America may have started to be introspective and critical of its everything-pumpkin-flavored obsession, but we count on pumpkin patches remaining a fall favorite standby. We need pumpkins to decorate, to cook, to carve, to smash — ’tis the season.
There are plenty of family-friendly and affordable opportunities, so get out there and enjoy the autumn weekends with this handy pumpkin patch and hayride guide.
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Now to Oct. 31
A tractor transports you out to the field to pick pumpkins. There is also a Boo House, hay maze, tractor rides, donut shop (weekends) and gift shop.
Cost: Pumpkins run $3 to $20. All you can carry for $20. Free hayrides.
Open: Weekday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (starting Oct. 9)and Saturday and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last hayride at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 4:30 p.m. on weekends.
12607 Old Ridge Road, Hanover
Oct. 1 to Oct. 31
Get your pumpkins at this nursery, in addition to all your seasonal decoratives (straw bales, mums, kales, pansies, evergreens). Hayrides available on weekends. Walk out on the weekdays, with a wagon for hauling.
On Halloween they host the Pumpkin Chunkathon to benefit Hanover ARC. There will be carnival game for kids, a costume contest and food vendor. Hurl pumpkins at castle! Event runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: Pumpkins are 45 cents. All you can carry, from the field for $20.
Open: Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., last call around 5:30 p.m. Sat: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.. Sunday: 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
11374 Ashcake Road, Ashland
Phone: (804) 798-2280
Open weekends, through Nov. 8
Lots of family fun and an old time farm experience. Every weekend in October there are hayrides out to the field to choose your own pumpkin, tour the corn maze, check out the farm animals and face or pumpkin painting.
Treasure hunts, geocache and even scarecrow building (bring your own clothes). There will be sunset hayrides the last two weekends in October.
Cost: A $5 admission per person between the ages of 2 and 62, or use the family rate $15. Fee includes all farm activities. Pumpkins prices range from $2 – $18.
Pumpkins and scarecrow making priced separately, $8 if you bring clothes/$16 if not. Discounted admission to groups of 25+ and military families are $10.
Open: Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
off of Rt 617 at North in Mathews County
Open weekends all of October, through Nov.1
Pumpkin patch, hayride, corn maze and tour the working horse farm.
Cost:.79 cents a pound/orange pumpkins or .99 cents/Heirloom and $1/decorative gourds
Open: Every Saturday and Sunday till dark
12204 Pinhook Road, Rockville
Open Oct. 9 – Oct. 31
Free tractor rides to the pumpkin patch, every 15 minutes. Also kids activities (some for a small fee) like train rides, hay bale maze, face painting, moon bounce.
Cost: Free entry, fee for some children’s activities. Pumpkins are .59 cent per pound. The maximum price for any pumpkin will be $39.99.
Open: Fridays 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Also open Monday thru Thursday 2-6 p.m. with limited activities which still include tractor-pulled wagon rides to the field, castle moon bounce, straw maze and the newest inflatable for toddlers, Animal Kingdom.
2100 Ruffin Mill Road, South Chesterfield
Open weekends until Oct. 31
Tons of activities, games and animals for the kids. There’s no way anyone would be bored. See website for full list. Food onsite to enjoy.
Cost: Pumpkins cost .39 cents a pound. Admission/parking is free, some activities cost extra. Prices range from free to the $18.99 “Super Activity Pass” which includes zombie paintball, corn maze, gem mining and more. See website for complete details.
Open: Thursday/Friday 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
26002 Pear Orchard Road, Moseley
Open daily through Oct. 31
Check out this spot for an “on the farm” family experience that comes with lots of seasonal activities like spooky house tours, straw bale maze, hayrides and lots of pumpkins.
Cost: General admission and parking are free. Pumpkins cost .54/per pound.
Open: 8 a.m. to dusk
4506 Millers Lane, Richmond
A free Halloween movie night for families in the outdoor hay bale theater. In addition to movie nights and hayrides, Tom Leonard’s has heaps of locally grown pumpkins, and also specialty pumpkins, gourds, fall squash, straw bales, and cornstalks.
Cost: Pumpkins are priced around $2.50 to $8.00
Open: Movies start at 7 p.m.
Oct. 9: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Oct. 16: The Jetson’s Haunted Halloween
Oct. 23: Spooky Bats and Scaredy Cats
4150 Brookriver Drive, Glen Allen
Skinquarter Farm Market
Runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 31
Pumpkins and hayrides!
Pick your own for 39¢ lb. No pumpkins over $15. Pie pumpkins are $2.49 each. Mini Pumpkins are 75¢ each.
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
20800 Hull Street Road Moseley
Pumpkin and Halloween related events.
Oct. 24, Saturday
Innsbrook’s Great Pumpkin Palooza
Saturday, Oct. 25
Immediately following Short Pump Rotary’s Great Pumpkin Race. Festival staples like pony rides, petting zoos, and bouncy houses with fun live entertainment. Also, enjoy some seasonal festivities, including costume contests and a straw bale maze.
Fill up with an assortment of food from BBQ and kettle corn to gyros and souvlaki. Beer on-site.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4951 Lake Brook Drive
Grab your pooch, and your costume. Event is fundraiser for The Friends of Hanover Dog Parks and the Hanover Humane Society. There will be music, beer, carnival games, and a costume contest for the dogs.
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Center of the Universe Brewing
11293 Air Park Rd
Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival
The pumpkin festival for the city, and beyond. Expect a heap of pumpkin foods, craft beer and live music, but there is also an emphasis on family events. There is an expanded kid’s zone, according to organizers.
Noon to 6 p.m.
Free to enter, food and drink prices vary.
On the Boulevard.