Pa’s Pumpkin Patch Draws Lovers of Fall

PRINT BY ELIZABETH ANDERSON
PHOTOS BY KERISA BROWN

It’s fall, it’s Halloween, and it’s pumpkin season! Now is the time to get your pumpkin just in time for Halloween. Hays has many wonderful patches to find your perfect pumpkin. One patch that is locally known is Pa’s Pumpkin Patch.

Load up the whole family and head two miles south of Hays to enjoy an afternoon of pumpkins, alpacas, and navigating a corn maze. Children can enjoy sitting on the hay-rack ride through the rows of pumpkins while they try and find the perfect choice for jack-o-lattern carving.

For people looking to be scared during the Halloween season, the corn maze at Pa’s Pumpkin Patch will be haunted October 26 – 27 from when the sun goes down to 11 pm. Tickets for the haunted maze can be purchased on-site.

Admission is free for all ages to Pa’s Pumpkin Patch, but you will still want to bring a little money to take your great pumpkin find home.

Sigma Sigma Sigma had a blast at Pa’s while they used the loving environment to strengthen their bonds with their fellow sorority sisters.

Isabel Baringer, a sorority member, wanted to express the emotional experience she had with her newly found sisters,

“I went with my sorority (Sigma Sigma Sigma) to pa’s pumpkin patch this last Sunday and the weather honestly could not have been better,” Baringer said. “We just took pictures for around an hour and pet animals and sorted through pumpkins. It was honestly a lot of fun.”

All varying ages can have fun. Maggie Moeder told Hays Post that her family decided to open the pumpkin patch on a whim. She says her dad (or Pa to Maggie’s son) came up with the idea and the family rallied behind it.  This year, Pa’s will have pumpkins, gourds, a carving/painting station, and alpacas. There is also an arrangement of decorations, including a giant pumpkin, where families can take pictures at no cost.

Pa’s Pumpkin patch doesn’t plan on leaving either. Moeder said they had quite a few visitors this weekend and everyone seemed to enjoy their visit to Pa’s.

“A lot of people asked if we’ve always been here,” Moeder said to Hays Post. “A lot of people said it was good.  We’re hoping it gets busier as it gets closer to Halloween. Word of mouth is happening a lot.”

She added that the family is already making plans to expand for next year to add new activities including a corn maze.

So don’t be afraid to stop by and grab a pumpkin. If you can’t find your special pumpkin at Pa’s there are other patches such as Cottage Lane Pumpkin Patch, Bethesda Place Llc., and Granny Mae’s Pumpkin Patch in the surrounding area.

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