October is a great month for family fun. The hot temperatures of summer are gone. Leaves are changing their colors making it a great time to go hiking. Here in Virginia, there is apple picking, corn mazes, and pumpkin carvings leading up to Halloween with lots of festivals for all age groups.
With the chaotic rainstorms, everyone’s probably had more than a little dose of cabin fever thrust upon them. For families with young children, being stuck indoors can be a big undertaking. While some kids are perfectly fine indoors building a puzzle or playing a video game, others have tons of energy and are bouncing off the walls, looking for a fun activity to do!
Family Fun Farms in the Shenandoah Valley:
Apple Butter Day – A Virginia tradition, experience the heat from the big kettle as kids have fun picking apples, playing on the playground and taking a hike on Mackintosh Fruit Farm’s one mile nature trail. The best way to know what is happening at Mackintosh is their Facebook page. There is a 10 – K Race tied into this event.
Back Home on the Farm – Celebrating 14+ years of corny fall family fun in the country with a corn maze, pumpkins, and more than 40+ attractions and activities … and lots of good things to eat! This fall, you’re off to see the wizard — with the whole farm themed to celebrate the story of the wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Fall Festivals in the Shenandoah Valley:
Oct 13th and Oct 20th – Join us for a two-weekend event celebrating Oktoberfest at Bryce Resort with German music of course! On October 13th there are fireworks. Both Saturdays include the food tent and Biergarten starting at 11 am. There are hay rides, Giant Jenga, pumpkin painting, & kids Corn Maze.
October 13th – Massanutten Resort’s annual Fall Festival. This is a great time to come for the weekend and stay overnight. Take in the initial fall leaf foliage change beginning to occcur. The festival is from 11 to 5:30 with great food, kids activities, and of course beverage and music.
Halloween activities in the Shenandoah Valley:
Voted the best four by VA Kids Trail –
October 20th and 27th – Whether you’re a movie fanatic or a Halloween fanatic, the Family Drive-In’s Halloween Trunk or Treat & Costume Party is sure to give you a great time! With tons of activities for kids as well as adults, there will be no shortage of things to do. So, dress up in your favorite costume (your dog too)! Decorate your trunk or tailgate with some Halloween magic. And of course, get ready to have a fun night of costumes, candy, and movies!
Skyline Paint ball’s Zombie Shoot – October 13th, 20th, and 27th is a must but they sell out so book your tickets today. Where else can you take 10 friends and experience the scariest fun ride. Don’t worry about the Zombies – you get 300 paintballs each and one ride on the beast for one price. Great for all age groups 5 and older. I have heard the grandmothers like it the best so don’t leave them behind.
Shepherdstown, West Virginia’s Boo Fest has gained such a national reputation as a “ghost town” that the Shepherd University football team is now donning ghost uniforms as featured on ESPN this past weekend. Perhaps no town in the Shenandoah Valley does Halloween better than Shepherdstown. A one week celebration – check out the facebook page for the latest updates – Boo-Fest!
The best Halloween blog ever goes to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park (Hagerstown, Maryland and Luray, Virginia). Are you tired of staying at home and want to give the kids a real fun overnight experience. Halloween themes every weekend in October Check out this blog: Five Ways to Have the Best Halloween.
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We hope these family fun-centered destinations and activities will encourage you to get out there and experience the Kids Trail here in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland!