Never been to a pumpkin patch? Thinking of going, but you'd like a better idea of what it's like before you go? Well, here's the page for you!
Pumpkin patches vary from a small (1/8 acre grassy area, like a church lawn, where harvested pumpkins are spread out, to a true pumpkin patch, a field in which the pumpkins were grown, or gathered close by.
Most pumpkin patches have a wide variety of pumpkins, from the traditional orange jack-o-lantern to the new white and other colored pumpkins.
Gourds, Indian corn, corn stalks, Halloween decorations and pumpkin accessories are common, too!
Many pumpkin patches have other activities, like :
An air-pressure driven cannon that fires ears of corn. Who thought this up? Aim it at the target's and fire away. A working knowledge of physics or having served time in the artillery helps.
For the small children, there are often hay rides, wagon rides, petting zoo, Pony rides, concessions with hot dogs, burgers, bbq, ice cream and cotton candy are also typical.
Tips for a more fun visit!
Usually, there is no fee to enter the pumpkin patch, and hayrides and commonly free, but sometimes other activities have a small fee. You may want to bring your own drinks, water bottle and snacks to cut costs.
Pumpkin prices are usually average to above average. For the cheapest pumpkins go to Lowe's (this year, 2005, I got two 30 lb pumpkins for $6.77 each!). Pumpkin patches at the farm where they are grown are often the least expensive, and the glitzy commercial patches are the highest, along with church patches (but then, the money there is presumably going for a good cause!)
In many places, the temperature can drop quickly in the late afternoon and after dark, so be sure to bring appropriate clothing.
I hope this helps!
We have loads of other, related resources here, too.
comments, corrections, suggestions or
to recommend a farm to add?
Or write me at
Permission is given to link to any page on www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org