maze rank number one on my boys’ list.”
It’s easy to spend a full day at Brock
Farms. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes
are scattered around the field—wagons
and carts make them easy to collect—and
a craft area includes build-your-own
scarecrows and a choice of games. Other
big draws include the haunted hayride
and the massive corn maze. “We start cut-
ting it out in late August,” Brock reports.
The retail store features concrete statuary and fountains, as well as a vast indoor
gardening department. A separate location in Freehold is chock-full of unique
giftware and home décor. Brock’s sister,
Linda, does the buying for the Freehold
store. “She does a good job finding unique
product,” he says.
Long out of the blueberry business,
Ed Sr., now 85, still works 15 hours a day,
seven days a week. “He looks better at
the end of the day than I do,” Brock says.
“He’s a powerhouse!”
Brock Farms’ Fall-o-ween is open the
last weekend in September and all Octo-
ber weekends. Plenty of on-site parking
is available. Call or check the website for
updated hours and activities.
Brock Farms, 375 Route 34, Colts Neck, 732-462-
0900; 4189 U.S. 9 North, Freehold, 732-462-2700
Here are 12 New Jersey farms where
you can pick your own pumpkins,
listed from north to south.
Sat-Sun, 10 am- 5
F 831 Windsor Per-rineville Road; thesun-shineacres.com
Daily, 10 am- 6 pm.
F 155 Fresh Ponds Road;
Daily, 10 am- 5 pm.
Hayride to patch,
F 133 Church Road;
Wed-Fri, 1-6 pm;
Sat-Sun, 10 am- 6
F 1250 Lacey Road;
5: 30 pm; Sat-Sun,
10 am-5: 30 pm.
Hayride to patch
plus pumpkin, $10.
F 280 Chapel Heights
Thurs-Fri, 4-7 pm;
Sat, 10 am- 7 pm.
Weekday admission, $9.95; Sat,
F 420 West Pestalozzi
10 am- 6 pm. Free.
F 451 Route 94;
Weekdays, 3-4: 30
pm; Sat-Sun, 9
am-4: 30 pm. Admission, $7.
F 244 Wierimus Road;
Mon-Sat, 8 am- 5
pm; Sun, 8 am- 4
pm. Free. Hayride
to patch: weekends
F 358 Allen Road;
Daily, 9 am- 6 pm.
F 19 Canfield Avenue;
Daily, 9 am- 5 pm.
carriage rides, $4
adults; $2 kids.
F 472 County Road 513;
Norz Hill Farm
Weekdays, 1-5 pm;
Sat-Sun, 10 am- 5
pm. Hayride to
F 120 South Branch
them year-round.” So,
by 1986, the Brocks were
out of the produce business
and into the nursery and garden-supply
trade. It was around that time that the
family discovered the joy of spreading
Halloween cheer. Brock, his sister Linda
Arcoleo, and a dedicated staff of enthu-
siastic employees—some of whom dress
up as goblins and ghosts—provide the
joy. “Everyone has a smile on their face,”
For Stefanie and Toby Lukins, of Toms
River, a visit to Brock Farms with daugh-
ters Charlie, 3, and Kate, nearly 2, contin-
ues a family ritual. “I remember pumpkin
picking with my grandmother and sisters
when I was a kid,” says Stefanie. “Now
I get to carry on the tradition with my
girls.” The Lukins’s visit last fall included
pumpkins and popcorn, along with a
jaunt through the corn maze. “The girls
were so excited they were big enough to
run through it,” she adds. “They kept run-
ning around and screaming with delight.”
Caswell and husband Rory brought sons
Evan, 4, and Colin, 2. “Personally, I love
the crisp air and fall foliage,” Caswell
says, “but the spooky hayride and corn
Photographs by Laura Moss