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Fall Fun & Halloween Events Guide


Farms & Pumpkin Patches

2020 Covid Updates - Farm Fun in Autumn 2020!

Ken's Korny Corn Maze 2020 -- 22nd Anniversary!
3175 Benson Road, (Hwy. 50 South) Garner, NC 27529. 
Directions to Ken's Korny Corn Maze

Ken's Korny Corn Maze 2020 Aerial View

2020 Update from Ken's Korny Corn Maze:
"Due to COVID-19, we will be opening with limited activities
and hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout.
** Our paths are now 8-10 feet to maintain social distancing inside in the corn field.
** We recommend wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer, and maintaining 6-8 feet apart at all times."

Ken’s Produce of Garner, NC welcomes you to the Korny Corn Maze.

North Carolina’s First and 
Longest Running Corn Maze

Ken’s 10 Acre Fall Playground

Come Get Lost in their 6 Acre Corn Maze
Over 2 1/2 Miles of Paths




Vollmer Farm is a favorite tradition for local families, and well worth the drive!  The Vollmer Farm is a Certified Organic Farm, and produces strawberries, blueberries,  vegetables, and pumpkins!

2020 Fall Hours of Operation

Back 40 open Saturdays & Sundays,

First Fall Weekend is September 25th, 26th, and 27th
and  Open Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October 2020

This year the back-40 will run by reservation, visit for your tickets!


Entry includes:
-Back-40 Playground
(slide, jumping pillow, slingshot, barrel train, corn maze and more)
-Farm Animals
-Free Pumpkin for the kids!
One activity below is included with your reservation,
any additional add-on activities will be an extra fee
-Gem Mining
-Kayaking on the pond
-Catch & Release Fishing (Poles & Worms are provided)

Fridays: 4 pm to 7pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 10am to 7pm

Admission includes Saturday MOVIES projected on the Barn - FUN!
Bring warm clothes for you and your children.
  Vollmer Farm October 2019

Front of Farm: Farm Market & Ice Cream Cafe

Seasonal Fall Hours Opening September 25th

10am til 4pm

Friday to Sunday
9 am til 8 pm

Visit for updates.

(Please check the Vollmer Farm website for updated info)

FUN for the whole family! The Great Pumpkin Jump at Vollmer Farm! 

Animated image courtesy of Vollmer Farm

The Great Pumpkin Jump is an amazing 40 foot x 70 foot in-ground jumping pillow that is a fabulous fun and fitness activity for ALL ages! . . . all our farm-hands, family and friends have been busy jumping. The other good news is this is the safest playground equipment in the world!  Jumping Pillows have been popular for years in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and have been gaining popularity in campgrounds and farms across North America. The Great Pumpkin Jump is the largest pillow in North Carolina; we hope you'll agree it's fabulous!!"  Also in the Back Forty are the Udder Run Barrel Train (the train cars look like cows!)  and Uncle Russell's Snack Shack. 

Vollmer Farm Back Forty Activities
(Admission to the Back Forty Includes:)

Hay Ride
2 Playgrounds

Great Pumpkin Jump
Puzzle Corn Maze

Udder Run Barrel Train
No Left Turn Rope Maze

Duck Races
Rat Racers

Tot Rocket Zip Line
Farm Animals

Windmill Mountain - 100 Foot Underground Slide

Corn Cube - Over 100 Bushels of Corn

During your visit to Vollmer Farm, visit Uncle Russell's Snack Shack, and Farmer John's Country Cafe and Farm Market for homemade sandwiches, soups, desserts and ice cream. Visit Vollmer Farms website for hours.

Directions to Vollmer Farm. (Directions:  Go 10 miles past Zebulon on 64.  Take the Middlesex/Spring hope Exit onto Hwy 98 and head north for 4 miles.  The farm is on the right.  This is 1 mile south of the intersection of Highway 39 and Hwy 98 just south of Bunn. For electronic mapping directions and GPS systems: Use the address 649 Main St., Bunn, NC which will take you to Food Lion in Bunn. Follow the green sign at the intersection and travel 2 miles east of Bunn. The farm will be on the left.
(919) 496-3076

HILL RIDGE FARMS announced that they *won't* be open for Pumpkin Festival in 2020; (however, sounds like they ARE planning to have their annual Festival of Lights in December/ (usually begins end of November). Visit for updates!

Statement from Hill Ridge Farms (as of 2020-09-23):
"We are heartbroken to announce that we will not be open for our annual
Fall Pumpkin Festival this year. Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines we
do not feel that we can offer the memorable and enjoyable experience that
our families expect from their annual visit to our Fall Pumpkin Festival.
We know that this news is disappointing but we can not in good conscious
invite you to our farm when we can not offer all of the fun experiences
you normally would enjoy. We appreciate your understanding and we look
forward to seeing you at our Festival of Lights."

Visit for the most current updates!

Hill Ridge Farms

Hill Ridge Farms
2020 Pumpkin Festival CANCELLED due to Covid
Visit for the most current updates.
2019 Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Festival
September 21 - November 3, 2019!

