Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins in New Jersey
Great pumpkin patches, hay mazes, and other fall and Halloween activities
If September in New Jersey is all about apple picking, then October is certainly all about pumpkin patches.
Here'a a list of more than 25 places with great pumpkin patches where you can pick-your-own. Many places also have corn mazes and hay mazes as well as a host of other fall activities as well.
Please note: Hurricane Irene, and subsequent heavy rains and floods, impacted many farms in the state. While they are open as usual now, the pumpkin supply may dwindle as Halloween nears—please call before visiting. We'll do our best to update the list with any changes, too. A call beforehand is a good idea anyway to confirm hours, fees, and availability and variety of crops.
DePiero's Country Farm
300 W. Grand Ave., Montvale, NJ
Hay rides, pumpkin picking, and fear farm! Also, hay maze to maneuver through, petting zoo for kids, plus Halloween decorations, homemade apple cider, and fresh bakery items.
177 Big Piece Rd., Fairfield, NJ
Their fall season has lots of activities open daily including pumpkin picking, hayrides, a five-acre corn maze, an obstacle course, and a pumpkin launch game. Plenty of fall flowers and Halloween seasonal items are for sale, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, snack foods, and Jersey Fresh apples and apple cider.
Melick's Town Farm
19 King St., Oldwick, NJ
Open for pumpkin picking. This 50-acre orchard also has pick-your-own apples, a150-year-old barn, weekend hayrides and tours of the farm and working cider press. There is also a location in Califon, NJ (472 County Road 513), 908-832-2905, with horsedrawn wagon rides to and from the pumpkin patch and apple orchard. Their farm market features everything you need to decorate your home for fall, including hay bales, gourds, Indian corn, and corn stalks.
Peaceful Valley Orchards
150 Pittstown Rd., Pittstown, NJ
908-730-7748 or 908-713-1705
This 150-acre farm has pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, as well as a farm market. Throughout October there are "Harvest Weekends" with kids' activities, live music, and hayrides.
Howell Living History Farm
17 Valley Rd., Lambertville, NJ
Pumpkin picking available on Saturday, October 8, as part of the Pumpkin & Indian Corn Festival. This living history farm also has a huge corn maze, and other seasonal activities and attractions, as a facility of the Mercer County Park Commission.
116 S. Branch Rd., Hillsborough, NJ
Pick your perfect pumpkin, gourds, and squash. Also, tour the farm, see the animals, take the corn maze challenge, and ride ponies (for the little ones!).
146 Cranbury Neck Rd., Cranbury, NJ
Pumpkin picking (on and off the vine). Gourds, straw bales, winter squash, and mums are available at the farm stand.
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ
This place has it all—pumpkin, gourd, and apple picking; a large farm store; a corn-stalk maze; and activities all fall long. From September 24 to October 31, the farm hosts Family Fun Weekends, which includes pony rides, wagon rides, barn animals, and live music.
556 Buckelew Ave. (Route 522), Monroe Township, NJ
Home to a gigantic eight-acre castle corn maze—perhaps the biggest attraction here. Also has pumpkin picking in their patch, hayrides, friendly farm animals, and tasty snacks including their own Sweet Jersey Kettle Korn.
Von Thun’s Country Farm Market
519 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction, NJ
This farm has a ton to do, including pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, their Rutgers Football Corn MAiZE, and a new Barnyard Chicken Show. October has Harvest Festivals on the weekends, as well as kid-friendly activities such as sand art, a moon bounce, and pony rides on Kids Day and weekends. October 28 and 29 offers a chance to experience the corn maize by moonlight from 6–10 pm.
Crest Fruit Farm
82 Thompson Grove Rd., Manalapan, NJ
Pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, as well as weekend hayrides in October.
169 County Rd. 537 E., Colts Neck, NJ
Pick-your-own pumpkins, apples, gourds, and winter squash at this quaint, family-owned farm since 1923. They also offer cheese pumpkins, the variety best for pies.
Russo’s Orchard Lane Farm
310 Extonville Rd., Chesterfield, NJ
Pick-your-own pumpkins and apples are available at this sprawling 250-acre family farm, 87 years and four generations, with a fifth generation of "future farmers" eager to greet you when you visit.
84 Route 513 S. (Old Route 24W), Chester, NJ
Pick-your-own pumpkins here, as well as pick-your-own apples, hayrides, pony rides, wagon rides, a giant corn maze, a moon bounce, and friendly farm animals, too. Fall Family Fun Days are throughout October, and there is an option to buy an all-day activity pass. Free daily offerings include climbing the hay bale pyramid, visiting the bunny pen, and crawling through the hay bale tunnel.
Conklin Farm U-Pick
65 River Rd., Montville, NJ
Pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, as well as a corn maze and a slingshot game where you can try to win a giant, 100-pound pumpkin. You can also take a scenic or a haunted hayride depending on your, and your children's, sensibilities.
Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill
104 State Park Rd., Chester, NJ
Pick-your-own pumpkins, a corn maze, a huge assortment of homemade baked goods, and as the name suggests, fresh-pressed cider made on the premises. Call for weekend times if you'd like to see a cider-pressing demonstration.
25 Bartley Rd., Long Valley, NJ
Take a hayride to pick pumpkins, and enjoy a petting zoo, train rides (on weekends), Monster Truck events (on weekends), corn maze, and a mini haybale maze. This farm has been serving NJ families for more than 30 years!
122 Oakdale Rd., Chester, NJ
This is one of the only places to offer the chance to not only pick your own pumpkin, but to cut it right off the vine. One catch—you need to bring your own cutting shears. Apple picking and hay rides are also available as is pick-your-own Indian corn. This is a beautiful spot that prides itself on providing a quiet, old-fashioned day at the farm—you won't find a moon bounce here.
Stony Hill Gardens
8 Route 24, Chester, NJ
This farm has pumpkin and apple picking, a farm market, weekend hay rides, and an entire Maze Fun Park, which includes a 10-acre corn maze as well as smaller mazes.
Sun High Orchards
19 Canfield Ave., Randolph, NJ
This friendly family-owned farm from 1943 offers pick-your-own pumpkins and apples and much more - a farm store, hayrides, games in front of the fireplace, and a resident alpaca named Jersey Gold and Jessica, a miniature donkey.
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown, NJ
This family farm dates back to 1922, and has much to offer in addition to pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, including Maizeland (which has several mazes), hay rides, and a large country store selling everything from cider to smoked hams. In October, there is also a pumpkin slingshot—hit the target and you win a pumpkin!
Ripple Hill Farm
181 Mountain Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ
This small family farm is open to the public on Sundays from noon to 4 pm for pick-your-own pumpkins and apples. It is located on flat terrain and very stroller-friendly.
358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown, NJ
This beautiful family-run farm has pick-your-own pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn, as well as a large corn maze. Weekends bring hayrides to the pumpkin patch, weekdays you're on your own with a wheelbarrow. Farm store has many gluten-free products.
561 Blairstown Rd. (Route 521), Hope, NJ
In operation since 1993, this picturesque spot is perfect for picking pumpkins and apples. They are only open on the weekends, and offer a hayride to the pumpkin patch via a long and winding path through Spook Hollow. They also offer a wide variety of Halloween decorations including, gourds, hay bales, and corn stalks—as well as honey and homemade jams and jellies.
Did we miss any of your favorite pumpkin patches? Let us know your "pick" for the best place to go in New Jersey!