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Where to go pumpkin picking near NYC with kids

For the best pumpkin picking near NYC, bring little ones to these beautiful patches and track down the perfect jack-o'-lantern

Photograph: Decker Farm

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When the fall foliage starts to appear in NYC parks and chatter of this year's Halloween costumes begins in your household, you know autumn has arrived! That means it's time for some essential fall festivities, and one of our favorites is scouring pumpkin patches for the perfect would-be jack-o'-lantern. These scenic local farms have some of the best pumpkin picking NYC has to offer, plus they keep your clan entertained with corn mazes, hayrides and more fun activities. For more autumn inspiration, check out our list of 50 best things to do in the fall with the kiddos!

Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms

You can pick pumpkins any day of the week at this top-rated Long Island farm, but scheduling a weekend visit will give your kids the full fall experience. On Saturdays and Sundays, they’ll hop in the pumpkin bouncy house, fly down the fire truck slide, get spooked in the haunted maze and fill their bellies with roasted corn and apple cider. Farm admission free. Rides $2-$4 each. Pumpkins priced by the pound.

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Decker Farm in Historic Richmond Town

Time-travel to the 1800s by visiting Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town. On weekends in October (11am–4pm), families can ride free shuttle buses to nearby Decker Farm to pick pumpkins and participate in other fun activities like farmhouse tours, hayrides, face painting and crafts projects, plus explore a corn maze. Tickets $5 per person, kids under 1 free; family four-pack $16.  

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Demarest Farms

This pick-your-own spot in Bergen County has peaches, apples and pumpkins galore, plus tons of family-friendly entertainment. For the price of admission ($5), kids snag a hayride, a winding walk through the corn maze and a visit with the farm animals from September 19 through November. For an extra $9, they can select a pumpkin from the patch to take home. With decorations and pumpkin carving tools available for purchase, you’ll have everything but the costumes for Halloween! Admission $5, pumpkins $9 each.

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Dykeman Farm

Starting the last weekend in September, hop a free hayride into the fields to pluck a perfect pumpkin. Feeling extra festive? Pick up some colorful Indian corn, gourds or squash to deck out the house. Drop by the children's tent for fun activities like facepainting. Pumpkins priced by the pound.

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Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm

You don’t have to venture too far from home to pick your own pumpkins. At this conveniently located Huntington farm (the westernmost farm on Long Island), pluck your future jack-o'-lanterns fresh from the vine. The corn maze and hayrides are fun, kid-friendly extras. Free farm admission; pumpkins priced by the pound. 

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Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses

Open throughout the spring, summer and fall, this family-owned farm and greenhouse provides fresh flowers, produce and autumn décor to the West Essex area. The fall season is the most festive, with a sprawling pumpkin patch and a five-acre corn taking up residence on the grounds. Families can chow down on burgers and hot dogs washed down with cider (cold or hot mulled, depending on the weather) before enjoying hayrides or hitting up the “Play in the Hay” area in the greenhouse and outdoor barn with a climbing tour, logs to jump over and slides. Free farm admission; pumpkins priced by the pound.

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Fink's Country Farm

At Fink's, families can pluck pumpkins right off the vine and buy produce by the pound or wheelbarrowful. On weekends, the farm offers a barnyard, pony rides and hayrides, a kiddie train, a bounce house and a seven-acre corn maze which can be navigated during the day, or if you're feeling brave, by flashlight after dark on select evenings. If your little one has a destructive side (and whose doesn't?), let her blast produce out of the corn cannon or pumpkin slingshot. Free farm admission; pumpkins priced by the pound.

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Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

No matter the season, this farm and orchard is bustling. Families drop in for fun-filled events throughout the year, from an annual Easter egg hunt to Santa visits around the holidays. In autumn, this is a prime apple- and pumpkin-picking spot with fall festivals going on every weekend from September 12 through Halloween. After selecting a pumpkin from the farm’s many varieties, shoot an apple cannon, enjoy live music, pony rides, hayrides and a bounce house and visit with the resident animals. Free farm admission; pumpkins priced by the pound.

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Kelder's Farm

After a round of mini golf, pick your very own pumpkin from this farm’s patch. City kids can get a true taste of farm life by helping to milk a cow! There’s also a corn maze (addiitonal fee), petting zoo where tots can mingle with sheep and pigs, and a jumping pillow that’s great for burning off extra energy before the car ride home. Pumpkins priced by the pound. 

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Secor Farms

This gorgeous farm in Bergen County has an impressive selection of flowers, produce and seasonal decor. Select a pristine pumpkin, then stock up on gourds, corn stalks and other decorations to spookify the house for Halloween. Hop on a hayride around the farm and past the pond, explore the corn maze, visit the animals at the petting zoo and play with toy tractors in the corn box. The family can even post up for a picnic at one of many tables (the farm serves food on weekends, or treats can be purchased at the market). Free farm admission; pumpkins priced by the pound.   

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