Common pumpkin patch activities are hay rides, corn mazes, pony rides, apple orchards, as well as animal farms and petting zoos. Some pumpkin patches also offer face painting, mini-train rides, playgrounds, giant slides, carnival rides and live entertainment.
Many pumpkin patches also have haunted attractions such as haunted houses, haunted barns, haunted hay rides and haunted corn mazes. Harvest Festivals, Halloween parties and other special events are hosted at some pumpkin patches, and some offer crafts and other hands-on activities. Seasonal refreshments such as apple cider, hot cocoa, caramel apples and roasted corn are often sold to guests, especially during special events.
The main attraction, the actual pumpkin patch, also varies by location. At many farms the pumpkins are pre-picked, but some pumpkin patches allow visitors to choose from pumpkins that are still attached to the vine. Other pumpkin patches offer many different pumpkin varieties in unusual shapes and colors.
Pumpkins, squash, gourds, apples, corn and other locally grown produce are often sold at stands or in a store front at pumpkin patches. Other items commonly sold at pumpkin patches are preserves, jams, apple sauces and butters, syrups, and gifts. Many pumpkin patches are only open during the autumn season, but some offer activities year-round.