As cool breezes cut summer heat and the leaves fade into sunset hues, Pin Oak Farms celebrates autumn with pumpkin picking, bonfires, and other activities. Tractors full of hay bales and visitors rumble out toward vegetable fields, happy shouts spiraling back toward areas for face painting and petting farm animals. A 5-acre corn maze or smaller straw-bale maze test one’s sense of direction or ability to crack open a compass and eat the good parts. Kids plop themselves down in a giant tub of corn, clamber around in bounce houses, or putt games of pumpkin-themed mini golf. At dusk, bonfires warm hands and bring to life dancing shadows behind groups and scout troops.
Perched atop the bluffs along the Missouri River Bottoms, Bias Winery & Gruhlke's Microbrewery's atmosphere is ripe for enjoying fine wines and microbrew beers handcrafted on site. The establishment also hosts a quaint gift shop, and is inviting for a casual meet up or a romantic date.
Set in Purina's spacious Visitor Center and surrounding premises, the five-day event lets fall-fanatic families usher in seasonal scares and crunchy leaves with autumnal activities such as tractor-drawn hayrides, storytelling, meet-and-greets with friendly witches, and magic shows by performers from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. In keeping with Purina's roots as a purveyor of kinship between people and pets, youngsters can feast their primary head orbs on live farmyard animals, duck herding demonstrations, cow-milking displays, and costumed canines competing in a series of flying disc, agility, and diving contests. Bring the entire family or the gaggle of mischievous, otherworldly imps living in your basement for refreshing fall fun.
With just 2,000 square feet and only three bedrooms, The Bourbon Lodge surrounds guests in the coziness and attentiveness of a bed and breakfast, but its small size belies the many adventures surrounding it. Situated on a hill overlooking 300 private acres—from which the logs came for its timber frame—the lodge connects guests to dense forest and two spring-fed lakes for activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding. On hunting trips, guides supply hunters with bird-dogs, guns, and ammo to hunt for game ranging from turkey to deer, depending on the season. They also help hunters sharpen their marksmanship with 15 stations of clay shooting. For fishermen, the lodge's staff maintains rental boats for unguided fishing trips. The lodge's seclusion also caters to those seeking relaxation, with amenities such as a hammock and alarm clocks that hit their own snooze buttons. Come meal times, the dining area fills with aromas from dishes such as fresh omelets, fried fish, and rotisserie chicken.
It’s only 5 kilometers long, but the Zombie Survival Dash, as the name might suggest, is a bit more than the average run. As runners tagged with timing chips for tracking, placement, and action shots make their way toward the finish line, they're also equipped with three flags representing their health. Meanwhile, the course's stretch is littered with both traditional obstacles and costumed zombies who block, stumble, and chase runners and attempt to steal their health flags.
All the while, spectators look on, as every half hour a wave of 300 survivors is unleashed upon the course. Then, spectators, survivors, and zombies retire hand-in-hand to an all-day after party with live music and entertainment, just like at the end of a real zombie movie. Vendors dispense food and drink as partiers participate in zombie-themed fair activities such as faux-grenade tosses and body-bag drags.