October is a month of fun as families get ready for Halloween, whether it is carving pumpkins, making crafts, or obtaining their costumes. In fact, Washington County, Wisconsin has a number of activities oriented for families and kids of every age.
Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm
Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm, located in West Bend, is not only a great place for families to pick pumpkins, but also filled with fun including animals to ride and pet, hay rides though the woods, and creepy cornfields filled with actors and art. Meadowbrook opened their pre-picked pumpkin patch on September 18th, and the farm is open until October 30th for the “Fall Fun” portion of their calendar.
Though it is a great place for families as well as older teens, it doesn’t come cheap. Prices range from two dollars (for a pony ride) to thirty dollars for a haunted cornfield adventure package. Prices are listed under the “Fall Fun” tab on their website. The saying goes “You get what you pay for,” and since Meadowbrook has been around for over ten years, they have the experience to give you all the fun and screams you will need for the Halloween season.
Basses Farm celebrates its own Pumpkin Festival beginning October 2nd to the 24th (weekends only), for families and people of all ages. There isn’t anything scary about this place, as it’s open between noon and five, but they do provide a lot of activities for everyone. These include hayrides, petting zoo, a ten acre cornfield to get through, and home-made foods to try out.
Basses also has an on-site store that provides foods and decorations for the Halloween season, though they provide many tastes for the year. It’s perfect for families that just want to have a little fun at an inexpensive price.
Jim’s Pumpkin Farm
Unlike Meadowbrook or Basses, Jim’s Pumpkin Farm has been family owned for over five generations, and opens the last weekend in September (hours are on the front page of their website). In fact, it is settled in the front yard of a home and farm in Germantown, very close to many residents. The farm doesn’t offer the large amount of updated items, such as a yearly changed corn maze or a petting zoo, but it does give families that “down on the farm” feel.
Jim’s Farm gives many activities for families, such as a hayride to pick their own pumpkins, scarecrow making, hay pit for children to play in, face cut outs for pictures, a short corn maze (there is a larger corn maze available for a small fee), and pre-picked pumpkins, gourds, and dried corn to buy – cheaply priced, too.
Though there are probably hundreds of places families can get together to spend this Halloween season, pumpkin farms are by far the most traditional and inexpensive places one can go. If families are ready for a scare, or just want to get out of the house for an hour or two, Meadowbrook, Basses, and Jim’s Pumpkin Farms are three of Washington County’s best offers.
Meadowbrook Farm – http://www.meadowbrookfun.com
Basses Farm – http://www.bassesfarms.com
Jim’s Pumpkin Farm – http://www.jimspumpkinfarm.com