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My name is Robert Melton and I founded Funtober in 2012. I started this website on nights and weekends while working as an Attorney. This is our third year and every year gets better. If you have comments, suggestions, or complaints about the site, direct them to me. Or just say hello because you are bored!

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We’re tracking the release date for the Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2015. The Starbucks drink that has come to signal fall for millions of Americans is typically released the first week in September however the past few years it has been available early. The official release is September 8, 2015 and we’re still waiting for any news about a game to get early access. NBC News said the early access will be September 4th in select cities.

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September 4, 2015 Update
The PSL twitter, tumblr and instagram accounts are offering a PSL fan pass to people who want early access to the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. The drink should be available now!

Update
Today’s tweet from TheRealPSL said there will be a big announcement on Thursday evening. I expect that means the PSL will be in store and available first thing Friday morning to those who know the secret code or password. The evening announcement timing makes it sound as if it will not be available on Thursday the 4th as has been previously anticipated.

August 31, 2015 Update
No announcement about the unofficial game yet! We were sure that we would get a tweet today but the one we got wasn’t the start to a game. It seems likely at this point that Starbucks is using the extra week before Labor Day to push the end of summer seasonal Frappuccinos that it announced on August 27th. We will have more information for you tomorrow!

August 30, 2015 Update
It’s the last weekend before Labor Day and we’re expecting an announcement either today or tomorrow about the game that will unlock a PSL on September 4, 2015. We expect that the game will start tomorrow regardless of when the announcement is made as the unlock code is traditionally revealed over several days.

August 26, 2015 Update

The Starbucks newsroom has announced that September 8th will be the official return of fall’s official drink. It also says that “Just as in year’s past, PSL’s biggest fans may have an opportunity to taste the beverage before it’s officially available, and are encouraged to following the official Twitter, Tumblr and new this year, Instagram accounts for ‘TheRealPSL’ for the latest.” That sounds like confirmation there will be game to permit access a week early again this year.

The Twitter account has been updated with a video of a PSL in a bubble bath next to candles that says it is hard work being on vacation 9 months a year.

August 21, 2015 Update

Major media outlets have announced that select cities will have early access to the Pumpkin Spice Latte on September 4, 2015 and it will become generally available on September 8, 2015. I haven’t seen any indication online of what cities are participating in the early release. And there is no mention of a game in order to gain access to the drink. The news broke last night by NBC. We had been predicting that early access to this fall favorite would start September 1st or 2nd.

 

Starbucks has announced today that it is changing the recipe on its beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte. It is going to start using real pumpkin and stop using caramel coloring. The twitter account for the PSL says this decision was made in between a yoga retreat and a vision quest (I assume the spirit animal search from the prior tweet?). Note: the sand castle tweet is no longer pinned but the post on the Starbucks blog says “enjoy the rest of summer” so it seems unlikely we are getting an announcement concerning any early release this week.

August 16, 2015 Update

The most recent post for the Real PSL on Twitter was on August 10th.  It is searching for its spirit animal and is looking for the animal form of a pumpkin.  The pinned tweet is still a sandcastle. There’s been no mention of anything pumpkin-like on the Starbucks Facebook page.  They are still promoting summer drinks on their banner photo.  

Labor Day is on September 7th this year, so we expect the full release date for the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte will be Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  We’ve been doing some additional analysis.  If they follow last year’s timeframe, they will be offering drinks “early” on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.  That puts us about 10 days away from our expected press release announcement date of Wednesday, August 26, 2015.  Last year the twitter game was announced on August 20th but Labor Day was a week earlier.

In 2011, when Labor Day was similarly late (September 5th), Starbucks stuck to this pattern and allowed Chicago to get the drink a week early – on Tuesday August 30th.  Given the popularity of the drink and the lateness of Labor Day, we don’t think that the Seattle coffee shop is going to restrict early access to its drink to one metropolitan region – that would stir up a real storm elsewhere in the country!

August 8, 2015 Update

We’ve seen no word yet. With Labor Day 2015 less than a month away, we expect to see Starbucks start to leak hints about a possible early release within the next two to three weeks. If there is a game this year, we expect it will start around August 20th as it has the past few years. And we’ll post here as soon as we see anything so that you don’t miss out on a day of your coffee fix.

In the past, the official opening day for the drink has been the Tuesday immediately following Labor Day. However, the precedent for the past few years has been to allow people to buy the drink starting the week before as long as they have the secret password obtained online by solving a challenge.

In 2014, Starbucks opened a twitter account for the real Pumpkin Spice Latte. It gained tens of thousands of followers. For those that completed the #spotthespice challenge, they were given access to the drink on Tuesday, August 26th. They tweeted one clue a day and the Tumblr game board kept track of the hints.

In 2013, Starbucks celebrated the 10th anniversary of the PSL with a code that allowed anyone that told a barista the special code, PSL10, access to the drink early.

In 2011, Starbucks offered the city that earned the most points playing games on their Facebook page with the opportunity to grab the drink a whole week early. Chicago residents earned more than 10 million points to beat out Seattle in a close competition that earned them the right to drink the most popular pumpkin coffee drink before the rest of America.

Early Consumption Tip

If you want to be the first to taste the sweet and spicy espresso and steamed milk latte with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, whipped cream and pumpkin spice topping, the you had better call around. We’ve occasionally found that the local coffee shops here in Philly don’t always get their deliveries by the early release date.

We’ll see you in Starbucks soon!

April showers bring May flowers. It’s the only comfort that I can offer on a rainy morning in the northeast. Hopefully the showers will come to an end before the weekend and allow you to enjoy one of these ten festivals around the country.

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – New Orleans, LA – April 24-26 & 30 – May 3, 2015
A seven day event to promote the music, arts, culture and food of New Orleans and Louisiana. Musical entertainment will include dozens of artists including Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, The Who, Ed Sheeran, Pitbull, No Doubt, Keith Urban and Lenny Kravitz. Single day tickets for the event are $58 in advance and $70 at the gate. Children ages 2-10 are eligible for a child’s ticket purchased at the gate for $5. Photo Credit.

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Vegas Uncork’d – Las Vegas, NV – April 23-26, 2015
USA Today readers just voted this Las Vegas event the best general food festival in the country. There’s sixty chefs participating including Guy Savoy, Emeril Lagasse and Gordon Ramsey. Those who already scored tickets had their choice of 22 events ranging from a seafood extravaganza to a Hell’s Kitchen dinner. But there are still limited tickets available to about half the events, including the Grand Tasting, the chefs of Wolfgang Puck, and a celebrity chef brunch featuring French food. Tickets are priced at between $110 and $330 per person. Photo Credit.

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Stagecoach – Indio, CA – April 24-26, 2015
An outdoor country music festival in Indio featuring Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. More than 60 other musical acts will also take the stage. Other activities include the ferris wheel, honkytonk dance hall, half-pint hootenany for kids of all ages, and the Budweiser Clydesdales will make an appearance. General admission tickets are $269 and allow access to all three days. Photo Credit.

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Main Street Festival – Franklin, TN – April 25-26, 2015
More than 130,000 are expected to attend this free two day street festival on Saturday and Sunday. Guests will enjoy three stages of musical entertainment, two carnivals, an international food court and more than 200 arts & crafts vendors. A shuttle service for adults ($1) and seniors/kids (50 cents) with free parking will be run by the Franklin Transit Authority. The event is held in historic downtown Franklin three miles west of Public Square. Photo Credit.

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Welcome to Rockville Festival – Jacksonville, FL – April 25-26, 2015
This annual spring hard rock festival will be headlined by Korn, Slipknot, Godsmack and Slayer. More than 40 other musical acts will take the stage in Florida. Rock fans will also have access to Tequila World and the Jack Daniels Experience. Two day general admission tickets are $109.50. Single day tickets are $64.50. Photo Credit.

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Inman Park Festival – Atlanta, GA – April 24-26, 2015
Inman Park is Atlanta’s first planned suburban community, circa 1890, and there is an annual spring festival celebrating the history and charm of the area. The Atlanta Journal & Constitution called this parade with personality one of 10 must-do Atlanta experiences. Friday is the Tour of Homes, where you can enjoy a few of the more than 300 homes in various stages of restoration or renovation. There is a juried arts & crafts show with more than 150 artists and a Street Market with more than 250 vendors on Saturday and Sunday. Three stages of live music and a Kidzone in Springvale Park are just two of the other options for attendees besides the Saturday parade. Admission to all events, other than the home tour ($20), is free. Photo Credit.

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Norfolk NATO Festival – Norfolk, VA – April 24-25, 2015
The event will start on Friday evening with the presentation of the flags of the 28 NATO Member Nations. Saturday morning is the 62nd annual Parade of Nations with more than 100 bands, floats and community organizations participating. Following the parade, head to Town Point Park for NATOFest, a European Street fair with international cuisine, craft beers, art and cultural performances. Don’t forget to register onine to participate in the Strongman Stein Hoist or the Best Dressed Dachshund Contest. All events are free and open to the public. Photo Credit.

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Rock ‘n Ribs BBQ Festival – Springfield, MO – April 24-25, 2015
Eighty teams will compete in this Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event and thousands will enjoy the BBQ tasting that runs from 1-4 PM on Saturday. There’s also two stages of live music, Texas Hold ’em poker tournament, motorcycle show and kids zone. Visit the Ozark Empire Fair Grounds this Friday (ages 21+ only) or Saturday (open to all ages). Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate. The event is free for kids 12 and under. Profits are split between seven charities. Photo Credit.

