7 Not-to-be-Missed Pumpkin Festivals Around the Country

Celebrate the joys of the season at one of these fun, family-friendly pumpkin festivals—and see how you might find one closer to home.

  1. The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

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    Van Cortlandt Manor Halloween

    Where:  Croton-on-Hudson, NY
    When:   Through November 11


    Visitors to Van Cortlandt Manor enjoy a dramatic display of 5,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. The historic site's sloping brick paths and gardens are transformed into a Halloween haven, complete with a Tunnel O’ Pumpkin Love, ghosts, animals, and dinosaurs—all made of fiery carved gourds. For details, visit Historic Hudson Valley.

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  2. Keene Pumpkin Festival

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    Keene Pumpkin Festival

    Where:  Keene, NH
    When:   October 19


    Head to downtown Keene for a celebration of all things autumn, including a road race, live music, and pumpkin bowling. The Food Court has it all, from pulled-pork sandwiches to fried pickles to pumpkin ale. And don't miss Central Square's enormous tower of jack-o’-lanterns carved by festivalgoers and locals. Visit Pumpkin Festival 2013 for more.

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  3. Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

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    Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

    Where:  Half Moon Bay, CA
    When:   October 19 – 20


    Half Moon Bay welcomes fall with heavyweight pumpkins, live music on three stages, a parade, haunted house, crafts, food vendors, pie-eating and costume contests, microbrews, pumpkin-infused ales, and margaritas. For more information, head over to 43rd Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.

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  4. Circleville Pumpkin Show

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    Circleville Pumpkin Show

    Where:  Circleville, OH
    When:   October 16 – 19


    Since 1903, the Circleville Pumpkin Show has boasted a full schedule of entertainment, including a float parade, marching bands, rides, wood carving, and a hog-calling competition. Dig into pumpkin-inspired waffles, chili, cream puffs, and taffy—but save room for the world’s largest pumpkin pie, from Lindsey's Bakery, a local landmark. Visit Circleville Pumpkin Show for more.

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  5. Statesville Pumpkin Festival

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    Statesville Pumpkin Festival

    Where:  Statesville, NC
    When:   November 2


    A mere 40 miles north of Charlotte, this celebration of squash features rides, pumpkin bowling, a pie-eating contest, and even pumpkin smashing. The festival is home to more than 60 art and craft exhibitors, food booths, three entertainment stages, and a Classic Car Cruise-In. For more information, check out Statesville Pumpkin Fest.

    statesvillepumpkinfest.com

  6. The Great Pumpkin Festival

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    The Great Pumpkin Festival

    Where:  Phoenix, AZ
    When:   October 17 – 20


    Sponsored by the Desert Botanical Garden, this event brings old-fashioned fall festivities to kids growing up in the desert. Catch a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, experience animals close-up at the petting zoo, wander the hay bale maze, and enjoy live country-western music. For admission information, check out The Great Pumpkin Festival.

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  7. Ukiah Country PumpkinFest

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    Ukiah Country Pumpkinfest

    Where:  Ukiah, CA
    When:   October 19 – 20


    The streets of Downtown Ukiah fill with food, beer, and wine vendors, craft and art exhibits, and "Scarecrow City" during this two-day event. Enjoy live music, a haunted house, pet costumes, and a children's carnival. Join the parade, enter the baking contest, or show off your colossal squash in the giant pumpkin weigh-off! For details, visit Ukiah Country PumpkinFest.

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  8. Pumpkin Patches and More

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    Pumpkin Patches

    Didn't see your local pumpkin patch or festival in this lineup? Head over to Pumpkin Patches and More to find pumpkin patches, festivals, pick-your-own orchards for apples and other fruit, corn mazes, Halloween events, and even Christmas tree farms near you.

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