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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The History Of Pumpkin Carving And Jack O’Lanterns, By Your Local Illinois Pumpkin Patch

Here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm, we’ve got Halloween and autumnal rides and attractions to spare. For nearly 40 years, we’ve been adding on to our once humble pumpkin patch. These days, thousands of people come out to take advantage of the crisp fall air, great rates, 8 unlimited rides, delicious seasonal food, and much more. This year is set to be the biggest and best in our 37 year history, so it’s one you just can’t miss. But no matter how many train rides, pig races, or spooky haunted barns we add on, people still can’t get enough of one of Halloween’s richest traditions, pumpkin carving. Our Local Pumpkin Patch Before we get into today’s topic, which is the history of pumpkin carving, we want you to know right off the bat that we’ve got a variety of pumpkin types you can get for very affordable prices here at our just-outside-of-Chicago pumpkin patch. Choose from orange pumpkins, which are 39 cents per pound, pie pumpkins ($2.50 each), white pumpkins, small pumpkins, big pumpkins, weird looking pumpkins, and even pumpkins that prefer to be called “punkins”. And hey, we aren’t here to judge, so that’s fine with us. You can rent […]

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Our Pumpkin Patch Near Chicago: Take Advantage Of Group Booking Opportunities!

If you take a trip down to 13341 W 151st St. Homer Glen, Illinois, you’ll be welcomed by a dazzling variety of attractions that include rides, games, shows, races, incredible food, and much more. If you’ve been putting off coming but have wanted to check out our Illinois pumpkin fest, we’ve got news for you; this year is going to be the biggest in our 37 year history! That’s not just some empty claim either. We are excited to announce our brand new rides and attractions in a post coming your way very soon…But for now, trust that the classics still delight young and old alike! What classics? To name a few of our most popular attractions, we’ve got a free selfie booth, our classic Bengtson’s Gemstone Mining Sluice, Pony Rides, a pumpkin patch (of course), a Fun barn, a spooky Haunted Barn, A Petting Zoo, Tractor Pulled Hayrack Rides, Pig Races, Twirling Honey Pots, our 90’ Mega Fun Slide, other rides, great food and drink to choose from, and, believe it or not, much more! But before we get carried away and describe every single thing we have to offer, let’s get to today’s topic. We have some fantastic […]

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Highlighting Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest’s Attractions, Part Two

In part one of this mini-series describing our many attractions here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, we highlighted our free selfie booth, our train track rides, the incredible Pumpkin Chucker, and even our 90’ Mega Fun Slide that the whole family can enjoy! Yes, even sullen teenagers will love it, even if they act like they may not enjoy it at first. Located in Homer Glen, Illinois, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest has been an exciting attraction for families from Chicago and, really, all around Illinois. We’ve been in business for almost 40 years now, and we absolutely love it. This year is primed to be the biggest and most exciting year yet, so look out for a future post which describes what is BRAND NEW, because it’s one that you surely won’t want to miss. But for now, we are taking a look at our classic attractions that people have come to know and love. Let’s dive right back in! Our Pumpkin Patch If you’ve been to your share of pumpkin patches but have yet to visit ours just a short drive outside of SW Chicago, you are in for a special treat. Really. We take pride in having the best pumpkins […]

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Highlighting Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest’s Attractions, Part One

We have a wide range of rides, exhibits, and attractions here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest. We’ve been around for 37 years now, and you know when a family-owned and operated business of any kind has been part of a community for that long, we’re doing something right. That “something right” could be a variety of things, but we are pretty sure the fact that we offer unlimited rides, incredible food and snacks, and fun for the whole family has a lot to do with it. We get started on September 15th this year, and go on until October 30th. That’s plenty of time to take the family out for a fun afternoon, have a great birthday party, or even have an unforgettable corporate event here at Bengtson’s! We’ve got quite a bit to offer here, as we are quite a bit more than just your average pumpkin farm. Let’s take a quick look at the attractions that are in store for you this year. Selfie Booth It’s 2017, and that means selfie-booths are a must-have no matter if you are a mall or a pumpkin farm. But ours is better than your average booth because as soon as you are […]

