Pumpkin Patches Near NYC Where Kids Can Pick Their Own

Pick Your Own Pumpkins in New York, New Jersey, Long Island

We can't deny it any longer: The Halloween season is upon us! And what's All Hallows' Eve without the perfect pumpkin? Sure you can grab one from the local farmers' market, grocery store, or one of the few pumpkin patches right here in New York City in a pinch. But for a more immersive experience, head to the country to pick your own pumpkin this fall. Many of these farms and orchards offer additional activities for kids, including hayrides, bouncy houses, corn mazes, and apple picking, so you can extend your hunt into a family day trip.

Like our recent profile of nearby pick-your-own-apple orchards, these 10 pumpkin patches are all about an hour from Midtown Manhattan by car. We even found a few reachable via public transportation.

Keep in mind, many of these farms set out pumpkins in a field for kids to "pick," so the fruit has already been cut from the vine. We've noted when this is not the case for purists looking for a more authentic (and labor-intensive) experience.

Another important note: It's imperative you call ahead to confirm hours, pricing, availability, and attractions. Otherwise you might find the crop gone or the place closed, and that's a Halloween season scare that isn't such a treat.

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Westchester County, New York

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard – North Salem
130 Hardscrabble Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan. Also accessible via Metro-North.
Located directly across the street from Outhouse Orchards, this family-run farm offers a variety of pumpkins and gourds. On weekends from September 10 through October 30 (and Columbus Day), there are plenty of additional attractions for kids, including hayrides, farm animals, bouncy castles, and live music. This farm is also near the Metro-North Croton Falls Station.

Outhouse Orchards – North Salem
139 Hardscrabble Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan. Also accessible via Metro-North.
This apple-picking favorite has added a pumpkin patch to its attractions, which include hayrides and a corn maze. The pumpkin patched is already open this year, so head on up. There is a fee for parking and, in past seasons, poison ivy, though it's always clearly marked. No car? No problem! Take Metro-North to the Croton Falls Station and catch a cab to the farm.

Stuart's Farm – Granite Springs
62 Granite Springs Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan.
The pumpkins here are actually on the vine, not trucked in from elsewhere and dumped on the ground. This family-run farm also offers no-frills apple picking. Don't worry if your little ones don't have the energy to trek around: The fields are stroller-friendly and there are hayrides on weekends.

RELATED: Harvest Festivals for Families in NYC This Fall

Enjoy a free hayride to pick your pumpkin at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights
1335 White Hill Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan. Also accessible via Metro-North.
While apple picking is already going on, Wilkens' pumpkin patch is scheduled to open on Saturday, October 1. The grounds are hilly, so free hayrides are offered. No car? take Metro-North to the Croton-Harmon Station and then a 20-minute taxi ride to the farm. Be warned: This location reportedly gets very crowded.

Find more pumpkin picking in Westchester and Hudson Valley.

Long Island, New York

Elwood Pumpkin Farm – Huntington
1500 East Jericho Turnpike
About 50 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan
Kids can pick pumpkins off the vine right where they grow, take a hayride, and navigate a modest corn maze. The picking begins Saturday, September 17. Bonus: There's no admission fee. You simply pay based on the size of your pumpkin. Old-school. We like it.

RELATED: NYC's Only Corn Maze and More Fall Fun at the Queens County Farm Museum

Hit the bounce house or slides after a morning of pumpkin picking at F&W Schmitt's Family Farm.

F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm – Melville
26 Pinelawn Road
About 50 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan.
This Long Island spot is super-popular thanks to its giant corn maze, pumpkin patch playground, small animals to pet, and hayrides. For adults, there's a scary haunted house, and a milder version for older kids. Admission times and prices vary by date. Visit the website for a complete schedule, but the fun starts Saturday, September 24 in 2016.

Find more pick-your-own pumpkin patches on Long Island.

