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Nothing screams Halloween like a jolly or jeering jack-o'-lantern glowing from the window on a chilly fall night. Some may choose to carve theirs into a grinning ghost, others a ghastly goblin. But the real fun starts in the pumpkin patch, where kids and adults alike can search for the perfect gourd to greet their trick-or-treaters.
Here you'll find our comprehensive guide to farmsin Connecticut that offer pick-your-own pumpkins in October. Many also offer bonuses for fall visitors, like corn mazes, hayrides, and harvest festivals, so families can get the full fall-on-the-farm experience.
Hours and availability are subject to change; we recommend calling ahead before visiting any of these locations.
Also see our complete guide to Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Farms in NY, NJ, and CT
Belltown Hill Orchards
483 Matson Hill Road, South Glastonbury
U-pick pumpkins and apples through October, weekdays 9am-5:30 and weekends 8am-5:30pm. Farm market, bakery, Grandma's Pantry, goat milk soaps, mohair yarns, gifts.
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford
203-458-PICK (7425) or 203-453-2338; www.bishopsorchards.com
Pick-your-own pumpkins and apples through late October. Call for hours. Farm market with pre-picked produce, bakery, and winery.
Blue Jay Orchards
125 Plumtrees Road, Bethel
Pick-your-own pumpkins and apples through October. Open daily 9am-6pm.
60 Rainbow Road, Windsor
Pumpkin picking, mums, cornstalks, fall decorations, apple cider, homemade cider donuts, fresh baked apple and pumpkin pies. Hayrides, face painting, and corn maze on weekends.
108 Crystal Pond Road, Eastford
860-974-1150; [email protected]; www.buellsorchard.com
Pick-your-own pumpkins and apples through Halloween. Also available: gourds, cornstalks, Indian corn, and hardy mums. Annual Columbus Day Harvest Festival includes apple picking, pumpkin picking, hayrides, cider, donuts, live music, and chicken BBQ. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm.
498 Maple Street, Litchfield
860-567-9576; [email protected]; www.bunnellfarm.org
Pick-your-own pumpkins in October. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10:30am-5:30pm (also open Columbus Day). Free hayrides on weekends. Groups on weekdays by appointment. Store with fruits and vegetables, fall decorations, apple cider, gourds, mums, squash, cornstalks, and more. School tours and birthday parties.
Castle Hill Farm
40 Sugar Lane, Newtown
Pick-your-own pumpkins through October; open 11am-5pm weekends and school holidays, 1-5pm weekdays. Four-acre pumpkin patch, seven-acre corn maze, pony rides, hayrides, face painting, and refreshments available on the weekends. Weekdays feature pick-your-own pumpkins and corn maze only.
Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm
461 Cornwall Bridge Road (Route 4), Sharon
Pick-your-own pumpkins through October; U-pick raspberries and pears through mid October; U-pick apples through November. Corn maze. Store with pre-picked produce, bakery, cider and donuts, pies, cookies, jams, and honey. Open daily 8am-5pm.
Harris Hill Farm
114 Ridge Road, New Milford
Pick-your-own pumpkins on weekends in October, 10am-5pm. Family owned farm with pumpkin patch, animals, corn maze and hayrides.
Hickory Hill Orchards
351 South Meriden Road (Route 70), Cheshire
Pumpkin and apple picking through November as available. Country Store with fresh baked pies, cider donuts, cider, jams and jellies. Open daily 9:30am-5pm.
Johnny Appleseed's Farm
13 Schoolhouse Road, Ellington
860-875-1030 or 860-875-1000; www.freewebs.com/johnnyappleseedct
Pick-your-own pumpkins and apples through October. Free wagon rides to picking fields on weekends. Open daily, weather permitting, 9am-5pm.
Jones Family Farms
Pumpkinseed Hill Farm, 130 Beardsley Road, Shelton
Pick-your-own pumpkins through October 31. Squash, gourds, and handmade crafts available. Hayrides to pumpkin fields. Corn maze on weekends. UNICEF Family Festival during last weekend before Halloween. Open daily 10am-5:30pm. Jones Winery and The Harvest Kitchen nearby.
894 Andrews Street, Southington
Pick-your-own pumpkins on weekends in October. Wagon rides to pumpkin fields. Field trips on weekdays by appointment. Open daily 9am-5pm.
Junction of Routes 147 & 157, Middlefield
Pick-your-own pumpkins and apples through October. Golf courses. Home of Connecticut's largest indoor, year-round farmer's market, open 9am-5pm in October.
160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem
Pick-your-own pumpkins and apples through end of October. Farm market and bakery, five-acre corn maze, animal yard, scenic walking trail and hayloft playscape that was expanded for the 2010 season. Open daily 9am-5pm.
14 Albert's Hill Road, Sandy Hook
203-426-1533 or 866-599-9463; [email protected]; www.mclaughlinvineyards.com
Wine tasting, pumpkin picking, hayrides, hiking trails, and bald eagle viewing. Open Monday-Thursday 11am-5:30pm and Friday-Sunday noon-6pm, or by appointment.
96 Kibbe Grove Road, Somers
Pick-your-own pumpkins through end of October, daily 9am-5pm. Weekdays ($4 admission): hay maze, corn maze, petting zoo. Weekends ($5 admission): hay maze, corn maze, petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides, face painting, games. Snacks and fall decorative items available.
670 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull
203-268-2716; [email protected]; www.plaskosfarm.com
Giant corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkins. Country store, farmer's market, greenhouse, and bakery. Open daily 9am-6pm.
Rose's Berry Farm
295 Matson Hill Road, South Glastonbury
Pick-your-own pumpkins in October. Tractor-pulled hayrides to pumpkin patch. Corn maze, face painting, live scarecrow, children's play area, slide, peddle tractor track, Halloween croquet, live music every Sunday. $6, children 3 and under free. Open weekends and Columbus Day 8am-5pm Saturday and 9am-5pm Sunday.
1600 Torringford Street, Torrington
Pick-your-own pumpkins through October. Farm stand with homegrown produce. Open daily 10am-6pm.
Sweet Wind Farm
339 South Road, East Hartland
Pick-your-own pumpkins and other vegetables through October, Saturdays 10am-4pm, other days by appointment only. Farm stand with fresh produce and maple products. Pumpkin festival at the end of October with hayrides, games, contests, story time, food, live music, and more; call for more information.
51 John Read Road, Redding
203-938-9403; www.warrupsfarm.com; [email protected]
Pick-your-own pumpkins on weekends in October. Tractor-drawn hayrides, friendly barnyard animals. Farm stand with pre-picked vegetables, cider, apples, gourds, Indian corn, maple syrup, maple candy, gift items. Open 11am-5pm.
Wright's Orchard and Dried Flower Farm
271 South River Road, Tolland
Pick-your-own pumpkins and apples through October. Wright's store with homegrown produce, apple cider and donuts, pies, and more. Dried flower and basket barn. Open Thursday-Tuesday 12;30pm-5:30pm, Sunday 1pm-5:30pm.