It’s almost fall, which means it’s finally time to start planning a trip to the pumpkin patch. Get out your pumpkin pie recipes and carving tools and head to one of these farms for PYO pumpkins and apples, farm animals, hayrides and corn mazes! A lot of farms hold festivals to celebrate the season as well, so check those dates ahead of time.

Atlantic County

R & J Farm
723 W. Herschel St., Galloway Twp.
Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch and find the perfect pumpkin for every family member. Their corn maze, jumping pad and farm stand are sure to keep your family entertained. Dogs are not permitted in the fields in October.

Sahl’s Father Son Farm
420 W. Pestalozzi St., Galloway Twp.
This adorable farm in Galloway is perfect for young families and will open Sept. 24 – Oct. 29. The corn maze is a fun challenge, and a great backdrop for family photos. If you’re an animal lover, you can feed the furry friends on the property. Try the flashlight maze after dark, if you dare! 

Bergen County

Abma’s Farm
700 Lawlins Rd., Wyckoff
There are several different ticket packages available, but most include a hayride, wagon ride, a small pumpkin and Barnyard Zoo admission. If you have a large group you can book your own private party.

Demarest Farms
244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale
At Demarest Farms you can pick your own pumpkins starting Sept. 24 (apples are available now). Your ticket includes free parking, entrance to the pumpkin patch, petting zoo, playground and hayrides. You must make a reservation to visit in advance.

Secor Farms
85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah
The hayride takes you on a scenic ride of the farm, where you will pass by the pond, willow trees and fall decorations. Once you make it out to the field, feel free to explore the corn maze, pick a pumpkin and relax under the rustic pergola. Hayrides run from mid-September through October; during the week, bring your group of 20 or more for a private ride to the pumpkin patch where you can PYO plus enjoy lunch in the indoor glass greenhouse. Get your cameras ready for memorable photos of “How Tall This Fall” and the many other face cutouts scattered around the farm. You can also purchase gourds, jack-be-little pumpkins, corn stalks, mums and other items to decorate your house this fall. Plus, the farm market is filled with a variety of New York State apples, fresh pressed apple cider and homemade apple cider donuts.

Burlington County

Indian Acres Tree Farm
111 Tuckerton Rd., Medford
Open Sept. 24 through October, take your kids for pumpkin picking wagon rides, a hay bale maze, rope maze, corn boats, tractor, barrel train rides and live music on the weekends.

Camden County

Springdale Farms
1638 South Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill
Pumpkin picking hayrides run from 10 am – 4 pm Oct. 1 – 30. From scarecrows to giant blow up pumpkins, and even a pumpkin house and witch’s cauldron, there are plenty of photo ops for you and the fam. There will also be many classic fall displays such as wagons, cornstalks and loads and loads of pumpkins for sale! Don’t forget to pick up a carving kit or a pumpkin painting kit.

Essex County

Fairfield Farms & Greenhouses
177 Big Piece Rd., Fairfield
Starting the third weekend in September, Fairfield Farms will be open for all of their “fun in the field” activities throughout the fall, like the pumpkin launch and the rolling tube ride. Stop by to pick pumpkins, go for a hayride, find your way through the corn maze and the rope maze, and feed farm animals.

Gloucester County

Duffield’s Farm Market
280 Chapel Heights Rd., Sewell
Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch at Duffield’s Farm Market in October, or pick apples. 

Maugeri Farms
1991 Oldmans Creek Rd., Swedesboro
Visit on weekends in October and take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and get lost in hay maze. Play corn hole, lawn twister and bean bag toss games, plus visit the farm animals. Karen’s hay bale murals are a must-see!

Mood’s Farm Market
901 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill
Pumpkin hayrides are available in October. They include a ride to the pumpkin patch, picking a small pumpkin, a drink of apple cider and an apple cider donut. It is a family friendly ride with many fun, silly and scary (but not too scary) things along the path. Apple hayrides are on weekends in September. The corn maze is open from Sept. 10 – Oct. 31. Plus, scarecrow making is Sept. 17!

Hunterdon County

Melick’s Town Farm
472 County Rd. 513, Califon
At Melick’s Town Farm there is plenty of pick-your-own produce to choose from, including apples right now. In October, you can pick your pumpkins at the peak of the season, and grab apple cider donuts that are fresh daily. 

Schaefer Farms
1051 County Rd. 523, Flemington
Schaefer Farms has an endless supply of harvest and Halloween-themed activities. By Day events include hayrides, pumpkin picking, mazes and feeding farm animals. By Night events are much spookier: The Hayride of Horror, the Trail of Terror, the Massacre Maize, and the Carnival Chaos all open on Sept. 24. Advanced tickets are required for the nighttime activities. 

Mercer County

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton
Terhune Orchards is hosting Fall Festival Weekends every weekend starting Sept. 17 through the end of October. Festivities will include live music, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, a hay bale maze, hippity hop corral, duckie races, and so much more! Online tickets are required in order to guarantee admission. 

Middlesex County

Giamarese Farm
155 Fresh Ponds Rd., East Brunswick
PYO apples and pumpkins are ready! Stop in the farm market before heading out to the field.

