Some Thanksgiving Preparation Tips

Have you ever had a Thanksgiving holiday in the past where you realized that you were missing six different ingredients, two family members and the bottles of wine you planned on drinking? Executing the perfect Thanksgiving can be a bit of a stressful experience, especially if you haven’t done any preparation beforehand. Transitioning From Halloween To Thanksgiving With Bengtson’s That’s why Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm is going to go over some useful Thanksgiving prep tips to help make sure that you’re ready for the holiday-fueled chaos of family members, great food, wonderful memories, and giving thanks, of course. Our Homer Glen pumpkin patch may have closed for the season back in late October, but fear not! We’ve already been planning some new and exciting things for next year that we don’t want you to miss out on! Learn more about Illinois’ best Halloween pumpkin festival and pumpkin farm by visiting here. Tip: Review Your Recipes When you’re working with a specific recipe, relying on your memory is no good. To make sure that you have your planned recipes down to a T, drag them out and review the ingredients list. Also, familiarize yourself with the prep and cook time of the […]

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The Best Places For Beautiful Fall Foliage

One of the best parts of the fall season is seeing the color of the leaves change on trees all across our great country. People drive great distances and even book trips just to frolic in these leaves and take amazing photos, and honestly, we don’t blame them. The changing of trees is one of the very best parts of early to mid-autumn, and we think that our pumpkin farm at Bengtson’s really captures the essence of the changing leaves. Embracing The Changing Of Leaves At Our Pumpkin Patch In light of the fall season and Thanksgiving coming up, we wanted to write about some incredibly beautiful places around the United States that are particularly notable for their jaw-dropping fall foliage. You’ll sure to find an array of beautiful, changing trees at our pumpkin festival and pumpkin patch here in Homer Glen, Illinois, as well as fun pumpkin farm attractions like kiddie rides, pig races, a petting zoo, a haunted barn, and many more fun activities! Stay in touch with Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm as we ramp up our pumpkin patch for 2018. The Berkshires, Massachusetts This is a fantastic getaway for anyone in the urban areas of Philly, Boston and […]

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Reasons To Love Thanksgiving

With a belly stuffed full of turkey (and stuffing) and quality time with family and friends, it’s not as if we need anything else to make us love and appreciate Thanksgiving. And yet, because we’re such huge fans of this festive and magical time of year (only Halloween comes before Thanksgiving here at Bengtson’s), we simply love writing about everything related to fall holidays, or ‘fallidays,’ if you will. Bad jokes and over-enthusiasm aside, if you enjoy eating great food and being merry as much as we do, then our Homer Glen pumpkin patch is sure that you’ll enjoy today’s blog. We’re very passionate about everything pumpkin-related at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest for reasons that can be explained by taking a close look at our name. Though we’re continuing to blog passionately about fall festivities long after our favorite holiday of Halloween is over, pumpkins are still an important part of November and Thanksgiving. With a bigger and better pumpkin fest near Chicago planned for 2018, it’s worth staying tuned to our blog. Now, let’s get to the stuffing of this post. Putting On Those Extra Pounds Is Completely Acceptable It’s the middle of fall, with winter fast approaching. Staying in […]

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Thanksgiving Fun Facts

We’re sad that Halloween has come and gone this year, but here’s the thing: the passing of Halloween means that the holiday season is just around the corner! From the excitement of tearing open wrapping paper to being stuffed to the brim with plenty of turkey, this season of sweater-wearing and jolly times truly is glorious. Our pumpkin patch near Chicago might be closed down for the season, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop right there. Get Excited For Thanksgiving With Us Focusing on the next upcoming holiday, your friends at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest are going to touch on several lesser-known things about Thanksgiving. Impress your friends and family during this feasting time with your knowledge about this longstanding holiday! Even though we’re pretty far out from next year’s pumpkin patch season, Bengtson’s is going to spend the time in between getting ready and making Illinois’ favorite pumpkin patch better than ever before. Stay up to date with our pumpkin farm by frequently visiting our website. Our goal is that you won’t have to find a pumpkin patch ever again because you already know about our Homer Glen pumpkin farm. If you have any questions, please feel […]

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Several Halloween Myths That We’re Not Buying Into