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Festival International de Louisiane – Lafayette, LA – April 22-26, 2015
A free 5-day music and arts festival held in downtown Lafayette that has been held annually since 1986. Dozens of international artists including Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo will take the stage. Photo Credit.

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Austin Food & Wine Festival – Austin, TX – April 24-26, 2015
Austin invites you to eat, drink and be merry this weekend at Auditorium Shores and Republic State Park while you taste the morsels prepared by the more than 50 chefs attending. The only ticket remaining is the Weekender Pass, which provides access to over 40 culinary demos, beer, wine and cocktail tasting sessions, plus Fire Pit access on Saturday and Sunday. The Weekender Pass also allows you to enter the H-E-B Grand Tasting Pavilion with 100+ food, wine and beverage exhibitors. Photo Credit.

Stay dry this week – May is almost here!

The weather was beautiful this weekend in the northeast, so we headed over to Philadelphia’s Cherry Blossom Festival to check it out.  Even the long lines for food and my sunburn didn’t spoil the good time.  We hope you were able to get out and enjoy spring.  If you haven’t done your taxes yet, you are going to need to do something fun this weekend to take your mind off the hit to your bank account!  We found these ten great festivals across the country for you to enjoy.

Thunder Over Louisville – Louisville, KY – April 18, 2015
This air and fireworks show is the unofficial start of spring in Kentucky and the official kick-off of the Kentucky Derby Festival leading up to the race at Churchill Downs. The pyrotechnics display draws an average attendance of half a million people and is now in its 25th year. The theme to this year’s 28 minute show and musical soundtrack is Boom with a View. There will be more than 115 vendors at the Thunder Food Fest, a family fun zone and other activities for children. To learn more, check out http://thunderoverlouisville.org/ . Photo Credit.

 

 

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National Math Festival – Washington, DC – April 18, 2015
A one day free festival celebrating mathematics with more than 70 events and lectures by some of the most influential mathematicians. Learn the math behind mindcraft, make mathematical structures out of balloons and marvel at magic. It is hosted at the Smithsonian Museums, including the Ripley Center, the Amerian History Museum, Haupt Garden, Natural History Museum and the Air and Space Museum. It is organized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Institute for Advanced Study. If you aren’t within driving distance of the nation’s capital, nearly 80 museums around the country are also holding math events on April 18th. Visit their website for the schedule of events in DC at http://www.mathfest.org/ . Photo Credit.

 

 

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Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival – Alameda Park in CA – April 18-19, 2015
Cities across the country will be celebrating Earth Day weekend prior Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd. We picked out the Santa Barbara festival to represent them this year, since the oil spill off Santa Barbara’s coast caught the attention of Earth Day founder Senator Gaylord Nelson. There’s an opening night party on April 15th, farm to table dinner, green car show, eco-marketplace, beer & wine garden, live music and other family programming on three stages. Visit http://www.sbearthday.org/ for more information. Photo Credit.

 

 

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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – April 18-19, 2015
150,000 book lovers from across Southern California will be heading to this annual event organized by the Los Angeles Times and held at the University of Southern California. Watch artists express their creativity, try gourmet food from LA’s finest food trucks or pick up a good used book to read! It’s not just books – there’s also music, comedy, photography, film, art and food. General admission is free. Indoor conversations require free tickets available in advance ($1 service fee) or on site while supplies last. Some events, like Malcolm Gladwell’s talk, are sold out. For additional details, visit http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/ . Photo Credit.

 

 

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Star Wars Celebration – Anaheim, CA – April 16-19, 2015
If you can’t wait until Episode VII hits movie theaters later this year, then head to Anaheim for four days of costumes, exhibits, screenings, celebrity guests and more hosted by Lucasfilm at the Anaheim Convention Center. J.J. Abrams, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and dozens of other guests will be there to discuss The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels and other aspects from across the popular Star Wars saga. The event has been hosted at different venues around the country, so next year it might be held near you! A 4 day adult ticket is $140 with one day tickets available for $60-75. One day admission for kids is $35 with a 4 day pass priced at $60. Tickets and additional information are available at the website for the event: http://www.starwarscelebration.com/.

 

 

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Sweetwater 420 Festival – Atlanta, GA – April 17-19, 2015
An annual music festival hosted by Sweetwater Brewing Company in Centennial Olympic Park. There will be more than 20 musical acts including Snoop Dogg, 311, Thievery Corporation, and Primus. Saturday starts off with the 11th annual festival 5K beer run. There’s also a comedy tent, electronic dance music experience and craft beer tastings. Three day general admission tickets are $75 with one day prices starting at $42. Visit http://www.sweetwater420fest.com/ for more information. Photo Credit.

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Great Arizona Beer Festival – Mesa, AZ – April 18, 2015
Over 200 craft beers from 50 breweries. Live music includes acoustic rock musician Tommy Anderson and musical group Big Nick & the Gila Monsters. General admission tickets for $45 include sample cup and 24 beer tickets. VIP admission for an extra $40 offers an additional hour of tasting, a meal, snacks and more. Free parking available at Sloan Park. Proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Ariona, a non-profit radio reading service. Get your tickets at http://www.azbeer.com/tempe.htm . Photo Credit.

 

 

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Something Wonderful – Dallas, TX – April 18, 2015
An electronic dance music festival at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas featuring Dutch DJ Tiesto, Canadian electronic music duo Zeds Dead, DJ Carnage and other artists. It is the inaugural spring corrollary to Something Wicked, the popular October dance music festival. The event is for adults 18+ years of age only. Tickets for the event are $94 with a fee of $10.16 for purchase online. Dance on over to http://somethingwonderful.com/ for tickets. Photo Credit.

 

 

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Old Settler’s Music Festival – Driftwood, TX – April 16-19, 2015
Four days of Americana and roots music outside of Austin annually since 1987. The Austin-American Statesman calls it the “best festival for Americana, country, bluegrass and everything in between”. For kids, there’s an inflatable playground, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, rock climbing, arts & crafts and more. Tickets are still available, with one day passes priced between $35 and $75 and multi-day wristbands available for $165-$265. The platinum pass for $530 includes four day admission, camping, car pass, complimentary backstage meals, free snacks and drinks, festival poster, t-shirt, special viewing area and more. All the details are at http://www.oldsettlersmusicfest.org/ . Photo Credit.

 

 

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Tennessee Whiskey Festival – Chattanooga, TN – April 18, 2015
Tennessee is truly known for its whiskey. Spend an evening at the First Tennessee Pavilion for five hours of spirits samples, live music and local food options. Listen to the Ghost Town Blues Band and other musical acts. General admission is $25 but the Whiskey Pass for $45 includes tasting glass and complimentary tasting of each whiskey. Parking is $5. The event proceeds support the H*ART Gallery, which helps homeless and non-traditional artists create and sell artwork. Tickets are available at http://www.tnwhiskeyfestival.com/. Photo Credit.

Have a great week!

It’s clearly spring around the country. The reports of snow have ended here in the Northeast. The Easter bunny has come and gone. The weather is getting warmer and people seem to be venturing out of their homes more. We decided to take a look around the country to see what awesome events were happening this weekend.

Since we started Funtober, our website has always been popular with people looking for information about local Oktoberfests. Last year, our fall festival section fell just shy of it in terms of popularity. We’ve listened to suggestions from some of you on how to improve this section and we’re working to try to make it a reality. While we are waiting for a few more festivals to post their dates for this year, we thought we would take a few hours to find the best festivals happening this weekend. We hope you enjoy the list and find one near you to attend this weekend! If you want us to continue providing information about festivals even though it isn’t fall, let us know and we’ll do it again next week.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival – Washington, DC – April 11, 2015
It’s the last weekend of Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, one of spring’s most iconic events in the nation’s capital. There’s still time to enjoy the show, as the festival parade on April 11th will run down ten blocks of Constitution Avenue. Grandstand seating is $20 but there are free areas to stand and watch the parade between 9th and 15th street, NW.  Photo Credit.
 

 

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Atlanta Dogwood Festival – April 10-12, 2015
Downtown Atlanta and Piedmont Park welcomes spring with the 79th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. More than 200,000 visit the park to enjoy the star of the show, the blooming dogwoods, and the art, artists, games and two stages of live music. Get your ticket early to the Backyard Barbecue & Brews to enjoy barbecue and picnic fair from some of Atlanta’s top chefs as well as wine and local craft beer. There’s even a 5K to start Saturday morning off right. Admission is free. Photo Credit.

 

 

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Tortuga Music Festival – Fort Lauderdale, FL – April 11-12, 2015
Enjoy the white stands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park and a unique mix of country, rock and roots music. Headlined by Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, your suntanned toes will tickle the sand until the sun goes down. Photo Credit

 

 

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Great Vegas Beer Festival – Las Vegas, NV – April 11, 2015
More than 100 breweries will descend on the revitalized Fremont East Entertainment District on April 11th to provide residents and visitors of Sin City the opportunity to taste more than 400 different craft beers at this popular event organized by Motley Brews. Learn the secrets of great beer at Brewlogic, dance to your own beat at the House of Blues Silent Disco, take a break from the beer at the Cider Stand and Wine Booth, and go larger than life with the Zappos Human Arcade. They have sold out of VIP tickets, but there’s still general admission ($40) and Early Entry ($50) available. Tickets will be $5 more at the door. Photo Credit

 

 

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French Quarter Festival – New Orleans, LA – April 9-12, 2015
The Largest Free Music Festival in the U.S celebrates its 32nd Anniversary and schowcases live, local musicians across 23 stages in New Orleans. Over 300 musical acts, including a performance by Allen Toussaint, will provide 400 hours of free music to visitors. There will also be a film festival at Le Petit Theatre and “The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” will provide classic New Orleans dishes from restaurants across the region. Kids are welcome at Chevron Children’s Headquarters at Natchez Wharf and Toulouse Street. Huffington Post last year called the French Quarter Festival the “one thing to do in Louisiana.” Photo Credit.

