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Pumpkin Patches

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September 21 - October 27; Saturdays 10am-10pm & Sundays 10am-6pm. Friday and Saturday evenings 5-10pm (Pumpkin Patch lighted for night picking!) NEW Weekday Hours for 2013: Tue-Fri 9:30am-1:30pm (not all attractions are open). This working farm celebrates the fall harvest time with pumpkin picking, bonfires, evening hayrides, and a cornfield maze! Other attractions include pedal tractors, pig races, a pumpkin mountain slide, barnyard animals, and the fun barn with giant rope swings. Food and other specialty items sold on the premises. 1401 Belvedere Plantation, F'burg, 22408. 

Braehead Farm

Sept 22 - Nov 3. Pick a pumpkin in our fields in front of the market, shop in our market and have lunch on the weekends at our Braehead Farm Kitchen. An admission fee of $5/person on weekdays and $7.50/person on weekends (under 2 free!) gives you access to the entire back of the farm where we have our "Playgrounds in the Barn Lot", a pumpkin patch, corn maze, sunflower maze, and more! On weekends there will be hayrdies, pumpkin carving/decorating barn, kettle corn and more! 1130 Tyler St, F'burg, 22401. 

Clark's Farm

Open 7 days/week from 10am – 6pm starting Sept 21. Activities include: farm animals, a hay mountain, large maze, face painting, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, great cutouts for photos, a moon-bounce, and pony rides on weekends. Food, hot apple cider, and specialty craft items sold on premises. Price of admission includes a pumpkin! $5/Weekdays and $7.50/Weekends. 712 Courthouse Rd, Stafford, 22554. 

The Corn Maze

Sept. 28 - Nov 3 (Fri, Sat: 10 am - 10 pm & Sun 10am - 6pm). Five acre corn maze, barnyard animals, hayrides, pumpkins, picnic area, moon light maze and more. 4501 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains, 20198. 

Cows N Corn

Open weekends beginning Sept 21. Corn maze, tour the farm via hayride, learn how to make butter, visit with the animals, pumpkin picking. Special Friday Night Hayride events starting Sept 20. 5255 Catlett Rd., Midland, 22728. 540-439-4806. 

Cox Farms

Sept 28 - Oct 31 from 10am - 6pm. Hayrides, 5 giant slides, farm animals, rope swing, kid zone, pumpkins and more. 5621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, 20120. 

Great Country Farms

Sept 28 - Oct 28; 9am - 6pm. Where else can you pick your pumpkins right off the vine, get lost in a corn maze, visit with the pumpkin princess, cheer for your favorite swine at the infamous Oinkintucky Derby, and watch P-Rex our pumpkin munchin' dinosaur? Only at Great Country Farms! Wagon rides, 5 acre play area, live music and more! Special events on weekends! 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA. 

Leesburg Animal Park Pumpkinville

Sept 21 - Nov 5: 9:30 am - 5 pm. Giant hill slide, wagon rides, spider web crawl, moon bounce, pirate play ship, pony rides, free apples & cider, camel rides, pedal carts and more! Ticket prices vary. Visit website for more info. 19270 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg. 

Liberty Mills Farm

Sept. 14 - Nov. 3. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, games and more. 9166 Liberty Mills Rd., Somerset, 22972. 

Miller Farms Market

Opens Sept 28. Free hayrides to and from the pumpkin patch. Weekday hayrides: 4:30 pm. Weekend Hayrides: 9 am - 5 pm. All you pay for is your pumkins! 12101 Orange Plank Rd., Locust Grove, 22508. 540-972-2680. 

Mt. Olympus Berry Farm

End of Sept - Nov. Pumpkin patch and hayrides. 23298 Jeff Davis Hwy, Ruther Glen, 22546. 804-448-0395. 

Round Hill Farm

Opens Sept 28 - Oct 31. Weekdays: 3 - 6 pm; Weekends: 10 am - 5 pm. A tractor-drawn hayride carries your family or group to the Pumpkin Patch. Pick-your-own or select from pre-picked pumpkins at the farms open-air market. Other activities include the barnyard petting-zoo with more than 30 farm animals, two hay bale mazes, a corn maze, rope swings, pony rides, and picnic area. 6347 Everona Rd., Culpeper, 22701. 

Snead's Asparagus Farm

Open daily in October. This working farm has a huge pumpkin patch for pick your own. Other activities include pedal tractors, rope swings in the barn, hayrides, farm animals, a picnic area, and more! 18294 Tidewater Tr, F'burg, 22408. 540-371-1070. 

