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    Saturday, July 13, 2024

    Fall family fun: Make some memories with these autumn events

    Halloween glitter pumpkin jack o lantern decor with funny faces.

    Nothing says fall more than kids in costumes, apples and pumpkins, and family fun at local farms.

    We’ve rounded up some family-friendly activities to keep you busy every weekend of October. Get lost in a corn maze, take selfies with costumed dinosaurs, prowl an after-hours jack-o-lantern trail at the zoo, pick a peck of apples, or search for the perfect pumpkin in a local pumpkin patch.


    Sunday, October 23, 11 a.m.; Port n Starboard; 98 Neptune Avenue, New London

    WHAT TO EXPECT: Boo Bash at the Beach returns to Ocean Beach for its second year hosted by Events by Robin. There will be more than 50 local vendors on hand to pass out treats as children trick or treat from table to table. Vendors will also be selling their wares including jewelry, candles, children’s books, clothing, toys, home decor and more. There are also free photo and activity stations. A $2 entry fee is collected and proceeds will benefit local food pantries.

    WHAT YOUR FAMILY WILL LOVE: “We held the first Boo Bash last year and it was so fun,” said Robin Sieczkowski, owner of Events by Robin. “We love the event as it is a safe place for the kids to have fun and for parents to be able to come with them and support local vendors as well. … There’s a little something for everyone.”

    FOR INFORMATION: search 2nd Annual Boo Bash at the Beach! on Facebook.


    Through October 31, 6–10:30 p.m.

    Roger Williams Park Zoo; 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

    WHAT TO EXPECT: The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is a family-friendly trail with more than 5,000 pumpkins illuminating the pumpkin trail at the zoo, which stays open after hours for the event. In addition to the artistically carved pumpkins, there will be Halloween displays and on select nights, there will be meet-and-greets with costumed characters. All tickets must be purchased online in advance. Friday to Sunday tickets are $21 for ages 13 and up and $18 for children ages 2 to 12; weeknight tickets are $18 for ages 13 and up and $15 for ages 2 to 12.

    WHAT YOUR FAMILY WILL LOVE: “Put down the remote, shut down the streaming and don’t miss this year’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular celebrating 75 years of television,” said Corrie Ignagni, manager of digital communication. “Share in the nostalgia of your favorite TV shows, artistically carved on thousands of pumpkins. From Betty White to Walter White, this year’s Spectacular has something for everyone. Feast your senses on Rhode Island’s biggest and greatest walk-through pumpkin spectacular.”

    FOR INFORMATION: rwpzoo.org/jols


    Through October 30

    Scott’s Yankee Farmer, 436 Boston Post Road, East Lyme

    Pick-your-own: 291 North Bride Brook Road, East Lyme

    WHAT TO EXPECT: Fall fun at Scott’s Yankee Farmer includes pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, wagon rides and a corn maze with a Deep Sea Adventure theme for 2022. All activities are open Thursday through Monday with weekday hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekend hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two-acre corn maze also includes game stations with storyboards and picture stations hidden in the corn. Weekend admission is $3 (or $2 with online reservations). The corn maze is $8 during the week and $12 on weekends, which includes a wagon ride. Wagon rides are $4.

    WHAT YOUR FAMILY WILL LOVE: “We have been doing this for so many years that now it’s fun to have friends of my grown children come with their kids or people we have known for years come with their grandchildren,” said Karen Scott, who operates Scott’s Yankee Farmer with her husband Tom, son Colin, and his girlfriend Abbi. “It makes us feel happy and appreciative that so many people have such fond memories of their own that they want to share it with the next generations.”

    FOR INFORMATION: scottsyankeefarmer.net


    Weekends in October

    The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village

    1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Oakdale

    WHAT TO EXPECT: Pumpkin Passage is the annual Halloween event at The Dinosaur Place. There is fun for all ages with a trail of lights, inflatables, maze, 20-foot slide, ax-throwing and bounce houses. At the end of the trail, there’s cocoa and marshmallow-roasting around a huge raised fireplace. Pumpkin Passage is open at 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays throughout October.

    WHAT YOUR FAMILY WILL LOVE: “Families love to create fall memories at Pumpkin Passage with our dressed-up dinosaurs along the trail,” said Anastasia Lange, marketing director. “There are lots of unique photo opportunities and that cocoa with marshmallows at the end is everyone’s favorite.”

    FOR INFORMATION: naturesartvillage.com or “Pumpkin Passage at The Dinosaur Place” on Facebook

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