The Ultimate Fall Fest Family Package—For Free!

How does free admission to our pumpkin patch sound? Pretty good, right? Because we want to reward the friends who participate in our online community we are offering free admission for four guests, as well as 100 lbs of pumpkins, a 6-pack of apple cider donuts, and a bag of kettle corn—all for free! There’s a whole lot to love about Bengtson Farms 2018 and we want to share it with as many people as possible. Head on over to our Facebook page to enter, and keep reading to check out the details of this awesome giveaway. Everyone’s Favorite Homer Glen Pumpkin Patch Our fall fest is a blast, and everything’s better when it’s free. As we mentioned above we’ll be giving away free admission, pumpkins, apple cider donuts, and kettle corn to a handful of lucky winners this year. So how can you enter, you ask? It’s simple! We’ll randomly be choosing three pairs of winners from the comments over on our Facebook page. Just scroll down until you see the contest post (it’s hard to miss!) and in the comments section all you have to do is tag the friend or family member you’d like to visit our […]

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Trying to Find a Pumpkin Patch in Illinois?

So, you have decided that you want to find a pumpkin patch in Illinois. If that’s the case, then you’re in the right spot, friend! Bring your kids, bring your significant other, bring yourself, but come on down to Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest! Bengtson’s is a pumpkin farm near Chicago (we’re located in Homer Glen which is a stone’s throw from Chicago) and we’ve been around for nearly four decades. Since we first opened our doors we’ve shared the joys of autumn and we’ve become everyone’s favorite fall tradition. 2018 is our best year yet. We’ve been open this year since September 21 and things are new and improved in all of the right ways. With nine unlimited rides every day, there’s plenty to love about a visit to our farm. As a matter of fact, Country Living recently named ours as one of the 28 best pumpkin farms across America, saying that it’s easy to “plan an action-packed afternoon outdoors.” Sounds like a recipe for the perfect fall day to us! Pig Races, Haunted Barns, and More Speaking of which, what does the perfect fall day look like to you? No matter what you’re searching for, you’ll find it at […]

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A Few Recent Bengtson Farms Reviews

Now that our pumpkin farm is in full swing for the 2018 season we’re starting to get some fresh reviews trickling in. We love sharing these with our readers partially because we’re so overjoyed to hear people put into words what we see on their faces while they’re visiting. We’re certainly not trying to toot our own horns, so to speak, but if you’d allow us to be so bold then we’d say that Bengtson Farms is a magical place during the fall. There’s no doubt about it; people have the time of their lives while they’re visiting. Whether they’re enticed by the petting zoo, the haunted barn, the pig races, or the apple cider donuts, there’s just no denying that there’s something for pretty much everything. For many, a trip to Bengtson Farms is an annual fall tradition. In other words, it’s a place to make memories. But what do people actually think about their time here? We’ll be sharing some recent reviews in today’s post, so keep reading to find out! What Others Are Saying About the Bengtson Farms 2018 Fall Fest We’d like to take a second to point out that all of the reviews below were […]

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Our Fall Fest Has More Than Pumpkins

With a number of amazing pumpkin farm attractions, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest has been an annual fall tradition for a number of families over the years and we truly believe that 2018 is our best year yet! We’re already in the full swing of things, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not still plenty of time for you and your family to visit us. The last day that we’ll be open this year is October 30, so although time is running short, you still have plenty of opportunities to plan this year’s visit. Whether you’ve been coming every year since we opened for business nearly four decades ago or you’re new to the area and you’ve been searching for a pumpkin patch near Chicago, we think you’ll go bananas (or perhaps pumpkins would be more appropriate) for everything that we have in store this year. As a pumpkin patch, we are obviously known for our pumpkins (and we do have pumpkins aplenty), but that doesn’t mean that there’s not more to enjoy. You’re in for a real treat at our fall fest this year, so if you’re ready to get into the autumn spirit, Bengtson’s can help. Keep reading to see […]

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Plan a Group Outing to Our Pumpkin Farm

