Fall is such a beautiful time to visit Central Oregon! The air is cool, clean and crisp. The leaves are changing from green to rainbow and the pumpkins are ready for picking. If you love fall, Halloween and all things October, we have your list of Pumpkin patches, haunted houses, corn mazes and more in Central Oregon.
Scaregrounds Haunted Houses
As for Haunted Houses, Redmond is home to the best around; the Scaregrounds Haunted Houses. The Scaregrounds provides THREE Haunted houses in one location. You can choose to do one ($15), two ($25) or all three ($35), and they are all “very scary”. This attraction is open various dates throughout October and you can purchase tickets online. Recommended for ages 12 and over, there are “Chicken Exits” located throughout each haunt, but we think you can make it all the way through!
The Village at Sunriver
If you find yourself staying at one of our vacation rentals over Halloween, take the kids over to the Village at Sunriver for Spooktacular fun on Halloween. Kids are able to walk between the shops in the village for a traditional trick or treating experience as well as enter the annual costume contest, bounce the night away in bounce houses located at the Pavilion, join in the cupcake walk and more! The event starts at 4pm on Halloween and ends at 6pm and is free of charge.
Pumpkin Patches & Family Fun
Smith Rock Ranch
Pick a pumpkin and get lost in towering corn stalks at Smith Rock Ranch. The first reason to visit this ranch is to witness the views. There are so many places in Central Oregon that feel like you are literally sitting, walking, driving or biking in a postcard. This is one of those. As you stroll through pumpkin fields searching for that perfect shape to become your Jack-O-Lantern, be sure to look up every once in a while. On one side you will see Smith Rock towering beneath a large blue sky and on the other side you will see the Cascade mountains in all of their glory. Be sure to bring your camera to get scenic pictures and even plan on some family photos here.
Smith Rock Ranch not only offers a giant field of pumpkins to choose from with breathtaking views, you will also be able to enjoy the ever-changing and intricately designed corn “Maize”. The 2018 theme is CARS. You’ll truly want to plan your day around this outing because there are even more activities that are offered here such as:
- Harvest market with wonderful produce for sale
- Petting zoo
- Barnyard Golf
- Pumpkin Cannons (yes you shoot pumpkins out of a cannon, it’s rad!)
- Zoo Train
- Hay Maze
- Pony and Wagon rides
- Face Painting
- A dog park
- Live music
- Food vendors.
Be sure to check the hours of operation for the ranch and for all of the activities because grabbing a pumpkin and produce is open most days, but activists are only open on weekends.
Another option for picking your own pumpkin and making a day of it is at DD Ranch in Terrebonne. This ranch is similar with amazing views, hay rides, a petting zoo and so much more. There may not be a corn maze, but this ranch has a “Cowboy Arcade” offering an Air Soft Range, an Archery Range and a Giant Sling Shot Range.