As the leaves turn brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange, and the air turns crisp and fragrant with the smells of autumn, kids everywhere begin to vibrate with the thrill of the season and the anticipation of – you guessed it – Halloween.
Halloween, the spookiest of holidays, taps into our love of the unknown and the rush of adrenaline as goblins, ghosts and ghouls appear in the schools, the movies, the shadows and around every corner. A mark of everything autumn, and particularly Halloween, the humble pumpkin becomes the formidable jack-o-lantern and adorns front steps and porches everywhere to serve as a symbol of upcoming Halloween festivities.
A yearly tradition in many families is to visit a local pumpkin patch to choose a pumpkin that will highlight the autumn season and act as a canvas for frightening faces to display on Halloween night. Vancouver is home to a number of noteworthy pumpkin patches that not only offer hundreds of colourful pumpkins to choose from but also a wide range of kid and family-friendly activities to make pumpkin picking a day to remember.
Located in communities all around Vancouver, choose one of the following farms in your area, or take an adventure to somewhere new this year and pumpkin patch it up!
#1 Southlands Heritage Farm – Vancouver, BC
With a mission to inspire parents and children to care for the planet, Southlands is a top pick for Vancouverites looking for a day of fun. A farm within the city, this beautiful tribute to land, animals, and food features a pumpkin patch, orchards, animals, and tons of farm education. Pick out a pumpkin and load up on fruits, veggies and other tasty treats while you’re there. This bountiful farm won’t disappoint. Visit southlandsfarm.ca for details.
#2 Laity Pumpkin Patch – Maple Ridge, BC
A family run institution in the heart of Maple Ridge, the Laity Pumpkin Patch offers thousands of pumpkins, squash, and gourds to choose from. Featuring Laity North for kids 6 and under and Laity South for kids 4 and up, you can enjoy animals, hay rides, a corn maze, and beautiful trails filled with gnomes, fairies and dinosaurs around every corner. Visit laitypumpkinpatch.com for more details and attraction info.
#3 Richmond Country Farms – Richmond, BC
A bountiful farm offering vegetables and fruits of all varieties, Richmond Country Farms is a best bet for ready-to-carve pumpkins. While visiting, you’ll enjoy hay rides, costumed entertainers and live music while you pick your pumpkin. Festive decorations, and a BC grown apple snack will complete the experience and get you feeling festive. Visit countryfarms.ca for information.
#4 Aldor Acres – Langley, BC
This family favourite pumpkin picking destination features tractor-pulled hay rides, a petting zoo, displays of antique farm machinery from the BC Farm Museum, and 15 different varieties of pumpkins. Located in beautiful Langley, BC, this popular pumpkin patch is a wonderful way to spend a fall day and get into the Halloween spirit. Visit aldoracresfamilyfarm.ca for more info.
#5 Chilliwack Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm – Chilliwack, BC
Famous with locals, this experience is worth the drive. Located in Chilliwack, about 45 minutes from Vancouver, this farm features a huge 12-acre corn maze, pedal carts, tractor rides, farm animals, a giant jumping pillow and yes, a pumpkin patch! This attraction has been entertaining tourists and locals alike since 1999. Visit chilliwackcornmaze.com for details.
#6 Port Kells Pumpkin Patch – Surrey, BC
With an outdoor play centre, hay rides, a goat palace, chicken coop, pumpkin display area and haunted house, this one-stop pumpkin patch is a great choice for a day of fall and Halloween fun. Kids will have a ball playing and picking out pumpkins and you can grab some delicious lunch or a warm drink and snack in the pumpkin café. Visit portkellsnurseries.com for all the details.
#7 Taves Family Farms – Abbotsford, BC
Featuring a bountiful array of everything autumn, this enchanting farm features u-pick pumpkins of all colours, sizes, and varieties. From small, sugar and Cinderella pumpkins to huge over-sized and heirloom options, this farm is the place for pumpkin lovers everywhere. Add to that, Taves offers amazing attractions like a zip line, beehive viewing window, weekend pony rides, a playground and much, much more. This family farm is a must see this season. Visit tavesfamilyfarms.com for all the info.
The holidays offer us a great opportunity to have some fun with friends and family and an autumn visit to a pumpkin patch is a great way to spend some time together and get ready for Halloween. Visit one you love, try a new one in a different part of town, or create a whole new tradition and visit one for the first time. Whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed. Happy carving, and have a safe and happy Halloween!