Fall fun in Western Pennsylvania

Category:  News
Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 at 9:01 AM
Fall fun in Western Pennsylvania by Joe Lewis
Photo credit to Julia Carden

As autumn moves along and Halloween approaches, many people across the country are readying themselves for the October festivities that come along with it.  Pumpkin patches, fall festivals and haunted houses are just some of the favorite attractions and activities that are opening for business as the season is in full swing, and Erie County is offering a plethora of fun fall-themed fun for locals to enjoy. 

One such locale is Mason Farms, which has three separate locations throughout the county.  This country market is known for its fresh produce and baked goods that are sold year round, and during the warmer months they offer the opportunity to pick fruits and vegetables directly from the fields themselves.  Around this time of year, however, the garden center at their 839 Meadville St. location transforms into ‘Pumpkintown,’ which offers a variety of locally-grown mums, gourds, cornstalks and of course pumpkins to choose from.  Admission is free for both children and adults.

Another popular local farm perfect for the changing weather and fall season is Port Farms, located at 2055 Stone Quarry Road in Waterford, PA.  Owned and operated by the same family for four generations, the farm offers a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a corn maze, and other family-friendly fall-themed festivities until October 31 when it closes for the season.  They also host concerts and campfires on the weekends.  Admission is $12.95 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and $14.95 on the weekends.  They are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

In addition to these there is also the Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm, located at 5970 Koman Road, in Edinboro.  The farm hosts a plethora of unique and exciting experiences, including picking fresh pumpkins, a petting zoo featuring goats, ducks, donkeys and chickens, a massive corn maze, and of course seeing the live herd of buffalo.  Fresh homemade pumpkin pie is also offered.  General admission is $8 and for seniors over the age of 55 it is $5.  The farm is also pet friendly.

Seeing as how Halloween is also approaching, however, there are several Halloween-themed festivities also happening in the Edinboro Area for those who desire more frightening experiences, such as the Sparrow Pond Haunted Hayride, which is organized and hosted by the Sparrow Pond Campground at 11103 Route 19 N., in Waterford.  The ride features a tractor-drawn carriage ride through the woods surrounding the campground and is open until October 30.  Admission is $10.95 per person.  

There is also Ghost Lake, also known as ‘13 Levels of Fear’ and the self-proclaimed “largest, longest, and scariest haunted attraction in the world,” located in Conneaut Lake Park at 12382 Center St., in Conneaut, PA.  This October specialty is comprised of a two-hour self-guided tour through 13 different horror-filled rooms laced with jump scares and eerie music and is open until October 27.  Admission is $25 per person on Friday and Saturday and is $20 on Sunday.  

Whether its pumpkin carving, corn mazes, fresh produce, hayrides, haunted houses or simply the outdoor pleasures that come with the autumn season, there is something for everyone in the Edinboro area to enjoy when it comes to fall festivities.  All of these places are locally owned and operated, and offer family-friendly, authentic experiences for a wide variety of audiences to enjoy and partake in.  Getting out there and visiting some of them might just be the perfect way to kickstart your fall season.  

Joe Lewis is a staff writer for The Spectator. He can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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