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Filtering by Tag: #halloween


Gina Giordan


The Fall season is here!  The season officially changes September, 22.  By mid October, the kids are back and settled into their new school routine.  Those summer work hours are a distant memory and most folks are back in the office working five days a week.  

You may recall, the moment you transitioned from Summer to Fall, as you stepped outside and the brisk chilly air hit you in the face.  Instantly reminding you that it's time to layer up and winter is just around the corner!  

Despite the chill in the air, the transition from summer to the fall season is truly a magical time of the year.  One of our favorites!  The leaves are changing colors and the local farms open their doors to celebrate the harvest!  

If you live in the NYC there are several local farms that are open seven days a week and offer apple, pumpkin picking, food, live music and several seasonal activities for all ages!  

The Wanna curated a list of local NY farms below that offer pumpkin picking, hayrides and so much more! 


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DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 70 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION: 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY 10560

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Apple, Pumpkin picking, Orchard tree walks, Animal watching.

Weekly hours are 9AM – 5PM.  Always check the website directly for exact address, hours of operation and events!

FOOD OPTIONS:  Weekdays the farm store is open to purchase lunch items from the market menu.  On the weekends guests can feast on the festival menu and the best part?  Farm-made hard cider!  

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  Every Saturday and Sunday the farm turns into an outdoor food and music festival.  Several local food vendors gather and serve the classic favs pizza, fresh seasonal dishes and don't forget that farm-made hard cider!  In addition to the weekly activities the kids festival activities include:  hayrides, face painting, trampolines, inflatable jumping land for all ages and more!  We suggest you review the farm website for the most up to date hours and events! 




Instagram @bennersfarm

Instagram @bennersfarm

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 110 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  56 Gnarled Hollow Road, Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Their tagline is “Old-fashioned Family Fun,” so you know you’re in for a great day at Benner’s!  They have pumpkin-picking, haunted hayrides, and more.  Make sure to check their event calendar for updated dates and times.

Hours: 12PM — 4PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:  There are a few different fun, educational courses to take part in, including “Mommy and Me,” “Farm Fun,” and “Down on the Farm.”  Check out what they involve here




DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 110 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  On top of pumpkin picking and hayrides, Fairview is famous for it’s giant “Maize”.  They also have a corn cannon, a favorite for both kids and parents.

Hours: ONLY OPEN Thursday – Sunday: 10AM — 6PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:  New this year, a Tractor Trailer full of corn for kids to play in!




DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, NY 11976

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Hank’s boasts a wide range of activities to choose from, including pumpkin picking, apple picking, hayrides, wagon rides, tractor train rides, playgrounds, games and more.  Their new market has tasty treats your kids can munch on, including freshly baked pies, cookies, cupcakes, candy apples and cider donuts.

Hours: 9:30AM—6PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: Get lost in the corn maze park, or get festive with face-painting!  They’re also open on Halloween weekend.




Courtesy Photo via CBS

Courtesy Photo via CBS

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 60 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:   Pumpkin picking, bake shop and hay play area for kids.

Hours are:  Pick-Your-Own: 10AM-4:30PM, Markets: 10AM-5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  In addition to the weekly activities, Friday, Saturday and Sunday also include hayrides! 

We suggest you review the farm website for the most up to date hours and events! 




DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 80 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Daily pumpkin-picking and hayrides.

Hours: 10AM — 5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: The weekend is the best time to be at Schmitt Farms.  Activities range from pumpkin picking, corn maze, hay rides, playground & inflatables, farm animals, pony rides, and a spooky Haunted House for the older kids to walk through.

SPECIAL EVENTS: “The Haunted Mansion of Melville” was voted Long Island #1 Scariest Haunted House.  Be sure to check out the calendar here for dates and times to check out the terrifying house of horrors!




DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 90 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  If you want a super authentic pumpkin harvest feel, Elwood grows pumpkins in their own fields.  Here, you’ll find no admission charge for pumpkin-picking.  You can also enjoy hay rides and a corn maze.

