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Pumpkins, Fall Fun and Haunts in Hanover County – 2019

Pumpkins, Fall Fun and Haunts 2019 Visual

It’s no secret that fall makes us crazy for pumpkins! Since we are conveniently located within 30 miles of downtown Richmond, you won’t need to drive far to find fun autumn activities and the perfect pumpkin for carving.  Gather family and friends and head to the pumpkin patch!

For the thrill seekers, Ashland Berry Farm, Hanover Vegetable Farm, and of course, Kings Dominion are all serving up spine-tingling haunted attractions. For ghost walks steeped in historical lore, visit Hanover Tavern and the Ashland Haunted History Tour.

Be sure to plan your fall fun in advance by visiting each venue’s website.

Ashland Berry Farm

Ashland Berry Farm offers free hayrides to the field to pick pumpkins. There is also a 3D Boo House, Fort Pumpkin Adventure, gift shop, animal corral, and homemade donut shop.

When: Pumpkin picking starts Saturday, September 28, 2019.  Monday-Friday 1-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note: Last hayride at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 4:30 p.m. on weekends.

Cost: Pumpkins are all you can carry for $20, or if you don’t want to pick, pumpkins can be individually purchased.

Haunts: Terror on the Farm starting Saturday, September 28, 2019

Ashland Haunted History Tour

Focusing on the town’s rich and storied history, tour groups will follow the train line as guides spin fascinating tales of the dark and macabre that will both thrill and delight. Learn all about the surprisingly rowdy history of this antebellum town by stories passed down from business owners and residents.

When: Fridays & Saturdays: 8:00PM-10:00PM

Cost:  Visit website

Hanover Vegetable Farm

You can find the perfect pumpkin at Hanover Vegetable Farm any day of the week. On the weekends, additional activities include hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn maze, animal petting/viewing, giant sand pit, corn cannons, pallet maze, Charlotte’s Web hide-and-seek, face painting, food trucks, beer and wine, and live music. See their calendar of events for specific attractions available on any given date.

When: Pumpkin Picking Hours: September 28 – October 31; Weekdays 2:00 p.m. to 6: 00 p.m.; Hay rides to the field are included. No other activities are open during the week. Weekends 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Additional activities available.

Cost: Pumpkins are priced per pound. On weekends, admission is $5-$10 per person based on activity level.

Special Event: Gourds, Goblets and Ghouls Festival – October 12th and 13th.

Special Event: End of Season Bash – October 27th; Food trucks, live music and local brews in addition to weekend activities.

Haunts: Red Vein Haunted House

Red Vein Escape

New in 2019! A year round, multi themed escape room. Visit website for details.

Lloyd Family Farms

Lloyd Family Farms has a 50+ acre pumpkin patch with a great selection of a variety of pumpkins and gourds. Additional activities include hayrides, pony rides, a corn maze and much more. Food vendors will be on-site.

When: Fridays 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Also open on Columbus Day, Monday October 14, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cost: Admission is $5 per person, 2 years old and under are free. Pumpkins are priced individually by the pound. Additional fees may apply for other activities.

Hanover Tavern – Ghosts Walk At Night

Tour the haunted Tavern, Old Stone Jail, and Historic Courthouse as you hear ghostly tales of actual events, and recorded paranormal activity at each location. You never know what might be lurking around! Proceeds benefit the Hanover Tavern Foundation.

When: October 27 – 29, 2019; Tours start at 7:00 PM

Cost: $15 per person.

Special Event: Fourth Annual Hanover Autumn Fest

Now in its fourth year, the Hanover AutumnFest was started by the Hanover Tavern Foundation with one goal in mind – celebrating the community! The Hanover AutumnFest offers great food, craft beer, local wine, live music, fall foliage, and family fun. For the little ones, activities available include pumpkin picking, face painting, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, hay slide, and more!

When: October 19, 2019; 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Cost: Free admission.

Kings Dominion – Haunt

Terror lurks around every corner at the annual Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion. From the thrilling rides to the frightful attractions, you’re in for some extreme screams. Over 400 monsters will descend upon the park each night of Haunt this fall.

Kings Dominion – The Great Pumpkin Fest

Families and kids can participate in a collection of scare-free Halloween activities for kids presented by the PEANUTS characters like pumpkin decorating and so much more!  Saturdays and Sundays.