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.
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.
The horticultural experts at Perreault Nursery delight gardeners with a bountiful harvest of blossoms, shrubs, mulch, and outdoor ornamentation. The garden gurus accompany each rose bush or Japanese maple with helpful advice on how to care for the plant before sending it off to college. In addition to its blossoming blooms—grown in Perreault’s own greenhouse—and a plethora of trees and shrubs, the garden depot outfits yards with mulch and stone, custom planters, and ornamental pottery or statuary, including fountains and bird baths.
After picking out their new plants, visitors can drop by the nursery’s butterfly house, where hundreds of butterflies flutter amongst babbling brooks, flowers, and benches. Or, for clients who would rather use a trowel to comb their hair instead of raking mulch with it, the professionals offer landscaping services to transform yards into lush oases with creeks, pathways, and beautifully designed flower beds.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dipped fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, presented in artful bouquets and gift boxes by the skilled fruit designers at Edible Arrangements, which has more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. Workers dip fresh fruit and sweets into gluten-free chocolate to create arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can select from a variety of decorative containers, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts.
Winner of the 2010 Connecticut Florist of the Year award from the Connecticut Florist Association, Paul Buettner Florist creates inspired and creative floral arrangements for every occasion. Let the floriculturists stimulate the senses with the FTD Holiday Rose Bouquet by Better Homes and Gardens ($49.99), the FTD Share My World Bouquet ($42.99), or the FTD Basket of Dreams Arrangement ($47.99). Those celebrating the birth of a new baby can pick up the lily-packed FTD Starshine Bouquet ($34.99). With Buettner Florist, pedal-seekers can find an arrangement to say various well-wishes, including “happy anniversary,”, “get well soon,” “sorry I crashed the Wienermobile into your house,” and “congratulations”. All orders are online or by phone and must be placed 24 hours in advance. Local delivery costs $10 extra.