Fun Filled Fall Festivals for Kids of All Ages!

Scarecrows in the Garden Photo Source: The Oregon Garden

Scarecrows in the Garden
Photo Source: The Oregon Garden

When it all comes to Harvest Festivals, there is something for everyone here in the Mid-Valley.

Here is a run down of some of our top picks in the Salem area (or a short drive from us).  Visit Travel Salem or the webpages listed to get full details.

Scarecrows in the Garden

Scarecrows are taking over The Oregon Garden this fall! Scarecrows in the Garden, presented by Wave Broadband, is an annual month-long whimsical display of locally designed scarecrows. Scarecrow viewing is free with paid Garden admission. Oct. 1-Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission: $11 adults, $9 seniors ages 60+, $8 students. www.oregongarden.org

Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest

Fall fun at the Wooden Shoe tulip fields with corn mazes, pumpkin patches and activities for all ages. Join us for scary fun in the fields 4-10 p.m. on Friday’s and Saturday’s. Admission: $7. Sept. 27- Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. www.woodenshoe.com

French Prairie Gardens Fall Harvest Festival

Join us for our annual Fall Harvest Festival! Enjoy the only Pig Races in Oregon, hayrides, hay maze, corn maze, hay slides, obstacle course, and much more. Farm fun for the whole family! Admission charged. Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.FPGardens.com

E.Z. Orchards HarvestFest

Fall HarvestFest featuring: Corn Maze, Petting Zoo, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Rides, Pony Rides,  Pedal Tractors, Slide, Steer Roping Ring Toss and Duck Races. Harvest treats include: caramel apples, cider, donuts, sausage, curly fries, and pie. Oct. 3-31. Mon.-Fri. 9-6; Sat. 9-5; Sun. 11-5. Free on weekdays. Weekends: $7 per person over 2 yrs. www.ezorchards.com/harvestfest

Bauman’s Farm & Garden Fall Festival

More than 20 different activities for kids of all ages, plus gifts and décor, an in-store bakery, coffee shop and garden center. Festival hours: Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.baumanfarms.com

Airlie Hills Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch

Join us for our annual Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch. Corn maze, hayrides, hay maze, slides, food, and other fun-filled activities. Admission charged. Tues., Oct. 1-Thurs., Oct 31; Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.airliehills.com

Heiser’s Pumpkin Patch

Enjoy a day of fun with your family at Heiser’s Pumpkin Patch.  Take a free hayride out to the patch to pick out that perfect pumpkin.  Food, petting zoo, train rides, we have it all! Free admission. www.heiserfarms.com

Day of the Dead Celebration

Crafts, face painting, music, food, games, cake walk and a celebration of a beautiful tradition! The Silverton Arts Association will sponsor the 2nd Annual Day of the Dead Celebration. A cultural and artistic event that celebrates ‘Dias De Los Muertos,’ a traditional Mexican holiday. Free admission. www.silvertonarts.org

Wavra Farms Pumpkin Patch

Hay maze, corn maze, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, gerbil wheels, tire tower, hay tower with slide, hillbilly golf, and more. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until October 31. www.wavrafarms.com

Salem Concert Band “BOO-Trick-or-Treat” Concert

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Salem Concert Band performs “BOO – TRICK OR TREAT!” Halloween Concert for scary, spooky, and spine tingling fun for the whole family.  Patrons are encouraged to wear  costumes and a prize will be awarded for the best. Admission: $15 general, $20 reserved, $5 student. Historic Elsinore Theatre. www.salemconcertband.org

Scarousel Bash at the Carousel

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm Caramel apples (limit one per paid guest), face painting, unlimited rides, pumpkin weighing contest, costume parade, games and more! All activities are subject to change at any time. Admission: $5/person. Children 2yr and under are free. Salem’s Riverfront Carousel www.salemcarousel.org

Halloween at Deepwood

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm. A fun-filled festival for little ones ages  3-8  (accompanied by an adult) celebrating the fall harvest season with story-telling, face-painting, treats, hot cider, and more!  Costumes optional.  Wholesome, non-scary content. Free admission. Historic Deepwood Estate www.historicdeepwoodestate.org

Halloween Trick-n-Treat

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm The free ‘Trick-n-Treat’ for children ages 0-12 years. We average over 750 people participating with 25 businesses on display, giving out goodies to kids and their parents. The costume contest is every half hour, starting at 3:30 p.m. with the last contest at 6 p.m. www.dallasoregon.org/dacc

Downtown Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Games, crafts, snacks, piñatas and more highlight this free downtown Woodburn event. Local businesses open for trick or treaters. Free admission. Woodburn Downtown Plaza www.woodburnparks.org

More ideas for kid fun:

  •  Riverfront ParkTake a morning walk along the Willamette River in this 23-acre park, and you will see why we love it. This park has everything one would want in a park- plenty of lush green space, lovely fountains, views of the river, a children’s play area, an amphitheater, play equipment, a covered Pavilion and Salem’s Riverfront Carousel (one of our big attractions!). This park is the place for gatherings and events throughout the year.
  • A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village: Children of all ages come here and let their imaginations run wild with indoor & outdoor interactive activities. Not to mention, the museum is located in three very cool historic houses and has 20,000-square-foot Outdoor Discovery Center.
  • Enchanted Village: This beloved Oregon attraction/Theme Park located just 5 miles from our hotel. Visitors enjoy the mystical forests and handcrafted feel to this popular attraction. Kids will love the rides, story book lane, a Haunted House, roller coaster and Big Timber Log Ride.
  • Bush’s Pasture Park: Salem Oregon visitors and locals enjoy leisurely strolls though this 90.5 acre park that features 4 playgrounds for children; a Municipal Rose Garden; Historic Bush Museum; plenty of trees and open meadows making this a wonderful stop.
  • Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill: (Formerly know as Mission Mill Museum). This great museum is designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service and hosts outstanding exhibits and events throughout the year attracting thousands of visitors, history buffs, and school groups each year. The museum preserves the history of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and represents one of Oregon’s earliest and strongest industries.
  • Oregon State Capitol Tour: Visitors come to our state capitol to learn about the important events in Oregon’s state history, see the magnificent rotunda and where Oregon’s 30 state Senators and 60-member House of Representatives meet. Designated as the State Capitol State Park in 2007, the grounds surrounding the Capitol feature ornamental and native trees and shrubs. It is also the setting for the Walk of the Flags, Waite Fountain, Parade of Animals sculpture, a Liberty Bell replica, and a gazebo constructed in 1982.
  • Willamette Queen Sternwheeler is an 87-foot twin paddle-wheeler that departs year-round from Salem’s Riverfront Park and a fun way to see the river and various parts of Salem, Oregon.