12 pumpkin festivals in Ontario for the perfect fall adventure

Whether you love pumpkin pie, the festive glow of jack-o-lanterns or just want an excuse to get out and have some harvest time fun, pumpkin festivals are here and ready to spice up your fall! From pumpkin parades to pick-your-own patches, here are some spooktacular pumpkin festivals to travel to for the whole family in and around Toronto.

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Head over to Downsview Park for a day of fall-themed delights from Oct. 6-9. Pick the perfect pumpkin from Peter’s Pumpkin Patch, have your fill of delicious fairground food and take a spin on several midway rides. Hop aboard the antique miniature train or cheer on the much-loved Super Dogs in a fun-filled show.

Pumpkins After Dark

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With thousands of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin installations flickering under the moonlight, Milton’s award-winning Pumpkins After Dark will be a night to remember. Enjoy an illuminated walk-through adventure and watch professional pumpkin carving demonstrations along the way.

Downey’s Farm Pumpkin Fest

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Explore the twists and turns of an 8 km corn maze at Downey’s Farm in Caledon. Enjoy a wagon ride through the myriad of bright orange pumpkin fields, and grab a gourd to go. Get spooked in the Boo Barn or watch a duck race. Afterwards, head to the farm market to get your share of fresh produce, local wine and more pumpkins, of course.

Dyment’s Pumpkin Patch

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Every October, Dyment’s Farm in Dundas transforms into a fall-themed pumpkin paradise chock-full of family activities and play. Spend a sunny afternoon searching for your very own pumpkin, and snag some great photos too. Take a wagon ride along the picturesque Niagara escarpment and drop by the farm shop for some delectable pies and baked goods.

The Keene Pumpkin Festival

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Take a scenic drive through Peterborough county and stop by the pretty town of Keene, where an annual Pumpkin Festival takes place on Oct. 14. Enjoy local food, a pumpkin pyramid, a quilt raffle and a fun-filled kid zone. While there, watch the giant pumpkin weigh-in contest featuring 1-tonne pumpkins and tons of fun.

Waterford Pumpkinfest

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The 40th annual Waterford Pumpkinfest is coming up next weekend from Oct. 13-15, and it’s full of all that small town festival goodness! Enjoy the pumpkin parade on Saturday, then catch the Pumpkin Bowl football game, a craft beer garden, midway games and more!

Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest

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Happening on Oct. 14, the Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest features the main event of the pumpkin weigh-off. If that’s not your jam, there’s plenty more to enjoy – from an annual pumpkin book sale to Halloween kids crafts, the Pumpkinfest parade, craft show, community market and more.

Knox Pumpkin Farm 

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Take a hayride through the golden fields of this charming fall wonderland just outside Courtice. Sip hot apple cider, meander colourful tree-lined paths and come upon a witch’s shack filled with bric-a-brac. Take a pony ride or explore the Halloween-themed barn. Get a photo op amid a sea of pumpkins before choosing one for home.

Upper Canada Village and Kingston Pumpkinferno 

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Journey to historic Upper Canada Village, and new this year, Kingston and experience a pumpkin-filled Halloween extravaganza. Spend the evening spotting glowing jack-o-lanterns tucked amid every nook and cranny of the old fort, and snap some great pictures of the pumpkin-cast installations.

Proulx Farm Pumpkin Fest

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Head to Proulx Farm in the Ottawa valley for a family-friendly day of pumpkin picking and fall activities. Explore several mazes and a cornfield, take a wagon ride through a shadowy forest or explore the farm boutique. When night falls, hop aboard a ghostly wagon ride through the countryside and explore two haunted houses.

Toronto Pumpkin Parades

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On Nov. 1, many Toronto communities get together for their very own pumpkin parade. In a final Halloween hurrah, neighbours are encouraged to drop by their local park to show off their jack-o-lanterns in a spirited night of neighbourhood fun. Check your local park bulletin for updates, or get in touch with the City of Toronto to organize your own.

Rounds Ranch Pumpkin Mania

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Just outside of Wasaga, celebrate all things pumpkin at Round’s Ranch. Get lost in the corn maze, take a tractor ride, pick a pumpkin,and let the little ones loose in one of several playscapes. On weekend visits, try your hand at pumpkin bowling, pumpkin tossing or challenge others to a pie-eating contest.

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