Best Palos-Area Pumpkin Patches 2020

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PALOS, IL — Not even pumpkin patches are escaping the coronavirus in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic means some Chicago area pumpkin patches have had to adjust hours, regulations and activities as they head into fall. But pumpkin picking — and other fall fun like apple orchards — can still happen with safety measures and social distancing in place.

Fortunately, the coronavirus has only changed — not completely closed — your favorite pumpkin patch and its offerings this fall. Below is a list of some of our favorite pumpkin patches near the Palos area.

The Children’s Farm at The Center

  • Address: 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park

  • Season: Now open through Oct. 31

  • Attractions: Pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes, wide selection of gourds, Barn tours (reservations required) and petting farm, spooky wood shed, haunted hay tent, hay rack rides and concessions. Sixty acres of mapped walking trails. Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 12),

  • Pricing: $8 age 2 and up for pumpkin patch and attractions; patch only is free.

  • Phone: 708-361-3650

More via The Children’s Farm at The Center

First United Methodist Church of Oak Lawn

  • Address: 100th Street and Central Avenue, Oak Lawn

  • Season: Oct. 10 through Oct. 31

  • Attractions: Pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes, wide selection of gourds, Halloween and Christmas crafts and homemade baked goodies. Also, tractor rides (family groups only) and scarecrow building. Face masks required. Please practice social distancing.

  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

  • Pricing: Pumpkins are measured by the circumference, 50-cents up to the largest size ever sold, which was $50. Average cost is $10. Free admission.

  • Phone: 708-423-1170

Siegel's Cottonwood Farm

  • Address: 17250 Weber Road, Lockport

  • Season: Sept. 26 to Oct. 31

  • Hours: Country store: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Pumpkin Fest: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

  • Attractions: Giant checkers, and tic tac toe, straw mountain, the famous corn maze (this year's theme is "Peace on Earth"), Connect 4, Peter Pumpkin Show and more. Stateville Haunted House closed for 2020 due to COVID-19.

  • Pumpkins, produce and more: Siegel's has a real pumpkin field that families can take a hayrack ride out to and pick a pumpkin right off the vine.

  • Cost: $19.95 on site/$16.95 online Friday to Sunday and Columbus Day. Weekend all-inclusive pass (Saturday/Sunday and Columbus Day) $27.95, must be purchased online. Free admission for military, police and fire with ID. ATMs available.

More via Siegel's Cottonwood Farm website.


  • Address: 13341 W. 151st. Street, Homer Glen

  • Season: Sept. 25 to Nov. 2

  • Hours: Hours vary. More information is available on Bengtson's website. No weekday admission for 2020.

  • Attractions: Tractor Town, Happy Swing, chicken truck, mega slide, cow coaster, free selfie booth, gemstone and arrow head mining, pony rides, petting zoo, haunted barn, fun barn, pumpkins and more.

  • Pumpkins, produce and more: You can pick the perfect pumpkin, take home some of Bengtson's specialty products, enjoy an apple cider donut and several other delectable treats.

  • Cost: Admission ranges from $13.99 to $25.99 depending on the day and time. See the website for more details. Military (active duty or retired) are admitted free with ID. Pony rides an additional $6

More via the Bengtson's website.

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If we missed your favorite pumpkin patch, be sure to share it with readers in the comments section.

This article originally appeared on the Palos Patch