Patch Picks: Family-Friendly Fall Activities

From pumpkin picking to Halloween attractions and hayrides, the fall season has a lot to offer for families.

Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic will be showing at the Jacob Burns Film Center every Saturday beginning Oct. 15 - Oct. 30. If your kids love sci-fi and don’t mind watching an alien on screen for almost two hours, bring your whole family to Jacob Burns to see this timeless flick.


Learn some dance moves. On Oct. 12 Sonalee’s Bollywood Dance Studio will offer Bollywood dance classes for kids. The class costs $50.


If you’ve never participated in a “Ghost Walk,” head over to the Lewisboro Library as town historian Maureen Koehl leads a tour of local sites that may be haunted. The “Ghost Walk” takes place on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.


ArtBeat in Brewster

On Oct. 15, the Brewster Chamber of Commerce will hold its first sidewalk art show on Main Street. Check out all the exhibits beginning at 10 a.m.


Nyack’s annual Halloween Parade will be filled with scary costumes and creative floats on Oct. 22. The event takes place at Memorial Park at 4 p.m., and registered costumed marchers and floats are eligible to win cash prizes in categories ranging from best children’s or adult costume to best-costumed family.



Head over to Tarrytown to see 500 scarecrows created by local kids. Families also should pack a picnic basket and comfortable walking shoes, so they can enjoy a meal while they tour the grounds at Lyndhurst.


Visitors to Rye Playland should prepare themselves to be “Scared by the Sound.” Enjoy the park’s haunted attractions every Friday and Saturday this month. The next events are Oct. 14, Oct.  21 and Oct. 28.


‘Pumpkin Pickin’ at Muscoot Farm 

There’s probably no activity more emblematic of fall than pumpkin picking. On Oct. 9 and 10 from noon to 3 p.m., families can visit Muscoot Farm in Somers to enjoy a hayride to the farm’s pumpkin patch, where they can select a pumpkin of their choice. Fees for the pumpkins vary. Call the Westchester County Parks Department at (914) 864-7282 for additional information.


Enjoy a haunted house for a good cause. Beginning Oct. 22, purchase tickets for the 2nd Annual Haunted House at Brookside Garden Center in Tomkins Cove. Proceeds will benefit United Hospice of Rockland.


With attractions for both adults and kids, the 3rd Annual Empire City Fall Harvest in Yonkers is a great option for families. The event will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, music and pumpkin painting, as well as apple, cheese and wine product sampling for adults. The event is free and takes place on Oct. 22.


Do a cartwheel to benefit the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. On Oct. 16, Gymnastics City in Cortlandt Manor will hold its 25th Annual Cartwheel-a-thon to help the charity Wounded Warriors.


No moms will be allowed at Gymboree Play and Music’s “Dad and Kids Only Open Gym.” The event takes place on Oct. 13 in Scarsdale and is free for gym members and only cost $5 for non-members.


See the work of several budding Picassos from Oct. 9-11, as the Orangeburg Library in Rockland displays its "First Art: A Summer Student Art Exhibit." The exhibit features artwork from students ranging from about a year old to 10 years old.


Kids at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pearl River will be able to “trunk or treat” for sweets at the church on Oct. 30. A family Halloween party will take place after the event.

Rachel Chalchinsky October 09, 2011 at 12:22 PM
It would be appropriate for you to mention the Scarecrow Festival on Oct 16th. It is a community event that benefits White Plains Hospital Pediatric Dept. It will take place in Scarsdale.
Satta Sarmah October 09, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Thanks, Rachel. Have you also added the event to the Scarsdale Patch event calendar? If not, please do and I'll cross post it to all our Hudson Valley sites.


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