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Fall RoadFamily TripsBy Mia Sala S
Fall decor, pumpkin treats and farm festivals are finally here!
If you’re looking to make the most of the cozy season, have you considered planning a road trip with your family? Road trips are the perfect, quick escape from the city where you can dive into family friendly fall and winter festivities. Whether it’s apple picking or nature hikes, tractor rides or fudge tastings, your kiddos will have plenty of fun activities to do, all while exploring the history of unique towns. We’ve rounded up some of the best road trip destinations for your family this year. Get your train tickets or GPS ready, because these are fall vacays you do not want to miss!
Antsy kiddos who could not last hours in a car? Not to worry– Central Massachusetts is a quick 30-minute flight away. In fact, there are 4 flights arriving daily from NYC, both from JFK and LGA, making it easier than ever to plan your getaway. Once you arrive we recommend you set up camp at a brand name or boutique hotel in Worcester, MA. You’ll be 30 minutes or less from a ton of family-friendly attractions, like the Southwick’s Zoo, New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, Old Sturbridge Village and the Ecotarium.
If you’re looking for some outdoor fun, we recommend you go on a family hike to Lookout Rock or the summit of Wachusett Mountain. But with 22 state parks in the region, you’ll have your pick of hiking trails. Central Massachusetts also has plenty of seasonal celebrations: you don’t want to miss KidsFest, AppleFest, BooFest, and Fall Food Truck Fest at Wachusett Mountain. The Annual Harvest Festival is also a family-favorite because of its well-loved scarecrow contest. And we can’t forget about Southwick Zoo’s Festival of Illumination, showcasing the stories of legendary creatures and fairytales through handmade Chi nese lanterns. Add on all the usual fall classics–apple picking, cider donuts, and tractor rides– and Central Massachusetts is the place to be! Book your amazingly convenient flight today.
fall family fun in
n ew Jersey
New Jersey is home to some of the most exciting family destinations in the Northeast - from the quaint shops of Cape May to High Point State Park in the Skylands. Families come back year after year for coolweather experiences and adventurous ways to enjoy every last one of those fall and winter days.
Enjoy the great outdoors, for New Jersey’s 130 miles of coastline deliv ers some of the most magnificent (and Instagrammable) views in the U.S. Visit mural-filled Asbury Park. Travel scenic byways for an impromptu leaf-peeping session. Hike serene nature trails. Go snow tubing in winter at Mountain Creek Resort and skiing at American Dream year-round. Enjoy the East Coast’s famed national and state parks like Liberty State Park, the Delaware Water Gap and Paterson Great Falls.
New Jersey is bountiful in the arts, history, culture and more. The New Jersey State Museum and The Newark Museum of Art are famous family go-tos. Princeton’s Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre provides unforgettable live music, dance and theater performances including American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker November 25–27 and A Christmas Carol December 7 – 24. Dive in and discover over 15,000 aquatic animals and the Northeast’s largest collection of sharks at The New Jersey State Aquarium on the Camden waterfront. Also along the Delaware: Big Kahuna’s Indoor Water Park - always a huge splash with kids.
Looking for a quick 3-day family getaway? A road trip with stops at New Jersey’s top spots will do the trick. Choose the best journey for your crew including American Revolution, Scenic Byways, Anthony Bourdain
Food Trail and Black Heritage itineraries. Spend time together, learn something new, and see the best places to play, dine and stay.
Discover more at VisitNJ.org. Get your free Travel Guide and sign up for their informative e-newsletter.
n ewport, ri
Only a few hours from NYC, Newport, Rhode Island brings fall festivities to the next level. Cider tasting and apple picking at Rocky Brook Orchard, named one of the best apple orchards in New England, offers eighty varieties of apples to choose from.
Next on your fall bucket list is The Pachet Brook Tree Farm for a family-friendly hayride that leads you to a pumpkin patch. Looking for more adventure, visit Escobar’s Highland Farm, and wind your way out of their 8-acre corn maze.
Experience more outdoor fun aboard a pedal-powered rail bike with Rail Explorers. The tour includes dif ferent experiences such as an evening lantern or fireside tours.
Newport isn’t short of sport or history; your family can visit the interactive Sailing Museum, Audrain Automobile Museum and International Tennis Hall of Fame with just one ticket. Newport has family-friendly year-round events and activities, so be sure to check out the extensive calendar of seasonal events at DiscoverNewport.org.
Heighten YOUR SENSES
Make moments that matter in hip & historic Frederick County, Maryland. Wander quaint downtowns where historic buildings host locally-owned shops. Indulge in world-class restaurants and embrace our lively arts scene. Venture outdoors in National & State Parks and experience our storied past at Civil War battleﬁelds. Unwind at dozens of wineries, breweries & distilleries.
Location, location, location! This fall road trip includes the National Scenic Byways and historic downtowns. Once you arrive at Frederick, Maryland, you are a short drive from Baltimore, Washington, D.C, and Gettysburg, making this the perfect getaway. There are truly so many family adventures you can embark on here! And the best part? You can take your time by staying a few days at one of Frederick County’s 20 nationally-branded hotels.
There’s no shortage of fall festivals at the many farms and pumpkin patches in Frederick County, offering hayrides, apple cannons, corn mazes, arts & crafts, duck races, farm animals, and more. And if your kids are craving a sweet treat, Frederick has some of the best creameries with farm-fresh ice cream. For a blast to the past, check out Walkersville Southern Railroad and Monocacy National Battlefield. Little ones will also love saying hello to the many animals at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve, while older kids may enjoy a hike to the cascading waterfall in Cunningham Falls State Park. Last but not least, the food scene in Frederick is top-notch and super kid-friendly: don’t miss Pretzel and Pizza Creations, a restaurant where everything is made out of delicious pretzel dough, including the pizza crust.
Putnam county, ny
This gem in New York is easy to travel to, making it an ideal road trip. A must-first stop is the Tilly Foster Farm. Only Putnam County, NY, would have a farm that regularly attracts families from all over to come and visit during the fall season. What makes Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster, NY, special?
