Beyond Trick or Treat – October Activities for Grandparents

October activities that don’t involve candy and costumes score popularity points with modern grandparents. Fortunately, a number of local alternatives are fun, convenient and affordable including:

Walking Through a Corn Maze (or “Maize”)
Cagle’s Dairy Corn Maize in Cherokee County – now in its 12th year, this maze includes intricate designs along the more than three miles of pathways laid out among the cornstalks. Depending on weather, the maze can be enjoyed by most individuals, including those using wagons or wheelchairs. Cagle’s also features “Ag-venture” Farm Tours, Bonfire Hayrides (through Nov. 11) and a Haunted Barn tour (through Oct. 27). Call 770-345-5591 or visit www.caglesfamilyfarm.com for more information.

Just a short drive to Dawsonville provides the opportunity for two more corn mazes – Uncle Shuck’s (on Hwy 53) features a traditional corn maze, “haunted” corn maze and kiddie corn maze, plus straw/hay bale mazes, corn cannon and tractor-pulled hayrides – call 770-772-6223 for information; Buck’s Corn Maze (New Hope Road) also hosts a corn maze and “haunted” corn maze, and tractor-pulled hayrides – call 706-344-8834.

Pumpkin Patch
In the Peanuts comic strip, Linus and Sally had to wait in the pumpkin patch all night in hopes of seeing the Great Pumpkin, but pumpkins great and small can be found at a number of pick-your-own and pre-gathered pumpkin patches throughout North Georgia.

Berry Patch Farms in Woodstock offers tractor-pulled hayrides from the picnic area to the pumpkin patch, where visitors can choose from among miniature pumpkins and gourds and large pumpkins that will make the perfect Jack-o-Lantern! They offer pies, cider and other treats at the concession area, and kids will enjoy the mini goats, pigs, chickens and more that live on the farm. Call 770-926-0561 for details.

Scarecrow Displays
Taking advantage of cooler weather that draws pedestrians to town, many communities feature Scarecrow Parades that are a delight for children and adults alike. Enjoy a garden tour at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ 10th Annual Scarecrows in the Garden, featuring more than 100 scarecrows created by individuals and businesses. Call 404-876-5859 for more information. Or make scarecrow-spotting a fun family event with a drive or walking tour of Downtown Woodstock, Historic Roswell or Alpharetta.

Armed with Autumn Inspiration, you can return home and carve a pumpkin or build your own scarecrow in the courtyard; help the kids build a pillow maze in the living room; or bake a pie in the kitchen. You won’t miss a moment of memories in your Windsong home, where open spaces, lots of natural light and attention to detail make each moment of every season enjoyable. Livable, usable spaces are just a few of the reasons we say Life’s a Breeze at Windsong!

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