New Jersey

Secor Farms – Mahwah
85 Airmont Avenue
About 40 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan.
While this picturesque farm specializes in flowers and plants, it also grows a bumper crop of pumpkins accessible via hayride. Other attractions include a corn maze and farm animals.

Alstede Farms – Chester
1 Alstede Farms Lane
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan. Also accessible via New Jersey Transit.
In addition to pumpkin and apple picking, this farm offers a ton of activities, including a 10-acre corn maze and barnyard animals that you can feed for a couple of quarters. Plus, you don't need a car to get here. Take New Jersey Transit to the Gladstone Station and call Village Taxi or hop on the Historic Chester Courtesy Coach for a lift to the farm. There are various admission packages available.

Demarest Farms – Hillsdale
244 Wierimus Road
About 35 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan.
Just across the Hudson River, this popular apple-picking spot in northern New Jersey also offers pick-your-own pumpkins, which are already open for the picking in 2016. Admission includes a hayride, fresh apple cider, donuts and time with the farm animals.

Riamede Farm – Chester
122 Oakdale Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan.
Bring your own shears and snip a pumpkin right off the vine when this pumpkin patch opens, Saturday, September 24. Seriously, Riamede won't cut them for you—it's DIY. However, the farm offers a complimentary hayride to the picking field on weekends and Columbus Day beginning about October 1. You also can pick your own apples in several varieties, including heirlooms.

Find more pumpkin patches in New Jersey for kids.

Things to Know Before You Go

We've said this before, but it's important, so we will repeat ourselves: Make sure you call ahead to confirm hours, pumpkin availability and attractions. Many orchards are small, family-run establishments that can close unexpectedly. A Mommy Poppins staffer once made a trip to a farm only to find the entire place shut down for a family funeral.

Approximate driving times do not include traffic. And sadly, you're probably going to run into some.

Leave your pets at home. Most farms don't allow them.

If you're thinking of packing a picnic, call ahead to make sure the farm allows you to bring your own food.

Bring cash or call to confirm that the farm accepts credit or debit cards. Many of the smaller farms are cash only.

Pumpkin picking season usually starts in mid to late September, while other farms hold off until October 1. Don't wait too long though,or you risk coming home without a jack-o'-lantern.

For other fun farm outings, including apple and pumpkin picking all over the tristate area, check out our Farm Guide.

Top photo by Parker Knight via Flickr.

Stuart's Farm
62 Granite Springs Road
10527 Granite Springs , NY
Phone: 914-245-2784
41° 18' 26.6652" N, 73° 45' 56.1492" W
New York
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Road
10598 Yorktown Heights , NY
Phone: 914-245-5111
41° 16' 46.0344" N, 73° 49' 40.6992" W
New York
Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane
07930 Chester , NJ
Phone: 908-879-7189
40° 47' 3.3612" N, 74° 41' 48.5808" W
New Jersey
Demarest Farms
244 Wierimus Road
07642 Hillsdale , NJ
Phone: 201-666-0472
41° 0' 29.6496" N, 74° 4' 14.3904" W
New Jersey
Riamede Farm
122 Oakdale Road
07930 Chester , NJ
Phone: 908-879-5353
40° 47' 42.7164" N, 74° 41' 37.9356" W
New Jersey
Elwood Pumpkin Farm
1500 E Jericho Turnpike
11731 Huntington , NY 40° 49' 52.4388" N, 73° 20' 55.8924" W
New York
F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm
26 Pinelawn Road
11474 Melville , NY 40° 47' 14.3484" N, 73° 24' 49.8204" W
New York
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Road
10560 North Salem , NY 41° 20' 57.5844" N, 73° 38' 5.8416" W
New York
Outhouse Orchards
139 Hardscrable Rd
10519 Croton Falls , NY 41° 20' 57.5736" N, 73° 39' 42.174" W
New York
Secor Farms
85 Airmont Avenue
Mahwah , NJ 41° 5' 27.1464" N, 74° 7' 29.0136" W
New Jersey