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"Patch" Picks for Pumpkins

Find out where the pumpkin patches are and which stores have the best prices for your carving pumpkins this season.

Pumpkin Patches

Rombach Farm Chesterfield
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday
Activities: Pumpkin picking, hay rides, pony rides and barrel rides are among the farm's activities. During weekdays, activities include a free wooden maze, wooden fort and animals. Rombach's also offers a giant pumpkin pyramid, barbecue and a country store with private-label jellies and jams.
Pricing: There is no admission fee, parking is free and pumpkins start at $4. 

Manchester
When: The patch is open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. In addition, there will be a special Fall Festival on Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with storytime, kids crafts, face painting, games, snacks, bake sale, crafts sale and free popcorn and Halloween tattoos. These special activities will only be available during the festival.
Activities: Pumpkin picking benefiting Joplin, MO and other church programs. 
Pricing: There are no admission fees, parking is free and pumpkins range from $2-$25. Small gourds and mini-pumpkins are available for 50 cents and 75 cents, respectively.

Just the Pumpkins

 Chesterfield
Pumpkin Pricing: Cinderella pumpkins are $6.99, carving pumpkins are $3.49, pie pumpkins are $1.99, and mini-pumpkins and gourds are 69 cents.

 Town and Country
Pumpkin Pricing: Jumbo pumpkins are $9.99, large pumpkins are $6.99, ornamental pumpkins are $4.99.

While shopping at Whole Foods Market enjoy some free events for kids:

Your Budding Chef: Wicked Witch Cupcake
When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 22
Activities: Come to the bakery department and let Diane show you how to make delicious ghoulish-looking cupcakes. They are a wickedly easy treat for the kids to make for Halloween.

Halloween Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treating
When: noon-3 p.m. Oct. 29
Activities: Dress the kids up in their spookiest or snazziest Halloween costumes for the Whole Foods Costume Contest. Three winners will receive a bag full of Halloween prizes. There will also be plenty of treats for the kids from every department.

Your Budding Chef: Jack O’Lantern Punch
When: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oct. 30
Activities: Stop by the Grocery Department and let your little ghosts and goblins have some Jack O’Lantern Punch. 

 Manchester, Chesterfield
Pumpkin Pricing: Carving pumpkins are $3.88, and a small pack of three is $2.98.

 Manchester, Town and Country, Chesterfied
Pumpkin Pricing: Carving pumpkins are $5.

Manchester, Chesterfield
Pumpkin Pricing: Locally grown, carving pumpkins are $4.97.

 Ballwin
Pumpkin Pricing: Carving pumpkins are $2.49.

Craft Pumpkins

 Ballwin
Pumpkin Pricing: Six-and-a-half-inch pumpkins are $18.99, 9-inch pumpkins are $ 22.99; and 13-inch Celebrate It craft pumpkins in orange, black and cream are $31.99. Pumpkins are an additional 50 percent off until Saturday.

 Chesterfield
Pumpkin Pricing: $8 to $15 Assorted indoor and outdoor light-up pumpkins in 9 inches and 16 inches are $8-$15. Mini pumpkins are $1.

Bryan October 15, 2011 at 09:04 PM
THe Lafayette Optimists Club will also have a pumpkin patch starting next week at the Goedeker's parking lot on Manchester near Mason Rd.
Gabrielle Biondo (Editor) October 16, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Thanks so much for the info!

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