Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses—oh my! It may still be 80 degrees but October marks the beginning of the Fall season in the Coastal Empire. With slightly cooler weather and local farms opening for the season, it’s the perfect time to hike, take hayrides, explore pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted houses and trails.
From the spectacularly spooky to the family-friendly, the Savannah area has no shortage of fun events, festivals and activities to enjoy this season. To make your Fall planning a little easier, we’ve rounded up some seasonal activities and events happening in the area. Skim through and find your favorite!
Candle Lantern Tour at Fort McAllister
The State Park just outside Richmond Hill’s annual Candle Lantern Tour returns for 2021, and is adding a second night. On Fri., Oct. 15 or Sat., Oct. 16, guests can experience a historical trip through time led by candlelight, with friendly tour guides, soldiers, and other living history actors portraying civilians, patients, a mysterious black cat, and more. You will also witness the only Fort McAllister nighttime cannon firing available to the public. Tours will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run every 30 minutes until 10 pm. When registering, you will select a time slot available. Space is very limited and spots sell out quickly, so make sure you grab them quickly!
Call the park office at 912-727-2339 or drop in at 3894 Fort McAllister Road in Richmond Hill. Tickets are not available for purchase online.
With over 20 attractions for visitors to enjoy, there is plenty to see and do at this real working farm. Day visitors can take a hayride down to their pumpkin patch, explore a 10-acre maze, visit their petting zoo, and more. Brave visitors are encouraged to come in the evening to experience the daytime maze with a flashlight (it’s not haunted). And for the bravest thrill seekers, starting Oct. 8, Poppell Farms will have a Haunted Forest on Fri. and Sat. nights. It is a walking trail though, so wear comfortable shoes and for your safety, stay on the path.
Poppell Farms is located at 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop in Odum. For hours and more information call 912-586-2215 or visit poppellfarms.com
Celebrating their 10th anniversary of their annual pumpkin patch, Madrac Farms is a 22-acre farm with harvest activities for all ages to enjoy. Admission to the farm includes animal visits, unlimited hay play, a rotten tomato slingshot, corn pit, a 3.5 acre corn maze, and a trip into their pumpkin patch. In addition to activities they will also have fall produce, decorations, concessions, baked goods, animal feed, and of course, pumpkins for purchase.
Madrac Farms is located at 580 Ralph Rahn Rd in Rincon. For hours or to learn more, call 912-704-7651 or visit madracfarms.com
Georgia Peach World Farm
Bring the family and stop by Georgia Peach World Farms to enjoy s’mores, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a hot cocoa station, outdoor market, music, and more. Adults looking for a great fall beverage, try one of their seasonal beers or peach wine slushies. And don’t forget to deck out your car trunk and join them on Oct. 30 for their special event “Trunk or Treat,” which includes a prize for the best dressed trunk and a costume contest.
Georgia Peach World Farm is located at 2113 Hwy. 57 in Townsend. For hours or more information visit georgiapeachworldfarm.com or call 912-832-6883.
Holiday Farms in Ridgeland
Take a trip across the border to Holiday Farms in Ridgeland, SC, for their 14th annual “Great Pumpkin Patch.” According to their website, they are bringing back their fall favorites this year and will include a pumpkin patch, duck races, their annual “haytona speedway,” corn grinding, steer roping, cow milking, and more. Make sure to check out their general store to find local honey, jams, jellies, candy, refreshments, and more goodies for purchase.
Holiday Farms is located at 10884 Grays Hwy. in Ridgeland, SC. For hours or more information visit holidayfarmssc.com
Halloween Hike at Oatland Island Wildlife Center
For those looking to enjoy the fresh air and scenery, take a hike with your Trick or Treaters at Oatland Island Wildlife Center for their Halloween Hike Oct. 15 and 16. Hikers will be able to gather candy and goodies from animal characters on Oatlands forest trail. There will also be crafts, face painting, a fossil hunt, and many more activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Oatland Island Wildlife Center is located at 771 Sandtown Rd. For hike times or for more information visit them on the web or call 912-395-1212 sccpss.com (search Oatland Island Wildlife Center)
The Alee Shriners Terror Plantation Haunted House
A popular haunting spot in Savannah, the Alee Shriners Terror Plantation Haunted House was voted as the number one “must-see haunts in Georgia” by fans in 2019 on TheScareFactor.com. On Fri. and Sat. nights throughout Oct. take a walk through this family-friendly attraction and get your spooky fix.
The Alee Shriners Terror Plantation Haunted House is located at 100 Eisenberg Dr. For hours or more information search Alee Terror Plantation Haunted House on Facebook.
Wicked South Haunted Forest
For a creepy night of Halloween-filled fun, join Wicked South Productions for their Haunted Forest in Pembroke starting on Oct. 9. From scary clowns with chainsaws to other creepy characters, Wicked South’s Haunted Forest certainly lives up to its name and will make you face all of your phobias. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Wicked South Haunted Forest is located at 3001 Lawrence Church Rd. in Pembroke. For hours or for more information visit wickedsouthproductions.com
Polk’s Plus in Pooler
This popular farmer’s market (and everyone’s go-to for boiled peanuts) turns into a veritable pumpkin paradise each October. In addition to Fall foods, plants and fresh vegetables, it’s the place to be in Pooler for pumpkin picking. Polk’s has been family owned for over 75 years and they also sell a variety of jarred goods, baked and deli items, and other gift items.
Polk’s is located at 807 Hwy. 80 W in Pooler. For more information, find them on Facebook or visit polksgo.com
Buy Local: Pumpkin Carving Contest
Join Buy Local this year for their first pumpkin carving contest. All pumpkins entered into the contest will be used to decorate the Kehoe Iron Works Building for Connect’s upcoming Halloween bash on Oct. 28 and all proceeds will go to Buy Local for their next community outreach. There will be three pumpkin carving categories and prizes will be awarded to each category winner.
For more information or to register, visit buylocalsavannah.com
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Staff writers contributed to this report.