Ticonderoga Farms

Open Daily from mid-Sept - 1st week of Nov: 9am - 6pm. Admission includes: pie-size pumpkin; hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, cow train, petting zoo, moon bounce, swings, tee-pee hut play, antique tractors and more! 26469 Ticonderoga Rd., Chantilly, 20152. 703-327-4424. 

Westmoreland Berry Farm

Hours TBA. Pick your pumpkins in their pumpkin patch. Other activities include a goat walk, playground, picnic area, ice cream shop and more!. Seasonal food items available in the farm store. 1235 Berry Farm Lane, Oak Grove. 

Apple Picking

Carter Mountain Orchard

Open daily 9am - 6pm. Pick your own in the orchard or buy pre-picked in the store. Activities include hayrides (weekends only) and picnic area. Also available in the store: fresh baked apple pies, apple cider donuts, pumpkins and specialty crafts. 1435 Carter Mountain Tr, Charlottesville, 22901. 

Grave's Mountain Lodge

Open Sept 21 - Oct 19, 9am - 4:30pm, weekends only. Pick your own in the orchards or buy pre-picked in the store. Other activities include hayrides, barnyard animals, hay mountain, hay maze and picnic areas. 205 Graves Mountain Lane, Syria, 22743. 

Great Country Farms

Currently Open daily. 9:15 am - 5 pm. Wagon rides to pick your own apple orchard. 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA. 

Stribling Orchard

Open Tues - Sun, 9am - 5pm. Tours available for youth/school groups. Pick your own apples, farm animals, picnic area and bakery with cider, pies, local honey and more. 11587 Poverty Hollow Lane, Markham, 22643. 

Fall Festivals

Apple Gala & Cider Festival @ Great Country Farms

Sept 14, 15: 9am - 6pm. We will celebrate the start of the apple picking and cider pressing season with tastings of this season's best sparkling cider blends including peach, cherry and raspberry. Also, watch apple butter being made, wagon rides, cider pressing demos/tastings, pick your apples, clown entertainment, corn maize and more! Cost: $12/Adults; $10/Kids. 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA. 

Apple Harvest Celebration @ Carter Mountain Orchard

It's our biggest celebration of the year! 2013 Apple Harvest Celebration will be held EVERY weekend in October! Extended hours: Sat/Sun: Open 8 am - 7 pm (1st 3 weekends in October). Join us for music, food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple! 

Belvedere Plantation Fall Festival Finale

Nov 1( 5pm - 10pm); Nov 2 (10am - 10pm) and Nov 3: (10am - 4pm). It's your last chance to visit Belvedere Plantation before we close for the winter! And we have a great line-up of entertainment and activities — don't miss our new Pumpkin Smash competition! Reduced Farm Admission for Fall Finale is $11 (children two and under admitted free). Included in Farm Admission are the Corn Maze, Fun Barn, Zipline, Ye Olde Barnyard, Pumpkin Mountain Slide, Jumping Pillow, Hayride, and Pedal Tractors.
Nov 1 is Scout night: Scouts in uniform get special admission price (18 years and younger). Campfire areas are at regular price.
On Saturday, November 2, we will hold our annual Pumpkin Smash activities between 11am-4pm. Our rain date will be Sunday, Nov 3.
Also, on Saturday night from sunset to closing, you can experience the "Moonlight Maze"— no floodlights! Flashlights required.

Caledon Art & Wine Festival

Nov 2: 10 am - 4 pm. Enjoy a fall day at the park and see what the area's finest artisans have to offer. Get a jump on holiday shopping. Taste wine from local wineries. A commemorative wine glass is included with the price of tasting. Great food will also be for sale. The picnic shelter, gift shop and visitor center will be open, and hay wagon rides will be available for the kids. Admission for wine-tasting is $10 per person (21 and older - everyone must have ID to taste). The festival is free for non-tasting guests, but a $5 parking fee applies to all. 11617 Caledon Road King George VA 22485. 540-663-3861. Caledon website.

Cox Family Farms Fall Festival Preview

Sept 21, 22: 10 am - 6 pm. All of those giant slides, swings, apples and cider, animals, pumpkins are waiting for you, and we know you have been waiting for them! Be here right when we open and be on the first hayride of 2013! Cost: $14. Under 2 is free. September 28-29 is Opening Weekend, and we're honoring Public Servants with a special offer! 5621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, 20120.

