Jack O' Lanterns and Top Pumpkin Patches in the Nation

We are officially two weeks into pumpkin season and if you still haven’t picked out your pumpkins, it’s time to visit a pumpkin patch before your kids turn on you.

A Brief History of Jack-o’-Lanterns and Halloween

Halloween dates back to an ancient Celtic tradition called Samhain that was celebrated from the dusk of October 31 to the dusk of November 1. People are said to have placed glowing jack-o’-lanterns carved out of gourds and turnips at their doorsteps to welcome loved ones who had passed.

It was believed that on this night the souls of the deceased were closest to the mortal world and this night was the best time to communicate with them.

Traditional jack-o’-lanterns were made of small gourds and it was when the Irish immigrants discovered larger pumpkins in the U.S. that the pumpkin jack-o’-lanterns became part of the Halloween tradition.

Halloween has been celebrated in the U.S. since the 1800s and has grown to become a huge affair that has, maybe, lost the ancient significance. Regardless of whether you believe in traditions or simply want to entertain your kids and their friends who love dressing up and trick or treating, pumpkin patches always make a great place for the family to get outside.

Here’s a list of 50 pumpkin patches, one in each state, that you could visit:

  1. The Great Pumpkin Patch: Hayden, Alabama (September 29–November 4)
  2. Reindeer Farm: Palmer, Alaska (October 6, 13 and 20)
  3. Tolmachoff Farms: Glendale, Arizona (September 28–November 4)
  4. Arkansas Frontier Farm: Quitman, Arkansas (October 1–31)
  5. The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch: Petaluma, California (September 29–October 31)
  6. Diana’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze: Canon City, Colorado (September 22–October 31)
  7. Foster Family Farm: South Windsor, Connecticut (September 19–October 31)
  8. Mr. Pepper’s Pumpkin Patch: Laurel, Delaware (September 22–October 31)
  9. The Pickin’ Patch: Dunnellon, Florida (September 29–October 28)
  10. Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: Dawsonville, Georgia (September 8–November 18)
  11. Waimanalo County Farms: Waimanalo, Hawaii (October 6–31)
  12. The Farmstead Corn Maze & Pumpkin Festival: Meridian, Idaho (September 21–November 3)
  13. Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest: Homer Glen, Illinois (September 21–October 30)
  14. Lark Ranch: Greenfield, Indiana (September 15–October 28)
  15. Howell’s Pumpkin Patch: Cumming, Iowa (September 8–November 2)
  16. Granny Mae’s Pumpkin Patch: Dorrance, Kansas (September 30–October 29)
  17. Happy Hollow Farms: Calhoun, Kentucky (September 15–October 31)
  18. Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch: Hammond, Louisiana (September 23–November8)
  19. Pumpkin Valley Farm: Dayton, Maine (September 22–October28)
  20. Montpelier Farms: Upper Marlboro, Maryland (September 15–November 4)
  21. Lookout Farm: Natick, Massachusetts (mid-September–October 31)
  22. Blake Farms: Armada, Michigan (September 22–October 28)
  23. Waldoch Farms: Lino Lakes, Minnesota (September 22–October 31)
  24. Mitchell Farms: Collins, Mississippi (September 29–November 10)
  25. Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin patch: Dixon, Missouri (September 22–October 28)
  26. Field of Screams: Victor, Montana (September 28–October 27)
  27. Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard: Gretna, Nebraska (September 14–October31)
  28. Andelin Family Farm Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze: Sparks, Nevada (September 22–October 31)
  29. Applecrest Farm: Hampton Falls, New Hampshire (mid-September–October 31)
  30. Oasis Family Farm: Robbinsville, New Jersey (September 22–October 31)
  31. McCall’s Pumpkin Patch: Moriarty, New Mexico (September 22–October 28)
  32. Fishkill Farms, East Fishkill, New York (September 8–October 28)
  33. Mike’s Farm: Beulaville, North Carolina (September 29–October 31)
  34. Papa’s Pumpkin Patch: Bismarck, North Dakota (September 9–October 20)
  35. Leed’s Farm: Ostrander, Ohio (September 2–October 28)
  36. The Patch at Silver Wind Farm: Edmond, Oklahoma (September 29–October 28)
  37. Roloff Farms Pumpkin Patch: Hillsboro, Oregon (October 5–28)
  38. Milky Way Farm: Chester Springs, Pennsylvania (September 2–October 28)
  39. Salisbury Farm: Johnston, Rhode Island (September 1–November 4)
  40. Denver Down Farm: Anderson, South Carolina (September 28–November 4)
  41. Spearfish Valley Pumpkin Patch: Spearfish, South Dakota (September 8–October 31)
  42. Honeysuckle Hill Farm: Springfield, Tennessee (September 29–November 3)
  43. Barton Hill Farms: Bastrop, Texas (September 29–November 4)
  44. Pack Farms: Farmington, Utah (September 29, October 1–30)
  45. Cedar Circle Farm: East Thetford, Vermont (October 7–31)
  46. Layman Family Farms: Blue Ridge, Virginia (September 21–November 10)
  47. Remlinger Farms: Carnation, Washington (September 29–October 28)
  48. Old McDonald’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze: Inwood, West Virginia (October 6–
  49. Mommsen’s Harvest Hills Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard: Rice Lake, Wisconsin (September 1–October 31)
  50. Gallagher Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: Clark, Wyoming (September 21–October 28)

In case these top pumpkin patches aren’t accessible to you, we are sure you’ll find something in your neck of the woods that are a lot of fun too. Happy pumpkin picking!

Jack O' Lanterns and Top Pumpkin Patches in the Nation

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