There’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy! From candle making to farm animals, sculptures to fishing, fresh veggies to concerts, this farm is the talk of the season every year.
But beyond Tilly Foster Farm, Putnam County offers a spooky, kid-friendly musical, Hearts of the Hollow, that runs weekends through October 31. With 20 original songs, your kiddos will definitely be singing them all night long. And if you want to sneak in some apple picking on your trip, look no further than the Boscobel Heritage Applefest in Hudson Valley. Packed with cider pressing, apple preserving, arts & crafts, and sweet cider sampling, it’s a must-visit.
rockland county, ny Just 30 miles north of NYC, Rockland County makes the perfect family road trip. Nestled among 32,000 acres of untouched parkland, you can expect lots of outdoor fun: hiking trails, mountain vistas, and plenty of fall foliage. There’s also exquisite water front villages along the Hudson River that feature world-class restaurants, art galleries, shopping, champion golf courses, historic sites, and more.
If you’re looking to get your fall fix, visit one of the many farms and farmer’s markets for fresh produce, pumpkin picking, and apple pick ing. We recommend Orchards of Conklin, the oldest working farm in Rockland County. You can pick your own pumpkins and apples, escape the corn maze, and shop homemade pies, donuts, and cookies.
And with all the nature surround ing you, it can be tricky to choose just one hiking adventure. One familyfavorite is Buttermilk
Discover Newport for Fall Family Fun
planning family adventures this sea son? Look no further than Newport, RI for the best of fall festivities: apple pick ing, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and cider treats. Newport is activity-packed during any season, but there’s something special about fall and winter that brings families back year after year.
Between fairs, festivals, and fall foliage sunset tours, Newport has no shortage of seasonal family fun. An annual favorite is the Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair, October 1-2. Little ones and bigger kids alike enjoy sack races, hay rides, mud pits, tug-of-war, live music, scarecrow competitions, and plenty of prizes.
Newport also offers top-notch farms for fall festivities, such as Rocky Brook Or chard: a family-run orchard that’s become one of the best apple orchards in New Eng land. When it comes to pumpkin picking, families love Pachet Brook Tree Farm for its fun hayride leading up to the pumpkins.
And for an epic corn maze, Escobar’s High land Farm is adored by kids. This year’s corn maze theme is “Field of Dreams”, promoting health, happiness, and love.
Another way to experience Newport’s fall beauty is by hopping on a scenic pedalpowered rail bike ride along abandoned railroad tracks. Rail Explorers leads 90-minute, breathtaking tours around the Narragansett Bay. Head over to Thames
Street afterwards for a sweet treat at one of the ice cream shops.
And for chillier days spent indoors, Newport has stellar sports and history mu seums. Conveniently, the Sailing Museum, Audrain Automobile Museum, and the In ternational Tennis Hall of Fame teamed up to provide access to all three with one ticket.
Check out the full Newport experience at DiscoverNewport.org.
FALL FOR NEW JERSEY ADVENTURES
Team up with cool-weather favorites from the sands of the Jersey Shore straight up to the Skylands. Enjoy pumpkin patches, apple picking and hayrides. Parks dressed in gold and crimson leaves. Discover iconic eateries and sporting events—from the grid iron to the greens. Plus, journeys like our Scenic Byway and Black Heritage itineraries. You’ll find hundreds of destinations worth falling for.
Get your free official travel guide and discover more at VisitNJ.org
46 amazing things to do this seasonBy Jeannine Cintron and d onna duarte- l add
Out of all the seasons, fall is easily the most fun for families to enjoy together. The house smells like a pumpkinspiced dream, the leaves are changing and kids are mapping out the best spots for trickor-treat candy. What a season!
One of the biggest reasons to love fall is the beautiful weather! The just-right temperatures make for the perfect family day out – indoors or outdoors. That means there
is no excuse not to check off everything on your fall bucket list.
And we have plenty of ideas to get you started below!
1. Leaf peep at Central Park and check out the changing leaves (it happens later in the city than Upstate, whoo- hoo!)
2. Head to the New York Botanical Garden for their Fall-O-Ween celebration, featuring pumpkins and gourds galore
3. Six Flags Fright Fest is back with its signature ghoul parade, multiple haunted
walks and more chilling thrills. Bring the younger ones during the day for not-so-scary activities and entertainment
4. Pick the perfect pumpkin without leaving the city! Queens County Farm Museum and Decker Farm in Staten Island each boast sprawling patches and festive fall activities on weekends in October
5. Best NYC views from 300 feet with special event opportunities at the Dream Wheel NJ! Tip: Park in lot C at the American Dream Mall and go to the 3rd floor.
6. Stop by Levain Bakery for a Fall
Fall in Love with Rockland County!
Explore our village shops and restaurants.
Experience the natural splendor of the Hudson Valley.
Enjoy fabulous fall golf, hiking, camping, and more!
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7. Catch a ball game without sweating through your clothes. Fall marks the start of football, basketball, and hockey season
8. Geek out at NY Comic Con, coming to the Javits Center Oct. 6-9, and meet your favorite stars up close. Don’t forget to snap a photo to impress your friends!
9. Check out Museum of The City of New York’s Movies for Minis, a new series of monthly movies accompanied by an artmaking workshop for kids of all ages. Check dates at mcny.org
10. The mother of all Halloween parades winds through Greenwich Village on October 31, where spectators will view every kind of costume imaginable. This year’s theme is freedom!
