Spooky October Fun

With October here, we can finally start talking about my favorite holiday, Halloween! New York City is the best place to enjoy Halloween. There are many neighborhood harvest festivals as well as events that last all month. October is loaded with spooky fun for kids of all ages. We will spend our next two articles discussing ways to celebrate Halloween in New York city.

If you are a family that enjoys Halloween decorations, be sure to visit Chelsea Market Halloween Decorations. This has become a family favorite, even if it isn’t technically an event. All the stops are pulled out for Halloween at Chelsea Market in October. Keep in mind, though, that some of the scenes may be a little too scary for younger children. There are also a few decorations with sensors that may jump out and scare your child. After enjoying the decorations, be sure to go to the basement level to enjoy the pumpkins that have been intricately carved in the grocery store.

Another extended celebration for Halloween is at the Bronx Zoo. They spent 11 days celebrating their Boo at the Zoo event. This event includes wild costume parades, a hay maze, pumpkin carving demos, and more. It is family-friendly without the scares of many Halloween events. As a bonus, there is a beer garden for the adults to enjoy.

If you are looking for a wonderful place to take your young children, you should certainly visit Luna Park. They offer costumes trick-or-treating every weekend in October. There are many activities, including arts and crafts, for everyone to enjoy. The park is transformed beautifully for autumn with pumpkins, cornstalks, hay bales, and flowers. It’s a wonderful place to take your family for a fun autumn day.

With as many things New York City offers for Halloween, you may have to pick and choose from an extensive list. That’s one of the great things about living in the city.

More Fall City Fun

As I stated in my previous article, autumn is my favorite time of the year. With that in mind, you are lucky enough to get another post about autumn in the city. Of course, that means you will get more ideas on what you can do with your family during this wonderful time of year.

One of my favorite parts of living in New York City is the number of beautiful parks we enjoy. Close by, we have the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Prospect Park, and Central Park where we can go and enjoy the sea of fall colors. The New York Botanical Garden is another wonderful place to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves. Now is the time to start planning your Park outings since the colors will be changing within the next few weeks. Typically, in New York City, the leaves will begin to change within the first few weeks of October, with the peak colors close to Halloween.

Another fall favorite event is visiting a corn maze. There are so many wonderful corn mazes close to New York City, and it’s one of the things we do yearly as a family. We seem to get a little faster each year at finding the exit to the corn mazes we visit.

Whether you believe the taste of fall as pumpkin spice or apple cider, a fun trip to take in autumn is to a cider mill. Apple cider is a staple in our home during autumn. It’s fun and educational to be just how apple cider is made. There are many farms close to New York City with their own cider presses for your family to learn how this delicious juice is made.

There are so many options for things to do throughout New York City in autumn. Let us know if you have any favorite activities within the city that your family enjoys in autumn.

Fall Fun in the City

Autumn is officially here! It is my favorite time of the year to explore the city. There are many wonderful fall activities or children that include pumpkin and apple picking to jumping in piles of crunchy leaves. Below are some ideas to get you started on your autumn exploring in New York City.

An activity that the family favorite for us is apple picking at a local farm. There are several farms around New York City with trees that are low enough to the ground so your child pick their own. There is a large variety of apples offered by the different farms as well. With a quick Google search, you can find farms that also offer activities such as bounce houses, corn mazes, pony rides, and more.

Who can enjoy fall without picking the perfect pumpkin? Like many people, we are pumpkin fanatics. My favorite pumpkins to pick are those that are still attached to the vine rather than ones simply rolled out into a field to pick from. Many pumpkin farms will provide you with a wagon to help you carry in your harvest. If you like to challenge yourself, try going to a pumpkin farm that offers a special for as many pumpkins as you can carry. It’s always a blast watching the men folk balancing pumpkins to see you can carry the most.

While we are discussing farms, it’s fun to find one that offers hayrides. A hayride is a great way to experience the views of a farm. It’s also a great experience for city kids to get a taste of farm life. Often, the apple and pumpkin farms we visit will have the option of hayrides as well.

There are many farms offering apple picking, pumpkin picking, and hayrides within a short distance of New York City. If you need suggestions on where to find these activities, contact us and we will send you a list of our favorites.