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10 Places to Pick Pumpkins in Houston

bestpumpkinpatchhoustonThe season of cool weather, harvest parties and Halloween costumes has arrived, to the delight of fall fanatics everywhere. For those autumn enthusiasts who live in the Houston area, the time has also arrived to pick the pumpkins that will complete your harvest-themed decor. Whether you plan to carve them, paint them or just display them in all their natural glory, there’s no doubt about the iconic role of the pumpkin in fall decorating schemes. Here are ten of the places where you can, as a family, pick out your pumpkins for the season.

1. Dewberry Farm

The sixteen-acre field at Dewberry Farm is rife with several varieties of pumpkin, which you and your family can pick yourselves. A tractor-drawn wagon ride carts you to and from the field, adding a bit of extra fun to the experience. While you’re there, check out the corn maze, pedal carts, zip lines and baby animals on the property. A trip to Dewberry Farms is almost like a trip to the amusement park, located in nearby Brookshire, Texas.

2. Oil Ranch

The pumpkins at Oil Ranch have already been harvested from the field, so you don’t have to forage for the perfect specimens and pluck them off the vine. Both full-sized and child-sized hay bale mazes add to the fun, as do pony rides and a trip to the petting zoo on the property. During the harvest season, Oil Ranch is also home to more than eighty-five different scarecrows.

3. TGR Exotics

If you want a pumpkin-picking experience that’s a bit of a departure from the norm, visit TGR Exotics in Spring, Texas. In addition to the perfect pumpkin, TGR is also home to kangaroos, camels and other exotic animals. On Friday nights throughout the harvest season, TGR Exotics hosts a “Movie Night in the Pumpkin Patch” event, complete with family-friendly film fare and the opportunity to donate the $3.00 admission fee to wildlife preservation foundations.

4. Texas A&M Habitat for Humanity Pumpkin Patch

Why not turn your pumpkin selection process into a charitable offering? When you purchase from the Aggie Habitat for Humanity Pumpkin Patch, you’re actively contributing to a community assistance program that will help families in and around Houston become the owners of their very own homes. This pumpkin fund-raiser is held on the grounds of Covenant Presbyterian Church, and helps to fund house-building efforts for Houston families in need.

5. Berryland Farms

What’s a harvest celebration without a hayride? At Berryland Farms, your family enjoy a hayride, a corn cannon, a culvert swing, and a tire tower, among other exciting activities. Face painting and pumpkin bowling are on the menu, too. Come for a pumpkin, and leave with a treasure trove of fun, seasonal memories.

6. Blessington Farms

Whether you want to pick your own pumpkins from the patch or prefer them fresh off the vine and gathered from the field, Blessington Farms has you covered. They also host an annual fall festival, cow train rides, mazes and tractor-drawn hayrides. Blessington Farms is located just west of Katy, and forty miles west of downtown Houston in Simonton, Texas.

7. B&M Farms

Earth-conscious families will appreciate the natural growing practices and the perfect pumpkins of B&M Farms in Silsbee, Texas. Pick pumpkins yourself in the field, or choose from their selection of gathered pumpkins if you prefer not to do your own picking. Snag a jar of fresh honey collected from the on-site hives, or fresh eggs from their free-range chickens.

8. Halter, Inc.

Enjoy a bit of seasonal spookiness on the haunted trail at Halter, Inc., along with the face painting, pony rides, miniature horse obstacle course and refreshments offered by the staff. When you’re finished with the seasonal, outdoor fun offered at Halter, Inc., pick up a few pumpkins to carve, paint or turn into delectable edibles.

9. Matt Family Orchard

Pick your own pumpkins at Matt Family Orchard after enjoying your very own fall festival with a group of fifteen or more. Reservations are required, but there’s enough fun to fill an entire day. When the festivities end, you’ll go home with more than enough pumpkins to go around at the family carving stations.

10. Old MacDonald’s Farm

Why grab a batch of pumpkins from a chain grocery store when you can buy them from Old MacDonald’s farm? Your local supermarket may be conveniently located, but they don’t offer pony rides, a petting zoo or a train ride. More than fifteen acres of family fun are on the menu at Old MacDonald’s farm, just be prepared for a few renditions of the classic kids’ song during your outing.


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