The leaves are changing colors, the nights are getting cooler and the pumpkins are ripe for the picking. It's autumn in Bucks County.
Here at Patch, we've spent the past couple weeks traveling winding country roads to discover the area's best fall festivities. With the help of the folks at Visit Bucks County, we have compiled this guide to fall fun.
We hope you find it useful. If you discover a hidden gem that's not on this list, please let everyone else know about it by posting in the comments. And feel free to share photos of your fall adventures by clicking the "upload photos" button.
- Family-owned and operated None Such Farm (4493 York Rd., Buckingham) has drawn families to its fall Pumpkin Festival for years. It runs Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free; tickets must be purchased for individual attractions such as a corn maze and pony ride. Pick your own pumpkins from the Buckingham farm's fields or snack on fall treats while you listen to live music.
- The Fall Harvest Festival returns for 2012 to Hellerick's Family Farm at 5500 N. Easton Rd., Plumsteadville, just north of Doylestown. Visit the farm market to grab a pumpkin or head into the fields to pick your own. It runs daily through Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission varies and includes a wide range of fun farm activities.
- Take a drive through the Bucks County countryside to AGA Farms at 1333 Elephant Rd., Perkasie for a fall festival with corn mazes, hayrides and, of course, pick-your-own pumpkins. A ramp makes the hay wagon wheelchair-accessible. A farm market also sells already picked pumpkins, gourds and more. Tickets are available for purchase for the activities. (Note: the corn mazes were Patch-tested. The easy one is a simple path that kids can follow. The harder one is challenging, with dead ends, forks in the path and loops covering two acres.)
- Froehlich's Farm, at 3143 York Rd., Furlong, also offers a fall festival with pony rides, live music, facepainting and more. Hunt through the farm's pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin. The festival runs Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Take a daytime hayride to the fields at Shady Brook Farm (931 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley) and hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve at the annual PumpkinFest. PumpkinFest runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12 to 14 and daily from Oct. 18 to 30. Admission is $12 and includes pig races, a corn maze, a petting zoo and more; pumpkins are sold by the pound, not included with admission.
- At night, Shady Brook's HorrorFest will definitely scare the yell out of you! Oct. 12 to 14, 19 to 21 and 26 to 28, experience a night of horrific proportions with four terrifying attractions, a marshmallow-roasting bonfire and live music. Prices range from $18 to $50 - see the website for more details.
- View more than 100 larger-than-life scarecrows at Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Competition and Display through Oct. 28. Admission and parking are free. The quaint shopping village in Lahaska boasts 42 acres of lush gardens, 70 specialty shops, an on-site inn and more.
- Nibble on treats such as apple dumplings and caramel-dipped apples at the Peddler's Village Apple Festival Nov. 3 and 4. Wash them down with everyone’s fall favorite, apple cider, at this traditional autumn celebration. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; admission and parking are free.
- Explore the dark of night on a lantern-led walking Ghost Tour of New Hope to learn about the chilling past of the phantom hitchhiker and Aaron Burr’s historic inn. Tours cost $10 per person and begin "promptly" at 8 p.m. They run on Friday and Saturday nights through Halloween, with a tour also on Halloween night. Reservations must be made in advance by calling (215) 343-5564.
- Hop aboard the historic New Hope and Ivyland Railroad’s Haunted Halloween Train for a frighteningly mysterious ride. Spooky ghosts have climbed aboard the restored train, which will speed guests through the dark Bucks County countryside. The event is recommended for teens and adults. Tickets run from $28.95 to $42.95.
- Celebrate with Count Von Count at Sesame Place’s Halloween Spooktacular. Join Elmo and friends on a Halloween adventure or find your way through the Count’s UN-Haunted Castle Maze. Spooktacular runs on weekends through October.
Haunted Houses & Hayrides
- Grab a friend and a flashlight and journey through the darkness on one of Bucks County’s many haunted hayrides, including Valley of Fear and The Original Haunted Hayride or Midnight Production’s Sleepy Hollow Hayride. Enter Midnight Production’s House in the Hollowif you dare!
- Follow a swinging lantern through the historic village of Fallsington on Oct. 28 with the Spirits of the Past Tours. The tour explores the historic village as visitors listen for ghostly visitations and hear petrifying tales from the past. Adults $6; children 12 and under, $3. Call 215-295-6567 for reservations.