16th Annual Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour

Oct 5, 6: 10 am - 4 pm. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and taste of Culpeper County on farms in the beautiful Blue Ridge foothills. This free event provides a wonderful educational experience and includes a variety of hands on activities and demonstrations. There will be 18 farms and related businesses on this year's tour. The tour, a self-guided driving experience, can be started at the Welcome Center located at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises on Route 29. For more info, check out their FaceBook page:

Fredericksburg Fall Family Festival with Spotswood Baptist and Thunder 104.5

Oct 27: 3 pm - 6 pm. From hay rides to inflatable's, carnival games to a petting zoo, the Fredericksburg Fall Family Festival offers fun for the entire family. Best of all, all of the activities are FREE! Inside the Towne Centre, children are invited to play a variety of carnival-style games to win candy. Plus, families can enter to win fabulous prizes! At the Spotsy Towne Centre.

Fall Harvest Family Days @ Mt. Vernon

Oct 26, 27: 9am - 5pm. The entire family enjoys autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demos, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, apple-roasting, corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price this weekend only. Admission: adults, $17; Children ages 6-11, $8; and Children under 5 FREE. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria. 

2013 Fall Foliage Rail Excursions

Oct 19: 9 am - 12 pm. Ride the rails along Historic Deep Run Creek in Spotsylvania Co. on open railroad cars on and enjoy local fall foliage. Departing from the Rappahannock Railway Workers Museum at 11700 Main St, Fburg, 22408. Rain date Oct.27th. Free but Donations accepted! 

Fredericksburg Harvest Festival

Oct 5, 7am - 2pm. Celebrate the beginning of Fall at the extended Farmer's Market. FREE to attend. Hurkamp Park.

Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival

Oct 12 (11am - 5pm) & Oct 13 (12pm - 5pm). Each year the festival is made up of the six ownership wineries and two guest wineries which offer over 100 varieties of Virginia's award winning wines for you to sample and purchase. The festival also offers a beer garden with some of Blue and Gray Brewery's fine local beer and ales. Other activities include: food vendors, specialty crafts, a barrel train, face painting, live music and more. You are more than welcome to purchase your bottle of wine, something to snack on and have a picnic under the majestic trees that border the Rappahannock River. Old Mill Park, 2216 Caroline St, F'burg. 

Grave's Mountain Apple Harvest Festival

Oct 5, 6; Oct 12, 13: 10am - 4:30pm. Enjoy pick your own Apples, Craft vendors, Hayrides, Cloggers, Pony Rides, Live Music, Food and more! Free admission, Free parking. 205 Graves Mountain Lane, Syria, 22743. 

23rd Annual Harvest Festival in Bowling Green

Oct 19, 9am - 4pm. Live music all day long from local talent. Children's activities include face painting, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, and clown entertainment. Other activities include the car show and antique tractor show, antique alley, as well as food and craft vendors. 

Halloween Activities

Monster Bash @ King's Dominion

Sept 27: 6 pm. Kick off Halloween Haunt with our Monster Bash Block Party! Block Party with special events, including music, dancing and a food eating contest. The best themed costume of the night will be awarded 4 tickets to Kings Dominion next year! Cost: $19.99 for park admission when you come in full costume. 

Trick or Treat w/ the Dinosaurs

Weekends, Sept 28 - Oct 27: 12 - 5 pm. Trick-or-Treat from Dinosaur to Dinosaur in the dinosaur park that roars, Dinosaurs Alive! at King's Dominion. There are several stops along the path in the 6-acre dinosaur park where you can collect a goodie bag full of treats that would make even a T-rex jealous. Plus, there are more than 39 life-sized, moving dinosaurs. Not included with park admission. A separate $5 ticket is required for this experience. 

Planet Spooky

Weekends, Sept 28 - Oct 27: 12 - 5 pm. Bring the little ones to the all-new Planet Spooky for frightful fun and spooky activities the entire family can enjoy together. It's all fun and no fear. For a full schedule/description of events, visit 

Halloween Haunt at King's Dominion

Weekends, September 28 - October 28. Features ghastly creatures emerging from the darkness, highly-intense and bone-chilling attractions and some of the most hair-raising rides on the planet like the Intimidator 305 and Dominator roller coasters! This event is not recommended for kids. 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell.

Haunted Hallow

Weekends Oct 4- 26. 7 - 10 pm. Visit a haunted, abandoned old farm! 8275 Maple Tree Ln, Warrenton, 20188. 540-522-9183. 


Every Fri, Sat, Sun in October. Paxton Manor; 601 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg. The Paxton Manor opens its doors to those who are brave enough to walk her halls and descend into the basement. There are three nightly haunts for you to explore at our one location: The Paxton Manor, The Funhouse, and The Haunted Well of Souls. 