 

 

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North Carolina Azalea Festival – Wilmington, NC – April 8-12, 2015
Wilmington’s annual spring celebration is the largest of its kind in North Carolina. More than 100,000 watch the festival parade and more than 200,000 attend the two-day street fair with more than 300 arts and rafts vedors, 40 food vendors and 4 stages. There’s also concerts by Alan Jackson and Nelly, a number of different festival pageants and a 5K/10K/Fun Walk. Other events this weekend include the beach volleyball tournament, boxing competition, circus, garden tour, historic home tour and Saturday night block party. Many events are free; others require ticket purchase. Photo Credit.

 

 

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Coachella – Indio, CA – April 10-12 & 17-19, 2015
It’s the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Musica and Arts Festival. Drake, Jack White and AC/DC will headline the first weekend of musical acts in Indio, California. Take a break from the music and enjoy some of the carnival fun (ferris wheel!) and competitions, including bad dancing, pie eating, rock-paper-scissors, corn hole, name that tune and more. Tickets are sold out, so you’ll have to buy them on the secondary market. Photo Credit.

 

 

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Poteet Strawberry Festival – Poteet, TX – April 10-12, 2015
The Strawberry Capital of Texas has been celebrating the harvest by welcoming guests to this festival since 1948. The strawberries will be tasty and there’s plenty of other fun available. There will be 14 entertainment areas with a carnival, contests, rodeo and plenty of live music. Friday night is free admission and $1 carnival rides. Saturday and Sunday are $15 per person for ages 13 and up at the gate but there’s a discount for buying the tickets online on their website. Photo Credit.

 

 

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World Grits Festival – St. George, SC – April 10-12, 2015
How do you like your grits? Find out at the 30th annual event celebrating this classic Southern meal. The people of St. George eat more grits per capita than any other place in the world. More than 45,000 have attended this event in the past. Enjoy the carnival, parade, grits eating contest and other festival fun and entertainment. Photo Credit.

 

 

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Florida Blueberry Festival – Brooksville, FL – April 11-12, 2015
Enjoy fresh blueberries and family fun this weekend in Brooksville, Florida north of Tampa. There will be plenty of fresh Florida produce in the Market and food options cooked up by the 20 concessionaires. Listen to live music from local musicians throughout the weekend, enjoy the cruise-in car show and watch the circus-style comedy dog act and other street performances. Admission is only $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 17. Photo Credit.

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It’s the first weekend in October and, with rain in the local morning forecast, I set out to find the nation’s classic fall traditions. The farms that are packed with families willing to drive an hour because that’s where they’ve always gone. The cider mills that are cranking out the fresh apple cider and donuts that you will be hankering for every fall for the next thirty years. The locations that draw giant pumpkin farmers and guests from across the region to see who has the heaviest pumpkin.

From farms which could be best characterized as amusement parks, to classic working farms and apple orchards with u-pick apples and pumpkins, to a country store with a hayride that has built a loyal following, these 25 farms, apple orchards and cider mills are favorite fall destinations for thousands of guests every year.

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Vala’s Pumpkin Patch – Gretna, NE
If you got up early this morning and headed to Vala’s, you could have had from-scratch buttermilk and pumpkin pancakes. Is there a better way to start the morning? I don’t think so! Started in 1984, it’s grown into a 212 acre fall festival that one online reviewer called the “Disneyland of Pumpkin Patches”.. Thousands of Omaha and Lincoln residents descend every fall on Gretna, population ~ 5,000, to pick out their pumpkin and have fun at the 60+ activities around the farm. That’s plenty of activities, from the Pumpkin Creek railroad to pig races and pumpkin chunkin’, to keep kids of all ages entertained. They have all your fall favorites, from hand-dipped caramel apples to warm chocolate chip cookies and pie. And true to their roots, they grow 55 acres of pumpkins and squash every year. Visit their website for more information or get the latest updates on Facebook.

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Davis Family Farm – Sterling, MA
This seven-generation, working family farm opened its doors to visitors in 1996 and has proven a hit among families. Davis Mega Maze was named by CNN one of the 7 coolest mazes in the world! Want to get frightened before Halloween? Take on the maze during Fright Nights the last three weekends of October. Add in pick your own apples and pumpkins for those who want to enjoy fall west of Boston. For those members of your family that don’t care about farm fun, there’s outdoor activities like laser tag and a zip line to keep them occupied. If you have kids in the Boston area, take note! Davis Family Farm in Sterling (25 minutes north of Worcester) will have Anna and Elsa from Frozen there tomorrow (Sunday, October 5th). They were supposed to be there today as well for Pirate and Princess Weekend, but Mother Nature intervened and they had to close the farm. That’s farming though and part of the charm! Learn more on their website or stay up to date on Facebook.

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Yates Cider Mill – Rochester Hills, MI
This Metro Detroit fall classic made the list even though it isn’t technically a farm. The exception is definitely warranted. Located in Rochester Hills along the Clinton River, it dates back to 1863 when it was known as Yates Grist Mill. Cider, donuts and a stroll along the river are the staples that have been bringing families back for years. In recent years, they’ve added a petting zoo, pony rides and diversified the food and bakery selection. They’ve been making cider for Michiganders for more than 100 years. Want to give it a try? You can order online and they will ship it! Check out their website or get the latest updates on Facebook.

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Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm – Homer Glen, IL
If you are going to spend a full day on the farm, you need fantastic food to keep your energy up. And Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm doesn’t disappoint, with Uncle Bub’s cooking up its award winning, Food Network featured, bbq for guests of the farm in October. The eats & treats, which will include apple cider donuts in 2014 because of customer demand, aren’t the only reason to visit their pumpkinfest just 45 minutes outside Chicago. The farm fun includes a three acre corn maze, simulated cow milking, pig races, petting zoo, hayrides and even a mega slide. The farm has been family owned and operated for more than 30 years. Visit their website to learn more or follow them on Facebook.

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Burt’s Pumpkin Farm – Dawsonville, GA
Thousands of Atlanta residents make the one hour trek into the North Georgia mountains in the fall and stop in Dawsonville, population 619, to buy their pumpkin and baked goods from this 50+ acre pumpkin farm and country store. Unfortunately, they don’t allow you to pick your own from the field (they are prepicked in the barnyard), but you can still enjoy a hayride daily in October. Amicalola Falls, the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast at a drop of 729 feet, is around the corner. And make it a day by continuing on to Buck’s Corn Maze, a 12 acre cornfield also located in Dawsonville. Keep your eyes open on the drive to Burt’s too, because you’ll be able to see 30 acres of sunflowers in bloom. For additional information, visit their website or Facebook.

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The Great Pumpkin Farm – Clarence, NY
Want to see a bunch of giant pumpkins? Then The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY is for you. This weekend, on October 5th, they will have the World Pumpkin Weigh-Off that will pay $10,000 for a world record pumpkin. Last year, there were seven pumpkins weighing over 1,000 pounds! According to Wikipedia, the population of Clarence, located 30 minutes northeast of downtown Buffalo, was 30,624 in the 2010 census. The Facebook page for this farm, however, has more than 40,000 likes. As a law school graduate, my math skills have always been suspect. But even I can tell you that means the place is popular. With fun competitions like the Pumpkin Olympics, Trebuchet Contest, and a Costume Contest taking place on the weekends, there’s probably a reason. A corn maze, petting zoo, hayride, haunted house and amusement rides also await your family’s visit. Their website says they have a zillion pumpkins. I’m not sure that I believe them, but the pyramid of pumpkins looks frighteningly big. There is a $5 per person admission on weekends with an additional cost for individual attractions. If only they had a pick-your-own patch and made their own cider! Oh well. Did I mention they have a lot of big pumpkins? Visit their website to learn more or get updates on Facebook.

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County Line Orchard – Hobart, Indiana
Forty acres of apple trees for pick your own apples less than an hour southeast of downtown Chicago? Now that’s worth crossing state lines for! Wagon rides, corn maze, barnyard tunes, and a bakery making 10,000 donuts every day add to the appeal of this Indiana apple orchard. You know how you know the donuts are pretty good? There are only two varieties listed on their website: an apple spiced donut dusted in cinnamon and sugar or a pumpkin spiced donut glazed with pumpkin frosting. They both sound delicious and definitely worthy of their billing as “something of a local legend.” They even have u-pick pumpkins in the field. Their website has additional information or get updates on Facebook.

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Tanners Orchard – Speer, IL
Thirty minutes north of Peoria, you can catch a covered wagon ride out to a 11,000 tree u-pick apple orchard and 20 acre pumpkin patch. Family owned and operated since 1947, they’ve also got a corn maze, farm animals, bakery and Back 40 Fun Acres. Visit their website to learn more or stay up to date on Facebook.

