Whether you're using them for cooking, baking or decorating it's definitely time to get your hands on some local pumpkins! And of course the best part of getting a pumpkin is the fun family farms you get to visit! Take a look at our 5 favourite places to get your pumpkins; some close to home, some further away, all awesome!
(And don't forget, many of the farms featured on our Top 5 Places for Local Apples also offer pumpkins and fall activities! Check out that page here.)
1974 Concession 2, Lynden
The Details: Merry Farms is a Christmas tree farm that has been owned and operated by the Merry family since 2013. In 2015, they opened to the public and launched their first pumpkinfest. Every year they continue to add more activities for families to enjoy.
$: $9 per person gives you access to all 20 activities on the farm including a wagon ride. There is an additional charge for pumpkins, gourds, face painting and food. Pumpkins range in price depending on size starting at $5.
Age Rating: All ages however, there is definitely something specific to enjoy in each age category.
Why We Love It: There are many activities to choose from and they are all spread out which means very little time is spent waiting. The wagons run constantly so you aren't left waiting for these either.
Kids Will Love: The bouncing pumpkin, the witch hockey, obstacle course, corn maze, peddle cars and tube slides.
Good to Know: There are porta-potty locations all over the farm so no need to worry about being stuck in the pumpkin patch and having a bathroom emergency. The farm accepts debit and cash only and there is not an ATM on site.
Lindley’s Farm & Market
900 Fiddler's Green Road, Ancaster L9G 3L1 (just 2 km south of Hwy 403)
289 237 5614 Market (open 9-6pm daily) 905-648-4212 Harvest Hotline
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The Details: A family farm in Ancaster featuring lots of seasonal activities from picking your own strawberries, raspberries, and other berries in the summer, to classic fall time fun like pumpkin hayrides and their famous corn maze. Fall activities run on weekends and holidays from Sept 28th until October 31st. Groups of 20 or more can book ahead for a weekday experience!
$: Great affordable fun! $10 (includes HST) per person gets you a pumpkin hayride to pick a pumpkin from the field, $8.00 (including HST) for the 4-acre corn maze. You can bundle these activities as well.
Age Rating: All ages
Why We Love It: Lindley’s is one of our favourite spots for harvest activities because it’s just a short drive away. Unlike some other farms that may require a longer drive, from almost anywhere in the city you’re looking at about 20 minutes max. It's the perfect spot if you’re looking for an outing without a huge time commitment.
Kids Will Love: Hayrides are always fun but Lindley’s wins the prize for wow factor with their pumpkin slingshot. What kid doesn’t love watching produce rocket through the air? It’s silly fun for everyone!
Good To Know: There are lots of paid activities to keep the kids occupied for a longer visit, like the duck races (you keep the duck!), zip line (60kg weight restriction) and a pumpkin slingshot. They also have no-cost activities and fun that vary from year to year. It also has great opportunities for that perfect Social Media Photo!
7256 Bell School Line, Milton
The Details: Open from spring through until Christmas time, this huge farm is popular with families for it’s amazing Fun Farm Yard and seasonal festivals. The Harvest Festival is currently on weekends until October 31 and scaled down fall activities are available everyday through the season.
$: Admission to the Harvest Festival is $12 per person from ages 2-92. This includes a puppet show, wagon ride, spooky boo barn, and access to all the attractions in the fun farm yard. Pony rides are available for $4.
Age Rating: All ages.
Why We Love It: We took our first trip to Springridge last year and the biggest appeal for us was the size. It’s a huge open farm with plenty to do and even though it was busy with school trips it never felt crowded. Plus it was one of the only places where we could go to enjoy fall activities like wagons rides on a weekday which was better for our weekend working family!
Kids Will Love: The huge play area is so much fun and the most exciting part for most kids are the huge pipe slides. They get to scale the straw bales and fly down the tube again and again – it’s not a slide experience they’ll get anywhere else.
Good To Know: If you’re able to go during the week it will only cost you $5 per person to enjoy the farm. There aren’t as many activities happening as on the weekends, but you’ll still get to enjoy the play area, petting farm, wagon rides, and more. In addition to being cheaper, it’s also quieter!
Dyments Family Farm
416 Fallsview Rd. E. (corner of Sydenham & Fallsview) Dundas, ON L9H 5E2
The Details: The Dyment Farm is located just outside Dundas. They have a pumpkin farm and bakery that includes tons of family friendly activities. They are open every weekend until the 31st from 10am-5pm. They are also open Thanksgiving Monday. Special Events can be booked for various times throughout the year.
$: Farm entrance fee is $12 for adults and $11 for children over 2. Children under 2 are free. There is an additional charge for pumpkins, face painting and food.
Age Rating: All ages
Why We Love It: There is huge visual appeal on this farm with beautiful property and scenery surrounding you. The tractor ride which includes an audio tour of the grounds gives a little history and captures the essence of fall. It also gives you and the kids a much deserved break from walking.
Kids Will Love: The will have a blast with the corn maze, play barn, farm animals, trike rides and mini putt course.
Good To Know: The farm only takes cash so make sure to hit the ATM before arriving. The fry truck on site while delicious tends to have a long line up but there is also chili, hot dogs and other snacks located inside the barn area with picnic tables to sit down for lunch or a snack. The farm can get muddy so be prepared with proper footwear.
Howells Family Pumpkin Farm
2878 Holland Rd, Thorold, ON
The Details: Howells Family Farm is located just outside Thorold. The family began selling pumpkins at the side of the road by the wheel barrel 35 years ago. They are now known in Niagara for having the largest selections of pumpkins and fall produce in addition to a bakery and lots of family friendly seasonal activities. They are open every weekend in September and everyday in October to the public.
$: Admission to the farm is $10 for anyone over 2. There is an additional charge for rides and attractions which can be paid for with tokens $3 for $5 (some attractions are 3 tokens) You can also purchase an adventure pass for $20. Note that some attractions are not included with this wrist band and are an additional charge. (averaging $4.50 extra per person)
Age Rating: All ages
Why We Love It: This is like the Disneyland of farm attractions with tonnes of rides and activities for children of various ages. You have a play hay barn, sand box with farm toys, wagon ride and a trike track for the young ones and then a bouncing trampoline, haunted barn and a murder mystery corn maze for the older children. With so much to do your kids will be occupied for hours and you'll get lots of great photo ops!
Kids Will Love: With so many unique kids acitvities it's hard to choose what they'll love most but the Pumpkin-0-saurus Rex live show, pig races, cow and train-o-saurus ride, and the apple and mini pumpkins sling shots will likely be among their favourites.
Good To Know: Be prepared to spend a good amount of money at this farm, between the adventure pass, additional attractions, and food, a family can easily spend over $100 (outside food is not permitted). Options for a more budget friendly experience include visiting on Tuesday nights (starting in October) for an adventure pass deal of $7.95 between 5-9pm. Seasons passes can also be purchased for $27.95 which allow for multiple visits for one price.