HEALTHY HAL­LOWEEN

Up­com­ing fall and Hal­loween events have a healthy twist

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FIT FRIDAY - By Michilea Pat­ter­son mpat­ter­son@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @MichileaP on Twit­ter

From fruit pick­ing to cos­tumed fit­ness dance classes, the com­mu­nity can cel­e­brate the sea­son while stay­ing fit at the same time. Area events in­clude fall fes­ti­vals as well as Hal­loween ac­tiv­i­ties that keep it happy and healthy.

Here’s a sam­pling of what’s planned in the re­gion:

Fre­con Farms Pick­ing Sea­son in Boy­er­town, all month long

The com­mu­nity is in­vited to pick their own fruit ev­ery Wed­nes­day through Sun­day un­til Oct. 30. There are pump­kins, ap­ples, pears, and sun­flow­ers. There is also cider, a bak­ery and live mu­sic on the week­ends. Fre­con Farms is lo­cated at 501 S. Read­ing Ave. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.fre­con­farms.com or call 610-367-6200.

Corn Maze in Mor­gan­town, Fri­day

The event will have two mazes trough 12 acres of corn. There will also be zip lines, a jumbo jump­ing pil­low, hay rides, , ob­sta­cle course, pump­kin paint­ing and lots more. The event is 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mast Farms, 2175 Main St. The cost is $12. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site mast­maze.com.

Fam­ily Night Hike in Up­per Potts­grove, Fri­day and Satur­day

The theme of this fam­ily-friendly event is Mar­velous Mon­sters. Fam­i­lies will walk along the can­dle-lit trail of the Alt­house Ar­bore­tum while lis­ten­ing to sto­ry­tellers. There will also be other chil­dren ac­tiv­i­ties, games and a bon­fire with marsh­mal­lows. The event will be on Fri­day and Satur­day from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $2.50 per per­son and park­ing will be at Hill­side Aquatic Club, 134 W. Moyer Road. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Face­book page www.face­book.com/ events/1702471549996062 or the web­site al­t­house­ar­bore­tum.org.

Moun­tain by Moon­light in Rein­holds, Oct. 14, 15, 21 and 22

The South Moun­tain YMCA Camps are of­fer­ing these fun com­mu­nity fam­ily-friendly events. There will haunted hay rides, car­ni­val games, glow stick zip lin­ing and more. The event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day. The ad­dress is 201 Cush­ion Peak Road. Park­ing is free but tick­ets will need to be pur­chased for ac­tiv­i­ties. Tick­ets are $1 each or 12 for $10. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. smymca.org/events-cal­en­dar or call 610-670-2267.

Fall Fam­ily Fun in Phoenixville, Satur­day

The com­mu­nity is in­vited to wear Hal­loween cos­tumes at this fall event which will be held at the Colo­nial Gar­dens, 745 Schuylkill Road. It’s from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Satur­day. There will be a pick-yourown pump­kin patch, a fun house, corn maze and chil­dren’s hayride. Dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties at the event are dif­fer­ent prizes. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Face­book event page www. face­book.com/events/1740235556265130 or the web­site colo­nial­gar­denspa.com/pump­kin_­land.html.

Haunts on High in Pottstown, Satur­day

Pottstown busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions will be com­ing to­gether to of­fer fam­i­lies a fun Hal­loween-event. Haunts on High will be down­town Pottstown along High Street from noon to 4 p.m. The ac­tiv­i­ties are free for kids par­tic­i­pat­ing in cos­tumes and geared to­ward those 12 and un­der. There will be a safe trick-or-treat event, face paint­ings, a fundraiser for Art Fu­sion and more. Dur­ing the event, Pottstown will have their 1st An­nual Bad­minton Rum­ble. The rum­ble will in­clude a free kids clinic as well as com­pe­ti­tions for teams and in­di­vid­u­als. The Mo­saic Com­mu­nity Gar­dens will also be part of Haunts on High. At­ten­dees will be en­cour­aged to visit the gar­dens on Chest­nut Street for their An­nual Fall Fes­ti­val to cel­e­brate the end of the sea­son. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Face­book event page www.face­book.com/ events/971879752934124.

Pump­kin Days in Me­dia, Satur­day and Sun­day

This an­nual event is held at the Tyler Ar­bore­tum, 515 Painter Road. The event will in­clude a bounce house, in­flat­able ob­sta­cle course, a pump­kin patch, pump­kin rac­ing, hay rides, food and lots more. It’s from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Ar­bore­tum mem­bers have free ad­mis­sion, adults are $11, se­niors are $9 and chil­dren are $7. Park­ing will be at the Penn State Brany­wine and shut­tles will bus peo­ple to and from the ar­bore­tum. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Face­book page www.face­book. com/events/1773048532983294 or the web­site www.tyler­ar­bore­tum.org.

