As temps drop and Halloween nears, pumpkin patches come to mind. If you want to bypass the stores in town and add some adventure to finding a pumpkin, there are lots of options.
Congress Street UMC Church (link) off Main, across from the park, hosts a pumpkin patch. This fall fest is aimed at kids 6 and under, although all are welcome. 11 a.m. -7 p.m. daily until Oct.31. No admission fee but items will be for sale. Great photo ops for the little ones.
Exploration Acres has opened its Halloween season. The corn maze, Indiana Fields of Fear (link) is open to families, but young children should be in large wheeled strollers depending on how far you intend to walk. The full maze is over 8 miles. Hours are Thurs. – Sunday, admission charged (link). Concession stand is open for your convenience. You are welcome to picnic as well. Available activities: hay rides to the pumpkin patch (pumpkins are .30 per pound), gem mining (purchase a bag of gems for the sluice) and pony rides.
Wea Creek Orchards have opened their pumpkin patch and have lots of apples this year. The wagon takes riders out to the pumpkin patch to choose the perfect pumpkin, or you can purchase one at the barn, priced by the weight. Apples, jellies, candles and other goodies are also available for sale. Near the Wea Community (old school) Center (link).
Kent's Cucurbits near Brookston will once again be open with a corn maze and a large selection of pumpkins, gourds and other squash. About 15 minute drive from IN 43 and I65 (link).
Hobson’s Fun Farm, Rockville (link), is a good destination to combine with a visit to the Covered Bridge Festival (link). Drive time about 1.25 hours from IN25 and US 231 S.
Sadly, Millennium Farm near Oxford has closed its wonderful pumpkin patch (link).
Stuckey Farm has extended its operation to include a fall apple fest (link). Each weekend in October will have a different theme as part of Harvest Fest. There is also Adventure Acres for the kids. Fresh items available in the store according to availability. Check the website for what’s available. The farm is open daily; Harvest festival activities are weekends only. About a 1 hour drive from I65 and IN 38.