December 2, 2021

Halloween at the Hollow

Kids enjoy Fun on the Farm activities and interact with animals

Valerie Puma/staff reporter

High school volunteers at Daisy Hollow Farm in Dryden help fix the bee costume worn by a 6-month-old goat. The farm hosted its second annual Daisy “Hollow”een Fun on the Farm event this weekend for Halloween.

DRYDEN — Easton Massaro, 6, gently hugged a soft, beige bunny to his chest, calling to his mom to show off his new friend.

“Look at how much she loves me,” he said.

Jessica Massaro, of Ithaca, brought her sons, Easton and 9-year-old Hunter to Daisy Hollow Farm in Dryden for the second annual “Hollow”een Fun on the Farm weekend-long event. They got to pet bunnies, tour the farm and fill their bags with candy.

“I always do a lot with my kids, we’re very much go-getters and this was just the start of everything we wanted to do this weekend,” Massaro said. “The boys loved the scavenger hunt, and Hunter is super competitive so we really wanted to do the costume competition.”

Even some of the animals were in costume, including a goat wearing a toddler-sized bee costume.

Visitors received a scavenger hunt map of the farm showing where to go to find the ghosts and goblins — high schoolers in costume — who were handing out candy. Along the way, families would get to see rabbits, cows, goats, piglets, chickens and ponies.

“This event only started last year during COVID, when we had a lot of families asking us if we could do something for Halloween since it’s outdoors and there was no trick-or-treating,” said farm owner Emily Harding. “I realized that was such a great idea.”

She tasked her high school farm hands to create a scavenger hunt for socially distanced trick-or-treating. Visitors could also get an interactive, guided tour and go on pony rides.

“It’s been crazy, my helpers have already come back to refill their candy buckets a couple of times,” Harding said, about halfway through Saturday’s open hours. “At one point, it was swamped like a petting zoo — there were so many families here. It’s been really great.”

Although Halloween weekend is over, Harding said families can keep a spot on their calendar open for another Daisy Hollow Farm trip this winter.

“We’ll be doing another event in December right before Christmas, and we do pony rides all month until Christmas. We make trails through the snow, so as long as it’s not raining we’ll be able to go on a ride through the farm,” Harding said. Events and updates will be posted on the Daisy Hollow Farm Facebook page.

“I try to do events every few weeks here, and it’s great for families to get out of the house,” Harding said.