Pumpkins, pig races, donuts, and goats! Do I have your attention yet? Well good! Because I am talking about Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen IL, also known as my cousin Gregula’s favorite place to celebrate his birthday! Yep, every year Team Gregula goes to Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm for a full day of fun and eats! This year marks the first ever visit from yours truly, Cousin Jessi. I was never available the previous years since Gregula’s birthday always fell on a weekday, and everyone knows that I spend my weekends protecting my sarcophagus from evil grave robbers, and the occasional nosey camel.
Bengtson has a plethora of things to do from kids rides, to shows, to food! So much food! In fact the very first thing I did when I entered the farm was try their fresh apple cider donuts with absolutely did not fail to impress. Cousins Gregula and Countess grabbed a funnel cake, because you can never go wrong with funnel cake! We also had a horchata from El Taco Cocina which just a little too sweet for my liking.
Did I mention they also have a petting zoo? Because they do! The zoo was filled with sheep, cows, llamas, alpacas (I think llamas and alpacas really the same animal, who agrees??), and of course goats! I don’t know if you are aware of this but goats take the best selfies ever!
I also found out the hard way that alpacas like to chew on your fingers when you try to feed them fresh carrots. In fact after the adorable creature started gnawing on my hand I was told (by my own mom…Mummy hehe…who came with on the trip too) “Hey! You’re not supposed to let them do that! There is a sign right there!” and believe it or not there was in fact a sign telling that said “please don’t let the alpaca chew on your fingers.” So, I guess be aware of that when you go to feed them? We also decided to try the, as I call it, “fake hay ride” because the trailer contained absolutely NO hay, that took you around the corn fields and a couple other spots. The ride was still fun even though it was sans hay, you got to see some of the farm attractions that were decorated for Halloween and even see the famous pumpkin chucker chuck a pumpkin several yards! Plus, it was just nice to sit and relax. But seriously, put some hay on the trailer please!!
And what visit to Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm without seeing the pig races! Nothing is more fun than seeing a bunch of piggies and potbellies running around a track in order to get a treat at the very end. They had cute pig-pun names too like Hammna Montana. Each race they would pick a kid or adult from the audience and give them a number, if their pig won then they would get a prize, and our own Count Gregula’s pig was actually picked so he won a nifty ribbon and some glowsticks! What a great life achievement!
Since it was Halloween, Bengtson also set up a cute and SCARY little haunted house for the kiddies and adults. The haunt had different scary scenes set up and flashing lights. No actors or things jumping out so it was just perfect for young kids and fun for adults as well. It was nice to see our monster kind so nicely represented!
And in case you didn’t catch it in the name, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm also had tons and tons of weirdly shaped pumpkins and gourds of lots of different colors. Since I always enjoy decorating the ole pyramid, I grabbed a couple of the craziest looking gourds and a gray and white pumpkin, along with a giant gourd that closely resembled a snake! I figured my asp neighbors would get a kick out of it.
Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm also had a lot of fun scenes for photo ops, some decorated for Halloween and several kid friendly rides. As well.This is definitely a great place to bring your family, even if they consist of vampires, demons, and hairy creatures. If you have been there in the previous years you will definitely want to revisit since they have added a lot of new attractions, including a new rollercoaster, the Barnyard Dance Cow Coaster. Team Gregula was not able to ride it unfortunately but it looked really fun!
So I can honestly say that I enjoyed my first visit to Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm. There was just so much to do, so much food, so many pumpkins, so many goats, a haunted house, and pig races! But lacking in the hay department. I give the farm four and a half outta five anhks.
If you’re looking for a place to bring the friends and family then definitely visit Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm. The prices range from $10-$19 depending on the day but that admission price includes all the attractions. For more info check out the website HERE. Be sure to check out the gift shop as well and bring home some gourds, donuts, and candy apples too! Happy Haunting all!!
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