Fall officially begins Sept. 22, and with it come new ways to celebrate the harvest season. Pumpkin patches are a childhood favorite for most people, so let your kids make the same memories. Join Holland Farms for it opening celebration on Sept. 23, and be treated to a day full of pumpkins, games, and memories that last a lifetime.
Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch and Maze
The pumpkin patch and maze at Holland Farms will be open Sept. 23–Nov. 4. Along with fields of pumpkins, the farm offers hayrides, a corn maze, and activities for kids. Treat them to a day of sand box digging, horse tire swinging, pedal tractor car racing, zip lining, and more! There’s even a petting zoo for the animal lovers.
For the best value, purchase the wristband. For $12, it gets you (1) pumpkin, a hayride, and access to all of the farm’s activities. If you don’t want the full package, you can purchase a pumpkin for $6 or get general admission to the playground, hayride, and maze for $8 per person. Children under 2 are admitted free.
The pumpkin patch is open Mon.–Sat. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Picking the Perfect Pumpkin
Finding a pumpkin isn’t as easy as picking the first one in the field. You want to find one that will be easy to carve and will last until Halloween. Carving is a lot of work only to have your pumpkin rot the next day! Here are a few tips to help you pick the perfect pumpkin this fall.
- Search for the Right Shape. It helps to have an idea already in mind of what you’re wanting to carve. Rounder pumpkins can be good for simple faces, but you’ll want to opt for a taller one if you need room for a larger scene.
- Check for Spots. Once you’ve got the shape down, next is to check for defects. Soft spots, green spots, or brown holes all indicate a pumpkin that’s more likely to rot. And holey pumpkins can have bugs burrowed within – yikes!
- Give it a knock. To avoid having to saw through impenetrable layers of pumpkin flesh, give it a knock to see how hollow it sounds. The bigger the cavity, the thinner the outer walls, and the easier the carving.
- Pick a Painting Pumpkin. If you’re not a fan of pumpkin guts and serrated knives, you may be better off with a painting pumpkin. While you can paint any pumpkin, the best ones are smaller, rounder, and smoother than average. They allow you to get the most detail and have a clear canvas for showing off your skills with the brush.
McKenzie Motor Deals
Another excellent addition to your fall collection is a new car from McKenzie Motors. Shop our selection of new and pre-owned vehicles, and we’ll have you and your pumpkins riding out in style.