Pumpkin farms mix fall entertainment with your seasonal pumpkin fix. Families will find playgrounds, pony rides and spooky mazes at most of these St. Louis farms.
Stuckmeyer’s Farm in Fenton: There’s no admission to Stuckmeyer’s “Fort Spooky” which is awesome and NOT SCARY for little kids. You do need tickets for things like tractor rides or pony rides. Fort Spooky is mostly for smaller kids, with some tame tunnels to explore and a nice big Rainbow playset to climb all over.
Eckert’s in Belleville (and Grafton & Millstadt): Eckert’s is the king of pick-your-own fruit, so it’s no wonder they do a great job during Halloween season. They have more weekend fun than you can shake a stick at, and some pretty good pumpkins too. They started doing Haunted Hayrides on Friday the 13th (no wonder) over in Millstadt after dark. Pricing is going to vary–the Millstadt farm charges a flat admission to the kid’s area (pony’s extra) while the Belleville farm charges per ride. Browsing the pumpkins is free (just pay for the one’s you take home.
Thies Farm Pumpkin Land in Maryland Heights and St. Louis: This one is more for older kids–the hay maze can get too dark and most of the swings were set up for elementary aged school kids. They have a play area mostly made of haybales–it’s amazing what you can do with hay. The Maryland Height’s farm is way bigger–it’s newer so they have room to stretch out. They charge admission to the kid area and have pony rides on the weekends.
Brookdale Farms in Eureka: This is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of pumpkin patches. During the day it’s nice little place to take the kids with a cool corn maze (the largest in the area) and cute farm animals to visit. The pumpkin patch is new, so I can’t vouch for it yet, but I’m sure it’s just as nice. The Mr. Hyde part? After dark they switch gears and become “Red’s Corn Maze Massacre” complete with actors chasing you through the maze with bloody hatchets or whatever haunted houses do. I wouldn’t know, I don’t do haunted houses. Ewwww!
If you want to bring little kids, don’t worry. During the day there’s no evidence they haunt it up. There’s an admission fee, check their website for details.
Rombach’s Farm in Chesterfield: Rombach’s doesn’t charge admission, but there is an extra charge if you want to do a weekend pony ride. They have a really fun fort to play in (free) and some (slightly) scary haunted scenes you can stroll by to get in a Halloween mood. Pumpkins here are priced by size and set out in zones, which means you don’t have to limit your pumpkin purchases by weight. Just point the kids at the pile in your budget range.
Please check the websites of each pumpkin farm for the most current info on admission fees and hours!