First, read my tips for How to Pick a Pumpkin. Then, once you've returned home with your treasure horde of gourds, Wendy Hogan of Kids' Turn Central has compiled an incredible "101 Things to Do with a Pumpkin." If you intend to make a Jack O'Lantern, I'll help you find free pumpkin carving patterns. Or, if you're looking to cook up something exquisite with your pumpkin bounty, turn to New England's fine restaurants and inns for some great pumpkin recipes available online, including pumpkin ginger muffins from the 1850 Brass Lantern Inn in Searsport, Maine, or pumpkin creme brulee from Sunset Hill House in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire. Enjoy!
Connecticut Pumpkin Patches
Bishop's Orchards - Guilford, Connecticut
Bishop's Orchards began offering pick-your-own produce in the 1940s, and you can pick out a pumpkin of your own daily through the end of October. In addition to pumpkins, you'll also discover mums, corn stalks, Indian Corn, gourds and other fall decorations, plus family activities such as scarecrow making.
Lyman Orchards - Middlefield, Connecticut
Lyman Orchards offers pumpkins to pick from late September to late October. You'll find sugar pumpkins that are terrific for baking, plus jack-o-lantern pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes for decorating. Shop for specialty products at the Apple Barrel Market, find your way through the Corn Maze, and even play 45 holes of golf on Lyman's three courses while you're there.
Pickin' Patch - Avon, Connecticut
This central Connecticut farm offers pumpkin picking from late September through October.
Massachusetts Pumpkin Patches
Clearview Farm - Sterling, Massachusetts
This centuries-old farm with a "Clearview" of Mount Wachusett has been in one family for five generations. They offer wagons for transporting your pumpkin bounty in October. Pumpkin varieties include Cinderella, heirloom, Baby Pam, Sugar, Ghost, Big Mac, Tom Fox and Howdens.
Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
You'll find more than just pumpkins at this farm that's just a short drive from Boston. Fall also is the time for hayrides, corn maze adventures, freshly made cider and hot apple cider donuts.
Dowse Orchards - Sherborn, Massachusetts
This Boston-area family farm that's more than 200 years old has pumpkins in every size and shape.
Ioka Valley Farm - Hancock, Massachusetts
We discovered the coolest pumpkin hayride ever at this farm in the Berkshires, where an expansive pumpkin patch and fun fall activities await.
Red Apple Farm - Phillipston, Massachusetts
Among its slate of family activities, Red Apple Farm offers pumpkin picking, plus weekend hayrides, farm animals, walking trails, fall weekend barbeques and more.
Shelburne Farm - Stow, Massachusetts
You'll find hayrides every fall day at this Massachusetts farm, which features a number of special weekend activities, farm animals, hot mulled cider, farm-fresh ice cream and several varieties of pumpkins to pick including giant pumpkins weighing over 120 pounds!
Massachusetts Pick Your Own Pumpkins Guide - statewide
Here's a helpful map of pick-your-own pumpkin patches statewide, from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.
New Hampshire Pumpkin Patches
Brookdale Fruit Farm - Hollis, New Hampshire
Pick your own pumpkins, then reward yourself for your hard work with a scoop of pumpkin pie ice cream!
Charmingfare Farm - Candia, New Hampshire
On select fall weekends, this New Hampshire farm offers families a complete pumpkin experience. Their Pumpkin Festival features not only pumpkin picking and decorating, but horse-drawn hay rides, tractor train rides, farm animals to see, games, contests and more. There is an admission fee.
New Hampshire Pumpkin Patches - statewide
Find a pumpkin picking spot near your New Hampshire destination with this statewide map of pick-your-own farms, including farms that offer pumpkins, from NH.com.
Rhode Island Pumpkin Patches