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.
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- Halloween around the world
- 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!
McCurdy's Pumpkins - pumpkins, gift shop, school tours
Jct Of Hwy 71 And Hwy 6, Atlantic, IA 50022. Phone: (712) 254-0045. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: 9 to 5 Saturdays and Noon to 5 on Sundays (weather permitting!) from the last weekend in September through Halloween. We also are open for group tours and special events by appointment. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Located on the east side of Atlantic, at the junction of Highway 71 and Highway 6, northeast of Wal-Mart. Click here for a map and directions.Crops are usually available in October. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. (ADDED: April 22, 2008) (UPDATED: October 24, 2010, from their website)
- Erickson's Produce - Pumpkin Patch
201 Hwy 4 North, Wallingford, Iowa 51365. Phone: 712-867-4410.
Small's Fruit Farm - U-pick apples and pumpkin patch
1844 194th Street, Mondamin, Iowa 51557. Phone: 712-646-2723, 712-646-2195. Open: winter and spring: daily, 9 to 5; Summer and Fall, daily 8 to 6 pm. When the kids are ready for pumpkin carving, bring them to the farm and let them pick their own right off the vine!
- See Korn Krazy Maze in Pottawattamie County, on the county line with Mills County
- Hawthorn Hills Tree Farm - corn maze, already picked
pumpkins and gourds for sale, School Tours, petting zoo, hay rack
rides, craft barn, play area, picnic area, FREE hot cider;
1993 A Avenue , Red Oak, IA 51533. Phone: 712-623-5647. Fax: (712) 623-6073. Email: email@example.com. Directions: 7 mi. west of Red Oak on Old Hwy. 34, then left, cross the railroad bridge, then right at the big silver gates. Open: Friday & Saturday from 10am - 5pm; Sun 1pm - 5pm, from November 28 to December 21.
- The Pudgy Pumpkin Patch & Gift Shop writes
on September 16, 2008: "We are located just a 1/2 mile outside
of Red Oak, Iowa in Montgomery County and have been in business for
approximately 4 years. We incurred two "100 year" floods last year
but we were able to get a crop in but with the 2nd flood hitting in
October many of our pumpkins went down the Nishnabotna river.
However, in 2008, with the June flooding and by the time the rains
subsided and we were able to get seed in the ground Mother Nature
decided to dry up and therefore we have no pumpkins, gourds or
Indian corn and if anyone would have access we would love to buy
some. We are two acres with a year round gift shop and from others I
have talked to in the immediate area they too have fallen on hard
time with their pumpkin crop this year. IF anyone could help us with
a basket load, truck load or whatever so we could make some smiles
on some little ones faces that like to get their pumpkins at our
place we would very much appreciate any help that could be given.
Our phone number is 712-623-4550 or e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!!!! Elaine Hollen"
(UPDATED: September 16, 2008)
3 Bee Farms - pumpkins, Pick-your-own apples,
pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, pumpkin patch-pick
in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field,
Fall festival, corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, we also have
pie pumpkins, tractor-pulled hay rides, Honey from hives on the
farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift
shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic
area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at
your location (call for info)
14922 535th Street, Griswold, IA 51535. Phone: 712-778-4256. Email: email@example.com. Open: October Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm; Sunday from 1 pm until 5 pm; Closed on Wednesdays. Directions: We are located one mile west of Griswold, IA on highway 92. Click here for a map and directions. Honey Fest September 15 and 16; Johnny Appleseed Fest September 22 and 23; Family Fun Fest September 29 and 30; Apple Days Ocotber 6 and 7; Harvest Festival October 20 and 21; Pumpkin Fest October 27 and 28. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. (ADDED: February 21, 2012)
- Ditmars Orchard - Apples, peaches, pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides
19475 225th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. Phone: 712-256-7053. Fax: 712-388-0483. Email: LyleDitmars@hotmail.com. Open: Tuesday thru Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 5 Generally open August 1 thru December 15. However, special events can scheduled. Directions: Council Bluffs Exit 8 from I-80 then east on Highway 6 one half mile to Hunt Ave. North 1 and one half miles. Click here for a map to our farm. Crops are usually available in August, September, October, November. Payment: Cash, Check. Cider made on site in season. Hot apple pie and fried apple pie with ice cream. Cider slushes. Hand poured candles and other items including gourmet sodas.
