By Janee Law
It’s time to take part in some fall fun, whether it’s picking pumpkins, going on hayrides or getting your pants scared off at horror houses. The good news is that you don’t have far to go if you live in the Town of Huntington. Five farm stands offer an array of activities. Take a look.
White Post Farms
250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747
For its fall farm festival, White Post Farms is offering pumpkin picking, hayrides, pony rides, bouncy houses a petting zoo, children’s shows, a farm stand and snack bar. White Post has been open since 1932, and it has run a festival -- with animals as the main attraction -- for the past 24 years. The farm is open seven days a week 10 a.m.-4 p.m., although people can stay until 6 p.m., said Event Coordinator Nancy Gangi. Admission during weekdays is $12 per person, with pumpkin picking at 59 cents a pound, and hayrides. However, it’s farm festival, at $18 per person, runs on the weekends, which ends on Oct. 25. The farm will also be open on Columbus Day. Along with its performances, which include a magic show, a dog show and an exotic bird show, the farm is introducing a horse show and a circus show from The Gizmo Guys. “It’s just good family fun,” Gangi said. “That’s what it’s all about: creating memories.”
Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms
6 Bagatelle Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746
Starting in 1853, the family-owned Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms has been having its festivals for the past seven years, Jean Schmitt said. The fall festival, hosted on the weekend, began Sept. 19 and ends on Halloween. Pumpkin picking is offered seven days a week from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. There is no admission fee for the festival, and activities include hayrides, animal train ride, a bouncy house, fire truck slide, a snack bar, farm stand, a haunted house and, its latest attraction, duck races. Pumpkins are sold based on the size and the farm will also be open on Columbus Day.
Elwood Pumpkin Farm
1500 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743
For seven years, the Elwood Pumpkin Farm has offered hayrides, pumpkin picking and a child-friendly corn maze for kids 10 and under. Open seven days a week, the farm is known for growing its own pumpkins in the field. Its weekday hours are 3-5 p.m.; on weekends, plus Columbus Day, it’s 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There is no admission fee and prices for pumpkins are based on size.
F & W Schmitt Farms
26 Pinelawn Road, Melville, NY 11747
F & W Schmitt Farms has activities for the whole family. For 20-plus years during the fall season, the farm has been offering hayrides, pumpkin picking, pony rides, a petting zoo, a playground, snack bar, farm stand and a haunted mansion. This year’s theme for the seven-acre corn maze, at $8 per person, is Everest Adventure, where kids can take an adventure walking through the maze. Starting Oct. 3, teens and adults can join in on the fun by walking through the haunted mansion, which is $6 per person. At nightfall, the corn maze also becomes haunted, said spokeswoman Karen Miller. The farm is open seven days a week, including Columbus Day, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with weekdays offering hayrides, and pumpkin picking for 74 cents a pound. For those adults seeking a thrill, haunted hours are on the weekends from 7-11 p.m.
Colonial Springs Farm
201 Main Ave, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798
Colonial Springs Farm will open for pumpkin picking on Oct. 3 and will end Oct. 31. Its hours will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, including Columbus Day. It will be closed during the week.