Fall Guide: Great pumpkins 

Oklahoma’s pumpkin patches offer a wide variety of fall-themed entertainment.

click to enlarge Pumpkinville at Myriad Botanical Gardens - runs Oct. 5-21. - ANDY RINE /  MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS / PROVIDED
  • Andy Rine / Myriad Botanical Gardens / provided
  • Pumpkinville at Myriad Botanical Gardens runs Oct. 5-21.

Sunshine Shelly’s Pumpkin Patch
hours vary through Nov. 3
7110 N. Harrison Ave., Shawnee

At Sunshine Shelly’s Pumpkin Patch, there are over 15 acres of pumpkins to select from, ensuring a bountiful harvest for carving, decorating and baking. Kids can also enjoy big trikes, a hayride and meeting furry friends. Sunshine Shelly’s also features the Nightmare Harvest Haunted Corn Maze open Sept. 28-Oct. 27. It costs $8 per person and requires adult supervision for those age 12 and under.

Orr Family Farm
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22 and 29
hours vary Oct. 1-31
hours vary Nov. 3-10
14400 S. Western Ave.

Orr Family Farm offers a wide range of fall activities, including a pumpkin patch, hay rides, and apple-shooting cannon blasters. This year, visitors can enjoy the specially themed maze that celebrates “A-MAZE-ing” Oklahoma teachers. Groups or bigger parties can book the maze in advance. Every Friday and Saturday in October, visitors can watch fireworks starting around 9 p.m., weather permitting.

New to the farm’s slate of offerings this year are the Discovery Barn, pig races and Farm After Dark on select Fridays and Saturdays in October. For slightly older audiences, Zombie Apocalypse Paintball is also available for an additional charge. Visitors will be on the lookout for zombies as they ride special “war wagon” trailers equipped with glow-in-the-dark paintballs to ensure a unique paintball experience.

Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch
1-6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m.-dark Fridays-Sundays Sept. 21-Oct. 31
720 S. Henney Road, Arcadia
Free-$9 (cash and check only)

Featuring everything from a free pumpkin (while supplies last) to a hay maze, Parkhurst Ranch’s pumpkin patch has something for everyone. Check out the petting zoo with its chickens, goats, bunnies and pigs or ride a pony (select days and times only). The Fun Fort and Woodland Fairy Castle are worth exploring, or you can take a hayride around the ranch property. Parkhurst’s grounds include swings, hammocks and slides as well as several picnic areas, pavilions, campfire settings and concessions, where hot dogs and s’mores supplies are available for purchase.

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 5-21
Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 W. Reno Ave.

For the seventh year in a row, Pumpkinville returns to Myriad Botanical Gardens. Featuring thousands of pumpkins, a carousel, the Pumpkinville Express Train (weekends only) and a bunch of other activities and vendors, this seasonal attraction is not to be missed. Enjoy the New England-esque Pumpkin Town in the Children’s Garden. Paint-a-Pumpkin and other crafts such as wreath-making will ensure a creative and memorable way to make the most of the season. Daily activities include story time and the cider press, while weekly tarot card readings will take place on 1-2 p.m. Fridays.

Special events include Pumpkinville Sensory Night on Oct. 5, featuring smaller crowds and a quiet environment as well as a light snack for participants and the Spooky Pooch Parade on Oct. 21.

TG Farms
Open for reservations on Sept. 22; 9 a.m.-dusk Sept. 28-Oct. 31
1580 NW Highway 37, Newcastle
4335 West Highway 9, Norman
405-387-3276 for information
405-387-9222 for reservations

TG Farms offers a wide array of options for those who want to experience a fall farm. Attractions include a corn maze, a hay maze (only at the Newcastle location), a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo and a general store. For those interested in animals, TG Farms has a duck pond, a petting zoo and pony rides. The farm also offers plenty of options for fall decorations, including pumpkins and other gourds, corn stalks and straw bales. Visitors seeking a thrill can enjoy the tricycle race tracks and a hay jump and slide and then get a snack at the concession stand afterward to refuel. In addition to its individual attractions, TG Farms also has birthday packages, field trip options and discounted prices for groups. 

Chester’s Party Barn & Farm
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sundays Sept. 22-Oct. 31
5201 Cimarron Road NW, Piedmont

Chester’s Party Barn & Farm is no stranger to the world of autumn attractions, entering its 18th year of offering a pumpkin patch. A free pumpkin is included with admission. The attraction also features a plethora of other fun fall activities, such as pumpkin chunkin’. Patrons of Chester’s can also get lost in a 3-acre maze, go on a hay ride, meet animals in the petting zoo, take a pony ride or feel the cool fall wind rush past them as they enjoy one of the farm’s giant slides. Enjoy sweet treats at the old-fashioned Candy Shoppe, a food truck or a concessions stand. For those looking for a more immersive experience, Chester’s also hosts Cowboy Camps that include karaoke, games and a campfire.

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