Although the weather might not be showing it, it is officially autumn. Which means, the leaves have changed and sweater weather is upon us. With that comes beloved fall traditions like Halloween. Halloween in New York City can be celebrated in several different ways. You can opt to spend money and time putting together a costume months in advance, borrow items from friends, quickly Amazon Prime a costume, completely nick the dressing up, enjoy time outside with your family, or spend it doing classic fall activities.
For the purpose of this article, we are discussing the latter, and bringing to you the very best pumpkin patches and jack-o’-lantern spots around NYC. And if you totally dropped the ball on pumpkin patches this year, no worries because the list below lasts till November 7th.
You might be thinking that New York City does not have space or farms for such events. And although you will get much more luck venturing outside the city a bit to areas like New Jersey, Connecticut, and Long Island, the city still has something to offer. For starters, Queens is home to much more land and pumpkin patches like Queens County Farm Museum. They have true Instagram-friendly pumpkins and loads of backdrops for the perfect photo. Pro tip: Bring cash to this one. We have found that loads of places and farmers prefer or require cash over cards.
And if you’re local to Brooklyn, Flatbush’s own Green Meadows Farm is where it’s at. With admission just at $9, you get to enjoy a great pumpkin patch and petting zoo in this Aviator Sports and Events Center transformation. And if you have children, they also have a kid-friendly haunted house and hayrides for the little ones to enjoy.
Outside of the city
And if you’re willing to venture out of the city, we love all 48 acres of Hank’s Pumpkintown in Watermill, New York. You can opt to pick pumpkins from the vine, off the vine, or from their store. They also have corn stalk, gourds, and straw bale for those that appreciate an autumn tablescape. Luckily, they are only 2 hours away from Jamaica Station on the LIRR towards Montauk.
When visiting any of these, make sure to call ahead to verify timing and costs. As you know, COVID has changed loads of things and you’d rather go there over prepared then set to turn back around, especially if it’s one you traveled to outside the city. Not to mention many are family-owned and might close for random reasons, so better to be safe than sorry.
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