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5 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Fall Activities Like Pumpkin Patches and Halloween

Here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm, we’re all about fun. So while you might learn a few things while you’re at our pumpkin patch, here are some fun facts that just aren’t brought up enough. Americans Spend a Lot of Money on Halloween Halloween has become one of the most expensive holidays for Americans. It ranks just after Christmas for money expenditures, with American spending about $6 billion (that’s billion with a “B”) every year. This includes the costumes, decorations, and fun fall attractions like the ones you’ll find at our pumpkin patch. (Our rides are free once you’re in the door, though!) Why Are Pumpkins Orange? Not all pumpkins are orange, just as not all apples are red. Some pumpkins are white, others are red, blue, or yellow. Traditional orange pumpkins change color from green to orange for much the same reason that leaves do. When they lose their chlorophyll, the “underlying” orange color is revealed. The orange color is caused by carotenoids, a healthy source of vitamin A and the same thing that makes carrots orange. What Is Samhainophobia? Scientist have a name for just about every phobia out there, don’t they? Samhainophobia is a deathly (AH!) fear of […]

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Why The People Of Chicago Love To Head Out To Homer Glen To Visit Our Pumpkin Farm

Here at Bengtson’s, you wouldn’t believe the variety of people we see during the six weeks we’re open before Halloween. If you’re here for a day, you’ll get some small idea. But when you’re here every day from the middle of September until the end of October, you see just about every type of person, couple, and family that exists. And they’re all welcome at our pumpkin farm! One thing that many of the people we see have in common is that they’re from the city. So what’s drawing so many of people in Chicago out to Homer Glen? Give The Kids An Introduction To Farming While we’re in full pumpkin fest mode, there are many activities the kiddo’s will see that they won’t find at most farms. We’ll admit, we have a lot of activities that aren’t associated with a traditional farm: rides, food booths, pneumatic pumpkin chuckers (which, surprisingly, is NOT standard farm equipment). We have a haunted barn, which most farmers would have a problem with.  Bengtson’s pumpkin farm does offer a very kid-friendly introduction to farming, though. They’ll be taking hayrides behind real tractors that are used in farming, and they’ll meet a great variety of […]

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Things To Do With A Rotten Pumpkin Once The Fall Activities in the Chicagoland Area Are Done

When October 31 is here and Bengtson’s has closed for the season, we’ve said goodbye to thousands of pumpkins as they’ve been taken to homes all across the Chicago area. Those that aren’t made into pie will be turned into jack-o-lanterns and used as decorations. But all real pumpkins go bad eventually, and you’ll have to do something with them. Here are some tips for what to do with a rotten pumpkin. Plan Ahead! Those of you who are extra-crafty can actually incorporate the decomposition process into your pumpkin art. As your jack-o-lantern gets less and less structurally sound, the face can start to “melt” and create an even scarier decoration for Halloween! Compost It! One of the most obvious uses for a pumpkin is as compost. If you compost at home, chuck it into the composter and let the rot that started on your porch continue in the composter. Heck, let the kids hasten the decomposition process by letting them hit it with a hammer of chopping it with a shovel. It’s constructive destruction! (Many recycling centers will also take pumpkins with grass clippings and leaves.) Leave It Out! A decomposing pumpkin is an at-home science project. If you […]

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Fall Family Fun

What better way to kick-start the fall season than with Bengtson Farm? As fall comes into its prime, we all want to get outside before the cold weather takes over. But it can be hard to find something the whole family enjoys. Whether you have young kids or teens, getting them out of the house and doing something active is an absolute must. Many places shorten their hours due to school starting while other activities are not practical with the end of summer. Good news is, we have the perfect activity the whole family is going to love. Enjoy your next day off at Bengtson Farm and our pumpkin fest. Maybe you are into animals, love trying new food, or just want to experience a farm cultures, no matter what your reasoning for coming is, Bengtson Farm has it all for you. Open seven days a week through October 30th, we fit into your schedule making a regular fall day, one the whole family is going to love. With a variety of attractions, food, and fun, there is something fun for everyone. Kid Friendly Activities It is never too early in the season to bring the family out to pick […]

