By Janee Law
'Tis the season for red and yellow leaves, Halloween decorations, pumpkin spice everything, scarf weather, and, of course, lots of pumpkin picking. The Town of Huntington never falls short with its many options during the fall season.
Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms, 6 Bagatelle Road, Dix Hills
Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms is bringing back its Fall Festival, with fun activities for children and a variety of pumpkins families can select from its pumpkin field. The farm “packs a lot of punch in five acres,” Jean Schmitt, co-owner, said, offering pumpkin picking, hayrides, a walk through haunted house, bouncy houses, a fire truck slide, and an animal train ride. The farm will also be offering its entertaining duck race, which has been a popular activity among kids for the past three years, Schmitt said. “I’m told by the people that come here that it’s the best kept little secret because you get to take the kids pumpkin picking without the stress of traffic,” she added. With free admission, pumpkins are sold 69-cents to a pound, with hayrides for $2, bouncy houses and duck races for $4 each, and the animal train ride and the haunted maze for $5 each. The farm also sells colorful mums, decorations, ornamental kale and cabbage, roasted corn, fresh baked pies, apple cider and homemade candy apples. “So far we’ve had a really good season because the weather has been nice,” Schmitt said. “We’re hoping to make a lot of people happy.” The farm is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Elwood Pumpkin Farm, 1500 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington
Elwood Pumpkin Farm is the go-to spot for those looking to pick a pumpkin from the vine. For nearly 10 years, the farm has been known as the western-most pumpkin patch that grows its supply fresh onsite. Customers can enjoy a family friendly environment with their kids, and can personally select the pumpkin they desire, which are sold based on size. Additionally, customers can take a journey on the farm’s hayrides and venture through its 25-acre corn maze. The farm is open Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. through all of October. There is no admission charge.
F & W Schmitt Farms, 26 Pinelawn Road, Melville
F & W Schmitt Farms also offers free admission, along with free parking, for its fall family fun. Families can pick their own pumpkins and vegetables, laugh on rides and slides, take a chance through the haunted mansion and explore the seven-acre corn maze. The theme for this year’s corn maze is the American Farmer, where those who travel inside are sure to experience an adventure. Established in 1950, the farm also features farm animals, pony rides, hayrides, and a playground and inflatables. Pumpkins and vegetables are sold by the pound. Pumpkin picking is offered seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; the corn maze is open on weekends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; playground and inflatables are open on the weekends, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; hayrides are open Monday-Friday, 12 noon-5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and farm animals and pony rides are open on the weekends, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The children’s haunted mansion walk-through will come alive on the weekends starting Oct. 7, 12 noon-5 p.m.
Union United Methodist Church, 1018 Pulaski Road, East Northport
Customers are sure to have their hands full at Union United Methodist Church, which has been providing is adventurous pumpkin patch to members of the community for nearly 16 years. While selling both large and small pumpkins, the church also offers colorful mums and gourds for fall décor. After picking a pumpkin, customers cannot leave without sifting through the churches pumpkins store, which provides carving kits, decorations, crafts and books. In addition, the church also offers homemade baked goods, including breads, pies, muffins, cookies, soups and jams. There is no admission fee for the season, which started on Monday and will wrap up on Oct. 31. The pumpkin patch is open Sundays-Fridays, 12 noon-6 p.m., and Saturdays and Columbus Day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Road, Melville
White Post Farms does not fall short on its entertainment, offering pumpkin picking and a variety of shows for its 26th Annual Fall Farm Festival 2017. This year’s shows include “The Tricks for Treats Exotic Bird Show,” “The Magic & Comedy of Jim McClenahan,” “The Gizmo Guys,” “Mutts Gone Nuts’ Canine Cabaret,” and new shows for this year, “Rodeo Ricky in ‘There’s No Place Like Home,’” “Nick’s Kids Show,” and “Justin Woods Variety Show.” Other fun farm features include the snack bar, hayrides, pony rides, bouncy houses, a petting zoo, and farm stand. Its pumpkins are priced by the pound. Farm gates are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and customers can stay until 6 p.m. There is a weekday admission charge of $14.75, which includes entry to the animal farm, hayrides, the monkey barn, bird aviaries and the giraffe station. The weekend admission fee is $21.17, which includes entry to the animal farm, six fall festival shows, hayrides, the monkey barn, bird aviaries and the giraffe station. There will be an admission charge of $16.75 on Oct. 10, which includes entry to the animal farm, bird show, magic show, hayrides, the monkey barn, bird aviaries and the giraffe station.