Fall is here. Halloween costumes have arrived at Target, the pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks, the kids are back in school and (best of all) pumpkin patches are starting to open again. It has become a family tradition to go every year at least once to a pumpkin patch, and there is no shortage of choices here in the Lake-County area. I have rounded up a handy list of all the pumpkin patches here in the area and what they have to offer.
Please remember most farms only take cash or check. We always advise you to call, check the website or check the farm’s Facebook page before heading out to check on the conditions and availability. Be sure to wear boots or old shoes as most farms are muddy.
Lake County Pumpkin Patches
27691 N . Gilmer Rd. Mundelein | 847-566-2176
Open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturdays 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sundays 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
While Country Bumpkin doesn’t have U-Pick pumpkins, it does have a Pumpkin Fest, which is GREAT for toddlers. The pumpkin fest features a barrel train ride, moonwalks, a petting zoo, a straw maze and pumpkins for sale. Paid admission is required to enter. Call or visit its website for pricing.
16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Prairie View- Lincolnshire| 847-634-3291 | Facebook
U-Pick is open Daily from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pumpkin fest runs through October 31 and boasts rides, pumpkins, inflatables, rides, food and animals. You can even feed baby kangaroos and ostriches there! Admission and parking are free but most activities cost money. See their website for pricing, and be sure to read Loralie’s 2011 review .
* Didier also has a trick-or-treat event on Halloween. Every child that comes dressed in costume will receive a FREE Halloween trick-or-treat bag with which they can then go trick or treating around the farm from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm
40 W. Higgins Rd, South Barrington | 847-428-6727
(also has a second location in Hampshire, IL, see website for that location)
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Fall Festival is open from 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. daily including weekends and Columbus Day.
Goebbert’s attractions include an animal farm (with a real giraffe you can feed) , pony rides, camel rides, wagon rides, haunted house, corn stalk maze, straw town maze and weekend pig racing. They even have a huge robotic dinosaur that you can feed pumpkins. Fall harvest market includes pumpkins, gourds, apples and apple cider. There is also a fudge shop, kettle corn, cafe, bakery and weekend corn roasting. While there is no admission price or parking fee,attractions do cost money. See website for pricing and discounts.
13236 W. Townline Rd., Waukegan | 847-662-5473 | Facebook|Google+
Open daily; see their website for hours. They have everything from hayrides, farm animals, a large corn maze, pumpkin sales and more.This farm is nice because there is no admission or parking fee. As far as activities go, you just pay for what you want to do. Read Melissa’s 2011 review .
NW corner of Hwy 41 and Kelly Rd, Wadsworth | 847-336-0120 | Facebook
Open weekends 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Their farm includes, hayrides, haunted loft, petting farm and Halloween decor. While this is not a U-Pick pumpkins farm, they still have pumpkins available for purchase. There is no admission or parking fees, but activities do have fees, see website for details. See Loralie’s 2013 review.
McHenry Area Pumpkin Patches
14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock | 815-338-5637 | Facebook
Open daily until November 1st, see website for exact hours. They carry pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes. Pumpkin cost is determined by how much they weigh, not a set fee. You have a choice to either to do U-Pick pumpkins or buy them pre-picked. After picking pumpkins you can walk through the corn maze, visit the petting zoo, go ziplining, and race on their pedal cart track. Their parking is free, but admission costs money. Admission is $9 Monday through Friday and $14 on the weekends, Children under 2 are free.
Richardson Adventure Farm
9407 Richardson Rd., Spring Grove | 815-675-9729
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Open daily, see website for hours. Richardson is home of the World’s largest corn maze! They also have a wooded picnic area, campfires, tube slide, orb riding, pedal carts, pumpkin patch, pig races, weekend wagon rides, zip line, concessions, and a brew pub. General admission is $15 adults and $12 children (ages 4-12), 3 and under FREE!
15908 Hebron Rd, Harvard | 815-648-4141 | Facebook
Open daily, see website for hours. Play area, carousel, free petting zoo, country restaurant, and a train ride make this a great place to spend a fall afternoon. The best part? Free admission and parking! Prices for pumpkins vary by weight of the pumpkin.
Shades of Autumn Festival open weekends 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. through November 1st. Admission is $15 , children under 2 are free. If you go on a Friday admission is only $12. Admission includes parking, zip-line for both children and adults, climbing web, jumping pillow, train, inflatables, hayride to the pumpkin patch and SO much more! You could easily spend a whole day here. Check out Becky’s review.
Tom’s Pumpkin Farm
10214 W Algonquin Rd, Huntley | (847) 669-3421 | Facebook
Their Fall Festival opens October 1st daily, see website for hours. Their pumpkin patch features a petting zoo, pony rides, an inflated train, a corn maze, and delicious donuts. They even have a scarecrow workshop and a paint your own pottery center. Admission is $5 for adults on weekdays and $7 for kids. On the weekends admission is $10 for both adults and children, children under 2 are free. You can pay per activity or you can buy an all you can ride wristband to save money. Our writer Shelby goes every year,check out her list why you should go too.
Southern Wisconsin Pumpkin Patches
The Elegant Farmer
Highways ES & J, Mukwongo, WI | 262-363-6770 | Facebook
Autumn Harvest Festival is open weekends 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. until October 25th. Their festival features apple and pumpkin picking, tractor wagon rides, a corn maze, pony rides, hayrides and trolley rides on the East Troy electric Railroad. You can also make your own Caramel Apple, enjoy BBQ pork sandwiches, hot cider, ice cream sundaes, or eat apple pie baked in a paper bag. Visit the market for specialty food items and a selection of local farm-raised fruits and veggies.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
33603 High Dr. (Hwy 20), Waterford, WI | 262-534-2891 | Facebook
Open 7 days a week until October 31st, see their website for hours. Large petting farm with information and hands on experiences with pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, turkey, ducks, geese and horses. Jump in a haymow, picnic area, pony rides, tractor drawn hayrides and pick your own pumpkins in October. General admission is $13.75 per person, children under 1 are free. Check out Heather’s review.
Happ’s Pumpkin Patch
24120 Wilmot Rd, Trevor WI |262-862-6515 | Facebook
Attractions are only open on the weekends, but the pumpkin patch is open all week; Call 262-862-6515 for hours. Their pumpkin patch is ranked on of the best in stat because of their train rides, hayrides, a “ghoul bus”, a corn maze, carnival games,a Thomas the Train your kids can climb on, and a haunted house.
Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm
7150 18th Street, Kenosha WI 262- 859-2645 | Facebook
Open daily through October 31st 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. They have pumpkins, hayrides,food, a haunted forest, and , and rides. Admission and parking are free, but attractions cost money. All attractions are weather permitting and have pricing ranging from $3-$5. Check out Dawn’s Review .
Thompson Strawberry Farm
Hwy 50, Bristol, WI | 262-857-2353 | Facebook
Open daily through Halloween, check their website for hours. U-pick pumpkins and gourds available now through the end of October. call the hotline before you go to make sure the pumpkins are ripe. What is unique about Thompson Strawberry Farm is they give you the option to pay a set fee which allows you to fill up your car with as many pumpkins as you can fit. You can also pay for individual pumpkins if you would rather.
What’s your families favorite pumpkin patch? Tell us in the comments!