Fall Fun in the Treasure Valley!
Fall is one of my favorite times of year. We get to watch nature prepare for winter with the brilliant, changing colors of the leaves, and the farmers are in full harvest mode, bringing us their bounty of fruits and vegetables.
Yes, I love me some roasted butternut squash with a pinch of nutmeg.
And what about that crisp, cool air? The kind where you want to snuggle up under a blanket with the wife and kids, have a cup of cocoa and watch the sun go down.
Lots of places are getting ready to hibernate for the winter.
Boise never sleeps.
We are a four-season city and we take advantage of each season as it comes, no matter snow, nor rain nor heat … yeah, we're kind of like the postman.
The Platinum Idaho team set out to find a bunch of fun Boise activities for you to do with the family for the fall season.
Check out what we found, then get out your calendar and start planning some fun.
HEAD TO THE GREAT PUMPKIN PATCH, CHARLIE BROWN
Did I just date myself? Yep, I remember the annual ritual of watching It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It's a fun tradition to pass down to the kids and make it a family TV night.
What about actually heading out to a pumpkin patch for some fun?
No, David, say it isn't possible! YES. IT. IS.
We have lots of places to hunt for the Great Pumpkin in Boise.
7165 S Linder Rd.
Pick your own pumpkin and take it home! Carve it up for Halloween, turn it into a pie or let it sit in the basement for almost an entire year (sssssshhhh … I don't really know anyone who did that).
Linder Farms -- with more than 35 different varieties of pumpkins and squash … 35! Who knew? -- enters its 15th season of welcoming friends and family onto the farm for its pumpkin patch, corn maze and donuts. The good folks at Linder Farms make those delicious donuts fresh every day at their full concession stand, which means you don't have to worry about lunch for the day.
The corn maze is a terrific adventure, boasting a special section that's dedicated to our Boise State Broncos. Explore the maze, take the family on a hayride and hang out at the petting zoo for a bit.
It's a full day but so worth it.
1020 S. Rackham Way
One of the area's favorites, the Farmstead has kicked off its annual 2018 Corn Maze and Pumpkin. It's now until November 3 and it features all kinds of fun stuff for the family. The Farmstead is home to Idaho's original corn maze, running its 22nd annual event this year. Get lost in the corn maze, dubbed The MAIZE. This year's design features Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head to fit our most recognizable Idaho icon, the potato. There's a mini maze for younger kids and, even better, there's the Field of Screams for the brave of heart. The Field of Screams is open from dark to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in October, leading up to your most frightful Halloween ever!
451 S Star Rd.
Jeremy's Pumpkin patch is a little bit further away but if you're looking for a smaller, quieter experience with the family, this is it. This is the 31st anniversary of the pumpkin patch. Get some selfies with the pumpkins and gourds, hide in the corn stalks or just sit on the hay bales and enjoy that autumn air.
Twin Oaks Farms
3250 N. Eagle Rd.
Twin Oaks is the only operating farm left on Eagle Road. The farm life has been traded in for subdivisions and suburbia. The good folks out there specialize in agritourism, welcoming visitors and tours any time of the year to learn more about farming in the Treasure Valley.
Part of the plan includes Halloween Land; the Twin Oaks fall festival that opens this weekend.
Twins Oaks is home to so much more than a pumpkin patch! Check out all the fun with:
- Corn maze
- Hay rides
- A bunny hill
- A petting zoo
- The Super-Duper Potato Slingshot
- Pony rides
- A cow train
- The pioneer cemetery
Dare you enter the Haunted Woods of Nyah? Halloween in Boise is full of opportunities to be terrified.
Nyah's Haunted Woods is part of Halloween Land at Twin Oaks Farms. There's a haunted house, a graveyard, an insane asylum corral and even a beautiful sunflower field that taunts you into thinking you're safe.
The Woods are not for the faint of heart!
Neither is Zombie Acres at Linder Farms or The Haunted World, the scariest haunted house in Idaho, if you're brave enough to make the drive to Caldwell.
For events and activities that will keep your heart from jumping clear up your throat, try:
- Boo at the Zoo, October 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- The "merry-not-scary fun-fest for the whole family" Spooktacular Evenings at the Zoo, October 12-14 and 19-21
- The 10th annual Frightened Felons Night at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, October 26 for all ages and October 27 for 18 and over, 7-11 p.m.
- Scarecrow Stroll, every October day at Idaho Botanical Garden, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Halloween Trolley Tours, nightly at 8 p.m.
OK, got enough to do? Let's all get out there and have some fall fun while supporting local Boise businesses and farms.
There's lots to do before the winter season strikes and we have a whole new list of events and activities to talk about.
Let me know on my Facebook page if you found something to do, or if you think we missed something.