Can you believe that tomorrow is already the grand opening for Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest? If you’ve been following along with our blog posts recently then you probably know just how much we have in store for the patrons of our pumpkin farm in 2018. From amazing eats like our famous apple cider donuts to BBQ to tacos to kettle corn to pizza to roasted sweet corn to churros (which are new to Bengtson Farms this year and are sure to become a favorite), we have you covered if you’re looking for fall food in Chicago and the surrounding area. With so much to enjoy, Bengtson Farms is the perfect place to utilize for your next group outing, and as a matter of fact that’s the topic of today’s blog. Keep reading to learn more! There Are Plenty of Dates to Choose From Although our grand opening is tomorrow we have plenty of other dates to choose from. Just take a look at our hours and admission rates page to see for yourself just how many opportunities you’ll have to enjoy a day of fun at our pumpkin patch! Admission includes all of our attractions as well as 9 kiddie rides, […]

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Do You Know How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds?

Opening day is just around the corner at our pumpkin patch and we couldn’t be more excited! Mark your calendars now for September 14 and come out to enjoy the best pumpkin farm in the Chicago area that has plenty of great fall foods and attractions to experience. In other words, there’s a lot to enjoy this year at Bengtson Farms! And of course as a pumpkin farm, people think of a great DIY fall food. Yes, we’re speaking of pumpkin seeds, and in today’s blog we’d like to go over a few tips for how to roast pumpkin seeds. If that sounds up your alley and you’re looking for something to get you into the fall spirit, today’s post is for you. Keep reading to learn more! Roast Your Own Pumpkin Seeds All you need for an amazing treat is raw pumpkin seeds, butter, and salt. You can experiment with other flavors too, but we’ll provide readers with a few suggestions a little bit later. Depending on how you acquired your pumpkin seeds, they might need a bit of cleaning off to get them ready for roasting. If they have recently been removed from a pumpkin you might need […]

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A Look at This Year’s Eats and Treats

If you’ve been to our pumpkin patch in the past then you know just how great the experience can be, but we’re striving to outdo ourselves in 2018! Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest is proud to announce our grand opening on September 14 and we’re pulling out all of the stops to ensure that it’s the best season we’ve ever had. You probably associate fall food with Bengtson Farms and the good news is that you can get your fill of the best food in Chicago and the surrounding area with a quick trip to our pumpkin farm! No matter what you’re craving, you’re sure to enjoy something delicious and one-of-a-kind during your trip to Bengtson Farms this year. In today’s post we’d like to highlight what you can expect from us so you can strategically plan out your day in order to have enough room to enjoy all of the good stuff. Here’s a look at the foods we’re offering in 2018 broken down conveniently into Eats and Treats. Eats Uncle Bub’s Award Winning BBQ If the fact that Uncle Bub’s is an award winning BBQ joint isn’t enough to catch your attention then the menu surely will! Uncle Bub’s believes […]

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Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest 2018 Schedule

There’s a lot to love about our pumpkin farm and with fall quickly approaching people in our area are planning their trips out to see us. Whether it’s your first time visiting our pumpkin patch or it’s been a family tradition for many years, we’re excited to get this season started! As you may have seen elsewhere on our website, we’re opening for the season on Friday, September 14 and running through Tuesday, October 30 in 2018. That means that you have about a month and a half to come out and enjoy yourself at our pumpkin patch this year! Hours of Operation Be sure to check out our hours of operation for this fall so you can make the perfect plan to come and visit us. Our schedule varies a bit depending on the day of the week, but you’re sure to be able to find something that works well for you. Additionally we offer Wednesdays all season long for only $9.99. You can even get the same deal Mondays through Thursdays in September if you’re so inclined! Admission prices include access to all of our attractions, nine kiddie rides, hayrides, the petting zoo, corn box, pig races, the […]

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Craving Carnival Food?