Halloween is definitely the scariest of the major holidays, but reading some of the ridiculous myths out there about our favorite holiday might even be scarier. Yes, even the creepiest of witch, ghoul and Jason costumes don’t come as close to freaking us out as much as these urban legends surrounding Halloween do. While Halloween may have recently passed (to our dismay, but at least we have time to get our pumpkin farm ready for next October!), fall is still here and Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Stay Passionate About Fall With Bengtson’s Due to our love of all of the autumn seasonal festivities, the team at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest is always open to discussing things related to this special time of year. In another blog post about Halloween, we’re going to take a look at these myths that would scare the likes of the most terrifying monsters in history. We’re already getting ramped up for next season’s local pumpkin patch here in Homer Glen, and we want to share our excitement with you! Stay updated with what’s going on at our Illinois pumpkin patch here at our blog, or feel free to reach out to us with any questions.   […]

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Pumpkin-Flavored Foods That May Have Gone A Little Far

Who doesn’t love the awesome flavor of pumpkin? Whether you’re a pie fan or you love some toasted and seasoned pumpkin seeds, the pumpkin seems to be a celebrated fruit or vegetable (a pumpkin’s classification depends on who you ask and we won’t get into that matter right now) that everyone here in America and around the world loves. In fact, the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte, or “PSL”, as the kids refer to it, may go down as a legendary pumpkin-flavored drink. Getting Ramped Up For Next Year’s Pumpkin Fest While we’re all about pumpkins and pumpkin-flavored foods here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm, there are some pumpkin-flavored products out on the market that…well, we’ll let you decide for yourself as to whether or not these actually sound appetizing. At the very least, we respect people’s passion for pumpkins, which is something that you’ll find at next year’s Homer Glen pumpkin patch. If you’re bummed out about missing this year’s local pumpkin fest, don’t worry because we have an awesome next year already in the works! For us, pumpkins are a year-round thing. Check out what people have had to say about the best pumpkin farm in Illinois here. And now, […]

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10 Facts About Pumpkins That Make Us Love Them Even More!

Here at Bengston’s Pumpkin Fest, your favorite local pumpkin patch and fall spectacle, we are pretty obsessed with pumpkins. We love welcoming the public every year to pick out the perfect pumpkin from our expansive pumpkin patch farm, and even hurl pumpkins through the air with our famous Pumpkin Chunker as a sign of affection for the orange squash. Today, we wanted to take a couple of minutes to share our love of pumpkins with you by letting you in on a few crazy facts about pumpkins. Want to stop by Bengston’s Pumpkin Fest and pick up perfect pumpkin of your own? We are open seasonally until the day before Halloween. If you missed us this year, don’t worry. We’ll be back next year and better than ever! In the meantime, here are ten awesome facts about pumpkins to tide you over until next fall. 10 Interesting Pumpkin Facts The word ‘pumpkin’ comes from the Greek word ‘pepon’, meaning ‘large melon.’ So how did we go from pepon to pumpkin? As with many modern words, the term was passed between languages as cultures. First, the French adopted the word as ‘pompon,’ then the British changed it to ‘pumpion’ and it […]

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Which Food Will You Enjoy At Our Pumpkin Patch?

With so many rides and events going on at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, you’re bound to grow hungry. Most likely, your entire family includes a variety different preferences as far as food goes, and you may even have a painfully picky eater in the bunch. You can rest easy because we have a variety of different foods available at our pumpkin patch near Chicago, so no one in your family will go hungry. Check out our available foods at our pumpkin farm: ROGUE Curbside Kitchen Any adults in the family might enjoy this eating establishment on our grounds run by the Eckert family, who catered food for decades. Setting out to make quality food that is also convenient, they serve a variety of different gourmet sandwiches and hamburgers.  For those of you who like spicier food, you might enjoy “The Fearless,” which includes a crispy chicken breast covered in buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomato, blue cheese crumbles and served on a savory French roll. The Donut Shack Every day, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest creates fresh batches of sweet, delicious apple cider donuts. You may find it extremely difficult to eat just one, so order a dozen donuts at the Donut Shack, located near […]

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So You Messed Up Your Jack’O’Lantern – Now What?

