by Janet Jonus
There are a few majors decisions every family must make this Fall. First, you have to pick out the perfect Halloween costume. Second, you have to pick out the perfect pumpkin!
FamilyFunPittsburgh loves heading out to the Pumpkin Patch to pick the perfect pumpkin. The crisp autumn air, the hayrides, the corn mazes, and the giant field of pumpkins stretching out before us is a FamilyFun tradition. FamilyFunSon will inevitably pick the biggest pumpkin. FamilyFunDaughter will look for one that is perfectly shaped. FamilyFunMom will have to lug them back to the hayride and then on to the car.
Tips: Always take large, sturdy bags to carry your pumpkin out of the field. Dress for the weather. Prepare to get dirty, farm fields are not paved, they have dirt, and it will get on you. Take water and snacks, and go to the bathroom before you head out into the fields. (Some places have Port-a-Pots, others do not.) Most of all, have FamilyFun!
Lonesome Valley Farms is all about the scares at night but in the daytime they have a kid-friendly Pumpkin Patch Playland. For $10 per person you get a hayride, the Big Get Lost Corn Maze, the Barrel Train, plus the Playland with slides, crawl-through tubes, a gravel pit and more! From 200-600PM on October 12-13, 19-20, & 26-27. Last Hayride goes out at 530PM. 180 Fairgrounds Rd, Greensburg, PA 15601 http://www.lonesomevalleyfarms.com/kids_matinee.html
Schramm Farms and Orchards has its Fall Festival all through October. Take a hayride ($4 per person), pick out a pumpkin directly from the field ($0.45 per pound), play in the corn box ($4 per person), or find your way out of the corn maze ($5 per person). Plus a playground, animals, decorations, and more. Shop for fall decorations and enjoy a fall snack or treat. Weekdays from 500PM to dusk. Saturdays 1100AM-600PM and Sundays 1200-500PM. 1002 Blank Rd, Jeannette, PA 15644 http://www.schrammfarms.com/
Try not to get lost in Chad’s Corn Maze, a not haunted maze at Green Mead Farm and Cairns Pumpkin Patch. Find the hidden clue stations and see if you can make your way out! Open during October on Fridays and Saturdays from 600-1100PM and Sundays 500-900PM. Adults $7. Children 3 and under are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Pick a Pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch while you are there.. Open weekends in October. 2973 Rt 711, Ligonier PA http://www.chadscornmaze.com/Pricing.html
Kerber’s Dairy has their annual Pumpkin Days! Take a Hayride around the Farm on Saturdays and Sundays from 1000AM-400PM (last ride leaves at 330PM). Buy a pumpkin from their pumpkin patch. Have some homemade ice cream with special Fall Flavors. Play a round of Mini Golf. (Mini Golf is open daily from 1200-800PM. $5 per player before 5PM and $6 per player after 5PM.) Kerbers also has hot lunches Mondays-Fridays, a deli, farm goods, baked goods, a playground, and more. Hayrides are $5 per person. For $9 per person you get the hayride, a small pumpkin, and an ice cream cone. Hayrides may be cancelled due to inclement weather. 1856 Guffey Road, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 http://www.kerbers.com/
Gearhard Farms has their Corn Maze and Hay Rides for the family. The Corn Maze has been a fall favorite at Gearhard Farms for 20 years. Navigate the maze and then find out the aerial message at the end. The maze is open FRIDAY: 500 – 900PM, SATURDAY: 12 noon – 900PM, and SUNDAY: 12 noon – 700PM. Admission is $7 for ages 5+. Kids 4 and under are free. Hayrides are also available on select days. Check their website for more information. Hayrides are $5 for ages 13+, $4 for ages 5-12, children 4 and under are free. Plus there is a mini maze, a campfire (you can buy s’mores kits), a children’s play area, and more. 5909 Saltsburg Rd, Murrysville, PA 15668 (412) 302-0739 http://gearhardfarms.com/
Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse has its Fall Festival every weekend in October. Take a hayride and enjoy the Pumpkin Patch activities including an interactive corn maze, zipline, mountain slide, barrel train ride, pumpkin launch, and more. $10 for everyone over 3. Kids 2 and under are free. Pick your perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are sold separately. Saturdays and Sundays 1000AM-500PM (last hayride leaves at 400PM.) 315 Coleman Rd, Clinton PA https://bednersgreenhouse.com/
Janoski’s Pumpkinland is open weekends through October. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin (pumpkin is NOT included, you have to pay for it separately). Plus a corn maze, not-so-scary Haunted Barn, straw bales, petting zoo, food, and more. Admission is $6 per person, adults & children. Open 1000AM-600PM with last admission at 500PM. 1714 Rt 30, Clinton PA. http://www.janoskis.com/
Hozak’s Farm has their Fall Festival every Saturday and Sunday in October (plus Columbus Day on Monday October 14). Take a free hayride out to the Pumpkin Patch to pick your own pumpkin. Small pumpkins are $3, large pumpkins are $0.40 per pound. Take your pumpkin back to the farm paint or pet the farm animals play in hay bales or navigate the short maze. The Pumpkin Patch is open 200-600PM on Weekdays. The Festival is open 1000AM-600PM on Saturdays and Sundays. 488 Anderson Hozak Rd, Clinton, PA 15026 (855) 539-8321 http://hozakfarms.com/
Simmons Farm* has Hayrides and Fall activities for kids and families. Take a Hayride to the pumpkin patch and activities. Get lost in the 4 acre or 2 acre corn maze and the Apple Rock Labyrinth, slide down the hillside slide, plus the hay maze, small slide, human hamster wheel, and more. Pick your perfect pumpkin in the 5 acre pumpkin field. There are extra activities and food concessions on the weekends. The Fall Festival including a pumpkin is $16.50 per person and $13 per person without a pumpkin. Open through November 3rd every day. Monday-Thursday 900AM-6:45PM and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 900AM-5:45PM. Note: The field and activities can get muddy! 170 Simmons Rd, McMurray, PA 15317 http://www.simmonsfarm.com/hayridesfallactivities.html * Simmons Farm is a FamilyFunFavorite.
