While we might be mourning the end of lazy summer days, there is a lot to look forward to during fall in Westmoreland County. We can look forward to tiny arms trying to carry huge pumpkins. We can look forward to sharing a hot cup of apple cider after a hayride on a chilly October day. We can look forward to laughing at how scared we got on the haunted hayride or how lost we got in the corn maze.
To help you make these childhood memories with your children this fall, we put together a list of the Top 10 Fall Things to Do with Kids in and around Westmoreland County. Here are the best pumpkin patches, fall festivals, hayrides, corn mazes, haunted houses and more in the areas around Greensburg, Irwin, Latrobe and Murrysville.
Starting the last weekend in September, Schramm Farms and Orchards celebrates their annual Fall Festival. Kids can pick pumpkins from the field and enjoy a variety of kids’ activities such as exploring the toddler corn maze or the larger corn maze, playing in the corn box, visiting the farm animals, going on a hay ride or riding a pony. The festival is open weekends and weekdays through October. After all the fun, you can fuel up with your favorite fall foods such as fresh cut French fries made from potatoes grown on the farm or homemade caramel apples.
The annual Fort Ligonier Days commemorates the Battle of Fort Ligonier with living history encampments and battle re-enactments. The festival is typically held the second weekend in October. A big part of this celebration is the community parade that marches down Main Street and around the Ligonier Diamond on Saturday. Always a big hit with kids, the parade features costumed characters, historic units, floats and bands. In addition to food vendors, crafts and entertainment, the festival also features a Kids Korner at the Ligonier Valley YMCA with face painting, a bounce house and carnival games. On Saturday, the festival presents fireworks.
Hot apple cider is a beloved fall tradition and it’s even better when it’s freshly made by a large antique cider press. At the Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival, families can enjoy hot apple cider, a large selection of local apples, home-made crafts, delicious food and the antique farm equipment display by the Fort Allen Association. Kids will also be sure to enjoy performances by the Wild World of Animals. The festival is held the first weekend in October. Check the schedule of events for specific show times.
While almost everyone gets pumpkins to decorate for fall, people sometimes forget to take the once a year opportunity to explore a corn maze together. Located in Murrysville, Gearhard Farms Corn Maze is fun for the whole family. If you’re up for a challenge, you can even try to decipher the mystery aerial message in the maze. The maze is open weekends in September through the end of October. Have a group? Hayrides with a campfire can be arranged for groups by appointment.
Starting in October, Kerber’s Dairy in Irwin celebrates Pumpkin Days with hayrides from 12 pm – 4 pm every Saturday and Sunday. After the hayride, your kids can find the perfect pumpkin while you check out the selection of corn stalks and hay bales. Kids can also play on the rainbow playground, try out year round tubing or play a round of miniature golf. End the day on a sweet note with a cone of Kerber’s specialty ice cream that was featured on the television documentary, An Ice Cream Story. You can choose from special fall ice cream flavors like Apple Cinnamon, Deep Dish Apple Pie and Pumpkin.
Located at 180 Fairgrounds Rd in Greensburg, Lonesome Valley Farms offers two haunted attractions that are sure to scare you silly. For younger kids that don’t want to be scared, Lonesome Valley Farms also has a Pumpkin Patch Playland open during daylight hours on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Admission to the Pumpkin Patch Playland is $10 and includes the non-haunted Big Get Lost Corn Maze, a hayride, a ride on the barrel train, kid’s zip line, corn stalk tunnel and more. Check the website for specific hours for the different attractions.
Goodman Family Farm in Ruffsdale, PA is a quintessential place to find your family’s pumpkins and fall decorations. They offer a reasonably priced, high quality selection of pumpkins, corn stalks, hay bales and mums. For $5, you can also do a corn maze which is open daily. Cash or check only.
Idlewild’s Hallowboo takes the magic of an amusement park and adds trick-or-treating! During the first four weekends in October, Idlewild decorates the park for Halloween and invites kids to trick-or-treat in Story Book Forest. After collecting their candy, kids can then go on rides and attractions in Jumpin’ Jungle, Racoon Lagoon, Hootin’ Holler and Old Idlewild. Please check web for specific ride availability.
While there are obviously many great events and places to visit in Westmoreland County, here are two fall activities close to Westmoreland County that are also worth a visit.
At Triple B Farms in Monongahela, families can pick their own apples and pumpkins! Call to confirm apple availability. The Fall Festival is open weekends starting the end of September and throughout October. After picking your apples and pumpkins, visit the Pumpkin Fun Yard where there are many family activities to enjoy such as giant slides, Pumpkinland, corn maze and pony rides. On select weekends, Triple B is also offering a Make Your Own Scarecrow Event which benefits Autism Speaks. You must pre-register.
Each weekend in October, Seven Springs Mountain Resort celebrates a different theme for its annual Autumn Fest. Each weekend, there are a variety of activities available at the Kid Zone such as arts and crafts, climbing a rock wall and riding the Alpine Slide. On kids Halloween weekend, there is a costume parade and Pumpkin Chuckin’ demonstration.