Picture this: You and the family recently went to Bengston’s Pumpkin Fest, the best pumpkin patch in Illinois. You spent hours walking around trying to find the perfect pumpkins. Even though you sternly told Little Sally and Little Billy that they can only get a pumpkin that they can carry themselves in an effort to teach self-reliance, after looking into their little eyes you huffed and puffed as you carried the two biggest pumpkins you could muster to the car. You set aside an entire Saturday afternoon to sit on the porch and carve spooky jack-o-lanterns. You cut a hole in the top just like our “How To Carve A Pumpkin” Guide taught you, you’ve scooped out all of the guts, and even set aside the seeds to roast later. Just as you go to cut the last spooky tooth in Little Billy’s pumpkin, disaster strikes. The knife slips and you make a clean cut through the nose, into the eye, and leave Billy’s jack-o-lantern missing half his face. Billy’s face crumbles (not unlike the face of his now hideous jack-o-lantern), and you are waiting for that earth-shattering banshee scream to tear out of his tiny, distraught lungs. But wait! […]

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Four Reasons to Hold Your Corporate Event at Our Pumpkin Patch Near Chicago

Do you have an upcoming corporate event and want to do something different? You may not be aware that Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest holds corporate events on a regular basis during our season. Why would our pumpkin patch near Chicago be the perfect place for your next corporate event? Enjoyment For the Whole Family With so many different available activities, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest is perfect for the entire family. Your little ones will love our rides and petting zoo, featuring baby cows, goats, pigs and more. If your kids are a little older, they could spook themselves in the Haunted Barn. No matter what age your family members, you’ll all enjoy the pig races, which are sure to make you laugh with delight. Rides We have a variety of different rides for the enjoyment of both children and adults. Do you want to take your sliding skills to the next level? Try our 90” Mega Fun Slide, which isn’t for the faint of heart. This giant slide includes six lanes so you won’t have to wait forever in line. If you’ve ever visited Disney World, you most likely enjoyed riding in the teacups. At Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, we have a similar […]

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Pumpkins And Pop Culture

At Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, we’ve done our best to improve our pumpkin patch experience year over year. This year, we’ve got new rides and attractions, like the Barnyard Dance Cow Coaster and others. We also have a ton of the long-loved classics, like our Tractor Pulled Hay Rides, Pig Races throughout the day, a Pumpkin Chucker, a Jimmy Cracked Corn Box, Twirling Honey Pots, the Happy Swing, Flying Frogs Ride, two different train rides, the Frog Hopper, and even a 90’ Mega Fun Slide! Throughout our 37-year history, one of our favorite parts of having a near-Chicago pumpkin farm is that we get to see generations of families return to us every year. Kids have grown up and become adults to have kids of their own. The fact that their kids are able to experience the same feelings of joy and pumpkin happiness that their parents did brings a smile to our faces and is one of the biggest reasons that we continue to love doing what we do. Kristin E. gave us a glowing review a few weeks back which was pointing to the exact fact we are describing. “I have been coming to Bengstons pumpkin farm since I […]

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The Original Jack-O-Lantern: Not a Pumpkin?

By reading the title of this post, you might be thinking to yourself, “Wait – is Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest really writing about something that’s not a pumpkin?” Well, we’re writing about the Jack-O-Lantern, but with a historical take on this well-appreciated Halloween tradition. Dare we say it, but the original Jack-O-Lanterns weren’t actually carved out of pumpkins, believe or it not! We’ll get to more on that below. Explore Our Pumpkin Patch Before It’s Too Late! We hope our introduction didn’t spook you too much because there’s still time to come on down and visit our Homer Glen pumpkin patch festival here in Illinois! With our largest expansion in our 37-year history, you can’t miss out on this year’s autumnal festivities. With the crisp fall temperatures, beautiful trees and holiday spirit in the air, it’s the perfect time to find the right pumpkin to take home and make your very own Jack-O-Lantern (though again, it didn’t always use to be this way). Check out some of our attractions or read our reviews here to get a better idea of what our pumpkin picking festival is like. Now, for all of you Jack-O-Lantern lovers out there, let’s carve into the history […]

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Illinois Pumpkin Patch: Great Foods You Can Make Using Pumpkins! Part Two

