Are you searching for “The Great Pumpkin?” If so, we got your back. Try these patches.
- Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm
This far South pumpkin farm is also a mini amusement park. Kids can ride unlimited times on a Hootenanny train or get on a mega slide. Prices range from $9.99-$18.99/person. There are hay rides, a petting zoo and a Kid Village for little tots. Call or visit the website for times.
WHERE: 13341 W. 151st St. Homer Glen
- County Fair grocery store
This Beverly-area grocery store isn’t technically a pumpkin patch but they do sell pumpkins that look like Frankenstein’s monster. It’s a very cool way to reduce the need to carve your own. Plus the kids will enjoy looking at all the spooky faces. Visit the website for times.
WHERE: 10800 S. Western, Chicago countyfairfoods.net
- County Line Orchard
I’ve written about County Line before, as a great option for apple picking in the fall (just watch out for bees and hornets.) The petting zoo has donkeys, pigs, chickens and llamas and you can feed them. Just bring actual quarters in order to buy the feed from the wind-up feed posts. Pumpkins and other gourds are available. Plus, yes, apples.
WHEN: Kids Farm, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; U-Pick, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE: 200 County Line Rd. Hobart, In
- Rainey Park Pumpkin Patch on 79th Street
This is a great patch to visit just before Halloween. Come out to west 79th street to pick up the best the Chicago Park District has to offer the kiddies.
WHEN: Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m
WHERE: 4350 W. 79th St., Chicago.
- Hale Park Pumpkin Patch Come out to Hale Park on the West Side to find great pumpkins and community fun. Cost is $1 to $2 to enter, plus cost of pumpkins.
WHEN: Oct. 14
WHERE: 6258 W. 62nd St. Chicago, Illinois 60638
CALL: (773) 229-1032
6. Haunted House at Douglas Park Come out to Douglas Park on the West Side for a very cool haunted house. The field house building is old and architecturally stunning, so we already know that the haunted house will be the business. And though this isn’t technically the South Side, we travel, so we will check it out. (Plus, all our cousins live in K-Town. Let’s make it a family night out!)
WHEN: Oct. 26
WHERE: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. Chicago, Illinois 60623
CALL: (773) 762-2842