Can't-miss fall activities for kids on Long Island

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Pumpkins and apples. Scarecrows and hayrides. Corn mazes and haunted houses. It can only mean one thing -- fall fun is awaiting Long Island families.

To help you make the most of the season, we've rounded up the can't-miss fall activities for families on Long Island. Take a look.

Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens

The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns at
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The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens (71 Old Westbury Rd.) in Old Westbury lights up the night in October. The exhibit features more than 5,000 hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors on display throughout a 1/3-mile trail. New for 2017: A 40-foot jack o'lantern fire truck, 3-D sculpted pumpkins, a pumpkin patch to take one home and more. The event takes place Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 19-22 and 26-29; $26 adults, $22 children ages 3-12, free children 2 and younger; advanced tickets are required; therise.org.

Family fall festivals

From hayrides and petting zoos, to pumpkin-picking and
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From hayrides and petting zoos, to pumpkin-picking and carnival games, there are many family festivals in September and October. Some of the upcoming festivals: The Long Island Fair, Apple Festival, Oyster Festival, Halloween fairs and more. To find the complete list, check out our family fall festivals guide.

A Kooky Spooky Halloween

A Kooky Spook Halloween at Theatre Three (412
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A Kooky Spook Halloween at Theatre Three (412 Main St., Port Jefferson) is a musical about a ghost who is afraid of the dark and is forced to leave his haunted home on a quest with his new friends. The show takes place on Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 at 11 a.m. and Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. There will be a sensory-sensitive performance on Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. Price: $10; theatrethree.com.

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Halloween fun at Stew Leonard's

Stew Leonard's Farmingdale store (261 Airport Plaza) is
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Stew Leonard's Farmingdale store (261 Airport Plaza) is hosting Halloween Happenings through the month of October. Events include: A free kids hay maze, open every day from 8 a.m. until dark as well as a pumpkin patch. On Oct. 25 from 5 to 6 p.m., children are invited to dress in costumes and go trick-or-treating throughout the store. Children can pick up a map from Customer Service and use the map to find treats. Pumpkin carver Lenny Calvin will be at the store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 to entertain shoppers with his elaborate Halloween-themed etchings on the store's pumpkins. On Oct. 31, children who come to the store in their costumes will receive a free small ice cream. For more information, call 516-962-8210.

Fall Festival at Dees' Nursery

Every weekend in October, including Monday, Oct. 9,
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Every weekend in October, including Monday, Oct. 9, families can enjoy the Fall Festival at Dees' Nursery (69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You'll find an interactive petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin-painting or decorating and other fall crafts (small fee applies). This year, there will also be a free Spooky Walk. Check website for prices; deesnursery.com.

Son of Monster Mash Car Show

Son of Monster Mash Car Show is really
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Son of Monster Mash Car Show is really a monster of a car show -- more than 1,500 cars line up for a Halloween celebration. See custom trucks along with famous rides such as a Batmobile, "Ghostbuster" vehicle and vintage motorcycles. Kids 13 and younger are invited to come in costume on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill, Farmingville. Call 631-447-2869 or visit monstercarshow.com.

Spooky Fest!

Spooky Fest! at the Center for Science Teaching
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Spooky Fest! at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre) features non-spooky activities (a "Not-So-Spooky Walk" in the woods for young children, Halloween Theater, arts and crafts, live animal exhibit, a "Mystic Den," face painting and "Friendly Merry Monsters" on Oct. 14, 20-22, 27-29 at 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Price: $10, or $15 when including the scary "Haunted Woods" and "Maze of Zombies" attractions; 516-764-0045, cstl.org.

Bayville Scream Park 'Not So Scary' Days

Bayville Scream Park (Bayville Avenue) in Bayville is
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Bayville Scream Park (Bayville Avenue) in Bayville is known for its five thrilling attractions for brave tweens, teens and adults, but you may not know that the park also offers kids "Not So Scary" days. Open weekends and Columbus Day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the park feature less-scary versions of the haunted houses with no live actors. Families can enjoy Uncle Needles Fun House and Mirror Maze, The Temple of Terror, a Pumpkin Bounce, a Halloween Express Train Ride, crafts, a pumpkin patch, Halloween story telling, hermit crab races and more. Price: $24.75 Scream Park only, $31.75 for Scream Park and Adventure Park; bayvillescreampark.com.

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Apple-picking at Lewin Farms

Lewin Farms (812 Sound Ave.) in Wading River
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Lewin Farms (812 Sound Ave.) in Wading River is best known for apple-picking. During certain times of the year, you can also pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, pumpkins and Christmas trees. Each year, Lewin's corn maze is redesigned, so look for this year's theme. The farm is open Wednesday to Monday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., unless noted on website due to limited quantities or weather conditions; lewinfarm.com.

Pumpkins, corn maze, more at F&W Schmitt Family Farm

Picking pumpkins isn't the only thing you can
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Picking pumpkins isn't the only thing you can do at F&W Schmitt's Family Farms (26 Pinelawn Rd.) in Melville. There's a daytime, seven-acre corn maze, with this year's theme "Bewitched," free hayrides, straw pyramid, fire truck and treehouse slide, pumpkin patch playground, petting zoo, pony rides and a haunted mansion. Open daily starting Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free entry; $8 corn maze, $6 haunted mansion (weekends only); schmittfarms.com.

Apple-picking at Seven Ponds Orchard

Spend the day apple-picking at Seven Ponds Orchard
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Spend the day apple-picking at Seven Ponds Orchard (65 Seven Ponds Rd.) in Water Mill. Afterward, check out the corn maze, hay rides and a playground with life-size wooden toys such as a tractor, truck and windmill to climb on, crawl through and slide down. Plus, there's a farmers market with a bounty of fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods and more. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., $8; 631-726-8015.