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How To Preserve Your Pumpkin

Once you carve your pumpkin from the best pumpkin farm, find out Six ways to make it last. You’ve taken the time get your pumpkin, and if you have stayed on top of our blogs, you know how to find the perfect one. You may have noticed from previous years that no matter how perfect your pumpkin seems, once you carve it, you have only a short amount of time to actually enjoy its beauty and seasonal attributes. When you get your pumpkin from the best pumpkin farm, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, we want you to show it off. With these six easy-to-understand tips, you can enjoy your work or art longer, and instead of kids trick-or-treating next to rotting mush, they can admire all of your hard work and seasonal decoration. Before you carve a work of art, learn how to make your masterpiece last longer. Six ways to keep your pumpkin spooky, without the mold and rot. After you have selected your pumpkin from our farm, the first thing you are going to need to do is to clean the insides out. After scraping the seeds and flesh out, you may want to rinse it, just to ensure is […]

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How To Cook Your Pumpkin

With your farm pumpkins, you can make a delicious puree used for any treat. Let’s face it: nothing says fall quite like pumpkin spice. From drinks to desserts, even soup, pumpkin has made its debut in the food industry and it is here to stay. After you visit our farms and pick out your perfect pumpkin, you may be pumpkin crazy just like us! Using your farm pumpkin as decoration is probably the most common way to put them to use, but this year, why not find your inner Betty Crocker and use your pumpkins as a tasty treat? Cooking pumpkin may seem intimidating. Luckily for you, this blog will take you through a step-by-step process, so you have nothing to worry about except what you’re going to make with your delicious puree. Don’t be afraid, we believe in you. To Begin – Whether you have a small pumpkin or one that is larger, the only thing that size is going to dictate is the amount of puree you are going to make. The first thing you are going to want to do is to wash your pumpkin and preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. – Next, you should cut […]

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Decorating Your Pumpkin

You do not have to carve a pumpkin to show off your fall enthusiasm. With fall in full swing, you may have that inner desire to get your house ready for the festivities. While many people love the way a good carved pumpkin illuminates the front porch, it can be an all too familiar mess that takes the fun right out of carving your pumpkins. You may like the way pumpkins scream I LOVE FALL, but you may not like the timely task of scooping out the inner guts, coming close to cutting off your own fingers, and being disappointed with a less than professional outcome. This year, why not get your pumpkin from our farm here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, and decorate it instead of carving it? Not only will the kids have a much easier time taking charge of their perfectly orange masterpiece, but you will have less to clean up and more to enjoy all season long. How? Read on in this blog to find some clever ways to decorate your pumpkin from our farm and say hello to this season’s new pumpkin tradition. Ways to decorate your pumpkin from our pumpkin farm. Paint Why didn’t we […]

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Make Apple Cider Inspired by Our Apple Cider Doughnuts at Home

When it comes to carnival food, Bengston’s Pumpkin Fest has you covered. We have a variety of delicious autumn treats on hand, but one of the most popular treats at our pumpkin patch are the Apple Cider Doughnuts. Two great tastes in one tasty food: doughnuts and apple cider. Who could resist? While we can’t reveal the secret recipe for this carnival food favorite, you can experience some of the joy by making apple cider at home. How to Make Apple Cider Our favorite method for making great apple cider is by using your trusty crock pot. Simply add 8-10 apples, a sliced orange, and your spices (a few dashes of nutmeg, cloves, and a few cinnamon sticks is perfect!). Cover the apples with water and then turn your crock pot on low. We leave it sit for about 8 hours, so it’s a great recipe to prepare in the evening and let cook overnight. Your house will smell amazing in the morning! Then simply strain out apples and oranges and you’ll have an incredible apple cider that’s perfect for all of your fall and winter gatherings. Come Get Apple Cider Doughnuts Before They Are Gone While that apple cider […]

