In Fall, it is practically your civic duty to have a pumpkin outside of your home. Lots of places sell them, but it’s less fun to grab one at the grocery store when you can go and pick your own at a real farm. There are several farms in Lake County, McHenry County, and Southern Wisconsin bursting with the perfect pumpkin for you!
Please remember that many of these are working farms and therefore will be muddy, and cash is always preferred. Be sure to check the links in the listings for up to date information; the cold and wet spring has led to smaller pumpkins and limited crop.Find a Pumpkin Patch near you!
Lake County Pumpkin Patches
21675 W Hawley Street, Mundelein | (224) 475-7454
In 2019 Asspegren farm will not be opening for pick your own as the spring weather has limited their crop. Look for them to re-open in 2020. Meet the farmers behind Aspegren Farm at MADE in Lake County.
27691 N. Gilmer Road, Mundelein | (847) 566-2176
Saturday, September 21 – Wednesday, October 30, see website for hours
While Country Bumpkin doesn’t have U-pick pumpkins, it does have a Pumpkin Fest, which is GREAT for toddlers. Our writer, Cheryl, has gone before and had a great experience. The pumpkin festival features a barrel train ride, moonwalks, a petting zoo, a straw maze, and pumpkins for sale. Paid admission is required to enter.
16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Prairie View, Lincolnshire | 847-634-3291
Open Daily September 21 – October 31st
Pumpkin Fest at Didier Farms has all you need for the perfect day-long, fall adventure. Enjoy carnival-style rides, bounce inflatables, partake in the new silly string asylum, and pet exotic animals. Admission and parking are free, but most activities cost money. Be sure to read Loralie’s 2011 review.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm
40 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington | 847-428-6727
(There is also a second location in Hampshire; see Little McHenry County for details)
Open daily, September 14 – October 31
Goebbert’s is one of those pumpkin patches that you really can spend the whole day enjoying. Their farm boasts over 50 different animals, a wagon ride, a pumpkin eating dinosaur that you have to see to believe, pig races, and more. They have numerous photo opportunities, as well as climbing structures for toddlers. While there is no admission price or parking fee, attractions do cost money. See website for pricing and discounts. Read Tracy’s review.
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
13236 W. Townline Road, Waukegan | 847-662-5473
Open daily beginning September 21; see their website for hours.
Kroll’s has everything from hayrides ($3 a ride), farm animals (goats, donkeys, sheep, chickens, and turkeys), a corn maze, pumpkin sales, and more. Most pumpkins at Kroll’s range in price from $1 – $20, they carry some specialty pumpkins as well. Kroll’s does not charge for admission or parking. Please note they are a cash-only farm. Read Melissa’s 2011 review.
NW corner of Hwy 41 and Kelly Road, Wadsworth | 847-336-0120
Open Saturdays & Sundays all October
This farm includes thousands of pumpkins for purchase, hayrides, a children’s haunted loft, petting farm, and Halloween decor. While this is not a U-pick pumpkin farm, they still have pumpkins available for purchase. You can also purchase gourds, taffy apples, refreshments, and hay bales. There is no admission or parking fee, but activities do have small fees. Check the website for details and take a look at Loralie’s 2013 review.
Find all the McHenry County Pumpkin patches at Little McHenry County.
Southern Wisconsin Pumpkin Patches
The Elegant Farmer
Highways ES & J, Mukwonago, WI | (262) 363-6770
Open Saturdays & Sundays, September 7-Oct 26
Their annual Autumn Harvest Festival is fun for everyone in the whole family. With its train rides, pony rides, corn maze, and make-your-own caramel apples, you can honestly spend an entire afternoon there. When you work up an appetite, head to the Smilin’ Barn Cafe and eat BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, slices of pie, homemade chili with scoop chips, loaded spuds, or homemade chicken pot pie. Admission and parking are free to Autumn Harvest Fest, but pumpkins, food, and activities cost money. Pumpkins are a set price at $5 for a medium pumpkin, $8 for a large pumpkin, and $12 for an extra-large. Read Laura’s experience at The Elegant Farmer.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
33603 High Drive (Hwy 20), Waterford, WI | (262) 534-2891
The Fall opening is September 26, Open Tuesdays- Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Green Meadows is one of those farms you hear people gushing about, don’t write it off as just a farm. They are also a pumpkin patch in October. All of the animals Green Meadows is famous for are there as well as farm activities; however, they also have pumpkins! Check out Heather’s review and check Groupon before heading out!
Happ’s Pumpkin Patch
24120 Wilmot Rd, Trevor WI | (262) 862-6515
This pumpkin patch is ranked one of the best in the state because of their train rides, hayrides, a “ghoul bus,” a corn maze, carnival games, a Thomas the Train climbing feature, and a haunted house. They also often sell pumpkins by the trunk.
Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm
7150 18th Street, Kenosha, WI | 262- 859-2645
Open daily September 14 – October 31, see website for hours
Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm has pumpkins, hayrides, animals, concession style food, a Giant Bounce Pillow, a haunted forest, face painting, a 6-acre corn maze, and rides. Admission is $5 Mondays – Thursdays 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and $10 on weekends. Fee includes unlimited activities (some exclusions may apply). Check out Dawn’s Review.
Thompson Strawberry Farm
Hwy 50, Bristol, WI | (262) 857-2353
Opens September 28
Thompson Farm has U-pick pumpkins and gourds. Check the conditions page on the website before you go to make sure the pumpkins are ripe. Sometimes they close if there has been too much rain as the fields get too messy. What is unique about Thompson Strawberry Farm is that you can pay a set fee ($70) which allows you to fill up your car with as many pumpkins as you can. You will be the kid’s hero for letting them take home a whole trunk full of pumpkins! You can also purchase individual pumpkins here. There are no frills.
Which patch is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!