Best Pumpkin Patches in New Jersey for Kids

Pick the largest pumpkin you can carry at Alstede Farms. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
Pick the largest pumpkin you can carry at Alstede Farms. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
9/17/23 - By Laurie Rein

This year, skip the grocery store pumpkins and head to a New Jersey pumpkin patch, where you're sure to experience other fall fun, including barnyard animals, corn mazes, and plenty of juicy apples that are ripe for the picking. 

Read on for 20 family-friendly pumpkin patches to check out in and near New Jersey. Closer to the New York border? Check out these Westchester and Hudson Valley pumpkin patches. If you're in South Jersey or headed for a Bucks County getaway this fall, our Philadelphia site has the scoop on where to go pumpkin picking in Pennsylvania.

Find more Halloween activities in our New Jersey Halloween Guide and be sure to consult our New Jersey Fall Fun Guide for the best things to do with kids this autumn.


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Pumpkin Patches in North Jersey

1. Abma's Farm – Wyckoff

This family-owned farm celebrates fall with hayrides and pumpkin picking starting September 30, 2023, on Thursday-Saturdays (closed Sundays, but open on some weekday holidays). Before leaving, savor some apple cider and doughnuts from the farm market. Advanced ticket purchases are required for a hayride, pumpkin picking, and the petting zoo. Kids ages 2 and under are FREE.

2. Alstede Farms – Chester

This NJ farm has lots to offer, including tons of activities for kids. You'll find a bounce house, wagon ride, corn maze, hay pyramid, and farm animals to feed—plus a farm stand and plenty of pick-your-own options, pumpkins included. Be sure to check the farm's calendar to see what events are happening that day and what produce can be picked. Reservations are required. It gets jam-packed on the weekends, so come on a weekday if you can.

3. Conklin Farm U-Pick – Montville

Conklin is a smaller venue, but it has all you could ask for in a chill setting: A pumpkin patch for picking, a toddler corn maze, and hayrides (regular and haunted hayrides—weekends only). A snack shack with hot cider, candy apples, and warm, homemade doughnuts keeps everyone full and happy. Visit them on the weekends and see if you can win a 100-pound pumpkin! The pumpkin patch opens on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

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Pumpkin patches in New Jersey Demarest Farms
Demarest Farms has pumpkins of every shape and size ready for you to seize. Photo courtesy of the farm

4. Demarest Farms – Hillsdale

This Bergen County farm is a fun place to take the family. Pumpkin picking season opens on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Reservations are required and include access to the pumpkin patch plus two petting zoos, an adventure playground, and a corn box. Consider a late-day reservation and stick around for the Halloween Light Show.

5. Farms View Farm – Wayne

The perfect "starter" pumpkin patch for little ones, Farms View is an adorable road stand with a short hayride to pick pumpkins. Admission also includes a pumpkin and an apple. You'll also find animals in the barnyard and character cut-out photo-ops. The season runs from the last weekend in September through the end of October.

6. Heaven Hill Farm – Vernon

Heaven Hill Farm offers pumpkin picking and tons more agritainment. Weekends are filled with fun courtesy of its Great Pumpkin Festival, with food concessions, magic shows, pig races, carnival rides, paintball ranges, apple cannons, sand art, and more. During the week, you can enjoy farm animals, corn mazes (they have a mad scientist theme this year), and so much more. Book tickets online in advance.

7. Ort Farms – Long Valley

This sixth-generation family-run farm is quieter and less commercial than other destinations, yet it still offers tons of family fun, including pumpkin picking, hayrides, farm animals, an apple cannon, pony rides, a tractor play-set, hay pyramid, and even monster truck rides. Purchase tickets for its Fall Festival online before visiting.

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Pumpkin patches near New Jersey Riamede Farm
Get the pumpkins straight off the vine at Riamede Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm

8. Riamede Farm – Chester

For some real pumpkin picking—the kind where you cut the pumpkin right off the vine yourself—go to Riamede Farm. This quiet, simple, laid-back apple farm includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch. Don't forget to bring your clippers! If you prefer not to cut them yourself, Riamede offers a pumpkin meadow with pre-cut pumpkins in all sizes, as well as a selection of pre-cut pumpkins at its store. Purchase your farm pass in advance online to guarantee admission.