A favorite Fall family tradition
& Open Year-Round
for old-fashioned family farm fun,
group and family outings, picnics,
school field trips, birthday parties,
spectacular Festival of Lights (usually end of November through December)*
[CALL FIRST to confirm 2020 Festival of Lights dates]!
703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville, NC 27596. 
(A little further afield; not far from Wake Forest, NC.)  
Directions to Hill Ridge Farms.
(919) 556-1771 or 1-800-358-4170.

Hill Ridge Farms 2018 Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Festival
Open 7 days a week; visit website for hours

(Bonfires! S'mores! Hot Apple Cider!)

Click here for more Photos of Fun Activities at Hill Ridge Farms

The Hillridge Farm Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Festival is open 7 days a week, (UPDATE: Pumpkin Festival CANCELLED 2020 due to Covid) and features covered hay rides and pumpkin picking as well as pony rides, a moon bounce and music in addition to the farm's year-round fun.  Also explore a 3-acre corn maze and the Giant Slide!

Hill Ridge Farms offers a day of family fun for the whole family, including farm animal corral, barn, train rides, pony rides, gemstone panning, antique farm equipment, catfish feeding dock, covered hay rides to the pumpkin patch, pony rides (on Saturdays and Sundays - separate tickets required for each pony ride) and much more! 

STROLLER-FRIENDLY and WHEEL-CHAIR ACCESSIBLE paved concrete sidewalks; full-service restrooms.

Choose General Admission or the Superpass for a full day of family fun on the farm!

General admission (children under 2 free) includes:

- One covered wagon hayride with
FREE PUMPKIN from Pumpkin Patch
- Unlimited Rides on the Giant 80' Slide,
- Farm Animal Corral
- Fish Feeding Dock
- Kids Playland
- 80' Giant Slide
- Picnic grounds
- Jumping Pillow
- Barrel Racers
- Educational farm exhibits
- Enter the Giant pumpkin seed guessing contest 
- Lots of scheduled special events! 

Also visit the farm's old-fashioned country store for sweet treats, old-fashioned toys, gifts, pumpkins, and more.

The Hill Ridge Farms SUPERPASS is good every weekend during the Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Festival and includes:

- Everything listed above, PLUS
- Unlimited Train Tides
- One Gem Stone Panning Bag - kids and grown-ups have a great time sifting the contents of their gem stone panning bags into the running water sieve for beautiful treasures!

Pony Rides! Pony Rides will be available every weekend throughout the Festival (separate tickets required for pony rides).

Chuckwagon Grill will be selling Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Fries and more right here on the Farm grounds during these special Harvest Festival Weekends. Have FUN all day at Hill Ridge Farms - open year-round (CHANGES due to COVID in 2020:  check Hill Ridge Farms website for cancellations and/or days/hours.

Hill Ridge Farms hay bales

McKee Cornfield Maze *won't* be open for 2020 season due to Covid.
McKee CornField Maze, McKee's Cedar Creek Farm, 5011 Kiger Rd., Rougemont, NC  27572 (near Hillsborough, @ 20-30 minutes from Chapel Hill).

Come Pick out your Pumpkins and make it a Fall Family Tradition at
McKee's Cedar Creek Farm!

Aerial view - McKee Corn Maze Design (from a prior year)

See more McKee Corn Maze images

Great Fun for the entire family in the country!  A favorite annual tradition for local families.  The 14 acre cornfield maze has 2 mazes to amuse young and old alike.  Also available:  mums, pumpkins, corn stalks, corn, straw, gourds, and other fall decorations.  Farm Animals, shady picnic area, wonderful children's play area, and ice cream!

McKee Maze 2019 Hours of Operation

Open for the Fall 2019 Season
on weekends
Sept. 28 - Nov. 3, 2019

Cornfield Maze Hours
Friday 3pm - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 1pm - 7pm

October 26th, 2019: Movie Night at the Maze

CANCELLELD / not open for 2020 due to Covid.
Visit McKee CornField Maze
for more info.

McKee Corn Maze Admission (Children 2 and under, free.)

(919) 732-8065

From Durham, take Guess Rd. approx. 10 miles to Hwy 57.  Turn left on Hwy 57.  Go approx. 2 miles.  Turn left on Kiger Rd.  Go 1.5 miles on Kiger.  Turn right on drive.  Watch for signs.

From Raleigh/I-40:  Take I-40 to Hillsborough. Exit off of I-40 on Hillsborough Exit.  Turn right on Hwy 86 traveling through downtown Historic Hillsborough.  Cross over Hwy 70.  Go 0.5 miles.  Turn right on Hwy 57.  Travel 8 miles to Kiger Rd.  Go 1.5 miles on Kiger.  Turn right on drive.  Watch for signs.

