NEW JERSEY - The forecast is more summer like than fall this weekend, but the calendar officially says autumn. It is now time for pumpkin spice and fall fun which includes picking pumpkins. Like Linus, you want to find the best pumpkin patch and luckily New Jersey is full of them. Here is a list of the top spots to pick pumpkins for those decorations and jack-o-lanterns.

  • Cheesequake Farms has two locations, one in Old Bridge and another in Matawan. This quaint farm offers pumpkin picking from now through October on Saturdays and Sundays. There is also a corn maze to wander through and hayrides.
  • Habiak Farms on Deans Rhode Hall Road in South Brunswick offers traditional pumpkin and gourd picking along with corn stalks and straw. The farm is open on weekends during fall.
  • Giamarse Farms and Orchards is open daily from Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On weekends, the pumpkin picking really gets going with hayrides, pony rides, a corn maze and food trucks. Giamarse Farms does not charge an admission fee, but tickets are required for activities.
  • South Brunswick's VonThun Farms' Fall Festival Weekends are in full swing and include pumpkin picking and a whole host of family-friendly fall activities. Various admission options are available and can be purchased in-person or online.
  • Happy Day Farm's Pumpkin Festival weekends begin on Saturday, September 28 and runs through the end of October. Pick-your-own sunflowers are also available. Happy Day Farms in Manalapan is cash only.
  • Monroe's Etsch Farms is home to its legendary corn maze. The maze is open weekends from now through October 27. The theme of this year's maze is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. It's open from noon to 6 p.m. and costs $12.95 plus tax for maze goers three years of age and up. The farm also offers a yummy bakery and pumpkins for purchase.
  • Cranbury's Stults Farm has pumpkin picking every day beginning on Saturday, October 5. The farm also features a popular produce stand.
  • Terhune Orchards in Princeton gets very busy on weekends. Pumpkin pickings is available from now through the end of October. The orchard also has a unique read and pick program that includes storytime and a hands-on activity that is ideal for ages four through eight. Registration can be done online.
  • Wightman Farms in Morristown offers fall fun on Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Ultimate Farm Experience includes pumpkin picking, a hayride, corn maze, apple picking and more for $20 per person. Other packages are available.
  • Booton's Conklin Farms has pumpkin picking hours on weekdays and weekends. Farm fun includes animals, a maze and a snack shack.
  • Fall Festivals begin at Snyder's Farm in Somerset this weekend and run through October 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fun includes pumpkin picking, hayrides, a corn maze, food and music. A general admission ticket is $13. Kids under two are free.
  • Pumpkins are ready for picking at Battleview Orchards in Freehold. Daily picking is available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hayrides are on weekends only.
  • Bullock Farms in Cream Ridge has fall activities during the autumn season on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A scenic 25 minute hayride, a pumpkin market, corn maze and barnyard are available. Credit cards are accepted.
  • Oasis Family Farm in Robbinsville offers a whole host of activities for fall including pumpkin picking and a Little Monster Kids Trail. Tickets are available for purchase in-person at the farm.