Happy Fall Dreamies! Has the weather turned so quickly for you as it has here in Connecticut?? I must admit, I wasn’t prepared haha! So, normally this time of year we head to Jones Family Farms, Shelton’s pride and joy. But since we moved, we had to find new places to find our pumpkins and I’m pretty pleased to say we did! After a few google searches and looking through Facebook recommendations, I stumbled across Pumpkintown USA. I was pretty intrigued because I’ve never heard of such a place and it was much closer than making the hour trek to Jones’.
If you head over their website, you will see that they’re advertising it as “one of Connecticut’s premiere non-scary fall destinations” and that was a relief. The last thing I needed was to accidentally scare my children, since they scare pretty easily. If you think I’m joking, I’ll give you an example. My son can see me when he walks into a room while talking to me and if I say boo and grab his arm, he will scream like you gave him the biggest fright of his life! I make a point to not take advantage of this fact, though it is very difficult. Anyways, back to Pumpkintown.
The Pumpkintown Village and Hayride
When you get there, it’s pretty organized. There’s plenty of parking, and an officer for people crossing the street. There’s a village set up where you can visit with “Pumpkinheads”. It’s adorable! There is admission to the village, $6 a person and in the village there’s a maze for kids and a pumpkin shaped bounce house, as well as something they call the “Sling-a-ding game”. Basically you get one free ball when you pay for admission or you can get more, 3 for $1. You put the ball in the sling shot and try to shoot it into one of three boards with a whole cut in each. None of us had great aim haha! There’s also plenty of photo opportunities for the kids!
They also have “The Ride” which is a mile long ride through Pumpkintown forest. We didn’t go on that because it was an additional $7 a person and for a family of 5 it can get a bit pricey. The website does say that you get to catch a glimpse of over 30 Pumpkinheads and their dwellings during the hayride, which sounds like fun! Maybe next year, because we will definitely be back. Truth be told, I didn’t do my homework as well as I thought I did haha, I saw non scary and pumpkins and I said “Let’s go!”.
Harvest Shop and Garden Center
There is a Harvest Shop and a Garden Center on location, which carries “all the good things that represent fall in New England” and they are not exaggerating! They had honey sticks in different flavors, apples galore, maple syrup, and gourds of all shapes and sizes! This is where we got our pumpkins and they took the guessing out of trying to figure out how much each big pumpkin would cost by labeling each one. All the pumpkins looked great, it was definitely hard to choose just a few! I knew I couldn’t spend too long looking around, or else I would’ve bought one of everything!
Pumpkintown USA is located in East Hampton, Connecticut. It started with just two Pumpkinheads in 1990 and has since grown by leaps and bounds! They’ve been featured in the New York Times and see as many as 25,000 visitors in the 6 weeks Pumpkintown is open! Sadly, one of the co-founders passed after a long battle with breast cancer. A portion of funds raised through admission is donated in her honor and you can read all about that here and here. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend you take a day and check this place out. Going to the pumpkin patch is fun, but a pumpkin village is not something you get to see very often!
Tell me Dreamers, have you heard of or visited Pumpkintown USA? Do you have anything like this in your area? Make sure to leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!!