11. Take the older kids (or brave tweens) to one of NY’s many haunted houses for a scary good time. Some top-rated ones include Blood Manor, Long Island’s Bayville Scream Park, and Bane’s Haunted House in Midtown
12. Spend an October weekend in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, to visit Phantoms by Firelight at Old Sturbridge Village
13. Go for a whirl around one of New York’s many carousels before they close for the winter. Some favorites include Jane’s Carousel, Central Park, Seaglass Carousel and Bryant Park
14. Dress your pooch in their Halloween finest and join the costumed canine convoy in Tompkins Square Park (Brooklyn) on Oct. 22 for their famous annual dog parade
15. Head to beautiful New Jersey for fall family fun with apple picking to leaf peeping, and more; For all the fun fall things to do, check out VisitNJ.org
16. Pedal your way past colorful foliage on a scenic bike tour
17. From Spooktacular Night Walks to Bronx Zoo Mornings and School Break camps, WCS Education has something to offer for every family! Check out our programs at bronxzoo.com/learn/families
18. Pack the family in the car or head out on foot to explore the over-the-top spooky decorations and local haunted houses. It’s not just us; they’re totally getting more elaborate (and terrifying) every year!
19. Take a fall walk on the Highline, and head to The Whitney afterward; kids are free!
20. Leave the kids with a sitter and head to Long Island to tour its many beautiful wineries, while you take in breathtaking autumnal views
21. Enjoy the fall air and see a movie
outdoors or in a car at the Skyline Drive-in
22. Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at El Museo del Barrio
23. Long Island Aquarium has great events this season. Check out their website for all the fun- including the Haunted Tree House all October. The Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks Halloween Party is on Oct 29th and their Annual Wine Tasting Event - Fish & Sips on November 11th
24. Head to Central Park Lake (open until the end of November and weather permitting) and rent a boat or take a gondola ride
25. Take advantage of the Culture Pass and visit the amazing cultural institutions that participate
26. Hop on a ferry and explore Governor’s Island before it closes for the winter
27. Corn mazes are now a fall staple and there’s plenty nearby to choose from. The cream of the crop include Von Thun’s, Hank’s Pumpkintown and Harbes, among others
28. Head to Hudson River Park’s SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival on
(a bove) Discover Newport. (left) long island a quarium.
October 15 (11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, at Pier 84. With live activities, SUBMERGE brings marine science to life. This interactive science festival is open to the public
29. Take the kids to Central Park on Oct. 30 for a Halloween parade, kid’s activities and more. Be sure to head to the northeast corner at 6:30 for the annual Pumpkin Flotilla, when dozens of jack-o-lanterns are sent floating down the Harlem Meer in a stunning procession that is not to be missed
30. Check out Palisades Climb Adventure which is the world’s tallest indoor ropes course, standing 85 feet tall and featuring over 75 unique challenge elements designed for climbers of all ages and skill levels. For younger visitors, check out the Sky Tykes course, which allows for easy parental guidance at any course level
31. Times Square is for families; discover kid-friendly attractions, family-style restaurants, immersive shops, free outdoor events, and theater. Explore the Times Square Family Fun Guide at tsq.org/families
32. An award-winning event, the Norman Bird Sanctuary Annual Harvest Fair, is one not to miss. Challenge friends to a sack race, scarecrow building competition, rope climb ing, live music, and feast on delish fall food
33. Book a whale watching cruise for a chance to spot these peaceful giants before the water gets too cold
34. Go Brick-or-Treating at LEGOLAND New York and join their Monster Party for live shows, attractions, character meet-andgreets and more
35. Head to East Rutherford, NJ to American Dream. Get your thrills in at Nickelodeon Universe, North America’s largest
when the day calls for some winning
indoor theme park or enjoy the world’s largest indoor wave pool at DreamWorks Water Park. Shop at Saks Fifth Avenue, Zara, and more! End your day at Carpaccio, Bergen County’s #1 New Restaurant
36. Take your family on a picturesque fall hike at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove, LI. Leading down to a quiet beach, this easy-for-kids trail is one of the most serene on the island
37. Enjoy the changing leaves and crisp fall air at Historic Richmond Town’s Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm weekends, explore the haunted history of Staten Island with nighttime tours and special programs, and experience the time-honored festival of historical trades on Old Home Day. Go to historicrichmondtown. org for more info.
38. Head down to New Dorp Lane in Staten Island for the 7th Annual New Dorp Restaurant Crawl, a unique dining experience with delicious cuisine from 25+ top restau rants. Foodies pay one price and sample flavors from ALL the restaurants! Get your tickets at eventbrite.com.
39. Check out the New Dorp Lane Car Show (Staten Island) for classic, antique, cus tom and exotic cars, delivering automotive bliss to the tri-state area’s motorheads! This free family event is great for all ages and will feature vendors, activities and all of the best merchants on the Lane! Get your tickets at eventbrite.com.
