LARRILAND FARM -- 2415 Woodbine Rd. (Route 94), Woodbine, south of Lisbon. 301-854-6110 (recording with directions), Washington area; 410-442-2605, Baltimore area; and 410-489-7034 (to schedule group hayrides). www.pickyourown.com. Open Saturdays and Sundays 9 to 5 and Monday through Friday 9 to 6 through October; also open Nov. 5, 6 and 7 from 9 to 5. Reopens in late May. Hayrides ($2.75, free for children younger than 2) through a field dotted with storybook characters run Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 4:30 through Oct. 31. Daily highlights include a straw maze ($1.75 all-day admission) and a Boo Barn (adults free, children $1.50 all day). The farm also has pick-your-own pumpkins, apples, broccoli, spinach and beets; call for availability. Picking continues through the first weekend in November. Weekend food concessions include such items as hamburgers and hot dogs. A market sells produce and seasonal items. The site has picnic tables.
TRIADELPHIA LAKE VIEW FARM -- 15155 Triadelphia Mill Rd., Glenelg. 410-489-4460. No Web site. Open Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5 in October; reopens after Thanksgiving for Christmas-tree cutting. Take a hayride, $1, to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch at this Christmas tree and vegetable farm, which is decorated with about 20 homemade scarecrows of different designs. Other barnyard activities, $2 total admission, include farm animals, eight pedal tractors to ride, a plywood "virtual" cow to milk, a small hay maze and a cornfield walk geared toward young children. Bring your own old clothes for scarecrow making. A country store sells decorative items. Picnic tables are available.
Pumpkins in hand, students from area schools wait for a ride back to the farm at Butler's Orchard in Germantown.
(Michael Williamson -- The Washington Post)
BUTLER'S ORCHARD -- 22200 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown. 301-972-3299 (recording with directions). www.butlersorchard.com. Farm market and pick-your-own hours are Tuesday through Sunday 10 to 5:30. The market closes Dec. 24 and reopens in May. Pick your own pumpkins from about 25 acres at this 54-year-old family farm, which holds its 24th annual Pumpkin Festival Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day 10 to 5 through Oct. 2 through 31. Highlights include an inflatable farm train play area, wooden play structures, cut-out boards for photos, farm trivia, a fall flag display, a two-acre corn maze, a hayloft for jumping, a pedal-tractor track, hayrides, Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach, farm animals, a straw maze and Pumpkinland, featuring 20 to 30 characters (such as a Pumpkinland Band) made from pumpkins, gourds and squash. New this year: Kids can crawl through a tunnel under a pyramid of straw. Ride ponies from 11 to 4, $3. Other activities requiring additional fees include face painting and kids' crafts. Live bands appear from noon to 4. Festival admission is $7, free for children younger than 2. Pumpkin Harvest Days, $5 per person, take place Tuesday through Friday 9:30 to 5, Oct. 5 through 29, and include a hayride, small pumpkin, two apples and most of the play activities. Specialty food items include hand-dipped caramel apples. The farm has a gift shop and picnic tables. Groups can book evening hayrides.
GAZEBO GARDEN CENTER AND NURSERY -- 13101 Clopper Rd., Germantown. 301-972-1010. No Web site. Through Oct. 20, open Monday through Saturday 9 to 7, Sundays 10 to 6; Oct. 21-31, open Monday through Saturday 9 to 9, Sundays 10 to 7. Highlights include a free pumpkin patch play area with stuffed cartoon characters, a pumpkin and straw mountain and a straw maze with characters and special effects.
PHILLIPS FARM -- 13710 Schaeffer Rd., Germantown. 301-540-2364. www.phillipsfarmproduce.com (includes directions). Open weekends 10 to dark, weekdays 3 to dark through October; reopens after Thanksgiving for Christmas trees, then closes before Christmas and reopens in May. Hayrides, $1, go around the farm and to the five- to six-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch (Anyone purchasing a pumpkin can ride back free of charge.) Other highlights include a three-level jungle gym for the resident goats, a 1 1/2-acre corn maze ($1, free for children younger than 5 accompanied by adult), haystacks to climb, farm animals to pet and feed, a giant hay bale spider and harvest themes rather than Halloween decorations. Trinity United Methodist Church and Montgomery County Senior 4-H sell lunch items, such as sandwiches and baked goods. Groups can arrange for flashlight maze visits, $2 per person.
