Fall is in full swing on Long Island. Families are decorating and getting ready for Halloween. One family favorite fall activity is pumpkin picking. We asked readers to tell us where they love to take their families for pumpkin picking on Long Island along with ideas for what to do with the pumpkins. Here are their recommendations.
This family run farm was a favorite among many readers. The farm features a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a pumpkin catapult, and pig races. Read our full review on Finks Farm here.
Where: 6242 Middle Country Rd, Wading River, NY
Contact info: 631-886-2272
Several of our readers mentioned Hank’s Pumpkintown as their family favorite. One mom, Jennifer, stated, “Kids love it, the food is delicious and they add new attractions every year.” Danielle added, “There is a bit of a drive, but it is a little cheaper than most farms and there are tons for the kids to do for free as well as some attractions you have to pay for.”
Where: 240 Montauk Highway , Water Mill, NY
Contact info: 631-726-4667
Harbes Family Farm
Harbes is another farm offering pumpkin picking. Families can enjoy roasted corn while sitting in the picnic area. Kids can play in the sand box and plat the beanbag toss. On weekends kids can enjoy pig races, pony rides, hayrides, a corn maze and a pumpkin field.
Where: 715 Sound Avenue , Mattituck, NY
Contact info: 631-298-0800
One of our readers, Carole, grew up going to Lewin Farm and carries on the tradition by taking her own kids there every year. Lewin Farm offers pick your own pumpkins, fresh roasted corn and baked potatoes. Enjoy the fun corn maze for a corny adventure.
Where: 812 Sound Avenue , Calverton, NY
Contact info: 631-929-4327
Schmitt Family Farm
Join the Fall Festival every weekend. There’s no admission fee to the farm. On weekends there’s a Hayride, Animal Train Ride, Pumpkin Bouncy House, and John Deere Trike Play Area. You can enjoy Hot Roasted Corn, Hot Apple Cider, Fresh Baked Goods, and Home Made Candy Apples. There’s a huge selection of Mums, Ornamental Kale, Montauk Daisies, Winter Survivor Pansies, Hay, Cornstalks, and Halloween Decorations. CBS Local Voted it one of “The 7 Best Pumpkin Picking Destinations In NY, NJ, Connecticut.”
Where: 6 Bagatelle Road, Dix Hills, NY
Contact info: 631-549-1159
Stakeys Pumpkin Farm
Anther farm mentioned by many readers was Stakeys Family Farm. Stakeys has a corn maze and a hay ride. The pumpkin field is big, but manageable. Since it is just past Briemere Farms (famous for its baked goods), stop and get a pie on the way home!
Where: 270 West Lane, Aquebogue, NY
Contact info: 631-722-3467
White Post Farms
A popular choice for readers was White Post Farms. This farm is a family tradition to many Long Island families, offering a pumpkin patch, hay rides, shows, animals and more.
Where: 250 Old Country Road , Melville, NY
Contact info: 631-351-9373
Our reader, Beth Ditman, said, “I love Windy Acres because even if your child could care less about the pumpkins, they love to play on the equipment. We have had so many great play dates there for nominal money.”
Where: 3810 Middle Country Road, Calverton, NY 11933
Contact info: 631-727-4554
Windy Acres Farm Information
Creative Ways to Use Pumpkins
Now that those pumpkins are picked and back at home, get ready for some fun! Long Island Mamas found some fun and unique ways to use pumpkins.
- For a really fun centerpiece, stick orange and black tootsie roll pops all over the pumpkin. This can even be used in lieu of the traditional candy bowl used to hold treats. Another option is to clean out the inside of the pumpkin, line with plastic wrap and fill with candy.
- Write a word on a pumpkin with glue. Let it dry. Next spray paint the pumpkin any color you like to create instant fall decor!
- Wrap a pumpkin with an old pair of fish net stockings for a quick and easy spider web design.
- Ditch those flower pots! Hollow out a pumpkin and place inside a fun fall plant like mums.
- Hollow out a pumpkin, fill it with ice and add wine bottles or pumpkin ale. Great for a Halloween party!
By Tara Arichabala