If you celebrate Halloween, your door step simply isn’t complete without a pumpkin.
Luckily for you, you’ve got a selection of local farms that offer pick-your-own pumpkins and a variety of other fun-filled activities.
Halloween is just around the corner, so be sure to check out one of these fantastic farms to satisfy all your Halloween needs and pick up a pumpkin or two along the way!
1. Round’s Ranch – 1922 County Rd 92, Elmvale.
Rounds Ranch seems to inject more fun and excitement into their Pumpkin Mania every year.
The farm is full of activities that could keep you busy all day long! With ziplines, giant jumping pillows, corn cannons, pumpkin bowling and multiple mazes you can be sure to tucker out your little ones here. The kids will also enjoy an assortment of games that offer the opportunity to win prizes!
No matter who you come with, make sure someone stays hungry and have them try their luck at the pumpkin pie eating contest!
Don’t forget to grab your pumpkin before you leave (any size is FREE with paid admission).
2. Chappell Farms – 617 Penetanguishene Rd, Barrie.
Chappell Farms is open 7 days a week, making it a great place to go no matter what your schedule may be.
Some featured activities include an obstacle course, hay bale run, corn maze and animal feeding. If you go on the weekend, you can enjoy some bonus activities that include train rides, the haunted tent, a bouncy castle and magic show!
Enjoy the simple process of picking your own pumpkin (FREE with paid admission) by hopping on a wagon ride that runs continuously on the weekend.
If a visit during the week works better for you, enjoy less crowds and scheduled wagon rides to check out some spooky scenes along the way.
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3. Drysdale’s – 6635 Simcoe County Rd 56, Egbert.
You know the name as a favourite spot for many to pick out their Christmas Tree, but did you know Drysdale’s also offers just as much fun during the Halloween season?
Drysdale’s has a variety of activities every Saturday and Sunday until Halloween including face painting, train rides, a pick-pocket magician, marshmallow roasting, a zip line and much more!
If you’re looking for a more thrilling experience, Friday and Saturday nights (7-10 pm) might be more your speed. Take a ride on the psycho-path wagon ride or have a tarot card reader give you a spooky forecast of your future.
4. Barrie Hill Farms – 2935 Barrie Hill Rd, Springwater.
Hop on the wagon and head on out to the endless possibilities of pumpkins at Barrie Hill farms. Remember, a perfect pumpkin is nice to look at, but isn’t always best.
Try your hand at something more creative this year by seeking out a misfit pumpkin; natural lumps and bumps or funky stems can add some extra character to your future Jack-o-lantern! While you’re at it, pick up some “baby” pumpkins to use as adorable festive decorations around the house.
Keep in mind, pumpkins aren’t the only thing in season this time of year. Up until the end of October, Barrie Hill Farms is a great place to stock up on all sorts of fresh picked goodies including apples, squash and hardy kiwi!
5. Harris Farms – 3216 George Johnston Rd, Springwater.
You’ll have a hard time picking just one pumpkin from the seemingly endless rows at Harris Farms.
They always have a great deal on pumpkins! However, don’t be surprised if you find yourself dishing out a few extra dollars on some additional farm fresh goodies while you’re there.
Harris Farms also provides a charming roadside market that features a variety of seasonal vegetables, baked goods, preserves, maple syrup and honey throughout the year.
To top it all off, the Harris family and staff provide exceptionally helpful and friendly customer service to ensure every visit is a happy one.