ROCK HILL ORCHARD -- 28600 Ridge Rd. (Route 27), Mount Airy. 301-831-7427. No Web site. Take I-270 to Exit 16-A (Route 27) and go toward Damascus. Turn left at the SunTrust Bank and go 2 1/2 miles to the farm on the left. Open daily 9 to 5 until the apple supply is gone, probably in late October. Weather permitting, visitors can take free hayrides to the approximately four-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch or 600-tree apple orchard Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4 in October. The orchard, situated on one of the county's highest points, displays harvest rather than Halloween-themed decorations.
ROCKVILLE FLOWER AND GARDEN SPOT -- Mid-Pike Shopping Center, behind Toys 'R' Us, 11800 Rockville Pike, Rockville. 301-984-3565. Through Oct. 20, open Monday through Saturday 9 to 7, Sundays 10 to 6; Oct. 21-31, open Monday through Saturday 9 to 9, Sundays 10 to 7. No Web site. The garden center's 12th annual fall activities take place Oct. 3-31. A 700-foot Trail of Terror features electronic sound and lighting special effects, geared toward ages 8 and older, $6.99. Kids of all ages can walk through a free Pumpkinville decorated with stuffed cartoon characters. Other highlights include cutout boards for photos and, Saturdays noon to 1, scarecrow making contests (bring your own old clothes). A free petting zoo will be set up Oct. 23 noon to 4. Specialty food items include apple cider and homemade baked goods.
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CHERRY HILL FARM & ORCHARD -- 12309 Gallahan Rd., Clinton, near Fort Washington. 301-292-1928 (recording with directions) or 301-292-4642. www.cherryhillfarm.net. Market hours are Monday through Saturday 8 to 7 in September and October, this Sunday 8 to 5 and Sundays 8 to 6:30 in October. The market closes the day before Thanksgiving and reopens the last week in April. Pick-your-own apple orchard hours are Saturdays and Sundays 8 to 6:30 through October. Owned and operated by the Gallahan family for six generations, this farm and apple orchard features a Fall Harvest Festival, $6, Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day 10 to 5:30 during October. (Admission Monday through Friday 10 to 5:30, featuring fewer activities, is $5.) Highlights include 500 scarecrow characters (such as Spider-Man, the Green Goblin and SpongeBob SquarePants), hayrides, a fun barn, farm animals and other children's activities. New this year: Visitors can walk a 300-foot cornstalk trail. Make a scarecrow ($5, all materials provided) Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24. Call or check the Web site for a schedule of weekend entertainment, including such acts as stilt walkers, clowns and magicians. Karaoke takes place on Sunday afternoons. Cherry Hill specializes in homemade ice cream and baked goods such as apple pie-flavored doughnuts.
QUEEN ANNE FARM -- 18102 Central Ave. (Route 214 East), Mitchellville. 301-249-2427. No Web site. Open daily 10 to 6 through Oct. 31. This produce market offers hayrides ($1) to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch on weekends from 10 to 6. Other highlights include a fiberglass pumpkin-shaped house through which children can walk, farm animals to pet and a field of about 50 scarecrows.
ROBIN HILL FARM NURSERY -- 15800 Croom Rd., Brandywine. 301-579-6844 (recording with directions after hours) or 301-888-1849 from the District and Northern Virginia. www.robinhillfarmnursery.com. Fall Pumpkin Harvest hours are daily 9 to 5 Oct. 9-31. Visitors to this working wholesale tree farm can take free hayrides after noon on Saturdays and Sundays, select pumpkins from a pick-your-own field and look at farm animals. A country store sells seasonal merchandise. Local charitable organizations sell refreshments on weekends. Picnic tables are available.
