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Pick a Pumpkin Patch for a Fun Day!

By Alyssa Carlson, NDSU graduate student

October is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the changing leaves and crisp air before the snow arrives. Although the weather is getting cooler, we have many opportunities for outdoor physical activities. Incorporate physical activity and family fun into the fall season by visiting a pumpkin patch.

Many pumpkin patches have a variety of activities for all ages. Younger children can enjoy backyard games, hay bale mazes and petting zoos. Meanwhile, older children can enjoy large corn mazes, mini golf or a haunted house. Everyone can choose their perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch to take home. Afterwards, warm up with some hot apple cider, healthy snacks and a cozy blanket.

A day at the pumpkin patch can provide a very active day. Time spent walking through the mazes, participating in activities, and searching for pumpkins adds up quickly. In fact, a corn maze could be between 2 to 4 miles of walking. Lifting pumpkins, as well as carrying them from the patch to your car, uses many different muscles. Gutting and carving the pumpkins once you get home also works your muscles. Participating in these activities at the pumpkin patch can help you meet the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) weekly physical activity guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activity!

We have many pumpkin patches in the Fargo/Moorhead area. Each has different activities, so be sure to choose the patch that is right for you and your family. The following are some suggestions of pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Cass Clay area:

  • Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch (Glyndon, MN)
  • Dakota Carriage Pumpkin Patch (Fargo, ND)
  • Nelson’s Pumpkin Patch (Emerado, ND)
  • Probstfield Farm Pumpkin and Squash Patch (Moorhead, MN)
  • Acres of Terror (Leonard, ND)
  • The Haunted Corn Maze (Moorhead, MN)
  • The Haunted Farm (Moorhead, MN)
  • Yunker Farm’s Not Too Scary Haunted House (Fargo, ND)

Trick-or-treating around your neighborhood on Halloween is another fun way to get your family physically active. If you are someone who hands out candy, try handing out healthful snacks such as pretzels, popcorn or 100 percent fruit snacks this year.

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