40. Check Out the Serious Fun Art Festival in White Plains. Have some serious fun with your family in October at this jam-packed arts and music festival in White Plains. Hosted by Arts Westchester, the event includes live music, theater, live mural painting, family art-making, a public art walking tour, dancing, and much more. Events on Saturday include free Serious Fun Block Party performances, followed by live music from headliner Sammy Rae & the Friends on Sunday, October 16th. Kicks off Wednesday, October 12th-Sunday, October 16th, various times. Various locations in White Plains. artswestchester.org/serious-fun-artsfest
41. Enjoy a farm-filled weekend away at the idyllic East Hill Farm. Spend the weekend away with your kids at The Inn at East Hill Farm during their Fall Family Weekends. Located at the base of picturesque Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, this all inclusive resort offers a relaxed environment along with tons of fun activities for kids. This includes boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, water skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and swimming. They also offer a variety of ac tivities for the kids, which changes every week
end. This includes arts and crafts, storytime, sports, corn holel, a magic show, and much more. Attend Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 2nd for an authentic German feast. They are also hosting Harvest Fest Weekend from Octo ber 14-16th where you can enjoy a fun weekend of events. 60 Monadnock Street, Troy, New Hampshire 03465. East-hill-farm.com
42. Spend a day at the Palisades Center. As the weather starts to dip, we love having options for some indoor fun like a trip to the Palisades Center. With over 200 stores, 16 sitdown restaurants, and over 25 entertainment attractions, including a bowling alley, ice rink, the world’s tallest indoor ropes course, glowin-the-dark mini-golf, and more, you and your family will find tons of things to do and enjoy. They also host tons of events, such as the 2nd annual Halloween event on Saturday, October 29th from 5:30pm-6:30pm.Palisades Center or the Shop Small Holiday Pop Up on Novem ber 26th from 11:00am-4:00pm, to name a few. Open Monday-Thursday from 11:00am7:00pm; Friday and Saturday from 11:00am9:30pm and Sunday from 11:00am-7:00pm. 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY 10994. Palisadescenter.com
43. Enjoy indoor ice skating. Spend the day at Hommocks Park Ice Rink, Mamaroneck’s popular enclosed public skating facility. They offer skating lessons, hockey, free skating op portunities, and you can host your birthday party at the rink. Don’t miss character skating on November 6th from 1:00pm-3:30pm as well as extended public skating when school is out. 140 Hommocks Road, Larchmont, NY 10538. Various hours. townofmamaroneckny.org/282/ Hommocks-Park-Ice-Rink
44. Play Monster Mini Golf. Enjoy a new way to experience mini golf with black lights, monsters, and music at Monster Mini Golf. The course includes 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf featuring fun and comical pop-art as
well as interactions from “live” monsters who will greet you along the way. Admission is $12 for mini monsters and $13 for big monsters. 49 East Midland Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652. monsterminigolf.com/paramus and Ridge Hill Mall, 221 Market Street 2nd Floor, Cole Street Parking Lot, 4th Level, Yonkers, NY, 10710, monsterminigolf.com/yonkers
45. Find a book (or two) at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. The 9th Annual Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival kicks off on October 15th from 10:00am-4:00pm with 160 children’s book authors and illustrators. The fun event includes book signings, read ings, illustrator demos, with a percentage of proceeds going to literacy programs through out Westchester and Metro New York. Food will be also available from food trucks and the Chappaqua Farmers Market. Admission and parking are free and the event is rain or shine. Chappaqua Train Station, Allen Place, Chap paqua, NY 10514. ccbfestival.org
46. Experience The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Visit one of the most popular Hal loween events in Westchester from now until November 20th. This includes viewing over 7,000 illuminated and hand-carved pumpkins, along with original music, at the historic Van Cortlandt Manor. The walk-through experi ence is around 45-minutes where you can see bright and creative displays, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Pumpkin Planetarium. New creations this year include an animated “Jack” Smith working in his shop with a hive of glowing bees. After your fun walking tour, enjoy fall-themed treats, snacks, and drinks at their nearby cafe and shop their on-site store.
Times for the Blaze-Hudson Valley range from 7:30pm-10:30pm. Tickets start at $40 for adults and $32 for children 3-17. Children 2 and un der are free. Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. tickets.hudsonvalley.org/events
YOUR DESTINATION FOR FUN
Pumpkin Picking!By new york Fa Mily
Fall is here, which means it’s that time again to go pumpkin picking. Head to one of these pumpkin picking farms in and near New York and New Jersey to pick from a variety of gourds, munchkins, and other pumpkins. The best part there may still be some apples to pick from apple-picking season. Some patches will also have plenty of apple cider, apple cider donuts, and baked goods for you and your family to enjoy as you roam the pumpkin patch, pet farm animals, and pick jack-o’-lantern worthy pumpkins.
So find a weekend, take a trip to one of these pumpkin patches and experience fall to its fullest.
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930 908-879-7189
Head to Alstede Farms to pick the fresh est pumpkins with your family! There are plenty of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes to choose from: orange and white, munchkins, gourds, and assorted winter squash. Purchase a Pick-Your-Own ticket on their website prior to visiting, Corn Maze & Blooming Giants Sunflower Trail are included in the admis sion. Open 9 am to 6 pm, daily.
Apple Dave’s orchards 82 4 Corners Road, Warwick, NY 10990 845-772-1242
Pick your own pumpkins at Apple Dave’s Orchards and choose your favorite pumpkins. Take a walk in the herb and flower gardens and enjoy lots of their delicious food. Browse the Country Farm Store on your way out, which has fresh apple cider donuts, pumpkins, jams, jellies, pure honey, and more. Open 9 am to 4:30 pm through late October.
Apple ridge orchards
101 Jessup Road, Warwick, NY 10990 845-987-7717
Looking for an educational and interactive experience at the pumpkin patch? Check out Apple Ridge Orchards for some family fun with pumpkins! Take photos in front of the
custom farm displays, such as an old tractor and portrait paintings. Taste sweet treats and pet the farm animals as you visit the farm. Pumpkins cost $13 regardless of size and general admis sion is $3 (parking included). Admission and pick your own payments are cash only. Open 9 am to 6 pm, Thursday to Sunday and holidays.
63 Apple Tree Lane., Poughquag, NY 845-227-2306
There are so many fun activities and events happening at Barton Orchards this fall: Ho cus Pocus Live, live music, hayrides, a petting zoo, a fun park, pick-your-own pumpkins and farm concessions. Admission is free Monday to Friday. Weekends $15 admission. You can also make a day of it with a visit to Tree Top Adventures (open from 11:00am3:00pm daily). Kids ages 7 and up can swing through the trees and can experience a fun and challenging course for all skill levels. Reservations can be on their website, staging. tangibleagency.com/barton.
battleview orchards 91 Wemrock Road, Freehold 732-462-0756
Battleview Orchards offers a variety of pickyour-own fall favorites, including pumpkins and apples. Hayrides are available in the fall, weekends only. Hours: Picking hours vary with the season and availability. Call or check the Facebook page for updates.
435 Richmond Hill Road 718-351-1611
This pumpkin patch features pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Complete with photo-ops and fall decorations, you’re sure to experi ence a picture-perfect moment as you decide which pumpkin to take home. Plus, there are lots of delicious fall food favorites to enjoy!