BURKE NURSERY & GARDEN CENTRE -- 9401 Burke Rd., Burke. 703-323-1188. www.pumpkinplayground.com (includes directions). Nursery open daily 9 to 9 year-round. The nursery's 10th annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground take place daily 9 to 9, with additional weekend activities running Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5, Oct. 1 through 31. Admission -- $10 on weekends, $7 on weekdays, free for ages younger than 2 -- includes a softball-size pumpkin and a hayride on a wheelchair-accessible wagon. Other daily highlights include a fort reached by tunnels, pirate- and Western-themed activities, a Native American tepee and storyteller, several slides, tumbling tubes, a rope swing, phone tubes, a Monster Truck, Iron Horse Railroad, an Enchanted Castle, mechanical rides, farm animals and a sand hill containing buried trinkets and coins. Weekends feature, in addition to the daily activities, additional activities and performers, such as a Native American dancer, inflatable playgrounds, a clown, magic act, musicians, face painting, a pumpkin balloon house and a caterpillar tunnel. Weekend activities available for additional fees include Wobble Wagon rides ($2), pony rides ($3), a moon bounce ($2) and balloon animals ($1). A food tent holds a variety of refreshments for sale. Check the Web site for more details about scheduled entertainers.
COX FARMS -- 15621 Braddock Rd., corner of Pleasant Valley and Braddock roads, midway between routes 29 and 50, about five miles west of Centreville. 703-830-4121. www.coxfarms.com (includes directions).Open daily 10 to 6 or dark (last entry at 5) through Nov. 7. Groups of 10 or more should call for reservations. The weekend and Columbus Day (Oct. 13) entry fee is $11, free for ages younger than 2. Weekday admission, which includes fewer activities, is $7, free for ages younger than 2. New this year for frequent visitors, a $28 Pumpkin Madness Value Card covers one weekend admission, three weekday admissions and a free pass to the Pumpkin Madness event. Fall Festival weekend highlights, set on about 50 acres of the 117-acre farm, include unlimited hayrides, several mountain slides in assorted sizes, a smoking Volcano Rumble Slide, rope swings over foam pits, farm animals (including babies), a village of goats to feed (small fee for food), entertainment, face painting, cut-out photo boards, cider, apples, hot "Apple Stuff" and a little pumpkin. An area especially for young children has Fairyland Castle and Panda Pagoda slides, smaller rope swings, Pooh's house and a walk-through Candyland. New this year, a "live-stalk" barn features the farm's biggest, most curvy slide. The popular hayride offers new surprises in the field, along with favorites like friendly aliens and a wacky drive-through barn. Lunch items, snacks such as doughnuts and kettle corn and lots of picnic tables are available. Check the Web site for further information about entertainment and weekend themes, such as the third annual Pumpkin Madness Festival on Nov. 6 and 7, when visitors can bring pumpkins to destroy in various ways. Cox Farms' roadside produce market at 2599 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna, 703-281-0165, has a play area for young children. It's open daily 9 to 6:30 in September, 9 to 7 in October and 10 to 5 in November. During October, the roadside stand features entertainment on weekends.
HEATHER HILL GARDENS -- 8111 Ox Rd. (Route 123), Fairfax Station, a half-mile south of Lee Chapel Road. 703-690-6060. No Web site. Open Monday through Friday 10 to 6:30, Saturdays 10 to 5:30 and Sundays 11 to5:30 through October. Pony rides, $3, take place Saturdays 10 to 4 and Sundays 11 to 4 starting Oct. 9. Other highlights, free with purchase, include a pumpkin fort play area and farm animals.
KROP'S CROPS -- 11110 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-430-8955. No Web site. Open weekdays 11 to 7, Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 7 through October; closed in November, reopens in December for Christmas trees. Take a tractor-pulled hayride, $2, to the produce market's pick-your-own pumpkin patch, usually available from weekdays 1 to 7 and weekends 10 to 6 during October. Features geared toward young children include a Pumpkin Patch play area, farm animals and straw and corn play activities. Picnic tables are available.