Pick from over 25,000 pumpkins at Illinois' largest sale.

The Tradition Of Picking Out A Pumpkin For Halloween

Since I was a child and still today, I have participated in the tradition of picking out a pumpkin for Halloween. I look forward to it every year. My preference is going to an actual pumpkin patch or farm to make my selection for the season. I have learned a few things about pumpkin shopping along the way.


Tips For Choosing Your Pumpkin

I do have a couple of tips for choosing the right pumpkin. First, be careful with the size. Remember, the bigger the pumpkin the more pumpkin guts. That can get messy. Do not get it too early. Otherwise, it might not make it to Halloween. The same goes for carving it. Once you make it into a jack-o-lantern, the clock is running before it turns rotten.


Have You Ever Seen 25,000 Pumpkins

When it comes to pumpkin shopping, I like to have choices. You are not going to get that from a grocery store. That is why a trip to a pumpkin farm is key. If you go early enough, there should be literally hundreds with all shapes to styles on display. Well, what if I told you there is a place in Illinois with over 25,000 pumpkins onsite and ready to be purchased.

corn field and pumpkin patch

You can check out this incredible collection of thousands of pumpkins on a short drive from Rockford. It is Johansen Farms in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

According to johansenfarms.com,

"That’s right, 25,000 pumpkins! Our pumpkin patch is huge with pumpkins that come in every shape and size.  Come explore—if you look hard enough, you’ll find the perfect pumpkin that’s waiting just for you!"


Group Of Pumpkins In Rural Landscape

There Is More Than Just Pumpkins

If you are planning a visit with the family, do not worry there is a lot more to do than just shop for pumpkins. There are fun activities for the whole family.

Photo From Johansen Farm YouTube Video
Photo From Johansen Farm YouTube Video

Here are the other things to check out on your visit...

  • Petting zoo with chickens, pigs, llamas, miniature ponies, goats, and more
  • Garden center
  • Greenhouse
  • Rides
  • Vegetable stand
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Fall festival
  • Miniature golf
  • Sports zone
  • Giant inflatable obstacle course
  • Two-story air slide
  • Smaller slide
  • Toddler area
  • Train
  • Corn maze
  • Piehouse and bakery
  • Children's zoo
  • And so much more
Photo From YouTube Video Johansen Farm
Photo From YouTube Video Johansen Farm

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