Spooky Pumpkin Garden at NYBG

Spooky Pumpkin Garden, the premier fall event at New York Botanical Garden, offers fun for the entire family.

During the day, explore Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. There, you’ll find a bounty of gourdes and scarecrows along its twisting, turning trails. In addition, attend pumpkin carving demonstrations or join a pumpkin carving competition!

For a bit of real life scares, don’t miss Meet Creepy Creatures at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilion. On Saturdays and Sundays, October 12th through 27th, snakes, bats and other creepy creatures go on display.

After dark, get your spook on with Spooky Pumpkin Nights. Dress in your scariest costumes and wander the darkened trails, filled with skeletons and other creepy creatures of the night. Perhaps you’ll pick up some wholesome treats along the way.

And don’t forget, on October 26th and 27th, see the award-winning, enormous pumpkins on display from the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. Yes, that’s a real thing. Last year’s prize winner weighed more than 2,500 hundred pounds!

If Spooky Pumpkin Garden can’t get you into the Halloween spirit, nothing can. So don’t miss it!

You can find all the pertinent info, including admission and special event ticket pricing, here.

If you want to get a sense of the Spooky Pumpkin Garden, check out our blog post here.

-L. & J.

Cider House Rules: Apple Picking Near The Big Apple



On any given Saturday morning you might find us at the Union Square Greenmarket, standing amongst the manic throng of shoppers, perusing the countless stands overflowing with fresh produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, and flowers. Did you ever wonder where they all come from? I did. And the answer is surprising. These stands represent just a fraction of a staggering number of small farms in the tri-state area. And guess what? Many of them welcome visitors to their orchards throughout the year for pick-your-own fruits and vegetables.

Nothing embodies the seasonal changing of the guard from Summer to Fall quite like going apple picking. With our obvious love for all things fall and all things food, this sits squarely in our wheelhouse. But with countless options and even more contradictory reviews, we found ourselves at an impasse: Where should we go?

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