What’s better than the fact that fall is just around the corner? The fact that fall food is coming as well! If you’re the type of person who goes all in for seasonal foods then keep your eyes on this space because we’ll be sharing a few of our favorite pumpkin-related recipes in the near future. But what about the foods that you just can’t replicate at home? With an opening date of September 14 you’ll be pleased to hear that you can get your fill of the good stuff at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest. Whether you call it fall food or carnival food (or just good food), we have plenty of it! Apple Cider Donuts If there’s one thing that we’re known for around here (other than our famous pumpkin chucker, that is) then it’s our fresh apple cider donuts. Those who have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed them before know exactly what we’re talking about, but if you haven’t had one yet, you’re in for a treat! As a matter of fact, you might just want to make a beeline to grab some donuts on your way in. You know, so you can get your trip to our […]

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Start Fall Off Right With a Pumpkin Patch Hay Ride

If you’re looking for fall-themed fun for people of all ages then why not make the trip to our pumpkin patch? There’s nothing quite like a hay ride that gets people excited for autumn and at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest we think that ours are an absolute blast! Our tractor-pulled hayrack ride is a fun way to work your way through our pumpkin farm! What better way to see what we have to offer than by taking a leisurely ride around the area? Meander Along the Beauty of Pumpkin Field What other attractions do we offer, you ask? Great question! You’ll see many of them as you take advantage of our pumpkin patch’s hay ride. Whether it’s the now-famous pumpkin chucker (which is capable of launching everyone’s favorite orange vegetable over a quarter of a mile), the gemstone mining sluice (which allows you to experience the old-timey rush that Americans must have felt when they headed west to pan for gold), or the petting zoo (in which you can get up close and personal with cows, pigs, goats, and ponies), you’re sure to have a blast! At Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest we’re proud to offer a number of amazing attractions that have […]

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3 Ways to Enjoy Our Fresh Apple Cider Donuts

For as long as we’ve offered them, fresh apple cider donuts have been one of our biggest pumpkin farm attractions! There’s just something about taking that first bite after a spring and summer away that instantly brings fall into perfect focus. For many, fall brings excitement about flannel shirts, blue jeans, and boots, but if you’ve ever had one of our apple cider donuts then you know just how essential they are to the fall experience! As great as they are on their own, we thought we’d do a few experiments with our donuts to see how else we could use them, and fortunately we’re sharing those results in today’s post! It’s just one of the ways that we strive to be the best pumpkin farm in Chicago. If you love our fresh apple cider donuts and you’re intrigued by our culinary experiments, keep reading to learn more! Make Donut Tiramisu Have you ever met someone who doesn’t love tiramisu? Neither have we. Is it possible to make tiramisu even better? We didn’t think so until we tried this awesome donut tiramisu recipe from the good people over at the Food Network. All you have to do is combine mascarpone […]

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A Look at 2018’s Pumpkin Farm Attractions

When people first hear that there’s a pumpkin patch near Chicago, their minds immediately start wondering what type of pumpkin farm attractions there are going to be. Will there be rides? How about animals? What’s the food going to be like? The good news is that when you visit Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, you’ll be treated to some of the best fall activities around. We believe that fall is the best season of the year and it only makes sense to go big. That’s why in today’s post, we’ll be highlighting a few of the things you can expect to find when you visit us this year. Whether you’re planning your first trip or your fiftieth, there’s a lot to love here. Keep reading to learn more! Some of the Best Fall Activities Around Visit the Petting Zoo We believe that no pumpkin farm is complete without a few animals, and when you visit us, you can take full advantage of our petting zoo! We’ll have a variety of different animals onsite and your kids can feed them by hand. If you prefer, you can even buy your kids tickets for our pony rides. Enjoy the Pig Races If your kids […]

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A Handful of Pumpkin Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Although it might not seem like it at the moment, the truth is that fall is just around the corner. What does that mean for you, you ask? A trip to our pumpkin farm, of course! Whether visiting us has been a tradition for your family for years or you’re new to the area and you are looking for a pumpkin patch near Chicago, you’ll find plenty to love at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest! Between the free selfie booth, the tractor pulled hayrack rides, the petting zoo, the haunted barn, and our famous pumpkin chucker which launches pumpkins over a quarter of a mile, there is certainly no shortage of things to do while you’re here. And we haven’t even mentioned the eats and treats yet which include our universally-loved fresh apple cider donuts as well as award-winning barbecue, woodfired pizza, funnel cakes, kettle corn, and more! Of course the highlight of the trip is our pumpkin patch, and that got us to thinking. You probably know that pumpkins are fun to carve and to use in recipes (as we shared in a recent blog post), But for many, that’s as much knowledge they have on this orange…vegetable? Fruit? What is […]