In part one of this two-part series on pumpkin-based recipes, we ranged in our selections from Pumpkin-Ginger Waffles, Pumpkin and Cauliflower Casserole, Harvest Pumpkin Soup, all the way to Creamy Pumpkin Pasta, which is both vegetarian and “skinny”. While “skinny” might refer to pretty much everything these days, the fact that these pumpkin-inspired dishes are delicious is not up for debate. Before we dive back into more recipes which utilize pumpkins, we’d like to describe some of the food options we have here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest. This year, we have more attractions, more rides, and the most days with the lowest rates in our 37-year existence. We are just a short drive outside of Chicago, so why don’t you come on by before our last day on October 30th? We would love to have you and the whole family visit us, and this year you can get the coupon price without the hassle of the coupon! Check out our Hours and Admission Rates to determine which day(s) work best for you! Our Fall Festival Food Here At Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm We have some fantastic carnival food at our pumpkin patch. On top of that, we have a wide range […]

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Famous Pumpkins You May Recognize

Who doesn’t love a harmless pumpkin? In the past, we’d admitted that we’re incredibly biased when it comes to our love of all things pumpkin and Halloween-related, but it’s true! Consider Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest the world’s number one fan of pumpkins…unless, of course, you’re a pumpkin fanatic yourself. Make Your Way Down Before Halloween! With Halloween just around the corner, this is by far the most exciting time of year for our Illinois pumpkin patch. With the 2017 season being the largest expansion in our 37-year history at Bengtson’s, this is a pumpkin festival that you don’t want to miss out on. Put down those smartphones and stop searching “pumpkin fest near me” because Bengtson’s is the pumpkin patch near Homer Glen that Illinois families know and love! Go here to plan your visit. Pumpkins have made their way into popular stories over the years, and we thought that these famous pumpkins would make for some interesting reading material for our truly dedicated pumpkin fans. Speaking of reading material, these pumpkins are found in famous works of literature that charm us just as much as they spook us – the perfect topic for this time of year. Let’s take a […]

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Pumpkin Patch Near Chicago: Great Foods You Can Make Using Pumpkins! Part One

This year at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, we’ve covered quite a bit of ground in our series of posts that have hopefully set you up for success this holiday season. Of course, most all of our writing has been committed toward the chief topic of our pumpkin patch and farm here in Homer Glen. We’ve spent a good deal of time describing how this year at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest is the biggest and best yet. Not only do we have a brand new lineup of rides, but we’ve also got more days of the least expensive rates we’ve ever offered. But we’ve gone beyond just telling our readers about why our pumpkin farm is likely the best that they’ll find in all of the Midwest, if not further (if we do say so ourselves). We’ve provided you with some excellent ideas for Halloween decorations, talked about weird and fun facts about Halloween, shown you how to carve a pumpkin, and even described some of the best carnival foods from around the globe! All that to say, we are getting back to the heart and soul of the conversation in this post, the pumpkin. Specifically, we are going to take a look […]

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Pumpkin Production: America Loves Pumpkins

From pumpkin-spice everything to the perfect pumpkin pie after a filling Thanksgiving feast, America just seems to have an obsession with all things pumpkin-related. Where are all of these round, orange vegetables (arguably fruits, it’s an age-old debacle) coming from? It’s a great question, and as pumpkin enthusiasts ourselves, we figured that we may as well take a closer look at pumpkin production here in the United States. Enjoy The Rest Of October At Bengtson’s! With the fall season midway and Halloween just around the corner, don’t forget to make your way on down to Homer Glen’s favorite pumpkin patch here near the Chicago area. As the perfect weekend activity with the family or even a fun way to spend time with friends, come join all of the fun at our local pumpkin festival. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on this year’s festivities! Learn more about Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest by visiting here.   Pumpkins Are All Over The Place In The U.S. While only six states account for nearly half of U.S. pumpkin production, pumpkins are actually grown in just about every state. It’s fair to say that our country’s love of pumpkins and pumpkin-related things has […]

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What People Are Saying About This Year’s Pumpkin Festival!

If you are wondering what people are saying about our pumpkin festival in Homer Glen this year, you could look it up online on Trip Advisor or Google Reviews. Or, you could go straight to the pumpkin patch-source, your friendly pumpkin farmers over here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest! You can find us at pumpkinfarm.com, but you probably already knew that, considering that’s the website you are on right now. What you may not know is how we ended up getting that website name in the first place. Isn’t it obvious? We are THE pumpkin farm, so we get to have the best URL! Now that you are here on the pumpkin farm website of all pumpkin farm websites (not a legal claim, for the record!), we thought it would be fun if you could read for yourselves what people are saying about this year’s pumpkin festival in Homer Glen. We are just a short drive out of Chicago, so be sure you think of us if you need to go pumpkin shopping, or you are interested in getting out of dodge for the day! We might be slightly biased, but we can’t think of a much better way to spend […]

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More Halloween Decoration Ideas From Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest!

