STORY BY CHRISTINE PERRYMAN
The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling and Halloween is just around the corner. If you are looking for a local place with great family fun, Linvilla Orchards is just the place. Linvilla, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, has long been a destination for fall activities, and the main attraction, Pumpkinland, is now open.
Pumpkinland offers myriad things to see and do — from posing with the wooden cutouts, to seeing how you “measure up” this year to picking the perfect pumpkin. Take a moment to read about local legends, such as Blackbeard visiting Marcus Hook, or laugh over the many tombstones (“Here lies Fred, he’s dead.” “Poor ole Randy, ate too much candy,” “Oops”).
Linvilla offers more than 100 tons of pumpkins and gourds to choose from. In addition to the normal, orange pumpkins, there are white pumpkins, peanut pumpkins, crazy looking goose gourds and much more, all grown on the farm.
Most kids (and adults) love hayrides. In the fall, Linvilla offers several hayride options. Harvest Hayrides are a great way to see the farm. Knowledgeable drivers, (such as Mario who calls it his “retirement job” and has worked there for 15 years), take riders on a tour of Linvilla while explaining interesting facts about the property. Mario told us about the types of crops grown on the farm, when different foods are available for picking and about the cut your own Christmas trees, among other tidbits. The hayride lasts about 15-20 minutes and reservations are not required. Tickets are $6 per person. The hayrides run daily through early November. Hours are 12:30-4 p.m., Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Autumn Moon Hayrides are 5:30-8:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays and 6 and 7 p.m., Sundays, through Oct. 30. Riders travel through the orchards and fields, ending with a campfire complete with marshmallows and apple cider. Tickets are $7.50 per person and can be purchased in Pumkinland.
Children will enjoy a Hayride to Witches’ House. These hayrides take participants to visit the friendly Linvilla Witch, who tells them stories and jokes and gives them a treat. The hayride ends with apple cider and marshmallows around a campfire. The ride is about 15-20 minutes and is geared toward children 11 and under. Hayrides to Witches’ House run from 5:30-8 p.m. until Oct. 30. Tickets are $9 per person. Hours are extended until 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
If a hayride is not your thing, Linvilla offers a variety of other activities, such as pick your own apples, corn and straw bale mazes, apple slingshots, a vast playground and so much more. Apple cider, candy and caramel apples, apple cider doughnuts and other goodies are available in the store as well as outside. Other upcoming events include the Jack-O-Lantern Exhibit, through Oct. 30, live bands on various weekends, the Annual Costume Party, 3 p.m., Oct. 25 and all you can carry pumpkins, $29.99, Oct. 25.