Inside and outside of the state, Delaware is known for its pumpkins – big pumpkins, little pumpkins, pumpkins in drinks, pumpkins in ice cream, and even pumpkins that are hurled.
Some of Delaware’s pumpkin products are more than mere gimmicks, though, and have achieved near-cult status among the state’s most dedicated pumpkin fans – the mushroom pumpkin soup at Back Burner restaurant, for example, or the “Punkin Ale” shipped out each fall from Milton’s famous Dogfish Head Brewery. Other times, pumpkins are merely the starting point for a whole weekend’s worth of fun, as they are at the various fall festivals at Delaware farms.
Whatever your particular pumpkin preference, it’s a safe bet that something in Delaware will flip your gourd.
Pumpkin-related Fall Festivals and Attractions
This beloved orchard has U-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, hay rides, fresh-pressed cider and lots of other fall fun.
1919 Allabands Mill Road
Camden-Wyoming, DE 19934
Ramsey's Farm/Pumpkin Patch
This 12-acre farm features an 8-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, and even bonfires and evening group hay rides.
330 Ramsey Rd
(located after 500 Ramsey Road - Look for our large gate and banners.)
Wilmington, DE 19803
T.S. Smith & Sons Farm
A great place for local produce year-round, T.S. Smith knows how to keep things festive in the fall. A great spot for U-pick apples. Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Inflatables/bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo
8887 Redden Road
Bridgeville, DE 19933
(302) 337-8271, (302)236-3675
Don’s Tree Farm
Tractor-pulled hayrides and 15 types of U-pick pumpkins are sure signs that the holidays are coming at this Christmas tree farm.
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE 19950
Harvest Moon Festival
Delaware Nature Society's Coverdale Farm Preserve, 543 Way Road, Greenville, 19807
Billed as a weekend of "fall family fun down on the farm," the Harvest Moon Festival features artisans, hayrides, kids' activities, music, food trucks and more. Free for members and non-members under 5, $5 for non-members over 5.
Pumpkin Food & Drink
Ice Cream (availability varies)
Woodside Farm Creamery
1310 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE 19707
535 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19716
Back Burner Restaurant & Bar
425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, DE 19707
On the menu: Pumpkin Mushroom Soup with sour cream, seasoned croutons, fresh chives
Cannon's Custom Cakes & Bakery
228 Astro Center Shopping Center
Newark, DE 19713
On the menu: Pumpkin Squares
Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop
36 N Walnut St, Milford, DE 19963
On the menu: Pumpkin bars; Pumpkin Spice Latte
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. “A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar.” Named after the seriously off-centered southern Delaware extravaganza, Punkin Chunkin. Released right around Sept. 1 each year. Available at many stores nationwide.
Iron Hill Pumpkin Ale. Available on-tap at the multiple locations of this popular local restaurant and brewery. Look out for special pumpkin Ale-oriented events.
Fordham's Spiced Harvest Ale. This Dover brewery’s fall seasonal is spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice and, of course, pumpkin. Available at select stores.