Morris Arboretum’s Fall Has it All:
Fall Festival, Scarecrow Walk, and Seasonal Color
Morris Arboretum’s Annual Fall Festival returnsSaturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, 10am–3pm to the delight of scores of families who look forward to this annual weekend of autumn fun. Celebrating its eighteenth year, this lively festival will have the perfect backdrop, the Arboretum’s brilliant autumn trees. This multi-generational event is packed with fun activities geared toward both children and adults, such as scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, and apple tasting. Included with admission. Some activities have an additional fee.
Scarecrow making is definitely among the favorite things to-do at the event. The Arboretum supplies all the materials, including the scarecrow frames, straw and a vast selection of clothing to craft a super scarecrow. Children also enjoy choosing and creating a pumpkin “masterpiece.” Pumpkins can be purchased and painted in a variety of colors and decorated with yarn, buttons and other craft materials.
Weavers Way Co-op will be joining the Fall Festival fun once again, with a selection of the best local apple varieties and delicious apple cider. Visitors may sample the many different apple types and choose an assortment to take home.
To add to the festivities on both days from 12-3pm, Elmwood Park Zoo will be on site with live animals and Zoo staff will give a special talk at 1pm each day. On Saturday and Sunday morning from 10am-noon, stop by and say hello to Cleo the falcon or Apatchi the hawk and their handler Tom Stanton.
Kid favorite, ColonialLUG (A LEGO® Users Group for Teens) will be returning this year on both Saturdayand Sunday, 12-3pm to facilitate a surprise seasonal build using LEGO® bricks. New this year is a family fitness class at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday hosted by Balance Chestnut Hill. Join instructor Marissa Nicols for a workout that feels like play and is a great way to bond with the child/ren in your life.
For the tenth year and more popular than ever, Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Walk returns! From Saturday, October 7 through Tuesday October 31, entries from the Scarecrow Design Contest will be on display along the Oak Allée. Visitors may submit their vote for their favorite “Halloween Spooky Favorites” scarecrow, this year’s theme, to determine the prize winners.
Long time member Christine Fitzpatrick relayed, “my family of four looks forward to this annual weekend, especially the Scarecrow contest as we all participate in the building of the scarecrow-from concept to the finished product!”
Morris Arboretum is a 92-acre horticultural display garden that features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, effective 1988, Morris Arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and accredited by the American Association of Museums. For more information, visit: www.morrisarboretum.org
Photo Credit: Christine Pape (family), Arnold Winkler (Minion Scarecrow)
Photo Caption: Morris Arboretum’s Annual Fall Festival returns Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, 10am–3pm to the delight of scores of families who look forward to this annual weekend of autumn fun. Celebrating its eighteenth year, this lively festival will have the perfect backdrop, the Arboretum’s brilliant autumn trees. What makes the event so unique is that almost all the activities are geared toward both children and adults, including scarecrow making! Included with admission. Some activities have an additional fee.www.morrisarboretum.org.