Looking for a local pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride, gourds and other Halloween activities in Southern Connecticut?  Scroll down this page and you will see the all of those in Southern Connecticut, sorted by county. Some are farms, where you take a hay ride out into the field, others are elaborate farm stands with mountains of pumpkins and other activities and some are simple roadside stands.  Most have loads of pumpkins to choose from.  To really make it fun for  your kids, look for those that have the extra activities, like a corn maze, spook house, or hayride.  There is usually a small fee for the mazes (of course, the  more elaborate mazes tend to charge more. Hayrides are often free.

Especially this year, due to Coronavirus, be sure to click on the links (the blue, underlined name of the each festival) to confirm this year's dates on the website for each festival. If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.

And if you know of one I missed and want to add it or correct the information, please let me know!   If you are looking for pumpkin weigh-offs and the US and world's largest pumpkins, see this page! Want to do a fundraiser selling pumpkins? See this page! There are affiliate links on this page. Read our disclosure policy to learn more.

Finally, my boys are in Boy Scouts and raising money for their troop and their trips and activities, so if you are looking for popcorn (many types), chocolate, coffee, k-cups or to donate to both the Scouts and U.S. military troops, click here and help the Boy Scouts!

Updates for September 2020

Most pumpkin patches  and corn mazes usually open by mid September, some earlier! You may also like a local zombie event or Zombie Paintball!. The world's best pumpkin pie recipe is here, and the pie crust recipe is here! And we have home canning, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access many pumpkin and other recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search.

Keep in mind, many farms, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and Haunted Houses are trying to cope with rapidly changing state COVID requirements: ALWAYS see their own website, Facebook page or call them before you go.

NOTE: Many of the farms are dropping their websites and switching to Facebook pages - but they don't tell anyone, including search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo or us, or redirect their website,  thus breaking all links to them. If a link is broken please click the "click here to report a broken link or blank page" so we can find the replacement link! Thanks!

After Halloween, find a Christmas tree at a local Christmas tree farm (and enjoy a bonfire, smore, hot chocolate and free hayrides, and often Santa visits! And next Spring, you'll want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt - see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt.  If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me!

Pumpkin Patch Listings, by county

Click on Resources above, if you need a county map

Middlesex County

  • Gotta's Farm - apples
    661 Glastonbury Turnpike, Portland, CT 06480. Phone: (860) 342-1844. Gotta's Farm opens May 1st for the season with spring plants. PYO strawberries offered in June. Fresh fruits & vegetables available at farm stand from July - December. PYO apples from September 15 - October 31.
  • Krochmal Farms - pumpkins
    Tewksbury, Massachusetts.
  • Lyman Orchards - pumpkins, fruit
    Jct. Routes 147 and 157, Middlefield, CT 06455. Phone: (860) 349-1793  Fax: (860) 349-1424. Enjoy 1100 acres of championship golf, championship pies, and Family Fun! CT's largest indoor Farm Market. Corn maze from September 6 - November 2.    
  • Old SayBrr"OOk Fire Department - Halloween "Haunted Hayride"
    Clark Memorial Field (Fireman's Field), 210 Elm Street, Ols Saybrook, CT. Email: hayride@oldsaybrookfire.com. Open: The Old Saybrook Fire Company will not be holding the Hayride in 2013. Directions: Clark Memorial Field, 210 Elm Street, Old SayBrr"OOk, (across from Pasta Vita). All year long, the volunteer fire department puts out fires, but during Halloween, its volunteers ignite a Blaze" of scary proportions for all to enjoy. A possessed tractor-drawn hay wagon leads visitors into the deep, dark, demented woods of Scary Old SayBrOOk. For more than 40 minutes, you will venture into the ghastly world of ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. In the eerie fog, you'll be frightened by the bone-chilling sounds of creatures of the night: Which are in front, which are behind and witch are from the great, great beyond? The Fire Department's  Annual Haunted Hayride "promises again to be the most hair-raising Halloween season in the history of Old Saybrook.". Funds from the annual hayride event benefit the all-volunteer Old Saybrook Fire Company No. 1, Inc., and a food drive for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries.   
  • Peaceful Hill Tree Farm - pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, gift shop, restrooms
    118 Clark Hill Road, East Hampton, CT 06424. Phone: 860-267-4341. Email: peacefulhill@sbcglobal.net. Open: Call - no update since 2011; Saturday and Sunday; 10am to 5pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.  
  • Staehly Farms - pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, hayrides, hay maze, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, school tours
    278 Town Street, East Haddam, CT 06423. Phone: 860-873-9774. Email: staehlys@att.net. Open: dail, 10 am to 5 pm; Please visit our website or call for current hours. Directions: Updates: Click here for updates. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in September, October, November, December.  Pumpkins: September/October Christmas Trees: November(After Thanksgiving)through December. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. We have a free hayride and free hay-maze (recommended for ages 10 and under) every weekend in October as well as an expanded pumpkin patch this year.   

