HAUNTED HAYRIDE, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20, Petersen Park, 4311 Lakewood Road, McHenry. Henry Deadwood and his character of friends have been awaiting this year’s opening night for 12 long months. They are creeping around, lurking about and hiding within the forested area of Deadwood Forest (known the rest of the year as Peterson Park). Their appearance each October is as mystifying as their disappearance. Free parking. Refreshments available. Tickets: $8. Tickets and information: www.facebook.com/haunted-hayride-wonder-lake-water-ski-show-team-136740353038152/ or www.wonderlakeskiteam.org.
FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL & HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, Rush Creek, 20501 McGuire Road, Harvard. Come out to celebrate this fascinating transitional time of year with free family-friendly activities, horse-drawn wagon rides, arts and crafts, games, and puppet shows. Refreshments available to purchase. Registration for wagon rides required. Free festival admission. Wagon rides: $5, free for children younger than 4 when riding on a parent's lap. Information: 815-338-6223 or www.mccdistrict.org/rccms/special-events/.
FALL FESTIVAL CRAFT/VENDOR SHOW, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13, Holiday Inn, 800 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake. Featuring a variety of local crafters and direct sales reps with displays of gift items and holiday decor for the upcoming seasons. Free admission. Information: Maureen Alcorn, 815-814-4712, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLIM'S GARAGE & BOURBON COUNTRY, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 13, Park Place Banquets, 406 Woodstock St., Crystal Lake. Fundraiser concert to benefit the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Cash bar. Tickets: $10 at the door. Food donations appreciated. Information: 815-459-0680 or https://www.crystallakeparks.org.
33RD ANNUAL GHOST STORIES PLUS, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13, Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, Ingleside. Bog tours, haunted woods, treats available 5 to 6:50 p.m. Featuring storytelling with award-winning storyteller Megan Wells from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $6 adults, $4 children age 5 and older. Reservation required. Reservations and information: 815-344-1294 or www.friendsofvolobog.org.