Carving pumpkins has been a traditional Halloween activity for more than a century, and to this day kids of all ages love creating Jack-O-Lanterns. With Halloween arriving in 16 days, there is still plenty of time to find a great pumpkin that is excellent for carving some scary faces. Head on over to your local pumpkin patch for a day filled with family-friendly fun. Below are six local festivals and farms to visit:
Fall Weekends at Clark’s Elioak Farm: Ellicott City, MD
Filled with a variety of activities for visitors of all ages, Clark’s Elioak Farm is the place for your family to live out their favorite fairytales. Kids can explore the Old Woman’s Shoe, sit in Cinderella’s pumpkin coach, see what is inside of the Three Bears’ windows, or even sit on the wall like Humpty Dumpty. They also offer a variety of activities, such as a petting zoo, hayrides, sides, a pine tree maze, arts and crafts, and much more that can provide a lot of fun for the whole family. Admission is $5 for visitors over the age of one, while babies under one can visit for free through October, 31. Visit their website to learn more about what Elioak Farm has in store for your little ones.
Hartland Orchard Fall Festival Weekends: Markham, VA
If you are looking for a fall festival that is fun for people of every age, you do not want to miss out on the Fall Festival Weekends at Hartland Orchard. Visitors can go on hayrides, watch duck and pig races, slide down their massive 60-foot slide, walking through their corn maze or let your little ones enjoy a pony ride. They offer Cape Day; when everyone wears a cape, they can save $2 off of admission. Visitors can also enjoy fall treats, including cider, caramel apples, kettle corn and much more. The entry fee is $10 for children over three years old and runs from 10 am till 5 pm on Saturdays and noon until 5 pm on Sundays. The Festival runs until October 28. Find out what activities are in store for you by visiting their website. Also, don’t forget to head on over to the orchard for some apple picking.
Cox Farms Fall Festival: Centreville, VA
There are just too many activities to list in this fall-themed festival. If you are looking for a large variety of activities, Cox Farms Fall Festival will not disappoint. Visitors can experience many large slides, petting zoo, live concerts, an excellent market, tastings from farms around the area, a petting zoo, mazes, and so much more. Cox Farms Fall Festival runs until November, six so there is plenty of time to experience what they have to offer. Admission is $10 from Sunday through Thursday for visitors ages 2 and up and weekends are $20 to enter. Visit their website to find out what their latest attractions are.
Fall Pumpkin Festival: Chantilly, VA
Head on over to Ticonderoga Farm to enjoy several types of fall activities during the Fall Pumpkin Festival. Visitors can participate in a variety of activities, and enjoy the great outdoors to get away from their hectic schedules. They offer treats like hot apple cider, s’mores and caramel apples along with activities like peddle carts, hayrides, cow trains, and much more. Check their website frequently, because some activities are saved for the weekends until October, 31. Admission is $9.95 on weekdays and $16.95 on weekends and holidays. Visit Ticonderoga Farm’s website today and see what their fall festival has in store for your family.
Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival: Germantown, MD
Enjoy a visit to the countryside with the area’s favorite Fall Festival. Offering a variety of traditional fall activities, kids and adults alike can enjoy jumping in the hayloft, touring the farm on a hayride, tube slides, pony rides, pumpkin picking, rubber ducky derbies and so much more. Families can savor some of autumns best delicacies, including caramel apples, hot cider, and other delicious treats. Admission is $11 for visitors ages two and up, while under two can participate for free through October, 30. Visit their website to learn more about DC’s best fall festival.
Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch: Middletown, MD
Families can head over to Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch for a variety of fun-filled fall activities to suit little ones and adults alike. Explore their 131-acre farm and pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween. Kids and adults can also enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, wagon rides, face painting, crafts and much more. Admission is free, and the festivities run until October, 31. Learn more about the activities that await you by visiting Jumbo’s website.
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