October is the best time for activities. The leaves finally change colors, the air is crisp and everyone is starting to get into the holiday spirit. It begins to get chillier but it is the perfect temperature to be outside. You’re no longer sweating the second you step outside nor freezing your butt off. Soon, the only thing we will want to do on our weekend is curl up in our pajamas with a warm mug of hot chocolate or coffee rather than brave the icy temps outside.
Even better, most of the best activities this month are also inexpensive. I rounded up a list of my favorite activities to do before the month is over:
- Apple picking at Wickham’s Fruit Farms- Cutchogue, NY
Wickham’s is my favorite for apple picking because they have so many different varieties of apples rather than just one or two. Even late in October, the apples are still in great shape and are fresh. There is no pesticide residue left on these apples so you can eat them fresh off of the tree. For $35 you can pick a bushel of apples that will last you a few months (seriously, it’s that many). They also have a shop with yummy fresh cheeses, honey and cider donuts.
2. Pumpkin Picking and Wine Tasting at Harbes Family Farm- Mattituck, NY
Experience fall fun AND get a chance to taste their local wine made right there at their vineyard. The farm includes a corn maze, barnyard adventure and pumpkin patches to pick your favorites from. Once you’ve completed that, you can head to the tasting room and taste 3 of their family wines for $10.
3. Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park- New York City
Head to the Tompkins Square Dog Park at noon on October 24th to see a ton of cute little puppies all dressed in their Halloween best. Who doesn’t love dogs? This is sure to be an entertaining event.
4. Halloween Parade- New York City
Experience the true craziness of a NYC halloween by visiting the West Village on October 31st for the Halloween parade.
5. Blood Manor- New York City
Blood Manor is New York City’s creepiest and most horrifying Haunted House. General admission tickets run around $30 and will give you entrance to the haunted house on Varick Street that will give you nightmares.
6. Dia De Los Muertos At the New York Botanical Garden- Bronx, NY
This exhibit runs from 10/24 through 10/26 and celebrates the Mexican holiday–the day of the dead. Tickets are $25 and will include musical acts, films, pumpkin carvers and other activities.
7. The Witches Brew- West Hempstead, NY
Just looking for a quick bite or a cup of coffee? The Witches Brew is a great place to do either. This restaurant has awesome decor and has the Halloween theme going on all year round. The menu includes a ton of delicious variations of lattes and teas along with sandwiches, salads and vegan/non vegan desserts.
October is quickly coming to a close so start planning your next few weekends now!