Halloween fun throughout Chicago area

October 27, 2013 (HOMER GLEN, Ill.)

The pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes. And colors. That's part of the fun of heading out to the pumpkin patch to pick out your Halloween tradition.

"It's the first time we've actually seen a blue one, a pink one, a white one. We want something different," said Deanna Faltin.

At Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen you can probably find most any kind of pumpkin you're looking for. Including one's a little too big to carry.

With just a few days until Halloween is officially here, the weekend before has been full of Halloween celebrations. And lots of candy.

They were in full costume trick-or-treating on Southport Sunday afternoon. And at the Park West they hosted a red carpet Halloween fundraiser.

But at pumpkin farms around the area, they were packed. And it's not just all about pumpkins.

At Bengtson's they have dozens of other attractions, from camel rides to a corn box, just like a sand box but with corn. Perfect for making corn angels. And of course, the ever-popular pig races.

"It ain't Halloween or the fall unless you go see the pig races at Bengston's," said announcer Nathan "Pork Chop" Tidwell.

The Bengston's have been in business more than 30 years since they realized they couldn't make a living by farming in the area. In fact they import the pumpkins they sell here.

"I'm always a farmer at heart, but it wasn't meant to be," said owner Dave Bengtson.

They may not grow these pumpkins here but they sure do sell a lot of them. They don't know how many, but they do know they've had to bring 20 truckloads of them just so far this month.

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