Celebrate Fall

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Celebrate Fall

Before you know it, the hot summer days will fade away and fall will be upon us! And you’ve gotta admit –  though we all enjoy summer at the lake, on the river or in the park, there’s something magical about autumn. Along with shorter days and cooler temps, the months of September, October and November usher in an influx of fun fall activities. Here are some of the best fall happenings in the area that kids and the whole family will love. It’s not all pumpkins and hayrides, though—we threw in a few specialty events for good measure. Some of the details may have changed and some have been postponed due to the uncertainties around the coronavirus pandemic, the events where you can safely social distance are likely still going forward with their 2020 events. Check them out below and start planning your next adventure—even if that means staying at home and marking your calendars for 2021.

The Homestead Pumpkin Patch welcomed their first visitors in September of 2018, and what followed was nearly two months of fun and adventure for families throughout the area. Open from mid-September through the end of October, Homestead Pumpkin Patch offers pumpkins, campfires, s’mores, hotdogs and attractions for all ages including Jump Pillow, Zip Lines, Hill Slides, Trike Track, Human Foosball, Corn Boxes, Barrel Car Rides, Hayrides, and MORE!

Address: 6459 S Homestead Rd.

Season/hours of operation: See website for details. Special hours for large groups.

Admission: Admission charged

Enjoy fun fall events at one of North Platte’s most historic properties, Buffalo Bill State Historical Park. Dusty’s Pumpkin Fest include games, Fun Jumps, Roping, Bumper Balls, Giant Game Tables- Checkers and Pumpkin Tick-Tick-Toe- Corn Hole, Big Building Blocks, Wagon Rides, Petting Zoo, Duck Pump Races, Corn Crib and a Giant Hay Slide. The concession area includes T-shirts, Sweets, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones, Pop, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Hotdogs and Sandwiches!

Address: 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road
Phone: (308) 530-0048

Season/hours of operation: See website for details.

Admission: Admission charged.

The staff of Maranatha Camp & Retreat Center welcomes your family to the Maranatha Pumpkin Patch!

Activities include: Hay Bale Maze | Family Photo Station | Corn Box Play Area | Giant Jenga | Pie Eating Contest | Pumpkin Decorating | Apple Launching | Bobbing for Apples | 9-Square-in-the-Air | Archery | Archery Tag | Gaga Ball | Wagon Rides | Bounce Houses

Available for Additional Cost:
Pumpkins | Sweet Shop Snacks | Pumpkin Spice Donuts | S’mores for Campfire | Pumpkin Spice Chai | Henna Tattoos | Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream | Paintball | Zipline

Address: 16800 W. Maranatha Road, just south of the nearby community of Maxwell
Phone: (308) 582-4513

Season/hours of Operation: Check website for 2020 dates and times

Admission:  Admission charged

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Pumpkin Festival

Pony rides, food booths, games, silent auction, raffle, bake sale, boutique, sweet shoppe, cake walk, pumpkin trebuchet, and PUMPKINS!

Address: 3301 Echo Drive
Phone: (308) 534-5461

Season/hours of Operation:  October 11, 2020 Check website for details.

The Lincoln County Historical Museum teams up with the Lady Knights softball team to create a unique and horrifying experience, the Haunted Village.

Each year they develop a new theme that overtakes the village and provides one of the scariest haunted experiences in the county! There are also some less scary options that are available over the course of the season.

Address: 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Avenue
Phone: (308) 534-5640

Season/hours of Operation: Weekends in October.  Check website for details.

Admission:  Admission charged

Enjoy a hayride through the grounds of the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park while listening to some of the more notorious stories to come out of the heyday of the old west during the Haunted History at the Codys. On select nights, also experience a Candlelight Tour of the mansion while being entertained by some of the permanent residents.

Address: 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road
Phone: (308) 535-8035

Season/hours of operation: Check website for 2020 details.

Admission: Admission charged

Evil is lurking in the canyons south of Brady. Those who think they are brave enough to tempt it can do so from 8 p.m. to midnight only 1 weekend in October!

It’s all part of an annual Haunted Trail fundraiser hosted by the North Platte Community College Knights Softball Team and Whitetail Screen Print. The length of the trail is approximately a quarter of a mile.

Haunted houses can be found all over the state, but there aren’t a lot of haunted trails out there. The dark canyons are creepy enough on their own at night but add the echo of a chainsaw or a scream, and the scare level jumps to a whole new level.

Address: 27747-30499 S. Jeffrey Rd. south of Brady

Season/hours of Operation: One weekend in October *Check website for dates

Admission: Admission Charged

The Haunted Driveway, a drive through Halloween display the whole month of October at 3020 W 6th North Platte, NE. Donations for the Gift of Hope a local charity like the American Cancer Society but helping local people are appreciated.

The display is open from dusk to 10pm on weekdays and dusk to midnight on weekends.

It is recommended to enter on 6th Street and exit on Elder St.

Pals Brewing Company hosts the Western Nebraska Craft Beer Festival annually in September. Come enjoy the outdoors while trying some of the best microbrews around! Though the Covid Crisis has resulted in canceling the 2020 festival, make plans for 2021!

Address: 4520 S. Buffalo Bill Ave.
Phone: (308) 221-6715

Hours of Operation: 2nd Weekend in September annually

Admission: Admission charged