Taking a trip to a pumpkin patch is a fun way to get outside in beautiful Fall weather to search for your very own Great Pumpkin, especially if you have your heart set on carving a perfect Halloween jack-o-lantern or you’re planning on baking a fresh pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Many farms around the GTA have family experiences along with fresh produce, such as wagon rides, corn mazes, farm animals and play areas.

Note: Availability is not guaranteed, as nature is always changing, and activities may be affected by Covid-related changes.

Here then is your Family Fun Guide to Pumpkin Patches in Southern Ontario:

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West of Toronto

Dixie Orchards – Caledon

There are lots of food options available here to go with the pumpkins, such as fresh apples, hazelnuts and seasonal produce, plus a sunflower field for all of your social-media selfie needs. Along with the pumpkin patch, there is also a corn maze, farm animals and wagon rides.

Downey’s Farm – Inglewood

Along with the well-stocked farm market of locally-grown produce (including their own strawberries, raspberries, sweet corn, squash and of course pumpkins), the big event here is Pumpkinfest that touts more than 25 family activities! These include wagon rides, farm animals, straw jump, eight-acre corn maze, hop-it horses, trike track, jumping pillows, pedal cart track and slide. Plus, on weekends, there are also wagon rides, live entertainment, inflatables and puppet shows. Tickets for dates until Thanksgiving are now on sale, with tickets until Halloween available by October 1.

Merry Farms – Hamilton

Also known for their Christmas tree farm, pumpkin season is a busy time here, with a full day’s worth of activities: barnyard basketball, tractor pull, corn maze, pumpkin pillow, wooden train playground, giant slides, pedal kart race track, hay bale mountain, sandbox, pumpkin bowling, tetherball, giant tire climb, mini rollercoasters, farm animals, obstacle course and so much more. They are open on weekends only, starting September 25 until Halloween, including Thanksgiving Monday, with no reservations.

Snyder’s Family Farm – Bright

Admission to this 14-acre pumpkin patch is free (separately from paid activities), and dogs are welcome to visit, though to the pumpkin patch only. “Fall Fun” activities run on weekends only, including hay rides, corn maze, haunted house, animal barnyard, jumping pillows, giant peddle cart track, pirate and tree-fort play areas and straw jump. They also have a licensed patio and bakery, plus a Sunset Campfire Experience on Saturdays and the Halloween-themed “Fear Farm” on weekend evenings. Pre-purchased tickets are required for activities.

North of Toronto

Brooks Farms – Mount Albert

You’ll need a snack after tackling the ten acres of family-friendly activities available here (check out their many options on our apple picking list for ideas): farm animals, Playland, train rides, zip lines, splash pad, giant jumping pillows, tire horse swings slides, sandbox, kids riding cars, bouncing ponies, playhouse, pirate ship, corn maze, straw pyramids & jumps, Spider Mountain lookout and rubber duck races. The Fall Fun Festival weekends also include special events every weekend, such as themed days, entertainers, puppet shows and mascot meet n’ greets. Plus, “Spooky Nights” offers Halloween thrills on the last three weekends in October.

Reesors Farm Market – Markham

Conveniently located close to Toronto in Markham, this farm features pick-your-own pumpkins, sunflower field, farm market and corn maze. Reservations are required for Saturdays and Thanksgiving Monday only. Other days are drop-in: Thurs-Fri until Oct. 11 and Tues-Fri Oct. 12-30.

East of Toronto

Cooper’s CSA Farm & Maze – Zephyr

Admission to this CSA (community-supported agriculture) farm includes a you-pick-it pumpkin from the patch, but the centrepiece of this farm is their 10-acre corn maze, running until October 31. They even have a night maze on Friday evenings in October. The maze path is wide enough for strollers, wagons and wheelchairs, though be aware that the path is bumpy. Plus, dogs are allowed on Saturdays.

Forsythe Farms – Uxbridge

Family activities at this working CSA fruit and vegetable farm are open Thursday to Sunday. Pick your own pumpkin, then enjoy their Barnyard Adventure playground, farm animals, hillside slide, tricycle and pedal kart tracks, play train and tractor, and maze. Furthermore, on weekends until Halloween, there are also wagon rides and scavenger hunts.

Knox Pumpkin Farm – Hampton

There are plenty of activities for little ones here, including one on weekends that will get them excited: pony rides! There are also farm animals, wagon rides, mini-maze, storybook forest, play area and a market stand. Plus, there’s of course pumpkin picking with plenty of “room to roam” in the valley. The farm is open daily until Halloween, though activities vary.

Nature’s Bounty Farm – Port Perry

If you’re looking for a more serene farm experience, this is the spot. Apple and pear trees, and rows of corn join the pumpkin patch in this pretty spot on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Say Hi to their llama mascot Lily, pick your own pumpkin (starting Oct. 2), navigate the corn maze, test your agility at an obstacle course, take a nature walk, see sheep grazing and grab a fresh snack at Nature’s Bounty Market.

Pingle’s Farm Market – Hampton

Also known for their apple picking, Pingle’s is holding their Harvest Festival on weekends (Friday – Sunday) from September 25 to October 31. Tickets include admission to the farm, admission to their eight-acre corn maze, access to the play land (trike track, farm animals, jumbo slide, sand box, jump pad), a wagon ride, the pumpkin patch, live music, and food to purchase. You can also add a bag of pick-your-own apples (additional cost) and get access to the apple orchards. Halloween fans should also check out their “HalloWOOF Day” on October 30 and go treat-or-treating on the big day. Advance tickets are recommended.

Watson Farm Market – Bowmanville

Another popular entry on our apple picking list, pumpkin season gets in on the fun with the Watsonland Playground, petting zoo, wagon rides, corn maze and photo stations. Plus, their Halloween event in October, “Firehouse Fright Night”, is happening on the Oct. 15-16 and Oct. 22-23 weekends.

A great pumpkin can provide you with the perfect jack-o-lantern canvas. Photo Credit: Melissa Mohaupt

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