The days are growing shorter and the night’s longer: all the more reason to seize the moment and explore with your family some of the best fall festivals around the country. From giant pumpkin boat races to skeleton-fests to apple cider galore, we’ve picked our favorite festivals for you to visit in 2017. Click through the gallery to see how many you’ve been to!

The National Apple Harvest Festival—Adams County, PA

Apples are a fave fall and southern Pennsylvania has been celebrating since 1962. At this two-weekend event you’ll find apples cooked up in more ways than you’ll have thought possible: apple cider, applesauce, pies, jellies, pancakes, syrup, candied apples and much more. Work up an appetite at the Kid Country Building where your tiniest festival fans will enjoy face painting, harvest magic shows, and apple pie-eating contests. There are hayrides, a petting zoo, Native American dance expos, ballet performances, an antique auto show, over 300 arts and crafts vendors and a ton of family-friendly live music performances.

Good to know: Your money goes to good cause. All proceeds (after expenses) go back into the community and to other local, state and national charitable organizations.

Dates: Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 14-15, 2017

Online: appleharvest.com

photo: Orbital Joe via flickr

Did your fave make the list? Leave a comment below! 

—Gabby Cullen & Amber Guetebier