Fun Activities to Do During the Fall in DeKalb, Illinois

Even though we've had our first snow in the Midwest, we can still carry on the festivities and celebrate Fall!

Amerald Wheatley-Johnson, Editor-in-Chief


  1. Apple Picking/Pumpkin Patch/Corn Maze

You can do all 3 at Jonamac Orchard in Malta, IL!  Don’t forget to try some Apple Cider Donuts & go on a Hayride while you’re there!

2. Bonfire & S’mores

Whether in your backyard or at a friend’s house, a bonfire is a MUST for the Fall!  Don’t forget to roast some marshmallows for the s’mores!

3. Donate the Clothes You Don’t Wear Anymore

Donate your old clothes to Goodwill or Salvation Army.  They are both in DeKalb!  Recycling your clothing can help the environment and people in need.

4. Town (Harvest) Festivals

Rather you’re a townie or in DeKalb for school, you should go to Corn Fest (typically the last week of August).  It’s cute and quaint and it puts you in the mood for Harvest.

5. Cooking (& Baking!) Comfort Food

It’s time to prepare for Thanksgiving by practicing your yummiest recipes!  Try an old family recipe and if you don’t have one, Pinterest always has fun recipes on deck for anyone to try!

6. Make Caramel Apples

Check out this amazing, but simple caramel apple recipe that you can follow along with at home!

7. Go to a Haunted House

A haunted house will get you in the mood for spooky season in the scariest (depending on which one you go to) way possible!  A nearby and spooky haunted house to go to is Massacre Haunted House in Montgomery, IL.

8. Go Hiking

A couple fun places to go on a nature walk nearby are Starved Rock State Park in Utica, IL and Matthiessen State Park in Oglesby, IL.

9. Put up Your Fall Décor

Put those earth tones to good use!  There’s something refreshing and satisfying about seeing this color palette!

10. Go to Football Games

Football Season at NIU began August 31st.  Right now, they are 3-6.  Go, Huskies!