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!
Biringer's Black Crow Pumpkins & Corn Maze Arlington, WA
Located an hour north of Seattle, Biringer’s Black Crow Pumpkins & Corn Maze is the perfect place to while away a fall day with your pup. In addition to being home to a pet-friendly pumpkin patch, this awesome farm hosts 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 on October 24 at 2 p.m. Even if you and Fido miss out on the costume contest, you can still romp around the pet-friendly 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 five-acre corn maze and tour the pumpkin patch on the free trolley.
You might end up wandering for hours in the maze, so make sure you have somewhere nice to rest up at the end of the day. The Wyndham Garden Arlington/Marysville has pet-friendly rooms and a grassy area for dogs.
Richardson Adventure Farm Spring Grove, IL
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.
Roba Family Farms Pumpkin Patch North Abington Township, PA
Formerly a Christmas tree farm, Roba Family Farms started growing pumpkins in the 90s. Today, the Roba Family Farms Pumpkin Patch is 52 acres of land almost entirely devoted to our favorite gourds … sorry, Santa! The farm also hosts an annual Harvest Festival, inviting locals and tourists to revel in the fun of fall. Fido might learn something if he sits front and center for a performance from the Marvelous Mutts show. Taking center stage Thursday through Sunday of the festival, these talented dogs dodge, duck and dive through obstacles, snatch frisbees out of the sky and generally show off to the crowds.
Your pup can show off his own skills around Roba’s Mega Maze. Using his superior sniffing powers, he can help you navigate the 4.5-acre corn maze and uncover the 11 hidden puzzle pieces. Canine visitors can also enjoy a wagon ride, join the excited crowds at the hillbilly pig race and watch as the Roba Candy Cannon fires candy high into the air. Grab a bite to eat from the 11 different food stands located around the farm offering yummy hot dogs, funnel cakes and cider donuts. After a day of pumpkin fun, stay the night in a pet-friendly hotel in nearby Scranton.
Bella Organic Farm Portland, OR
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. Approximately 2.7 miles of pathways zigzag across seven acres of corn. 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.
Hogan Farms Pumpkin Patch Brownsburg, IN
Bringing the community of Brownsburg, IN together is what the Hogan Farms 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.
Paproski’s Pumpkin Patch at Castle Hill Farm Newtown, CT
With more than 40 varieties of pumpkins and gourds to sift through, you should find one that passes Fido’s in-depth sniff test at Paproski’s Pumpkin Patch at Castle Hill Farm in Newtown, CT. Dogs are welcome to tag along as you tackle the tricky corn maze before exploring the colorful four-acre pumpkin patch together. After all of that walking, you and your pup deserve a break. The pet-friendly wagon will take you on a hayride through the fields of Castle Hill Farm. Well-behaved dogs will enjoy the tour’s stop beside the cows in the field. The knowledgeable tractor driver will answer any of your “cownundrums” and give you the lowdown on the bovine residents. Round out your Connecticut experience with a night in one of these unique pet-friendly rental properties.
Chesterfield Berry Farm and Market Moseley, VA
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.
Cool Patch Pumpkins and Corn Maze Dixon, CA
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.