Looking for a great pumpkin? This is our best pumpkin-farm list ever

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Pickers show off their apple selections at Apple Holler in Sturtevant, Wisc.

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Why sit around and wait for the Great Pumpkin? Picking your own pumpkins, going on hayrides, feeding carrots to giraffes, getting lost in corn mazes, riding ponies and getting your face painted is all in a day's fun at these local pumpkin patches. Be sure to see our interactive map at the bottom.

Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey
850 Butterfield Rd.
Aurora, IL 60602
(630) 897-6936

Open Sept. 21 - Oct. 28. The hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Columbus Day. In addition to one of the largest corn mazes in Kane County, Abbey Farms has wood fires and a fun, non-haunted, evening flashlight corn maze on Saturday evenings. New this fall is a second simple corn maze, new jumpy huts and a petting zoo for the first three weekends in October. Back again are the Tee-Pee Town Adventure Course, Wildwood picnic grove, the Tractor Experience, hayrides, the family game zone and the pedal race track. All farm activities are included in the price. New at the Tumbleweed Grill and Snack Stand are homemade apple cider donuts and funnel cakes and unlimited apple toppings bar. Admission: $9 adults; $3 seniors; under 2 free. Cash or check only.

All Seasons Apple Orchard
14510 Illinois Rte. 176
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338-5637

The 12-acre corn maze contains three miles of pathways and a look-out bridge. A wagon will take you to the pumpkin patch, where thousands of pumpkins await. Other activities include a farm market, jumping pillow, pony rides, petting zoo, cow train, pumpkin blaster, a hay mountain, children's rides, giant tube slide, mini zip line and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Columbus Day. Admission: $7-$18. Credit cards accepted. No pets.

Apple Holler
5006 S. Sylvania Ave.
Sturtevant, WI 53177
(847) 886-8500

Apple Holler has so much to offer beyond pumpkin picking and hay rides. They have a full restaurant, a bakery and live musical shows. This family operated business also has many barnyard animals and a full garden center. Catered food is available and their pig roasts are the most popular.

Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm
13341 W. 151 St.
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 301-3276

General admission to Bengston's annual Pumpkin Fest includes a new mega fun slide, a large playground, a vortex straw tunnel, pig races ten times daily, friendly fun and spooky haunted barns, a feeding and petting zoo and a corn maze with gravel paths that are stroller and wagon-friendly. Not to be missed are the two pumpkin launchers; the smaller catapult will toss a pumpkin more than a hundred feet in the air. Co-owner Dave Bengston said that he doesn't have quite enough real estate to test the full potential of the pneumatic cannon. "It'll launch a pumpkin a thousand feet or more," he said.

Bentz Road Farm
6109 85th St.
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
(262) 697-9851

You'll find fresh grown vegetables, pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, a petting zoo and hay rides on the nearly 40 acres at Bentz Road Farm. What sets it apart from the many other pumpkin patches, however, is its guided nature walks, professional photography, spa events and plethora of landscaping trees. This is truly a beautiful farm.

Country Bumpkin Enterprises
E9745 Country Road P
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 254-2311

Owners Cindy and Charlie Rhinehart, started Country Bumpkin farm market in 1997, and they've slowly been growing their business into what it is today. "We grow many different sizes and shapes of wacky pumpkins and gourds," said Cindy. "We also have a Country Bumpkin Express - a train ride that is pulled by a tractor that my husband drives, to pick your own pumpkins." In 2006, they grew an 800-pound pumpkin.

Didier Farms
16678 W. Aptakisic Rd.
Prairie View, IL 60069
(847) 634-3291

Didier Farms grows a wide variety of pumpkins, including Big Macs that weigh more than 50 pounds. Go for a hayride, and don't forget your cell phone in case you get lost in the corn maze. Kids can learn about Indian teepees and baby chicks. "We have many teaching materials in our educational barn that explain how chicks grow and their life cycle," said Barb Didier, from Didier Farms.

Dollinger Family Farm
7502 E. Hansel Rd.
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 467-6766

Pumpkin patch, four-acre corn maze, petting zoo and farm animals, horse-drawn hay rides, steam train rides, farm playground, spooky family barn and Abyss Haunted Barn ($25 admission.) The farm is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily Sept. 28 - Oct. 30. Free admission, activities cost extra. Some activities are only available on weekends; check its website.

