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Family Where-to Guides for October

Family Where-to Guides for October

October chills and spooky thrills!

Get in the Halloween spirit and get ready for a fun-filled fall! Whether you’re looking for some ghoulish fun to scare the pants off your teens or some more light-hearted haunts for the little ones, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate Halloween guide. Keep the thrills going with escape rooms that allow you to embrace your inner Houdini and give your kids the perfect opportunity to show off their detective skills. Or, if you’d rather take it easy, try taking a family day trip to the farm for some pumpkin picking. Now if it’s already a little too chilly outside, you might want to stay indoors and go for a skate at your local roller rink instead. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got what you need to get ready for the Halloween season and make it a great October with your family!


Pumpkin Picking

Hurd’s Family Farm
2187 State Route 32, Modena
Open daily, 9am-5pm

U-pick pumpkins, veggies, and apples, plus family-friendly mystery corn mazes, storybook corn maze, and hayrides; big apple bounce pillow, rubber duck derby, apple launcher, cow train, giant slide, fish feeding, farm animals, nature trails, and gem mining daily. Educational school tours and birthday parties available. Check website for themed weekends, music, and special events.


Halloween for Kids 

Central Park Conservancy Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail

Harlem Meer, East Side from 106th to 110th streets
Sunday, Oct. 28, 4-7pm

After pre-registering for your ‘flotilla,’ bring your pre-carved pumpkin or jack-o’-lantern for a sunset journey across the Harlem Meer (note: Arrive early before it reaches capacity). Other festive activities include spooky mask making and live carving demonstrations, as well as arts and crafts.


Escape Rooms

Exodus Escape Rooms
38 W. 32nd St., 6th Floor, Midtown West

The three rooms include Exodus, Masquerade Manor, and Hound of Baskerville. Each of the rooms is recommended for groups of two to 10 people.


Roller Rinks

Riverbank Skating Rink
679 Riverside Park

Situated in New York’s Riverbank State Park in Harlem, Riverbank skating rink is a covered rink open from May through October (weather permitting). With tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools, a carousel, picnic areas, a restaurant, and breathtaking views of the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, and Palisades, the park really offers something for everyone.


Main image courtesy Hurds Family Farm

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