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Mapleside Farms – Brunswick, OH
Who has the largest jumping pillow in Ohio? America’s Longest Slide at 311 feet? Why, Pumpkin Village at Mapleside Farms south of Cleveland. But these probably aren’t its best features. It received top honors from Choose Outdoors as “America’s Most Beautiful Farm”. Adults can enjoy a drink at the Cider House bar, select a few bottles at the Wine Loft, or enjoy a rustic dining experience at the Orchard House. Kids will enjoy the best Playground in Cleveland according to Cleveland Scene Magazine. As if you needed more reasons to swing by this fall, they also have a pumpkin patch, corn maze and hayrides. And they finish the season off in November with pumpkin smash weekend. Visit their website or Facebook to learn more.

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Orr Family Farm – Oklahoma City, OK
This farm in Southwest OKC has been a tradition in Oklahoma for many years. They spent nearly $2 million last year to rebuild the farm after much of it was destroyed by a May 2013 tornado – so show them some love! They’ve de-mangled the carousel, replanted the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, and even got a Spookley the Square pumpkin corn maze for kids (and adults) to enjoy.It was voted by Metro Family readers (an Oklahoma City parenting magazine) as the best pumpkin patch in its 2014 family favorites competition. Save the farm from the undead with zombie apocalypse paintball in the evening, too. Visit their website for additional information or stay up to date by following them on Facebook.

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Tougas Family Farm – Northborough, MA
USA Today named Tougas one of the top 10 pick your own apple orchards in the nation a few years back. Prefer pumpkin picking, playgrounds, barnyard animals and farm baked goods to apple picking? They have these staples of fall farm fun too! The farm has been family owned and operated for more than 30 years, since it was purchased by owners Maurice and Phyllis Tougas in 1981. Visit their website to learn more or stay up to date about what’s going on at their Facebook page.

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Johnson’s Corner Farm – Medford, NJ
Pumpkin ice cream, apple cider slush and a day on a farm? Sign me up. Johnson’s Corner Farm lies east of Cherry Hill in the Greater Philadelphia region. They have hayrides, apple picking and a pumpkin patch. Started as a flat wagon selling produce on the corner of Church and Hartford Roads in the 1950s. It has grown into a farm market and u-pick area that is loved by families every fall. Their website has additional info or check them out on Facebook.

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Cox Farms – Centreville, VA
USA Today called Cox Farms one of the country’s coolest pumpkin patches this year. And there’s a reason. Located just west of Fairfax in Northern Virginia, it’s one of the closest agritainment experiences to Washington, D.C. residents. Hayrides, farm animals, cider, donuts and caramel apples? Yep, they have all the fall festival favorites. Want to do a moonlit hayride, get scared in the cornfield or tackle the torch-lit giant slide? You can do that too at their Fields of Fear. Get the details on their website or Facebook page.

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Dewberry Farm – Brookshire, TX
Have you ever taken a stroll past 500 lit jack-o-lanterns? You can do that in the Pumpkin Hollar at Dewberry Farms, a 100 acre farm located west of Houston established in 2002. There’s an 8 acre corn maze, children’s play area and country store with baked goods and “straight from the hive” unpasteurized honey from their own bees. A one mile train ride and pedal karts are two more of the 35+ activities. This year, they’ve added eight restored antique windmills. Visit their website to learn more or stay up to date on their Facebook page.

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Apple Annie’s Orchard – Willcox, AZ
Every year, thousands of Arizona residents pile into the car to make the one hour road trip east of Tucson, through the beautiful Southern Arizona countryside, to one of the best u-pick apple orchards and fruit farms in the Southwest United States. Willcox, population 3700, is home to 25+ year old family farming operation of John and Annie Holcomb known as Apple Annie’s Orchard. The fruits and vegetables may be the draw, but the food gets rave reviews as well. All-You-Can-Eat pancake breakfast on weekend mornings? Sign me up! Pick a pumpkin out of the huge pumpkin patch or get lost in the corn maze with three levels of difficulty to ensure that it’s perfect for your family. Check out their website to learn more or follow them on Facebook to stay up to date.

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Shady Brook Farm – Yardley, PA
This farm northeast of Philadelphia was founded more than 100 years ago and is now being run by the fourth generation of the Fleming family. It has been named one of the top 10 pumpkin patches in America by MSN and one of the top 13 scream parks by Haunt World. Start in the morning at PumpkinFest, where you can pick your own pumpkin, get lost in their corn maze, take a wagon ride and enjoy other farm fun. Stay for the evening with HorrorFest or PumpkinFest in the Dark. There’s four haunted attractions at this Bucks County farm. Get scared at the Hayride of Horror, Barn of Horror, Carnage Corn Maze and 3-D Alien Encounter. Visit their website to learn more or stay up to date with what’s happening on the farm via Facebook.

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Uncle John’s Cider Mill – Saint John’s, MI
Enjoy fresh cider and homemade donuts thirty minutes north of Lansing at Uncle John’s, a fifth generation family farm. In an old cattle barn converted into a cider press, their cider is made the old fashioned way, with no additives, preservatives, or pasteurization. They also have a five acre corn maze, PYO pumpkin patch, wagon rides and kid’s play area. While you are there, be sure to stop by their tasting room for wine and hard cider, which has received rave reviews online. Visit their website or Facebook page for additional information.

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Pumpkinville – Great Valley, NY
Most popular farms sit a short drive outside a major city. Pumpkinville is located in Great Valley, NY, population 1,947. Great Valley, before you check your map, is one hour south of Buffalo and 90 miles east of Erie, NY. But if you make the drive to this 200 acre farm in the hills of Western NY, you get the opportunity to visit New York’s oldest continuously operating working pumpkin farm. Open every single day in October – you have 31 chances to visit Pumpkinville. Enjoy the fresh milled cider from their 120 year old cider press. Find your way through the six acre corn maze. Take a helicopter ride on weekends to view the beautiful fall colors. Or enjoy the rest that the farm has to offer, and pick up a pumpkin to take home and carve. Did I mention that you can get in free and only pay per activity or buy an all day activity wristband? Sounds like it’s time to make a trip to Great Valley! Visit their website to learn more or stay up to date on Facebook.

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Jackson’s Orchard – Bowling Green, KY
An hour north of Nashville in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the land for this 105 acre farm has been producing apples for over 100 years. It has been owned by Bill and Shirley Jackson for nearly 50 years. This year, they’ve decided to allow pick-your-own apples in addition to their classic u-pick pumpkins, corn maze, hayride and other fall fun. The pumpkin festival is on weekends for the month of October. No admission fees to get in and no parking fees? Don’t miss it if you are in the area! Get more details on their website or learn more on Facebook.

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McCall’s Pumpkin Patch – Moriarty, NM
Growing up in Michigan, I always imagined that the Southwest United States was a bit of a barren desert without camels. Not true! As I came to find out when I started Funtober, there’s fall farm fun to be had across the country. One shining example is McCall’s. This pick your own pumpkin patch located thirty minutes east of Albuquerque rivals the popular ones of the Midwest. Take a hayride to the patch. Get lost in their 16 acre corn maze. And take your kids down the Wee Wild West for fun. At night, it gets pretty scary. McCall’s transforms into a haunted farm with three terrifying attractions – a haunted cornfield, barn and zombie hunt. The people of Albuquerque must love it because the website warns of three or four hour wait times on their busiest nights! It opens on Friday, so get your tickets. Visit their website for additional details or support them on Facebook.

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Curtis Orchard – Champaign, IL
When you are in the mood for cider and donuts in central Illinois, there’s a place in Champaign that will more than satisfy your craving. They are only 15 minutes from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a quick 2 hour drive from Indianapolis and Chicago. With a u-pick apple orchard and pumpkin patch, you’ll be able to burn off some of the calories from their bakery. They aren’t organic, but say they are as close as possible for the region. They’ve reduced their pesticide usage over the past 15 years. Hopefully, additional advancements will lead to pesticide-free techniques to control the few pests which they still must spray for when they show up. The Curtis family has been living in the area since 1873, watching the land transform from prairie to farmland to apple orchard. Paul and Joyce Curtis planted their first apple tree here in 1977. The orchard is now owned by their daughter Debbie and her husband, Randy Graham. Visit their website to learn more or get updates about the farm on Facebook.

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Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm – Wheatland, CA
There’s tons of worthy farms in California – but this is the one that made the list this year! It’s a favorite of teachers for school trips on weekdays and families on the weekend. Online reviews indicate that almost everyone has been coming here for years. For 2014, they’ve made a bunch of improvements. They added a carousel! There’s a new space dedicated to chocolate chip cookies called Babe’s Cookieactory. And they recognized that the lines at the bakery can get long – so they are now offering online pre-ordering so that they will be ready for your arrival. They still have the classics that have made them so popular. Friday and Saturday pig races in October at the Porko Arena. A corn maze that highlights deserving local charities. Hayrides to the 72 acres of pumpkin fields. And enough delicious food and baked goods to feed an entire farm of people! It is located just north of Sacramento. Visit their website to learn more or stay up to date on Facebook.

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Triple B Farms – Monongahela, PA
Just 15 miles outside of Pittsburgh, there’s a pick-your-own farm offering the ability to pick fruit from May through October. Starting the year with strawberries and raspberries, they offer apple and pumpkin picking on weekends in September and October. They have the standard farm fare of course, with hayrides, farm animals and a playground for kids. But they offer so much more. This weekend, for $20 (with RSVP), they are offering Build-Your-Own Scarecrow with everything included for just $20. It’s also Spookley, the Square Pumpkin Weekend (October 4th & 5th)! Take a walk through Storybook Pumpkinland, with 250 pumpkin-headed characters from nursery rhymes and children’s, too. We’re sure they have more fun planned for the rest of October if you can’t make it this weekend, when it will be action-packed! Learn more on their website or get updates on Facebook.

