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October Outings: Festival days + special events

Farm and Other Festivals

(alphabetical by name of venue)

Fall Festival Days at Abbott Farms. 3275 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (plus Columbus Day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). Through Oct. 29. Free parking and admission. Wristbands for purchase, $9 each. (315) 638-7783. abbottfarms.com. Fall Festival Days activities include a corn maze, tube slides and firing shots with the apple cannon.

Fall Harvest Celebration at Critz Farms. 3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia. Saturdays and Sundays (plus Columbus Day), 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Columbus Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Oct. 22. $8.50 admission per person (includes season pass). critzfarms.com. Cow train for kids, wagon rides, playgrounds, and “Diggers and Dumpers” corn maze are among the many featured activities.

Fall Fun Festival at the Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo. Route 49, Rome. Weekends and Columbus Day, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $6 per person; free for children under 2. (315) 336-1930. fortrickey.com. See animals, and visit the giant ball crawl, the jumbo jumper and more.

Fall Family Fun at The Hollow. 3735 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free admission. thepumpkinhollow.com. Varying fees for individual activities; some are free. (315) 960-4557. Hayrides on weekends ($2 per person), corn maze ($3 each; $10 per family), corn barn play (free).

Plumpton Farms Fun. 3990 Coye Road, Jamesville. Daily, 9 a.m.-dusk. Free admission. (315) 469-0027. Visit the pumpkin patch and paint one or two; meet the barnyard friends; see the giant hayman; and enter the haunted house.

Fall is A-Mazing at Springside Farm. 1850 Route 91, Pompey. Weekends, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 1-5 p.m. Through Oct. 31. Free parking and admission. $8 for the Maze Park pass. (315) 683-5860. springsidefarm.net. Among the attractions are tree mazes, rope swings, human foosball and a bounce pad.

Special Events

(chronological order)

The CNY Great Pumpkin Festival. Washington Square Park, Oswego. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Pumpkin exhibition 9 a.m. on Sept. 30; festival activities 11 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Free admission; varying costs for activities. (315) 806-0251.
oswegony.org. Kids’ activities, amusement rides, crafters, pony rides, live music, a pumpkin toss, and more.

LaFayette Apple Festival. Half-mile south of Route 20 on Tully Farms Road, LaFayette. Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5/person; free/age
12 and under. lafayetteapplefest.org. Watch cider being made; buy apples and apple treats; and enjoy entertainment, the midway rides and games, a scarecrow contest, and more.

Ghost Reveal and Hunt. Fort Ontario, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego. Oct. 13 and 14, 7-10 p.m. $15 per ticket, pre-sale only. (315) 343-4711. historicfortontario.com. Take a guided tour of historic Fort Ontario, considered one of the most haunted locations in the United States.

Zoo Boo. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Zoo Boo tickets: $8 per person plus admission: $8/ages 19-61; $5/age 62 and up; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and under. (315) 435-8511, Ext. 113. rosamondgiffordzoo.org.The zoo becomes a kid-friendly haunt with themed treats, creepy-crawly animal encounters, keeper talks, games and more.

Enchanted Beaver Lake. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Oct. 26-29, 6-8:30 p.m. $3 per person, free to those under age 3; $5 per vehicle for parking, advance. Advance reservations are required: (315) 638-2519. More than 500 jack-o-lanterns and luminaria light the way along two magical trails; also, face painting, fortune telling and treats.

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