So many choices, so little time, and it’s all happening this October right here in Montgomery County and close by in Philly. There’s something to please every taste and age; just make your choices and get ready for fun and frights:
· Fall Harvest Days at Merrymead Farm, 2222 Valley Forge Road in Lansdale, for storytelling and lighting of “the Great Pumpkin,” on September 30th, at 7:30 p.m., plus hayrides from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
· Fall Festival at Eagleville Park behind the Administration Building, 100 Parklane Drive in Eagleville, on October 1st, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Activities include face painting, scarecrow making, a moon bounce, obstacle course, and more.
· Fall Harvest Days at Merrymead Farm, 2222 Valley Forge Road in Lansdale, weekends from October 1st through the 30th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Activities include hayrides, games pumpkin painting, a 700 foot Cornstalk Tunnel, face painting and more.
Also, evening hayrides take place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
· Community Day at the Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike in Blue Bell, on October 1st, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Activities include a moon bounce, face painting, pumpkin painting, kids’ crafts and more.
· Autumn Festival at Windlestrae Park, 1169 Kenas Road in North Wales, on October 1st (rain date: October 2nd), 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Includes scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, pony rides, and more.
· Going Batty at the Riverbend Environmental Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road in Gladwyne, on October 2nd, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. You’ll “explore the wonders of these magnificent animals: bats.”
· Scream Mountain at Spring Mountain, 757 Spring Mount Road in Spring Mount, weekends October 7th through the 30th, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays & Saturday; 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays. Features a haunted hayride, corn maze, haunted chairlift, and more. (http://www.springmountainadventures.com/screammountain.php)
· LuLu’s House of Horrors at the LuLu Shrine Temple,1540 Butler Pike in Plymouth Meeting, weekends, October 7th through the 30th, starting at 7:15p.m. Includes a wagon ride through haunted woods and the deadly graveyard to the House of Horrors—plus food and entertainment. Very scary and not for children under 12.
· Fallfest at Freddy Hill Farms, 1440 Sumneytown Pike in Lansdale, weekends, October 8th through the 30th, noon to 5:00 p.m. Includes a cornstalk maze, pick your own pumpkin, hayrides, even pig races.
· Community Harvest Festival at Wentz Run Park behind the administration building on Wentz Road in Blue Bell, on October 15th (rain date: October 16th), from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Activities include a petting zoo, inflatable rides a trackless train, pumpkin face painting and loads more.
· Nightmare at Elmwood at Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard in Norristown, (http://elmwoodparkzoo.org/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2011/10/21/17/-/nightmare-at-elmwood.html) , October 21st-23rd and 28th -30th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. Features candy stations, the Decomposition Trail, and lots more.
· Children’s Fun Afternoon, at Spring Mountain, 757 Spring Mount Road in Spring Mount, on October 22nd, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., for “non-scary Halloween fun,” including a maze, hayride, Halloween bag decorating, and more.
· Hayrides at Prophecy Creek Park, Skippack Pike & Narcissa Road in Ambler, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., October 28th and 29th. Be treated to a bonfire, storytelling, hayrides, and plenty of food.
· Malloween at the Montgomery Mall, 230 Montgomery Mall in North Wales, on October 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Kids can wear their costumes and go trick-or-treating at the mall and be entertained in Macy’s Court.
· Little Boo at the Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard in Norristown, on October 30th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offers trick-or-treating and lots of family fun.
Philadelphia has lots of offerings, too. My three favorites:
· Scarecrow Walk at Morris Arboretum, 100 East Northwestern Avenue, October 1st to the 16th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., featuring more than 30 designer scarecrows.
· Fall Festival at Morris Arboretum, 100 East Northwester Avenue, October 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Activities include make your own scarecrow (materials provided), pumpkin painting, and more.
· Terror behind the Walls, at the Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue, now through November 5th. Super scary so only for older kids and adults.
And we’ll finish up with the Pumpkinland Harvest Festival at Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, now through November 6th. It’s not that far off the beaten path for those of us in Montgomery County and it’s too good to miss, complete with apple picking, face painting, train rides, pony rides, and that’s just for starters. Oh, yes, enjoy a costume parade—complete with prizes!
So get out your date books and make some weekend plans to carry you through the month of October right up to Halloween. It just doesn’t get any better than this.