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Ballston Lake farm keeps scares simple

"We grow them ourselves; we don't get them out of boxes, so when we run out, they're gone," said Draina.

The family has run the pick-your-own patch for four years, and this year there's a way to get more pumpkins for your money, if you are strong and don't care about looking a bit silly.

At the pumpkin course, you pay $10 for all the orange orbs you can carry across a short bed of sawdust and through tires. It's a small obstacle course and many adults have emerged victorious.

"The other day, a woman walked through it with $20 worth of pumpkins," laughed Draina. "She was a pretty large woman, but still, it's mostly the dads that try it."

Scott Draina runs the cider doughnut operation, so adults can sip coffee and munch while the kids traverse a spooky trail to the witch's house. Spoiler alert! The green-faced witch may look fake, but she's not.

"I sit very still until the kids come up and touch me, and then I jump at them, and they scream," said Allison Setter, Doug's sister. "Then I make them feel better by giving them candy."

"We may do more in years to come," said Draina. "But for now, we don't want to commercialize it; we want to keep it family."

Mitch's pumpkin patch is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. now through Halloween. ""

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