Pumpkin Picking in New Jersey – A Great Fall Activity for Kids

Pumpkin picking is a great fall activity and a memorable experience with the kids?

Spend a day with the kids in New Jersey farm country picking pumpkins, and time permitting, add on a hayride or a trip to the corn maze.

In the fall, the daytime New Jersey countryside becomes a bright landscape, color-quilted with leafy hues and the night time sky is clear and vivid shining stars.

The pumpkin picking season in New Jersey begins as early as September 15, with peak activity from October 1 – October 15, with the season ending on Halloween Day, and on some farms, early early November.

Pick-Your-Own farms vary in the activities they offer, from the farm that offers only pick your own to those that feature a wide range of activities including hayrides, corn mazes, animals, and haunted houses.

Many of these pick your own farms also offer a full range of produce grown on the farm, with other goodies such as home-made pies, preserves, cider, candies, and the like.

Several of New Jersey's farms and farm stores offer haunted hayrides that take revelers through vast fields and forests, with ghosts and goblins everywhere. Just a few are described here, but most large farms through the state have hayrides and other spooky events throughout October.

The South Jersey Pumpkin Show, fourth annual affordable family Fall Festival, October 13-15, 2006, at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, 3001 Carmel Road, Millville, NJ (856) 765-0118 – Three days of over 100 artists and craftsmen, Professional Fall / Winter Home & Garden Expo, Bluegrass and Country Bands, Largest Grown Pumpkin Weigh Off, Little Miss Pumpkin Show, Halloween Extravaganza, Hayrides, Skillet Toss, Amusement Rides, Scarecrows, truckloads of pumpkins and mums.

Here is a list of New Jersey's best pumpkin picking farms with activities for kids. Please call ahead to confirm activity schedule and get your travel directions.

Emery's Blueberry Farms, 346 Long Swamp Road, New Egypt. (609) 758-8514 — Emery's Berry Patch is a Certified Organic Farm and Country Bakery. They grow Organic Blueberries, Organic Raspberries, Organic Vegetables, Organic Pumpkins and Organic Herbs. U-Pick Hayrides during Pumpkin season. School trips must be scheduled in advance and fill up quick. Country Bakery sells seasonal Organic Vegetables and Herbs, our famous pies, jams, jellies, turnovers, muffins and much more!

Dewolf's "U-Pick" Farm, 10 West Colliers Mills Road, (off RT 539) New Egypt, NJ 609-758-2424, where they have pumpkin picking, hayrides, the amazing spider corn maze, face painting, and a kid friendly haunted house.

Race's Farm, 224 Route 94 S, Blairstown, NJ 908-362-9363 "ghosts will walk and spirits will talk," during this Haunted Hayride every Friday and Saturday.

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