The Little Lake County pumpkin guide contains paid listings .
In October, it is practically your civic duty to have a pumpkin outside of your home. Lots of places sell them, but is less fun to grab one at the grocery store when you can go and pick your own at a real farm. There are several farms in Lake County, McHenry County, and Southern Wisconsin bursting with the perfect pumpkin you’re looking for.
Please remember that many of these are working farms and therefore will be muddy and cash is always preferred. Please be sure to check the links in the listings for the most up to date information on each farm.
Featured Pumpkin Patch:
Fall family traditions start at All Seasons Orchard. Our pumpkin patch opens at the end of September. In addition to pumpkin picking, we also have apple picking, a corn maze, petting zoo, jumping pillow, mini zip line, and 30 more activities. Don’t miss Honeycrisp picking or the weekend magic shows and pig races! Grab lunch in the Country Kitchen or Country Concession. We also press apple cider on-site, make caramel from scratch, and make donuts daily. Fall fun and seasonal treats are what we do best!
This has to be the best orchard/pumpkin patch in the area! This is our 5th year and we had a blast! The staff is friendly and hands down the best cider donuts! Thanks for another wonderful time! – Michelle W
Lake County Pumpkin Patches
21675 W Hawley Street, Mundelein | (224) 475-7454
Opening the end of September, check their website for updates.
We are a local, family owned, pumpkin farm, where you can pick your own pumpkins or grab one from our stand! No parking fees, too!
27691 N. Gilmer Road, Mundelein | (847) 566-2176
Opening Date TBA
While Country Bumpkin doesn’t have U-pick pumpkins, it does have a Pumpkin Fest, which is GREAT for toddlers. Our writer, Cheryl, has gone before and had a great experience. The pumpkin festival features a barrel train ride, moonwalks, a petting zoo, a straw maze, and pumpkins for sale. Paid admission is required to enter, although their website sometimes has coupons.
16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Prairie View, Lincolnshire | 847-634-3291
Open Daily September 22nd – October 31st
Pumpkin Fest at Didier Farms has all you need for the perfect day-long, fall adventure. Enjoy carnival-style rides, bounce inflatables, partake in the new silly string asylum, and pet exotic animals. Admission and parking are free, but most activities cost money. Be sure to read Loralie’s 2011 review .
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm
40 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington | 847-428-6727
(There is also a second location in Hampshire; see Little McHenry County for details)
Open daily, September 15 – October 31st
Goebbert’s is one of those pumpkin patches that you really can spend the whole day at. Their farm boasts over 50 different animals, a wagon ride, a pumpkin eating dinosaur that you have to see to believe, pig races, and more. They have numerous photo opportunities, as well as climbing structures for toddlers. We went there and had a blast years back. While there is no admission price or parking fee, attractions do cost money. See website for pricing and discounts. Read Tracy’s review.
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
13236 W. Townline Road, Waukegan | 847-662-5473
Open daily beginning September 15th; see their website for hours.
Kroll’s has everything from hayrides ($3 a ride), farm animals (goats, donkeys, sheep, chickens, and turkeys), a large corn maze, pumpkin sales, and more. Most pumpkins at Kroll’s range in price from $1 – $20, they carry some specialty pumpkins as well. Kroll’s does not charge for admission or parking. Please note they are a cash only farm. Read Melissa’s 2011 review .
NW corner of Hwy 41 and Kelly Road, Wadsworth | 847-336-0120
Open Saturdays & Sundays all October
This farm includes thousands of pumpkins for purchase, hayrides, a children’s haunted loft, petting farm, and Halloween decor. While this is not a U-pick pumpkin farm, they still have pumpkins available for purchase. You can also purchase gourds, taffy apples, refreshments, and hay bales. There is no admission or parking fee, but activities do have small fees. Check the website for details, and take a look at Loralie’s 2013 review.
McHenry County Pumpkin Patches
14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock | 815-338-5637
Pumpkins will be available mid-September
While All Seasons is famous for its apples, they also have great pumpkins as well. You can either pick your own and pay for pumpkins or you can purchase pre-picked pumpkins. Following an afternoon of picking the perfect pumpkin, head to the barnyard for activities. Then, eat at their country kitchen. While parking is free, e ntry into the pumpkin patch requires a Barnyard Ticket and pumpkins are an additional charge.
Find all the McHenry County Pumpkin patches at Little McHenry County.
Southern Wisconsin Pumpkin Patches
The Elegant Farmer
Highways ES & J, Mukwongo, WI | (262) 363-6770
Open Saturdays & Sundays, September 8-Oct 21
Their annual Autumn Harvest Festival is fun for everyone in the whole family. With its train rides, pony rides, corn maze, and make-your-own caramel apples, you can truly spend an entire afternoon there. When you work up an appetite, head to the Smilin’ Barn Cafe and eat BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, slices of pie, homemade chili with scoop chips, loaded spuds, or homemade chicken pot pie. Admission and parking are free to Autumn Harvest Fest, but pumpkins, food, and activities cost money. Pumpkins are a set price at $5 for a medium pumpkin, $8 for a large pumpkin, and $12 for an extra large. Read Laura’s experience at The Elegant Farmer.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
33603 High Drive (Hwy 20), Waterford, WI | (262) 534-2891
Open weekends in October
While this is one of those farms you just hear people gushing about, don’t write it off as just a farm. They are also a pumpkin patch in the month of October. All of the animals they are famous for are there as well as all of the farm activities, however they also have pumpkins! Check out Heather’s review and check Groupon before heading out!
Happ’s Pumpkin Patch
24120 Wilmot Rd, Trevor WI | (262) 862-6515
Opening date TBD
This pumpkin patch is ranked one of the best in state because of their train rides, hayrides, a “ghoul bus,” a corn maze, carnival games, a Thomas the Train climbing feature, and a haunted house. They also often sell pumpkins by the trunk.
Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm
7150 18th Street, Kenosha, WI | 262- 859-2645
Open daily in pumpkin season, see website for hours
Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin farm has pumpkins, hayrides, animals, concession style food, a Giant Bounce Pillow, a haunted forest, face painting, a 6 acre corn maze, and rides. Admission is $5 Mondays – Thursdays 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and $10 on weekends. Admission includes unlimited activities (some exclusions may apply). Check out Dawn’s Review .
Thompson Strawberry Farm
Hwy 50, Bristol, WI | (262) 857-2353
Open September & October
Thompson Farm has U-pick pumpkins and gourds. Check the conditions page on the website before you go to make sure the pumpkins are ripe. Sometimes they close if there has been too much rain as the fields get too messy. What is unique about Thompson Strawberry Farm is that you can pay a set fee ($70) which allows you to fill up your car with as many pumpkins as you can. You will be the kid’s hero for letting them take home a whole trunk full of pumpkins! You can also purchase individual pumpkins here. There are no frills.
Which patch is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!
Disclosure: Promotional fees were paid for upgraded listings in this guide.