What’s Halloween without a few Jack O’Lanterns decorating your front stoop? Throughout history, many different cultures have carved lanterns out of vegetables like turnips, gourds and pumpkins. The carved pumpkins we in North America have become accustomed to are based primarily on an Irish tradition, though the Irish didn’t actually have pumpkins. It’s not quite certain what the original purpose of a Jack O’Lantern was. In fact, some say they were to represent the spirits, while others say they were used to scare spirits away. Regardless of the history and intent, there’s something special about visiting a pumpkin patch on a brisk autumn afternoon and picking out the perfect pumpkin!
Here are some of Surrey’s fabulous pumpkin patches:
8390 172 Street
Rondriso Farms is owned and operated by Ron and Pam Tamis. They are helped out by their three boys, and the family dog. The Tamis family has been farming and cultivating in Surrey since 1958, with the most recent generation taking charge in 2002. In the time since Ron and Pam took over, they’ve set up shop with their own general store, become a local fixture at farmers’ markets, and they run their famous pumpkin patch every October. Opening annually on October 1st, you can stop by on weekdays or weekends for a hayride down to the pumpkin field to pick your own pumpkin.
Port Kells Nurseries
18730 88th Avenue
It takes a lot of pumpkin seeds to grow the perfect pumpkin patch! And every May, the folks at Port Kells Nurseries plant well over 10,000 seeds in 9 growing fields! With that many potential pumpkins popping up come October, the Great Pumpkin must surely reside here! Admission includes a hay maze for the kids, 2 haunted houses (one suitable for the 5 and under crowd), tractor-pulled hayrides, a chicken coop, goat palace, and a pig hut!
Bose Family Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
64th Avenue & 156th Street
Sit back on a hay bale and savour Surrey’s countryside as the folks at Bose Pumpkin Patch take you on a tractor-pulled ride in search of the perfect carving pumpkin. The pumpkin patch is open every weekend throughout October and pumpkins range in size from 5 to 100 pounds! In addition to the pumpkin patch, Bose Family Farm is famous for its epic corn maze. Every year the maze is cut with an amazing design best viewed from above. This year, the operators of the corn maze are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a maze that features the Scouts Canada logo. Fun during the day, the maze gets even more epic at night! Bring a flashlight and try your luck.
The Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch
18507 20th Avenue
The Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch (aka Gabriel Farms) is open weekends throughout October and weekday afternoons from October 9 – 30. The folks at Hazelmere grow a wide variety of different pumpkins, perfect for carving, colourful displays, and pumpkin pie! Admission includes a hayride to the field, a mini corn maze, access to the petting zoos and the play areas. And, for two nights only, October 19 and 26, make your way through the mini corn maze and be met by ghouls, clowns, zombies and more who haunt the maze in an attempt to scare you silly. The haunted maze is family-friendly but might be too scary for some.