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The Best Things That Fall Has to Offer

Although it might not feel like it at the moment, fall is already just around the corner. Yes, summer just started, but before we know it, everyone’s favorite season will be here. Enjoy the burgers and brats while you can, because before long, you’ll be making a bit of a transition! Now we are certainly not saying that there’s not plenty to love about bike rides, baseball games, and road trips, but there’s just something special about autumn and the change it brings to Chicago and the surrounding area. What better way to celebrate the changing of the leaves than to visit a pumpkin patch? At Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, we want to ensure that your family’s annual fall tradition of visiting our pumpkin farm is better than ever in 2018! That’s why in today’s post, we thought it would be appropriate to count down a few of our personal favorite things about this season. If you too are looking forward to fall, this post is for you. Keep reading to learn more! What Makes Fall the Best Season of the Year? Blue Jeans When it gets hot outside, people gravitate to shorts and t shirts, but when it finally gets […]

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3 More Pumpkin Recipe to Get You Ready for Fall

Although the temperatures are high now, before you know it, fall will arrive. Currently, many of us in the Chicago area are enjoying the warm weather, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not looking forward to fall. At our pumpkin patch, we are gearing up to welcome visitors in just a few short months and we have some amazing stuff in store. But in the meantime, we’re enjoying pumpkins in any way we can. As a matter of fact, in our last blog post, we shared three of our favorite pumpkin recipes in the form of pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin cupcakes. In today’s post, we’d like to offer a little more of the same, because after all, who couldn’t use more pumpkin in their lives? Keep reading for a few of our favorite savory dishes that use pumpkin as an ingredient. Bengtson Farm Recommends… Pumpkin Soup Taste of Home’s recipe for Pumpkin Soup is ideal for those who want a little something to remind them of fall without going overboard. Perhaps best of all, it’s an incredibly easy recipe to prepare thanks to the fact that it can be made in around 20 minutes. One reviewer notes that […]

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3 Pumpkin Recipes You Have to Try

As you can probably imagine, at Bengtson Farm, we are huge fans of pumpkins. It’s the reason that for many people, the fall tradition is to swing by and check out our pumpkin chucker which is capable of launching a pumpkin over a quarter of a mile. You might think that with so many pumpkins in our pumpkin patch that we would be sick and tired of pumpkins. The good news is that that is just not true. As a matter of fact, in today’s post, we’d like to help everyone get into the fall spirit by offering a few of our favorite pumpkin recipes. “But wait a minute; Bengtson’s Pumpkin Festival doesn’t open again until the fall, right?” That is true, but we think that pumpkins should be enjoyed all year ‘round, so if you agree with us, keep reading to get a few amazing recipes that are sure to put a smile on your face. Bengtson Farm Recommends… The Easiest-Ever Pumpkin Pie This recipe for the Easiest-Ever Pumpkin Pie comes from the folks at Pillsbury, and as the name suggests, making it is a breeze, and in fact, the recipe only calls for about 5 minutes of prep […]

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Bring Your Little Ones to Bengtson’s On a Weekday

Are you at home with your little ones on weekdays? Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or you offer babysitting services, what better way to spend some time than by visiting our pumpkin patch? Bengtson Farm is family-owned and operated and that means that we know how much value there is in having something to do with the kids on any given day. With fall just around the corner, why not take the opportunity to get outside and have some fun rather than hanging around inside all day? In today’s post, we’ll highlight a few of the reasons to swing by one of the best pumpkin farms in the Chicago area. We’re just a 40 minute drive away from the city and the trip is nice and relaxing. If you’ve been looking for something to do with the kids and you’re planning for what to do this fall, keep reading to learn more! Why Visit Bengtson’s? Our Farm is Stroller Friendly First and foremost, we’d like to say that our farm is stroller friendly. That means that if you have little ones who might get tuckered out easily, you can just strap them into the stroller and continue on. Our farm […]

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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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