Every year our communities treat us to a great variety of October Holiday family activities and events. Let’s check out what October 2015 has to offer.
Finding Fall Holiday Fun in the New York Metro Area October 2015
This year there will be plenty of events and activities that you and your family can enjoy.
Pick Your Own Pumpkins
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 Whitehill Road, Yorktown Heights
Pick your own pumpkins and apples in October, Friday-Sunday, 10am-4:30pm. Bake shop and Appleseed Gift Shop on-site, plus a farm market with pre-picked farm produce, snacks, apple cider, and more.
Mead Orchards LLC
15 Scism Road, Tivoli
Pick your own pumpkins and apples through Oct. 25, 10am-6pm weekends only, and on Columbus Day. Farm stand with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, honey, and apple cider. Picnic tables and outdoor restrooms available. No entrance fee. Call ahead for large groups. Visit Facebook page for updated info.
Lawrence Farms Orchards
39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh
Pick your own pumpkins, apples, grapes, peppers, pears, plums, other fruits, corn, eggplant, squash, tomatoes, beans, and other vegetables through October, 9am-4pm daily. Little Play Village, animal visiting, and indoor hay bale maze on-site. Country store and bakery with fruits and vegetables, homemade doughnuts, honey, preserves, old-fashioned candy, refreshments, and local dairy farm ice cream. Picnic area available; train rides on weekends. $3 admission fee per person. Seasonal pick-your-own passes available for $10.
DuBois Farms U-Pick
209 Perkinsville Road, Highland
U-pick pumpkins, apples, tomatoes, eggplant, and pears through October, 10am-5pm daily. Harvest Festival: Oct. 6-8; Scarecrow Jamboree: Oct. 13-14; Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 20-21; Halloween Fun Festival: Oct. 27-28. Corn maze, hayrides, farm animals, and children’s play area and activities on-site; restrooms available. Farm market, café, and bakery on-site; weekend barbecues. Free admission.
5100 Route 209, Accord
Pick your own pumpkins daily, and apples and raspberries on weekends through October. Open 7am-6pm daily except Mondays. Tractor-drawn hayrides, free corn maze, and horse-drawn hayrides on weekends. Farm market with pre-picked homegrown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, apple cider and doughnuts, local maple syrup and honey, ice cream, flower garden, and more on-site.
Picking your own pumpkins sure is fun but it’s far from the only family fun and activity that you can find in the NYC Metro area this fall season.
Check out these locations on Long Island that offer haunted locations, cornmazes and fun family events.
Chamber of Horrors
1745 Express Drive N., Hauppauge
Great for groups (you can buy tickets in advance for specific dates and times) and younger children: This haunted house offers family days, when costumed guides provide tours of the house with the lights on and without spooky noises. Bring your camera for a memorable post-tour photo with your guide!
Harbes Family Farm
715 Sound Ave., Mattituck
The corn maze at this farm is Robin Hood-themed: You’ll find archery and sword-fighting equipment in it that will help you on your way to defeat the Sherriff’s Champion. Your kids will delight in meeting the characters that guide you in your travels, which should take about 35 minutes to complete.
The Haunted Mansion of Melville
26 Pinelawn Road, Melville
Those with young children can visit the daytime corn maze on Schmitt’s Family Farm; older kids who scare less easily should opt for Schmitt’s Haunt, which offers a mansion, stage show, and nighttime corn maze. All are haunted by a doctor who ‘lives’ at the farm, who became possessed after given a book of ancient texts by a former patient.
Don’t forget to check out some of the fall festivals available on Long Island this year as well.
Paint the Mall Pink Healthy Living Expo Free
Saturday, Oct. 10, 12-6pm
Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY
Over 20 Vendors will be in Center Court. This is a great opportunity to meet with people who have products and services geared towards health/wellness and healthy living.
The Oyster Festival Free
Oct. 17 – 18, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, West End Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY
Live entertainment, tall ships, top-notch artisans, pirate shows, midway rides, and the iconic oyster eating and shucking contest. Volunteer chefs and culinary pros work side by side at the food court, cooking and serving dozens of unique oysters, clams, and other seafood concoctions, along with traditional festival fare.
Fall Festival Open House Free
Sunday, Oct. 18, 11am- 3pm
North Shore Day Camp, 85 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY
Tour and learn about the edge this 14-acre premiere Gold Coast Estate camp offers. There will be activities for kids and parents, including pumpkin-picking, rides, sports, magician/balloonist, arts and crafts, and refreshments.
Rock Hall Country Fair Free
Oct. 24 – 25, Saturday-Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence, NY
Enjoy an old fashioned country fair at the historic Rock Hall Museum. The fair features performers, a harvest market, colonial historians and woodturners, scarecrow making, pumpkin patch, museum tours, food court, pony rides, animal farm, antique cars, and a craft area for children.
Claws, Paws, and Scales Pet Education and Adoption Fair Free
Saturday, Oct. 24, 11am-3pm
Mineola Public Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola, NY
Local animal rescue organizations such as North Shore Animal League, Forgotten Friends of Long Island, All About Cats, The Long Island Parrot Society and more will attend with animals looking for their “fur-ever” homes! We will also have “take and make” crafts for the kids, a tattoo station, and face painting for the kids from 11-1pm. Please do not bring personal pets to this fair.
Halloween Fun Festival Free
Saturday, Oct. 24, 11am-2pm
Madison Theatre-Great Lawn, 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY
A fun day full of family activities to enjoy, including a pumpkin decorating patch, a haunted house, a scarecrow garden, mask making, a corn maze, chalk talk, a costume contest, bowling, cupcake decorating, and tons of food. Wear a costume and be part of the parade. Costume contest prizes will be awarded.
4th Annual Harvest Festival FREE
Saturday, Oct. 24, 1-5pm
The Bridge Church, 1 Norwood Ave., Malverne, NY
Have your children wear a costume and don’t miss the main event: free Trunk O’ Treating featuring more than 20 decorated car trunks filled with candy.