Finally, the air is getting cooler, or at least a tad less humid, to set the mood for pumpkin patches and fall festivals. Here are some around the Tampa Bay area that are worth checking out:
• First United Methodist Church, 5501 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Cars will be decorated for costumed kids to trunk-or-treat from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 22. (727) 937-3271.
• First United Methodist Church New Port Richey, 5901 Indiana Ave., New Port Richey: noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31. Additional activities include a Fall Family Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22, marshmallow roasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29 and trunk-or-treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. (727) 842-7674.
• FishHawk Ranch, 14215 Barrington Stowers Drive, Lithia: A pumpkin patch held in conjunction with Pumpkin Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29. (813) 685-7500.
• Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater: The Lighthouse Student Ministry of Heritage United Methodist Church will be selling pumpkins again this year. Browse a huge variety of sizes, shapes, and prices, including "miniature pumpkins" and gourds. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31. Corner of SR 580 and Landmark Drive in Clearwater. (727) 797-0703.
• Horse Power for Kids, 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa: A pumpkin patch in conjunction with the Farm Fall Festival. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30. Other activities include pony rides, hay rides, farm animal interaction, face painting, bon fire, bounce house, games, train rides and live music. $10 (cash only). (813) 855-8992.
• Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 10891 102nd Ave. N, Seminole: A pumpkin patch held in conjunction with the church's fall festival. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29. (727) 391-4644.
• Wolfe's Produce Market, 6005 U.S. 301 S, Riverview: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday with a Halloween hayride from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $7, 2 and younger free for the hayride. (813) 927-2204.
• Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish: Board the Pumpkin Patch Express for a two hour train ride stopping at the pumpkin patch where children pick their own pumpkin to take home. Includes a hayride, log building and crafts. Trains depart at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 29-30. $19-$28. Toll-free 1-877-869-0800.
• Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa: Ghoulish gourds are nestled around our yards for family portraits and pet photos in a pumpkin patch with decorations and pets in costumes. Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 31. (813) 876-7138.
• Bearss Groves, 14316 Lake Magdalene Blvd., Tampa: Pose with a 450-pound pumpkin in the Carrollwood market's pumpkin patch. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. 813-963-5125
Have a pumpkin patch we should include here? Send us the details at [email protected]
Contact Kelly A. Stefani at [email protected]