Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum


  • Actors portraying the Brothers Grimm tell their favorite stories using only the suitcases they arrive with and a little help from a young visitor
  • Visitors walking on a paved path during a performance

Schedule and Location

Select Weekends in October, 2018
3:00 p.m.
Thornhill Shelter (Parking Lot 21)

Walk along with the action of your favorite literary tales performed live among 1,700 acres of trees and beautiful landscapes. 

All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and will not exceed 2 miles in hiking distance.

2018 Season:

The Grimmest of Ghost Tales

October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21
3:00 p.m.
The Brothers Grimm return to the woods to delve deeper into the darker side of some of their classic tales. Many of their collection of stories were changed over the years to bring a "happy ending" to the characters. However, with the falling leaves and cooler, spookier days of autumn on the horizon, the Brothers give in to the season and bring to life some of the scarier versions of their tales. As always, The Brothers Grimm fast-paced, interactive style is sure to delight, but in these tellings they will also fright! Note for Parents:  Due to the content of this performance we recommend that children be at least 6 year old. Content will include mention of death, gross encounters, and adult humor. 

*Fall weekends are popular days for visitation. Please allow up to 45 minutes to park and get to where the hike commences (Thornhill Shelter, Parking Lot 21).



Each month the Arboretum will offer a Low Impact Hike. Low Impact hikes are designed for guests with lower mobility; the hike covers a much shorter distance, and tries to stay near paved paths wherever possible. This year's dates is  October 7.

Each month The Morton Arboretum will feature an American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation performance.  This year's dates are October 6 and October 21.

If you require additional accommodations, please contact us at specialevents@mortonarb.org at least two weeks prior to the program date and we will do our best to try and accommodate.  

Fees and Admission

Adult $15.00 member/$20.00nonmember
Child $10.00 member/$15.00 nonmember

Registration Information

BY PHONE: 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours



All Walking Plays are written by Lara Filip and performed by members of the ArranmoreArts Professional Ensemble

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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency

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