’Tis the season for pumpkin patches, apple cider and all things spooky and scary.
With Halloween nearly upon us, Anderson Tree Farm, 508 Illinois 126, has been reimagined as “Anderson Fun-E Farm.”
The 60-year-old farm has always offered up a pumpkin patch, but this year, they’re adding to the fall fun with hayrides, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, a kid-friendly haunted house and, for those looking for a good scare, a haunted hayride.
Farm owners Chuck and Karen Anderson have partnered with Skye Jumps and Country Yard Critters to offer inflatables and a petting zoo. Kids can visit an inflatable haunted house and meet friendly goats, alpacas, ducks and even an adorable baby pig.
Guests can also enjoy barbecue, beef and treats like caramel apples courtesy of Anderson’s full kitchen. On weekends, a DJ will provide live entertainment, and the farm hosts nightly bonfires.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, guests can also view a demonstration from a chainsaw woodcarver.
For the more stout of heart, guests can embark on a one-mile haunted hayride featuring live actors and plenty of spooks and scares.
Jim Martin of Skye Jumps said it took three months to transform the 60-acre farm into Anderson’s Fun-E Farm.
The 25-minute haunted hayride, provided by Twisted Intentions Productions, takes riders through the fields, where they meet the unfortunate farmers who were forever mutilated by the toxic “green gold” they discovered on the farm.
According to Martin, the scares recently got so real that Kendall County police showed up after getting reports of a gunshot (which turned out to be a haunted hayride sound effect) and screaming.
Luckily, the officers had a sense of humor about the incident, Martin said.
What to know before you goWhere: Anderson Fun-E Farm, 508 Illinois 126
When: Farm is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; haunted hayride is open from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
Admission: $11 per person for the farm (additional charge for pony rides); $15 for the haunted hayride. Pumpkins are $7 each. Find coupons by following the farm on Facebook. The pumpkin farm and haunted hayride are free to all military servicemen and women.Website: www.andersonsfunefarm.weebly.com