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October 1, 2006

Halloween haunts: Region boasts variety of ghoulish good fun for fright night

By TOM LAVIS

TLAVIS@TRIBDEM.COM

Whether people are looking for frighteningly good fun or an entertaining family outing, the region boasts a number of Halloween-related activities.

Faranda’s Farm in Jerome is becoming a destination for autumn adventure.

The farm, located on Route 601, one-half mile west of Route 219, is peppered with pumpkins, hay bales and animals where visitors can enjoy a day of fun.

“Our motto is: ‘Where family memories are created,’ and we have been fulfilling that purpose for about 10 years,” said Philip Faranda, owner of the farm. “We see people who have been coming year after year to enjoy the things we have to offer.”

From hayrides to hay forts, there is something for all ages.

Faranda and his wife, Mary, continue to offer old favorites such as Big Jack, a 30-foot inflatable pumpkin that sits in a field and towers over the activities.

“We have a massive corn maze in the shape of a K-4 locomotive and a hay fort that features tunnels and jumps,” Faranda said. “We also concentrate on educational things, so the clues for the corn maze pertain to the Pennsylvania Railroad.”

This year’s educational theme is cows and milk production.

“We are lining up some experts to give the public an idea of how milk is produced,” Faranda said. “The barn is by far the most popular thing for our guests.”

Public hours are 4 p.m. to dusk Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to dusk on Saturdays and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $8 and groups can be accommodated by appointment.

Faranda suggests that visitors should bring a flashlight.

Information: 479-7109.

Vale Wood Farm

As the leaves begin to turn color, Vale Woods Farm near Loretto is hosting its annual Pumpkin Patch.

Beginning Saturday and running through Oct. 22, people will have an opportunity to pick their own pumpkins and enjoy apple dumplings, apple cider and pumpkin and apple pie ice cream. The farm will welcome visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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