I know this is a site about Philadelphia and things to do IN Philadelphia, but I can't help but think of Fall as a great time to sneak out of the city for a bit. What, with apple- and pumpkin-picking, hayrides, festivals and whatnot, there are a lot of good reasons to take a little day trip. Here are some of interest.
Brandywine Harvest Festival, September 26 & 27 and October 3 & 4. If wine is your thing and you've got a child who is easily portable, check out these wineries for tours, tastings and music.
Peddler's Village Scarecrow Competition, through October 25th. Get some shopping done and let the kids decide which scarecrow they think takes the cake!
Linvilla Orchards Apple Festival, September 26 & 27. Includes music, children's games and pie eating contests. Plus Linvilla has apple picking every day and Pumpkin land is open. Hayrides through mid-November.
Pumpkin Days at Tyler Arboretum, October 17 & 18. Pumpkins, a haunted barn and scarecrow-making. Fun for all!
Pumpkin picking--Looking for a place in NJ to pick your own pumpkins? Here's a link to some pick your own farms.