Hours: Oct. 1-30, Saturday-Sunday (plus Monday, Oct. 10), 11am-5pm
244 Wiermus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 201-666-0472
Demarest Farms’ pumpkin picking rolls out on Sept. 24. Make your reservation on their site and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Once you make a reservation, you will be given a date and time to arrive at the farm. The cost for general admission is $7, includes free parking, entrance to the pumpkin patch, pet ting zoo and hayrides available Saturday and Sunday; plus $12 for the largest pumpkin you pick. Children 2 and under can enter for free. Open 8 am to 5 pm, daily.
31 Dykeman Lane Pawling, NY 12564 845-832-6068
This long-established farm has had pickyour-own-pumpkins since 1974! Pumpkin picking is open on weekends throughout October. With over 70 varieties to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect pump kin. There are also photo ops all around the pumpkin patch and free hayrides! The farm stand is open 10am to 5pm, daily. Picking is open on all October weekends and Columbus Day.
elwood Pumpkin Farm
1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743
As Long Island’s most western pumpkin farm, Elwood Pumpkin Farm opens up pumpkin picking off the vine to you and your family this fall! Kids also will love the child corn maze and wagon ride around the farm. Pumpkins are priced by size. Open 10 am to 5
Birthdays come around once a year and what better way than to celebrate at the Dream Wheel! From a bar mitzvah to a happy 100th and everything in between, we can make your special day shine.
Plan to ask that special someone to marry you on top of the world! Or, plan the engagement party after the "YES!". Maybe a bachelor - bachelorette party suits your style? What better way to Dream big on your special day than at the Dream Wheel.
Highlight your milestones with us! Whether it be a wedding anniversary, a graduation, or a christening, the Dream Wheel is perfect for marking the occasion!
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pm, weekends; 3 to 5 pm, weekdays.
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 845-897-4377
Get your pumpkins at Fishkill Farms in late September-October. Visit their fishkillfarms. com on the Thursday or Friday before you visit up-to-date information. Reservations are required for all visits. During your visit, you can also enjoy their fall harvest festivals (weekends in Sept.-Oct.) with live music, food, and, of course, yummy apple cider donuts. Visit the on-site farm store and outdoor market for homemade pies and treats, artisanal cheeses, local meats, maple syrup, locally made coffee, tea, local NY state cider and tons more.
155 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick 732-821-9494
Go on a hayride tour, pick pumpkins and browse the farm market for more pumpkins, gourds, decorations and more. Pony rides available for an extra fee on weekends in October. Other crops available through December include mustard and turnip, plus apple picking is available through early October.
g reenside up garden center
2777 Arthur Kill Rd.
Head to this local garden center to pick your perfect pumpkin throughout the entire month of October. The patch has pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Enjoy a variety of kids’ activities, including a corn maze, pumpkin painting, games and lots more. After picking your pumpkins, browse the shop for fall decorations, including fresh flowers and plants for your garden. Hours: Oct. 1-31; Monday-Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
g reig Farm
227 Pitcher Lane., Red Hook, NY 845-758-8007
Pick-your-own pumpkins at Greig Farm from late September-October. They also have an impressive farmers’ market open daily (10:00am- 7:00pm) stocked with local goods and produce from all around the Hudson Valley as well as a kitchen that serves breakfast, lunch, and to-go dinners. Behind the barn, kids can feed pygmy goats and koi fish from their pond behind Grandiflora, The farm also has a three hiking loops that you and your family can explore and soak in the
beauty of the Catskill Mountains as well as nearby ponds, geese, ducks, turtles, frogs and more. Open daily 9am-7pm.
happy Day Farm 106 Iron Ore Rd., Manalapan 732-977-3607
Weekend admission includes a variety of family activities, including an animal feeding zoo, an impressive corn maze, tractor rides, and a variety of games. Hours: Sept. 10-Oct. 30; 10am-5pm. Not open on weekdays in Sep tember. The farm is open Monday, Wednes day and Thursday in October.
harvest Moon Farm & orchard 30 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 914- 485-1210
Enjoy live country music, a BBQ lunch, hot apple cider donuts and more. Shop their on-site farm store for apples, farm-pressed sweet and hard cider, pasture-raised meats, fresh baked goods and more. This farm gets very busy and reservations are required to pick. Each reservation ticket allows entry to the orchard for up to four people. If you bring a party of more than four, you need an extra reservation. The pumpkin patch is open during the week and on apple picking on the weekends. Kids under 3 are free.
hillview Farms 223 Meyersville Road, Gillette, NJ 908-647-0957
Pick your own pumpkins at Hillview Farms! In October, you and your family can visit this family-owned and operated farm that has 53 acres of locally grown food. Hayrides are available every weekend in October! You can even visit their roadside market that has apples, pumpkins, vegetables, tomatoes, donuts, cider, and bakery items. Open 9 am to 6 pm (field closed to the public at 5 pm) daily.
hurds Family Farm
2187 State Rte. 32, Modena, NY 845-883-7825
Hurds Family Farm offers tons of family activities such as a bounce pillow, hayrides, giant slides, kids corral, duck races, obstacle courses, nature trails and corn mazes. Taste hot apple cider donuts, apple cider, a variety of pies, maple syrup cotton candy and more!
Hurds Family Farm is open on Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm and Monday and Friday from 10am-4pm. They offer different tiered tickets with a VIP ($23 per person) or ultimate ticket ($29 per person) options. Kids under three are free, but must be with an adult. Go apple picking or pumpkin picking
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separately and pay for the activities a la carte.
