It's officially pumpkin season -- the time of year when the big, orange squash adorns front porches, balconies and backyards around the city. Here's your guide to local pumpkin patches to enjoy the annual tradition and take your pick for the perfect jack-o-lantern for you and your family.
Mrs. Heather's Pumpkin Patch
Sept. 23 – Nov. 8
Families can practically fill their day with tons of fun at Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch in Hammond. The patch opens for the fall season starting on Sept. 23. Besides picking a pumpkin from the field, there are several activities to keep busy including zip lining, a hay maze, face painting and a nature trail. Kids can also learn about milking cows and growing pumpkins. You’ll find plenty of places for the perfect fall family photo. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 per child. Adults enter free.
St. Martin's Episcopal Church
Sept. 24 – Oct. 31
Purchase pumpkins of all shapes at sizes at the St. Martin’s Pumpkin Patch in Metairie. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Want a real treat? Families can get a free photo at the pumpkin patch. St. Martin’s teams up with The Red M Studio and Second Harvest Food Bank to offer a free photo sent via email. The Red M Studio will take photos at the pumpkin patch on Oct. 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The church will also collect non-perishable food or monetary donations to benefit Second Harvest.
First Presbyterian Church
Opens Sept. 30
Buy a pumpkin for a good cause at this patch. The 17th annual First Presbyterian Church Program of Hope Pumpkin Patch will open on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. Admission to the pumpkin patch is free. Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes will be for sale including gourds, wing gourds, spookies, minis, weebee littles, and snowflakes. Proceeds will go to benefit First Presbyterian Church and the Program of Hope, the church’s homeless outreach program. Donations of clothing, toiletries, and non-perishable food items will also be accepted. The pumpkin patch will open daily until pumpkins sell out. Hours are Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
St. Charles United Methodist Church
Oct. 1 – Oct. 31
St. Charles United Methodist Church says it’s been known as “the pumpkin church” for more than a decade. The church also hosts fun-filled pumpkin patch activities throughout the month like a Pumpkin Patch Craft Fair on Oct. 13 and Trunk-Or-Treat on Oct. 20. Families can also take photos and shop a wide variety of gourds and pumpkins. The church invites everyone to get their pumpkins with a purpose. Pumpkins are delivered to Destrehan, La. from a Native American farming group. Plus, all proceeds from the patch supports a long-term mission partnership in Mexico called Manos Juntas. Hours during the first week of October are Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. After the first week, hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Opens Oct. 1
Can you say delivery? St. Andrew’s pumpkin patch offers delivery in the local area. Visit the kid-friendly pumpkin patch starting on Oct. 1. Get ready for the perfect photo op with the patch’s picture area on site. Pumpkin prices are based on weight. Hours are Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Buy them early before they sell out!
Oct. 1 – Oct. 31
Liuzza Land’s fall season starts Oct. 1. The farm opens to the public every Saturday in October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for public days is $10 for ages 2 and older. Mondays through Fridays are reserved for private field trips from 9 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Private field trips must be scheduled, and field trip prices are $8 for kids and $7 for adults. Activities include pumpkin picking, corn maize, a tunnel slide, jumping pillow, tractor swings, pioneer playhouses, a petting zoo, goat feeding, wagon rides, pony rides and more.
St. Augustine's Pumpkin Patch
Opens Oct. 3
“The Great Pumpkin Patch” at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church sells pumpkins, gourds, jewelry, crafts and pumpkin-themed baked goods. The pumpkin patch opens weekdays from noon to 8 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Find more information about school field trips here.
Plum Street's Pumpkin Patch at Lafreneire Park
Oct. 4 – Oct. 31
Plum Street Pumpkin Patch takes over Lafreniere Park starting Oct. 4. Aside from pumpkins, there are children’s activities, games and great photo ops for families. The park will reveal a brand new photo op scene this year. Kids can enjoy story time on Saturdays and Sundays, with readings happening throughout the day. Guests can also participate in a costume contest on Oct. 21 for prizes in various categories. The pumpkin patch’s hours are Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to dusk and Saturday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to dusk. For more information about field trips or birthday parties called Toni at 504-256-3298.
Sugar Roots Farm
Opens Oct. 6
Sugar Roots Farm opens every Saturday in October for pumpkin picking in Algiers. Kids can also visit with farm animals and enjoy hot cider and baked goods. Entry to the farm costs $6 per person. Children age 2 and under enter free. The farm will sell feed for animals for $1 per cup. Picnic tables will be available for families who want to bring lunch. Pumpkin prices range from $3 to $10. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Steele's Farm Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 6 – Oct. 28
The family-owned farm in Washington Parish hosts a pumpkin patch along with a fall festival. The farm features more than 30 outdoor games and attractions for a whole day of family fun. Kids can interact with farm animals and enjoy hay rides. Pig races will take place on select dates. A concession stand will sell food and drinks. Steele’s pumpkin patch opens every Saturday and Sunday in October, except on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday hours are from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. General admission to the pumpkin patch are $8.50, plus tax. Children age 2 and under enter free.
St. Paul's Episcopal School
Oct. 6 – Oct. 31
St. Paul’s Pumpkin Patch offers a variety of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. You can get pumpkins as small as 3 pounds, all the way up to 40 pounds. Visitors are invited to peruse the pumpkin selection and take pictures in the photo area. St. Paul students have put their own personal touch on this year’s patch in celebration of the Tricentennial. You’ll find scarecrows representing local legends like Allen Toussaint and an art installation of hand-made clay plaques featuring special places and faces of New Orleans. Open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Oct. 13 – Oct. 31
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church hosts its annual pumpkin patch starting Oct. 13. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. There is no admission fee to enter the patch. Reservations are required the school program which starts on Oct. 17 and continues weekdays through Oct. 31. The Harvey church also hosts its Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the front parking lot.
Timberlane Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 13 – Oct. 31
Timberlane Country Club hosts a pumpkin patch open to the public starting Oct. 13. Families can pick pumpkins for decorating or carving, take family photos and enjoy patch activities. Find pumpkins up to 30 pounds at this patch. The patch opens daily until pumpkins sell out. Hours are Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Enter via Laplaco Boulevard.
The Pumpkin Patch at Stella Plantation
Oct. 14, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4
Stella Plantation expands its annual pumpkin patch into a fall festival. Along with mini pumpkins, the fall event features hayrides, bouncy houses, face painting, a corn cob cannon food and much more. The activities begin at 10 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10.
St. Bernard Parish Catholic Church
Oct. 15 – Oct. 30
Take a trip to St. Bernard Parish Catholic Church for their pumpkin patch. Public hours are weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from noon to 6 p.m. Kids get a pie pumpkin and hayride for $6. Adults can join the hayride for $3. Larger pumpkins are also available for $12. Additional pie pumpkins can be purchased for $5. There’s ball yard where kids can play for free. Families are also welcomed to bring a picnic lunch. The site also offers field trips for day care and schools during the week, which includes watching a movie, visiting a pumpkin patch and taking a hayride. For more information about field trips, call John Lemonie at 504-421-5971.
The Northshore neighborhood invites folks to come out for Pumpkins-in-the-Park on Oct. 27. Festivities are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event features pumpkins, pumpkin painting, face painting, a bounce house, hay rides and crafts. Pumpkins for children will be available with a cash donation. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Event coordinators request that you bring a non-perishable food item for the Covington Food Bank.
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