Fall is here and Halloween is right around the corner, a time in NYC where the leaves are turning colors and the crisp air fills the city. New York is beautiful in every season but this happens to be one of my personal favorites. During the fall season families go apple picking to places like Masker Orchard in Warwick, NY, or pumpkin picking at places like White Post Farms in Melville, NY (Long Island). Below we are going to list some family fun filled activities for the month of October! Check it out and as always we love to hear from you guys, if you have a place great for the fall let us know or if you go to one of the listed activities send us feedback or pictures on the comments down below!
First on our list is
The New York Botanical Garden– “The Haunted Pumpkin Garden“ Is back and Spookier than ever…Now til October 31st. Experience the thrills and chills of the season with a garden full of intricately carved pumpkin sculptures, bugs, bats, parades, and more. New this year, the Haunted Pumpkin Garden features creepy creature encounters every weekend and the largest Spooky Nighttime Adventures trail ever! On October 19–20 Giant Pumpkin Weekend, watch master carver Ray Villafane of Food Network fame transform humongous pumpkins into unearthly creatures. It’s so much fun, it’s scary! Check out more here: http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2013/haunted-pumpkin-garden/
Another Great Halloween Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure– Fright Fest: Thrills by Day is perrfect for the whole family. Open for the weekends from Now – October 27th between the hours of 10:30am – 6pm (after 6pm not recommended for those under 12 years of age). By day, families can enjoy favorites like the Trick-or-Treat Trail, Professor Slithers’ Creepy Critters animal show and Spooky Kooky Magic Show plus the new Monster Maze, a corn maze including some of Halloween’s most famous characters. At the Wilderness Theater, guests can enjoy the new Doc Snooker’s Halloween Time Machine, a zany show for all ages. Guests can also challenge the park’s famous line-up of thrill rides including El Toro, Kingda Ka and Nitro, and the new Safari Off Road Adventure. Check out more here:http://www.sixflags.com/greatAdventure/events/FrightFest.aspx
Next on The List
Bayville Scream Park– Kids “Not So Scary Days” (Saturdays, Sundays & Columbus Day) Hours 11am-6pm Perfect for families with younger children. Its the less scary version of their nighttime haunted houses with less scary effects and no live actors. Enjoy Halloween Arts & Crafts, the pumpkin patch, Halloween Story Telling and So Much More (Bayville also has a miniature golf course). Definitely a great experience for the whole family. Check out more here: http://bayvillescreampark.com/kidsdays.htm
And Last but Certainly Not Least
The Long Island Fall Festival– Huntington, NY October 11th-14th 2013. A weekend for the whole family. Come out and enjoy the carnival, food court and the entertainment, its always an amazing time. There is something for everyone at this festival from face painting, to live concerts, shopping and more.
The largest of its kind in the Northeast, the Long Island Fall Festival at Huntington has become the premiere event for family fun. Brought to you by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce at Huntington and the Town of Huntington, this event is held annually in early October and attracts tens of thousands of families from all over the New York tri-state area to the 25 acres of Heckscher Park.
This community event highlights the best Huntington has to offer – from its civic-minded businesses, cultural institutions and service organizations, to its restaurants, pubs and retailers.
Truly a celebration of community spirit, this weekend event offers something for everyone. Attractions include: four stages of entertainment, a world-class carnival, hundreds of arts and craft vendors, international food courts, beer and wine tent, a farmer’s market, and numerous activities designed especially for young children.
Underwritten completely through corporate sponsorships, admission to the public is FREE. Check out more here: http://www.lifallfestival.com/