Halloween fun without the haunt: activities for the faint of heart

Summer is gone, and the cool breeze of fall has blown its way into the St. David’s area, leaving birds flying south, beautiful foliage and morning frost.

With the warm weather gone and the beaches closed, many think that all forms of entertainment have vanished. Think again.

The southeastern part of Pennsylvania is chock full o’ great activities for this time of year. So the next time boredom strikes, join some ghoul friends and carve out the good times.

-Hurricane Hill Corn Maze

Located at 704 East Reeceville Road in Coatsville, this attraction allows visitors to find their way out of a corn maze (weather permitting), take a hayride and visit the pumpkin patch. Cost of the maze is $8.00 and will be open every weekend until the end of October.

For more information, see www.hhfmaze.com

-Milky Way Farms

Located at 521 East Uwchlan Ave on Rte. 113 in Chester Springs, this farm is for all those who favor pumpkin picking. With over 10 acres and 25,000 pumpkins, visitors are sure not to leave empty-handed.

The pumpkin patch is open from 10:00a.m to 5:00p.m. on the weekends and offers free hayrides.

There is also ice cream on the grounds made directly from the milk of the farm’s cows. Admission is free, and prices vary on pumpkin size.

For more information, visit http://www.milkywayfarm.com /homepage-farm.htm.

-Varner’s Farm

Located at 764 South Trappe Rd. in Collegeville, Varner’s is not known only for its pumpkin picking straight from the vine, but also for its Belgian Draft Horse Wagon Rides that take visitors directly to the patches. Cost is $4.00 for the wagon ride and 45 cents a pound for a pumpkin.

-Pete’s Produce Farm

Located at 1225 East Street Rd. in Westtown, this produce farm does not close for the season until the last pumpkins find homes, so go out and start picking. A pumpkin’s price depends on its size.

Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m through 6:30 p.m; and Sunday, 9:00a.m through 5:30p.m.

For more information, check out www.petesproducefarm.com.

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