Wicked Woods Haunted Forest

Weekend Evenings Oct 4 - Nov 2. Includes a haunted manor, an insane asylum and over 1/4 mile trail into the deep woods of Virginia. Massey Rd., Spotsy, 22551. 540-895-5786. 

Ghost Tours of Fredericksburg

Weekends through Oct 26: 8 pm. From its Colonial heritage to the horror of being the focal point of four major Civil War battles, Fredericksburg has more history, more battles, and more ghosts than any other city in America. Combining history with mysterious tales of the still lurking dead, costumed guides conduct 90 minute, comfortably-paced, candlelight walking tours filling the evenings with folklore and stories spawned when 100,000 fell in the fighting in and around the town. 706 Caroline St. F'burg, 22401. 540-710-3002. 

Spooky Crafts for Kids

Oct 15. Gather with us under the cover of darkness to make some spooky Halloween crafts! Where: Rowser Bldg, Stafford. Cost: $8. Ages 3 - 5: 5:5:45 pm. Ages 6 - 10: 6 -6:45 pm. Register at by Oct 10.

Scary Search for Sensational Treats

Oct 18: 7 pm. Under the cover of darkness, by the light of the moon, with only a flashlight as your guide, you will search for and collect a variety of tooth rotting confections! For ages 3 - 11. Cost: $6. Where: Curtis Park, Shelter #7. Register at by Oct 11.

Ron Rosner YMCA Creepy Crawly Carnival

Oct 18, 19: 7 - 9 pm. Join the YMCA for the annual Carnival! Dress in your favorite costume! Attractions include: Carnival w/ games, crafts, treats & dancing, moon bounce and children's maze; Haunted House; and the Hayride and/or Haunted Trail Ride. Cost: $3/attraction. Proceeds go to the Support Campaign! Ron Rosner YMCA, Fburg, 22407. 

Massad YMCA Creepy Crawly Carnival

Oct 18, 19: 7 - 9 pm. Come join us for our annual Halloween carnival of fear, games and fun! Horror and insanity included. Carnival area with crafts, games, treats and dancing. Moon Bounce, Box Maze, Haunted House and Haunted Trail Ride. Cost: $6 per ticket OR Family 4 pack for $20. Dress in your favorite costume! Massad YMCA, 212 Butler Rd, Fburg, 22405.

Spooky Stories By The Shore

Oct 19: 6:45 - 8 pm. Walk the trail of spooks and spiders to the shore for a roasting fire! We'll warm you with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows and then chill you to the bone with spooky stories and other surprises. Family fun. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Cost: $6. At Motts Run Reservoir. Pre-register: 540-372-1086 or 

Pumpkin Derby Workshop

Oct 22: 6 - 7:30 pm. Learn how to build a racing pumpkin! Bring your pumpkin and we will help you turn it into a derby racer. Workshop includes axles and wheels. For all ages! Cost: $8/pumpkin. Where: Rowser Building, Stafford. Register at by Oct 21.

Creepy Tales

Oct 25: 4:30 pm. Prepare to be scared by a creepy tale or two; have fun with some spooky songs and make a craft for Halloween at England Run Library! Drop in. Grades K-6. 

Halloween Hoopla

Oct 25: 10:30 am. Halloween stories, songs and a costume parade at HQ Library! For infants/preschoolers. Daycares welcome.

Boo at the Zoo

Oct 25 - 27: 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Princesses, mythical creatures, kid-wizards, and other costumed guests are invited to join us at our annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo. Enjoy animal encounters and festive decorations along with your tasty candy and delicious snack foods from more than 30 treat stations throughout the Zoo. Take a ride around Great Cats Circle on our train the Boo Express! Where: National Zoo, Washington DC. 

Special Halloween Family Day @ National Museum of the Marine Corps

Oct 26: 12 - 2 pm. Crafts, games and a costume parade are just the beginning of this annual fun, festive (not the least bit spooky) event for ages 2-10. Free! Where: 18900 Jeff Davis Hwy, Triangle.  

Air and Scare

Oct 26: 2 - 7 pm. Air & Scare, features the spooky side of air and space at the Air & Space Museum at the Udvar-Hazy Center! Each year, people arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. They participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. The tiniest visitors check out the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. They can even pose for a photo with their favorite Star Wars character!