Red Wagon Farm
136 Applegarth Rd., Monroe
Pick your own pumpkins on the weekends through Oct. 30. While at the farm, go through the corn maze, visit the petting zoo or take a pony ride.

VonThun Farms
519 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction
438 Route 57 West, Washington Twp.
Fall Festival weekends start on Sept. 17 at the South Brunswick and Washington Twp. locations. Get your tickets in advance to ensure your spot. General admission includes access to their Minions-themed corn maze, unlimited hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a host of hay bales to climb, plus access to the apple and pumpkin patches. You can add on fun things like corn cannons.

Monmouth County

A. Casola Farms
178 Highway 34 and Schanck Rd., Holmdel
Starting Sept. 17, take a hayride to PYO pumpkin. Visit the petting zoo, go through the corn maze, take a hayride, travel through a haunted sunflower maze and spook yourself in the haunted house.

Battleview Orchards
91 Wemrock Rd., Freehold
After you pick apples and pumpkins, stop by Battleview Orchards’ country store for fresh-baked pies, apple cider donuts and fresh-pressed apple cider. 

Happy Day Farm
77 Iron Ore Rd., Manalapan Twp.
Their Fall Harvest kicks off on Sept. 17, and advance tickets are required in order to enter. There are over 30 different activities included in the ticket price, including a corn maze, giant Jenga and pumpkin bowling. There will also be a concession stand for you to fuel up after picking pumpkins. Bring cash.

Red Wagon Farm
437 Route 33, Manalapan
Pick your own pumpkins on the weekends through Oct. 30. While at the farm, go through the corn maze, visit the petting zoo or take a pony ride.

Morris County

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
Explore this beautiful farm and its three mazes. Kids can play on the hay pyramid or in the pumpkin patch. Access to the pumpkin patch includes the corn maze, the sunflower maze and the evergreen maze. 

Conklin Farm U-Pick
65 River Rd., Montville
PYO pumpkin season starts on Sept. 24. There are hayrides available on the weekend. Enjoy fresh baked goods and hot cider as you search the pumpkin patch. Peruse the newly harvested produce in the farm market, and don’t forget to take a picture with Conklin Farm’s signature red pick-up truck. There will be fresh donuts available every weekend.

Hillview Farms
223 Meyersville Rd., Gillette
It’s almost pumpkin picking season at Hillview Farms, starting in October. Stop by to get your fill of seasonal, locally grown produce and natural raw honey. 

Ort Farms
25 Bartley Rd., Long Valley
Pumpkin picking is a fall favorite! Take a hayride pulled by a big John Deere tractor down the patch to look for the perfect pumpkin. The 5-acre corn maze is also included in admission. On weekends in October there will be a full schedule of fun and food.

Stony Hill Farm
15 North Rd., Chester
Kids of all ages can come out for a giant corn maze, rides, games, a play area and, of course, hayrides and a giant pumpkin patch.

Ocean County

Argos Farm
1250 Lacey Rd., Forked River
Fall Festival Opening Day is Sept. 18! In addition to u-pick pumpkins, there is family fun like a corn maze, cow train, hay slide and pedal carts. Ride a tractor and even watch pig races. Pre-purchased tickets are recommended.

Emery’s Farm
346 Long Swamp Rd., New Egypt
Find your perfect pumpkin this fall, then find your way out of one of their two corn mazes. Make sure to meet some of the adorable animals that live on the farm.

Hallock’s U-Pick Farm
38 Fischer Rd., New Egypt
Pumpkins will be picking later this fall.

Passaic County

Farms View
945 Black Oak Ridge Rd., Wayne
Pumpkins start picking Sept. 24 and last through October. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch.

Somerset County

Norz Hill Farm & Market
120 South Branch Rd., Hillsborough
Take a tour of the farm on a hay wagon, pick pumpkins, wander through the 2-mile corn maze, go on a pony ride, play games with the kids and visit the farm stands. There will be three haunted attractions in October to gear up for Halloween.

Snyder’s Farm
586 S. Middlebush Rd., Somerset
The events and roadside stand will reopen on Sept. 24 when Horror Movie Night and the fall season begin. The Fall Festival takes place on weekends from Oct. 1 – 23 – which coincides with pumpkin picking, which starts in October.

Sussex County

Heaven Hill Farm
451 Rte. 94, Vernon
The Great Pumpkin Festival is underway Sept. 17 – Nov 6, and in addition to pumpkin picking, there’s a hay maze, hay crawl, pig races, gem mining, apple cider donuts and food stands.

Ideal Farm and Garden
222 Rte. 15, Lafayette
Pick your own pumpkins at select times Thursdays – Sundays. Beginning in October, there will be weekday and weekend hay rides up to the pumpkin patch.

Sussex County Strawberry Farm
565 Rte. 206 N., Andover
The fall season includes pumpkins, mums and cider. There are hayrides every weekend, plus carving supplies, local apples and corn stalks.

Warren County

Donaldson Farms
358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown
Pumpkin picking will start Sept. 24 and continue through the end of October, with hayrides available on the weekends. During the week you can grab a wheelbarrow and walk to the pumpkin patch.