Fall Family Activity Roundup!

One of my daughters in the hay maze at Miller's Country Gardens last year.

One of my daughters in the hay maze at Miller’s Country Gardens last year.

Fall is here!

I can’t say that fall is my favorite season– I can find something to love during every part of the year, and I’m almost always ready for the change of seasons right around the time is comes. But fall has so many things I love– pumpkin everything, crisp apples, football and sweaters.

As October gets started, here are some fun things to do with your family! Please add your favorite fall day trips and things to do in the comments.

 Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!

Of course, I have to start this roundup with pumpkin farms. There are several different places you can go which, I think, all cater to a different sort of crowd.

If you have older kiddos and you’re looking for a lot of activities, Leed’s farm is definitely the place to be. Leeds has a zip line, slides, hayrides, pedal carts, corn boxes– if you can think of something farm and fall related, they probably have it. This is on top of the farm animals for younger and less adventurous kids to enjoy. Admission is $10 for kids 3-18 and $8 for those over 19. Adults over 55 are free to get in, but would need to pay for any rides.

Lehner’s pumpkin farm in Radnor is great for groups and younger children. In addition to a hayride and play area, there is a petting zoo, train rides for children and adults, and an 8 acre corn maze. Christy Lehner is one of the owners and is a school teacher, so she can easily help you put together an educational trip to the farm for your preschool or home-school group.

Though it is much more low key than Leed’s and Lehner’s, Miller’s Country Gardens also offers some fun fall activities. There is a hay bale maze for young children (last year, my girls were just short of two and they loved it), as well as a large corn maze for the older set. At Miller’s you can take a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin!

 Festivals and other outdoor Fun

There is also Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival at Freeman’s farm in Galena. Activities are happening weekends through October and include a petting zoo, scarecrow making, and hayrides. Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival: www,

Kilbourne Fall Festival is coming up quick, October 5th. Just a few miles north on highway 521, the little village of Kilbourne hosts an event with a parade, storytelling, a petting zoo and games. The parade starts around 11:30, so get there early for a day full of fun!

Fall is a fantastic time for star gazing, and Delaware is lucky to have the Perkins Observatory just south of town on Highway 23. Regular programs include a tour of their observatory and an astronomy talk. If skies are clear, you could get a look through their telescope, or during the day programs, you could get to see a rocket launch. Tickets sell out fast for their programs, so if you’re interested in going, be sure to get to their website to order soon

Preservation Parks has several programs that look interesting for the fall. At Deer Haven Preserve on October 26th there will be a Beautiful Bats program. On October 19th there’s an Apple Celebration at Gallant Farm. Check out all of their events at

I’ll be posting more information about this in the coming weeks, but don’t forget the Northwest Neighborhood Association’s annual Ghost Walk.This guided tour around downtown Delaware is being held October 19th from 6-9pm. Tickets are $15, and include a free movie of your choice at the Strand Theater afterwards.

 Halloween Family Fun!

The first event of the Halloween season is the Delaware Halloween Party on October 26th. There will be hot dogs, a marshmallow roasting bonfire, games and lots more.

Gallant Woods has a lot of programs going on, but I think the most interesting is going to be the Trick or Treat Trail on October 27 from 1-4. Costumed kids can walk the trail gathering candy from characters as well as a hay ride and pumpkin decorating.

Several area churches are hosting “Trunk or Treat” events where cars are decorated and folks hand out goodies from their trunks. There are usually games and lots of fun to be had. LifePoint Church in Orange/Lewis Center is hosting theirs October 27 from 4-6.

 Getting Ready for Christmas Already

The Arts Castle hosts their Castle Arts Affair November 8-10. The castle will be decorated for Christmas and there are great hand-crafted, affordable pieces that could be the perfect gift for those on your list!

 For those chilly and rainy days

Fundamentals has three different author visits scheduled for this fall. Come by and meet Tyler Whitesides, author of the Janitors series on October 15 from 6:30-8pm; Robert Sabuda, a paper artist who has made some gorgeous pop-up books on October 22nd from 6:30-8pm, and Mindy McGinnis, a local author whose first book release Not a Drop to Drink was just released September 24th, on Ocober 26th again from 6:30-8pm.

Both the Arts Castle and OWU’s Ross art gallery have several exhibits going on. The Arts Castle Equine Jubilee will be open for viewing until October 23rd.

I hope everyone gets out during this beautiful fall weather and enjoys Delaware! Be sure to comment below where you’ve been and what you enjoyed!


About Tara Salsman

A native of Alabama, Tara now calls Delaware "Sweet Home." She is a wife, a mother of twins, a calligrapher, and an aspiring everything. Despite an unfortunate haircut in the critical middle school years, she strives to find beauty in every day life.

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