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Edwards Apple Orchard (Poplar Grove, IL) and Edwards Orchard West (Winnebago, IL)
Edwards Apple Orchard is a family owned orchard in Poplar Grove. Edwards West is the smaller, Winnebago location that has been operating since 1990. They are situated on opposite sides of Rockford, two hours northwest of Chicago With fresh pressed apple cider, cider donuts, apple and pumpkin picking, it doesn’t have the same amusement park atmosphere that has become popular with some farms as they have grown. To learn more about Edwards West, visit their website or stay up to date on their Facebook page.

UPDATE

As soon as I hit publish, someone pointed out that I missed an amazing farm. And when I looked back at it, they were right. A quick search revealed two other orchards just like it. So here are the four that should have been included on the first pass of the list.

Linvilla Orchards – Media, PA.  One of my personal farm favorites is this huge activity farm located near Philadelphia.  They have both pick your own and farm store fruits and vegetables.  While they do not have a true in the field pumpkin patch you will find more pumpkins of all shapes and sizes in one place than just about anywhere else on earth.  I visited last October and there were close to a thousand cars in their various parking lots.  They had perhaps 20 concession stands, a garden center store, ice cream shop, bakery, and all that is before you get to the farm fun.  They have everything for the family in The Barnyard and Playland Playground areas.  Take a train ride, enjoy mini golf, take a pony ride, explore The Planet museum.  Their big event is Pumpkinland which runs from the second weekend in September through around November 7th.  It is full of pumpkins, apple picking, decorations, toys, corn mazes, hayrides, and huge crowds of people.  I am missing so much but let me say this is the one place you do not want to miss.  Their address is 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, PA 19063.  It is about 21 miles southwest of downtown Philadelphia near Chester.

Mercier Orchards – Blue Ridge, GA
A fourth generation family owned and operated apple orchard now offering pick your own apples. Get updates on their Facebook page or learn more on their website.

Lyman Orchards – Middlefield, CT
This central Connecticut farm was started in 1741 by John and Hope Lyman. Now in its ninth generation of the Lyman family, it is now known for its PYO apples and pumpkins as well as its baked pies. Check out their website and Facebook page.

Cornbelly’s – Lehi, UT – 12 Acres – 3 Mazes
2014 Theme: The Wizard of Oz – 75th anniversary
Open for the 2014 Season from October 3rd until Nov 1. Closed Sundays. General admission is $9.95-11.95 which includes all non-haunted attractions. This is the corn maze of Brett and Nicole Herbst, who have been cutting at farms across the country under the name of their company, The Maize. Past themes have featured Rivals Forever: Utah vs BYU (2013),Vote 2012 – Pick Your Prez! (2012) and Exploring Space (2011). Their original location at American Fork was the largest in the Western United States at one time. At night, there is a separate haunted maze and other haunted attractions here. Screamn’ tickets are $19.95. There’s lots of other fall fun here, including pig races, slides, a pumpkin courtyard, zip line and cow train.

Feel free to let me know if I’ve missed other amazing farms!

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Oktoberfest has a long and interesting history, dating back more than 200 years to the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in Munich. Once confined to the Weisn, it has now spread around the country with celebrations from China to Brazil.

In the United States, there are several that have been going on more than 50 years. You can see some of them on our list of the top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States. Because of their popularity, age and traditions, they dominate the top Oktoberfest lists that are put out every fall.

We decided to dig a little deeper this year and find the up-and-coming festivals that you’ll probably see on these top ten lists in the future. They haven’t been around long enough to acquire the following necessary to break into the upper echelons of the Oktoberfest world. And some of the communities are too small to perhaps ever attract such a large following. But we expect great things from them in the future, and they are definitely worth the drive to visit them right now.

Some of the best times in life happen when a place exceeds your expectations. The new restaurant by an unknown chef that has been overlooked by all of the restaurant critics. The mixologist that makes amazing drinks and interesting conversation at a hole-in-the wall bar with a small but loyal crowd. You stop in to check it out and leave raving to your friends about how much you enjoyed the food.

We think you should add one (or more) of these ten Oktoberfests which are under ten years old to your fall traditions:

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AustOberfest

Austin, the home of the ACL Music Festival and nearly one million people, was without an Oktoberfest until last year. That’s when the Austin Saengerrunde stepped into the void to throw the inaugural AustOberfest at Saengerrunde Hall. Last year, they were named “Best New Food Event” in Austin. And the Culture Trip listed it as one of 10 “Unmissable Events” in Austin this September. Why is it garnering such accolades? All you can eat sausage from 18+ BBQ places in Central Texas – enough said! Two drink tickets are thrown in as well, with the option of purchasing another for just $1 more. AND each drink ticket gets you FIVE drinks!

They promise that it will be bigger and better this year so get your tickets for September 27th now. The lineup of sausage suppliers is mouth-wateringly good and there will be plenty of beer to wash it down. It wouldn’t be Austin or Oktoberfest without live music. Czech Melody Masters, The Derailers, Jared & The Mill will all be there to make sure you are dancing the night away! Take part in one of their fun games and leave with a souvenir Paulaner tasting glass.

The charitable beneficiary of the event is Foodways Texas. It was founded in July 2010 to preserve, promote and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas.

You can find more information on the ticket page or Facebook.

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Sactoberfest

After a successful first year, they’ve extended this popular West Sacramento Oktoberfest to a three-day event for 2014. “Come October, a piece of Germany is coming to Northern California in Sactoberfest,” said Rich Clakeley, owner of Finrich Events and event producer of Sactoberfest.

The festivities will kick off on the riverfront Friday afternoon (October 10th) with a parade, keg tapping ceremony and live music. In true Munich spirit, they’ve also added a carnival to the event to bring 16+ rides and amusement games for some family-friendly fun. Sunday is “Familiennachmitagen Day” with special entertainment for all ages, but kids are welcome to attend the rest of the celebration..

The beer will be flowing with German favorites Spaten, Erdinger, Hofbrau and Franzikaner served under the massive bier tent by waitresses dressed in dirndls. Go local with craft beer from breweries such as Sudwerk, Yolo, Bike Dog or Jackrabbit. If you get hungry, they’ll have “some of the region’s best locally produced and German-inspired cuisine,” according to Clakeley. Frickle Brothers, Borderick Roadhouse, Ten22 and The German Deli are all scheduled to be there serving food.

You’ll need to get dressed up if you want to capture the title of Best Lederhosen or Dirndl Dress. If style isn’t your strength, stein holding, wurst tossing and keg rolling are all on the agenda. For those that haven’t practiced their Oktoberfest games, beer pong and corn hole are also scheduled. The musical lineup includes The Internationals, the 21-piece brass Chico Bavarian Band, the Flying Dutchman and Alpine Horns. If you are going, don’t forget to practice your chicken dance!

Get more information on their website, Facebook or Twitter.

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Kingsport Oktoberfest

Love to drink? You are in for a treat in Tennessee on September 13th. 45 brewers will offer up more than 100+ obscure and unique craft beers for attendees. “[Y]ou’re sure to feel like you’ve stepped into Bavaria,” according to Festival Director Stephanie Carson.

Two sections of the bier garden will be dedicated to the Beer University. Your sampling ticket and commemorative tasting glass gets you access to unique beers you’ve never tasted. Brewers will also discuss various aspects of their process and different styles of beer. 2012 sessions included discussions of German Lagers, nano breweries, barrel aging and Real English Ales.

On Thursday night, they have a limited seating beer dinner with Sleepy Owl Brewing Co. and Holston River Brewing Co. A Bacon Stout paired with dark chocoate covered bacon with with raspberry compote? A Peach Cobbler Pilsner paired with peach and mango samosas? My mouth is watering already! The Stir Fry Cafe will be serving up some delicious main dishes as well, including fennel sausage and Korean short ribs. Hunter Roberts, the finalist for the 2013 Rocky Top Comedy Contest, will be entertaining diners during the 3rd and 5th course.

Plenty to do besides drink as well. Toss up some fun at the double elimination cornhole tournament with a purse of $1,100 in prizes. Wiener dog races, bier stein hoisting competition and Smoke & Fire 5K run will keep you entertained. Last year, there were over a dozen bands playing on two stages. Bring the kids too as Das Kidzone is an alcohol free family fun zone with four bouncy inflatables, face painting, Stiltwalkers and more.

You can find more information on their website, Facebook or Twitter.

Photo by Craig Roberts.

Photo by Craig Roberts.

Bethlehem Oktoberfest

When national media featured World Cup watch parties, Bethlehem’s made the list. They definitely know how to throw a good party at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. You would already know that however if you had attended the Arts Quest Oktoberfest in one of its first three years. They’ve made some changes for 2014 that should expand the event, including changing the name to the Bethlehem Oktoberfest, adding a 5K and reducing the price of admission all the way to FREE! It will be held the first two weekends in October.

