The Fall Harvest Festival here at the nursery is literally my favorite time of year. The temperatures are cooler, the quirky and interesting squashes and gourds are here and we have a ton of exciting events!

Stop by and enjoy!

Otto the Ghost and the Pirate Ship
In this all new animated story of Otto and the Pirate Ship, Hicks’ friendly ghost turns an adventure with pirates into a rescue mission for Coco the Parrot. These life size storybook scenes allow viewers to read through at their own pace. Open every day through Halloween. Admission is free but the nursery would greatly appreciate donations of non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares.

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, October 6 at 11am
The Annual Pumpkin Weigh-Off will be held on Sunday, October 6. Judging begins at 11am. Everyone who has grown a pumpkin – no matter what the size – is encouraged to bring it and show off their growing skills. In addition to awards for the three heaviest pumpkins, Hicks will also award prizes to the ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Best Pumpkin Grown by A Child’ (under the age of 15). Contestants who need to have their pumpkins unloaded must be at the nursery no later than 10am.

Pumpkin Carving Contest, October 12 at 1pm
Long Islanders are encouraged to bring in their carved and decorated pumpkins to Hicks Nurseries for the third annual Pumpkin Carving Contest! Registration begins at 1 pm; judging begins promptly at 2 pm. The winner of each category will receive a $20.00 gift certificate to Hicks Nurseries.

3-D Pumpkin Carving Demo, October 12 and 13, 9am to 6pm
Stop by anytime during the day to observe how a professional artist carves 3-D images into pumpkins and pick up some tips along the way. Reservations are not necessary.

Long Island Chrysanthemum Show
Saturday, October 19 from 12pm to 5:30pm and Sunday, October 20 from 11am to 3:45pm.

Come see the amazing array of chrysanthemums grown by members of the Long Island Chrysanthemum Society as they compete for prizes. Members will be present to answer questions. For more information visit

Pumpkin Decorating Demonstration
Saturday and Sunday October 19 and 20, 10am to 4pm.

Watch and learn how to create beautifully decorated pumpkins without having to carve them! Stop by any time from 10am to 4pm to see Hicks’ in-store artists transform basic pumpkins into fall and Halloween-themed works of art.

Children’s Workshop: Pumpkin Decorating and Planting
Children are invited to decorate and plant a pumpkin for Halloween with fall-themed accessories, all supplied by the nursery. Choose Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, October 15, 16 or 17 at 4:30pm.
Cost: $10.00 + tax per child. Reservations can be made by calling 516-334-0066.

Decorate a House for Otto
Children will create a house out of candy for Otto the Ghost! Hicks will supply the house and all of the candy and icing. Choose Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, October 22, 23 or 24 at 4:30pm.
Cost: $15.00 + tax per child. Reservations can be made by calling 516-334-0066.

Every day through October 31st you can stop in for hayrides, to visit our adorable farm animals or to take a walk through our animated story. On the weekends we also have popcorn, roasted corn and much, much more, so be sure to stop by. Also, we LOVE seeing your pictures, please tag us in your posts to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using one of the following hashtags #HicksFallFestival #HicksPumpkins #HicksHayrides.