Homeowners have piled their porches with plump pumpkins of all shapes and colours for decades. The first sight of this annual tradition marks the official arrival of autumn, and with the rise of Pinterest, the sky is the limit with how far some DIY home decorators will take their fall “porch-scapes.”
As October approaches, all that pretty porch decor takes a new, more sinister shape, when families gather to carve spooky faces out of the once innocent gourds, illuminating their artwork with flickering candlelight on All Hallows' Eve.
If you’re starting to plan your fall decor extravaganza, you won’t struggle to find a pumpkin patch in Ontario. Not only are there too many to list here, but the fun goes far beyond endless fields of pumpkins.
Ontario's most popular pumpkin patches offer a whole world of entertainment with everything from hayrides, intricate corn mazes, scavenger hunts, and live entertainment—creating unforgettable experiences for visitors of all ages. Here are our top eight picks for the best pumpkin patches to visit in Ontario this fall.
Selfie your way through a sea of vibrant pumpkins, brave the challenging corn maze, and take a scenic wagon ride at Downey’s Farm Market and Pumpkin Patch this fall. Be sure to catch their legendary "Pumpkinfest," which transforms the farm into a pumpkin paradise with live entertainment and pumpkin-themed activities.
- Highlights: Extensive pumpkin selection, corn maze, and wagon rides
- Address: 13682 Heart Lake Road, Caledon
Pick any pumpkin for just $5 and then head over to the elaborate corn and sunflower mazes or indulge your taste buds with freshly baked treats from the Tiny Shop Bakery. They’ve even added escape rooms to their selection of activities to do at Hanes.
- Highlights: Impressive corn and sunflower mazes that change yearly, bakery, escape rooms and pumpkin patch
- Address: #1001 HWY 5, Dundas
Come for the pumpkin picking and stay longer for the fun farmyard and an indulgent stop at the Barn Market for mouthwatering butter tarts, pies fresh from the bakery, and much more. Springridge also has a new Pavilion Patio where you can kick back and enjoy lunch.
- Highlights: Pumpkin picking, bakery, and farmyard activities
- Address: 7256 Bell School Line, Milton
Dixie Orchards has something to dazzle everyone in your group. Frolic through the expansive sunflower fields, pick your own apples or hazelnuts and get lost roaming the seemingly endless pumpkin patch. Cap it off with a scenic wagon ride before you stock up on goodies to take home at their on-site market.
- Highlights: Pumpkin patch, apple picking, hazelnut picking, and wagon rides
- Address: 14309 Dixie Road, Inglewood
True crime junkies, we’ve found the pumpkin patch for you. Let your inner detective shine with a delightful "Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt" amidst acres of pumpkin fun and a farm-themed playground. Much more than just a pumpkin patch, Pingle’s Farm Market hosts their Harvest Festival all September and October that packs in everything from farm animals, wagon rides, food stations, a bar, ice cream, coffee, live music, and more! See the full schedule and grab tickets on their website.
- Highlights: An action-packed Harvest Festival all September and October long.
- Address: 1805 Taunton Road East, Hampton
Over a decade in the making, Brooks Farms Fall Fun Festival continues to get bigger and better every year, and now on top of pumpkin picking and all your usual pumpkin patch attractions like adorable farm animals, you can zip-line, catch a pig race or explore the two pirate ships on site. With plenty to eat and do, this fall festival is a great choice for the whole family.
- Highlights: Large pumpkin patch, zip-lining, giant jumping pillows, and pirate ships
- Address: 122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert
Sip on refreshing fresh-pressed cider while touring the grounds in search of the perfect pumpkins or while picking your own apples. When the fall season wraps up, plan a return trip to come and find your perfect Christmas tree—you can even cut your own!
- Highlights: Pumpkin and apple picking in one location, plus Christmas trees come winter
- Address: 14800 Innis Lake Road, Caledon
Strom’s is another fall wonderland boasting thousands of pumpkins, 6km in corn mazes, sand pits, pedal carts, wagon rides, and 'pumpkin chuckin’ competitions. On weekends you can sit around fire pits for some nibbles and drinks and catch live performances from local talent.
- Highlights: Pumpkin picking, fire pits, food trucks, corn maze, and pumpkin chuckin’
- Address: 5089 Wellington RD. 32 Guelph
Be sure to check each farm’s website for their current hours of operation and plan your visit around any special events that pique your interest most!