What Should We Do This Weekend?
As I get ready for the Halloween Pet Parade at Hick's Nursery today, I'm reminded of how lucky we are to live on Long Island. Though it's unseasonably warm, (it's not even sweater weather) there is no shortage of fun to be had. There is so much to do and see around here, from casual strolls to spooky delights. Especially for the kiddos. So if you're local, and you're wondering how to get into the autumnal spirit this weekend, here are some of our favorites:
1. Hick's Nursery: a wonderfully festive place to visit, they have decorations, activities, food, hay rides and more. Our favorite part is the Animated Children's Story featuring Otto The Ghost. Every year they bring awareness to charities through the magic of spooky storytelling, this year you can bring non-perishable food donations for Long Island Cares. Love it! They are open 8am-6pm every day, till 8pm on Fridays. And it's free to visit!
2. Pumpkin Pickin! You can't go wrong with a day on the farm, and there are plenty of farms on Long Island. I love to bring my LO to pick anything, especially pumpkins. I think it's great for her to see how they grow and where they come from. We pick the perfect pumpkin, then carve it or paint it for Halloween! We have been visiting Stakey's Pumpkin Farm lately, and they have it all. Hayrides, face painting, games, treats, and of course a huge field of pumpkins to pick. Don't forget to grab some apple cider donuts for the hayride, they are amazing! And thanks bro for finding this hidden gem out in Aquebogue. It's open through October 30, and the pumpkins are 0.69 cents per pound, or $30 for "all you can carry" (which is so much fun!) It's great for kids of all ages, and they provide wheelbarrows for collecting your goodies!
3. The Rise of The Jack-o-Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens: This is amazing. Hands down, one of the coolest things I have ever seen. We have been going for a few years now, and everyone loves it! They carve and display over 5,000 jack-o-lanterns, and they re-carve and replace them every weekend, each year a different theme. A massive display of creativity and talent. It's a walk-through (about an hour), and you can bring strollers and wagons. It's dark, but the trail is lit and there are staff members everywhere so we felt totally safe. It's timed tickets, and they go fast, and it's $26 for adults, $22 for kids (under 3 are free), check out groupon and therise.org for discounts.
4. White Post Farms: they have a baby giraffe. Enough said. And while you are there visiting the baby giraffe, you can check out their Fall Festival! There's a petting zoo, bouncers, shows, games and more. The festival is open on the weekends 10am - 4pm (weather permitting), and admission is $19. Did I mention the baby giraffe?
5. Trunk or Treat: this is so much fun, basically you decorate the trunk of your car for Halloween, and the kids go trick-or-treating around to each trunk! Park the cars in a safe place, and let your imagination run wild! Last year we did "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" and the kids had so much fun. It's a great way to let kids who might not live in the same neighborhood trick or treat together. We also put out a donation box for Operation Shoebox and sent tons of candy to our heroes overseas. What a fantastic way to get creative, teach kids about safety at Halloween time, and about sharing!
6. Make a Halloween Collage! You don't have to leave your home to celebrate fall, we grabbed some old magazines and found pictures of our favorite Halloween tricks and treats. My LO was in charge of picking the pictures and deciding where to put them. Plus, we practiced cutting with safety scissors, and using the appropriate amount of glue (the last part was harder than it seems!)
Thanks for reading, I hope that you have been inspired to get into the spooky spirit! So how do you celebrate fall on Long Island?
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I'm Jen, mama to the most incredibly adorable pumpkin in the world. Please allow me to share my experiences about life, and running to the store for diapers & dog food. All. The. Time.