Hours:  Saturdays, Sundays: 10AM to 5PM, Monday – Friday: 3PM to 5PM




DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 50 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES & SPECIAL EVENTS:  Enjoy pumpkin-picking and hayrides daily.

Hours: 10AM — 5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  Their annual Fall Festival goes from September 24th to October 30th.  Your admission includes entry to sing-a-long hayrides, their famous animal farm, a singin’ chicken show, and so much more.

Hours: 10AM – 4PM



Caroline Slusarczyk

Tom Harrison

Tom Harrison

The spookiest day of the year is here folks!  It’s officially Halloween!  So what better way to celebrate the scary day than with a Halloween-themed parade!  This year marks the 43rd annual New York City Village Halloween ParadeElvis Duran of the nationally syndicated z100 Elvis Duran and the Morning Show will be “Grand Marshal” of the parade.  In the past, Village Halloween Parade Grand Marshals have included Kelly Ripa, Whoopi Goldeberg, and the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World,” Jonathan Goldsmith.

Each year, the hugely popular New York City Halloween parade marches down 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street.  The 2016 parade will include 53 bands playing various styles of music, puppets, dancers, artists and thousands of regular New Yorkers sporting their best Halloween costumes.  In order to march in the parade, you must show up in full costume.  Otherwise, you can enjoy the festivities from the sidelines.  Either way, it’s sure to get you into the Halloween mood!

Pearl Gabel/NY Daily News

Pearl Gabel/NY Daily News

This year the Halloween parade theme is “Reverie.”  As explained on the parade’s website, Reverie refers to, “that liminal space in which one creates.”  If that sounds confusing, you’re not alone!  Check out the parade website for more details on the theme and parade festivities.

The 2016 Halloween parade will start at 7pm and end around 11pm.  If you can’t attend the parade in person, you can catch it on NY 1 at 8 – 9:30 pm.

This year Halloween falls on a Monday, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get your spook-tastic party on!  If you’re looking for more adult-themed Halloween fun, there are a few parties you can attend in the city.  Check out the list below and make sure to RSVP!

The Upside Down (Stranger Things themed!)

Where: The Roxy Hotel
When: 10/31 @ 8pm

Afrojack Halloween at Marquee New York

Where: Capitale

When: 10/31 @ 9pm


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The Celebrities Who Won Halloween This Weekend

Gina Giordan

The Wanna team hopes you don’t have much of a Halloween hangover.  To celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year, we’ve compiled a list of celebs who took Halloween very seriously!

Heidi Klum as Jessica Rabbit

Heidi Klum transformed herself into a cartoon character. Under amazing prosthetics, Heidi ended up looking exactly like Roger Rabbit’s femme fatale wife!



Gigi Hadid as Sandy from Grease

Gigi was invited to Heidi’s Halloween party at LAVO nightclub in New York City.  While she didn’t go to Heidi’s extremes, she did manage to look just like “the one that we want.” She’s electrifyin’



Emily Ratajkowski as Marge Simpson

The “Blurred Lines” and “Gone Girl” star ditched her traditional sexy looks to transform herself into America’s favorite animated mom.



Taylor Swift as Olaf and Idina Menzel as Elsa

Taylor Swift brought Broadway superstar Idina Menzel onstage on her concert in Tampa, FL. Taylor bringin up friends to perform with her is common, but having them come out in costume and actually perform with them?  Idina, who voiced Elsa in the movie “Frozen” came out and sang the hit song from the movie “Let It Go”

Beyonce, Jay Z, and Blue Ivy as Coming To America

Queen Bey and her family celebrated Eddie Murphy’s hit movie by dressing up like the African royalty that makes their trip to the US!

Neil Patrick Harris and his family as the cast of Star Wars

Neil Patrick Harris has always had a knack for awesome family costumes, and this year was no exception.  The family decided to have a day with costumes pulled out straight from a galaxy far, far away…

Viola Davis’ Daughter as… Viola Davis!

Viola Davis’ daughter has a hell of a role model to follow in her extremely talented mother.  Maybe that’s why this Halloween she chose to go exactly as her.  Beats any costume, and maybe this means this might be Viola’s year to get her Oscar.