New Haven County 

  • Bishop Farms of Cheshire Ct. - Pick-your-own apples, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, , gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
    500 So Meriden rd., Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: 203-272-8243. Fax: 203-272-8674. Email: ks@bishopfarm.necoxmail.com. Directions: Rt 84 to 691 exit 3 south on route 10 left onto route 70 1.5 miles on right. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in August, September, October, November, December. Open: Monday to Friday,9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday,9am to 6pm. Christmas hours Monday thru Sunday 9am to 7 pm. Starts day after thanksgiving. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.
  • Bishop's Orchards Location 1 - pumpkins, PYO apples, winery, hay maze, fruit, vegetables
    1355 Boston Post Road (US Rte 1, I-95 Exit 57), Guilford, CT 06437. Phone: (203) 458-PICK. Email: pyoinfo@bishopsorchards.com. Open: 7 Days a Week Starting in October, 10 am to 6 pm.  Apples are available for picking from mid August to late October. The exact timing depends upon crop and weather conditions. Bags are provided at no cost, and on the weekends, a tractor trailer ride takes you from our parking area into the orchard.  Pumpkins  round out our fall season, and along with PYO apples create a fun family opportunity to celebrate fun, freshness and the outdoors at Bishop's Orchards. Our pumpkin crop is harvested starting in mid September, and lasts through Halloween. Along with pumpkins, we have mums, corn stalks, gourds, squash, Indian corn and family activities like scarecrow making and a hay maze that are enjoyed by all and make your fall decorating easy with quality products. In December we have cut-your-own Christmas trees. Since 1871, six generations of Bishop's have been serving Connecticut with farm products. The market is open all year till 7 pm (Sun till 6pm), featuring a bakery & kitchen specializing in pies & prepared meal solutions, produce from our 300 acre farm & around the world, meats, dairy products, flowers, and gift baskets. Bishop's Orchards Winery offers our own wine & CT wines 7 days a week. Pick your own in Guilford goes from June till October open from 10-5, with strawberries, blueberries, peaches, pears, apples, raspberries & pumpkins. Visit our Llamas & Alpacas too! ishop's Northford Orchard has Pick Your Own Apples and Peaches, plus Farm Market products including pies, cider and apples and pumpkins. Our main farm in Guilford is open all year around. 
  • Bishop's Orchards Location 2 - pumpkins, fruit, vegetables
    1920 Middletown Ave (Rte 17, 3 miles N of Rte 22), Northford, CT 06472. Phone: (203) 458-PICK. Email: pyoinfo@bishopsorchards.com. Since 1871, 5 generations of Bishop's have been serving CT with farm products.  Our Guilford Farm is open all year, and our Northford PYO & Market is open in September and October with apples, mums, pumpkins, pies, & cider.  Weekends, hop on our wagon ride when you PYO apples.  
  • Bishop's Orchards Corn Maze - corn maze
    526 New England Road, Guilford, CT. Phone: (203) 458-PICK.
    Email: pyoinfo@bishopsorchards.com. 2014 Costs are $6 per person plus tax, children under the age of 2 are free! Group Discounts Available for Mazes! Reservations must be made in advance. Discount applies to groups of 10 or more. 
  • Clover Nook Farm - pumpkins, gourds
    Fairwood Rd, Bethany, CT, 06524. Phone: 203-393-2929. roadside farm stand at the farm, May through October. From artichokes to zucchini, Clover Nook grows and offers a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. In addition to our variety of fresh vegetables, we also offer unique heirloom varieties that you won't find in the grocery store! Clover Nook is best known for its freshly picked sweet corn and diverse selection of tomatoes. StaThe farm stand also has flowers, local honey, fresh eggs, maple syrup, sweet corn, lamb, pork, beef, tomato sauces and salsas. In  petting zoo and livestock.
    A visitor writes on September 27, 2011: "Clover Nook is a great local farm in Bethany. The very best sweet corn and local fruits and veggies. Lots of varieties of pumpkins and gourds."
  • Drazen Orchards - Pumpkins, fruit, flowers
    215 Wallingford Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: (203) 272-7985. Fruit orchard - 15 varieties of apples.  Also pears, plums and pumpkins.  PYO starts on August 17th and finishes about October 27th.  Fruit, corn, tomatoes and cider available at the stand. 
  • Emerald Green Farm and Gardens - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, Fresh eggs, gift shop, restrooms
    84 Tankwood Road, Wallingford, CT 06492. Phone: 203 -949-0594. Email: emerald green farm@sbcglobal.net. Open: Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Phone for holiday hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Blueberries: Late June through September peaches and plums : July through September Apples: Late July through November. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check. Greenhouses with a large selection of annual flowers and hanging baskets Country store and garden center gift shop.