Ap­ple Pick­ing in Me­dia, Sun­day

Tem­ple Univer­sity Of­fice of Sus­tain­abil­ity is of­fer­ing fam­i­lies an af­ter­noon of ap­ple pick­ing at Linvilla Or­chards at noon Sun­day. Linvilla is a 300-acre fam­ily farm lo­cated at 137 W. Knowl­ton Road. For more in­for­ma­tion about the event or to regis­ter, visit events.tem­ple.edu/ap­ple-pick­ing-at-linvilla-or­chard.

Spooky Mini Golf in Pottstown, Oct. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30

Spooky golf will be avail­able at the Manatawny Green Minia­ture Golf course on sev­eral days in Oc­to­ber from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cost is $6 per player. Peo­ple that bring their ticket stub from the Tem­ple of Ter­ror will get $2 off. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.face­book. com/ManatawnyGreen or call 610970-6607.

Zum­baween event in Ch­ester, Oct. 23

This event will in­clude Zumba Hal­loween fun and cos­tumes. There will be sev­eral in­struc­tors teach­ing fit­ness dance classes. The event is Oct. 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Har­rah’s Philadel­phia Casino and Race­track. The ad­dress is 777 Har­rah’s Blvd. in Ch­ester. Tick­ets are $20 if pre-or­dered and $30 at the door. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Face­book event page www.face­book.com/ events/177867599289265.

Haunted Woods Hike in Up­per Potts­grove, Oct. 29

If you want to com­bine a scare fac­tor with out­door fit­ness then at­tend the Alt­house Ar­bore­tum’s Haunted House event. The com­mu­nity is in­vited to come in their best cos­tumes then watch a clas­sic hor­ror movie. Also peo­ple will have the op­tion to travel through the ar­bore­tum’s haunted woods. The night hike is per­fect for thrill seek­ers. The Haunted Woods event is Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the ar­bore­tum, 1794 Gil­bertsville Road. The cost is $5. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Haunted Woods event, visit the Face­book page www.face­book. com/events/1270587919640431 or the web­site al­t­house­ar­bore­tum.org.

Trick or Trot 5K & 1 Mile Walk in Pottstown, Oct. 29

The third an­nual ACA 5K will have a Trick or Trot theme this year. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Adopt a Room Pro­gram at the Philadel­phia Ron­ald McDon­ald House. Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to wear cos­tumes and trick or treat­ing will be avail­able for chil­dren along the course trail. The event will also in­clude food and drinks. The Trick or Trot event will be on Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at River­front Park, 140 Col­lege Drive. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Face­book event page www. face­book.com/events/299447583772432.

Hal­loween Zumba Party in Wy­omiss­ing, Oct. 30

This glow-in-the-dark Zumba party is cos­tumes op­tional. The cost is $10 at the door. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the An­i­mal Res­cue League. Par­tic­i­pants that do­nate an item to the res­cue league will re­ceive free glow gear. The event will have sev­eral in­struc­tors, raf­fles and more. It’s from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Down Un­der Sports & Fit­ness, 801 Hill Av­enue. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.meetup.com/FunBerks/ events/234531458.

For more healthy liv­ing sto­ries, visit the Fit for Life web­site pottsmer­c­fit4life.com.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTOS

Wendy and Dave Pat­ter­son take their grand­chil­dren Bent­ley and Pay­ton on a wagon ride dur­ing the Hay Creek Ap­ple Fes­ti­val.

Ni­cholas Bus­sell, 2, plays with hay dur­ing The Whitemarsh Fall Pump­kin Fes­ti­val which took place at Ply­mouth Whitemarsh High School’s Vic­tory Field. The event in­cluded hayrides, face paint­ings, pump­kin dec­o­rat­ing, rides, in­flat­a­bles, ven­dors and more.

Siena Capozzi wastes no time open­ing some candy as she licks a lol­lipop dur­ing the West Ch­ester Hal­loween Pa­rade.

Lind Jensen-Sell­ers was dressed as a pump­kin for the cos­tume con­test in Pottstown.

Car­son Strohn paints a pump­kin at the Turn­ing Leaf Fall Fes­ti­val held at Boy­er­town Park.

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