Pumpkin Patch Pups: 6 Pet-Friendly Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

Posted by Billy Francis

This article was updated in September 2020.

Irish settlers brought the tradition of Samhain, or summer’s end, with them when they immigrated to America. During this Halloween celebration precursor, spooky faces were etched into turnips and lit by candlelight to ward off evil spirits. Colonial Americans adopted the practice but used pumpkins instead, and it wasn't long before visiting a pumpkin patch became a classic fall activity. Fortunately, there's no reason to leave your dog behind when you go pumpkin picking. Grab Fido’s leash, pack some water in case you get lost in a corn maze and spend the day at one of these pet-friendly pumpkin patches!

Richardson Adventure Farm

Spring Grove, IL
“Oh yeah, we survived the World’s Largest Corn Maze.” Photo by Facebook.com/RichardsonFarmExperience

Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, IL, has been in operation since 1840. Although the crops and farmers have changed over the years, the spirit of the farm lives on. Bring Fido with you to see what makes this place the cream of the crop for action-packed fall activities. The farm makes the bold claim that it is home to the World's Largest Corn Maze, which your furry friend is welcome to explore with you. Hop on a wagon ride together, relax in the picnic area and enjoy a spooky story around the campfire at night. If your pooch wants somewhere cozy to stay after all the talk about werewolves and ghostly dogs, check out these pet-friendly vacation rentals in Spring Grove.

Bella Organic Farm

Portland, OR
“It only took three hours to set up, but we did it … sort of.” Photo by Facebook.com/BellaOrganicFarmPDX

The hardworking owners of Bella Organic Farm love dogs. In fact, they named it after Bella, the yellow Lab who once lived there. You and your pup are welcome to check out the gourd-jous selection in the pumpkin patch. In fact, you can explore the whole farm together, except inside the store and in the fields planted with edible produce. The corn maze is a good place to start your tour, and this year's maze is dedicated to frontline workers and the hard work they do. When you do eventually find your way out, take a free hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick out a future jack-o'-lantern to take home with you.

While you’re in Portland, book a room at the Red Lion Hotel on the River and extend your stay at one of the most pet-friendly cities in America. The hotel has easy access to a lovely pet-friendly river walk, making it the perfect hub for a vacation in the city.

Brownsburg Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Brownsburg, IN
“I think I'm being followed.” Photo by Facebook.com/HoganFarmsPumpkinPatch

Bringing the community together is what Brownsburg Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch is all about. The variety of pumpkins cultivated here makes it a one-stop pumpkin shop for pie pumpkins, extra-large pumpkins and even white pumpkins. Before you choose your ideal squash, lose yourselves in the fantastic corn maze. Each year, the maze is designed differently, providing fresh and baffling routes. Don’t forget to take a pic in the fall-themed photo area and #bringfido. Make a weekend of it with a stay at one of these pet-friendly hotels in Brownsburg and the surrounding area.

Cool Patch Pumpkins and Corn Maze

Dixon, CA
“Mine.” Photo by Facebook.com/CoolPatchPumpkins

We’ve navigated our way around some inventive and expansive corn mazes on this list, but few are as devilishly designed as the one at Cool Patch Pumpkins and Corn Maze in California. Each year, the maze is uniquely constructed, with this year’s design featuring the farm’s logo and other fun pictures cut into the crop. You better hope Fido can use his tracking skills to find his way back to the rest of the fun activities. After the maze, take a lap on the pedal car or let somebody else do the hard work and enjoy a grand tour of the whole patch on one of the popular hayrides. When you’re ready to head home and start carving or cooking, select from the large array of edible and non-edible pumpkins, gourds and squash. If you want to come back for more, head to nearby Sacramento for a night or two in a pet-friendly hotel.

Chesterfield Berry Farm and Market

Moseley, VA
Gourd to meet you! Photo by Facebook.com/ChesterfieldBerryFarmandMarket

Chesterfield Berry Farm and Market is a working farm located along the historic Appomattox River in Virginia. The fall activities at the farm go way beyond picking a plump pumpkin with your pup. Check out the eight-acre corn maze together, ride in a wagon train and marvel as the corn cannon fires corn high into the air. Dogs and their owners can also attend Pumpkin Madness Weekend from November 1-2. Attendees are invited to smash up their old pumpkins in a variety of ways, including dropping them from the Drop Zone, smashing them with the Pumpkin Dozer, impaling them on the Spike Wall and squishing them with the Squash Squisher. After a day on the farm, spend the night in Virginia’s capital, Richmond. The Berkeley Hotel provides treats, beds and water bowls for canine guests.

Biringer's Black Crow Pumpkins & Corn Maze

Arlington, WA
This Husky has found her pumpkin. Photo by @chezaandkova

Located an hour north of Seattle, Biringer’s Black Crow Pumpkins & Corn Maze is the perfect place to wile away a fall day with your pup. In addition to being home to a pet-friendly pumpkin patch, the farm plays host to an annual canine costume contest. Extra points are awarded to dogs and owners who come dressed in matching outfits. This year’s Doggie Costume Contest will be held virtually. Even if you and Fido don't feel like dressing up, you can still romp around the pumpkin patch together, try your hand at pumpkin bowling, or have a picnic in one of the covered wagons. Dogs are also welcome to explore the 5-acre corn maze.

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