Fall & Halloween Guide: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Halloween Events & More

2017-10-18T13:45:32+00:00 October 2, 2017|Fall & Halloween, Family Friendly Events, Things to Do|

It’s officially FALL and we’ve got the Ultimate Guide to Fall and Halloween Activities in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Mulberry, Auburndale, and across Polk County.

What do you love about fall?

🎃 Visiting the pumpkin patch and carving pumpkins?
🎃 Planning Halloween costumes?
🎃 Hayrides and special fall events?
🎃 Getting lost in a corn maze?
🎃 Filling your candy bowls up with candy corn?
🎃 Visiting Haunted Houses and getting SCARED?
🎃 Eating apples and caramel dip or drinking a pumpkin latte?
🎃 Watching Halloween themed movies or scary TV shows?
🎃 Trunk or Treat events and Fall Festivals?

We’ll be updating this page all the way up until October 31, so be sure to check back often for any new events and activities! Click a title below to expand the section and see details.

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Thank you to Harvest Holler Corn Maze for sponsoring this post!

Visit Harvest Holler Corn Maze for a fun fall day on a working family farm! Enjoy the corn maze, pumpkin patch, live animals, hay ride, cow train, corn hole, tire swings, hay fort, corn bin, photo opportunities, and NEW this year – the FRANKENSLIDE! The Watering Hole serves up hamburgers, sausage, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and more. Be sure to stop into MawMaw’s Country Store for homemade jams, local orange blossom honey, and homemade pies and cobbler.

Located at 950 Tavares Road, Polk City, FL 33868, only minutes from Lakeland!
Open weekends from September 22 – November 12.
Fridays – 4pm – 8pm
Saturdays – 12pm – 8pm
Sundays – 12pm – 5pm
Weekdays by reservation only for fields trips, scouts, and other groups. For more info visit their Website and to see photos check out their Facebook page.
Spend a day at Harvest Holler to celebrate fall!

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Corn Mazes & Fall Festivals

Harvest Holler Corn Maze

Visit Harvest Holler Corn Maze for a fun fall day on a working family farm! Enjoy the corn maze, pumpkin patch, live animals, hay ride, cow train, corn hole, tire swings, hay fort, corn bin, photo opportunities, and NEW this year – the FRANKENSLIDE! The Watering Hole serves up hamburgers, sausage, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and more. Be sure to stop into MawMaw’s Country Store for homemade jams, local orange blossom honey, and homemade pies and cobbler.

Location: 950 Tavares Road, Polk City, FL 33868 (MAP IT)
More info: Website Facebook
Dates & Times: Open weekends from September 22 – November 12
Friday – 4pm-8pm / Saturday – 12pm – 8pm / Sunday 12pm – 5pm / Weekdays by reservation only
Cost: Adults $10 / Seniors $8 / Children (4-12) $8 / Ages 3 & Under FREE
Check for GROUPON DEALS

CornFusion Crop Maze & Fall Festival at Smith Family Ranch

Location: 13444 Moore Road, Lakeland, FL 33809 (MAP IT)
More infoWebsite / Facebook 
Dates & Times: Open weekends beginning October 21
Friday – 3pm-6pm / Saturday 9am-6pm / Sunday 12pm-6pm
Cost: Adults $11.50/ Children (5-15) $9.50 / Ages 4 & Under FREE
Check for GROUPON DEALS
Due to Hurricane Irma, the corn maze has been destroyed, however the farm will still open with many other great activities. Check the website for more details.

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze

Location: 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, Plant City, FL 33565 (MAP IT)
More info: Website Facebook 
Dates & Times: Open weekends from October 7 – 29
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm (Guests must exit by 6pm)
Cost: Adults $11 / Children (3-17) $10 / Ages 2 & Under FREE

The Heartland Maze and Fall Festival

Location: 3350 US Highway 17 North, Bowling Green, FL  33834 (MAP IT)
More infoWebsite / Facebook
Dates & Times: Open weekends from October 14 – November 5.
Saturday 11am – 9pm, Sunday 1pm – 8pm.
The weekend before Halloween (October 27-19) open on Friday from 6p-11, Saturday 11a-11p, Sunday 1pm-8pm.
Cost: $9.95-$15.95/person. Visit website for full pricing details.
Check for GROUPON DEALS
The Heartland Maze suffered some damage from Hurricane Irma and will not have a maze this year, BUT they do have plenty of other great attractions – visit the website for details.

Know Before You Go:

  • Be sure to check the website or Facebook page prior to your visit, especially if we’ve had a lot of rain – all activities are affected by weather!
  • Take cash – some farms only accept cash and do not have an ATM on site
  • Check out each farm’s Website and/or Facebook page to see a full list of activities – they all have manyactivities beyond just the maze!
Pumpkin Patches Lakeland

Pumpkin Patches

Whether you’re looking for the perfect pumpkin, or a place to take photos of your own little pumpkins, we’ve got a list of pumpkin patches in the Lakeland area. We’d love to add more, please comment below if you know of any. Keep in mind that they will close once the pumpkins are gone!

Most (if not all) of the Corn Mazes listed above also have pumpkins available!

