Get a head start on fall Sept. 12-13 at the 31st annual Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival. Learn how to build a traditional life-size scarecrow, or create a unique replica of your kids’ most-loved TV character or your favorite movie star ($25 per scarecrow, reservations recommended). You’ll find plenty of inspiration—and cool photo ops—among the many colorful scarecrows lining the village’s brick pathways. Also keep an eye out for stilt-walkers, strolling musicians and jugglers. Other events include pumpkin pie-eating contests, a pumpkin-painting workshop, and live music from Soul Custody and the Blue Roots Bluegrass Band. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Call (215) 794-4000 or visit peddlersvillage.com. —Beth Colman
Mark summer’s end amidst a 33-acre agrarian wonderland at the Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show and Country Fair Sept. 5-7. The event features equestrian competitions, an antique car show, face painting, small carnival rides, and vendors selling everything from handcrafted jewelry to fine art. Each day holds different competitions, including the Pony Club Games on Saturday, which showcase the agility of riders and their horses. Monday offers a special “Ask the Judge” clinic designed to school inquiring minds and aspiring contestants on what the judges look for when scoring horse competitions. 8 a.m.-dusk. Route 100, Uwchland. Call (610) 458-3344 or visit ludwigshorseshow.org. —Amanda Doyle
With rumors of the possible kidnapping of George Washington, young guests become spies-in-training to uncover the traitors in the new Valley Forge Secrets & Spies Tour at Valley Forge National Historical Park thru Sept. 5. Kids learn 18th-century spy techniques (invisible ink, counterespionage, searching for secret messages) as they foil the plot—all while exploring key historic sites. Ages 8 and up. Tour departs Saturdays at 2 p.m. from the train station at Washington’s Headquarters. $16. 1400 N. Outerline Drive, King of Prussia. Call (215) 629-4026 or visit historicphiladelphia.org.