Fall Fun & Pumpkin Patches

Fall is here and Halloween is on the way, so get out your carving tools and go find the perfect pumpkin. Here are some of our favorite pumpkin farms and fests for the season.

Abbey Farms
Aurora: (630) 966-7775, abbeyfarms.org

2855 Hart Road: Beyond a pumpkin patch, the farm’s Pumpkin Daze fest offers a corn maze, a drop slide, pedal go-karts, hayrides and a petting zoo. They also stream football in a tent serving beer and wine so parents can be entertained while their kids play. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Autumn Drive
Woodstock: autumndrive.net

16105 Garden Valley Road : Pick pumpkins and apples at the 32th annual event, where you can also buy honey, jams, soap, pottery and jewelry from local farmers and crafters. Festivities include tractor rides, petting zoos and hayrides. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18-20. Free.

Blackberry Farm
Aurora: (630) 892-1550, foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

100 S. Barnes Road: Buy and decorate pumpkins at Blackberry Fam’s Pumpkin Weekends and take advantage of other activities including pony and train rides, a sandbox filled with corn and a 70-foot zip line. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29.

Didier Farms
Lincolnshire: (847) 634-3291, didierfarms.com

16678 W. Aptakisic Road: Pumpkins in all shapes, sizes and colors are available. Once you’ve found the perfect one you can take advantage of other activities including pig races, tractor-drawn hayrides, a carousel, a corn maze and camel and pony rides. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 through Oct. 31.

The Elegant Farmer
Mukwonago, Wisconsin: (262) 363-6770, elegantfarmer.com

1545 Main St.: Pick pumpkins and 12 varieties of apples then take a hayride and explore a five-acre corn maze. Come hungry as the market serves cider and doughnuts and lets you make your own caramel apples. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, from Sept. 9 to Oct. 22.

Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center
South Barrington: (847) 428-6727, goebbertsgardencenter.com

40 W. Higgins Road: Pick out a pumpkin, watch a pig race, take a camel ride and explore a corn maze or 12-room haunted house. If you want a snack, visit the Red Barn Café & Bakery to grab apple cider doughnuts or pumpkin cookies. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Sept. 23 to Oct. 31. $15 weekends and Columbus Day, $12 weekdays; free for kids under age 3.

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
Hampshire, (847) 464-5952, goebbertspumpkinpatch.com

42W813 Reinking Road: Along with picking out a pumpkin, you can also check out the new apple orchard. Other popular attractions include a petting zoo, train ride and a mechanical dinosaur that eats pumpkins. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Sept. 1-Oct. 30 and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 31. $15 weekends and Columbus Day, $12 weekdays; free for kids under age 3.

Holes & Knolls Mini Golf
Glen Ellyn: (630) 469-7888, gepark.org

845 Pershing Ave.: The golf course turns into a pumpkin patch for Pumpkins on the Green. New this year they’ll also provide carving supplies if you want to do your decorating on the patio. 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20-29.

Keller’s Farmstand
Oswego: (630) 219-8194, kellersfarmstand.com

2500 Johnson Road: You can pick your pumpkin from the field and enjoy additional festivities including a 10-acre corn maze, hayrides and a play area. The season kicks off with The Great Pumpkin Run 5K where you’ll walk or run through the apple orchard, pumpkin patch and maze. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 16 through Oct. 29. $9; free for kids under age 4.

Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
Waukegan: (847) 662-5733, krollsfarm.com

13236 W. Town Line Road: Along with picking up pumpkins and fall décor, you can feed goats and sheep, take a hayride for $3 and explore a corn maze for $7 or $5 for kids ages 3 to 12. Noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, from Sept. 16 to Nov. 1. Free.

Richardson Adventure Farm
Spring Grove: (815) 675-9729, richardsonadventurefarm.com

909 English Prairie Road: Walk to the fields or take the free wagon ride offered on weekends and pick gourds and pumpkins. The farm also offers 30 other activities including a 33-acre corn maze, train rides, a carousel, weekend pig races and a paintball shooting gallery. Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Labor Day and Columbus Day. $16; $13 for kids ages 4-12; free for kids under age 4.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard
Harvard: (815) 648-4141, royaloakfarmorchard.com

15908 Hebron Road: Pick pumpkins, gourds, winter squash and apples at the 120-acre orchard. You can also wander through an apple tree maze and pick up apple cider doughnuts from the bakery. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday daily through Oct. 31; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Nov. 1-12. Free.

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
Lockport: (800) 304-3276, ourpumpkinfarm.com

17250 Weber Road: Take a hayride to the field where you can pick a pumpkin off the vine and then enjoy activities including a 15-acre corn maze, a paintball shooting gallery, a baby chick nursery and a zip line. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Sept. 16 to Oct. 31. $11.95 weekdays, $14.95 weekends and Columbus Day.

Sonny Acres Farm
West Chicago: (630) 231-3859, sonnyacres.com

29W310 North Ave.: Pick out pumpkins, squash and gourds and get Halloween supplies. The farm features carnival rides, food stands, a petting zoo and a rock climbing wall. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Sept. 23 to Oct. 31. The farm also offers haunted hayrides on weekends from 7 to 9:40 p.m.

Stade’s Farm and Market
McHenry: (815) 675-6396, stadesfarmandmarket.com

3709 Miller Road: The 20th annual autumn festival features the chance to pick pumpkins, plus hayrides, a petting zoo, mazes, food vendors, pumpkin cannon demonstrations and more. The farm’s open Sept. 9 to Oct. 29. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Columbus Day in October. $15; $10 for seniors; free for kids under age 3.

Yaeger’s Farm Market
DeKalb: (815) 756-6005, yaegersfarmmarket.com

14643 State Route 38: There are acres of pumpkins to choose from at the pumpkin patch, which you can reach through a hayride on weekends. Kids can also visit the Harvest Playland area, which features a corn maze, a bounce house and a straw pyramid. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 31 to Oct. 29. Free.