By AML Publisher
Photos courtesy of Heather Berkenstock, Belle Vie Photography
The fall foliage is in full swing and the brisk evening air means All Hallow’s Eve cannot be far away! For the last two weekends of October—and beyond—AML has the best places to pick apples, find a great pumpkin, hitch a hayride, take in a fall festival, and more.
Enjoy the wonders of the autumn season,
The Rothenberger Family invites you to bring your family and enjoy their Montgomery County farm during their Harvest Days! A family owned and operated working dairy farm and farm market, Merrymead is one of Pennsylvania’s Century Farms and has been in the same family for over 100 years.
Harvest Day Activities continue on Saturday October 23rd and Sunday October 24th from 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sundays. Merrymead will also have Harvest Days on Saturday October 30th from 11 AM to 5 PM and Sunday October 31st from 12 PM to 4 PM. Please note, activities will stop exactly at 4 PM on Halloween!
Enjoy a delicious ice cream cone or take home a Gram’s Apple pie, fresh from their bakery!
Fall Store Hours: Mon. – Sat. 8AM – 9PM, Sun. 12PM – 9PM
*Please note: Harvest Days begin at 12PM on Sundays.
Highland Orchards Fall Harvest Festival
West Chester, PA
Highland’s Fall Harvest Festival is Noon-5pm every weekend in the fall through November 1st. Highland offers 45 acres of delicious apples to be picked every day from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. For families, Highland offers hayrides, scarecrow building, fun children’s activities and shuttles to prime picking spots. Their market is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Call 610-269-3494 or visit www.highlandorchards.net.
Halloween Costume Parade
Sunday, October 24th
Noon to 4:30pm
Registration begins this Sunday at Noon and runs through 2pm. A dance party is scheduled for 2pm, the parade will run from 3-4pm. Families will enjoy a Makin’ Music performance at 4pm with the winners announced at 4:30pm. Each child receives a treat! The Grand Prize is a $100 gift certificate to Linvilla Orchards.
Three winner will be picked from each age group—and all receive a prize.
Age groups are: Under 1, 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 and up and Groups & Families.
October 1 thru 3, 8 thru 10, and 15 thru 30
Fridays and Saturdays 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Sundays through Thursdays 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Linvilla Orchards famous Hayride to the Witches House is a hayride to visit the friendly Witches House in the woods. Our witch tells stories and jokes and gives all of the kids a treat. The hayride ends at a campfire where we provide a sample of our apple cider and marshmallows to roast.
This hayride is especially for children up to age 10 or 11. It is not a Haunted Hayride. Parents are welcome and encouraged to join their children on the ride.
The hayride departs from Pumpkinland and lasts approximately 15-20 minutes. You can get on a ride anytime between the hours listed. We operate many haywagons at the same time during our peak hours. The hayride to the Witches House is $8 per person.
Kennett Square, PA
Daily from Saturday, October 02, 2010-Sunday, October 31, 2010
9:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Kids can discover the fun of rolling, hugging and sitting on pumpkins, while creating an ever-changing display in the Idea Garden. Visit LongwoodGardens.org for more fun seasonal activities in October.
West Chester Rail Road
The Great Pumpkin Express
Oct 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st
All aboard the Great Pumpkin Express! Take a ride on The West Chester Railroad’s ‘haunted train’ as the friendly ghoulish crew hands out treats to all passengers. Everyone is welcome to dress up in their Halloween costumes. Halloween fun while you enjoy the Chester Creek autumn scenery from a heated train. Not too scary for the little ones!
Ride the Rails: October 23, 24, 30, 31 at 12PM & 2PM
Cost: Adults – $12.50 Children (2-12) – $10.50
Toddlers (under 2 not on parent lap) – $5.00
Fall Foliage Express
Nov 7th, 14th , 21st
Enjoy a brisk fall afternoon along the Chester Creek Valley from our heated train as we take you on a 90 minute journey back in time to the village of Glen Mills and back.
Ride the Rails: November 7, 14, 21
12PM & 2PM
Adults – $12.50 | Children (2-12) – $10.50 | Under 2 ride free!
For more infomation or directions, visit their website westchesterrr.net.
Second Annual Harvest Festival at the Willows
Sunday, Oct. 24th
1pm to 5pm
Presented by The Friends of the Willows & Greener Partners
Grounds of the Willows Park
490 Darby-Paoli Road
The Friends of the Willows Cottage and Greener Partners are throwing the second annual Harvest Festival on the grounds of the Willows park, 490 Darby-Paoli Road in Villanova, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24. The event will raise money to both create a sustainability education center at the cottage and support the pilot community supported agriculture project Skunk Hollow Farm, located next to the Willows.
There will be three opportunities for attendees to compete for prizes in fun, wholesome events: Bring your already-carved jack ‘o lantern pumpkins for judging and prizes; Bring your best home-made pie, which will also be judged and prizes awarded; There will be a pie-eating contest for children and adults of all ages.
There is no need to preregister for the contests. Just bring along your pumpkins and pies!
All food, drinks, entertainment and games will come with the price of an admission ticket. Tickets to the Harvest Festival cost $25 per adult, $10 for senior citizens, kids under 12 and students under 21, and $75 for a family. Volunteers are also needed at the event. To help out, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plymouth Meeting Mall Fall Festival
Saturday, October 30th
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Celebrate the changing of the seasons with family fun at Plymouth Meeting Mall’s Fall Festival on Saturday, October 30 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Center Court. The event also serves as the kick-off of Plymouth Township Police Department’s Lieutenant Patty Simons Food Drive. Attendees are encouraged to donate to the Food Drive for a goodie bag.
From interactive games to pumpkin decorating, there will be several festive activities for children of all ages in addition to arts and crafts, prizes and more. The South Philly Vikings of the Philadelphia Mummers will have a special craft and costume station, and fortune-tellers will be available to read your palm and tarot cards. The Fall Festival is free and open to the public.
Peddler’s Village Tricks ‘N Treats
Saturday, October 30th
Rain or Shine
Featuring Giggleberry Fair Spooktacular
Calling all ghosts, goblins and ghouls for a day of Halloween family fun! Peddler’s Village presents Tricks ‘n Treats featuring Giggleberry Fair Spooktacular on Saturday, October 30th. Wear your costume for trick or treating, pumpkin painting, hay maze, costume parade and more! The spooky schedule of events includes:
- All Day Trick or Treating in Peddler’s Village shops
- 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Giggleberry Fair Spooktacular includes Pumpkin Painting, Face Painting and Balloon Sculptor FREE with purchase of Activity Pass
- 4 p.m. Halloween Costume Parade at Giggleberry Fair
- 3-6 p.m. Halloween DJ music, Costumed Characters & Stilt Walker on Main Green
- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Giggleberry Fair Hay Maze-$3 per person or 2 for $5
- Extra spooky fun! The first 250 people to sign up for the Halloween Costume Parade at Giggleberry Fair will receive a Halloween Goody Bag full of prizes and coupons!
Peddler’s Village 39th Annual Apple Festival
Sat., November 6 & Sun., November 7, 2010
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING
Scrumptious apple treats including country apple butter, apple cider, apple dumplings, apple fritters and everyones favorite—apples dipped in caramel! Take home a bushel fresh from the orchard. Juried Artisans sell their wares and demonstrate their skills at our Street Road Green Artisan Area. Live entertainment and apple pie-eating contests add to the festivities of this traditional autumn celebration. Traditional Fall celebration, featuring juried artisans, live entertainment and pie-eating contests. Enjoy a variety of apple treats including apple butter, cider, dumplings, fritters, dipped in caramel and fresh and unadorned.