The cooler weather is here and along with it comes tons of seasonal fun. Pumpkin Picking, Hay Rides, Haunted Houses and Fall Festivals. Long Island is the perfect place to experience all that the season has to offer with mild temperatures and lots of local farms and parks. Whether you live in the Smithtown area, or just wish you did, make sure you take advantage of some of the best that the fall has to offer – all within a short drive from home.

There are so many events to choose from, but these are some of our top picks. Don't forget to call ahead or visit the location's website for hours of operation…

Fink's Country Farm Fall Festival, Wading River, NY - Family run for over 50 years, Fink's invites you to spend the day with family and friends enjoying a day full of fall activities. Festival attractions are sure to delight with hayrides, a seven-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, kiddy train rides, combine slide and so much more! The picnic area is open through the season for a little mid-day R&R where you can enjoy some delightful food and refreshments.

FINK'S COUNTRY FARM, 6242 Middle Country Rd, Wading River, NY 11792 (631) 886-2272

Fall Fun at F&W Schmitt's Family Farms, Melville, NY- Fall is the Schmitt family's favorite time of the year because at the farm they get to see Long Island families enjoying time together. Whether you are picking the perfect pumpkin, laughing along on a free hayride, making your way through the 7-acre corn maze or petting one of the many furry creatures, parents and kids alike are sure to have a ball.

F&W SCHMITT'S FARMS, 26 Pinelawn Rd, Melville, NY 11747 (631) 271-3276

Fall Festival at Albert H Schmitt Family Farm, Dix Hills, NY – At this Fall Festival, you'll be sure to find fun for everyone. From animal train rides, fire truck slide, and bouncy houses for the kids, to haunted corn maze, pumpkin picking and seasonal plant & flower sales for guests of all ages. Make sure you bring a bit of an appetite because you won't want to miss out on the homemade candy apples, cider, roasted corn and other delicious bites.

ALBERT H. SCHMITT FAMILY FARM, 6 Bagatelle Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746 (631) 549-FARM

Borella's Fall Harvest Festival, Saint James, NY – This Fall Harvest Festival has a little bit of everything! Your family will want to start with you-pick pumpkins and spend the rest of the day enjoying hayrides, live entertainment & DJ, corn maze, inflatable rides, water duck races, family photo-ops, and lots of delectable treats like candied apples, roasted sweet corn and fruit bread.

BORELLA'S FARM STAND, 485 Edgewood Ave., Saint James, NY 11780 (631) 862-7330

Woodside Nursery's "Octobercation" & Pumpkin Picking, North Patchogue, NY – Woodside offers a wide variety of fun things to do. Children will enjoy entering the "Octobercation" exhibit where they can see just how a scarecrow is made and check out the new Scooby Doo and Mystery Machine detective exhibit. For a little Halloween fun, don't miss the new and improved "Haunted Tunnel" exhibits and old- fashioned pumpkin picking…and kids can finish off the day mining for gold and go home happy with all the nuggets and gems they find.

WOODSIDE NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER, 134 East Woodside Ave., N. Patchogue, NY (631) 758-1491

Fall Fun at May's Farm, Wading River, NY – Spend a fun-filled day at the farm picking home-grown pumpkins, taking a tractor drawn hayride, or try to find your way through the corn maze. On seasonal weekends, kids can take a pony ride, have their faces painted and even decorate their pumpkins right on premise. When you're ready for a break, enjoy some ice cold apple cider or a fresh, hot, buttered ear of roasted corn and then take a stroll through the greenhouse filled with hundreds of Halloween and fall decorations of all kinds.

MAY'S FARM, 6361 NY-25A, Wading River, NY 11792 (631) 929-6654

The Pumpkin Patch at Hank's Pumpkintown, Water Mill, NY – With 48 acres dedicated to the annual harvest, Hank's Pumpkintown is where you will be sure to find one of the best selections of fall décor in the area. With pumpkins of all sizes straight from the vine, gourds of all shapes, tall corn stalks, big straw bales, Indian corn, colorful mums, Montauk daisies, decorative door hangings, home and lawn decorations & so much more.

HANK'S PUMPKINTOWN, 240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, NY 11976 (631) 726-4667

Stony Brook Annual Halloween Festival, Stony Brook, NY – The festival takes place on Halloween day right on Main Street and will feature a costume parade, trick or treating and a large scarecrow display specially created for the annual scarecrow competition. Winners of the competition are announced during the festival and the public will vote for favorites. Family fun for everyone.

STONY BROOK VILLAGE, 111 Main St., Stony Brook, NY (631) 751-2244

Gateway's Haunted Playhouse, Bellport, NY – LI's oldest professional theater is transformed into a labyrinth that was rated one of America's Best Haunted Attractions! With astounding automation and over 80 professional actors in special effects, you are sure to be happily haunted. Be sure to take a coffin ride or shoot some zombies in the latest midway attraction while you wait to enter. The playhouse also offers "not so scary adventures" for kids during as well.

GATEWAY PLAYHOUSE, 215 S Country Rd., Bellport, NY 11713 (631) 286-1133

Bayville Scream Park, Bayville, NY – It's once again time for the doors to unlock at the Bay Family Mansion where ghosts and ghouls come out to play. Featuring Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needle's Fun House of Fear, Temple of Terror, Zombie Pirates and Evil in the Woods, the Bayville Scream Park was voted "Scariest Haunted House on Long Island" nine years in a row!

BAYVILLE SCREAM PARK, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville, NY 11709 (516) 62-GHOST