5755 US Route 209, Kerhonkson, NY 845-626-7137
This farm is a bit of a drive from Westchester, but it offers so many novelties that makes this day trip worth it. Enjoy pumpkin picking in September-October where you can find over a dozen varieties. They also have other fall favorites like gourds and squashes. During the fall, you and and your family can enjoy many events such as the fall harvest celebration from September 24th-October 31st, apple and pumpkin cannons, hay rides, and more! Tickets range from $12.95 per person (picking only) to $23.95 per person for a weekend pass. Kids two and under and adults 80 and older are free. Note: They are a cashless farm; however you can load cash onto a Kelder’s Farm gift card.
l awrence Farms orchards
306 Frozen Ridge Road, Newburgh, NY 845-562-4268
Not too far of a drive from NYC, Lawrence Farms Orchards has a pumpkin patch with a wide selection for families to choose from. After you find your perfect pumpkin, browse the concession stand for apple cider donuts, pies, cookies, chicken tenders, paninis, hot dogs, roasted nuts, fries, pizza, nachos, ice cream and more! Arriving early is highly recommended if you’d like to gain entry into the farm. Pumpkin season starts in midSeptember. Open 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is $7 per person Monday through Thursday and $10 per person Friday through Sunday and holidays. Children under 2 years old are free. Season passes are available.
norz hill Farm & Market
120 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough 908-371-2697
Enjoy a corn maze, hayride to visit the resident animals and find your perfect pumpkin. Plus, there’s a kid’s corner featuring a Bale Maze, Corn Boxes to play in, and more. Hours: Open until Oct. 31; Call for hours.
139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 914-277-3188
Outhouse Orchards attracts plenty of families year after year — you can even bring your family dog! Choose from pumpkins, gourds and an assortment of Halloween decorations as you celebrate the fall season. Reservations
are required on weekends. Pumpkins are weighed by the pound, weekend parking is $15, and weekday parking is free. Open 9 am to 5 pm, daily.
25 Bartley Road, Long Valley 908- 876-3351
Choose from a variety of pumpkins. A hay ride brings you to the patch, or you can walk. Weekend activities include an apple cannon, pony rides and more, available for additional fees. Hours: Pumpkins available until No vember 6th. Call for hours.
85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah, NJ 201-529-2595
Make picture-perfect memories at Secor Farms’ storefront pumpkin patch. Public Hayrides begin mid-September and cost $5. Don’t leave before browsing the farm’s market, full of fresh-pressed apple cider and homemade apple cider donuts. Open 9 am to 5:30 pm, daily. The pumpkin patch will be open through Oct. 31.
Queens county Farm 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens, NY 718-347-3276
As the longest continually farmed site in New York State, Queens County Farm opens their pumpkin patch up again this October for families to enjoy. While the pumpkin patch is open primarily on weekends, visit during the week to purchase pumpkins in the Farm Store. Open to the public Oct. 1 to Oct. 29; 12 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday; 10 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday. General admission is free to the public, except during special events.
riamede Farm 122 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 908-879-7762
You might know Riamede Farms for iconic apple orchards, but they also have a CutYour-Own-Pumpkin Patch! Cut pumpkins right from the vine in this pumpkin patch at the beginning of the season. Riamede Farm recommends that you bring your own cutting shears as well. Make sure to also grab some delicious apples, donuts, and baked goods during your visit. Pumpkin and squash fields open in late September. A farm pass is $7 and is required for any visitors 6 and older. It includes admission to the apple orchard, pumpkin field, and a free wagon ride on the weekends. Open 9 am to 4:30 pm, daily.
stony hill Farm Market
15 North Rd., Chester 908-879-2908
Pumpkins are available in all sizes. Other activities to enjoy include hayrides on week ends, a giant corn maze (and a mini one for the little ones), a playground and more. Plus, the farm’s delicious homemade ice cream is available by the scoop or pint to take home. Daily, 10am-5pm
stuart’s Fruit Farm
62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY 10527 914-245-2784
Not only a fruit farm, Stuart’s Fruit Farm fea tures the perfect pumpkin patch for families, and it’s family-operated! Enjoy the autumn air and the farm views as you survey the pumpkins and choose your favorite. You can also buy pre-picked pumpkins and gourds at the farm stand if you don’t have the time to venture into the pumpkin patch. Open 10 am to 5 pm, daily. Cash or check only.
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton 609-924-2310
Pumpkin picking is available during the week, and also during the farm’s fall family weekends, which run Sept. 17-Oct. 30, 10am5pm. Meet barnyard animals, go through corn mazes, enjoy pony rides, children’s games and activities, live music and pumpkin painting. Open daily, 9am-6pm.
von thun’s country Farm Market 438 Route 57 West, Washington 505 Ridge Rd., Dayton, NJ 732-329-8656
Fall Festival Weekend admission includes access to the corn maze, unlimited hayrides to the pumpkin patch and more. During the week, there’s an easy patch decorated with jack-o’-lanterns and whimsical wooden cartoon characters, while the “main patch” is available on weekends and offer family activities with the price of admission. Open until Oct. 30; 10am-5pm.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 914-245-5111
Spend the in the patch finding your favorite pumpkinand stop by Wikens' famous mar kets: the bakery, apple farm market, and the country market for tasty treats, decorations, and pumpkins! Open 10 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays).
Where to See Fall Foliage in NYC 2022By d onna duarte- l add & k atrina Makayan
There are fantastic spots to leaf peep and experience Fall Foliage’s beauty in New York City. So whether you live in the city or plan a day trip, you can visit Central Park to gorgeous Wave Hill in the Bronx and take in all the charms of Autumn.
Here are our 10 favorites!
Alley Pond Park
Little Neck Bay, L.I.E., Union Tpk, bet. Springfield Blvd, Douglaston Pkwy, Hanford St
This park in Queens offers glimpses into New York’s history, geologic past, and even its cur rent conservation efforts. Its natural features of freshwater and saltwater wetlands, meadows, and forests create the perfect environment for some leaf-peeping. The park also offers other great amenities such as playgrounds, barbeque areas, and various hiking trails.
Brooklyn Bridge Park 334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Offering superb views of Lower Manhattan and the Harbor, this is the perfect mix of nature and the city. With various walkways throughout the park and alongside the river, you are able to pass by several piers with access to some serious fall foliage. This includes the Environmental Education Center, 99 Plymouth, and Jane’s Carousel.
