By Janee Law
With leaves on trees soon to be colored red, yellow and orange, and the cool fall breeze creeping into the air, it’s time to gear up for the season’s festivities, which include pumpkin picking and hayrides, that can be enjoyed at these venues across the Town of Huntington.
White Post Farms
250 Old Country Road, Melville
For its 25th annual fall farm festival, White Post Farms will be offering six shows, a snack bar, pumpkin picking, hayrides, pony rides, bouncy houses, a petting zoo, and a farm stand. Children’s shows will feature “Rodeo Ricky and the Magical, Mysterious Curse,” “The Magic & Comedy of Jim McClenahan,” “The Tricks for Treats Exotic Bird Show,” “Tugboat Manny’s You Bet Your Life-Saver Game Show,” “Mutts Gone Nuts’ Canine Cabaret,” and “Horses Horses Horses! Show.” Event planner Robin Nabel said the farm’s latest addition to the petting zoo is a new baby kangaroo, and expects a busy season this year. The farm will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., although visitors are welcome to stay until 6 p.m. Admission prices are $12 during the week and $19 during fall festival days. The season ends on Oct. 30.
Elwood Pumpkin Farm
1500 E. Jericho Turnpike
With the season now underway, Elwood Pumpkin Farm is one of the most western farms on Long Island, growing fresh pumpkins in the field. “If you come early, you can pick the pumpkins off the vine,” Lee Itzler, owner, said. “I’m quite different from anything around here.” Selling pumpkins by the size, the farm also has a 25-acre corn maze, and hayrides. “The hayride is a tour of the farm,” Itzler said. “It’s a pretty big farm so you get to see the trees pumpkins the whole thing.” The farm is open Saturday, Sunday and on Columbus Day from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; and Monday-Friday from 3-5 p.m.
Union United Methodist Church
1018 Pulaski Road
For almost 15 years, Union United Methodist Church has been offering pumpkin picking and more. With the season now begun, along with selling small and large pumpkins, the church now also offers gourds and mums. “We expect some regulars who come every year, and we expect people to enjoy,” Cynthia Wiggins, church secretary, said. With no admission fee, the church also sells homemade goodies like bread, pie, muffins, cookies, soup and jam. Don’t forget to check out the pumpkin store as it is equipped with items perfect for the fall season, including carving kits, crafts, decorations, goodie buckets, and children’s books. “The children have a blast picking out their pumpkins,” Wiggins said. “We enjoy any chance to meet the community.” The season ends Oct. 31, with hours running of operation set for 12 noon-6 p.m., Sunday-Friday; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays (hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Columbus Day).
Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms
6 Bagatelle Road, Dix Hills
Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms offers pumpkin picking, hayrides, animal train ride, a pumpkin bouncy house, fire truck slide, a haunted house, duck races, and a play area, with free admission and prices for rides ranging from $2-$5. “It’s a nice because people don’t have to go all the way out east and fight the traffic,” Jean Schmitt, owner, said. “We’re not one of the huge places, but families that want to have a more relaxing day would come here, instead of having to go and pay an admission fee.” Offering fall festivities for 20 years, the farm will be selling Halloween decorations, mums, homemade pies, cookies, candy apples, roasted corn, hot apple cider and more. The farm is open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The season continues through Oct. 31.
F & W Schmitt Farms
26 Pinelawn Road, Melville
or more than 20 years, F & W Schmitt Farms has offered pumpkin picking and vegetable picking for the fall season, with no admission or parking fees. Starting the season Sept. 24, the farm will continue its festivities until Halloween. During the day, families can enjoy face painting, pony rides, the petting zoo, bouncy houses and free hayrides. In addition, kids can have some fun in the seven-acre corn maze, open on weekends and Columbus Day, for $8 per person, with this year’s theme Bewitched. For those looking for an adrenalin rush, the farm’s corn maze transforms into the Hunted Nighttime Corn Maze, with the Haunted Mansion Walkthrough opening up on Oct. 1, for $6 per person. Pumpkin picking hours run seven days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., while nighttime festivities run from Fridays to Saturdays at 7 p.m. -midnight and Sunday from 7 p.m.-11 a.m.