Garden Patch Farms & Orchard
14154 W. 159th St.
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 301-7720

Pumpkins, fall flowers and other decorations; as well as a Halloween bounce house, fall decorations, a roadside market. Open daily 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. through December.

Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm & Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Rd.
South Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 428-6727

Start your fall family day at Goebbert's Fall Harvest Market for fall decorations and farm-fresh vegetables. Then take the kids to Animal Land to see the pumpkin eating dinosaur and all sorts of barnyard and exotic animals. Goebbert's general manager Sue Murdock said that the Giraffe Barn is not to be missed. "You'll be able to walk up a ramp and be eye-to-eye with the giraffes."

Harms Farm Garden Center
4727 W. Crystal Lake Rd.
McHenry, IL 60050
(815) 385-5385

The farm is open for its fall festival season from Oct. 1-31. Hours are 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on weekends. In addition to lots of pumpkins, you'll find a pumpkin train, bounce house, fun house, spook house, corn maze, petting zoo, Nessie's Nest and haunted walk.

Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm
4853 Route 52
Minooka, IL 60447
(815) 475-7373

In 2009, the Heap family grew a pumpkin that weighed more than 600 pounds. You'll find pumpkins both great and small nestled in the 25 acre-pumpkin patch. In addition, this farm offers hay rides, a soy bean maze, moonlight hay rides, a kiddie corn box, giant corn maze, concessions, a haunted corn maze on weekends, animals and fall plants. Open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily until Oct. 31. Free admission; activities cost extra.

Johansen Farms
710 W. Boughton Rd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Seven acres of kids' attractions in their Children's Zoo. Kids can interact with chickens, pigs, ducks, goats and rabbits; plus take hayrides, train rides and pony rides. There's an inflatable castle and air slides available on weekends, and pre-picked pumpkins in the gift barn. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily to Oct. 31. Admission: $7.50 weekdays; $10.50 weekends and Columbus Day. Children 23 months and under free. Credit cards accepted.

Keller's Farmstand
2500 Johnson Rd.
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 554-1325

Pick-your-own pumpkins daily; and special fall-themed activities on the weekends. Activities include a 12-acre corn maze, rope maze, hay wagon rides, animal barn, pedal tractors, kids' straw maze, grain boxes; and a large kid's play area. Admission: $6; kids 3 and under free. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekends from Sept. 22 through Oct. 28.

Kroll's Fall Harvest Farm
13236 W. Townline Rd.
Waukegan, IL 60087
(847) 662-5733

Ruthann and Randy Kroll, owners of Kroll's Farm, have outdone themselves with this year's corn maze depicting a barn and silo. Ruthann designs the maze on graph paper, and the corn is cut to design when it's about a foot tall. "Once the corn plants have matured, machetes are used to trim all of the leaves from out of the paths," Ruthann said. "Then, we put woodchips on the paths a wheelbarrow at a time; a big job!" Visitors play a game in the maze helped by information and checkpoint signs. The emphasis is on agricultural education. See also the hayrides and farm animals.

Konow's Corn Maze
16849 S. Cedar Rd.
Homer Glen, IL 60441
(708) 301-8845

New this year is an indoor play area with a corn pit, bouncers and rides next to the concessions barn, for those days when it's just too hot or too cold outside. Other activities include a 3.5-mile corn maze, pedal tractor track, indoor playland, mechanical bull rides, a kiddie corn maze, pumpkins, hayrides, petting zoo, straw bale playground, corn pit, cornfield bouncer, tricycle track, jumping pillow, cow train and evening bonfires. Also new this year is an Oktoberfest celebration on several days with beer, wine and music in the Tilsy Barn. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult in the giant corn maze. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily Sept. 22-Oct. 30. Admission: $9; kids 2 and under free.

Kuipers Farm
1N318 Watson Rd.
Maple Park, IL 60151
(815) 827-5200

New at the farm this year is a mountain slide. Other attractions include pony rides, farm animals, hayrides, jumping pillow, train rides, pumpkin patch, cornstalk tunnel, haunted forest, pedal tractors, playground, bean bag toss, giant chess and checkers and a refreshment stand. This year's giant corn maze celebrates 100 years of Girl Scouting. Admission: $8.75 weekdays, $11.75 weekends and Columbus Day. $5 seniors 65 and older. Children 2 and under free. Rides cost extra on weekends and holidays. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 23-Oct. 30.