New York, NY
New York’s most famous spot has a handful of places to admire amazing fall foliage during the season. Go to the 90-acre North Woods located in the northwest corner of Central Park. According to many visitors, this area can be considered the most natural portion of the entire park, making it a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. To capture some serious colors, walk along The Mall which is located in the middle of the
park. It is lined with the largest collection of American Elms. Check out their Fall Foliage map at assets.centralparknyc.org/pdfs/maps/ Central_Park_Fall_Foliage_Map.pdf
Inwood Hill Park
Dyckman St, Hudson River, Harlem River S Located in upper Manhattan, this park honors the history and prehistoric roots of old New York. The park has caves, valleys, and ridges left by the shifting of the prehis toric glaciers. A hiking trail and the Hudson River Bike Trail are open to visitors who want to appreciate this park’s natural history and beauty. Especially during the fall season, its forested areas are perfect for fall foliage.
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY 10458
If you missed leaf peeping upstate, don’t fret when NYC has one of the best woodsy spots at the New York Botanical Garden. The garden consists of 250 acres in the Bronx, which is no more than an hour-ish train ride away for many. Fall Foliage tours start in November, and we suggest keeping an eye on their site for more information once the tours start to be listed. Dress warmly as most of the fun stuff at this garden is outside.
A 585-acre park nestled in Brooklyn serves as the ultimate spot for nature and admiration for some fall foliage. The amenities in the park like LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Tennis Center, and play grounds are open to the public with safety protocols in place. Whether you are looking to go for a stroll or a bike ride, the park offers everything you need to enjoy the fall season.
randall’s island Park
20 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035
Randall’s Island Park has various ways to enjoy its recreational space. There are approximately ten miles of biking trails and pedestrian pathways, making it a getaway to admire nature while in the city. Over nine miles of waterfront pathways and all passive recreational activities are available.
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355
A New York Family favorite – this garden locat ed within Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is a quick train ride away for an autumn Saturday of leaf-peeping. Make sure you check out what events are happening the day you visit, like Fall Bird Walks with NYC Audubon (Oct 15, 29 and November 5th and 19th)-many included with admission or a small fee.
4900 Independence Ave, The Bronx, NY 10471
A botanical garden that surrounds the Wave Hill House, which dates back to the mid-19th century this spot in the Bronx offers views overlooking the Hudson River. If you’re looking to take a Fall Foliage walk, check out the tours that are free with paid admission on Nov. 4 (1 pm–2pm) and Nov. 5 (1 pm–2 pm).
Van Cortlandt Park
Broadway and Van Cortlandt Park S, The Bronx, NY 10471
Ranked as New York City’s third-largest park, Van Cortlandt park spans over a thousand acres with ridges and valleys highlighting the Bronx. With various playing fields and playgrounds scattered throughout the park and oak forests surrounding them, it creates a wonderful atmosphere for an autumn trip.
The Most Amazing corn Mazes in the New York AreaBy Jeannine Cintron and Megan Va Squez
Looking for a way to spend some quality time with your child this fall? How does a nature getaway and a little “cornfusion” sound? Here’s an a-maze-ing list of corn mazes in the New York area where you can get a little lost – and love every minute of it!
corn Mazes in n ew york city Decker Farm
435 Richmond Hill Road, Staten Island
Hours: Weekends in October; 11am-5pm
Historic Richmond Town’s Decker Farm has a children’s hay maze that’s perfectly designed for your little ones to venture through and enjoy. The pumpkin patch here features pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Self-guided tours and hayrides offered. Enjoy a variety of vendors who sell fall favorites.
Queens county Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
Hours: Hours vary. Visit queensfarm.org for This urban farm’s 3-acre Amazing Maize Maze starts with a Stalk Talk, which will prepare you for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and ultimately making your way to Victory Bridge. It’s a hidden gem of fun in NYC!
corn Mazes in Westchester and n earby barton orchards
63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag
Hours: October Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, 10am-6pm
Each year, the farm designs a new 5-acre corn maze with multiple paths and lots of places to get stuck! After completing the maze, enjoy farm games, hayrides, pumpkin- and applepicking, live music and more. The farm also has a petting zoo that’s open daily and home
to bunnies, goats, horses, ducks and other adorable barnyard friends!
114 Potter Road, Mexico
Hours: Fall Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm
Kids can wander through a slide-filled corn maze and bounce around the inflatable play area after, then ride a pony, play Zombie Paint Ball and more. There’s also a sweet candy room where you can pick out lots of goodies like caramel popcorn balls, handdipped candy apples and more.
hurds Family Farm
2187 State Route 32, Modena
Hours: Closed to the public Tuesday-Thursday. Friday-Monday, 10am-4pm
This farm has more than 35 activities to keep kids engaged, including a hayride, bounce pillow, a 2-acre pollinator-themed corn maze, apple launcher, cow train, petting zoo, playground, and so much more. Farm-totable cafe with fresh made cider donuts. Local and homemade farm-to-table goodies in the historic barn market.
5755 US Route 209, Kerhonkson
Hours: Daily 10am-6pm except Wednesdays (when the farm is closed) through Oct. 31
Kelder’s 2022 corn maze is a tribute to Ukraine and its citizens; farm-goers will wind through tall stalks shaped into the phrase “We Stand with Ukraine.” The 30-acre farm also offers pumpkin picking, a petting zoo, mini-golf course, jumping pillow and plenty of games
and activities for families to enjoy.
139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem Hours: Daily, 9am-5pm
In addition to a 5-acre Frankenstein-themed corn maze, there’s apple picking and other seasonal pick-your-own fruit available. Fresh cider is for sale, too. Afterward, be sure to enjoy a hayride through the scenic farm.
Pierson’s evergreen Farm
1448 Route 211 W., Middletown
For most accurate GPS directions, Google Pierson’s farm
Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30am-5pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, 10-6 until Oct. 31.
Make your way through winding sunflower and corn mazes – the 4-acre corn maze is a nod to the Otisville Mastodon this year.
