season. 

Northwest Indiana knows how to do autumn well, so take note of these enjoyable festivals and farms, pick a few to attend, and allow the fall spirit to warm you to the core.  

Photo Credit: Illustration by Suzy Galazka
Photo Credit: Illustration by Suzy Galazka

As the air gets crisp and the beautiful Northwest Indiana landscapes turn from the vibrant colors of summer to the soft, warm tones of fall, we tend to settle into our cozy routines and forget about the local event scene. Sadly, this causes us to miss out on incredible festive experiences, community involvement and all those cider donuts!  

While it is necessary to curb a sweet tooth, it’s also important to seek out community events and mingle with other members of the area. In doing the small things like dressing up the kids for trunk-or-treat or making a reservation to enjoy a farm-fresh meal around a table, the big connections are made and fresh perspectives are instilled.  

Karen Maravilla, president of the Downtown Hammond Council, has been preparing for Haunting in Hammond for months. Because she also owns the eclectic shop It’s Just Serendipity, she has been able to collect special pieces for spooky decorations along with coordinating a plethora of Halloween-themed locations. Haunting in Hammond is run by volunteers who, according to Maravilla, “are passionate and love our downtown.”  

Maravilla puts the effort in because of what comes out. “It’s gratifying to be part of making a change in the area you care about,” she says. Like Maravilla, we want you to get connected by seeking out these and many more hubs for community growth this fall season. 

Northwest Indiana knows how to do autumn well, so take note of these enjoyable festivals and farms, pick a few to attend, and allow the fall spirit to warm you to the core.  

Haunting in Hammond
Oct 19
Downtown Hammond with parking along Hohman Ave
downtownhammond.org 

An event that takes place all throughout the downtown area, Haunting in Hammond has something for adults and children alike. Legendary performer Svengoolie will be live at EAT restaurant to entertain with a delightfully spooky set from 4 to 6 p.m., while the Little Shop of Halloween Horrors will feature upcycled, repurposed, handcrafted and vintage Halloween items for sale. Stop by this free event on October 19 to get in the Halloween spirit with everything from trunk-or-treat to bean bags.  

Oktoberfest at Locavore Farm
Sept 28
County Line Rd, Grant Park, Ill.
locavorefarm.com 

Locavore Farm will be hosting an evening showcasing farm-fresh food, local beers, live music and more as guests enjoy a festive autumnal dining experience. It is $55 for all ages to attend and the guest list holds a maximum of 150 people, so be sure to secure a spot around the table. Not only will there be a delicious Bavarian dinner, but also a pumpkin patch, make-and-take activities, and a bonfire with s’mores to end the evening.  

Cowtoberfest at Fair Oaks Farm
Oct 6-7
856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks
fofarms.com/cowtoberfest 

Fair Oaks Farms is a year-round family destination, but this fall’s event Cowtoberfest holds a whole new reason to make the trip. The free two-day festival has activities for kids, family-friendly trick-or-treating (costumes encouraged), famous pumpkin carvers, a spooky dance competition and more. The event offers food, live music and a chance to celebrate the fall season on the farm.  

Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
Sept 22-Oct 28
17904 Grant St, Lowell
harvesttymefun.com 

Pumpkins, hayrides, cider donuts, oh my! Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch is home to everything fall and offers a fantastic experience for all ages. With the $18 Unlimited Fun Pass, guests can take advantage of the plethora of farm-themed rides including a giant slide and jumping pillow. If rides aren’t your thing, explore the largest corn maze in South Lake County, enjoy hayrides, indulge in fall treats and peruse the autumnal decorations for purchase all throughout the fall season. 

Homewood Fall Fest
Sept 29
Martin Ave from Hickory Rd to Ridge Rd
homesweethomewood.com 

A whole day of local fall-themed fun—what could be better? The Village of Homewood’s annual Fall Fest will feature live entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides through downtown, games, a pumpkin patch and treats prepared by local favorite restaurants. The entertainment doesn’t stop with a pumpkin patch, however, because Homewood is bringing in art and craft vendors as well. So grab a bite and make a craft while soaking in the festive sights and sounds of your local community.