Picking pumpkins and meandering through acres of corn paths are fall traditions that never seems to go out of style. Although unusually heavy seasonal rain has delayed the start of the season, most farms are up and ready to go for the month of October. Check out this list of hot spots in MontCo to challenge yourself with a maze, enjoy a hayride or select that prize pumpkin for this year’s carving contest.
2222 S. Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446
A five-acre maze offering daytime or moonlight fun. Merrymead is a working dairy farm with plenty of fall activities. Visit the apple shed for seasonal produce, cider and decorations. Take a hayride around the farm. Little ones will enjoy the corn stalk tunnel, face painting and inflatables. The daytime maze is open each weekend and moonlight maze happens Fri. and Sat. nights from 6 to 8 pm. Bring your own flashlight. See www.merrymead.com for details, hours and pricing.
Northern Star Farm
112 East Third Ave., Trappe, PA 19426
Northern Star Farm features two mazes covering 14 acres of fun! Lots of activities for family daytime fun including a goat walk, giant apple slingshots and an air cannon. Kids will love a hayride to the pumpkin patch, pony rides and feeding the animals. Enjoy cider and doughnuts, too. Moonlight fun can be arranged for groups of 20 or more, including hay rides and a bonfire. See northernstarfarm.net for details.
315 Pughtown Rd., Spring City, PA 19475
This farm’s corn maze is open for daytime and moonlight wandering. Visit any weekend through Saturday, November 3. Warm up around the public camp fire ring beginning at 7 pm – BYO sticks and marshmallows. Hayrides to the pick-your-own patch and barn rental for private parties. Check the farm’s Facebook page for fees and hours at www.facebook.com/OlsFarm/.
R&J Farm Market
325 Allentown Rd., Souderton, PA 18964
R&J’s six-acre maze always features a unique design that is personally created by the farm’s owners. The maze will be open Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. Bring your flashlights for moonlight fun. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Visit the farm stand for apples, pumpkins, baked goods and seasonal decorations and plants. Call or check the website for pricing, group rates and hours at www.randjfarmmarket.com.
746 S Trappe Rd., Collegeville, PA 19426
Enjoy the farm market, Harvest Land, the corn maze and horse drawn and tractor wagon rides to the pumpkin patch. Opt for pumpkin painting, face painting or scarecrow making to round out your visit. The farm is open every day and the last tickets are sold one hour before closing. For pricing and hours visit www.varnerfarms.net.
1134 Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512
Enjoy a first responders theme at the area’s largest maze, featuring eight miles of trails spread over 25 acres. Wind your way through 3 figures and 3 emergency services vehicles outlined in smaller mazes that fit together into one large experience. Little ones looking for fun will enjoy the smaller Dalmatian dog corn maze or the hay bale maze. Flashlights are available to rent (or bring your own) for fun after dark. The mazes are open Fri. – Sun. through mid-November. Farm stand with seasonal items and hand-dipped ice cream. Check out all the details at www.wilcoxfamilyfarm.com.
Winding Brook Farm
3014 Bristol Rd., Warrington, PA 18976
This dairy farm located just over the border in Bucks County offers a 5-acre professionally designed corn maze. Answer trivia question to get clues that will help you through the maze. Looking for a few chills and thrills? The farm’s entertainment also offers the Cornwalk of Horror, Haunted Hay Maze and a Haunted Hay Ride. Non-scary versions are available during daylight hours. Combo tickets are available for discounts. Check out the website for directions, pricing and hours at www.windingbrookfarm.com.
Abby’s Pumpkin Farm
2471 Little Rd., Perkiomenville, PA 1807
This small, non-commercialized farm provides a trip to the country experience. Open weekends in October, the maze takes about 25 minutes to complete. While there, enjoy a hayride, pick out some pumpkins or try the apple slingshot. The cost is $5 per activity. www.facebook.com/Abbys-Pumpkins.
Specially Designed for Younger Ones:
Freddy Hill Farms
1440 Sumneytown Pk., Lansdale, PA 19446
Train the younger ones in a corn maze designed to be little-kid friendly. This smaller corn stalk maze features a fun exit – climb the ladder and slide your way out! Freddy Hill has family weekends full of fall fun with hay rides, pumpkins and more through October. Enjoy a trip to the pumpkin patch, watch the pig races and enjoy the farm’s own ice cream. Visit www.freddyhill.com for more details.