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Fall Family Fun in Westminster-Carroll 2022

By Ashley Fisher September 23, 2022

A huge thank you to TriStar Martial Arts of Westminster for their sponsorship of this guide! As the winner of Carroll's Best for over 2 decades, Tristar has become the go-to activity for hundreds of families in Carroll County this fall. Tristar Martial Arts offers classes for all ages - even adults! Ready to give it a try? Learn more about Tristar Martial Arts by clicking here.

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Pumpkin Patches, Farms and Orchards

πŸ‚ Gaver Farm

πŸ‘©πŸΌ‍🌾 Local Homestead Products, LLC

🍎 Cornfusion

🌾 Baugher's Orchard

πŸ‚ Bupperts-Doran’s Chance Farm


Special Dates to Remember

πŸ‘» September 2nd-October 31st is the Fall Fun Fest at Gaver Farm!

🌾 September 10th join for the opening of Cornfusion’s famous corn maze and fall activities. This year’s maze theme is Sherlock Holmes!

🍎 September 17th-18th enjoy everything apples at the Apple Harvest Festival at Gaver Farm.

πŸ‘» September 17th-31st, head to the Fall Festival at Adventure Park!

πŸ‚ September 22nd brings back Westminster’s FallFest!

πŸ‘» September 24th, grab your friends and head to the Maryland Microbrewery Festival.

πŸ‚ September 24th-October 31st heralds the opening of the pumpkin patch at Local Homestead!

🌾 On September 24th, check out the Taneytown Harvest Festival: pony rides, petting zoo, games, bounce houses, hayrides, and more!

πŸ‘» On October weekends, check out the Fall Harvest, Hay Rides, and Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins at Baugher’s Orchard.

🌾 Weekends in October, head to Buppert’s-Doran’s Chance Farm for pick-you-own pumpkins and a corn maze!

πŸ‚ Oktoberfest of Carroll County will be held at the AG Center on October 1st. 

πŸ‘» The Downtown Westminster Oyster Stroll will be held on October 8th!

🍎 The Fall Harvest Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum will be held on October 15th!

πŸ‘» On October 22nd, head to Adventure Park USA for a fun Halloween party!

🌾 October 22nd also brings back the Spooky Saturday in downtown Westminster with a Halloween parade and trick-or-treating!

🍎 Don’t wait for Christmas for cookies. Decorate some Halloween-themed cookies at Adventure Park USA on October 27th!

🌾October 29th brings back the 4th annual MacKid’s Spooktacular Trick or Treat!


Westminster Favorites

πŸ‘» Get thrilled at one of Hackney Haunt’s haunts!

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

🍦 Visit Hoffman's Ice Cream for all your sweet tooth needs

β˜•οΈ Latte for the parents and hot chocolate for the kids at  Furnace Hills Coffee

🧁 Have a cupcake decorating contest with an at home decorating kit from Starry Night Bakery 

🦐 Dine or order from the take & bake menu at Rock Salt Grille grab a take

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

🍎Pick your own apples at Baugher's Orchard

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

🎨 πŸ–Œ To-Go kits or studio hours, Firehouse Pottery has it all for your creative needs!

🧁 Treat yourself to cupcakes from Molli's Cafe 

πŸ›ΉLearn how to do a kick flip at the Parks & Recreation

🏞 Visit all the Westminster-Carroll Area Parks and Playgrounds

πŸ’πŸ¦…Take some time to learn about the wildlife at Hashawha Environmental Center & Bear Branch Nature Center

⛳️Learn how to play disc at Leister Park

πŸ›Ά Rent a boat at  Piney Run

🌾Travel the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail

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

πŸ“šPick up a new book from A Likely Story Bookstore or Rudolph Girls Books

πŸ’ƒπŸ½Learn dance from the comfort of your own home with Online Dance Instruction from Taneytown Dance Center

Zipline courses at TreeTrekkers

πŸ–Ό Art exhibits and events held with Carroll Arts Center

β›³οΈβšΎοΈ Mini golf, driving range or batting cages can be found at Island Green Family Fun Center

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

✈️Watch airplanes take off at the Carroll County Regional Airport

🎳 Bowling, arcade, virtual reality at Stratosphere

πŸ‘€Visit the birth place of Francis Scott Key

Rent a moonbounce from Backyard Inflatables

πŸ” Food Truck Fridays at  Old Westminster Winery

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

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


Take a Hike

🦌Morgan Run Natural Environment Area

πŸ§—Piney Run Park

🌳Cunningham Falls State Park

🦌Charlotte’s Quest Nature Center

🌳Trails Carroll County, Maryland 


Stay at home activities

βœ‚οΈ Fall Kids Crafts

30 Days of fall activities

🎁 Gifts kids can make

πŸ§† Fall Themed Snacks

πŸ•· Spider Web Slime

🌷 Plant spring bulbs

πŸŽƒ Pumpkin Stem Activities

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

πŸƒπŸΎ‍♀️ Register for an upcoming 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.

🎢 πŸ•ΊπŸ» 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

πŸ‹πŸ»‍♀️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.

🚢🏽‍β™‚οΈπŸšΆπŸΌ‍♀️Take a family walk around the neighborhood before or after dinner. It's a great way to connect while enjoying the changing scenery.

πŸ‘» Read ghost stories by the fire.

πŸ”₯ Get creative with you s’more and try some of these S'mores Alternatives.

🍏 🍎 Check out these 40 Apple Activities for Kids.

πŸ›  Tackle a DIY project idea from Home Depot.

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