It’s basically a month and half long party here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Festival, except not really the college kind of party that might have come to mind. We are open every day until 9pm (except Sundays, when we are open until 8pm), and kids 2 and under get in for free! This year, we are offering a full TWENTY days for under $10 per ticket. That’s the lowest ever, and another reason why our 2017 season is the best yet! Make sure you check out our hours and admission rates page for details on the day you are planning on coming to see us this year. We are only a 40 minute drive outside of downtown Chicago (on most days), and we are open until October 30th this year. Now that we’ve told you a bit about what we have going on at our pumpkin patch this year, let’s move onto what you are likely here for – more Halloween decoration ideas for parties, or just for fun! Keep reading if you want some great DIY crafts that you can do with your kids, or maybe by yourself if you happen to get that crafty feeling. Halloween Wreath – Googly […]

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Fun Halloween Party Ideas

If you’ve read any of our recent posts, we would guess it’s fairly obvious to tell how excited we are about the season we’ve entered, and the holiday that is upon us. Here at our pumpkin patch and farm in Homer Glen, this is our favorite time of year. The air is crisp, the hot cider and chocolate are flowing, and the pumpkin chucker is…chucking. In older posts, we’ve talked about carnival food from around the world and at home. We have a fantastic lineup of American classics here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Festival. Choose from Fresh Apple Cider Donuts, Uncle Bub’s Award Winning BBQ, Wooden Paddle Pizza, El Taco Cocina, Cotton Candy, Funnel Cakes, House-made Kettle Corn, Roasted Sweet Corn and Pizza, The Food Barn (where you can find water, coffee, cider, chips, caramel apples, nachos, hot dogs, and more), and the Toasty Cheese Food Truck, for the best grilled cheese sandwich you’ve ever had. In the post after, we talked about Halloween parties. We want to be a space that gives you advice and helpful tips about things beyond the fact that we have free parking and that kids 2 and under get in free (did we mention that […]

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How To Make A Ghost, And Other Halloween Ideas!

We are much more than your average (near) Chicago pumpkin patch. In light of the fact that we’ve been around for 37 years now, we’ve been improving and expanding our reach beyond being a regular old pumpkin farm. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with being a regular old pumpkin farm. If we didn’t enjoy bringing generations of families fun we wouldn’t still be around here in Homer Glen. We love doing what we do, but one of the ways that it stays fun for us is that we make an effort to challenge ourselves to new heights every year. Sometimes those improvements are dazzling, like our new Barnyard Dance Cow Coaster. It’s a big hit so far this year, with the spinning cow train being great for pretty much all ages. It’s a smooth ride, and little kids love it because it’s not over-the-top intimidating, plus you get to ride in a cow-car. What kid doesn’t want to ride in a cow-car? Check out a video of the Barnyard Dance Cow Coaster in the link above! Our Pumpkin Patch But sometimes that improvement means having a renewed focus on things we’ve been doing for a long time. […]

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Pumpkin Festival Near Me: Highlighting Various Cultures’ Festival Food

In our previous recent posts, we’ve taken a look into the world of carnival food. We will be honest about our experience looking into carnival food from around the world and at home. There are a lot of traditions and carnivals, and food that goes along with each – many more than we realized. It’s not that we underestimated the breadth of the topic necessarily, but more that we were just intending on talking about some classic American carnival foods (because we serve a good deal of them, like kettle corn, caramel apples, cotton candy, etc.) and ended up becoming really interested in what the rest of the world is doing when it comes to seasonal celebrations! That said, many of the “carnival” celebrations we have already highlighted don’t have too much in common with our nation’s reason for autumnal celebration. Many of the carnivals highlighted have to do with holy week, a Catholic tradition, or have a different reason altogether. But since when do you need it to be fall, the USA, or even need there to be a pumpkin festival to have a reason for celebrating? For us at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm, you don’t have to have a […]

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Pumpkin Farm Near Me: Different Carnival Foods From Around The World

