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At Fini’s Plant Farm, children and families can enjoy a Halloween-themed daytime party and more adventuresome souls can undertake a nighttime haunted hayride. Beginning at 7 p.m., explorers embark on a 20–30 minute covered hayride through the expanses of Deadman Woods, then wander through a haunted house that some say still echoes with the mournful cries of frozen wontons forgotten in the oven.

217 James St
Feeding Hills,
MA
US

After loading up groups into their cabins, Sports Travel and Tours’ coaches set a course for Fenway Park for an evening of AL East baseball as the Red Sox look to trounce the formidable Tampa Bay Rays and regain their crimson footing in one of the majors' most competitive divisions. Powerhouse designated hitter David Ortiz leads the BoSox’s offensive charge with more than 20 RBIs and a batting average well above .300 so far this season. Likewise, shortstop Mike Aviles has racked up more than 20 runs, making so many trips around the diamond that he always stops to water his redwood growing on the third-base line.

1158 Piper Rd
West Springfield,
MA
US

With more than 70 years of color combination experience, Economy Paint Supply distributes liquid chromatics and provides custom stain matching, in-home consultations, and equipment rentals. The paint shop furnishes a host of habitat enhancements including Benjamin Moore paints ($27.99+ per gallon), wallpaper ($16.99+ per roll), single-roll carpets ($12.99+ per square yard), and window treatments ($200+ per window). Flinging a can of reddish royal flush or lagoon-like Lucerne at a living room’s backdrop can give walls a sense of newfound pride and astonish nearby floors and ceilings. Customers can also peruse a free in-store copy of Envision Color 2011, which highlights the palettes—soulful, spirited, dreamy, and phantasmagoric—comprising Benjamin Moore’s annual paint trends.

140 Chandler St
Worcester,
MA
US

Mosquito Terminators annihilates its eponymous bloodsucking pests with potent, biodegradable mists. Barrier spray spritzed from a backpack-mounted blower slays bugs on contact, destroying insects—from garden-variety mosquitoes to gnats and biting flies—as they land on lawns and plants. Techs return every three weeks, or 1.5 mosquito years, during summer months to refresh chemical fortresses, or install automatic outdoor misting systems, which puff a low-concentration Safe Solutions insecticide into the air two to three times each day to continuously ward off winged invaders. Mosquito Terminators treats a range of spaces, from humble home lawns to larger commercial and municipal properties, such as parks, golf courses, and picnic grounds.

Mosquito Terminators license #: B2715

37 Broad Street
Meriden,
CT
US

On more than 100 acres of land, Amherst Nurseries grows a vast forest of trees and shrubs, helping to make customers' green thumbs even greener. The retail store boasts a friendly staff that helps customers select the right plants for their yards. Maples, ashes, honey locusts, and other shade trees provide homes for birds' nests and dolls' treehouses ($330 for a 15- to 20-ft. tree), and the colorful foliage of plums, cherries, crab apples, and other flowering trees gives yards an instant makeover in preparation for tree prom season ($260 for a 10- to 15-ft. tree). On the farm, Amherst's tree tenders minimize pesticide use and partner with UMass researchers to test new soil-conservation technologies. Each seedling is raised on sunlight, fresh air, and occasional discipline, growing into a sturdy young tree that showcases a one-year guarantee and an excellent moral compass.

199 Belchertown Rd
Amherst,
MA
US

Credo Skate & Snow Shoppe kits out extreme land- and snow-riders with name-brand boards, gear, clothing, and accessories. Wear your sport on your sleeve or craft a tiny sleeping bag for your favorite board with Vans or Altamont T-shirts ($20) or graft on a set of Spitfire wheels ($30) for smooth cruising. Sidewalk surfers searching for new skating surfaces can pick up a new deck ($55) by brands such as Anti Hero, Alien Workshop, and Raw and keep a steady grip while achieving perfect balance with Adidas Dennis Busenitz skate shoes ($75). Offering long-boards such as Loaded Boards' Dervish ($310) as well as trucks, wheels, and skate-friendly clothing, Credo Skate & Snow Shoppe encourages the speed-seeking demands of adrenaline addicts hanging out at skate parks, snow hills, and shopping-cart stalls everywhere.

16 Armory St
Northampton,
MA
US