Wondering where to pick your own pumpkins in the Toronto area? The GTA has many farms with pumpkin patches to choose from—some are designed for old-school pumpkin picking, but many are full-fledged fall fun farms, where kids can get lost in corn mazes, go on hay rides, devour pumpkin pie and apple cider, visit with farm animals, jump around in bouncy houses, take wagon rides, and much more. Many farms have fall harvest festivals on through Halloween or early November, too.
Note that admission applies at some locations; others are strictly pay-for-what-you-pick. The hours listed here are for the fall season only; dates vary. Call ahead for details.
Pick your own pumpkins at this farm about 45 minutes from Toronto, in Caledon. The orchards are known for their apples, so you might as well do some apple-picking while you’re here, too.
Weekends 10 am–4 pm
Take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch at this farm devoted entirely to pick-your-own. While you’re here, check out the farm market, animal corral, and free hayrides. In September and October, the Harvest Festival is on, with a corn maze, the Straw Mountain, and Haunted Forest.
9365 10th Sideroad, Halton Hills, ON
Daily 9 am–6 pm (picking fields close at 5:30 pm)
Brooks Farms has been in operation for more than 100 years. Every day, you can visit for pick-your-own pumpkins or the Barnyard Playland, with train rides, zip lines, a giant jumping pillow, and farm animals. The annual Fall Fun Festival takes place on weekends in fall, with added fun: pig races, a corn maze, pumpkin cannons, corncob blasters, and more.
122 Ashworth Rd., Mount Albert (East Gwillimbury), ON
Pick-your-own daily 9 am–5 pm; Fall Fun Festival weekends and Thanksgiving 9 am–4 pm
At Cooper’s, near Uxbridge, you’ll find an a-maze-ing 10-acre corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkin patch, as well as wagon rides, mini mazes for little ones, horse swings, and a farm playground with converted combine slide. On Saturday evenings, the Night Maze is open for exploring—bring your flashlight!
266 Ashworth Rd., Zephyr, ON
Wed.–Fri. 10 am–7 pm, Sat. 10 am–10 pm (last entry at 8:30 pm), Sun. and Thanksgiving 10 am–5 pm
At this small farm you can pick your own pumpkins, play on the Barnyard Adventure playground, climb up on the play tractor, visit the farm animals, and get lost in the 2-acre corn maze. On weekends, the farm pulls out all the stops with a Harvest Festival, featuring wagon rides, crafts, and scavenger hunts.
1025 Cragg Rd., Uxbridge, ON
Daily 9:30 am–6:30 pm; Harvest Festival weekends only
It’s all about pumpkins at this fourth-generation 19th-century family farm, which is open to the public only in fall and early winter. Follow the corn maze, see farm animals, make scarecrows, pay for a pony ride, relax with cider and baked goods, do the straw jump and take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to choose your Halloween jack-o-lantern. Sept. 27–Oct. 31 and Nov. 29–Dec. 23 daily 10 to 5.
6325 Enfield Rd., Hampton, ON
Daily 10 am–5 pm
Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch at this 30-year-old farm just east of Oshawa (and minutes from Knox’s Pumpkin Farm). After pumpkin- and apple-picking, head to the Fun Farm for the farm animals, barn bouncer, giant sandbox, giant games, and 8-acre Giant Corn Maze, this year with a pirate-ship theme. On weekends, see pumpkin cannon shows and do pumpkin painting. Take home produce and bakery items from the market, too.
1805 Taunton Rd. E., Hampton, ON
Daily 9 am–6 pm (corn maze until 5 pm); Fun Farm weekends 9 am–4 pm
Choose from thousands of pumpkins at Pumpkinland (every day through Halloween) and have fun at the Harvest Festival (weekends only). Available every day are the Spooky Forest wagon ride, corn maze, interactions with farm animals, and a variety of climbers, slides, and play farm equipment. Come by on weekends for the Pumpkin Cannon Show, jumbo jumpers, and pedal-tractor track.
8100 Steeles Ave. E., Markham
Daily 10 am–5 pm (last entry 4 pm)
This is a true pumpkin patch—you pick ’em where they grow at this old-fashioned farm in Milton. Wagon rides for kids are available in the morning.
6063 Fifth Line, Milton, ON
Weekends from 10 am (afternoon closing times vary)