Craving a fall family adventure but stumped for ideas? Pumpkin spice and everything nice, that’s what these 8 holiday ideas are made of! Whether you’re planning to carve a jack-o-lantern for Halloween or a bake a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, these awesome pumpkin patches are the place to be. Plan a fall family adventure in the US, Canada or the UK and get ready for hay rides, corn mazes and more family activities (and pumpkins) than you can count!
1. Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch – Middletown, Maryland
Just an hour’s drive from both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch has been letting visitors pick their own pumpkins since 1994. The 30-acre family-owned farm is packed with activities as well as a fruitful pumpkin patch that is spread across 3,000 square feet. Families can enjoy hayrides, horse-drawn wagon rides and getting to know the many animals that live on the farm. Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch is owned and operated by Huffer Family Farm, a seven-generation working farm just outside Middletown, Maryland, and only 15 minutes from Frederick. The pumpkin patch started as a roadside stand and has since expanded to include a 15-acre corn maze, plus a General Store, Craft Attic and Snack Shack.
Opening hours & admission fees for Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch (2019 season)
Open: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from September 21 to October 31
Fees and admission price
- Monday through Thursday, free admission – pick your own pumpkins, shop, browse farm-grown mums, visit the petting zoo, play area and picnic pavilion
- Fridays, free admission – includes Monday through Friday activities plus unlimited hayrides, corn maze and Craft Attic
- Saturdays and Sundays, $5 Farm Festival admission – includes all farm activities, plus a jumping pillow, pedal cart corral, pony rides, face painting, Corn Cannon and concession stands. Some Farm Festival activities have additional charges.
NOTE: Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch asks that family pets not be brought to the farm
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2. Ackerman Family Farms – Morton, Illinois
As family friendly as the folks who run it, Ackerman Family Farms in Morton is a fun place to spend a fall day while picking the perfect pumpkin. Run by fourth- and fifth-generation family members, Ackerman Family Farms invites visitors to stop and smell the flowers, particularly the mums that are grown on the farm. Guests also can explore a massive corn maze, enjoy hay rack rides, pet kid-friendly animals and find plenty of food and drinks to keep them going all day. Besides home-grown pumpkins, Ackerman Family Farms also sells farm-fresh gourds and squash: just look for the “Fancy Pumpkins” patch!
Admission fees and opening hours for Ackerman Family Farms
Open: third week of August to October 31
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday
Admission: free, but activities may include additional fees
Ackerman Family Farms is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Chicago and a 15-minute drive from Peoria.
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3. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch – Culver City, California
Bizarre, fun-filled and even a little creepy, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City aims to satisfy visitors’ hankering for Halloween as much as to feed families’ fall fever. Despite the name, the local haunt just outside Los Angeles is far more than a pumpkin patch. The well-loved facility offers L.A.-area children the opportunity to experience real farm life while celebrating Halloween in a more traditional style. Visitors can enjoy Pumpkin Village and pumpkin decorating along with pony rides, face painting, a super slide, giant rocking horses, a petting zoo and a straw maze. Throughout the fall season, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch offers a variety of special events, including an annual pet costume contest and a special night of trick-or-treating on the farm.
Admission price and opening hours for Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Open: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Tickets: Ultimate Kids Pass, $30; ticket packages – 10 tickets for $9, 20 tickets for $17, 40 tickets for $33; individual tickets are $1 each. Activities are priced individually.
NOTE: Dogs on leashes can visit Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch Monday through Thursday until October 17.
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4. Downey’s Farm Market – Brampton, Ontario
Downey’s Farm Market hosts season activities year-round, but one of its most popular events is Downey’s Pumpkinfest, featuring wagon rides, farm animals, weekend entertainment and an 8-acre corn maze. Family owned and operated since 1920, Downey’s Farm Market is located just 30 minutes outside Toronto and is a perfect place to spend a fall day with the family. During Downey’s Pumpkinfest, children are treated to a number of activities, including face painting and building scarecrows. Adults can browse through the on-site farmer’s market to discover what the farm produces throughout the year. Visitors can take home farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and scrumptious baked goods, but best of all, they can sample ice cream, homemade preserves, cheeses and fresh fudge on site!
