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Fall Family Fun in Westminster 2020

By Kelly Eakin September 1, 2020

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Pumpkin Patches, Farms and Orchards

๐Ÿ‚ Gaver Farm

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ‍๐ŸŒพ Winterbrook Farm

๐ŸŽ Catoctin Mountain Orchard

๐ŸŒพ Baugher's Orchard


 ๐Ÿง— ๐ŸŒณ ๐ŸฆŒ Take a Hike

Morgan Run Natural Environment Area

Piney Run Park

Cunningham Falls State Park

Trails Carroll County, Maryland 


Special Dates to Remember

๐Ÿฆธ๐Ÿป‍โ™‚๏ธSept 4th Superhero Night on Main Street

๐ŸทSeptember 13th Flea Market

๐Ÿฆ€September 19th Fall Crab Feed

๐ŸซNovember 6th Willy Wonka Night by the Main Street Merchants

๐ŸฌOct 31st Spooktacular  Event by Macaroni Kid


Trick or Treat Events

๐Ÿ‘ปOctober 24th at Westview Promenade

๐Ÿง›๐ŸผOctober 30th, Trick or Treat in the park, Drive Thru style at Utica District Park

๐Ÿฆธ๐Ÿป October 24th the Mt. Airy Spooky Halloween Trail

๐Ÿ‘ป ScreamLand Farms

๐ŸซOct 31st Spooktacular  Event by Macaroni Kid


๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพ‍๐Ÿ’ป ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿ’ปVirtual Activities

โœˆ๏ธ Virtual Fleet Week and Air Show

๐Ÿ“š Virtual adventures with Carroll County Public Library

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ‍โ™€๏ธThe Great 5k

๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–ŒTake a class with The Delaplaine Arts Center

๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝ‍๐Ÿณ Take up cooking with one of Kitchen Studio of Frederick

๐Ÿš‚ 2020 Railroad Days - Brunswick Strong!: Home


Westminster Favorites

๐Ÿšœ Check out a self guided tour at the Carroll County Farm Museum

๐Ÿฆ Visit Hoffman's Ice Cream for all your sweet tooth needs

โ˜•๏ธ Latte for the parents and hot chocolate for the kids at  Furnace Hills Coffee

๐Ÿง Have a cupcake decorating contest with an at home decorating kit from Starry Night Bakery 

๐Ÿฆ Dine or order from the take & bake menu at Rock Salt Grille grab a take

๐Ÿ… Pick up fresh produce from Knill's Farm Market

๐ŸŽPick your own apples at Baugher's Orchard

๐Ÿ“š Pick out some of your favorite fall themed library books and schedule a curbside pickup with  Carroll County Public Library

๐ŸŽจ ๐Ÿ–Œ To-Go kits or limited inperson studio hours, Firehouse Pottery has it all for your creative needs!

๐Ÿง Treat yourself to cupcakes from Molli's Cafe 

๐Ÿ›นLearn how to do a kick flip at the Parks & Recreation

๐Ÿž Visit all the Westminster-Carroll Area Parks and Playgrounds

๐Ÿข๐Ÿฆ…Take some time to learn about the wildlife at Hashawha Environmental Center & Bear Branch Nature Center

โ›ณ๏ธLearn how to play disc at Leister Park

๐Ÿ›ถ Rent a boat at  Piney Run

๐ŸŒพTravel the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail

๐Ÿงธ Start your Christmas list early with a visit to All Time Toys

๐Ÿ“šPick up a new book from A Likely Story Bookstore 

๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸฝLearn dance from the comfort of your own home with Online Dance Instruction from Taneytown Dance Center

Zipline courses at TreeTrekkers

๐Ÿ–ผ Art exhibits and events held with Carroll Arts Center

โ›ณ๏ธโšพ๏ธ Mini golf, driving range or batting cages can be found at Island Green Family Fun Center

๐Ÿ“œ Every 3rd Saturday of each month, learn what life was like in Carroll County in the 1800's Past Times for Children

โœˆ๏ธWatch airplanes take off at the Carroll County Regional Airport

๐ŸŽณ Bowling, arcade, virtual reality at Stratosphere

๐Ÿ‘€Visit the birth place of Francis Scott Key

Rent a moonbounce from Backyard Inflatables

๐Ÿ” Food Truck Fridays at  Old Westminster Winery

๐Ÿ– ๐Ÿ„Everyday activities and special fall events at Green Meadows

๐ŸŽฃ Grab the fishing poles and hit up one of these spots, Freshwater Fishing Hotspots


Stay at home activities

โœ‚๏ธ Fall Kids Crafts

30 Days of fall activities

๐ŸŽ Gifts kids can make

๐Ÿง† Fall Themed Snacks

๐Ÿ•ท Spider Web Slime

๐ŸŒท Plant spring bulbs

๐ŸŽƒ Pumpkin Stem Activities

๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ Rake leaves together.  Jump in the pile, then rake them up again!

โ˜€๏ธEnjoy those rays of sun and make a paper plate suncatcher

๐Ÿ’ŽTry your hand at Geocaching 

๐Ÿ…Home Sports and Activities That Stretch Your Mind and Body, Game On!

๐ŸŽƒ 10 Pumpkin Carving Tips

 ๐Ÿฅณ There’s always something to celebrate, look to the National Day Calendar for ideas

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ‍โ™€๏ธ Register for an upcoming virtual race, run, or ride. Many of these types of events are very family-friendly with shorter routes as an option, discounted (or free) registration for children, and fun after-parties. As a bonus, some of these types of events are fundraisers as well.

๐ŸŽถ ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป Make a playlist of Halloween-themed songs and have a dance party in your living room. Some of our favorites:

  • "This is Halloween" by Danny Elfman from The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack
  • "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett
  • "Thriller" by Michael Jackson
  • "Some Kind of Monster" by Neon Trees
  • "Season of the Witch" by Donovan
  • "Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne
  • "My Beloved Monster" by Eels from the Shrek soundtrack
  • "The Time Warp" from the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack
  • "The Monster" by Eminem (feat. Rihanna)
  • "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell
  • "The Devil's Chasing Me" by Reverend Horton Heat

๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธTry a 30-day fitness challenge. Check out the monthly "More More" column in Macaroni Kid Family Fitness and Wellness for the "Our Family Moves" challenge for the month.

๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธTake a family walk around the neighborhood before or after dinner. It's a great way to connect while enjoying the changing scenery.

๐Ÿ‘ป Read ghost stories by the fire

๐Ÿ”ฅ Get creative with you s’more and try some of these S'mores Alternatives

๐Ÿ ๐ŸŽ 40 Apple Activities for Kids

๐Ÿ›  Tackle a DIY project idea from Home Depot

๐Ÿš’ Reach out to your first responders and find what they need.  Take up a neighborhood collection.

Just outside of Westminster

๐ŸŽƒ Butler's Orchard  Pick your own pumpkins, fall events for the kids

๐ŸŽƒ ๐Ÿ‚ Check out the fall colors and Float Contest 10/7-10/11 at the  Autumn Glory Festival

 Great County Farms has lots to offer this fall!  ๐ŸŽ Apple Gala and Fresh Cider Fest in September then come back in October for the ๐ŸŽƒ Pumpkin Harvest Festival.

๐Ÿ Pick your own apples at Rock Hill Orchard

๐ŸŽข  Tap into your adrenaline at Adventure Park

๐Ÿ’ Take in the wildlife at  Catoctin Wildlife Preserve

๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธLace up your sneakers and head out for Self Guided Tour of Frederick