This article was updated in October 2021.
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. 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!