Admittedly, the pumpkin festival at Aloun Farms pumpkin patch in Kapolei probably isn’t the first Hawaii vacation activity on your Oahu tourism itinerary. So this information might be of greater benefit to the local families who are looking for cheap Hawaii things to do.
But if you’re really into Halloween traditions, you can still carve up a seasonal scare in your home away from home. Or if you usually get your pumpkins from a storefront pallet or a hay-strewn parking lot – or worse still… from a can – then perhaps a quick trip to the country is exactly the experience that will make your visit unique! And don’t worry; you’ll still have time for the beach… Because our island really is quite small, it takes only minutes to go from town to country (and back to Honolulu again).
So if you’re here for one of the last three weekends in October, and you want to experience some family-friendly farm fun, you can find it at our Hawaii pumpkin patch. It’s not free; but it’s really inexpensive. What's more, the admission includes free parking, live entertainment, and hay rides all day! So at only $2 per person, I think this is actually a better deal than when they used to charge for parking and hay rides individually. Additionally, the event keeps getting bigger and better every year!
This public pumpkin picking event allows you to walk straight out into the middle of the pumpkin patch and pull your jack-o-lantern-to-be right off the vine. With more than a dozen varieties of pumpkin, you’re sure to find a grand gourd. The most popular varieties, however, seem to be the traditional orange or a similarly-sized all-white pumpkin (which glows under black light). They seem to have every size, color, and texture variation you can imagine. I’ve never seen any truly enormous pumpkins (100 kg or more) at this patch; but the selection of large ones is much better than in years past!
The Aloun Farms pumpkin patch sells their pumpkins at a menu rate according to size (with four or five size/price variations). Furthermore, because you’re buying directly from the farm, the prices are generally better than if you purchase by the pound from a market. The smaller pumpkins are less expensive, but even the very largest are still quite reasonable. For example, my friend bought a pumpkin weighing 90 lbs (more than 40 kg) and it only cost him $20! Meanwhile, we bought six regular-sized pumpkins – also for $20. That’s hard to beat! The prices will vary from year to year, but I doubt you’ll find a better deal in a store.
The Aloun Farms pumpkin festival event always features tractor-pulled hay rides (included in the cost of admission) and several scenic photo backdrops. There are also portable restrooms and a first aid station. Take the hay ride out to the field and then ride it back with your haul. Then for even more low-cost family fun, you’ll often find some or all of the following at the pumpkin patch (subject to change from year to year):
Finally, if you want to fill your refrigerator, there’s a fine selection of self-pick produce including corn, sunflowers, kabocha squash, and string beans. Additionally, they have a fresh produce market where you can purchase locally grown melons and vegetables. It’s all delicious.
If you're out on the Windward side of the island, there's another Pumpkin Patch across the street from Waimanalo Beach Park at 41-225 Lupe Street. Similar deal… Saturdays and Sundays in October; 9am-5pm; free admission; fees for activities such as pumpkin picking, hay rides, cow train ride, sunflower maze, etc. I've never gone to this one, so I don't know more about it than that.
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