Blackberry Farm will celebrate the fall season throughout the month of October with its popular Pumpkin Weekends beginning Saturday, Oct 1.
Each weekend – and Columbus Day (Oct. 10) – Blackberry Farm will be festively decorated in the spirit of pumpkin season. A picnic area will have pumpkins for purchase, and an assortment of decorating materials will be provided.
Carousel rides, hay wagon rides, pony rides, paddle boats, Little Farmer’s Junction (6Y & under) and tours on the “Pumpkin Train” are part of each weekend’s festivities., along with the historic museums and interactive farm animal areas.
New this year is the Victorian Halloween Party that traces back to the origins of Halloween with an event host leading crafts and games, along with a fortune teller. Hosted in the Huntoon House, it’s a ghoulish balance of scary and fun.
Other popular attractions include the Corn Crib – similar to a large sandbox, but filled with corn – where children can roll and wriggle, farm style. Also, there’s the famous Adventure Playground, a uniquely innovative play area featuring climbing decks, slides, ropes and catwalk-style bridges connecting an array of playhouses on multiple levels – and a 70-foot zip line.
Park hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with regular admission rates for residents and non-residents.
“Pumpkin Weekends originated as a fall festival day, but it was so popular that we expanded it to include every weekend,” said Sandie Gilmer, facility supervisor at Blackberry Farm. “This is such a fun time of year that we want to make the season last just a little longer.”
Special attractions will be featured throughout the month, including:
- Oct. 22: Trick-or-Treating, Costume parade and contest, and the Fox Valley Concert Band live performance at 2 p.m.;
- Oct. 29: Hayrides with the Pumpkin Princess.