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Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides And Ghostly Gatherings
Autumn is a glorious season in the Triangle. Visit a local farm to hop on a hayride, sip apple cider and find your way out of corn maze. Scare yourself silly in one of the area’s celebrated haunted houses, or venture down a dark trail to greet the undead. Explore our vast selection of fall offerings, from tame experiences to frightful festivities. Events requiring a fee, ticket or donation are marked with an asterisk. Check the daily calendar section for more seasonal fun.
Janice Lewine

Parents: Use discretion to determine whether activities are suitable for children. Be sure to call ahead or visit websites to verify hours and dates.

HARVEST-THEMED FAMILY FUN

*CARVING PUMPKINS WITH GOATS

5306 Homer Ruffin Rd., Chapel Hill 919-407-1806; springhaven.farm

Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27. $13.50-$20/ person and free for ages 3 and younger; tickets must be purchased in advance online. Enjoy goats and other farm animals, pumpkin carving, a hayride and more.

*CROSSROADS CORN MAZE

3937 Louisbury Rd., Wake Forest 919-747-1324; crossroadscornmaze.com

Open Oct. 4-Nov. 3. Friday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (offers nighttime corn maze until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Oct. 4); and Sunday, 1-7 p.m. Corn maze, hayride, pumpkin patch and more.

DJ’S BERRY PATCH

1223 Salem Church Rd., Apex 919-600-4020; djsberrypatch.com

Find pumpkins of all sizes, North Carolina apples and tomatoes, and other fall produce. Check the website for details.

THE FAMILY FARM ON AVENT FERRY

1719 Avent Ferry Rd., Holly Springs 919-624-8172; thefamilyfarmonaventferry.com

Open Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Specialty pumpkins, gourds and more. Take a family photo in front of a vintage John Deere tractor.

*GROSS FARMS CORN MAZE AND PUMPKIN PATCH

1606 Pickett Rd., Sanford 919-498-6727; grossfarms.com

Open Sept. 21-Nov. 3; Monday-Friday in September by appointment only for groups; Friday, 4-10 p.m. (beginning in October); Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission is $3 for ages 2 and older; other fees vary by activity; combo ticket is $16. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, 10-acre corn maze, Farm Scene Investigation activity, hayrides, a pumpkin patch and more.

*HILL RIDGE FARMS FALL PUMPKIN AND HARVEST FESTIVAL

703 Tarboro Rd., Youngsville 919-556-1771; hillridgefarms.com

Open Sept. 21-Nov. 3. Starting Oct. 1 hours are 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and Sunday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday. Open till 8 p.m. on Saturdays in October for bonfires, s’mores and hot apple cider. General admission is $14 for ages 2 and older. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, hayride, 80-foot giant slide, live music and more. Some activities cost extra.

*HIPP FARMS CORN MAZE AND FIELD OF FUN

U.S. Route 401 and Ballard Rd., Fuquay-Varina 919-669-5741; hippfarmscornmaze.com

Open Sept. 14-Oct. 27. Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (offers nighttime corn maze until 9 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Oct. 5); and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 2 and older; some activities cost extra. Enjoy wagon rides, a 10-acre corn maze, a petting zoo, a slingshot activity and more.

*HUCKLEBERRY TRAIL FARM

143 Pleasant Hill Church Rd., Siler City 919-432-4825; huckleberrytrailfarm.com

Open Sept. 28-Oct. 27; Thursday-Friday by appointment only for groups; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Ticket sales an hour before closing. General admission is $10 for ages 12 and older, $8 for ages 3-11. Enjoy hayrides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch and more. A nighttime Escape Maze is available Oct. 19 and 26, 6-9 p.m.; $15/person.

*KEN’S KORNY CORN MAZE AND HARVESTED FARM NIGHTMARES

3175 Benson Rd., Garner 919-779-4765; kenskornycornmaze.com

See website for 2019 dates, times and admission. Enjoy a 6-acre corn maze, 10-acre fall playground, hay jump, corn tunnel, hay ride, straw maze, pirate ship and more. Harvested Farm Nightmares are offered on special nights.

*MCKEE’S CORNFIELD MAZE

5011 Kiger Rd., Rougemont 919-732-8065; mckeemaze.com

Open Sept. 28-Nov. 3; Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 1-7 p.m. See the website for fees. Find large and small corn mazes, farm animals, Bessie the Milk Cow, a hay bale climb, a pumpkin patch and more.

*MEDLIN FARM

507 Woodland Church Rd., Wake Forest 919-671-2079; medlinfarm.com

Open Sept. 21-Oct. 27; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $9/person; gem mining costs an extra $6/person. Check out a corn maze, gem mining, hay rides and more.

*NAYLOR FAMILY FARM AND GIANT CORN MAZE

6016 U.S. 401 N., Fuquay-Varina 910-249-2258; naylorfamilyfarm.com

Open Sept. 14-Nov. 3; Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.; Monday-Thursday by appointment only. Admission is $18 for ages 3 and older. Discover a pumpkin patch, pirate ship, farm animals, gem mining, a 10-acre corn maze, hayrides, a jump pad, a corn crib, a barrel train and more.

*PAGE FARMS

6100 Mt. Herman Rd., Raleigh 919-451-5534; pagefarmsraleigh.com

Open Sept. 21-late October; MondayThursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $15 for ages 3 and older. Pick your own pumpkin and check out a corn maze, hayrides, a corncrib, a haystack slide, farm animals and more.

