Autumn in Illinois - Trick or Treating Is Almost Here

Pumpkin season across Illinois.
Illinois is the #1 pumpkin-producing state in the U.S. The vine has been grown in sandy, irrigated Illinois soil since Native American days. Pumpkin-friendly soils can be found centered in Tazewell County east of Peoria, which is also the home of the only cannery plant in the U.S. that specializes in the processing of farm-grown pumpkins into pulp for pastries and pies. Other Central Illinois counties that grow many pumpkins are Mason, Peoria, Stark, and McLean. Unfortunately, heavy rain in the summer of 2015 has damaged production this year. After the pumpkin season is over, however, Illinois-grown winter squash will be enjoyed for further months.

Lake County trick or treating.
With Halloween coming up this weekend, kids across the country are getting ready to go trick or treating and bring home bags of yummy candy. In addition to traditional community trick or treating events, special trick or treating events will take place across the county, such as Zion's Trail of Treats on Friday evening. Click here for the designated trick or treating times in your community.