This page provides a detailed list of Iowa's pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay rides and other Halloween farm stuff!! Click here to see the listings of pumpkin patches, corn mazes and farms in Iowa or just scroll down the page! Some are farms, where you take a hay ride out into the field, others are elaborate farm stands with mountains of pumpkins and other activities and some are simple roadside stands. All should have loads of pumpkins to choose from. To really make it fun for your kids, look for those that have the extra activities, like a corn maze, spook house, or hayride. There is usually a small fee for the mazes (of course, the more elaborate mazes tend to charge more. Hayrides are often free. ALWAYS call before you go to confirm all information, they don't always report changes to me!We have loads of related resources here, too.
- What is the history of Halloween?
- Halloween around the world
- Halloween facts
- How to choose a pumpkin
- How to EASILY carve a beautiful Jack-O-Lantern, fully illustrated!
- How to make a pumpkin pie from an actual pumpkin (it's easy!)
- Other pumpkin recipes (pie, soup, bread, roasted seeds)
- History of the Jack-o-Lantern
- Tips for a safe and fun Halloween
- Halloween clip art
- Pumpkin Facts and What to do with the pumpkin after Halloween.
- Halloween links to Halloween web sites
On our Pick-your-own website, we also have pages with our own simple instructions on canning, freezing and drying many other fruits and vegetables, such as how to make jam, apple butter, applesauce, spaghetti sauce, salsa, pickles, ketchup or freezing corn (these links open new pages, just close them to return here). Be sure to come back at Christmas if you are looking for a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm! Look at the bottom of the page for links to resources on home canning, picking tips, recipes, etc..
I'm always looking for more to add and feedback about any patch, stand or farm you have visited, so write me using the Feedback form! And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on Add My Farm!
See this page for haunted houses!
Des Moines County
Ghost Train - haunted
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641. Phone: 319-385-2912. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: see the website. Fun at a "Haunted" train station, ghosts and goblins, fall food and fun for all ages. MCRR Running Times: 6:00 - 10:00pm. The railroad takes on an eerie feel for its annual Ghost Train. Join us for a spooktactular event on the 'Train of No Return.' Watch for more information on this exciting event. Located in McMiIllin Park in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. (UPDATED: August 18, 2008)
- Rolling Prairie Acres - Pumpkin Patch
708 E. Ringgold Street, Sigourney, Iowa 52591. Phone: 641-622-1221. Strawberry patch (in the Spring).
Appleberry Orchard - Haunted House, hayrides, Farm stand
/ farm market on a farm, Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop,
farm animals, school tours
2469 Highway 2, Donnellson, IA 52625. Phone: 319-372-1307. Email: email@example.com. Open: June - November; Check our website or call for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From the West (Donnellson/Hwy 218/27): Take Highway 2 East, Appleberry Orchard is 7 miles from Donnellson and will be on the left side of the Highway. From the East (Ft. Madison/Hwy 61): Take Highway 2 West, Appleberry Orchard is 2.5 miles from Ft. Madison and will be on the right side of the Highway. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page.
Haunted House & Hayride at Appleberry Orchard on three October weekends: Oct 12 & 13, Oct 19 & 20, Oct 26 & 27
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Fundraiser for the Donnellson Fire Department. Enter the giant Vortex Tunnel, and give your heart, and perhaps your stomach, a turn. Guests will also experience a haunted wagon ride through the ever silent orchard. The orchard never tells. Food will be available, and the Farm Market and the Petting Farm will be open during Haunted Weekends. Check back later for hours and further details. . We have a petting farm for all ages in the historic 1882 barn and a kid's play area. (ADDED: August 15, 2012, by JBS)
Harvestville Farm - pumpkins for sale in the shop
or farmstand, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field,
Fall festival, corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized
haybale maze, we also have pie pumpkins, horse-drawn hay rides,
tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, Fresh eggs, gift shop,
concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area,
birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours,
events at your location (call for info)
1977 Highway 2, Donnellson, IA 52625. Phone: 319-470-1558. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm; Sundays from 11am to 7pm, September 1st to October 31st. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Pumpkins: September 21 to October 31; Corn maze is open from September 1 to October 31; Moonlight maze is open Saturday nights in October from 7pm to 10pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Today we have over 40 acres and 175 varieties of pumpkins, squash, gourds, vegetables, and other fall ornamentals. We believe that education and entertainment go hand in hand, and we offer a variety of rural focused activities and events for families, students, and groups of all sizes and ages. To plan your next day trip to the beautiful Iowa countryside, browse our website to see all the family activities and special weekend events happening at the pumpkin patch. Kathy's Pumpkin Patch is now Harvestville Farm! Same owners, same location, same family fun! (UPDATED: October 24, 2013, from their website) (UPDATED: August 15, 2012) (UPDATED: August 10, 2009)
A visitor writes on September 3, 2007: "We make a trip to this place every year (this is our third). Looks like they just opened up again for the season on September 1st. The number of varieties of pumpkins and squash is endless. We love them. Hope this brings more folks to her place, it's really great! They have other events throughout the year, but of course, fall is their big season. "
Barnyard Blooms - pumpkin patch-pick in the field,
pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze,
tractor-pulled hay rides, gift shop, snacks and refreshment
stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties,
337 Cemetery Lane, Grandview, IA 52752. Phone: 319-729-2222. Alternate Phone: 563-299-5395. Email: email@example.com. Open: Corn Maze opens September 8th to November 1; Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch hours: Tuesday - Thursday 9 am to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am to 9 pm, and Sundays 1 pm to 6 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: While our address is technically "Wapello, Iowa", we are located about 7 miles north of Wapello on the edge of Grandview; If you are doing map search put Wapello, IA as the city. Grandview is at the intersection of highway 92 and highway 61 about 40 miles south of the Quad Cities, 20 miles south of Muscatine, and 40 miles north of Burlington. Click here for a map and directions. Pumpkin Patch opens September 29; Hayrides and Campfires: Friday nights, all day Saturdays and all day Sundays; Pumpkins, apple launching, gourds, goats, fall mums, corn stalks.
Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. We are a family owned and operated business. Located on our family farm in a large 100 year old dairy barn full of antiques, fun 'junk', home decor, country home furniture, soy candles and more!! Start a family tradition here at Barnyard Blooms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch! In the spring and summer season we are a full scale garden center and gift shop. Offering annuals, hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs, custom potted containers, perennials, trees, and shrubs.
(UPDATED: July 31, 2009)
Van Buren County
- Corn Maze - corn maze
Ottumwa, IA. Phone: 641-684-8709 641-684-0543. Open: Sep 2 2005 - October 31 2005.
Sass Family Farm -
Follows organic practices, pumpkin patch-pick in the
field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, Fall
festival, straw or hay bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides,
haunted house, farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment
stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Bouncy castle or
moon bounce, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school
3060 160th St, Riverside, IA 52327. Phone: (319) 648-3788. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 11 am to 7 pm. Directions: Directly off highway 218 (or Avenue of the Saints), 30 minutes North of Washington, Iowa & 15 minutes South of Riverside, Iowa. Please see website for map & more detailed directions. Click here for a map and directions. Sweet Corn: July 4th; Fresh Produce July through November; Fall festivities: Mid September; Pumpkinfest: October. We follow organic practices, but are not seeking certification. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: July 24, 2010) (UPDATED: October 08, 2013, from their website)
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