Types of places to go pumpkin picking include pumpkin patches and farms. Pumpkins can also be purchased at farmers markets and grocery stores. Many pumpkin patches offer additional activities, such as hayrides and corn mazes.
Tips for choosing a pumpkin to carve include finding a large pumpkin with even color all around that is not bruised and still has the stem intact. A pumpkin intended for baking should be small, approximately 8 to 10 inches in diameter, with no visible signs of rot or bruising. The website PumpkinPatchesAndMore.org provides a complete state-by-state listing of farms open for pumpkin picking, as well as other fall-oriented and Halloween festivities.