Turning leaves and a nip in the air mean Halloween fun at pumpkin patches for the kids. The Reno area has some great Halloween pumpkin patches, and many include corn mazes, haunted houses, bounce houses, hayrides, and pumpkin-picking. A visit to one of these patches or farms makes for a special weekend outing and a good way to enjoy the last mild days before winter arrives for the whole family.
Corley Ranch October Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Corley Ranch is south of Carson City in Gardnerville, Nevada. Each fall, Corley Ranch hosts a weekend harvest festival that includes pig races, farm animals, hayrides, a Kiddie Land straw maze, and a hay slide, along with other activities like train rides, a giant slingshot, and miniature golf. You can also buy pumpkins and visit food and crafts vendors. If you just want to buy a pumpkin, you can visit the Country
Store and buy a pumpkin every day during October.
At Toll House Pumpkin Patch in Reno, you can buy a pumpkin, ride a pony, catch a greased pig, take a train ride, or check out the huge Child's Garden bounce house/sliding structure, a petting zoo, hay pyramid, and haunted maze. Toll House Pumpkin Patch is a serious day out, and while it's not super cheap it can be a lot of fun. Later in the year, you can return to buy a Christmas tree.
Ferrari Farms in Reno puts on a terrific Halloween event. It has a corn maze, bounce house, farm animals, hayrides, pumpkin patch, train ride, and haunted corn field. Plus there are pumpkins and squash for sale. The hayride takes you on a tour of the farm with a view of the Truckee River. You can also go out in the field and pick your own pumpkin and for afterward book a private campfire and roast marshmallows, an experience your kids might remember all their lives.
This pumpkin patch and farm includes a large themed corn maze as well as a haunted corn maze (not for the faint of heart), horse and pony rides, a petting zoo, and lots of activities for kids like an art barn, a spider web-climbing structure, hay bale maze, and little garden play area. The Andelin Family Farm Pumpkin Patch is part of a real working farm in the Spanish Springs area of Sparks.
Lattin Farms Fall Festival
Lattin Farms is about 60 miles east of Reno/Sparks in Fallon, Nevada. The farm's fall festival features a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, Kids Korner, Goat Days, Scarecrow Factory, Crafters Market, and farm animals to visit. The pumpkin tower, made of 200 carved and lighted jack-o'-lanterns, sets Lattin Farms apart from other fall farm fests, so go close to dusk so you can see this wondrous sight.
While you're there, check out the seasonal produce stand and jarred foods made especially for Lattin Farms. What the farm has varies, but some rarely seen items you might spot are red tomato preserves, sweet potato pecan butter, pumpkin butter, spicy pickled garlic, blue cheese pecan balsamic vinaigrette, tomato onion poppyseed dressing, and artichoke Parmesan pasta sauce. These unusual treats are worth the trip all by themselves.