In our last post, we looked at a variety of classic American carnival foods, many of which we have at our own pumpkin festival here in Homer Glen, Illinois. While we are talking about it, we want anybody reading this to know that it’s not too late to stop by our pumpkin patch this year! We are open until October 30th and are closed on the 31st, for obvious reasons in our estimation. So if you’ve been searching online for a “pumpkin farm near me” to no avail, you can cross that problem off of your list. This is the “pumpkin farm near me” you’ve been searching for, and it has all of the kiddie rides, non-kiddie rides and attractions, and carnival food you could ever dream of. Oh, and did we mention we have a massive pumpkin patch? We did? Good. In light of our last post about American carnival foods and their origins, we thought we would carry on with this fall festival theme and take a look at the variety of carnival food dishes around the world. Of course, we won’t be able to be comprehensive in this list, but we still thought it would be fun […]

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Pumpkin Patch Near Me: A Brief History Of Carnival Foods

The season for pumpkin patch visiting and pumpkin farm exploration is well and truly upon us. We’ve turned the page on summer and are now firmly entrenched in autumn and all that it has to bring us. This year, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest has the biggest festival we’ve ever had on offer. With a collection of new rides and attractions, plus all of the classics you and your family have come to know and love, it’s not a stretch to say that this is our favorite time of year. Not only do we get to be hosts to one of the best pumpkin farms in all of Illinois, and maybe the entire nation, but we love enjoying the pumpkin festival and the carnival food we have available this year! Today’s post is dedicated to taking a closer look at the history of classic American carnival foods. We will also touch on some of our own carnival food options we’ve got in store for you at our Homer Glen pumpkin farm. As a reminder to those of your who have been vainly searching for a “pumpkin patch near me” online, we are just a short 40 minute drive outside of central Chicago, […]

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Chicago Pumpkin Fest 2017: The BIGGEST Year Yet!

Located at 13341 W 151st St. in Homer Glen, Illinois, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest is just a short drive away from Chicago, and even closer to communities like Bolingbrook, Orland Park, and Joilet! We’ve been family owned and operating for 37 years now, and we can comfortably say that this year is the BIGGEST pumpkin fest yet! Keep reading to find out why, but for now, know that we are open from September 15 – October 30th, we offer unlimited rides everyday, and we’ve worked hard to make this one of the best pumpkin farms in the entire nation. Our All New Cow Spinner Among our many fall activities and attractions here at one of the biggest pumpkin farms in the state (and maybe the nation), we bring you the newest addition to our Homer Glen pumpkin festival: our ALL NEW COW SPINNER? What’s a “cow spinner?” Great question, we are glad you asked. Our cow spinner is a kiddie roller coaster, of sorts. Among the many ride options you will find at the Barnyard Dance, the spinning cow coaster is a great intro for little ones into the wonderful world of roller coasters, theme parks, and thrill seeking. Listening to […]

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Fun, Weird, Spooky, and Surprising Facts About Halloween

Here at the Chicago area’s top pumpkin farm, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, we’re into all things autumn and Halloween related. Whether it’s pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving, hot apple cider, corn mazes, haunted houses, or trick or treating, it’s safe to say we hang our hat on this season, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.. In previous posts, we’ve talked a lot about the variety of attractions and rides that we have to offer at our pumpkin patch in Illinois. Aside from obviously having a great selection of pumpkins for both carving and pie-making, we’ve got enough to choose from that pretty much anyone can find something to enjoy. To (pumpkin) spice things up a bit, we thought we would touch on Halloween’s lesser known facts in today’s post. So keep reading if you are interested in learning about some weird, spooky, and fun facts about Halloween you are sure to be able to impress your friends with. Modern candy, with all of its preservatives, is a fairly recent thing. Before the 1900s, most everyone had to make their own chocolate and sweets, as it was more of a rarity. These days, we’ve got multiple aisles dedicated to halloween candy […]

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Part Two: 10 Reasons To Come Visit Our Incredible Illinois Pumpkin Farm

In part one of this two part series about why anyone and everyone in Illinois (and the surrounding states, for that matter) should come to our delightful pumpkin farm in Homer Glen, IL. We did our best to convince you to come see us for a few different reasons, among them being our amazing pumpkin patch and its selection, the fact that pretty much everybody who comes here has a good time irrespective of age, we are offering $10 tickets for 20 days this year, and a couple of others. Keep reading if you aren’t quite convinced yet, because we love to tell people about what we have to offer at our lovely pumpkin farm. The Food Is Tough To Beat! We have a crazy variety of food and snack options here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, ranging from classic fall treats to unique cuisines from around the world. In terms of food trucks, choose from Rogue Curbside Kitchen, El Taco Cocina, and the Toasty Cheese Truck for some mouth-watering options. We also have the food barn with plenty of classic carnival food and snacks, not to mention treats like funnel cakes, kettle corn, and cotton candy, which you can find […]

