There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are changing colors, and costumes have packed store clothing racks to the brim – this can only mean one thing. Fall is in full swing in Chicago!

From haunted houses to pumpkin patches, the Chicago area has tons of frightfully fun things to do this time of year.

If you’re in need of a pumpkin to carve, look no further. Some of the best pumpkin patches are just a short ride from the city. In West Chicago, Sonny Acres Farm is a picturesque pumpkin patch that has food stands, haunted hayrides, a petting zoo, and even a haunted barn. There’s no general admission charge so stake a stroll, sip some cider, and pick your favorite pumpkin! For a complete list of Chicago and northern Illinois pumpkin patches, visit www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org

2013-10-21-halloween-chiapetIf you plan on trick-or-treating or heading to a costume party, you’ll need a costume that’s sure to impress. For some ideas, check out Examiner.com’s Top 10 Halloween costumes for adults and children. Want to get your kitty or canine in on the fun? Here are some the greatest pet costumes ever – your pet will probably hate you by the end of the night but seeing a Boston Terrier dressed up as a Chia Pet is definitely worth it.

All Lou Malnati’s carry-out locations will be open 11am to 10pm on Halloween and all of our full-service restaurants will be operating under their normal business hours.