First United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch

72 Lake Morton Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801 (MAP IT)
Website / Facebook / 863-686-3163
Opens Sunday, October 1
Monday through Friday from 11:30am – 7:30pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am-7:30pm

TBA Church Pumpkin Patch

1815 Co Rd 540A, Lakeland, FL 33813 (MAP IT)
Website Facebook / (863) 647-9282
Open starting Saturday October 7 at noon through October 30 (or when the pumpkins run out!)
Monday through Friday 4-8pm, Saturdays 10am-8pm, and Sundays 2-8pm

Presbyterian Church in the Highlands Pumpkin Patch

1010 Lake Miriam Dr, Lakeland, FL 33813 (MAP IT)
Website Facebook / 863-646-3121
Open starting on Saturday, October 8 through October 31
Daily from 9am – 7pm

Local Attractions

Pumpkin Safari at Safari Wilderness Ranch

Location: 10850 Moore Rd, Lakeland, FL 33809 (MAP IT)
More info: Website
Dates & Times: Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of October.
Safaris depart on the hour, every hour, from 1pm to 6pm.
Cost: TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE ON GROUPON
$39 for Pumpkin Safari admission for one with take-home pumpkin ($75 value)
$75 for Pumpkin Safari admission for two with take-home pumpkin ($150 value)
$145 for Pumpkin Safari admission for four with take-home pumpkin ($300 value)
This is one of our favorite places in Lakeland and this deal is 1/2 price off their regular safari.

Safari Wilderness Pumpkin Safari

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida

Location: 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884 (MAP IT)
More info: Website
Dates & Times: Weekends in October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 and Halloween on the 31st
Cost: All activities included with LEGOLAND Florida admission or Annual Passes

Get SCARED – Haunted Houses & Zombies

We STRONGLY encourage you to ask around and find out more about each of these attractions before taking children. They are all legitimately SCARY, and only you can judge what age is appropriate for your own kids!

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Haunted Jail Tour: Zombie Outbreak

Location: PCSO Old Jail across from Bartow PD – 455 N. Broadway Ave, Bartow, FL 33830 (MAP IT)
More info: Click here
Dates & Times: Fridays & Saturdays – October 20, 21, 27, 28
6pm-10pm
Cost: $6 – all proceeds benefit the United Way
For the little ones who are too young to go through the haunted jail, there will be a separate room with treats and games! Bring the whole family for a night of fun.

Buckingham Terror Haunted House (Campfire)

Location: 2600 Buckingham Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803 (MAP IT)
More info: Website Facebook
Dates & Times: Open nightly from October 20 – 31
Sunday-Thursday 7:30pm-9pm
Friday & Saturday 7:30pm-11pm
Halloween 7:30-10pm
Cost: $8 for ages 13 & up / $5 for ages 12 & under
DISCLAIMER: Not intended for children under 10 or the faint of heart.

Zombie Farm Paintball Hayride (at Cornfusion)

Location: 13444 Moore Road, Lakeland, FL 33809 (MAP IT)
More infoWebsite / Facebook
Dates & Times: Open Fridays & Saturdays starting October 20
Friday & Saturday: 7pm- 10pm
Cost: Admission is $30. Your zombie hunt consists of a 20 minute hayride in the dark that includes paintball guns, masks, and 200 rounds of paintballs to shoot at live zombie actors. Participants are required to be at least 48″ tall.

The Shallow Grave

Location: 701 42nd St, Winter Haven, FL 33881 (MAP IT)
More info: Website Facebook
Dates & Times: Open weekends from September 30 – November 5
Opens at 7:30pm, closing varies by night
Cost: General Admission $24.99 / Quick Death Pass (Front of the line access) $39.99 (prices plus tax)

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail and Ominous Descent

Location: 2837 S Frontage Rd, Plant City, FL 33566 (MAP IT)
More info: Website / Facebook
Dates & Times: Open weekends September 29 – Octobe 29. Visit website for dates and hours.
Cost: Range from $12-30 per person
Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail has opened up their property to Polk County’s newest haunted attraction, Ominous Descent, after Hurricane Irma devastated their building and property. 
DISCLAIMER: The trails are designed to be frightening. Some material and scenes might not be appropriate for children under 12 years of age.

Halloween Movies & TV Specials

During the month of October you can find plenty of Movies & TV Shows for getting into the Halloween spirit at home.  

A few of our family friendly favorites include:

Channels with special Halloween programming:

Single Day Events

Trunk or Treat, Carnivals, Hayrides, Halloween Movies, Fall Festivals & more – with over 30 Fall and Halloween events happening this month, there is something for everyone on our calendar in October! Click on any event to get more details. You will only see upcoming Fall/Halloween themed events below. Visit our calendar page to see all events in October.  

*Note that the popular Haunted Halloween Hayride & Happenings sponsored by Polk County Parks & Recreation at Loyce Harpe Park on Carter Road has been CANCELED due to Hurricane Irma and will return in 2018*


Do you know of an event not listed here? Post your event to our calendar or leave a comment below with the details. Did we miss a great pumpkin patch, fall attraction, or other multi-day event? Contact us or leave a comment below and we’ll get it added to our list!

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