Written By: Andrea Vargas, Katherine Balbin, Ariana Pareja
The fall season is the start of sweaters, falling leaves and fun outdoor activities. Many people seek out activities to do with family and friends during this time of year. There are plenty of activities to do around the Port Chester area that can accommodate many people, especially during the Halloween season. Finding fun and family-friendly activities can be time consuming, so here are some local events and activities that are fun for the family in the month of October.
One activity that can be done during the fall is apple picking. This activity is family-friendly and is enjoyable for all ages! Silverman’s Farm, a family-run location, is located in Easton, Connecticut. It might be far away, but the experience is worth it. The farm opens on April 1st and closes in December. This farm not only provides apples to pick from, but also raspberries, blueberries, and peaches. It also includes a view of an animal farm, scenic tractor rides, a food truck that gives out hot dogs with all different types of toppings, and a stand that sells kettle corn. The Silvermans also own a farm market where fresh homegrown vegetables, pumpkins, and herbs can be found. Apple picking is one of the many ways to enjoy fall festivities!
Another activity that is catered to all ages is the Halloween festival in New York City. This festival is held from October 31 to November 1. The festival begins after dark, so it’s recommended to bring a sweater due to the cold weather. The event is situated in Long Island City, Queens NY. The event includes music, costumed parade members, and spooky themed parade floats. If students and families are interested in being part of the festival or parade, it should be taken into consideration that there is a fee, but viewing this festival from the side lines, which is common, is absolutely free.
Finally, no one can forget the traditional halloween activity: haunted houses. Located in Ulster Park, NY is the Headless Horseman. This place has multiple attractions, one right after the other, with ten different themed haunted attractions, including a haunted diner, motel, slaughter house, corn maze, and, of course, the classic haunted house. These attractions allow for fun for all ages. There’s even a souvenir shop where you can buy lots of fall themed items and food trucks where you can get a snack between breaks. Towards the end of the attractions, you can also treat yourself to a donut, or a dozen of them, with some apple cider or soda.
Whether you’re looking for spooks, scares, or just wholesome family fun, there’s something for everyone in the area. What are your favorite Halloween activities? Reach out to the Port Light and let us know on the Dear Port Light.