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Pumpkin Patches, Farms and Orchards
Special Dates to Remember
🍂 The Great Frederick Fair will be held the week of September 16th!
🎇 Fall Festival at Summer’s Farm on September 17th!
🍎 Rick Steves (author and popular public television host) will be at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on September 8th!
🎇 Summer’s Farm Fall Festival (and famous corn maze!) opens for the season on September 17th!
🎃 Frederick’s Oktoberfest will be held on September 30th and October 1st!
🍂 Check out Fall-themed crafts and more at the Catoctin Colorfest on October 8th-9th.
🍎 The Sunflower Festival at Summer’s Farm will be held the last weekend in August and first week of September!
🎃 The Green Meadows Farm Barnyard Bash will be held on September 2nd and October 7th!
🍂 The Halloween Parade in downtown Middletown will be held on October 29th!
🎇 FREE Movie on the Creek: The Nightmare Before Christmas on October 19th!
Trick or Treat Events
🦸🏻 Halloween in Downtown Frederick will be held on October 29th!
🧛Middletown’s Color Me Autumn event on October 22nd will feature trick-or-treating, kids activities, music, and food!
🍫 Green Meadows Farm will hold their Trail of Jack-o-lanterns and Trick-or-Treating on weekends in October!
🦸🏻 Trick-or-Treat through history at Rose Hill Manor on October 28th-29th!
Just outside of Frederick
🎃 Butler's Orchard Pick your own pumpkins, fall events for the kids, including the 41st Pumpkin Festival beginning on September 25th!
🎃 Baugher’s Orchard in Westminster, MD is open for pick-your-own pumpkins and their Fall Festival! Check out their petting zoo and playground, too.
🍏 Great County Farms has lots to offer this fall! 🍎Corn Maze and Apple Harvest in September then come back in October for the 🎃 Pumpkin Harvest Festival.
🍏 Pick your own apples at Rock Hill Orchard.
🥾 🧗 🌳 🦌 Take a Hike
Take a ghost tour in historic Frederick!
Rent a moonbounce from Backyard Inflatables
Head to MeLand Play on a rainy day for an indoor playground
🚃Check out the largest miniature world model train displays in the country Roads and Rails
Zipline courses at TreeTrekkers
🚂 Enjoy a good old fashioned train ride through the beautiful farmland and countryside on the Walkersville Southern Railroad
🌉 Take a drive and check out the three covered bridges located in Frederick
🐖 🐄Everyday activities and special fall events at Green Meadows
Head to Mccutcheons for some of their delicious jam for your breakfast toast
🕵🏽♀️ Explore Downtown Frederick with Monthly Scavenger Hunts by Surelocked In Escape Games
🍿Popcorn makes every movie better! Stop at Original Popcorn House for gourmet popcorn.
🎨 🖌Saturday morning patio painting, To-Go kits or limited in person studio hours, Hot Fired Arts has it all for your creative needs!
🦀Everyone loves a crabfest! Get them ready to eat from Avery's Maryland Grille.
🛹Learn how to do a kick flip at the Skatepark.
🎢 Tap into your adrenaline at Adventure Park.
🐒 Take in the wildlife at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve.
🐢 Observe the turtle and take some time to learn about the wildlife at Fountain Rock Park Nature Center.
🏞 Visit all the playgrounds that Frederick County has to offer.
🍦 Visit Frederick Fudge & IceCream for all your sweet tooth needs.
☕️ Latte for the parents and hot chocolate for the kids at Frederick Coffee Company.
🚶🏼♀️Lace up your sneakers and head out for Self Guided Tour of Frederick.
🌻 Pick up some fall flowers at Mar-Lu View.
🍩 Donuts are the best way to start the weekend, especially with Glory Doughnuts.
📚 Pick out some of your favorite fall themed library books and schedule a curbside pickup with Frederick County Public Library.
🎣 Grab the fishing poles and hit up one of these spots, Freshwater Fishing Hotspots.
Stay at home activities
🌷 Plant spring bulbs
🍂🍁 Rake leaves together. Jump in the pile, then rake them up again!
☀️Enjoy those rays of sun and make a paper plate suncatcher
💎Try your hand at Geocaching
🏅At-Home Sports and Activities That Stretch Your Mind and Body, Game On!
🥳 There’s always something to celebrate, look to the National Day Calendar for ideas
🏃🏾♀️ Register for an upcoming race, run, or ride. Many of these types of events are very family-friendly with shorter routes as an option, discounted (or free) registration for children, and fun after-parties. As a bonus, some of these types of events are fundraisers as well.
🎶 🕺🏻 Make a playlist of Halloween-themed songs and have a dance party in your living room. Some of our favorites:
- "This is Halloween" by Danny Elfman from The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack
- "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett
- "Thriller" by Michael Jackson
- "Some Kind of Monster" by Neon Trees
- "Season of the Witch" by Donovan
- "Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne
- "My Beloved Monster" by Eels from the Shrek soundtrack
- "The Time Warp" from the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack
- "The Monster" by Eminem (feat. Rihanna)
- "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell
- "The Devil's Chasing Me" by Reverend Horton Heat
🏋🏻♀️Try a 30-day fitness challenge. Check out the monthly "More More" column in Macaroni Kid Family Fitness and Wellness for the "Our Family Moves" challenge for the month.
🚶🏽♂️🚶🏼♀️Take a family walk around the neighborhood before or after dinner. It's a great way to connect while enjoying the changing scenery.
👻 Read ghost stories by the fire.
🔥 Get creative with you s’more and try some of these S'mores Alternatives.
🍏 🍎 Check out these 40 Apple Activities for Kids.
🛠 Tackle a DIY project idea from Home Depot.
🚒 Reach out to your first responders and find what they need. Take up a neighborhood collection.
🤝 Collection donations for the Heartly House. Follow them on Facebook for an updated list of needs.