Triple B Farms Fall Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays through October. (The Market and some activities are also available during the week Wednesdays through Fridays.) The Fall Festival has many activities including the Pumpkin Yard with giant inflatables and jump pillows, the Big Blue Barn, Storybook Pumpkinland, Tunnel Slide, playgrounds, and more. Plus food, farm products, and pumpkins to buy. Pay to enter. $14 for children, $9 for adults, and 2 and under are free. 823 Berry Ln, Monongahela, PA 15063 http://www.triplebfarms.com/fall-festival.html
Trax Farm Fall Festival runs through October. The Festival is FREE to enter but most activities have a fee. Take a Hayride to the Corn Maze and the Pumpkin Patch. (Hayrides are $10 for adults 13+, $8 for kids 3-12, and free for kids 2 and under. Hayrides include the Corn Maze. Pumpkins are extra and priced per pound.) Other activities include: Train (Recommended for Children) $3, Bouncy House $3, Balloon Chase $3, 3 Rides on Giant Slide (Must be 36″ Tall) $3, Bungee Jumper $6, Rock Wall $6, Land Balls $6, Leaps & Bounds $6, Baseball Challenge $6, and Axe Throwing on select days (13yrs old & up) $8. 528 Trax Rd, Finleyville, PA 15332 https://traxfarms.com/fall-fest/
The Springhouse* has The Great Pumpkin Festival through October. Take a ride to the Pumpkin Patch ($13 per person including pumpkin or $10 per person without a pumpkin). Find your way through the corn maze and play in the corn box. Walk through their cute and almost-famous Pumpkinland characters including favorites from movies and television. Plus farm animals, a giant hay bale play ground, slides, games, and more. Enjoy a hearty, home-cooked meal inside the Springhouse. Fridays 200-500PM. Saturdays and Sundays 1100AM-500PM. 1531 PA-136, Washington, PA 15301 https://springhousemarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/SH-GreatPumpkin_FLYER_2019-1-page-001.jpg * The Springhouse is a FamilyFunFavorite.
Rich Farms has Kids Day at the Farm Wednesdays through Sundays in October. Activities include train rides, face painting, games, pick-a-pumpkin, food, and more. (Some activities have an add-on fee.) Hours are 1000AM-400PM. $12 Wednesday through Friday and $15 Saturday and Sunday. Special rate Monday October 14th is $10. 2043 Springhill Furnace Rd, Smithfield, PA 15478 https://www.richfarms.com/
Soergels Orchards has their popular Fall Festivals every weekend on October. Admission is free but activities require Soergel’s tickets that can be used anywhere on the Farm. Activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, slides, a kiddie train, arts, crafts, games, and more. Food and beverages are available too. Open Saturdays and Sundays 1100AM-500PM. 2573 Brandt School Rd, Wexford, PA https://www.soergels.com/fall-festival-2019/
Shenot Farm and Market has hayrides to their Pumpkin Patch where you can pick out your perfect pumpkin. Hayrides are $2, pumpkins must be weighed and paid for in the Farm Market. Hayrides are available Saturdays and Sundays (plus Columbus Day) from 1100AM-500PM. (You can also take the ½ mile walk to the Pumpkin Patch but admission is still $2 plus the cost of the pumpkin AND you have to lug the pumpkin back to the market!) Food trucks and some light concessions are available too. 3754 Wexford Run Rd, Wexford, PA https://www.shenotfarm.com/events.html
Cheeseman’s Farm’s Pumpkin Festival is a great way to find your pumpkin. Take a hayride to the Pumpkin Patch. (Hayrides are $4 per person, 2 and under are free. Pumpkins are purchased separately.) Enjoy the Petting Zoo and Hay Jump. Find your holiday decorations and buy fresh produce. Open Saturdays and Sundays 1100AM-500PM. 147 Kennedy Rd, Portersville, PA http://pumpkinfestival.us/
Harvest Valley Farms Fall Festival is a FamilyFun time on the Farm. Pick your own pumpkin, take a hayride, plus a corn maze, straw tunnel, crafts, food, entertainment, and more. Open Saturdays and Sundays in October from 1000AM-500PM. Admission is free. Some activities have a fee. 125 Ida Lane, Valencia PA https://www.harvestvalleyfarms.com/fall-festival
Coolspring Corn Maze and Farm Market is open September 13th through November 3rd with an Area 51-themed maze. One admission gets you the Corn Maze, the indoor Hay Maze, Mountain Slides, a Hayride, the Jumping Pad, Barnyard Board Games, and the Pedal Tractor Race Track. Admission is $12 per person. Kids 2 and under are free. There are also additional paid attractions. Hours are Friday 400-1100PM, Saturday 1100AM-1100PM, and Sunday 1100AM-800PM. 537 Franklin Rd, Mercer PA https://www.coolspringmaze.com/corn-maze
Renshaw Farms Pumpkin Fest is held every weekend through the end of October plus October 14th, Columbus Day. Admission includes a hayride to the Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins are extra), the corn maze, the Animal Farm, Mini Pumpkin Golf, a play area with hay bales and slides, and more. A Bounce House and Face Painting are available for an additional fee. The Farm cafeteria restaurant is open for a hearty meal. Admission is $7 per person, kids 3 and under are FREE. Open 1100AM-700PM. 314 Ford City Rd, Freeport, PA 16229 http://www.renshawfarmspumpkinfest.com/