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 pick the perfect jack-o-lantern for your family.
St. Martin's Episcopal Church
Sept. 22 – Oct. 31
Purchase pumpkins of all shapes at sizes at the St. Martin’s Pumpkin Patch in Metairie. Hours are Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 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 Friday, Oct. 18 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The church will also collect non-perishable food or monetary donations to benefit Second Harvest.
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. The pumpkin patch opens daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 per child (age 18 and under). Adults enter for free if accompanying a child. Admission for adults not accompanying a child is $8.
First United Methodist Church
Sept. 30 – Oct. 31
Choose from pumpkins of all shapes and sizes at this church in Slidell. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. School field trips are welcome. All proceeds go toward missions.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Oct. 1 – Oct. 31
Get ready for the perfect photo op with a picture area on site at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church’s pumpkin patch. St. Andrew will also sell bundles of corn stalks that are perfect for fall decorations. There are also grab bags for young visitors at the patch. The pumpkin patch opens daily in October until pumpkins sell out. 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.
Living Way Church Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 1 – Nov. 1
Lots of different pumpkins and beautiful crafts are up for grabs at the Living Way Church Pumpkin Patch. There are also spots for fall photos. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Plum Street's Pumpkin Patch at Lafreneire Park
Oct. 3 – Oct. 31
Plum Street Pumpkin Patch takes over Lafreniere Park this October. Aside from pumpkins, there are children’s activities, games and story time on Saturdays and Sundays. 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.
Bridge City & Lacombe, La.
Oct. 3 – Nov. 1
From Cinderella pumpkins to Jack’s large stem, Banting’s Nursery offers nine varieties of pumpkins at their patches in two locations. Banting’s has a Northshore location in Lacombe, La. and a Southshore location in Bridge City. Each location also offers a beautiful fall photo area, as well as a large selection of fall plants and decor for your home. Both locations are open Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Augustine's Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 3 – Oct. 31
“The Great Pumpkin Patch” at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church continues its annual tradition. Hours for the pumpkin patch are Monday to Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting. St. Augustine’s Pumpkin Patch will also host a Pumpkin Palooza event on Oct. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with door prizes, games and face painting.
Sugar Roots Farm
Oct. 5 – Oct. 27
Sugar Roots Farm opens every Saturday in October for pumpkin picking in Algiers. In addition, the farm will also open on the last two Sundays of the month, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. Kids can visit with farm animals. Other activities also include horse back rides, hay rides, face painting and photo opportunities with farm ambassadors. Picnic tables will be available for families who want to bring lunch. Entry to the farm costs $6 per person. Children age 2 and under enter free. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
St. Charles United Methodist Church
Oct. 6 – Oct. 31
St. Charles United Methodist Church says it’s been known as “the pumpkin church” for more than a decade. Hours are Monday through Saturday open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday open from noon to 8 p.m. School field trips are welcome. The church says all proceeds from the patch help benefit towards missions.
First Presbyterian Church
Oct. 7 – Oct. 31
The 19th annual First Presbyterian Church Pumpkin Patch opens on Oct. 7. Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes will be for sale including gourds, wing gourds, spookies, minis, weebee littles, and snowflakes. Buy a pumpkin for a good cause at this patch. Proceeds help benefit the Program of Hope Homeless Ministry and First Prebsyterian Church Christian Education. 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 dusk, Saturday from 10 a.m. until dusk and Sunday from 1 p.m. until dusk.
Woodland Presbyterian Church
Oct. 8 – Oct. 31
Woodland Church in Algiers hosts a pumpkin patch to benefit youth camps and mission groups. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday, the patch opens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be special hours on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Halloween night, visitors can see a movie and trick-or-treaters can enjoy refreshments. The pumpkin patch will extend hours on Halloween night until 9 p.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal School
Oct. 12 – Oct. 31
Lakeview’s pumpkin patch at St. Paul’s Episcopal School adds plenty of more ornamental gourds this year for ghoulish adornment on your porch. Organizers also invite families to take fall pictures in the new photo area. A large, spruced up backdrop features a barn scene with pumpkins, sunflowers and beautiful autumn colors. St. Paul’s also welcomes schools for field trips. 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.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Oct. 12 – Oct. 31
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church hosts its annual pumpkin patch starting Oct. 12 and wraps on Halloween. 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 for schools to attend. The pumpkin patch will host a Fall Festival on Oct. 26 with music, games, food, vendors and art experiences. On Halloween, St. Mark’s will host a free trunk-or-treat from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the church parking lot.
St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church
Oct. 13 – Oct. 31
Pick your perfect pumpkin at St. Luke’s pumpkin patch in Slidell. You’ll find pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and you might even find a great spot for a cute fall photo. The patch opens Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to dark, Saturday from 9 a.m. to dark and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
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 Saturday and Sunday 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 also a ball yard where kids can play for free. Families are welcomed to bring a picnic lunch. The site also offers field trips on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., which includes watching a movie, visiting the pumpkin patch, a pie pumpkin and taking a hayride for $7 per child.
The pumpkin patch scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 has been cancelled. “Unfortunately, due to flash flood warnings in our area and several inches of rain expected through Saturday afternoon, we are cancelling the “Pumpkins in the Park,” organizers announced. Organizers say they look forward to hosting this fun and popular event in 2020.
This year, Liuzza Land will only take scheduled field trips during the fall season. However, the farm will host a Fall Fest on Oct. 27 that is open to the public. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include pumpkin picking, a corn maze, wagon rides, pony rides and face painting. The event also features a costume contest, trunk-or-treat and vendors on site. Admission for the fall fest is $10 per person.
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