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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

When you visit our pumpkin patch, you are sure to come away with a pumpkin or two (or twenty!) that you want to carve. That means cleaning out the inside of your pumpkin. If you’ve always tossed the seeds along with the pulp that you remove, you might want to consider saving those seeds! Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious autumn treat and super easy to make at home. Follow These Steps! Rinse your seeds. You’ll want to get all of the “guts” of the pumpkin off of your seeds. Put them into a colander and run cool water over them to rinse them off. Swish them around with your hands to remove all of the strings of the pumpkin. Dry them out. Spread your pumpkin seeds out on an oiled baking sheet and place in a 300-degree oven for 30 minutes. Some people flip their seeds, but we’ve found that they’ll dry just fine without turning or tossing them. Find your favorite flavors. Now comes the fun part! You can flavor your pumpkin seeds with almost any kind of spice. Here are a few suggestions: Keep it simple with butter and salt. Your pumpkin seeds will taste a little […]

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3 Reasons Parents Will Love Our Pumpkin Farm

Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm is a great place for the young and the young at heart. It’s an annual activity that parents love because of all the fun, interactive pumpkin farm attractions for their little ones to enjoy. Check out some of the reasons parents love our pumpkin farm! We Make It Easy for Parents and Kids to Enjoy Our Farm Plenty of paths for strollers. We know how tough it is to get your kids out and about and how much a stroller can help. That’s why we’ve made sure that our pumpkin farm is stroller friendly! There are plenty of sidewalks and paths that will make it easier for all of you to get around. Unlimited kiddie rides. Out of all of our pumpkin farm activities, we have seven amazing kiddie rides that your little ones will love. If they want to ride them again and again, they can! All of our kiddie rides are unlimited with your admission ticket. Lots of photo opportunities. You’ll be able to capture plenty of family memories at Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm. From the pumpkin farm attractions to the petting zoo to the pumpkin patch and more, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch […]

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The Glorious History of One of Our Favorite Fall Activities

Is there anything cooler than pumpkin chucking? We don’t think so! Apparently, neither do the visitors to Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm because our pumpkin chucker is one of the favorite pumpkin farm attractions! Our chucker can launch a pumpkin more than a quarter of a mile, or over one thousand feet! It’s located at the south end of our farm, so you’ll be able to appreciate it’s launching distance from a number of our other pumpkin farm attractions, including the pumpkin patch. The History of Pumpkin Chucking We certainly aren’t the first ones to think throwing pumpkins long distances is cool! The activity takes some inspiration from medieval fighting, which saw the use of catapults to throw large stones long distances into the opposing enemy. It’s also inspired by the large cannons used in 19th-century warfare, although some of those cannons could shoot their ammo more than 10 miles. We don’t have any enemy armies to fight, but launching a pumpkin like that seemed like a cool idea. Pumpkin chucking isn’t purely for entertainment purposes! It’s a serious hobby for many people around the world. There are many pumpkin chucking competitions held across the United States every fall, but things got serious […]

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Tips for Finding the Perfect Pumpkin

When you come out to the pumpkin patch at Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm, your goal is to find the best pumpkin possible for your fall displays. Whether you are going to carve it or use it as a centerpiece on your dining room table, you need a great pumpkin that’s going to last. We’ve been helping people find the right pumpkins for their home for a long time, and over the years we’ve learned some secrets to finding the right pumpkin. Here are some of our best tips! What to Look For in Our Pumpkin Patch Make sure the stem is intact. The stem doesn’t have to be very long, but it’s good to find a pumpkin that has their stem still intact. Not only does this make for a prettier pumpkin, a damaged stem could be an indication that your pumpkin is going to good bad sooner. Avoid pumpkins that are bruised or cut. You want your pumpkin to last as long as possible. Bruises are indications that the pumpkin has been damaged, while cuts are open invitations to bacteria that can start the rotting process sooner. Look for smooth, blemish-free skin on the surface of your pumpkin. We do our […]

