By Patricia Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
When Halloween is over, it may be time to toss your jack-o-lantern. But why just toss it when you can drop it, squish it, or smash it? If you’re ready to ditch your pumpkin, you can do so in a creative way at Cox Farms during Pumpkin Madness weekend. The annual festival, this year on November 4-5, 2017, invites you to bring back for “recycling.”
Pumpkin Madness features the fun of the farm’s fall festival — a corn maze, rope swings, giant slides, hayrides, straw tunnels, a “farm chores” area, farm animals, and more — plus fun ways to watch the pumpkins get dropped from the High Drop, squished with the Squisher, or smashed with the Smasher.” Guests can bring their pumpkins of any size to contribute to the fun, or even stomp them themselves in the Stomping Grounds (dress appropriately for the mess!). The grand finale on the last day of Pumpkin Madness is the dropping of the giant pumpkin from a crane. See the pumpkin smashing in action in this video on the Cox Farms site.
Pumpkin Madness hours are 10 am to 5 pm with the last entry at 4 pm. Admission is $10 per person for anyone age two and up. (Note: Cox Farms also will be open for bonus days of the regular Fall Festival (no “Pumpkin Madness” activities) on the teacher workdays of Monday and Tuesday, November 6-7; on those days hours are the same and admission is $10 per person). These are your final days to play this season, and you can enjoy all the usual fun at a reduced rate during this “value visit” time.
Want to enjoy the fun of Pumpkin Madness or the Final Days to Play for free? We’re giving away tickets to one lucky winner! One Fairfax Family Fun reader will get a guest pass for free admission for up to four people on either day of Pumpkin Madness. To enter, leave a comment below between now and 10 pm on Friday, October 27, 2017. One winner will be randomly selected at that time by a third-party app. The winner will be notified at that time and must reply by 10 pm on Saturday, October 28, 2017, to claim the prize; failure to do so risks forfeiture. The tickets will be held at the Customer Service desk at Cox Farms under the winner’s name for pick-up in person. These tickets are for one-time use only during November 3-7, 2017. Contestants agree to abide by our giveaway terms and conditions. Giveaway open to entrants ages 18 and up. The retail value of the prize is $40.
Photo by Cox Farms and used with permission