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Pumpkin Farm Trip

Halloween, a fun American holiday, is celebrated each year on October 31st, and typically ushers in the fall season in Chicago. A favorite tradition for this holiday is to carve pumpkins. In an effort to give international students and their families an opportunity to experience this unique American holiday, OIS hosts its annual Pumpkin Farm Trip every October. Students in attendance learn about the American traditions of pumpkin carving and are able to see midwestern farm animals while experiencing tractor-driven hay rides and many of the customs associated with Halloween in the U.S.

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Pumpkin Farm Trip 2019

 Saturday, Oct. 19
9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Join OIS on a trip to Siegel's Pumpkin Farm! Experience typical fall activities like pumpkin picking, navigating a corn maze, or creeping through a haunted house. Taste fall treats such as apple cider donuts, kettle corn, pies and more! Transportation will be provided from the UIC campus to the farm and back.


To participate in the Pumpkin Farm Trip, international students and scholars must visit the OIS front desk in-person to complete a waiver form. Dependents are welcome at an additional $15 fee (cash only). Registration closes Wednesday, Oct. 16 or at capacity.

View pictures of the 2018 Pumpkin Farm Trip on the OIS Facebook page.