A cute baby at a pumpkin patch

While fall in Texas might not necessarily mean cooler weather, it does mean football, haunted houses, Halloween festivities, and our favorite, pumpkin patches. While Covid-19 has changed many of the ways we celebrate the season, as many would say, spooky season is here, and what better way to get in the mood than to carve a pumpkin. 

Here are some of the best pumpkin patches still happening in and around Houston this autumn. Check each website for Covid safety rules before you go. 

Old Time Christmas Tree Farm 

Although its name is a bit deceiving, Old Time Christmas Tree Farm is open for its annual pumpkin patch in the spirit of Halloween. The farm has been family-owned since 1996 and has transitioned from farming peanuts, cotton, and hay to cattle and now Christmas trees. Along with a pumpkin patch, Old Time Christmas Tree Farm offers eight other attractions for families to enjoy, including a train ride, giant slide, mini slide, bounce house, hay ride, inflatable corn maze, jump pad, and petting zoo. It's $7 for anyone older than two, and $3 for each extra attraction, per person. Or, fall for a $27 value pack of 10 tickets. 7632 Spring Cypress Rd, Spring

Halter Inc. 

This pumpkin patch has not only been continually rated one of the best in Houston for the past eight years, but it has also been featured in TLC’s The Little Couple. Halter Inc., founded in 2001, has a total of 30 acres for fall activities galore. Admission for the children at heart—older than two—is $10, and activities include a pony ride, haunted trail, stockyard maze, and petting zoo. The patch is open Saturdays and Sundays starting Oct. 17. Hours range from noon to 5 p.m. 17410 Clay Rd, Houston

Dewberry Farm

Let spooky season commence. Dewberry Farms has been welcoming Houstonians to its annual fall festival and pumpkin patch since Sept. 26. Located near Waller, Dewberry Farm offers a hay ride to its pumpkin field. Oh, did we mention the corn maze? Depending on your preference and schedule, weekend tickets start at $29.95, or you can select Friday fun-day tickets starting at $18. 7705 FM 362, Brookshire

7 Acre Wood

What’s better than Halloween night? Spending all day getting into the Halloween spirit. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct 31, 7 Acre Wood in Conroe will hold its 20th-annual Pumpkin Patch event. Pick out a last-minute gourd for jack-o'-lanterns before throwing on your costumes and getting free candy. Family admission is free, but tickets are sold separately for the hayride, pony ride, barrel train ride, face painting, and paintball. Families will also have access to the 7 Acre Wood park that includes a playground, petting zoo, and mini-golf course. 4401 N Frazier St, Conroe 

Blessington Farms

This patch is a little further out—about 20 minutes west of Katy—but there are a variety of pumpkins that sell for only $0.50 per pound, and it’s perfect for your obligatory pumpkin picture. Other family activities available include giant slides, barrel train rides, pedal cars, and, of course, a hayride. Admission is $20 per person, free for children younger than two. The festivities began Sept. 19 and will continue every Saturday until Nov. 21 so you can snap those adorable fall family photos until the week before Thanksgiving (perfect for your holiday card). Blessington Farms will also be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays in October. 510 Chisolm Trail, Simonton

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