The Great Jack-o-Lantern Blaze is a bucket list item for area families. Photo courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley
The Great Jack-o-Lantern Blaze is a bucket list item for area families. Photo courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley

Best Things To Do in Westchester in October With Kids: Halloween, Farm Fests, and More

October is upon us, bringing with it the excitement of Halloween. Fall fun is typically in strong supply, and despite the pandemic, and all its precautions, there's still plenty of excitement on tap. Afterall, The Great Jack-O'-Lantern Blaze is already lighting the night sky.

For those who want to keep the fun close to home, consider planning a Halloween celebration with these fun at-home party games. If you're itching to get out, the majority of autumn's traditions are held outdoors. October is the peak season for apple picking, navigating corn mazes, and sourcing the perfect pumpkin. Several fall festivals are returning, and nature centers are busy planning programming along their trails. Pop-up drive-ins are going strong, and scenic fall-foliage drives are a short jaunt away.

Read on for our roundup of all the best things to do with kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this October. If you're looking for more action, turn to our Fall Fun and Halloween Guides, and bookmark our Event Calendar for both in-person and virtual family offerings!

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Places featured in this article:


Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses

Hurds Family Farm

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Walkway Over the Hudson

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Peace, Love & Lights
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts - 5:00 PM Pick
FIESTA! With Flor Bromley
Hendrick Hudson Free Library - 10:00 AM
Here We Are Together: Story Time for Children
Mount Kisco Library - 11:15 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides