Our Favorite St. Louis Pumpkin Patches

There’s been a bit of a shake up in the great Pumpkin Patch the last couple years. One of our favorite farms shut down, two popped up and fizzled and another has split in two. But never fear! There’s still some great places to go get a holiday gourd without resorting to the cardboard bin at Walmart.

two brothers in a pumpkin field in St. Louis. One is wearing a Cardinals shirt

Updated for 2019.

But first…a map of all the St. Louis Area Pumpkin Patches!

Most of the local pumpkin farms we’ve been to have a mix of pick-your-own pumpkins, pre-priced pumpkins (by size or weight) and a general carnival atmosphere on the weekends. There’s food, fall-themed playgrounds, tractor rides and pony rides–for an extra fee.

Oh hey, I was on Show Me St. Louis talking about pumpkins…

Looking for fall fun with a few less gourds? Check out the St. Louis Renaissance Festival, going on every autumn in Wentzville!

Kids riding a tractor pulled barrel train at Stuckmeyer Farm, a top St. Louis Pumpkin Patch

The Best Time to Visit a Pumpkin Patch

What I’ve found over the years is that weekends are crazy festivals of pumpkin picking madness, while weekdays (in October) are more relaxed days for the stay-at-home mom with her pre-schooler set.

If you’re available during the day and want a nice picture of your kid communing with the pumpkins, go on a weekday. If you want pony rides, kettle corn and maybe some live music you’ll want to wait for the weekend.

Can you REALLY “pick your own” pumpkin?

Oh, and here’s a tip I learned from a local farmer: you can’t ACTUALLY “pick your own” pumpkin.

First, the vines would be too hard for the average kid to deal with, so the farm hands go out and cut the pumpkins loose. Then as the fields are picked over, they restock the pumpkins when no one is looking. Maybe all the farms don’t do it that way, but think about it. Hmmmmm.

Here’s our Favorite St. Louis Pumpkin Patches!

(Please check the websites for the most current info on admission fees and hours!)

Stuckmeyer’s Farm in Fenton

Halloween Days Sept. 28-Oct. 31 2019
Free Admission

Saturday, October 12th, 2019
4th Annual Clydesdale in the pumpkin patch.
The horse will be in the patch from 11am to Noon for photos.

Pumpkin patch at Stuckmeyer Farm, a top pumpkin patch in St. Louis

There’s no admission to Stuckmeyer’s “Fort Spooky” which is awesome and NOT SCARY for little kids. You do need tickets for things like tractor rides (7 days a week) or pony rides (weekends only). Fort Spooky is mostly for smaller kids, with some tame hay tunnels to explore, a tot sized corn maze and a nice big Rainbow playset to climb all over. They also break out the inflatables on the weekends and have live music.

Eckert’s in Belleville, Grafton & Millstadt

Haunted Hayrides & Bonfires start September 13
Pumpkin Picking starts Sept. 23

$2 Field Access Pass covers all fruit & pumpkin picking.
Free on Mondays, half price Tues-Thurs, kids under 2 are free.

Two brothers in front of a classic red pickup full of pumpkins at Eckert's pick your own pumpkin patch in the St. Louis Area.

Eckert’s is the king of pick-your-own fruit, so it’s no wonder they do a great job during Halloween season.

They have more weekend fun than you can shake a stick at and some pretty good pumpkins too. The Millstadt Farm has more entertainment and requires tickets: $13 a person gets you access to all the fun, plus a trip on the Haunted Hayride every Friday and Saturday night from now to Oct. 26. (Kids under 2 are free.)

Thies Farm PumpkinLands

Pumpkinland Sept. 28-Oct. 31

Admission starts at $5 per person

St. Louis pumpkin patches: two pumpkins in a field

Thies Farms has split into two separate businesses: the N. Hanley/St. Charles locations (Thies Farm and Greenhouses) and the Maryland Heights location (Thies Farm and Market).

It’s not going to matter much to the pumpkin picking public because both Pumpkinlands are still operating as usual!  Which ever Pumpkinland you chose, it’s a great adventure for older kids. They both have a fantastic playground made of hay, a corn maze and wagon rides. You can ride ponies on the weekends. Admission at the N. Hanley location and the new St. Charles location is $6.75 per kid, anyone over 15 is $5. The larger Maryland Heights location is $7 for kids, $5 for people over 15, free for kids under 2.

Brookdale Farms in Eureka

Opens Sept. 13, 2019

Admission: $6 for kids 4-11; $9 over 12; free for kids under 3

Pumpkin chunkin at Brookdale Farms in Eureka MO -- kid standing next to a giant orange air cannon getting ready to fire pumpkins

This is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of pumpkin patches! During the day it’s nice place to take the kids with a cool corn maze (the largest in the area), a pumpkin cannon and sling shots and cute farm animals to visit.

The Mr. Hyde part? After dark they switch gears and become “Red’s Corn Maze Massacre” complete with actors chasing you through the maze with bloody hatchets or whatever haunted houses do. I wouldn’t know, I don’t do haunted houses. Ewwww!

Note: the two mazes are COMPLETELY SEPARATE.

The pumpkin patch is usually a bit small here--the emphasis is on the corn maze, wagon rides and pumpkin chunkin’. We always buy our pumpkins at another farm and come here to fling the mini gourdes!

During the day there’s no evidence they haunt it up–there are TWO mazes, one for daytime and one for spooky nighttime.

The daytime area is open 10am to 6pm. Admission includes the maze, a play ground, petting zoo, wagon rides and inflatables. Pumpkin chunkin’ is extra.

Grant’s Farm Fall Festival

Opens Oct. 5, Saturdays and Sundays only

$6 per child under 14. Free for adults.

Kids checking out the pumpkins at Grant's Farm

Last year Grant’s Farm got into the pumpkin business! Their fall festival only runs on Saturdays and Sundays, and unlike the rest of the Farm there is an admission fee.

The festival area is located behind the Clydesdale Stable, in one of the horse paddocks. There’s a fun zone with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, corn box (like a sand box), and farm equipment to sit on. There’s also keeper chats and food and drink for sale.

New this year is a “home grown” corn maze and pumpkin patch!

Pumpkins Galore

Opens Sept. 29, 2019

Free admission.

I haven’t been out here yet, but all my St. Charles friends tell me this patch is the best around! They have free admission and only charge for the activities you want to do.

They grow about 100 acres of pumpkins on their family farm and have lots of activities, including a play area, petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides and pumpkin chuckin.

Check out their video!

Centennial Farms in Augusta

Open last weekend of September

Free admission

Dozens of large pumpkins for sale at a St. Louis pumpkin patch

This farm turns into “PUMPKIN FANTASYLAND” every fall! Geared towards kids, the place is decorated with pumpkin characters from the movies and storybooks. Plus a crashed alien spaceship and humorous graveyard. They have a play fort, climbing walls and straw tunnels, plus two fields of pick your own pumpkins.

Summit Produce in Kirkwood

Open Sept. 28, 2019

Admission is $5 for kids 2 to 12. Free for grownups and babies.

Summit Produce in Kirkwood, kids sitting on pumpkins

The guys who own Summit Produce ran the Boone’s Crossing patch last year and are setting up an area at the Kirkwood’s Farmer Market to be a full blown urban pumpkin patch! They have a play area and tons of pumpkins–it’s a mini pumpkin patch right in downtown Kirkwood.

Pumpkin Patches of the Past

You might want to know that Rombach’s, Chesterfield Pumpkin Patch and Boone’s Crossing are no longer in operation.

Where do you go to get the perfect Halloween pumpkin AND have some family fun? I've got a whole bunch of ideas for you!
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