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Where to Find the Perfect Pumpkin in Howard County

Local farms are open this month for residents to go pumpkin picking.

 

Whether you're going to carve it, eat it or smash it, a pumpkin is the quintessential symbol of Halloween and traveling to a local farm to find that perfect pumpkin is a time-honored fall tradition. It involves family and the uniquely fall experience of yellowing fields dotted with bright orange pumpkins.

In Howard County, you don't have to go far to find a number of local farms that have created hayrides, corn mazes and activities around finding the perfect pumpkin.

Here's where you can go pumpkin-picking in Howard County:

Clark’s Elioak Farm – The farm is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to handle your pumpkin picking needs. In addition, you can enjoy the petting farm and the Enchanted Forest attractions while you’re at it. (On the weekends they also have face-painting and C.J.’s Pit Beef) – Located at 10500 Route 108, Ellicott City – 410-730-4049

Larriland Farm – Pick your own pumpkins and apples, as well as go on a hayride or try to figure out the straw maze. They offer special hayrides on Saturdays and Sundays in October that last 20 minutes and travel over the farm, through a stream, and through woods decorated for Halloween. The straw maze, which is made of more than 1,000 bales of straw, is open daily in October. Open Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun. – Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Monday. Located at 2415 Woodbine Rd., Woodbine – 301-854-6110

Triadelphia Lake View (TLV) Farm – TLV Farm is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during October. Features include a large pumpkin patch, a children’s corn maze and a hayride. Located at 15155 Triadelphia Mill Road, Glenelg – 410-489-4460.

Sharp’s at Waterford Farm – Sharp’s offers a free hayride to its pumpkin patch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekdays. Pumpkins cost 59 cents per pound. In addition, the farm offers weekday tours ($7) that allow children and adults to learn about farmers, farm animals and agriculture. The ten-plus acre corn maze will be open for guests to attempt to navigate, cost is $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for children 6 – 16, and $3 for children 2 -6. Located at 4003 Jennings Chapel Road, Brookeville – 410-489-2572.

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