9. Stony Hill Farms – Chester

Giant pumpkins are waiting to be picked at the Stony Hill Farms pumpkin patch or farm market. The Maze Fun Park is open daily in September and October with fence mazes, rope mazes, and a 10-acre corn maze. There are hay rides on the weekends and a "flashlight maze" on most Saturday nights in October.

10. Sussex County Strawberry Farm – Newton

The name of this farm can be misleading; Sussex County Strawberry Farm has pumpkins, too! Enjoy a pumpkin patch, weekend hayrides, fresh cider, and apples. Bonus: Pick-your-own raspberries are available in September and October.

11. Wightman Farm – Morristown

This is my family's go-to pick-your-own New Jersey farm. Wightman kicks off pumpkin picking in early September on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Visitors to the farm must purchase fall festival tickets, which include hayrides, choosing one pumpkin, a variety of mazes, tunnels, and labyrinths, and entry to the apple orchard; pay for what you pick separately. Tickets are $25 per person for everyone ages 3+ and must be purchased on the farm.

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Pumpkin patches near New Jersey Happy Day Farm
Climb on the wooden train at Happy Day Farm's "Kids Korner." Photo courtesy of the farm

Pumpkin Patches in Central New Jersey

12. Happy Day Farm – Manalapan

You won't be bored at this Monmouth County farm. It's loaded with family activities, including pumpkin picking, pony rides, hayrides, a wooden train, pig races, swings, and an animal-feeding zoo. Weekends include animal feedings, cornhole, pedal carts, tractor rides, and tug-o-war fun. The fall harvest season runs through Sunday, October 29, 2023. Some activities are weekend-only, though pumpkin picking is available on weekdays in October. Purchase tickets online in advance. On-site farm purchases are cash-only.

13. Melicks Town Farm – Califon

This fun farm is a family favorite. Enjoy a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to select your pumpkins straight from the vine. After pumpkin picking, be sure to check out apple picking and visit the cider mill to watch those apples get pressed into delicious cider.

14. Norz Hill Farm – Hillsborough

Pumpkin picking, hayrides, and farm animals are all part of the fall fun at Norz Hill Farm. Don't forget to try the 5-acre corn maze, which boasts a new design each season. At night, there's a scare farm for older children. 

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Pumpkin patches near New Jersey Johnson's Corner Farm.
Fall pumpkin picking at Johnson's Corner Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm

15. Johnson's Corner Farm – Medford

Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch daily through Halloween at Johnson's Corner Farm. Find plenty of weekend-only fall fun here, too, including a corn maze, live music, gem mining, and more. Stop at the market for cider doughnuts, pies, and more fall treats. Purchase tickets online in advance.

16. Oasis Family Farm – Robbinsville

Pick pumpkins, sample local honey, and enjoy FREE wagon rides, games, and more at this pumpkin-picking farm. There's a children's Fun Zone with a hay pyramid, several animals throughout the farm to see, the not-so-spooky kids' trail, and wagon rides (included with the admission price). Pumpkin picking runs on weekends from Saturday, September 30, 2023-Sunday, October 29, 2023. General admission to the farm is $12 per child and $8 per adult.

17. Terhune Orchards – Princeton

Terhune is such a fun place to bring the family because of the breadth of kid-friendly things to do around the farm. The pumpkin-picking fields are located at the main farm on Cold Soil Road and open in September and October. Fall Family Weekends include fun happenings like pony rides, pedal tractors, a hay bale maze, and more. Timed-entry tickets must be purchased in advance. While you're there, be sure to visit the farm store and winery.

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Pumpkin patches near New Jersey Duffield's Farm
Pair your pumpkin picking with a hayride at Duffield's Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm

Pumpkin Patches in South Jersey

18. Duffield's Farm – Sewell

This South Jersey pumpkin picking farm offers fresh gourds for the taking through Halloween. Pair your visit to the patch with a hayride and freshly picked apples. Note that the farm is closed on Sundays.

19. Johnson's Locust Hall Farm – Jobstown

Head to Johnson's Locust Hall Farm for its Fall Harvest Park & Pick Weekends. Reservations are required and grant access to pumpkin picking, apple picking, the sunflower field, and a corn maze. Hayrides, live music, and food trucks are also available.

20. Sahl's Father Son Farm – Galloway

Visit the farm on Fridays and Saturdays in October for pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, farm animals, and more seasonal fall fun. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.

This post was originally published in September 2012 and has since been updated. 

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