“When Yuengling approached us with the idea of transforming Oktoberfest into a free event for our community, we thought it fit in perfectly with our mission, as well as our programming, about 65 percent of which is actually free to attend,” says ArtsQuest Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advancement Kassie Hilgert. “Removing the admission fee at Oktoberfest will no doubt allow even more people to enjoy this unique experience and festival. We thank D.G. Yuengling & Son for all of its support in helping us develop some amazing programming at SteelStacks over the past several years.” Since Yuengling is the primary sponsor, there will no doubt be plenty of beer there. But they are also adding a Craft Brewers’ Village, which sounds very promising. They will have 25+ craft brews from Pennsylvania’s finest breweries to sample. Tickets go on sale for the Brewers Village on September 10th.

Even if you don’t drink, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Throw your hat in the ring for one of the many competitions, like the spielplatz games, scarecrow competition, wiener dog races or 5K run. Grab a card for the 99.9 the Hawk Bingo Bonanza to win Or simply enjoy the entertainment as local bars compete in the Yuengling Bar Skills Challenge and local celebrities go head to head in the Raven 1 to 1 Celebrity Skills Challenge. This event is good for all ages too, with plenty of children’s activities including rides and a hay maze.

Get more information on their website, 5K website or Facebook.

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Monterey Bay Oktoberfest

The Monterey County Fairgrounds will be converted into a family-friendly Bavarian festival on September 13th and 14th. In its fourth year, it has already become the Central Coast of California’s largest Oktoberfest. Visitors enjoy “a great time of camaraderie, beer, dancing, Lederhosen, [and] fun,” according to Oktoberfest Monterey Bay Founder Chef Andre.

They’ve clearly been inspired by the Munich festival, with an official parade and keg tapping to start off the celebration. Under the big tent, they’ll have live entertainment by the Flying Dutchman and The Internationals. They have imported Spaten beer from Germany and will serve bratwurst, pretzels, apple strudel and more to the festive crowd. There should be plenty to do and see as well, with a beer stein holding competition and Miss Oktoberfest contest.

They aren’t resting on their past success, either. They have added a bunch of new activities to the schedule for 2014, including a Carnival, petting zoo, dachshund races and a Miss Jr. Oktoberfest contest. Family Day is still Sunday, with a special emphasis on activities to keep the kids busy!

Local non-profits benefit from your support of this festival. They donated over $15,000 to Carmel Host Lion, Cannery Row Rotary and Heritage Foundation last year. Visit their website or Facebook page for more information.

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Vegan Oktoberfest

This festival has made a huge splash already and they haven’t even held their first event. The people behind the Vegan Oktoberfest want to show the world that no animals have to be harmed to have a fun time with great beer, great food and great people. If I were on the West Coast on October 4th, it is where I would be.

The menu is the obvious draw. Where else will you be able to find vegan versions of your favorite German foods? Southern Fried Vegan will have beer-brats with fresh kraut in pretzel buns in addition to their classic Fried Chickun and Mac N’ Cheeze. Sage Organic Bistro will be there with German style Soft Pretzels, a gluten free pretzel and Potato Pancakes. Vendors will also have Sausage & Potato Pizza, ice cream and a variety of other vegan options. There will be both gluten free beer and pretzels for those with a dietary restriction.

Although we expect that there will be many vegan and vegetarian attendees, this festival should be popular with foodies and their friends as well. Jill Ryther, an organizer of the event, said, “We are confident meat eaters will be shocked at the taste and quality of our vegan sausages and hot dogs and some may even make the switch to vegan options permanently!” The celebration will happen within sight of the Pacific Ocean, too.

This may be the only event where the beer is not the biggest draw, but they haven’t neglected this important aspect of an Oktoberfest. There are nearly 20 breweries scheduled to participate and more expected. Plus, they will have you singing and dancing the night away while you drink with the music of Stewedsheidzel and Knyght Ryder.

A portion of the proceeds from this Los Angeles Oktoberfest will go to Expand Animal Rights Now.

Visit their website, Twitter or Facebook page for additional details.

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Flagstaff Oktoberfest

Northern Arizona comes out in force to enjoy Flagstaff’s last outdoor festival of the year. “[I]t’s a perfect time of year to sit in the warm fall sun, drink some beer, listen to some great music and enter in one of our many contests,” said Jennifer Grogan, co-owner of Peak Events in Flagstaff. The sixth annual event will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Wheeler Park.

It’s no surprise to us that Grogan called out their contests when asked what makes their event special. The photos of their stuff the bug contest were one of the first things that attracted us to the festival. How many people could you pile into a Volkswagen? There’s only one place to find out! Don’t worry, experienced gamers. They also have more traditional competitions like the brat eating, beer stein holding and yodeling contests. Wear your dirndl or lederhosen to participate in the costume contest.

It’s a family friendly event with Mug Root Beer Garden for kids. Live entertainment will include German polka music by Polka Katzen as well as blues & rock by The Buzzard Brothers.

The event benefits the Flagstaff Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team. For more information about the fest, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Macon Octoberfest

They serve up Bavarian traditions Georgia style in Macon on the last weekend in October. Nine local craft breweries from Georgia will be serving up beverages in the beer garden. There will also be authentic Bavarian food and even a cyclocross bike race. The event takes place in Tattnall Square Park, across the street from the Mercer University campus.

The musical lineup runs the gamut from “Bourbon fueled, Bayou rock” to a German polka band. Southern artists abound, with a number of Georgia and Nashville-based musicians. It is headlined by Southern rock band The Weeks and Nashville bluegrass band Steeldrivers. The Weeks opened for Kings of Leon last summer in Europe and one of The Steeldrivers songs was covered by Adele. You’ll have to attend both Friday and Saturday night though if you want to hear Buttons AND If it Hadn’t Been for Love.

Did I mention that 100% of the proceeds go to charity? Oh yes. The causes are the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter, All About Animals Rescue and LH Harris Ecology Center. Tickets for the Brewers Brunch are already sold out, but you can still get tickets to the beer garden. Get more information about the event on their website

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Springboro Oktoberfest

The Springboro United Church of Christ embraces its German heritage with the 2nd annual two day Oktoberfest on September 12th and 13th. The keg tapping ceremony is Saturday from 3-4 PM with the Jagdhorn Blaser Gruppe and the Cincinnati Enzian Dancers. It is one of the more authentic Oktoberfest[s] in the region,” according to organizer John Hanson. This year, they will have an expanded kids zone with rides as well as a German candy store that has 25 varieties of imported chocolate.

Traditional Oktoberfest music is on the lineup card, headlined by The Klaberheads on Saturday night. They were founded more than 80 years ago and have played the area’s largest Oktoberfests, including both Cleveland and (the upcoming) Zinzinnati in 2014. Friday night features the Schnapps Band, a German-American band started in 1978 that played the music when Cincinnati set the record for the world’s largest chicken dance. There will be a nightly chicken dance as well as a Saturday evening Stein Holding Contest.

Beer selection features tasty beverages from Paulaner and Yuengling. There will be a total of 10 different German beers on tap. Traditional German cuisine including bratwurst, roasted chicken, schweinebraten, and schnitzel are available for purchase. There are a total of eight varieties of sausage, including spicy pepper jack metts and apple gouda chicken sausage.

A portion of event proceeds go to supporting The Wounded Warrior Project, the Springboro Community Assistance Center and The Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati.

Learn more about the festival on their website, Facebook page or Twitter.

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Oktoberfest Joplin

This two-day festival in Downtown Joplin combines an Oktoberfest beer garden with a fall festival for kids. It’s the regions premier fall harvest street festival with a portion of the proceeds going to local charities such as the Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation, Joplin Family Y, Downtown Joplin Alliance and others.

The beer garden has seasonal craft beers on tap and there’s plenty of fall festival food including bratwurst and giant pretzels. Competitors can enter the Yodeling, hot dog eating, cornhole, stein holding or costume contests. With free admission and four stages of live music, there’s much to like about this October 3-4, 2014 event.

Learn more on their Facebook page.

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Can you believe Labor Day is only a month away? After a few weeks of hot and humid weather here in the Philadelphia area, milder temperatures have moved in to remind us all that fall is right around the corner.

With the cooler temperatures, it is once again possible to enjoy an extended afternoon outside. So we started working on the perfect burger here at Funtober. If all goes well, we will have found the right recipe for a delicious hamburger just in time for a Labor Day picnic. So if you are planning an outdoor bash, you should stay tuned.

When we were growing up, we had a huge backyard and frequently grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. Since I’ve lived in the city for the past few years, I haven’t really had access to a grill to enjoy outdoor cooking. But my parents now have access to a grill in the courtyard of their building so we took advantage of it this weekend.

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The first effort on this quest for the perfect burger was a mango apple avocado salsa. It was super easy to make and definitely a change of pace from the traditional lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and ketchup to top a hamburger. It even worked as a chip dip, with the only problem that it was a little bit heavy for our chips so when we went to dip them, they frequently broke in half. Pro tip: use a spoon to dispense onto your chips instead of dipping.

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We started with a gala apple, an avocado, mango, red onion, 2 roma tomatoes, cilantro and a lime for the salsa. We borrowed liberally from this recipe for apple and avocado salsa from Family Spice, leaving out the jalapeno pepper and adding mango instead.

I put my sous chef (thanks mom!) in charge of dicing the ingredients for the salsa while I took a few photographs and then started on the burgers. We were on a bit of a time crunch as we only had the grill reserved for three hours and we burned the first hour on the shopping trip for the ingredients. Fortunately, everything came together pretty quickly and we were hauling things downstairs in no time.

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The lime is the only thing that doesn’t need to be chopped. Squeeze the lime juice onto the combined ingredients.