  • Hickory Hill Orchards - apples, pears, pumpkins
    351 South Meriden Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: (203) 272-0181 or (203) 272-3824  Fax: (203) 272-3824. Directions: click here. Open Daily 10:00am to 5:30pm; August 20, 2005 through December 2005. Country store, gift baskets, dried & silk flowers, cider, pies, donuts. Weekend hayrides, school groups welcome.  
  • Ives Farm - pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, corn maze, prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, pony rides
    1585 Cheshire St, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: 203-272-5847 And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm. Fall Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm. "Flowers" May 1st, Annuals, Hanging Baskets, Geraniums & Perennials, Retail & Wholesale. "Strawberries" June 5th to July 1st (weather permitting) "Fresh Sweet Corn & Produce" July 10th "Fall Activities" October 1st to 31st Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard.
  • Norton Brothers Fruit Farm - Pumpkins, Hay rides, PYO apples, other fruit
    450-466 Academy Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: (203) 272-8418. Pick your own apples, pears, plums, peaches. Retail fresh produce, gifts, pumpkins, Christmas trees, etc.   
  • Preston Farm - corn maze
    Route 2, Preston, CT, 06339. Phone: 860-886-maze (6293). Open: September 8, 2006 through Nov 5, 2006 on Friday noon to dusk and Saturday from 10am to dusk.The theme for 2006 is rock and roll, with two 300-foot guitars carved into the corn. Not just any guitars, either: a Les Paul Gibson and an Eric Clapton Stratocaster. While you're making your way through the maze, you play a game where you have to find guitar heroes throughout. all decades are represented, and just some of the famous names are Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Kiss, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Nirvana and Green Day. 2006 price: Adults $7, Ages 6-12 $5, $1 ages 4-5, under 3 free .
  • Rose Orchards - Pick-your-own apples, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, straw or hay bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    33 Route 139, North Branford, CT 06471. Phone: 203-488-7996. Directions: And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August, September, October. Open: Hours vary by season, please call us for more information.
    Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. We have a large variety of fresh baked pies and baked goods, including bread, muffins, cookies, and biscuits. The Creamery serves old fashioned frozen custard and frozen yogurt. We have sundaes, pie a la mode, and a variety of other confections.  
  • Shore Line Trolley Museum Pumpkin Patch - pumpkins (brought in from the field), tours of the operation, train ride, restrooms, gift shop,
    17 River St, East Haven, CT 06512. Phone: 203-467-6927. Email: office@shorelinetrolley.com. Open: October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27, from 10:30 AM to 4 PM. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Discover, AmEx . Shore Line Trolley Museum, includes ride on a trolley car and a tour, along with pumpkin patch
  • Schreibers Farm - pumpkin patch,  hayrides, bonfires
    648 Quaker Farms Road, Oxford, CT 06478. Phone: (203) 888-0832 . Open: Call for for hours and availability. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: call . Yankee Paintball, Hayrides & Bonfires, Pumpkin Patch, Private Hunts, Honey, Maple Syrup & Eggs! Paul Schreiber 0648 Quaker Farms Road Oxford CT 06478 (203) 888-0832
  • Sunflower Farm - Other fruit or veg, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, gift shop
    767 Derby Milford Road, Orange, CT 06477. Phone: 203-795-6829. Email us at: sabrina@sunflowerfarm.com. Directions: Route 34 to Derby Milford Road in Orange, mile and a half down on left. Merritt Parkway, exit 56, up Turkey Hill Road, right on Derby Milford Road, quarter mile down on right. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. Open: Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours are late May through October Annuals and perennials June - September Mums, grown on premises, huge, beautiful, August - October Pumpkins, airbrushed pumpkins and fall items September - October Fresh natural soap made daily year round sold year round. Payment: Cash, Check. Beautiful handmade natural soaps, lotions, scrubs, made on premises year round. In the fall, along with fall products such as pumpkins, cornstalks, hay, etc, there are huge beautiful fall mums available, also airbrushed pumpkins made on premises. All plants sold are grown by farm owners on premises.