The air has been crisp and cool in Washington this past week signaling that the month of October has finally come into its own. As the first true fall month of this area, the leaves are finally starting to change colors and jackets have become a permanent fixture when heading outside.
Not to mention, pumpkins are on everyone’s minds.
With just under two weeks until October’s festivities come to a close, time is dwindling to pick out the perfect pumpkin to scoop out the seeds for a quick fall treat and carve the rest into a ghoulish or silly jack-o-lantern.
In addition to having an awesome time hunting through pumpkin patches, families and other visitors to local area farms can be entertained with endless fun options, including hay rides, fall-themed games, and other activities designed for guests of all ages.
In Centreville, Virginia, just 30 minutes outside DC city limits, is Cox Farms. This local favorite always hosts one of the most popular fall festivals in the area. The farm is open every day from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and has a diverse array of entertaining offerings, which is sure to delight kids and adults alike.
For children, there are slides of all different sizes, including a 150-foot long dinosaur-themed one. For any kids (or adults!) interested in the day-to-day operations of a farm, there’s a milking station where you can learn how to properly milk a dairy cow.
Of course, Cox has all the trappings of a typical fall festival with offerings of hayrides, apple cider, and a market full of pumpkins already pulled off the vine and waiting to be taken home. Admission to Cox Farms is $9 during weekdays and $17 on weekends. The ticket price also includes a small pumpkin.
For those of you that thinking that Halloween is less about fall and more about frights, Cox has another delightful treat – once night hits the farm on the weekends, the entire area is transformed into a fear factory. There are hayrides in complete darkness, a walk through a haunted cornfield, large bonfires and ghouls and goblins jumping out from nowhere to send you straight into terror.
Tickets for Fields of Fear begin at $13, with the corn maze entrance costing an extra six dollars.
If you’re looking for a more traditional pumpkin patch, there’s one in Maryland with actual fields. You can take your time walking through rows and rows of pumpkins to pick the perfect one as it is still growing, right off the vine.
Butler’s Orchard is in Germantown, Maryland, almost an hour northwest of Washington, D.C. Visitors to this place are more than rewarded for their trek as this farm offers one of the most authentic pumpkin picking experiences in our area.
Visitors of the Orchard love that they have the option to hand pick many of the fruits and vegetables grown there at the farm. Their selection includes strawberries, apples and blackberries available during the summer months and, obviously, pumpkins available during autumn.
It’s free to enter the patch and open throughout the week. Pro’s visiting know it’s smart to snag a wheelbarrow. If you have one, the orchard will check you out in a much quicker, shorter line.
Weekends hold Butler’s Orchard’s biggest yearly event, their Annual Pumpkin Festival. This Fall’s festival is the 30th year of the event. It costs $11 to attend but paying visitors are treated with hayrides, giant slides and entrance into Butler Orchard’s corn maze.
Either this weekend or next fall and whether you opt to visit Maryland or Virginia, head to these perfect Fall farms to make your October complete.
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