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10 Reasons To Come Visit Our World-Class Pumpkin Patch Just Outside Of Chicago, Part One

Here at Illinois’ finest pumpkin patch, we love what we do. 37 years of hosting hundreds of families’ fall tradition is a wonderful thing to be involved in. Having launched our first pumpkin festival in 1981, we see generations grow up before our eyes. Little ones who saw a pumpkin farm for the very first time nearly 40 years ago are now coming back with kids of their own. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of, and it’s a huge reason we strive to make our (close to) Chicago pumpkin patch a better experience each year. That’s one of our biggest reasons for having our pumpkin fest each year, so let’s talk about some reasons why you should visit us this year! ‘Tis The Season The leaves are changing, it’s getting milder outside, and before you know it, the holiday season is right around the corner. That means pumpkin pie, apple pie, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, apple cider donuts (we’ve got those!), raking up leaves to make a pile worthy of jumping in, and much more. Coming to visit us in our Homer Glen pumpkin patch is a great way to get outside, have a great time, […]

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How To Carve A Pumpkin

In one of our most recent posts, we took the time to explain some of Halloween’s historical origins with regards to pumpking carving and jack-o-lanterns. The long and short of the story is that we’ve adopted traditions of the ancient Celts, and later, the Irish. They used hollowed out turnips and gourds and carved them out to make faces on them, which would supposedly help ward off unwelcome spirits roaming around during the night. As time passed and most superstitions died out, squash carving became less practical and more fun. When the Irish and other European settlers came over to North America, they were introduced to the ideal squash for pumpkin carving. With our snazzy new oversized gourds, we Americans have taken the fun parts of carving and ran with them. Pumpkin carving is now one of the exciting parts about this time of year, and is a great reason to come on out to Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest near Chicago. We’ve got an Illinois pumpkin patch like you wouldn’t believe, plus so much more, like carnival food, amazing food trucks, tons of rides, shows, and other attractions, and so much more. We’ve been open for 37 years here at our […]

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Chicago Carnival Food At Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest: Delicious Treats!

If you have been craving delicious carnival food and find yourself in the Chicago area, or really anywhere in Illinois, we’ve got just the tonic for you – the delicious treats at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest! In past posts we’ve highlighted our wide variety of rides and other attractions we are excited to offer. This year, we’ve got more attractions than ever before, with plenty of the classics that families have come to know and love. But today we are highlighting our carnival-style food and drink choices that we have available this year, so read on if you’re interested in satisfying your craving for some yummy snacks! Rogue Curbside Kitchen If you are a fan of food trucks and plain old good food, you’ll love these guys. Choose from gourmet burgers, shrimp tempura sandwiches, buffalo chicken sandwiches done right, and much more! Fresh Apple Cider Donuts Have you ever had an apple cider donut? Perhaps you have, but they probably weren’t as fresh as the ones we’ve got. Our are made daily, and are just to die for. You can get them in the Big Red Food Barn, The Donut Shack near the Fun Slide. If you want some to-go, we’ve […]

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What People Are Saying About Illinois’ Best Pumpkin Farm, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest

We’ve written a good deal ourselves about all of our attractions here at the best pumpkin fest in Illinois, so we thought it might be a good idea to hear from our visitors. If you live in the Chicago area, we want you to know about what we have going on here, and we think that you should be able to read about it straight from people who were perhaps once like you, looking for some great family fun! So if you have been searching, literally, online for a “pumpkin patch near me”, we think your search has likely ended. Without further ado, let’s get going! “0-100 There Is Literally Something For Everyone!” “We visit every year if we can.  We drive 2.5 hours because this place is so worth it! It’s easy to get to, parking is a breeze and they have so much to offer! The food is amazing and affordable. We love the cider! My favorite part are the pig races. They are always so comical and the audience is encouraged to be involved.  The big corn tent is a hit for our kids. As they grow they find more things to love about this place too! […]

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