- Hawkeye Farm - corn
17024 Allis Rd, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51503. Phone: 712-366-1982, Email: Hawkeyefarm@aol.com Open 21st August - 10th November.
- Korn Krazy Maze - corn maze, haunted corn
maze, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, tractor-pulled hay rides,
pony rides - UPDATE: September 17, 2008: A visitor tells me they are now
189th & Applewood Road, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. Phone: 712-366-1982. Directions: I-29 south from Council Bluffs to Exit # 42 Bellevue right for 50 ft right on 189th north for 1/2 mile on left side. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in October. Open: Closed Mondays Tues. - Thurs 5:00 - 9:00 pm Friday 5:00 - 10:00 pm Saturday Noon - 10:00 pm Sun Noon - 6:00 pm Payment: Cash, Check. Rope MAze Hay bale jump Fire Pits to rent.
Orchard & Pumpkin Patch - Pumpkins, hay rides, corn maze and
21534 Chestnut Road, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-7397. Phone: 712-366-1505. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: The Pumpkin Patch and events will be open October 1st; Monday through Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm, Friday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 10:00 pm, Sunday from Noon to 7:00 pm. Directions: Click here for a map! Several acres of scary ripe Pumpkins to choose from, just catch a hayrack ride to the fields to select the perfect one. Haunted Barn for the kids - The theme of the barn is fairy tales, such as, "Twinkle Little Star", "Itsy Bitsy Spider", "Wizard of OZ" and others. Haunted House for those who are willing to brave it - We have converted our old 1890 farm house into a haunted house. Haunted mine for the kids - The haunted mine has jewels and coins that can be discovered by the kids and is built into a hillside. Jungle Gym - Let the kids climb and slide. Dark Barn Maze - See if you can make it out of the maze in the barn. Sand Play Area - The Sand Play area has lots of toys and activities for the kids to have fun. Take A Walk In Our Grave Yard - *Guillotine - Take out some frustrations by crushing a pumpkin with our ten foot tall guillotine. Dino Dig - Let the kids discover fossil bones of our very own T Rex discovered on the farm. Putt Putt Pumpkin - Try out our 5 hole pumpkin golf course. Train Rides for Tots - Let the little ones take a train ride around the play area. Tryke Track - Oversized trykes for the kids to have fun. Corn Maze - Have fun navigating through the corn maze. Admission $5.00 per person, age 2 and under free (UPDATED: October 27, 2010)
The Pumpkin Barn
- pumpkin patch-pick in the field,
pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze,
tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, Bounce house or pillow, gift
shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, Bouncy castle or
moon bounce, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings
and wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for
20800 Highway 92, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. Phone: 712-352-3147. Alternate Phone: 402-960-1808. Email: email@example.com. Open: Monday - Saturday 9am till 8 pm Sundays 11 am till 8 pm. Directions: exit 47 off I-29 east 2 1/2 miles on highway 92 north side of highway right next to 1st Christian Church. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Barn available for rent for all types of receptions and banquet parties (UPDATED: December 06, 2010) (ADDED: October 14, 2010)
A visitor writes on October 25, 2010: "All the fun with a reasonable price! $6/person 2 & under free! Was a fantastic alternative to the expensive pumpkin patches that have gotten way out of hand in price expecially if you have 4 kids like I do! First year open and sure to be successful in the future! I will attend next year!"
- Welch's Orchard Pumpkin Patch -pumpkin
patch - pick in the field, honey, honeybee tour
17676 Sunnydale Rd., Council Bluffs , IA 51503 . Phone: 712-323-4723. Open: Call for for hours and availability. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only.. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: September 12, 2010)
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