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Great Pumpkin Farm Attractions for Animal Lovers

There is so much to do this year at Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm! It’s not just for pumpkin lovers, either. Our pumpkin farm is a great place for your little ones to get up close and personal with animals they don’t normally get to see! It’s not only a great educational opportunity, it’s a chance to get some awesome photos of your little ones. Check out some of our animal attractions! A Pumpkin Patch Guide for Animal Lovers Check out our petting zoo. The petting zoo is included in the price of admission, so you can’t miss it! There will be plenty of adorable animals on hand, and you can even help us feed them. Cows, camels, kangaroos and more are all waiting to see you at our petting zoo. Pick the fastest pig for the Pig Races. The pigs have been training all year! We’ll run the pig races every hour on the hour, starting one hour after opening. You’ll be amazed at how fast our pigs can run! Challenge each other to pick the winner and see if you can guess who will be the champion. Catch a ride on a camel. This isn’t an opportunity you get every […]

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Why Do We Carve Pumpkins, Anyway?

You’ve probably been carving pumpkins for years. Maybe you’ve even been getting your pumpkins from our pumpkin patch for years, and now you are sharing the tradition with your kids. Have you stopped to think why we carve pumpkins in the fall? It’s a pretty interesting tradition that starts with a tale from Ireland. How a Man Named Jack Tricked the Devil One day a man named Jack met up with the devil at a roadside tavern, where they shared a drink. Neither of them wanted to pay the bill at the end of the night, so Jack convinced the devil to turn himself into a coin so Jack could pay the barman. Instead, Jack slipped the coin into his pocket and kept it next to a silver cross so the devil couldn’t turn himself back. Jack felt bad, though, so he let the devil go on the condition that he wouldn’t come back for Jack for ten years. The devil agreed. Ten years passed, and the devil came calling for Jack’s soul. Jack started to go along with him but said he had one last request, which was to eat a delicious looking apple hanging from the highest branch. Jack couldn’t […]

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Discover Autumn Harvests & Which Crops You’ll Enjoy in Our Carnival Food

Fall is a traditional time for events such as our Pumpkin Festival because of harvest. Back when most families were working on the family farm together, late summer and early fall was a busy time of year because so many crops needed to be harvested. Festivals were traditionally held on farms and in communities to celebrate a successful harvest. These festivals are also where many of your favorite carnival foods came from, many of which were made from the bounty of the autumn harvest. Is Your Favorite Carnival Food Made From an Autumn Crop? Apple Cider Doughnuts Apples are usually harvested from August to October, making them perfectly in-season for our Pumpkin Fest. We’re using them in our fresh apple cider doughnuts this year. One bite of these beauties and you’ll be coming back for more. They are sure to become one of your favorite carnival food options! Kettle Corn Kettle corn has been around as long as the United States! Settlers in Pennsylvania used to make it as a special treat in the late 18th Century. Corn is harvested in October, so it’s no wonder this sweet treat shows up at so many fall festivals. Roasted Sweet Corn This is […]

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3 Carnival Rides You Shouldn’t Miss This Year

Carnival rides and autumn go hand-in-hand! If you love carnival rides, you need to get over to Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm this fall. Our annual Pumpkin Fest has already started, and for the next month we’ll be hosting some of the best carnival rides you’ll find in Illinois. Whether you like your rides spooky, spinning, or silly, we have something for everyone. Here are three of our can’t-miss favorites. Don’t Miss These Amazing Carnival Rides Happy Swing The Happy Swing debuted in 2014 and thanks to its popularity has returned for another season! With enough room for two adults and up to four children, this swing is great for all ages (at least all ages who measure over 36″!) and perfect for making some happy family memories together! 90′ Mega Fun Slide For the slightly more daring members of your pumpkin farm team, we have our 90′ Mega Fun Slide! This towering slide sends you speeding down an incline that will have your heart racing. By the time you get to the bottom, you’ll be ready to head back to the top for another ride! Flying Frogs Ride Something for the little ones to enjoy, our Flying Frogs ride is a long-standing […]

