2011-10-05 / Features

Welcome Back To October

BY KARLA MONTALVO


The corn maze at the Queens County Farm Museum will be turned into the Amazing Maize Maze with clues and puzzles to help get you out of the three-acre long adventure. The corn maze at the Queens County Farm Museum will be turned into the Amazing Maize Maze with clues and puzzles to help get you out of the three-acre long adventure. The most fun filled month of the fall season is finally here. In October, haunted houses and Halloween stores are preparing to open, pumpkin patches are ready to be picked and local stores are stocking up on chocolates and candies. Whether you’re a kid or adult Halloween is a holiday everybody can enjoy.

There will be many things to do in October that are fun and exciting. For families, the Queens County Farm Museum on Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park will be hosting special events celebrating Halloween. Pumpkins in varying sizes and shapes will be ready to be taken home starting Saturday October 1st. A real corn maze will be opened from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Halloween weekend will be filled with special events that include pig racing, pony rides, animal feeding, hayrides, and even a children’s haunted house. The corn maze will also be turned into the Amazing Maize Maze with clues and puzzles to help get you out of the three-acre long adventure. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Two other events will take place in Bayside at Fort Totten. There will be a Halloween festival similar to the one at the farm museum on October 22, and on October 28 a special haunted lantern tour will be held for Halloween.

Like festivals, haunted houses are also very popular attractions in October. In the city there’s the popular Blood Manor. Now in its sixth year and at a new location in the heart of Hudson Square on 163 Varick Street, (just a few blocks from the E train), the space is bigger, better and trendier than before. Owners Jim Faro, Jim Lorenzo and Mike Rodriguez have added seven new environmental rooms.

“The reason why our Haunted House is different from others is because we have spent the time and the money to make sure all our props look very realistic. We pay attention to the details that matter and always want our customers to be on edge,” Faro stated.

Rooms will feature zombies, graveyards, dark chambers, bloody walls, and more. Trained employees will pop out and frighten visitors as they walk from room to room. Although everybody is welcomed it is highly advised that children under 14 not attend. Blood Manor will be open from October 7 through November 5 and tickets will be available at discounted prices in advance online. Discounts will also be given to college students who bring their student I.D. and admission is free with valid I.D. if you visit on your birthday.

Other ideas to celebrate Halloween nearby can be found on www.BooYork.org. The Web site has a full list of frightening haunted houses, great Halloween parties, Halloween costume locations and more. The Queens County Farm Museum, Fort Totten’s Halloween weekend and Blood Manor are all listed on the Web site along with many other events. They even posted pumpkin carving designs that can be printed out and applied to your Halloween Jack-o-Lantern.

BooYork.org has all the information needed for New Yorkers to have a happy and safe Halloween.

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