A Harvest of Happiness: Celebrating October in Your Town

Laura Stallard Petza
October 13, 2011

Oh, glorious October, with your cool, crisp mornings and cider-colored afternoons. How elated we are to welcome you back, and how eager we are to celebrate your spookiness and harvest, as the daylight wanes, as the windowpanes turn frosty, as scarecrows and jack-o'-lanterns and bed sheet ghosts reclaim their posts on every street. We love October, not only for its bountiful beauty, for its grassy golds and fiery reds, but also for its silliness, for its witch hats and whimsy, for its haunted hayrides and corn mazes and not-so-subtle, fun-sized reminders that we can be, with a little imagination and an appetite for candy, anyone or anything we want to be.

It's October, and a magical world of pumpkins and scarecrows and peculiarly shaped gourds awaits, for a limited time, your exploration. Find, with the help of our city guide experts, the best hayrides and orchards and corn mazes in your town, and go ahead and get those pumpkin-carving knives good and sharpened. Because thanks to our exhaustive research, not to mention our Linus-like instincts, you'll soon be privy to a host of sincere pumpkin patches, whether or not you believe in the omnipotence of the Great Pumpkin.

A golden time of falling leaves, of change and dress-up and quiet retreat, October is as fleeting as it is splendid.  So get out there, before the pumpkin patch freezes over, before October becomes November and beyond, and revel in this happy season of hayrides, hauntings and harvest right now. Click in below for all the seasonal fun in a city near you:









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