From Burlington/I-85:  Take I-85 to Hillsborough.  Exit off on Hillsborough Exit 164.  Turn left on Hwy 86 traveling through downtown Historic Hillsborough.  Cross over Hwy 70.  Go 0.5 miles.  Turn right on Hwy 57.  Travel 8 miles to Kiger Road.  Turn right on Kiger Road.  Go 1.5 miles on Kiger.  Turn right on drive.  Watch for signs.


More Halloween & Fall Fun for Kids and Families
in the NC Triangle - Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh NC area

Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh NC
arms & Pumpkin Patches

 Our Pumpkin Patch guide highlights pumpkin patches and farms that are family favorite outings in the Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh -Triangle, NC area. These beautiful, family-friendly, working farms are local treasures.  Have fun visiting a local pumpkin farm on a beautiful Fall Day!


See our Guide to Halloween Events at 
Local Museums, Zoos and Amusement Parks

  Check out our Guide to Family-Fun Local Halloween Events for lots of ideas for family fun on a beautiful Fall Day throughout the Fall season!  From Boo at the Zoo (at the NC Zoo in Asheboro, NC), Halloween festivities at the NC Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC, to the Renaissance Festival (near Charlotte, NC) and Scarowinds at the Carowinds amusement park (for older kids and grown-ups), there are lots of fun things to do to celebrate Fall in the Triangle area, all within an easy drive from Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh!


October 2020
Fall & Halloween Events

Find fun events and festivals taking place throughout the month of October 2020, and find special family-friendly Halloween celebrations on and around October 31st. 

Fearrington Pumpkinfest
A visit to the
Fearrington Pumpkinfest & Carved Pumpkin display is a wonderful Halloween tradition!

COVID 2020 Update - Statement from Fearrington: "We’re sad to say that there will be no pumpkinfest this year. We hope to bring it back in 2021."

A "scaled back" Pumpkinfest takes place this year on Tuesday, October 30th and Wednesday, October 31st (2019).

2019 Update/Note: The Fearrington Pumpkin Display is being "scaled back" to solely a pumpkin walk; the shops will be closed; there won't be a story time at the book store as in past years; but the restaurants will be open.  Take a stroll at night through beautiful Fearington village and gardens, marvel at the intricately-carved pumpkins.  It's like a jack-o-lantern treasure hunt:  so much fun to discover the next jack-o-lantern along the path! 

See our Fall & Halloween October 2019 calendar and our Local Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze Guide (Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham NC) for lots more great ideas for FALL 2020 WEEKEND FUN in the Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh, NC area!


Farmer Ganyard Update FYI:  We are keeping the info below posted just in case it's helpful to anyone who didn't know that Farmer Ganyard retired before the 2018 Season. Farmer Ganyard's wonderful pumpkin patch/farm will be missed by all!

As of prior to 2018 CLOSED: Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm --
due to Farmer Ganyard's Retirement

Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm

CLOSED as of 2018 - due to Farmer Ganyard's Retirement
Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm
(formerly Ganyard Hill Farm),

As of Fall 2018: Farmer (Milton) Ganyard is retiring from Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm. Read Farmer Ganyard's heartfelt letter to the community, announcing his decision to retire, here.

Farmer Ganyard Fall 2017 Hours of Operation:
OPENS Sept. 22nd, 2017
Monday-Saturday 9am - 6pm;
Sundays 10am - 6pm

AMAZING PUMPKIN PATCH - a wonderful experience to pick your pumpkin directly from the vine! Farmer Ganyard works very hard to grow the pumpkins, cotton crops, corn crops and other crops so that children, families, and school classes can have this real farm experience in Durham, NC every fall at Ganyard Hill Farm. A REAL pumpkin patch, just like in the Charlie Brown Halloween show where Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to arrive!

NEW LOCATION in Cary, NC (since 2015) convenient to the Research Triangle, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough/Orange County and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm (formerly Ganyard Hill Farm) offers fun farm activities and pumpkin picking, as well as Elementary School Field Trips. Farmer Ganyard's farm is a favorite annual Fall destination for local schools and families!  Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm has everything for Fall Fun: pumpkins, hayride tours of the farm with a complimentary pumpkin, cornfield mazes, giant haystack, a cotton field for cotton picking, farm animal feeding, hay maze, corn fields to pick, shuck and feed the animals, educational murals about bees, pumpkin plant life cycle, cows, chickens, a picnic area, and more (all included in the price of admission). A one of a kind place that offers a true farm experience!  Family groups are welcome to drop in and enjoy all the activities any time during open hours during the fall season. No reservations are needed. 
Check website for General Admission info or (under 2 years FREE); (Special rates for School Field Trips.)
Directions to Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm in Cary, NC.
(919) 596-8728.

Children's Halloween Costumes

See our Guide to Local Kids Halloween Costume resources in the Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh area.

Find beautiful high quality silk costumes for children!


Pictured above are just a few of the beautiful SILK Sarah's Silks costumes and dress-ups; come and see the entire Sarah's Silks line!

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* Meet the Farm Animals
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After School, Summer Camps,
Birthday Parties, lots more!

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