Opening hours and entrance fees for Downey’s Farm Market
Open: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; Downey’s Pumpkinfest runs from September 21 to October 31
Downey’s Pumpkinfest admission fees: $9.73 (plus tax), weekdays; $14.16 (plus tax), weekends and holidays; $63.71 (plus tax), weekend and holiday family rate (2 adults, 3 children)
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5. Richmond Country Farms – Richmond, BC
Situated on the outskirts of Vancouver, Richmond Country Farms in Richmond hosts pumpkin patch weekends during the fall season, and families can enjoy wagon rides, farm animals and lots of live entertainment. Children will meet Polly Pumpkin and Strawberry Shortcake while exploring the farm, and adults can kick back for hay wagon ride around the farms’ scenic duck ponds and waterfalls. All guests to Richmond Country Farm are treated to a free pumpkin – and a bag to carry it in – as well as a homegrown Spartan apple to snack on later!
Opening hours and tickets for Richmond Country Farms Pumpkin Patch Weekends
Open: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends and holidays; 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays
Cost of admission: $11, weekdays; $14, weekends and holidays; $4, miniature train ride
NOTE: Dogs on leashes are welcome at Richmond Country Farms but are not permitted in the pumpkin patch.
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6. Cannon Hall Farm – South Yorkshire, UK
Open for eight days only in October the pumpkin patch at Cannon Hall Farm is a brilliant way to celebrate fall while learning wizardry! The Cannon Hall Farm Pumpkin Festival & Wizardry School encourages participants to dress the part while picking pumpkins and discovering new spells and magic tricks. Children can enter the Forbidden Forest to compete for prizes, and while pumpkins are up for sale, every child gets to take one home for free. Tickets include access to an outdoor adventure playground, an indoor playground, sheep and ferret races, milking demonstrations, tractor-trailer rides, Shire horse talks and meerkat sessions.
Ticket prices & opening hours for Cannon Hall Farm Pumpkin Festival & Wizardry School
Festival dates: October 19 and 20 and October 26 through 31
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (final admission is 5 p.m., and guests must leave the farm by 6:30 p.m.)
Admission fee: adults and children 2 and older, £13.95 at gate (£10.95 online); children younger than 2, free (individual activity fees may apply)
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7. Cantref Adventure Farm – Brecon, UK
Cantref Adventure Farm is a popular place to spend a day any time of the year, but when Harry Trotter and The Pumpkin Patch, crowds line up! Located in the rolling hills of Brecon Beacons National Park (one hour north of Cardiff), Cantref Adventure Farm hosts the annual fall festival in October and November. The fun-filled event includes pumpkin carving, Halloween bingo, skeleton building and tons more games and adventures. Children and adults can sign up for the pumpkin launching competition after experiencing the Swamp Ride. Another popular event is the Frightfully Fun Treasure Hunt, where participants are guaranteed a prize after following clues placed all around the farm.
Hours and admission fees for Cantref Adventure Farm’s Harry Trotter and The Pumpkin Patch
Open: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. October 26 to November 4
Tickets: adults and children (93 cm tall and above), £11.50; children under 93 cm, free; seniors, £10.50; guests with disabilities, £6; registered caregivers, £5
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8. Piglets Adventure Farm – York, UK
Just outside York, Piglets Adventure Farm awaits families looking for a fun and spooky fall adventure. The rural, working farm undergoes a transformation in the fall to host Piglets Adventure Farm’s Pumpkin Festival, which includes loads of fall activities with a spooky twist. Ticket holders enjoy a day of fun that includes picking pumpkins, watching performances by Skeleton Stilt Walkers and exploring the Mysterious Maze. Guests can dress up and compete in the Halloween fancy dress competition, and two lucky visitors will be crowned Pumpkin King and Queen!
Visiting hours and ticket prices for Piglets Adventure Farm’s Pumpkin Festival
Dates and times: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every weekend in October and daily from October 26 to November 3
Tickets: adults, £9.95; children 1 to 16 years old, £11.95 (free pumpkin included). Book online and save up to £1.
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