October offers up family fun and scary good times


North Star Orchards

North Star Orchards

Whether you’re looking to be scared out of your gourd or head out to the pumpkin patch to pick a few gourds, Central New York has plenty of festive fall options.

For those seeking a more tame option, there are plenty of orchards and pumpkin farms offering pick-your-own products, hay rides, corn mazes and more.

“We have wagon rides,” said Rebecca Ford, manager at North Star Orchards on Route 233 in Westmoreland. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy a free wagon ride out to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. And that’s just one of the offerings North Star has this fall.

The orchard will feature Montezuma Winery Saturday, Oct. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. and will host The Nelson Brothers Band from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 and 11. North Star also has a free corn maze for visitors to explore.


Other area offerings include:

Will’s Cackleberry Castle Pumpkin Farm

Will’s Cackleberry Castle Pumpkin Farm

Will’s Cackleberry Castle Pumpkin Farm
Camden. www.cackleberrycastle.com. Activities include Mrs. Pumpkin the talking pumpkin, hayrides, children’s play area, concession stand, a bounce house, and a variety of pumpkins, gourds and more for sale.

Cullen Pumpkin Farm
Richfield Springs. www.cullenpumpkinfarm.com. Activities include pick-your-own pumpkins, a corn maze, photo opportunities, and a wagon ride through the pumpkin patch, honey bee hives, and hay fields ($2 per person, 5 and younger are free).

Critz Farms
Cazenovia. www.critzfarms.com. Activities include pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, a corn maze, gift shop, weekend wagon rides, petting zoo, playground, cider making demonstrations and more. Visit the Web site for admission information for the various activities.

Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo
www.fortrickey.com. Fall Fun Festival runs weekends through Oct. 26. Admission is $5, children younger than 2 are free. Activities include a hay bale maze, pumpkin painting, pedal tractors, oat-filled activity station, pony rides ($2.50), and wagon rides ($2.50) and more. Kids receive a free mini pumpkin to decorate.

Windy Hill Orchard

Windy Hill Orchard

Windy Hill Orchard
Cassville. www.windyhillorchardny.com. Activities include pick-your-own apples, pre-picked apples, and a gift shop featuring cider, local honey, fudge, cheeses, fall ornamentals such as Indian corn and more.

The Remsen Depot Corn Maze
www.remsendepot.com, features a 6-acre maze honoring Olympian Erin Hamlin. The maze is open on weekends through Columbus Day from noon to 5 p.m. Flashlight nights, bring your own flashlight, are Oct. 3, 4, 10 and 11 from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.

The Great Utica Pumpkin Carve
Held Oct. 9-11 from 5-9 p.m. at Murnane Field in Utica, will feature a pumpkin carving contest, face painting, a haunted trail/maze and more. Admission is $2 per person, maximum of $10 per family.


If being scared out of your gourd is more your thing, the area has plenty of hair-raising offerings.

The Trail of Terror

The Trail of Terror

Stittville Fire Department’s Trail of Terror and Haunted Woods
A ¼ mile trek through some seriously spooky woods, runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 on Route 291 in Stittville. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and younger.

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park
www.sylvanbeachamusementpark.com, offers Halloweekends on Friday and Saturday nights starting Oct. 10. Parking is free and the spooky attractions range in price from $6.95 for Scream Land to $24.95 for the Vicious Cycle ride band, Blood Bath Haunted House and Scream Land.

Fright Nights at the Fair
www.frightnightsatthefair.com, offers five different scary attractions on the state fairgrounds in Syracuse and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Oct. 26. Admission is $10 for one attractions or $20 for all five.

The Rome Art and Community Center
www.romeart.org/halloween, offers its Halloween House and Eeek-stravaganza Oct. 3, 4, 10 and 11.

Cayo Industrial

Cayo Industrial

Cayo Industrial
www.cayoindustrial.com, returns to Broad Street in Utica with its House of Biotech, House of Biowar, and Warehouse of Revelation. The horror house opens Oct. 3 and remains open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 1. Admission is $10 for one attraction, $16 for two, or $23 for all three. Those bringing canned pet food to donate will receive $1 off admission.





Traci DeLore
The Fuze Magazine

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