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93 East High Street, East Hampton, CT 860-267-0143
I had heard of Pumpkintown USA a few years ago so I packed everyone in the car and headed over. It’s located in East Hampton which was about 40 minutes away from my home. I’m always amazed how many towns there are in CT that I have yet to explore, despite living here my whole life.
Pumpkintown is known for their non-scary pumpkin displays. With all the haunted houses and spooky hay rides around Halloween it’s nice to have an activity that won’t scare the little ones. My twins are two-years-old and at the perfect age to begin enjoying the fun part of Halloween. This was the perfect activity to celebrate the season without being spooked.
It is open from the end of September until Halloween. The cost is $2 during the week and $5 on weekends. Children under 2 are free. There is a hay ride that is available only on the weekends and Columbus Day. We visited during the week and while it wasn’t too crowded, we did miss the hay ride.
The “town” is designed with hand-painted pumpkin displays. There are many locations you might find in a small New England town. My twins loved running in and out of the displays. They especially enjoyed “driving” the McGourd’s Farm tractor.
Pumpkintown Post Office
You can mail an actual letter stamped from Pumpkintown.
Pumpkintown Fire Department
There’s a small kid’s hay maze.
You can also find pumpkin people playing Ring around the Rosie.
A couple of pumpkin people getting married.
Take your picture with some pumpkin Presidents and First Ladies (past and present).
When we were done with the pumpkin people we headed over to check out the pumpkins for sale. They had hand-painted mini pumpkin, larger pumpkins, and gourds.
Pumpkintown was a unique way to spend time with the family on a nice fall day. Next time we’ll have to come back during the weekend to ride their hay ride.