Larson's Family Farm
4404 Somonauk Rd.
Sandwich, IL 60548
(815) 786-2249

Fall activities include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, bonfires, spooky hayrides, old-time playground, enchanted woods and spooky cemetery. Open for school tours and private parties. Open in October; call for hours. Free admission.

Norton's Hollow
39W369 Illinois Highway 64
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 377-8118

Sadly, there will be no corn maze this year due to the summer draught. The Norton Hollow playground is for children ages 2-10, and includes straw mazes, corn bundle tunnel, animals, a straw mountain and other activities. Admission: $3, seniors $2, kids 2 and under free. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Patch 22
15900 W. Kelly Rd. NW
Wadsworth, IL 60083
(847) 336-0120

At Patch 22, kids can pick pumpkins from a pony patch. "We have a big pony field where the kids can ride ponies," said Dan Kelly, owner of Patch 22. "We decided to put a pumpkin patch out there and it was a big hit." Pony rides are open Saturdays and Sundays in October, and kids who ride can pick free pumpkins while they last. The first couple of weekends will be the best time to pick pumpkins, which will also be available in the yard all month. "We're a down-home kind of farm. We're not an amusement park with high prices," Kelly said. "We're family operated and owned."

Randy's Vegetables
15N440 Randall Rd.
Sleepy Hollow, IL 60118
(847) 428-5244

The fall festival includes corn maze and pumpkins as well as pony rides, concessions, train rides and petting zoo on the weekends. Free admission. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily through October.

Susanna Farms
24153 W. Townline Rd.
Lake Villa, IL 60046
(847) 838-0798

The Heffernan family runs Susanna Farms, and the children and grandchildren help plant pumpkin seeds and tend the patch for its annual Family Harvest Days. The festival features hayrides, corn mazes, face painting and crafts. Laura Heffernan, youngest of the eleven Heffernan children, said, "The land was originally purchased by my maternal grandparents in the 1930s, and we are happy that we are able to keep it as open space and farm land. A portion of it was also recently sold to the Lake County Forest Preserve and will remain as Bluebird Meadow for the public to enjoy."

Siegel's Cottonwood Farms
17250 S. Weber Rd.
Crest Hill, IL 60441
(800) 304-3276

Tractor-pulled hayracks take visitors out to the pumpkin patch, where acres of pumpkins lay in wait. Other activities include two corn mazes, three play lands, a kiddie tractor maze, dwarf slide, giant slide, climbing wall, pumpkin patch moonwalk, haunted fun barn, petting zoo, kiddie train, ghost town railroad, spooky spiral, gem mine, pony rides (weekends), café, obstacle course, tee ball challenge, corn crib, Halloween shop and Statesville Haunted Prison haunted house ($30 admission). Admission: $12; kids 2 and under free weekdays; $14 weekends and Columbus Day. Online tickets available; $2-off online coupon. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily from Sept. 22-Oct. 31.

Sonny Acres Farm
29W310 North Ave.
West Chicago, IL 60185
(630) 231-3859

Activities include pumpkin patch, spook shed, Dizzy Zone, Kiddie Koral, hayrides, costume shop, hay maze, train and pony rides and giant slide. The haunted barn is open on weekends, and the haunted wagon rides run weekends in October. Costume shop, novelty loft and harvest barn. Admission free; pay per attraction. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31.

Swan's Pumpkin Farm
5930 Highway H
Franksville, WI 53126
(262) 835-4885

Farmer Ken Swan said, "Making pumpkin time the best time. It's all about quality family time." Swan's Pumpkin Farm is in its 33rd season, and it is still going strong. Family fun to be had includes tractor drawn hayrides, a barrel train ride and a puppet theater. For the extra brave patrons, visit the sites of Wanda's Spook House where a witch will turn from young and beautiful to old and scary in front of your eyes. If you're not too scared, go in the Witch Hollow Maze or see the graveyard.

Windy Acres
37W446 Fabyan Pkwy.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-6429

Pick-your-own pumpkins, fall decorations, concession stands, face painting, corn maze, balloon typhoon, two-acre petting zoo, four moon walks including slide and obstacle course, hayrides, haystack, hay tunnels, play tent, kiddie haunted house and Halloween shop. Open 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends from Sept. 28 - Oct. 31.


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