It can’t be fall without pumpkins and it can’t be Halloween without spooky jack-o-lanterns. While there are no pumpkin patches in D.C., there are a bunch in Maryland and Virginia within easy-driving distance!
1. Butler’s Orchard
It’s $3 to enter this farm and to wander around their picking fields, farm animals, nature trail and picnic area. For $12 on select days throughout October, your family can attend their Pumpkin Festival, where you can pick your own pumpkins, go on hayrides, explore a corn maze and more.
Where: Germantown, Maryland
2. Queen Anne Farm
At Queen Anne Farm, you can take a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch and meet some animals along the way. If you’re in a rush to get pumpkins closer to Halloween, never fear: the farm will be offering pre-cleaned pumpkins on October 30 and 31.
Where: Mitchellville, Maryland
3. Homestead Farm
You can get pumpkins and apples at this farm and can even take a hayride to the patch on weekends.
Where: Poolesville, Maryland
4. Burke Nursery and Garden Centre
All throughout October, the Burke Nursery and Garden Centre will be offering fun fall activities including hayrides, farm animals, a ghost tunnel and more. Prepare to be entertained while you go pumpkin picking.
Where: Burke, Virginia
5. Whitehall Farms, LLC
Every weekend in October is a Fall Fun Day at Whitehall Farms. For $12, you can take a wagon ride, get lost in a maze, and, of course, pick some pumpkins.
Where: Clifton, Virginia
6. Montpelier Farms
At Montpelier Farms, the pumpkin party continues even after Halloween. Every weekend through November 5, you can attend their fall festival. Tickets are $12.
Where: Upper Marlboro, Maryland
7. Clark’s Elioak Farm
This farm is more than just a pumpkin patch--it also has a theme park called the Enchanted Forest. For $7.50 on weekends and $6.00 on weekdays, you can enjoy the attractions, petting farm, maze, and the pumpkin patch.
Where: Ellicott City, Maryland
8. Ticonderoga Farm
Stay warm with hot apple cider at Ticonderoga Farm as you explore their pumpkin patch. During their fall festival, admission is $10.95 on weekdays and $16.95 on weekends.
Where: Chantilly, Virginia
9. Hollins Farm
This four-generation family farm will not only allow you to pick your own pumpkin, but you can also pick up grass-fed natural Angus beef, hay, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Where: Delaplane, Virginia
10. Wayside Farm
This farm has a Pokemon-themed 10-acre maze that you can wind through before picking your own pumpkin. On the weekends, there are also pig races.
Where: Berryville, Virginia