There’s also an easy ¾ acre kiddie maze for the little ones. Afterward, pay a visit to the petting zoo and partake in any of the farm’s myriad activities, which include slides, a trike track, hayrides and more.
Prospect hill orchards
340 Milton Turnpike, Milton
73 Clark’s Lane, Milton Hours: Through Oct. 23: Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-4pm at the Clark’s Lane location; also open at the Milton Turnpike location on weekends, 10am-5pm through Oct. 30.
Activities include corn mazes, pumpkin picking, hayrides, scarecrow building, cider
pressing, face painting and more.
saunderskill Farms 5100 Route 209, Accord
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 8am-4pm. Closed Mondays
This farm is home to a gigantic corn maze (which is free to enter) featuring countless towering green corn stalks. Once you complete the maze, head to the pumpkin patch to pick out your own pumpkins (available through October), which are all one price regardless of the pumpkin’s size.
Wallkill view Farm Market
10 Route 299 W., New Paltz Hours: Daily; 9am-6:30pm
This greenhouse and garden center has a vast on-site corn maze, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a hay tunnel and their new Peter Pumpkin Jump. There’s also a bakery with homemade goods, fresh-pressed apple cider, doughnuts and fall decorations. You get a free sugar pumpkin after completing the corn maze!
43 Mount Zion Road, Marlboro
Hours: Daily. Monday-Friday, 11am-4:30pm; Saturdays, 10am-6pm and Sundays, 10am5pm.
Hop aboard the giant pirate ship and begin an adventure through a large corn maze that features a lookout tower and a 7-foot tunnel slide. After the maze, pick your own pumpkins and apples, enjoy a hayride and browse the bakery, which is stocked with a huge selection of fruit pies, breads, cookies and other sweet snacks.
corn Mazes in n ew Jersey
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester GPS location: 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester Hours: Weekdays, 11am-3pm and weekends 10am-4pm
Pick your own pumpkins and gourds through mid November. Pony rides, wagon rides and moon bounce, hayrides, corn maze, corn kingdom, friendly farm animals and giant hay bale pyramid open daily. The Blooming Giants Sunflower Trail is the perfect photo op!
1250 Lacey Road, Forked River
Hours: Throughout October; Thursday-Friday, 2-7pm; Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, 10am-6pm.
Enjoy a scenic ride on a wagon and explore a two-acre corn maze. Other activities include a hay slide, farm animals, zipline, pedal carts and more. On weekends, see cute piggies run through the farm’s pig race tracks.
556 Buckelew Ave., Monroe Township
Hours: Weekends in October and Columbus Day, 12-6pm
Experience a giant 8-acre corn maze! Plus, enjoy hayrides, farm animals, apple cider donuts and slushies. There’s also a crossword puzzle game hidden throughout the maze as an extra challenge.
85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah
Hours: Daily, 9am-5:30pm Hop on a hayride to the large pumpkin patch and explore the corn maze. There’s also a petting zoo and lots of beautiful fresh flowers to take home.
stony hill gardens
15 North Road, Chester Hours: The maze is open daily through Nov. 6, 10am-5pm and until 8pm on select weekends in October
Stony Hill’s Maze Fun Park includes an enormous 10-acre corn maze and other activities on site, including trike rides, duck races, a playground and more. This is more than a maze...it’s an exciting obstacle course with several bridges connecting winding paths and misleading lanes that challenges you on your way out! The theme for 2022 is “Endangered New Jersey,” a tribute to the state’s endangered plants and animals.
von thun’s country Farm
519 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction
Hours: Corn maze is open weekdays in October, 1-5pm. Fall Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm until October 30. This year’s minion-themed maze also incorporates an important message. An aerial view of the maze reads “No Farmers, No Food,” a reminder to support and appreciate local agriculture. As you make your way through, you’ll learn the story of Spookley the Pumpkin and join other fun activities like Farm Scene Investigation. There’s over 20 family-friendly activities and attractions to explore when you’re done! There’s also a Moonlight Maze on select dates.
corn Mazes in long i sland
F&W schmitt’s Family Farm
26 Pinelawn Road, Melville
Hours: Weekends and Columbus Day until Oct. 30, 10am-5pm
Get lost inside an Alice in Wonderlandthemed corn maze that’s made up of eight acres of towering corn stalks. Plus, enjoy hayrides, mini golf, pony rides, petting zoo, a haunted house, and more.
19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton (GPS: 69 Horsemill Road, Watermill)
Hours: Weekends until Nov. 6 and Columbus Day, 10am-6pm
Venture through a maze that’s made up of eight acres of ten-foot-tall towering corn stalks, plus two scenic miles of winding paths and two bridges, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Mecox Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. You can also pick pumpkins, shoot corn out of a cannon and more.
Fink’s country Farm
6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River
Hours: Weekends, 9:30am-5pm through Oct. 30
Spend the day at this farm packed with activities for the family. In addition to the corn maze, there’s live music, pumpkin picking, jump pillow, tractor pull and more. The farm stand sells local fruits and vegetables, corn stalks, holiday decorations and other items.
240 Montauk Highway, Watermill
Hours: Daily 9:30am-5:30pm
Hank’s Maze Park has not one, not two, but THREE adventure-filled corn mazes to meander through, from 15 minutes to an hour long. They’re dotted with interactive games and characters along the way. There’s also pumpkin picking, wagon rides, train rides, pedal carts and more. Older kids (and grownups) will love the Giant Maze Mountain Slide, a 50-foot tube slide!
stakey’s Pumpkin Farm
270 West Lane, Aquebogue
Hours: Weekdays, 12-5pm; weekends and Columbus Day, 9am-5pm through Oct. 30. The 3-acre corn maze here is a maze-slashscavenger hunt. First, pick up a copy of the farm’s trivia game on site. Then, answer the questions correctly to be guided in the right direction. Answer incorrectly, and you may find yourself going in circles! Once you get out, enjoy pumpkin picking, hayrides, a country store and flower house.
“Fall has always been my favorite season. t he time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
— Lauren DeStefano, "Wither"