As a boy mom, it is kind of an obligation to like all kinds of trucks, cars, tractors, trailers, and my favorite, hayrides. There is something special about sitting on a bale of hay with the family and not having to worry about strapping someone into a car seat. You and your family can still enjoy this classic fall activity here in McHenry County, and I’ve done the leg-work required to point you in the right direction for your family hayride!
Hayrides in McHenry County
These locations offer hayrides all season long:
Goebbert’s Farm and Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington | (847) 428-6727
42W813 Reinking Rd., Hampshire | (847) 464-5952
Great fun for all ages, this farm is open through October 31, seven days a week. Wagon rides are included in Animal Land Admission. There are various other activities including a corn maze, animal rides, and a pumpkin eating dinosaur, as well as an on-site restaurant, Red Barn Cafe & Bakery, and a harvest market. See website for full pricing. Read Tracy’s 2016 review.
Richardson Adventure Farm
909 English Prairie Rd., Spring Grove | (815) 675-9729
This fun farm is open Thursday through Sunday through November 4 (varying hours). The fastest way to get out to the pumpkin patch is on Richardson’s one-of-a-kind wagon ride. This wagon features real bus seats! Admission includes tons of fun: entrance into the maze, observation tower, train, wagon ride, carousel, pig races, pedal bikes and trikes, slides, and more. Pumpkins, food items, and other activities such as zip lining, paintball, and gem stone mining are available for an additional fee. See website for pricing.
Events with Hayrides
These one day or weekend events will also have hayrides:
Haunted Hayride by the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team
Peterson Park, McHenry
October 13, 14, 19 & 20
Mid-October is when Henry Deadwood emerges on Peterson Park in McHenry. To him, this place is known as ‘Deadwood Forest’ where he and his gangling group of relatives and misfits entertain spirits, ghosts, and goblins. Embark on this haunted hayride and you too can get a glimpse of this terrifying group. The Haunted Hayride comes to you from the talents of the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team, their family, and friends. Tickets are $8/person with a portion of the proceeds donated to a local food pantry.
Hayrides, Hot Dogs & S’mores
Hosted by PWC Chiropractic, Sterne’s Woods & Fen, Crystal Lake
October 13 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Let’s slow down and take some time with old friends and meet new friends with a hayride, hot dogs, and s’mores! We’ll have pumpkin painting and a few more surprises for you and your crew. Don’t forget to sign up, one ticket for each family member, so we can bring enough fun for everyone!
Halloween Fun Night
Huntley Park District, 12015 Mill St., Huntley
October 20 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Join the Huntley Park District this fall for an evening of indoor games, prizes, costume contests, and outdoor hayrides! Activities range from 25 cents – 1 dollar. Cash only. Recommended for ages 12 and younger.
Fall Harvest Fest on the Square
Huntley Town Square, 11704 Coral St., Huntley
October 21 11:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m
Event will feature free hayrides, food tents, costume parade, games, and more.
4th Annual Trunk or Treat
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 485 Woodstock St., Crystal Lake | (815) 459-5096
October 26 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
This free event provides a safe, fun environment for Trick or Treating for the entire community. Also offered for each person who attends is a free meal of hot dog, chips, and drink, a hayride, face-painting, cookie decorating, and a showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.”
Halloween Hay Ride
Holiday Hills Village Hall
October 27 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Free Halloween hay ride and costume contest.
Fox Lake Police Department
October 29 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Your family will get to meet members of the Fox Lake Police Department, enjoy treats, hot dogs, bouncy houses, hot chocolate, hay rides, and candy apples. This is a free event and Halloween costumes are encouraged.