For the hamburgers, I made bleu cheese burgers. I had high hope for the burgers when I poured the crumbled bleu cheese, parsley, worcestire sauce and onion powder into a bowl with the ground beef, but I was reprimanded by my sous chef for doing it ALL WRONG. Apparently, I was supposed to create a small patty, put the bleu cheese on top of it, and then add another small patty on top to create a pocket of bleu cheese in the center. That was how it was done on the recipe for bleu cheese burgers on Pinch My Salt that I was using as a guide, but I obviously ignored some of the finer points (including the cream cheese).

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Perhaps that is why we never got the gooey, dripping cheese that you would expect from a bleu cheese burger. I prefer to think that it was because I only put 3 oz. in with the 2 lbs. of meat and there was simpy not enough bleu cheese. Regardless, the burgers were pretty good and definitely a notch above a regular hamburger. On the positive side, the fact that there wasn’t an overwhelming amount of cheese meant that the salsa was able to stand as the heart of the dish. It also leaves room for improvement on the next iteration.

We formed the burgers into 1/3 pound patties to try to match the size of the hearty seeded buns that we purchased, and then ran downstairs to the courtyard to throw them on the grill. We cooked them on a gas grill set to medium. They were on the grill approximately 15 minutes, with a turn in the middle of course to make sure they were evenly cooked.

outdoorgrill

We invited a friend, grabbed a beer and enjoyed a nice Sunday afternoon outdoors. Well worth replicating over Labor Day weekend.

Mango Apple Avocado Salsa
A delicious end of summer burger topping or chip dip.
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Gala Apple, cored and diced
  2. 1 Avocado, diced
  3. 1 Mango, diced
  4. 2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
  5. 1/4 cup Red Onion, diced
  6. 1/3 cup fresh Cilantro, chopped
  7. Juice of 1 Lime
  8. Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Dice and combine the apple, avocado, mango, roma tomatoes, red onion and cilantro in a large bowl.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add lime juice and stir to mix.
  4. Transfer it to a smaller bowl to serve.
Adapted from Family Spice
Adapted from Family Spice
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It is almost time for Halloween so we have added two faster shipping options to help you get your Halloween costume in time for your party or trick-or-treat fun. The two options are:

upsshippingUPS 2nd Day Air – Your order will be delivered two business days from when we ship it except in some parts of Alaska and Hawaii. The cost is $20.
UPS Next Day Air Saver – Your order will be delivered in the afternoon on the next business day after it ships. Not available for Hawaii or Alaska. The cost is $32. We will upgrade Thursday, October 24th orders to include Saturday delivery.

We still encourage you to order early, but if you can’t make up your mind, this should give you a few more days! The default shipping is still our $6.00 flat rate shipping via the United States Postal Service Priority Mail shipping.

How to Get Faster Shipping:

When you add an item to the cart, you will see our default Priority Mail shipping added to your costume order total at the start. Don’t worry! You can change this in the “Shipping Method” section of the checkout process after you add your billing/shipping address.

Current Shipping Times: EITHER SAME DAY OR NEXT BUSINESS DAY!

Some costume orders in the morning (East Coast Time) do get out on the same day but, for planning purposes, it is safest to assume it will be shipped the next business day. We use a reputable third-party warehouse that services the Halloween industry to ship your costumes. They are very good but handling a high volume of orders at this time so we can’t make a same day shipping guarantee.

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If you have a problem with ordering faster shipping (or any other problem!), feel free to contact us or call 1-866-OKTOBER (1-866-658-6237).

Americans love to be scared. After counting more than 4 million likes across the Facebook pages of the nation’s haunted attractions, we now know where you like to be scared. Here are America’s 100 top haunted houses ranked by the number of people that like them on Facebook.

A LIST SO SCARY …. YOU PROBABLY WON’T MAKE IT TO THE END!!!!

abhfun2013We knew that we could never do the best haunted houses in the United States justice by trying to describe them with words. We ultimately decided that the only way to show why people love them, and how scary they are, was to show you their videos. We ended up compiling more than two hours of video shot by haunted houses from our list.

These videos are not for the faint of heart. Please do not watch them if you are pregnant, have a heart condition, or are under the age of 18 (without the consent of a parent). We recommend that you consult your doctor before continuing even if you are healthy. We hope you have also purchased life insurance and prepared your will. For those of you who must leave, here are some cute kittens.

Now turn the lights off. Turn the volume on your computer’s sound up. And prepare to be frightened out of your mind!

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Some of the videos are not from 2013. We heard reports that a couple videographers disappeared in haunted houses while filming this year.

LAST CHANCE TO LEAVE!!

WARNING: YOU MAY EXPERIENCE YOUR OWN HALLOWEEN NIGHTMARE (especially on your phone!) should you decide to rapidly scroll from 100 down to the winner as you will cause every Youtube video to load into your browser at the same time. We recommend the following links for those who want to skip ahead. We also must warn you that it is probably best to start with #100 because you should probably work your way up to the intensity of the top ten.

Ignore our advice. Skip to: Top 75 | Top 50 | Top 25 |Top 10

Find the #1 in: AL | AZ | CA | CO | CT | DE | FL | GA | IL | IN | KS | KY | LA | MD | MA | MI | MN | MO | NV | NE | NH | NY | NC | OH | OR | PA | RI | SC | TN | TX | UT | VA | WI

GOOD LUCK!!!

100. The Beast and The Edge of Hell – Kansas City, MO – #2 in Missouri!

The Beast and The Edge of Hell have more than 8,000 likes on Facebook.

99. Forsaken – Mentor, Ohio

Forsaken has more than 8,500 likes on Facebook.

98. Burial Chamber – Neenah, Wi – #1 in Wisconsin!

Burial Chamber has more than 9,000 likes on Facebook.

97. Nightmare Killers2 – New York City, NY

Nightmare Killers2 has more than 9,100 likes on Facebook.

96. Strangling Brothers – Draper, Utah

Strangling Brothers has more than 9,250 likes on Facebook.

95. Haunted Chicken House – Hollis, AL – #5 in Alabama!

The Haunted Chicken House has more than 9,400 likes on Facebook.

94. Talladega Frights – Bakersfield, CA – #3 in California!

Talladega Frights has more than 9,400 likes on Facebook.

93. Frightland – Middletown, DE – #1 in Delaware!

Frightland has more than 9,500 likes on Facebook.

92. Phobia – Houston, TX

Phobia has more than 9,900 likes on Facebook.

91. Hundred Acres Manor – Pittsburgh, PA

Hundred Acres Manor has more than 10,000 likes on Facebook.

90. Mystery Manor – Omaha, NE – #1 in Nebraska!

Mystery Manor has more than 10,000 likes on Facebook.

89. Eleventh Hour – Melrose Park, IL – #5 in Illinois!

Eleventh Hour has more than 10,100 likes on Facebook.

88. Dead Man’s Farm – Lenoir City, TN – #2 in Tennessee!

Dead Man’s Farm has more than 10,000 likes on Facebook.

87. Frightmares – Burnsville, MN – #1 in Minnesota!

Frightmares has more than 10,000 likes on Facebook.

86. Danger Run – Louisville, KY – #5 in Kentucky!

Danger Run has more than 10,000 likes on Facebook.

85. Field of Screams – Maize, KS – #1 in Kansas!

Field of Screams has more than 10,000 likes on Facebook.

84. House of Shadows – Gresham, OR – #2 in Oregon!

House of Shadows has more than 10,500 likes on Facebook.

83. Asylum Xperiment – Villa Park, IL – #4 in Illinois!

Asylum Xperiment has more than 11,000 likes on Facebook.

82. 13th Door – Beaverton, OR – #1 in Oregon!

13th Door has more than 11,000 likes on Facebook.

81. Field of Screams – Olney, MD – #2 in Maryland!

Field of Screams has more than 11,000 likes on Facebook.

80. Scaremare – Lynchburg, VA – #1 in Virginia!

Scaremare has more than 11,000 likes on Facebook.

79. Arx Mortis – Killen, AL – #4 in Alabama

Arx Mortis has more than 11,000 likes on Facebook.

78. Blackout Haunted House – New York City, NY

Blackout Haunted House has more than 11,000 likes on Facebook.

77. Fright Farm – Smithfield, PA

Fright Farm has more than 11,000 likes on Facebook.

76.Erebus – Pontiac, MI – #3 in Michigan!

Erebus has more than 11,000 likes on Facebook.

75. Boneyard – Arlington, TX

Boneyard has more than 11,500 likes on Facebook.

74. Fear Fair – Seymour, IN – #1 in Indiana!

Fear Fair has more than 11,500 likes on Facebook.

73. Plantation Blood – Augusta, GA – #4 in Georgia

Plantation Blood has more than 11,500 likes on Facebook.

72. Field of Screams – West Greenwich RI – #1 in Rhode Island!

Field of Screams has more than 11,500 likes on Facebook.

71. 6th Street Massacre – Amarillo, Texas

6th Street Massacre has more than 11,900 likes on Facebook.

70. Jason’s Woods – Lancaster, PA

Jason’s Woods has more than 12,500 likes on Facebook.

69. Panic Attack – Wilmington, NC – #3 in North Carolina

Panic Attack has more than 12,500 likes on Facebook.

68. Demon House – Monongahela, PA

Demon House has more than 12,500 likes on Facebook.

67. Basement of the Dead – Aurora, IL – #3 in Illinois!

Basement of the Dead has more than 12,500 likes on Facebook.

