Pick the largest pumpkin you can carry at Demarest Farms.
Pick the largest pumpkin you can carry at Demarest Farms.

Pumpkin Patches Near NYC Where Kids Can Pick Their Own

We can't fight it anymore: The Halloween season is upon us! And what's Halloween 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. 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 expand your hunt into a family day trip.

Like our recent profile of nearby pick-your-own-apple orchards, these 12 pumpkin patches are all about an hour from Midtown Manhattan by car. We even found a few reachable via public transportation.

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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: 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 scare that isn't such a treat.

Westchester County, New York

Pick a pumpkin, hit the bounce house, and take a hayride at Harvest Moon Farm.

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard – North Salem
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan; also accessible via Metro-North
Located directly across the street from Outhouse Orchards (below), this family-run farm offers a variety of pumpkins and gourds. On weekends beginning September 14, 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
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 patch is already open this year, so head on up. There is a weekend parking fee of $10, but weekday parking is free. In past seasons there has been 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
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
The pumpkins here are can be picked right from the vine! This family-run farm also offers no-frills apple picking daily. Don't worry if your little ones don't have the energy to trek around: The place is stroller-friendly and there are hayrides on weekends.

RELATED: Harvest Festivals, Pumpkin Patches, and Hayrides in NYC

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

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan; also accessible via Metro-North
Wilkens' pumpkin patch will be open for picking from September 28 through Halloween this year, and apple picking is available through late-October. 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
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 September 21. 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
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 (no apple picking, though). There's a scary haunted house for adults, 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 September 28 this year.

Lewin Farm – Calverton
About 90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Pick pumpkins right from the vine at this quiet spot, where there is also plenty of other seasonal produce to choose from. Be sure to call in the morning to confirm opening.

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

New Jersey

Secor Farms – Mahwah
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. Open dates this fall are September 16 through October 31. Other attractions include a corn maze and farm animals.

Be sure to hit the corn pit at Alstede, which offers myriad family attractions with its pumpkins and apples. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

Alstede Farms – Chester
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. 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
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, ready for picking now. Admission is $7 and includes parking, a hayride, access to the adventure playground, and time with the farm animals.

Riamede Farm – Chester
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
Bring your own shears and snip a pumpkin right off the vine at this pumpkin patch, which opens September 28 this year. Seriously, Riamede won't cut them for you—it's DIY. However, the farm offers a complimentary hayride to the picking field on weekends in October. You can also pick your own apples in several varieties, including heirlooms.

Conklin Farm U-Pick – Montville
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
A favorite of our MP writers, Conklin is smaller and calmer than many of the other farms, while still offering everything you need for a great fall day out: pumpkin picking, a corn maze, and warm homemade donuts! There is also hayrides, face painting, and balloons on Friday afternoons. The farm opens for the season on September 21 this year.

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. Some 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.

A version of this post was published in 2017; it is updated annually.

Stuart's Farm
62 Granite Springs Road
Granite Springs, NY 10527

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Chester, NJ 07930

Demarest Farms
244 Wierimus Road
Hillsdale , NJ 07642

Riamede Farm
122 Oakdale Road
Chester , NJ 07930

Elwood Pumpkin Farm
1500 E Jericho Turnpike
Huntington, NY 11731

F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm
26 Pinelawn Road
Melville, NY 11474

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Road
North Salem, NY 10560

Outhouse Orchards
139 Hardscrable Rd
Croton Falls, NY 10519

Secor Farms
85 Airmont Avenue
Mahwah, NJ

Lewin Farm
812 Sound Avenue
Calverton, NY 11933

Conklin Farm
65 River Road
Montville, NJ 07045
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