Autumn Haunts – My family outings
Pumpkin Picking, Fresh Corn on the Cob, Wine Tasting. Every fall we drive out to eastern LI farm and wine country. There are a lot of farms there. When people think of New York they don’t think of beautiful open land and farm areas, but there’s some great places to visit. Harbs Farm is a favorite destination because it has pumpkin picking for the kids, fresh grilled corn on the cob, a farm stand and a wine tasting booth. Not to mention the Apple Cider Donuts made fresh in the donut shack. We spent at Sunday afternoon there, eating, picking and enjoying the great fall weather. We brought back a few pumpkins, 2 dozen ears of corn, other veggies (tomatoes, zucchini) and of course, candy apples.
Schmidts Farm has a cool Haunted Mansion every year that my kids like to go through. I went through one year and it was pretty creepy, Zombie-like figures jumping out at you, Creepy Clowns and of course, in the last room hides the Killer with the Chainsaw that chases you out of the mansion. As long as you keep screaming, he’ll chase you all the way to the parking lot.
Schmidts also has a haunted corn maze which is something me and my wife can go through with the kids. After entering a smoke-filled shadowy barn, you come out in the corn maze. When you least expect it, costumed creatures will jump out at you. It also has quite a few horrific displays in the field, including a dead hillbilly family, a car whose headlight and horn go off right in front of you, and a bunch of coffins with farm-fresh deadies. Not as intense as the Haunted Mansion but fun for the family.
Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns
For the 2nd year in a row we went to Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns. It’s a trail around one of Long Island’s Gold Coast Mansions, Westbury Gardens, adorned with over 5,000 carved and lit pumpkins. Highlights this year included multiple pumpkins stacked and carved in a way to portray dinosaur bones and an outdoor pumpkin aquarium, with pumpkins carved to look like fish, seaweed, stingrays and even some giant crabs.