A Pumpkin Patch Like No Other: Bengston’s Pumpkin Patch in Homer Glen, Illinois
Bengston’s Pumpkin Patch is a fun, festive annual fall event in the Chicago suburbs. This popular local favorite, which has been going strong for over 35 years, has been voted “Best Pumpkin Farm in Chicago” by viewers of My Fox Chicago. I always make it a point to visit Bengston’s on any fall visit to Chicago (and you should too!).
The highlight of this fall fest is a “Pick Your Own Pumpkin” patch. Hundreds of different sizes and shapes are available. The pumpkins are reasonably priced at 0.39 cents per pound. Although they used to have a fun hayride that took you out to an actual field to pick your own pumpkins straight from the vine, it’s a bit more commercialized now with a pre picked patch and a separate hayride. Nevertheless, it’s still a great time and one of the better pumpkin patches you will find in Illinois.
In addition to the patch, a whole lineup of fall activities are available including a twisted tunnel, a fun slide, gem mining, a haunted barn, a fun barn, pumpkin launchers, a petting zoo, a Halloween shop, pig races, and so much more! And don’t forget the sweets! Apple cider donuts, candy apples, and other tasty seasonal favorites will be there to tempt you as you stroll around enjoying the decor and festivities.
One of the great aspects about Bengston’s is that they remain that old-fashioned charm. Most of the attractions and activities (minus the hayride out to the field) are identical to those found 20+ years ago. Anyone from the area will be hit with an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia as they walk in and see all the familiar sights from years past. It’s truly a refreshing step back in time compared to our modern world of technology everywhere. Although they did add one funny new addition that absolutely relates to our world today…
Another cute new addition is 2 giant corn kernel play areas (a much less messier alternative to sand) featuring over 56,000 pounds of corns! For both the kids and the kids at heart!
Spending an afternoon at Bengston’s is the perfect fall activity in the Chicagoland area. There really is nothing that says fall in the Chicago suburbs quite like an afternoon out enjoying Bengston’s Pumpkin Festival. There are plenty of festive decorations, including cute dancing Halloween animatronics & various pumpkin displays, as well as seasonal decor. The dancing skeletons pictured below have been here since I started going 25+ years ago! Take a look at a few scenes from around the farm!
One of the most unique aspects of this farm has to be the pig races! I have never seen anything like it! 10 times daily, 3 different pig races take place across the track. Visit the Bengston’s website for the full schedule.
Bengston’s is the perfect kickoff to both the fall and Halloween season. I like visiting in early October to get into the Halloween spirit. Keep Bengston’s in mind if you are visiting Chicago this Halloween season! What better way to get into the fall spirit then by picking out your pumpkin, enjoying seasonal treats and gorgeous fall weather, and enjoying a wide range of festive fall activities that the entire family can enjoy?
And the best part of all is that you have endless fall photo opportunities…perfect for fall greeting cards and Facebook background photos. Here’s just a few of the festive photo opps located throughout the grounds. They also have a new free family photo area, so you will find more than enough places to take photos. Tip: Visit on a weekday morning to obtain crowd free photos!
The farm is open from September 17th through October 30th, from 10:00am-8:00pm (open to 9 on selected nights). Admission prices vary from $10-17 based on your date of visit. Your admission ticket includes entry into all attractions (extra fee for pony rides and gem mining). Parking is free! I highly recommend visiting on a weekday morning or afternoon for cheaper admission and far less crowds. This place is very, very busy on the weekends and you will be waiting forever for the attractions! Yes, it is that great! So plan your visit to Bengston’s (on a weekday of course) and get ready for a festive visit to a pumpkin patch like no other in the country.
Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm Address: 13341 151st. Street Homer Glen, IL 60491