*PHILLIPS FARM CORN MAZE AND HAUNTED FARM

6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary 919-377-8989; phillipsfarmsofcary.com

Open Sept. 14-Oct. 27; Friday, 3-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. The ticket booth closes at 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for ages 3 and older. Find a corn maze, a wagon ride, a cow train and more. The Haunted Farm requires a separate $21 admission fee (get a $1 ticket discount if you pay with cash) and is open 8-11 p.m. Sept. 28-29, and Friday and Saturday nights in October. The ticket booth closes at 10 p.m. Not recommended for children younger than 12.

PHILLIPS FARMS OF CHATHAM PUMPKIN PATCH

1282 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro 919-337-3374; phillipsfarmschatham.com/pumpkins

Open mid-September through Oct. 31. Shop for pumpkins and fall produce.

PORTER FARMS AND NURSERY

3525 N.C. Hwy. 42, Willow Spring 919-567-0504; porterfarmsandnursery.com

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Purchase garden mums, pumpkins and gourds, and choose from 16 flavors of ice cream.

*PUMPKIN PATCH AT CAMP CHESTNUT RIDGE

2902 Mt. Willing Rd., Efland 919-304-2178; campchestnutridge.org/pumpkin-patch

Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26; 9 a.m.-noon. Admission is $5/person. Discover farm animals, hayrides, face painting, a garden and nature play area, pumpkins and more.

RAGAN AND HOLLY’S PUMPKIN PATCH

38 Lewter Shop Rd., Apex 919-362-5800 facebook.com/Jeans-BerryPatch-116133708404504

Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Purchase pumpkins and fall produce.

*THREE BEARS ACRES

711 Beaver Dam Rd., Creedmoor 919-441-7224; threebearsacres.com

Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $8/adult, $15/ages 2 and younger. Pumpkins, hay rides, pumpkin bowling and a climbing hay fort. S’mores offered on weekends.

*TRACTOR’S CORN MAZE

13912 Bold Run Hill Rd., Wake Forest 919-761-4090; tractorscornmaze.com

Open Sept. 21-Oct. 27; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m-5 p.m. Admission is $8/person (cash only). Free for ages 2 and younger. Check out a corn maze, hay ride and pumpkin patch. Admission price includes one free pumpkin.

*VOLLMER FARM “BACK 40” COUNTRY PLAYGROUND

677 N.C. Hwy. 98 E., Bunn 919-496-3076; vollmerfarm.com

Open Sept. 28-29; Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and older. See farm animals; purchase fall produce; and try a corn maze, pumpkin jump trampoline, barrel train, underground slide, corn crib, pumpkin slingshot and hay pyramid. Family-friendly movies shown outdoors pn Saturday nights at 6 p.m.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY BOOS

BOO BASH: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL NEEDS DANCE

Clayton Community Center 715 Amelia Church Rd., Clayton 919-553-1550; townofclaytonnc.org/ parks-and-recreation/special-events.aspx

Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. FREE. Do the limbo and dance the night away at this event for middle and high schoolers with special needs.

*BOOTANICAL: PUMPKINS IN THE GARDEN

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill 919-962-0522; ncbg.unc.edu/event/bootanical

Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m. Admission is $5/ person and free for ages 3 and younger. Registration required online. Meet green monsters, tackle the spider obstacle course, craft a magic wand and leaf critter, hear creepy tales, and more. View the naturethemed carved pumpkin display, and come dressed in a plant or animal costume.

CARY’S GREAT PUMPKIN CARVE

Downtown Park, 319 S. Academy St., Cary 919-469-4061; townofcary.org

Oct. 26, 2-8 p.m. FREE. Carve a pumpkin from 2-5:30 p.m. to be lit for display and judged in a variety of categories from 5:45-6:30 p.m. Take your own pumpkin or purchase one at the event. Enjoy family-friendly Halloween TV specials like “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” outdoors, 6:45-7:45 p.m.

*CLAYTON HALLOWEEN HAYRIDE

Clayton Community Park

1075 Amelia Church Rd., Clayton 919-553-1550; townofclaytonnc.org/ parks-and-recreation/special-events.aspx

Oct. 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $5/child; parents ride free with each paid child. Free for ages 2 and younger. Take a hayride around the trail to meet Halloween characters and enjoy games and prizes.

CREEPY CRABTREE CELEBRATION

Lake Crabtree County Park

1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville 919-460-3390; wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree

Oct. 19, 2-6 p.m. FREE. Wear a costume for this family-friendly festival that explores the darker side of nature with scary scavenger hunts, creepy crafts and gruesome games.

DECORATED PUMPKIN CONTEST

State Farmers Market

1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh 919-733-7417; ncagr.gov/markets/ facilities/markets/raleigh/promos.htm

Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Children enter a decorated pumpkin in a contest for prize money and bragging rights. Winning pumpkins will remain on display during October.

DOWNTOWN CLAYTON TRICK OR TREAT

Downtown Clayton 919-553-1500; townofclaytonnc.org/ parks-and-recreation/special-events.aspx

Oct. 31, 2-3:30 p.m. FREE. Ages 12 and younger trick-or-treat at local businesses on Main Street, and enjoy games and goodies at Town Square (corner of Main and Fayetteville streets) afterward.

*DUKE HOMESTEAD’S HALLOWEEN PHANTASMAGORIA

2828 Homestead Rd., Durham 919-627-6990; dukehomestead.org/special-events.php

Oct. 25, 6:30-9 p.m. Guests of all ages explore historical concepts of spiritualism from the 19th century and wander the property in this no-scare event. $10 advance online tickets, $15 at the door.

FALL FESTIVAL AT PARK WEST VILLAGE

Village Market Place, Morrisville parkwestvillage.net/event/fall-festival

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