This article has been updated to reflect the 2019 season.
Even if we’re still waiting for cooler temperatures to arrive, it’s time to start visiting pumpkin patches around the Charlotte area to pick out the perfect jack-o-lantern.
Hours vary by day of week, so check before heading out. Many also offer hours and prices for schools and other groups during the week.
This farm is perfect for parents looking to keep their kiddos of any age occupied for a few hours with a corn maze that changes in design every year, a play area, bonfires and an animal barn with goats, pigs, turkeys and other farm animals you can pet and feed.
Bush-N-Vine has the usual pumpkins and hayrides, but if you’re looking for something a little more unique, stay for the hot air balloon rides, live music and food trucks — activities you can appreciate at any age.
Location: 1650 Filbert Highway, York, South Carolina
Open: Select days Sept. 28 to Oct. 26 (details)
Admission: $5 (kids under 2 free)
Pumpkins: $0.59-$0.95 per pound
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During the day, a hayride will take you to the patch so you can hunt for your perfect pumpkin. But there’s also plenty to do at night, whether you prefer spooky or sweet Halloween activities. You can opt for the night hayride which will take you to a bonfire (you can bring your own s’mores materials for roasting) or head to “Scarrigan Farms” for a haunted trail (not for kids).
If you’re looking for a quaint family farm, this is your spot. They’ve got a corn maze, hayrides, farm animals, kids’ activities and free popcorn.
Location: 1922 Oakdale Road, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Open: Saturdays and Sundays beginning Oct. 5
Pumpkins: Large pumpkins are $7
Hall Family Farm has a little bit of something for everyone, including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a 5-acre corn maze and of course, the Instagrammable delicious apple cider doughnut sundaes.
Location: 10713 Providence Road West, Charlotte
Open: Sept. 27 – Nov. 3
Agenda guide: Hall Family Farm is ready for fall with hayrides, a corn maze, pumpkins and apple cider doughnut sundaes
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Keep it simple and spend the afternoon picking your own pumpkins.
Another option for parents who want to keep their kids busy, Patternson has a corn pit, pony rides, playgrounds, puppet shows, a Barnyard Ball Zone, duck races and hayrides, in addition to pick-your-own pumpkins.
Bring your own picnic, let the kids play on the playground and pick a pumpkin for a simple, relaxing fall afternoon.
Location: 12150 McManus Road, Midland
Open: Afternoons and weekends in October
Admission: $5.50 (kids under 2 are free)
Pumpkins: Pick-your-own, $0.40 per pound
If you’re on the hunt for haunted attractions, add Shelby Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch to your list. They have the usual daytime activities like pumpkin picking, slides, zip line, apple launching and a Barn of Cornfusion plus a spooky corn maze on Friday and Saturday nights.
Location: 120 Broadway Drive, Shelby
Open: Sept. 21 to Oct. 31
Pumpkins: Priced by size
Other activities: Hayrides, corn maze (haunted and otherwise), pipe slide, apple launcher, zip line,
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What could be better than eating pizza and and picking a pumpkin on a sunny fall day? Not much. Wise Acres also had a corn pit, wagon rides, a corn maze, zip lines, playgrounds and a barrel train.
Location: 4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail
Open: Now through November 4; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Pumpkins: $0.69 per pound
Agenda story: Wise Acres organic farm is open for the fall season with pumpkins and pizza