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.
Updated for 2019.
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.
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!)
Halloween Days Sept. 28-Oct. 31 2019
Saturday, October 12th, 2019
4th Annual Clydesdale in the pumpkin patch.
The horse will be in the patch from 11am to Noon for photos.
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.
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.
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
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.
Opens Sept. 13, 2019
Admission: $6 for kids 4-11; $9 over 12; free for kids under 3
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.
Opens Oct. 5, Saturdays and Sundays only
$6 per child under 14. Free for adults.
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!
Opens Sept. 29, 2019
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!
Open last weekend of September
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.
Open Sept. 28, 2019
Admission is $5 for kids 2 to 12. Free for grownups and babies.
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.