By Nicole Karlis
October is one of the most enjoyable months in the city—we’ve surpassed the suffocating summer heat, but are still far from the brink of winter drudgery. It’s a time when New Yorkers can enjoy the marvelous city they call home without having to worry about the weather ruining their plans. With the leaves changing colors and the smell of change in the air, there are countless reasons to fall in love with fall this month. Fortunately, we’ve done all of the work for you so Cupid’s arrows can rest up for next season.
In a city commonly referred to as the concrete jungle, it’s easy to forget about the fun can come from nature. Grab your family and take a short trip back in time and outside the city to pick these fresh fruits.
Where? Outhouse Orchards North Salem Call (914) 277-3188 for more details. This orchard can easily be traveled to by taking the Metro North Railroad from Grand Central to Croton Falls station stop.
2. Attend a Murder Mystery Party
Forget about the typical night out to a haunted house and actually get involved in an October spook fest. A murder mystery party is the perfect way to get in the mood for Halloween, and there’s really no other city to attend such a theatrical event than New York city—which is full of aspiring actors.
Where? Host your own murder mystery party or suggest the idea to a friend. Visit www.mostlymurder.com for more details on how to host/attend a murder mystery party in New York City.
3.Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride Through Central Park
Touristy? No. Fun? Yes. There’s no better place to watch the leaves change colors other than Central Park. It doesn’t matter where you’re located in the five boroughs; it’s a necessity this fall to make your way to midtown Manhattan to enjoy the fall scenery in Central Park. Plus, nothing makes it more movie-esque than being pulled by a trotting horse with Central Park as your backdrop.
Where? Midtown Manhattan
4.Spend a Saturday at a Street Fair
October is the last month artisans and vendors alike set up their stands on the City’s streets. It’s the perfect way to spend a day in the fresh fall air before Manhattanites are forced to hibernate for the winter months. From Oktoberfest to Halloween, there are still plenty of festivals going on outside to fill your weekends.
Where? All around New York City. Visit www.nycstreetfairs.com for a complete schedule.
5.Go on a Walking Ghost Tour
With all of the history in NYC—we’re talking pre-George Washington days here—there are still tons of ghouly phantoms roaming the city. Going on a walking ghost tour in the city could be totally fun because of the city’s history, and it’s a good way to get in the Halloween mood.
Where? Visit www.ghostsofnyc.com for tour schedules.