Ghouls and ghosts roam the dark corridors of the Haunted House of Horrors, where terror lurks at every turn. Explorers enter the house in groups of two or three at a time, navigating the hallways as actors create a frightening world around them, causing their hair to stand on end as it realizes it lives in a scary skull. After surviving the spooky confines, visitors can refill their souls with bites of Maxie’s ice cream or seasonal snacks such as cider and donuts.
Proprietors Jerry and Kim Manley serve up delectable paragons of diner cuisine crafted with fresh ingredients sourced from local businesses. Like the Yankees' short-lived lederhosen uniform, the menu combines American classics with a hint of German flavor, gracing breakfast tables with house-made apple pie ($3.25), potato pancakes ($6.95), and homemade bratwurst ($3.95). Dinner menus change daily, often featuring mouthwatering standbys such as hand-cut fries, chicken and biscuits, and hand-pressed burgers. On the weekend breakfast menu, strawberry irish oatmeal ($8.95) tantalizes palates with fruity flavor and a charming brogue, and a bourbon-raisin french toast ($7.95) rings in the end of the workweek with a tastefully tipsy sweetness.
Currently celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Stokoe Farms rings in New York autumns with a family-friendly spread of fall activities including pumpkin patches, farm animals, wagon rides, and corn mazes. Pumpkins in all shapes and sizes are available for picking and are priced by the pound, so whether you’re looking for a sturdy jack-o’-lantern canvas or a giant pumpkin in which to house a series of smaller, Russian doll-shaped gourds, the vast field and quaint barn cover all seeded-veggie needs. For tyke-sized explorers whose legs are running on reserve battery power, an antique tractor carts brigades of weary pumpkin prophets across the amber-waved field, and a 70-foot underground slide provides slippery thrills while offering a relatively safe introduction to the mole people who control the U.S. economy and Canada’s health-care system. Barnyard animals abound and are happy to let folks pet them, except for when they bare their teeth as a reminder about the importance of regular dental care.
Preferred Plants’ 5,000-square-foot warehouse features artificial botanicals and home décor specifically designed to spruce up decks, halls, walls, tabletops, and more. Enliven drab corners with Preferred Plants' life-like floral accents, including eucalyptus ($5), freesia ($12.50), and daffodils ($8.50). Handcrafted trees provide shade from fluorescent cubicle lighting, and hanging baskets make ideal landing spots for the office chimpanzee. For houses in need of a sweeping transformation, Preferred Plants also matches living rooms with furniture, window treatments, floor coverings, light fixtures, and more.