Resplendent with hordes of ghoulish trappings and fanciful alter egos, Costume Holiday House's stock outfits bodies in appearance-altering costumes and accessories. From the selection of year-round appropriate wigs and makeup, costume partiers can drape themselves in ghastly or entertaining get-ups for Halloween, themed gatherings, or meeting a significant other's family members. An expansive sea of racks host hundreds of costumes arranged in easy-to-navigate categories, including scary, where adults can find a grisly Scary Crow costume ($34.99), traditional ladies' costumes, including a saucy version of Goldie Locks ($44.99), and food, with which patrons can adorn their chests in sultry cans of Spam ($67.50). Toddlers can clamber into a Monkey See Monkey Do romper, complete with nonskid soles ($19.99), as their adult counterparts don a more sophisticated simian look in a she-chimp mask with wig ($44.50), sporting a platinum blonde mane and a stately Spartan helmet.
In 1978, a modest 32’x144’ poly greenhouse began supplying a farm with tomatoes and pepper plants. More than 30 years later, the greenhouse has exploded into a 3-acre operation that supports a leafy abundance of 15,000 flowering hanging baskets, more than 100,000 potted annuals, and 25,000 potted perennials. Helmed by Don and Janice Bench and their son and daughter-in-law, the greenhouse and nursery pairs visitors with more than 200 varieties of hybrid roses, which only require 1 gallon of gas to bloom on the highway, as well as trees, shrubs, statues, and fountains.
In November and December, the garden center morphs into a winter wonderland that showcases more than 100 decorated trees and a seasonal trove of ornaments, fragrant wreaths, poinsettias, and crimson bows. During summer months, the Benches man a roadside produce stand, where they sell sweet corn, melons, beans, and squash from their 650-acre farm.
At Samsen Furniture Outlet, staffers guide clients through the oversized storefront, where they encounter discounted designer furniture from brands such as Klaussner, Best, and Steve Silver. Their selection includes ottomans, wall accents, lamps, and sofas, yielding a furnishing collection as unabridged as a 500-page manual on making toast.
For 129 years, the farmhouse at Country Lane Tree Farm has looked out over acres of trees and crops as they bear fruit, change colors, and catch a light dusting of snow. The Bowlander family keeps the land bustling through the seasons by inviting families and school groups to come take part in farm activities. Craft barn events happen in the spring and summer, along with farm tours where children can see and interact with a variety of animals. Activities include, milking cows, holding chickens and ducks, and gazing profoundly into the deep eyes of Peaches the donkey. Animal feed is also included. During the fall, the Bowlanders make an enormous maze out of their cornfield, invite guests to pick pumpkins from their 10-acre patch, and enjoy a Haunted Hayride and the indoor Haunted "Carnevil" Barn.
Originally sculpted into the landscape in 1958, Green Hills Golf Course winds through 5,933 yards of smoothly rolling terrain bordered by clusters of mature arbors. To compensate for its relatively short length, the 18-hole course catches clubbers off-guard with strategically placed ponds, subtle slopes, and self-destructing yardage markers. Each round takes spiky-shoed golfers gliding around tranquil ponds and past rippling creeks, which add to the course’s shot-impeding obstacles. A nine-hole par 3 executive course stretches out alongside the full-length monolith, beckoning to greenhorns, youngsters, and experienced pin-hunters still seeking their first hole-in-one. A driving range, practice green, and full regimen of golf clinics nurse withering swings back to life, while the onsite restaurant fuels muscles and carnivorous golf carts with all-beef hot dogs and other savory grill fare.
Helmed by a dedicated baker and mother of seven, 7 Little Cupcakes offers customers an impressive selection of gourmet cupcakes, custom cakes, and fun creations such as little cupcakes in a jar. The awe-inspiring menu of flavors rivals a con artist’s fake-mustache collection and includes more than 100 different varieties that rotate daily. In addition to standard cupcakes, seldom-seen treats such as gooey cupcake dippers and adorable bite-size cupcake sandwiches also vie for customers’ affection. Made with high-quality ingredients, 7 Little Cupcake’s creations are available in gluten-free formulas.