ItÕs finally time to start thinking about carving your pumpkin for the holiday season. With the Halloween spirit thick in the air, pumpkin patches are popping up all over Wilmington, NC, and exploring them to find your perfect pumpkin is a must! Start fall off with a blast by immersing yourself in the festivities of the season; enjoying the hayrides, mazes, ghost tours, and haunted fun at all the different local pumpkin patches. Here are a few local Wilmington pumpkin patches to help you begin your search:
1. MikeÕs Farm in Beulaville, NC
1600 Haw Branch Rd, Beulaville, NC 28518
This farm is known mostly for itÕs array of fun activities year round, farm-fresh restaurant, and, of course, the pumpkin patch pickinÕ season! ItÕs a bit of a drive from Wilmington, but worth the hike. All through October you can show up to the farm, enjoy a great hayride with the family and then stop at their huge pumpkin patch with a wide selection of bright orange pumpkins. Also, donÕt forget to stop for dinner at their restaurant as wellÐÐthis is definitely a pumpkin patch that shouldnÕt be missed.
1401 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403
The most local of the bunch; this one combines ease of travel, community, and an awesome pumpkin patch to boot. Right on the corner of College Rd and Peachtree Ave, the Wesley Memorial Methodist Church is no frills and really is just a great location to come in and enjoy searching through a variety of pumpkins. There is always a huge selection, so you will be able to find your pumpkin in no time!
3. Maze Craze in Hallsboro, NC
372 Artesia Road, Hallsboro, NC 28442
Another bit of a hike, but also worth it. A 13 acre maze that winds through the farm with tons of hayrides, barrel trains, and a variety of assorted games scattered throughout. ItÕs perfect for the whole family; catering for the little kids, teenagers, and even mom and dad. The entire community gets involved for this one, by the time youÕve enjoyed all the various novelties youÕll be greeted by an amazing pumpkin patch to pick from. It really is the best time of your life!
4. Tidal Creek Co-op in Wilmington, NC
5329 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403
Over at Tidal Creek thereÕs a great, intimate selection of local NC pumpkins. Community owned and operated for 33 years, buying from the Co-op always means supporting local farmers. Tidal Creek has a lot going on through the Halloween season, so be sure to check out the jam packed Fall Calendar just inside the store when you pick up your perfect pumpkin.
5. Poplar Grove Halloween Festival in Wilmington, NC
10200 US-17, Wilmington, NC 28411
The most popular in Wilmington, each year the Poplar Grove Plantation hosts a plethora of festivals. This year, 2015, for Halloween theyÕre hosting a HAINT BLUE Ghost Tours & Masquerade. Tickets are on sale now at their website, itÕs a must see event creating a fun day for the entire family!
Wilmington is in full Halloween swing and the events list is in no short supply, so be sure to get the whole family involved. If finding a pumpkin is your first order of business, then take your pick; the perfect gourd is right around the corner!