Pumpkins and corn mazes are a sign of the season. Here are just a few of the places the entire family can enjoy.
Awald Farms Giant Pumpkin Patch, 2195 Shirley Road, North Collins and W&J Awald Farms, 2258 Shirley Road, North Collins (awaldfarms.com)
Another fall tradition is a stop at these two family run businesses located just down the road from one another. Awald Farms is called the Giant Pumpkin Patch for a good reason: It is annual home to more than 900 “giant pumpkins,” some weighing close to 200 pounds. Take your pick from the giants, as well as regular and “hull-less” pumpkins. Fall crafts, cornstalks and the popular mums will be available.
At W&J, take part in the many family friendly activities including a game tent, hay rides, a corn canon, face painting and the giant maze ($4 daytime admission; ages 3 and younger admitted free). The “Maze of Terror” is open from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday in October. Produce, pumpkins and other harvest items are available for sale. W&J is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Cambria Corn Maze
5274 Lockport Junction Road, Route 270, Cambria (589-0626, cambriacornmaze.com).
One of the largest mazes in the area is actually two mazes on 12 acres. You can also shop for pumpkins, local produce and more. Cash only. Hours through the fall season are: 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday; 3 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; and 10 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Maze admission: $10 ages 15 and older; $5 ages 5 to 14; free for ages 4 and younger. Group sales available.
3901 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield (wnymaize.com)
You can spend a day here going through the maze, taking a hayride, going into the Cornyard where the kids can fly down the Sabretooth Slide, shoot the corn cannons, decorate pumpkins and bounce around on the giant pumpkin pad. In the new Pumpkindom, kids can play tug-o-war, barnyard billiards, ride the Pumpkin Carriage and meet Ciderella or go through the Spookley Maze. A family festival is from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 17-18 and 24-25 with kids’ karaoke, face painting and princesses and superheroes. The corn maze is $12 per person or free for ages younger than 3. Regular hours through Oct. 31 are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday, and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
4844 Sugartown Road, Great Valley (pumpkinville.com, 699-2205)
When you have time or a day trip, this is the place to go. Located near Ellicottville, it’s close enough that the kids won’t get bored during the drive. This year, Pumpkinville has a new maze celebrating the 50th anniversary of “It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Free activities for the kids include a singing chicken show, farm animals, storyland, kiddie Spookum barn, train play area and a corn teepee. There is a cost for some rides and activities including the new Pumpkinville Express. Pumpkinville is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Sept. 17 through Oct. 31 (rain or shine).
Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm
6920 Nash Road, Wheatfield; wheatfieldpumpkinfarm.com
Pick some pumpkins, visit the petting zoo and enjoy a family hayride or the mini corn maze. Plus there’s apple cider, corn stalks, mums and much more. Haunted hayrides, which begin in October, cost $8 adults, $6 ages 13 and younger. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sept. 20 to Oct. 30. Cash only.