There is nothing more important during the Halloween Season than choosing the perfect pumpkin. Whether you’re looking for small sugar pumpkins to paint, or a large round one that will be easy to carve, there is likely a farm with a great pumpkin picking patch nearby. This time of year, many New Jersey farms also feature fun, family-friendly activities like hayrides, corn mazes and petting zoos. (Note for mom and dad: A few even offer some wine tastings!)
This fall, head outside with the family and enjoy the crisp October weather at one of these great pumpkin picking farms.
Where: 122 Oakdale Road, Chester
Details: Riamede Farm offers an authentic pumpkin picking experience, one where you cut the pumpkin off the vine yourself! A weekend visit to this tranquil farm includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch. (Don’t forget to bring a pair of clippers.) Riamede farm is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
More Info: Visit www.riamede.com or call 908-879-5353.
Happy Day Farm
Where: 77 Iron Ore Road, Manalapan
Details: This Monmouth County farm offers plenty of fun for the entire family. In addition to an abundant pumpkin patch, guests to the farm can enjoy a variety of fall activities including pig races, hayrides and zoo animals. Be sure to check out this year’s corn maze, honoring 75 years of Curious George. Happy Day Farm’s Pumpkin Festival takes place from September 30 through October 29. The farm is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
More Info: Visit www.happydayfarm.com or call 732-977-3607.
Where: 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
Details: Head to Terhune Orchards to find that perfect Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin. The farm’s huge pick-your-own patch features pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. During the farm’s Apple Days Fall Harvest Festival Weekends, kids can visit the paint-your-own pumpkin decorating area. Cheese pumpkins, which are perfect for baking, are also available in the farm store. Weekend activities also include music, pony rides, scavenger hunts and a corn maze. There’s even a wine tasting room on-site, featuring award-winning wines made from grapes grown at Terhune Orchards.
More Info: Visit www.terhuneorchards.com or call 609-924-2310.
Where: 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale
Details: For an interesting twist on a visit to the pumpkin patch, check out Demarest Farm’s Friday Night Movies and Pumpkin Picking. On October 6, 13 and 20, guests can take a tractor-pulled hayride to the pumpkin patch where they watch a family friendly film, Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Admission is $16 and includes the movie, hayride, one pumpkin, two petting zoos and more. The farm also features pumpkin and apple picking, and a variety of fall attractions during the rest of the week.
More Info: Visit www.demarestfarms.com or call 201-666-0472.
Melick’s Town Farm
Where: 472 Country Road 513, Califon
Details: Head to Melick’s Town Farm on weekends for a horse drawn wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch, where you can choose from the many pumpkins that are still growing on the vine. The farm also has plenty of gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn and hay bales to help you decorate your home for the fall season. In addition, Melick’s boasts a free grass maze, giant hay bales and friendly farm animals.
More Info: Visit www.melickstownfarm.com or call 908-832-2905.
Where: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
Details: Perhaps one of the most popular farms in the state, Alstede Farms features tons of fall family fun. In addition to pumpkin picking, the farm features a bounce house, hay pyramid, corn maze and farm animals. Be sure to try a scoop of the farm’s delicious homemade pumpkin ice cream while you’re there. Visitors can pick pumpkins from mid-September through mid-November. The farm gets extremely busy on weekends, but luckily, Alstede features plenty of activities during the week as well.
More Info: Visit www.alstedefarms.com or call 908-879-7189.
Norz Hill Farm
Where: 120 S Branch Road, Hillsborough
Details: Looking to go pumpkin picking during the week? Avoid the weekend crowds and head to Norz Hill Farm. From September 25 to November 1, Norz Hill offers weekday hayrides to the pumpkin patch from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. On the weekends, activities expand to include farm tours, a corn maze, a food stand, a kid’s corner and more.
More Info: Visit www.norzhillfarm.com or call 908-371-2697.
Where: 25 Bartley Road, Long Valley
Details: Located in beautiful Long Valley, Ort Farms is known for its peaceful and scenic atmosphere. The farm features a great pumpkin patch where visitors chop pumpkins off the vine. This hundred-year-old farm also features hayrides, farm animals, a corn maze and monster truck rides. Their farm stand includes fall treats such as freshly baked pies and apple cider donuts.
More Info: Visit www.ortfarms.com or call 908-876-3351.
Where: 83 Emley’s Hill Road, Cream Ridge
Details: Enjoy a scenic 25-minute hayride through beautiful Bullock Farms to their pumpkin patch. The farm offers pumpkins, gourds and ornamental squash right from the field. The wagons continuously drop off and pick up, so visitors can spend as much time as they need to find the perfect pumpkin. Bullock’s is open for pumpkin picking on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 22 through October 31. Kids can also enjoy the farm’s corn mazes and animals.
More Info: Visit www.bullockfarms.com or call 609-758-8726.
Where: 10 Tranquility Farms Lane, Allamunchy
Details: Tranquility Farms has returned to on-the-vine pumpkin picking this year. The farm’s vast fields are filled with beautiful pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. During Fall Fest, which takes place on weekends from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, guests can take a hayride to the pumpkin field for just $2. Additional activities include pumpkin launchers and corn canons, a giant bounce pillow and a corn maze.
More Info: Visit www.tranquilityfarmsnj.com or call 908-979-0303.
Heaven Hill Farm
Where: 451 State Route 94, Vernon
Details: Heaven Hill Farm is famous for its annual Great Pumpkin Festival. Known as the “largest fall festival in Northern NJ,” the annual event boasts pumpkin picking and hayrides as well as a ton of fall-themed activities including pig races, a boo barn and a trick-or-treat trail. The festival takes place on weekends and Columbus Day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
More Info: Visit www.heavenhillfarm.com or call 973-764-5144.
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- Riamede Farm / Facebook
- Happy Day Farm / Facebook
- Terhune Orchards / Website
- Demarest Farms / Website
- Melick's Town Farm / Website
- Alstede Farms / Facebook
- Norz Hill Farm / Website
- Ort Farms / Website
- Bullock Farms / Website
- Tranquility Farms / Website
- Heaven Hill Farm / Website