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Great Tips on Cleaning Out Your Pumpkin

After a visit to our pumpkin farm, you might come home with a pumpkin or two (or twelve!). We’re offering our orange pumpkins for just $.39 per pound this year, so you’ll be able to bring home all the pumpkins you care to carve. Of course, before you start carving them, you have to clean them out! This is the messiest part of pumpkin carving. If you’ve been dreading cleaning out your pumpkins, our Homer Glen crew has a few tips to make it a little easier. Follow These Tips for Clean Pumpkins Start with your hands. You are going to get messy, but that’s half the fun! if you want to avoid the mess, pull on a pair of rubber gloves and go at it. Your hands are the best way to get the seeds out of your pumpkin, a vital first step if you plan on roasting them for a tasty fall snack. You can skip this step if you don’t have plans for the pumpkin seeds. Use an ice cream scoop. Metal ice cream scoops are a great pumpkin cleaning tool! They have a hard metal edge that’s made to dig into the flesh of the pumpkin, […]

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Bring Your Large Group To Our Pumpkin Patch For A Great Day Out!

  Here at Bengtson’s, we see thousands and thousands of people during the six weeks we’re open before Halloween. Most of these people come in by twos, threes, fours, fives, and the like. Family and friends out enjoying the day. But we also see people by the dozens! Bengtson’s pumpkin patch is a great place to bring large groups so that every member can have a fulfilling, fun-filled day that they’ll be talking about for a long time to come. Here are some of the most common types of groups that we entertain. (Be sure to click on the links to find out more about what we can do for each group and what types of discounts are available.) Birthday Parties There are quite a few reasons to have your birthday part at Bengtson’s. First of all, the kids (and adults) will have a great time! After all, a birthday party at an arcade or laser tag center is the same game over and over and over. Bengtson’s has seven rides, pumpkin launchers, a haunted barn (and a less-haunted Fun Barn), and so much more. You can also spend as long as you’d like, where most other places only allow […]

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How To Decorate With Pumpkins From Our Pumpkin Patch (Without Carving Them)

With so many pumpkins being sold each year (and Bengtson’s contributing heartily to the sales!), people are using them for much more than making jack-o-lanterns and pies. They’ve also become one of the hottest decorating items out there, so we thought we’d look at some of our favorite ways to use them. Centerpiece Pumpkins, usually medium-size ones, can be the beginning of beautiful centerpieces on your table. Simply add some greenery or ribbons and complement it with smaller gourds around the base. Whether the family will be sitting around your centerpiece for a big Thanksgiving meal or it’s surrounded by snacks during a Halloween party, it’s sure to get attention. Paint It! Some pumpkins look good in their natural orange, while other types will have colors and patterns that you never even knew about. Have you ever thought about painting your pumpkin? Make it a polka-dot pumpkin, paint it with stripes, paint it black! Best of all, not carving it means that you can still cook it up later! Bedazzle It! Pull out everything from the art closet and let the kids go nuts! Add beads, ribbons, stamps, paint, stickers…not every pumpkin has to look like Martha Stewart stopped by […]

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Tomorrow Is It…Opening Day At Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest!

Here at Bengtson’s pumpkin farm, we’re busy. After all, we’re less than 24 hours from opening the doors to the latest and greatest Pumpkin Fest ever. When we say greatest, we mean it. We have more attractions, more food, more fall activities, more decorations, and plan to host more people than ever before. Chicagoans and families from all over Northern Illinois will be here, thousands and thousands of them over the next six weeks. The news is likely to show up, as it has many years in the past. It’s going to be epic! So what’s been happening as we get our pumpkin farm ready to accommodate so many people and make everything go a smooth as possible? Hiring the Best The post office and retail stores aren’t the only types of businesses that need seasonal help. We hire a lot of people during the six weeks we’re open; the work is fun, the people are great, and the open air is good for the lungs! There might still be positions open (or some might become open), so if you’re interested in working at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, check out the latest info right here. Filling the Corn Box Our Jimmy […]

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