5 Over-the-Top Pumpkin Displays to Visit This Fall

If one pumpkin on your porch is enough to have you smiling all season long, just imagine how happy thousands of pumpkins will make you. We bet that’s exactly what the masterminds behind these impressive pumpkin patches were thinking.

But it’s more than just volume that lures visitors — it’s the insanely creative displays (like the village scene at the Dallas Arboretum) and the promise of fall fun (hayrides, doughnuts and corn mazes). Eager for a pumpkin-packed day out? Here are five spots around the country that do it right.

Dallas Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village

Dallas, Sept. 17-Nov. 23

Since everything is bigger in Texas, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this autumn display packs in 90,000(!) pumpkins, gourds and squash. And yet our jaws are still on the floor. The gourds are artfully (and abundantly) arranged into a village scene with pumpkin houses and overflowing patterns. This year’s theme is Art of the Pumpkin, and families can enjoy a hay-bale maze, live music, pumpkin painting and more when they visit.

The Great Jack-o-Lantern Blaze Hudson Valley

Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y., Select evenings from Sept. 30-Nov. 13

It takes 1,000 volunteers to scoop the 7,000 pumpkins before local Hudson Valley artists turn them into giant, flowing sculptures. This year’s new designs include the Pumpkin Zee Bridge (a riff on the nearby Tappan Zee Bridge), a Main Street scene and an extra-large “pumpkin planetarium” — a dome of pumpkins carved into a starry sky. Buy your tickets in advance; this event is known to sell out.

Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular

Providence, Oct. 6-Nov. 6

Glowing pumpkins climb the trees and line the paths at this zoo’s uniquely beautiful Wetlands Trail. Typically it’s a serene pathway that showcases native wildlife. But during Halloween season it comes to life in an entirely different way each evening, with 5,000 carved jack-o’-lanterns.

The Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival

Clarence, N.Y., Sept. 17-Oct. 31

D0n’t forget to look up when you visit this pumpkin patch. Piles of pumpkins fill the grounds, but they also climb tall structures, as if they’re there to take in the view just as much as you are. But this festival isn’t just a sight to behold: A corn maze, hayrides, a pumpkin cannon and magic shows are on offer too.

C-K AutumnFest

Kenova, W.V., Oct. 28 and 29

In 1978 this house was decorated with a mere five carved pumpkins for Halloween. Over time, the tradition grew and grew, and now the home basks in the light of 3,000 jack-o’-lanterns for a weekend each year. Go for the Instagrammable moment — but stay for the good old-fashioned bake-off, craft fair and variety of food vendors.

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