66. Talon Falls – Hickory, KY – #4 in Kentucky!

Talon Falls has more than 12,500 likes on Facebook.

65. Waverly Hills Haunted House – Louisville, KY – #3 in Kentucky!

Waverly Hills Haunted House has more than 13,000 likes on Facebook.

64. Haunted Field of Screams – Thornton, CO – #4 in Colorado!

Haunted Field of Screams has more than 13,000 likes on Facebook.

63. Legends of the Fog – Aberdeen, MD – #1 in Maryland!

Legends of the Fog has more than 13,500 likes on Facebook.

62. Pure Terror Screampark – Monroe, NY

Pure Terror Screampark has more than 13,500 likes on Facebook.

61. Haunted Montrose – Montrose, GA – #3 in Georgia!

Haunted Montrose has more than 13,500 likes on Facebook.

60. Pennhurst – Spring City, PA

Pennhurst has more than 13,500 likes on Facebook.

59. Fright Night – Corpus Christi, Texas

Fright Night has more than 14,000 likes on Facebook.

58. Bayville Scream Park – Long Island, NY

Bayville Scream Park has more than 14,000 likes on Facebook.

57. Nightmare on the Bayou – Houston, TX – #5 in Texas!

Nightmare on the Bayou has more than 14,000 likes on Facebook.

56. Barrett’s Haunted Mansion – Abington, MD – #2 in Massachussetts!

Barrett’s Haunted Mansion has more than 15,000 likes on Facebook.

55. The Asylum – Denver, CO – #3 in Colorado

The Asylum has more than 15,000 likes on Facebook.

54. USS Nightmare – Newport, KY – #2 in Kentucky!

The USS Nightmare has more than 15,000 likes on Facebook.

53. Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride – Glen Mills, PA – #5 in Pennsylvania!

Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride has more than 15,500 likes on Facebook.

52. Blood Manor – New York, NY – #5 in New York!

Blood Manor has more than 16,000 likes on Facebook.

51. Castle of Chaos – Salt Lake City, Utah – #2 in Utah!

Castle of Chaos has more than 17,000 likes on Facebook.

50. 7 Floors of Hell – Middleburg Heights, Ohio

7 Floors of Hell has more than 17,500 likes on Facebook.

49. The Frightmare Compound – Denver, Colorado – #2 in Colorado!

The Frightmare Compound has more than 18,500 likes on Facebook.

48. Frightmare Manor – Talbot, TN – #1 in Tennessee!

Frightmare Manor has more than 18,000 likes on Facebook.

47. Scream Acres – Bishopsville, SC – #1 in South Carolina!

Scream Acres has more than 18,500 likes on Facebook.

46. Atrox Factory – Leeds, AL – #3 in Alabama!

Atrox Factory has more than 18,500 likes on Facebook.

45. Trail of Terror – Wallingford, CT – #1 in Connecticut!

Trail of Terror has more than 19,500 likes on Facebook.

44. Dent Schoolhouse – Cincinnati, OH – #5 in Ohio!

Dent Schoolhouse has more than 20,500 likes on Facebook.

43. Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse – Atlanta, GA – #2 in Georgia!

Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse has more than 20,500 likes on Facebook.

42. Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, PA – #4 in Pennsylvania!

Terror Behind the Walls has more than 21,000 likes on Facebook.

41. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride – Los Angeles, CA – #2 in California!

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride has more than 21,500 likes on Facebook.

40. House of Horror Park – Miami, FL – #3 in Florida!

House of Horror Park has more than 21,500 likes on Facebook.

39. Fear Factory – Salt Lake City, UT – #2 in Utah!

Fear Factory has more than 22,000 likes on Facebook.

38. Warehouse 31 – Pelham, AL – #2 in Alabama!

Warehouse 31 has more than 23,000 likes on Facebook.

37. Shocktoberfest – Sinking Spring, PA – #3 in Pennsylvania!

Shocktoberfest has more than 22,500 likes on Facebook.

36. House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs – Cheektowagg, NY – #4 in NY!

House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs has more than 23,000 likes on Facebook.

35. Asylum Haunted Scream Park – Louisville, KY – #1 in Kentucky!

Asylum Haunted Scream Park has more than 23,000 likes on Facebook.

34. Woods of Terror – Greensboro, NC – #2 in North Carolina!

Woods of Terror has more than 23,500 likes on Facebook.

33. Spookywoods – Archdale, NC – #1 in North Carolina!

Spookywoods has more than 24,000 likes on Facebook.

32. Land of Illusion – Middletown, OH – #4 in Ohio!

Land of Illusion has more than 24,500 likes on Facebook.

31. Final Fear – Blasdell, NY – #3 in NY!

Final Fear has more than 24,500 likes on Facebook.

30. Frightworld – Tonawanda, NY – #2 in NY!

Frightworld has more than 24,000 likes on Facebook.

29. Sloss Fright Furnace – Birmingham, AL – #1 in Alabama!

Sloss Fright Furnace has more than 31,000 likes on Facebook.

28. Fear Farm – Phoenix, AZ – #2 in Arizona!

Fear Farm has more than 32,000 likes on Facebook.

27. Field of Screams – Mountville, PA – #2 in Pennsylvania!

Field of Screams has more than 32,000 likes on Facebook.

26. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses – Ulster Park, NY – #1 in New York!

Headless Horseman has more than 33,000 likes on Facebook.

25. The Haunt – Walker, MI – #2 in Michigan!

The Haunt has more than 34,000 likes on Facebook.

24. Thrillvania – Terrell, TX – #4 in Texas

Thrillvania has more than 35,000 likes on Facebook.

23. Dead Acres – Pataskala, Ohio – #3 in Ohio

Dead Acres has more than 37,000 likes on Facebook.

22. Nightmare on 13th – Salt Lake City, UT – #1 in Utah!

Nightmare on 13th has more than 39,000 likes on Facebook.

21. Screamworld – Houston, TX

Screamworld has more than 39,500 likes on Facebook.

20. The Massacre – Naperville, IL – #2 in Illinois!

The Massacre Haunted House has more than 41,000 likes on Facebook.

19. Factory of Terror – Canton, OH – #2 in Ohio!

Factory of Terror has more than 45,000 likes on Facebook.

18. 13th Floor – Phoenix, AZ – #1 in Arizona!

13th Floor has more than 47,000 likes on Facebook.

17. The ScareHouse – Etna, PA – #1 in Pennsylvania

The ScareHouse has more than 53,000 likes on Facebook.

16. Statesville Haunted Prison – Crest Hill, IL – #1 in Illinois!

Statesville Haunted Prison has more than 49,000 likes on Facebook.

15. Scarefest – St Louis, MO – #1 in Missouri!

Scarefest has more than 57,000 likes on Facebook.

14. The Fear Experience – Parma, OH – #1 in Ohio!

The Fear Experience has more than 57,000 likes on Facebook.

13. 13th Floor Haunted House – Denver, CO

13th Floor Haunted House in Denver has more than 61,000 likes on Facebook. They finished #1 in Colorado!

12. 13th Floor – San Antonio, TX – #3 in Texas!

13th Floor in San Antonio has more than 62,000 likes on Facebook.

11. 13th Gate – Baton Rouge, LA

13th Gate has more than 62,000 likes on Facebook. They finished #1 in Louisiana!

10. House of Torment – Austin, TX

The House of Torment has more than 62,000 likes on Facebook. It finished #2 in Texas.

9. Factory of Terror – Fall River, MA

Factory of Terror has more than 65,000 likes on Facebook.

8. Fright Dome – Las Vegas, Nevada

Fright Dome has more than 70,000 likes on Facebook.

7. Spooky World – Litchfield, NH

Spooky World has more than 71,000 likes on Facebook.

6. Netherworld – Atlanta, GA

Netherworld has more than 92,000 likes on Facebook.

5. Howl-O-Scream – Tampa, FL

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Garden has more than 110,000 likes on Facebook. It finished #2 in Florida.

4. Niles Haunted House Scream Park – Niles, Michigan

Niles Haunted House Scream Park has 112,000+ likes on Facebook.

3. Cutting Edge – Fort Worth, TX

Cutting Edge has more 117,000+ likes on Facebook.

2. Halloween Horror Nights – Orlando, FL

Halloween Horror Nights has an impressive 300,000+ likes on Facebook.

1. Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood – Hollywood, CA

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood has an amazing 582,000+ likes on Facebook.

Spooktacular Halloween HopWelcome to the SPOOKtacular Giveaway Hop organized by The Review Wire! With Halloween being only a few shorts weeks away, they decided that a Hop to help you get ready was in order. And we agreed! More than thirty bloggers are giving away prizes valued at $25 or more for this Halloween Giveaway Hop. It will run from October 4 through October 18, so you should you enough time to hop on down the list and enter all the SPOOKtacular Giveaways for your GHOULS and GOBLINS! Make sure to stop by The Review Wire to Enter The GRAND PRIZE: a $75 Gift Certificate to HalloweenExpress.com!

We are giving away a coupon code that will take $75 off the lucky winner’s purchase of one or more Halloween costumes here at Funtober. It will also give her (or him) free shipping! There are four ways to enter through the Rafflecopter widget. Entries close at 11:59 PM EST on October 18, 2013. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: All giveaways end at 11:59 PM EST on October 18, 2013. The SPOOKtacular Event Bloggers are not responsible for shipment of prize or sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.

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