Pumpkin picking is an annual fall tradition for families across Long Island. One of the joys of the autumn season, and an October rite of passage, is picking out that perfect pumpkin for jack-o-lanterns, porch decorations and, of course, pies. Step out into the crisp fall air with the family and head out to one of these local Long Island farms for a day of wholesome fun.
One of the last remaining family farms in Nassau County, Meyer’s is also one of the few western Long Island pumpkin picking venues. This fourth generation family farm, in operation since 1924, features more than 100 acres and more than 25,000-square-feet of greenhouses open to the public. 146 Piquets Lane and Woodbury Rd., Woodbury 516-364-1777
Wonderful for the little ones, this favorite Long Island spot features an animated walk-through children’s story with Otto the Ghost. Besides pumpkin picking, Hicks has live animals, hayrides, pumpkin carving contests, pumpkin weigh-offs and children’s workshops. 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury 516-334-0066
The farm has a huge pre-picked pumpkin patch, with pumpkins arranged by size. It also offers hay rides, slides, a giant straw pyramid, a big playground, pony rides and farm animals to visit. There’s a corn maze to explore and a child friendly haunted mansion. After dark, the haunted house and corn maze are spooky and are not appropriate for young children. 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville 631-271-3276
Elwood’s pumpkins are grown in their fields, not just delivered and rolled out. Elwood offers the chance to pick off the vine and experience how fresh a pumpkin can be. There is no admission charge for picking. There is also a children’s corn maze and a hay ride. 1500 East Jericho Tpke., Huntington 631-368-8626
White Post Farms
It would not be fall without pumpkin picking at this fifth generation farm. Also stop by for the ongoing fall festival, featuring animal farms, aviary, sing-along hay rides, bouncer park and stage shows. 250 Old Country Rd., Melville 631-351-9373