The Great Pumpkin Derby

Oct 26: 2 - 4 pm. Grab your pumpkin racer and head to Curtis Park to compete against your friends and race your pumpkin downhill! Making a pumpkin racer is easy! Take a pumpkin and insert 2 axles and attach wheels. Make sure to decorate it too! Prizes for best decorated pumpkins! This is a family event, so join us for all the Halloween fun! Where: Curtis Park, S. Stafford. Cost: $6/Racer. Register at

"Spook-tacular" Stratford Hall Halloween

Oct 26: 5:30 - 9 pm. Stratford Hall's Halloween event has something for everyone this year! L.B. Taylor, author of over 13 books on the Virginia paranormal, will present "Ghost stories of the Northern Neck" in the duPont Library from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. A "Spook-tacular" ticket, which includes the L.B. Taylor lecture and the following Historical Haunts event, is $15 adults and $13 for children.
Pre-registration by emailing Jon Bachman or calling 804-493-1972 is suggested for the Spook-tacular lecture since seating is limited.
Historic Haunts event: From 7 – 9 p.m., Stratford Hall will offer its traditional ghost tours, refreshments, Halloween crafts, Palm Reading and Tarot Card readings. Historical Haunts event only (does not include lecture) is $5 adults and $3 children. Bring a flashlight! 

Rappahannock Pops Orchestra Presents: Halloween Tricks & Treats

Oct 26: 7:30 - 10 pm. Featuring Haunting Music for All Ages! Music from Phantom of the Opera, "Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead" from The Wizard of Oz; Camille Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre; Gustav Holst's "Mars" from The Planets; Theme from The Adams Family; "Cruella DeVille" from 101 Dalmatians! Cost: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors (65 and over), $15 Students (with valid ID), Children Under 18 FREE! Where: Grace Church Center for the Arts, 1141 Heatherstone Dr, F'burg, 22407. 

Haunted History Hike at Leesylvania State Park

Oct 26: 7:30 - 9pm. The spirits of Leesylvania have begun wandering our woods at night reliving moments from their lives. Join us for a guided evening walk which will take you back through history. Don't forget to take a hay ride and visit our different crafts for the kids. This is a family friendly Halloween event. Please call for event price: 703-583-6904. Where: 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive Woodbridge.

Haunting Halloween Madness

Oct 26: 6 - 10 pm. Costumes, music, and food outline this scary Friday night in the vineyard, benefitting the Louisa Humane Society. For $20, dance into the night to the tunes of "REUNION". Also enjoy pet and human costume contests, a bonfire, and wine tasting. There will also be a bake sale and auction items. Food will be available from Gregory's Grill. Call 540-895-5085 to make reservations or  

Halloween Hoopla

Oct 28: 10 am & 11 am. Halloween stories, songs and a costume parade at Salem Church Library! Ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Halloween Spooktacular

Oct 29: 10 - 11 am. Learn all about Halloween as you make a craft, listen to a story, play games and have a snack. Don't forget to wear your costume! For ages 2 - 5. Cost: $8. Rowser Bldg, Stafford. Register at by Oct 22.

Halloween Hoopla

Oct 29: 9:30 am & 10:30 am. Spooky (but not too spooky) stories, songs, and a costume parade at Porter Library in Stafford. For preschoolers and their caregivers. Drop in.

Halloween Hoopla

Oct 30: 10 am & 11 am. Halloween stories, songs and a costume parade at England Run Library! Ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Daycares welcome.

Spooky Stories on the Lawn

Oct 30: 6:30 - 8 pm. Spooky stories and songs to thrill and chill you. Live Monster music by The Crypts. Costume Contest and games sponsored by the Teen Council! Grades K-6. Just Drop in. Where: Headquarters Library

Halloween Pizza Party

Oct 31: 10 am - 12 pm. Join Stafford Gymnastics for a costume & pizza party designed with your preschooler in mind. Gymnastics, parachute games, costume parade, and plenty of Halloween fun! Wear comfortable clothing under your costume so you can shake, rattle, and roll after the parade! Cost: $15. 500 Nelms Cir, Fburg, 22406. Call 540-658-5115 or visit for more info/register.


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Pouches' Community Corner

Congratulations to Stafford County Lt. Deuntay Diggs for winning our second Annual First responders Lip sync Battle held at our Back to school expo on August 6. This is Lt. Diggs’ second time winning our coveted microphone trophy and he has become an online sensation! Videos of his winning performance are flooding social media sites with millions of views of his awesome dance moves! Lt. Diggs has appeared on several news broadcasts as the community responds to his uplifting nature and positivity! Way to go Lt. Diggs! 

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