Family fall festivals on Long Island

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From hayrides and petting zoos to pumpkin picking and carnival games, we have everything you need to plan fun-filled family weekends this fall. Take a look at family festivals happening this month on Long Island.

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 on Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 16 through Oct. 30, 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, fees apply for games and rides.

Hicks Nurseries Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury; Sept. 16-Oct.
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WHERE/ WHEN 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury; Sept. 16-Oct. 29: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fridays 8 a.m.-8 p.m.) DETAILS Enjoy hayrides, fresh picked apples, apple cider, live farm animals, children's workshops, pumpkin contests and more. Come see the "Otto the Ghost" animated story, that focuses on friendship, family and Halloween cheer; "Otto" will be available for photos 10 a.m.- noon and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on weekends. Price: Parking and admission is free; donations of non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares is appreciated INFO 516-272-4649, hicksnurseries.com

Fink's Country Farm Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River;
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WHERE/ WHEN 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River; open weekends Sept. 23rd thru Oct. 29: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. DETAILS Includes hayrides, a corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, train rides, combine slide, playground area, barnyard bouncer, face-painting, petting zoo, pony rides, roasted corn, fresh produce and more. Price: $15, free ages 2 and younger INFO 631-886-2272, finksfarm.com

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Fall Farm Festival at White Post Farms

WHERE/ WHEN 250 Old Country Rd., Melville; weekends
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WHERE/ WHEN 250 Old Country Rd., Melville; weekends and Columbus Day, Sept. 23-Oct. 29: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. DETAILS Featuring an animal farm (including Patches, the resident giraffe), wagon rides, pumpkin picking and entrance into the bird aviary. Scheduled entertainment includes a dog show, magic show, bird show, variety show, the "Great Stage Show" and the "Nick's Kids Show." Price: 2017 admission fee yet to be determined, but it will include the bounce and slides, wagon rides, hay play, all shows, admission to the animal farm, bird aviary, and monkey exhibit; pumpkins, pony rides, food, train rides and animal feed is available at additional cost. INFO 631-351-9373, whitepostfarms.com

Fall Festival at Dees' Nursery

WHERE/ WHEN 69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside; Saturdays, Sundays
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WHERE/ WHEN 69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside; Saturdays, Sundays in October and Columbus Day (Oct. 9): 11 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS You'll find an interactive petting zoo, pumpkin-painting, pony rides and a free trip through the "Spooky Walk." Price: fees to be announced INFO 516-678-3535, deesnursery.com.

Long Beach's Fall Festival and Costume Parade

OnParade Long Beach's Fall Festival and Costume Parade
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OnParade Long Beach's Fall Festival and Costume Parade is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Kennedy Plaza in front of City Hall, and will include craft vendors, a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, live music, hay rides and more.  And the always-popular costume parade starts at noon at the Recreation Center field on Magnolia Boulevard. Price: Free; 516-431-3890.

Brightwaters Farms Fall Harvest

WHERE/ WHEN 1624 Manatuck Blvd., Bay Shore; Sept.
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WHERE/ WHEN 1624 Manatuck Blvd., Bay Shore; Sept. 30-Oct. 29 daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS Families can enjoy pumpkin-picking (69 cents per pound), hayrides ($3 per person weekdays, unlimited hayrides Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day as part of admission fee), animal feeding ($2 per cone), a farm playground and more. On weekends, there will also be live entertainment with Zippy the Clown, face-painting, magic shows, rubber-ducky races, mini-tractor ride and more. Price: Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day: $10, free ages 1 and younger; admission is free weekdays. POP admission: $20 per child (includes general admission plus unlimited Little Farmers Playland rides, does not include pony rides or farm animal feeding). INFO 631-665-5411, brightwatersfarms.com

Barnyard Adventure at Harbes Family Farm

WHERE/ WHEN 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck; Mon-Thurs: 10
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WHERE/ WHEN 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck; Mon-Thurs: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri-Sun: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. DETAILS Families can enjoy the Barnyard Adventure daily until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Kids will enjoy singing hayrides (Fri-Sun, holidays only), a petting zoo, pig races (Fri-Sun, holidays only), a gnome-themed hedge maze, "Jumbo Jumpers" bounce pillows, Bunnyville rabbit attraction, an animatronic Chicken Show and more. Price: Mon-Thurs: $9.95, Fri: $13.95, Sat-Sun, holidays: $14.95, season pass: $30 INFO 631-365-2937, harbesfamilyfarm.com

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Spooky Fest!

WHERE/ WHEN 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre; Saturday,
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WHERE/ WHEN 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre; Saturday, Oct: 14, 20-22, 27-29: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. DETAILS 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." Price: $10, or $15 when including the scary "Haunted Woods" and "Maze of Zombies" attractions INFO 516-764-0045cstl.org

Great Jack-O’-Lantern Spectacular Sail

WHERE/ WHEN Belmont Lake State Park: Southern State
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WHERE/ WHEN Belmont Lake State Park: Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon; Saturday, Oct. 28: 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. DETAILS A family-friendly Halloween event featuring 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. Price: admission is free INFO 631-667-5055, parks.ny.gov

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