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In the fall, the best DYO is PYO—pick your own pumpkin, that is. And all across North Jersey, farms are happy to accommodate families who want to make an excursion of the experience, from traditional seasonal add-ons like hayrides and apple cider, to more elaborate setups like corn mazes and farm-animal petting zoos.  This year most farms require tickets to be purchased in advance. Because information can change in these changing times, please call or visit the farm’s website ahead of time to double-check hours of operation and review safety protocols.

Bergen County

Abma’s Farm

700 Lawlins Rd., Wyckoff, NJ

Family is the focus at Abma’s Farm, which four generations have now owned and operated. Every fall, parents and children visit the historic farm to enjoy the Barnyard Petting Zoo as well as traditional seasonal activities such as hayrides, scarecrow making, and pumpkin picking and decorating. This year all fall events, including the petting zoo, require tickets purchased in advance for visitors ages 2 and up.

October hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday 8am-5:30pm

Hayrides and PYO: Monday-Friday, 1-5pm; Saturday 9am-5:30pm; October 12 9am-4pm

201-891-0278 •

Demarest Farms

244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ

Register in advance to pick your own apples and pumpkins at Demarest Farms, which has been named one of the best places to pick apples in the U.S. Groups of up to 20 can book a private hayride through the farm’s orchards to take home their pumpkins of choice. This year the farm’s Haunted Orchard has been cancelled due to Covid.

October hours: Daily 8am-5pm

Private hayrides: Monday-Friday, 1-5pm

201-666-0472 •

Depiero’s Country Farm

156 Summit Ave., Montvale, NJ

DePiero’s Farm Stand, in the heart of North Jersey, has been family owned and operated farm since 1924. Throughout October you can pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch; take a hayride (or a haunted hayride) or tour the hay maze; and enjoy fresh-pressed apple cider or hot apple cider by the cup. Call ahead for a reservation.

October hours: Daily 8am-6pm

201-930-8678 / 201-391-4576

Essex County

Fairfield Farms

177 Big Piece Rd., Fairfield, NJ

Fairfield Farms has a Covid protocol in place for all fun-in-the-field activities, which include hayrides; Rock and Roll (a “human hamster ride”); pumpkin picking; rope and corn mazes; a pumpkin slingshot; the Big Bale Mountain of Fun; and a farm animals feeding station.

October hours: Weekends, 9am-6pm; Weekdays, 10am-5:30pm

Hayride hours: Weekends 9:30am-6pm; weekdays 1-5pm

973-227-1011 •

Passaic County

Farms View

945 Black Oak Ridge Rd., Wayne, NJ

Farms View offers a fun way for families and friends in North Jersey to experience fall-season traditions together. Take a hayride to the pumpkin field where you can pick your own pumpkin, with your choice of an apple cider donut or an apple to enjoy along the way. There’s also a wide selection of pumpkins available at the Farms View Farm Market.

October hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday 9am-5pm

Hayride hours: Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-4pm; Monday-Friday, 4-5pm; Columbus Day: 1-4:30pm

973-839-1212 •

Morris County

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ

Fall brings the bright, warm colors of harvest to Alstede Farms, where pick-your-owners can choose from orange or white pumpkins, munchkins, gourds and assorted winter squash, to decorate their space. Due to Covid, guests are required to pre-purchase a PYO ticket online. Each guest entering the fields must have a ticket with them that includes an entry fee. POY ticket price includes admission to the farm’s evergreen, sunflower and corn mazes.

October hours: Daily 9am-5pm

908-258-6245 •

Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill

104 State Park Rd., Chester Township, NJ

For the traditional October-in-New-England experience, Hacklebarney has you covered, with pick-your-own pumpkins, a corn maze, cider-pressing demonstrations, and a Farm Store located inside a 1850s-era barn. (Social distancing and masks required inside.) The hot dog stand will be open on Columbus Day as well as on weekends throughout season.

October hours: Thursday-Sunday, Columbus Day, 10am-5pm

908-879-6593 •

Ort Farms

25 Bartley Rd., Long Valley, NJ

“Six generations and 400 acres” is Ort Farms by the numbers. The number of things to do there is vast too, especially in fall. A day might include a hayride to the pumpkin patch, to pick your own; an adventure in a corn maze or (for little ones) a haybale maze; a train ride, pony ride or Monster Truck ride; and a visit with friendly farm animals. The farm store features year-round and seasonal treats like fresh-made pies, apple cider donuts, pumpkin rolls, local apples, cider and ice cream.

October hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-7pm, Sunday 9am-6pm

908-876-3351 •

Stony Hill Farms

15 North Rd., Chester, NJ

Advance tickets are required this year to pick your own gigantic pumpkin at Stony Hill Farms and to enter its Maze Fun Park, which features fun for all ages. Activities include 10-acre and mini corn mazes; a barnyard board game; rope and tile mazes; gemstone mining; hayrides (weekends only); trike rides; duck races; Noah’s Ark playground; an apple orchard; and concessions.

October hours: 10am-5pm

908-879-2696 •

Wightman Farms

1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown, NJ

The price of admission goes a long way in October at Wightman Farms. One ticket to Autumn Harvest Fest includes entry to the orchard and Mazeland; scenic hayrides; a souvenir tote bag (to hold PYO apples, priced separately); and one PYO pumpkin. Mazeland features a giant corn maze as well as hay bale, rope and paver mazes; a rock labyrinth; and a hay bale pyramid. Children 3 and under are free. Advance ticket required. PYO also available a là carte.

October hours: Weekends 9am-5pm

973-425-9819 •

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