Fall fun at Hanks Pumpkintown

Looking for gigantic pumpkins? Hanks Pumpkintown (240 Montauk
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Looking for gigantic pumpkins? Hanks Pumpkintown (240 Montauk Hwy.) in Water Mill features large pumpkins with some weighing 50 to 100 pounds. You'll also find pumpkin-picking, wagon rides, mazes, corn swings, pedal cars, tractor train rides, giant slides, cow milking, playgrounds, photo stations, pony rides and more. There's also a market including fruits, vegetables, baked goods and roasted corn. The new corn maze this year is the Farm Scene Treasure Hunt, which is an hour-long. Open daily Sept. 9-Oct. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Maze Park, weekends only and Columbus Day, $14; hankspumpkintown.com.

Harbes Western Farm- Jamesport

Frontier Land and Maze at Harbes Western Farm
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Frontier Land and Maze at Harbes Western Farm (1223 Main Rd.) in Jamesport features a variety of fun Western-themed farm adventures for kids. You'll find a pumpkin bounce, petting zoo, a pedal cart where kids can ride around a track, teepee, pony rides, gemstone mining, hayrides, potato sack races, pumpkin tosses, their largest and most interactive corn maze and other games.

Info: Open daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., $12.95 per person for hayride, maze and more; $5 pony rides; harbesfamilyfarm.com.

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Great Jack-O’-Lantern Spectacular Sail

A family-friendly Halloween event at Belmont Lake State
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A family-friendly Halloween event at Belmont Lake State Park (Southern State Parkway Excit 38) in North Babylon features trick-or-treating, games, craft-making, balloon twisting, a children's spooky den and the sailing of the first 50 carved pumpkins (lit with candles, at dusk) around Belmont Lake on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Price: Admission is free; 631-667-5055, parks.ny.gov.

Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival

Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival (6 Bagatelle Rd.
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Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival (6 Bagatelle Rd. in Dix Hills) takes place on Saturdays and Sundays through Halloween, including Columbus Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). The family festival includes pumpkin-picking, hayrides, an animal train ride, a pumpkin bounce house, a firetruck slide, haunted maze, a John Deere trike play area, duck races, roasted corn, apple cider and more. Price: Free admission, some fees may apply; schmittsfamilyfarms.com.

'Not So Scary' Adventure for Kids at Gateway Playhouse

Take a stroll through a batty maze and
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Take a stroll through a batty maze and encounter some goofy creatures, bewitching tricks and ghoulish delights at the "Not So Scary" Adventure for Kids at Gateway Playhouse (215 South Country Rd.) in Bellport. A cheerful guide accompanies groups through a well-lit tour with treats at the end. The event takes place Saturdays and Sundays starting Oct. 8 through Oct. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. Face-painting, balloons, a pumpkin bouncer and more are included. Price: $10; gatewayplayhouse.org.

Barnyard Adventure and Fall Festival at Harbes Family Farm

Every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
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Every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., families can enjoy the Barnyard Adventure at Harbes Family Farm (715 Sound Ave.) in Mattituck. Kids will enjoy singing hayrides (weekends only), a petting zoo, pig races (on weekends), a hedge maze, pedal cars, a barnyard bounce house, Bunnyville, Honey Bee Observatory, a corn maze and more. The Fall Festival late September and runs through the end of October. There will also be pumpkin-picking, a corn maze, live entertainment, roasted corn, lemonades and more. Price: Barnyard Adventure: Monday through Friday, $7.95; Saturday and Sunday, $12.95. Children ages 2 and younger are free. Fall Festival weekends start late September. Pony rides: $5. Singing hayride: $5; harbesfamilyfarm.com.

Pumpkin Park at Adventureland

The Pumpkin Park at Adventureland (2245 Broad Hollow
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The Pumpkin Park at Adventureland (2245 Broad Hollow Rd.) in Farmingdale will take place on Oct. 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress up and trick-or-treat at vendors set up throughout the park. Adventureland is also hosting a food drive and are encouraging guests to bring non-perishable food items. Each donor will receive a free ride on the Ghost House ride. Pumpkin Park entrance is free, fee for rides; adventureland.us.

Long Island Fair

WHERE/ WHEN Old Bethpage Village Restoration: 1303 Round
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WHERE/ WHEN Old Bethpage Village Restoration: 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage; Sept. 16-17, 23-24: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. DETAILS Featuring food and crafts for purchase, horticultural and agricultural exhibits, family-friendly activities like a carousel, petting zoo, camel rides, sack races and corn husking contest, as well as attractions including an acrobatic dual trampoline show, a juggling and aerialist performance, live music, butterfly exhibit and high dive show, plus a riding demonstration by Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders and a game of old-time "base ball." Price: $15, $12 children ages 5-12, ages four and younger enter free INFO 516-874-0502, lifair.org

Oyster Festival

WHERE/ WHEN Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park: West End
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WHERE/ WHEN Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park: West End Ave., Oyster Bay; Oct. 14-15: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. DETAILS Features Check out carnival rides, pirate shows, a zoo attraction, midway rides, vendors, live entertainment, an oyster eating/ shucking contest, soccer clinics (ages 5-14), fast shot lacrosse challenge, NY Islanders booth, a food court and more; rain or shine. Price: Free admission, free parking, POP rides INFO 516-628-1625, theoysterfestival.org

Long Island Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN Heckscher Park: Prime Ave. and Main
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WHERE/ WHEN Heckscher Park: Prime Ave. and Main St., Huntington; Friday, Oct. 6: 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Oct. 7-8: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 9: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS features live entertainment, a carnival, hundreds of vendors, international food courts, activities for young children and more. Price: admission is free INFO 631-423-6100, lifallfestival.com

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