Autumn Preview

Now that fall is finally upon us, there are a multitude of events and activities in Pawling and the surrounding community for everyone to enjoy. The air is crisp, fall foliage will soon be at its peak, and Halloween is right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy all that the area has to offer.

Fall Festivals

On Saturday, October 13, the Pawling Rotary Club presents its Fabulous Fall Festival. The free event will be held in the Lathrop Center in Lakeside Park in Pawling from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The event will include a hay maze, pony and hayrides, face painting, a children’s book reading from local authors, a Ninja challenge, and pumpkin painting. There will also be craft vendors and a cornucopia of tasty treats including apple cider, doughnuts, desserts, and barbeque foods available for purchase.

Later this month, the Harlem Valley Homestead will host their first ever Harvest Festival. Located at 147 Old Forge Road in Wingdale, the 250-acre farm raises grass-fed beef, vegetables, and flowers. The free festival will feature harvest foods, farm tours, workshops, and live music. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Space is limited, so those interested should RSVP by visiting online.

Pumpkins Aplenty

Those in need of decorations or jack-o-lanterns can find 70 varieties of pumpkins at Dykeman Farm, located at 31 Dykeman Lane in Pawling. Family owned and operated since 1927, Dykeman Farm features pick-your-own pumpkins and sunflowers, as well as free hay rides, a children’s activity area, and a farm stand with gourds, local apples, honey, and fall decorations. The farm also has photo spots and a snack bar featuring hot food and drinks. “It doesn't matter your age, it’s just great fun,” says Mandy Dykeman, part of the many generations that run the farm. “We love seeing everyone come out this time of year.” The pumpkin patch is open weekends in October from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit for more information and to read the family farm history.

Tricks and Treats

Saturday, October 27, will have all manner of Halloween fun for everyone in Pawling. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., everyone is invited to Trick or Treat in the Village. The event is sponsored by the Pawling Recreation Department and will allow youngsters to don their costumes and collect candy from businesses on Charles Colman Boulevard. From 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Pawling Merchants Committee will keep the spooky fun going by sponsoring live music and a costume contest with prizes donated by local merchants.

Later that evening, grown ups in need of some Halloween fun can stop by the Tap House Tavern of Pawling Halloween Party. DJ Vittie will be mixing the best hits from the 80’s and 90’s, and there will be drink specials, disco balls, and cash prizes for the best 80’s and 90’s costumes. The festivities begin at 8:00 p.m.

For other fall doings in and about Dutchess County, visit online and click on the Event Calendar in the Quicklinks section at the bottom of the home page.