Pumpkin Daze 2018 at Abbey Farms, our tenth annual festival, promises a fantastic five weeks of fall fun for the entire family. Although most of your favorite attractions are back, some underwent a makeover to make them safer and/or better than ever. We’ve even added a couple of new things we hope will have you hoofing over to Aurora soon!
New for Pumpkin Daze 2018
One of the more noticeable additions is a 120-foot goat walk! We hope the always-popular goats in the petting zoo will quickly catch on to how to maneuver their hooves on the lofty walk. You may even feel like you’re being watched from above (and we aren’t making any religious references) once the goats learn to scale this walk. At its highest part, the goat walkway is about 12 feet high! You might understand our hoofing reference in the first paragraph now. If not, we forgive you…
The mega drop slide is refurbished. We rebuilt the slide and added railed platforms at the top for added safety. A platform was also added to the powerful corn cannon. We hope this will keep your feet drier as you take aim at the various targets if we have another wet fall.
Ahoy, mates! Did you know we have a pirate ship adventure for the kiddos to captain? We do, and this year we added a second story lookout to it. Now, the young pirates will have an improved lookout to spot scallywags coming after their treasure. Next year, we’ll add a quick spiral slide getaway to this deck.
The bouncing cow train isn’t new this year, but you’ll no longer pay an extra fee for the youngsters to ride it.
We’re #IllinoisProud – Illinois Bicentennial Corn Mazes
Our two corn mazes equate to one of the largest corn maze opportunities in Kane County. And, this year, we are happy to join the #IllinoisProud movement to honor the 200th birthday of the state of Illinois. Our two corn mazes incorporate an Illinois Bicentennial theme. The photo we’ve used is courtesy of the Illinois Office of Tourism.
This year, a new maze discovery game adds another dimension for you and your friends to solve as you traverse our corn maze challenge. If you didn’t make it to Abbey Farms last year, you’ll also find that two lookout bridges were added to the corn maze. They’re a great place to lookout over the maze to find where your friends are! As always, the corn maze is included in your standard admission. On Saturday nights, we’re open late, which means you can explore the corn maze at dark with flashlights.
Another “new” attraction for Pumpkin Daze 2018 is an installment of vintage tractors. Through the generous donation of Ed Regole of St. Charles, you’ll be able to see and climb on tractors dating as far back as 1932. Photo op, anyone? Watch our blog in the future for a description of all the tractors.
Movie Nights on the Farm
During the six Saturdays of Pumpkin Daze 2018, you can enjoy a movie in the park. General admission is required to gain access to the park for movie night. Choose from a full day admission ticket or the night maze admission ticket (reduced rate) if you arrive a 6 p.m. or later. We do have some beanbag chairs available, but you can bring your own foldable chair or a blanket, too.
This year’s schedule:
- September 22: “House on Haunted Hill” (1959) and “Ghostbusters” (the original)
- September 27: “Beetlejuice” and “Hocus Pocus”
- October 6: “E.T.” and “The Goonies”
- October 13: “The Addams Family” and “Casper”
- October 20: “Monsters Inc.” and “Ghostbusters” (the original)
- October 27: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown;” “Hotel Transylvania;” and “Hocus Pocus”
The seasonal store will open with more products, garden produce and a wider variety of Abbey Farms grown decorative pumpkins. Once again, Abbey Farms is growing the pink Porcelain Doll F1 pumpkin. A unique foundation and campaign, the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, is the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from each Porcelain Doll pumpkin Abbey Farms sells. According to their website, pinkpumpkinpatch.org, the 501(c)(3) organization’s purpose is to “unite in the fight against breast cancer with a pink pumpkin on every porch.”
Grilled hamburgers, brats, kettle corn, and a caramel apple bar highlight the available concessions. Most noteworthy, Abbey Farms makes their “famous” apple cider donuts fresh daily. Read more about what’s available from the Tumbleweed Grill here. A beer and wine tent opens on weekends at noon. Photo identification is mandatory to purchase an alcoholic beverage – no exceptions.
Pumpkin Daze offers great ol’ fashioned family fun for one price. General admission tickets cost $14.99 each on weekends and $10.99 each on weekdays and are available online or walk-up. This one price includes access to most activities. A few rides are extra, as are store purchases. Parking is free. Private group rentals and school field trip rates are also available. Admission is not required to access the seasonal store. Park hours and additional pricing is available on this webpage.
As is an Abbey Farms tradition, the last Sunday is Trick or Treat Day. We encourage attendees to wear costumes on October 28. Besides the normal activities, children can collect treats at various stations around the park. For the latest Pumpkin Daze 2018 updates, visit our Facebook page.
Keep in mind, all proceeds from Abbey Farms go to the ministries of the monks of Marmion Abbey. Mark your calendars, make plans for fall fun today, and grow your own memories!
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