As the sky begins to dim, the rows of string lights overhead began to cast a rustic, golden light over the eager visitors and dozens of pumpkins expertly placed into appealing piles around the Hall’s family farm. The air is filled with the sounds of squealing children and the excited buzz of families searching for their perfect pumpkin.
These things are an integral part of the autumn season you can find all of them at Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze. Located in Grapevine, Texas, just outside of Colleyville and Southlake, this family-owned working farm has been in the Hall-Johnson family for generations.
The land was purchased by Jess Hall and his family in 1929. They grew dozens of different crops but were best known for their tomatoes and cantaloupe. His daughter, Jessie Lou, still lives on and maintains the farm with her children and grandchildren, according to the Hall’s website.
One of the things that sets this farm apart from some of the larger ones is the family feel of it. The Halls provide visitors with pictures of their family through generations, which provide customers with a connection that bigger, more corporate farms lack.
“I really liked that it was family-owned because I like knowing my money is going to a local business,” 20-year-old farm visitor David McCoy said. “They also had really fair prices because it was all on their land so they could afford to.”
Although the Hall’s website lists a $12 parking fee and $8 general admission fee, the information seems to be outdated as visitors haven’t been asked to pay the fees.
Instead,there is free on-site parking and free access to browse the pumpkins, play on the playground and look at the different farm animals. The only activities that require a payment, aside from concessions and purchasing a pumpkin, are the corn maze and hayride, both of which are under $5 and visitors feel are well worth it.
“I’ve been to pumpkin patches where I spend $30 on two pumpkins, have to pay for parking and admission and then the rides on top of it all,” TWU student and farm visitor Courtney Hopper said. “I like that I don’t have to spend my whole paycheck to enjoy it.”
The farm has been operating their seasonal event since 2001, according to their Facebook, and have built up a loyal customer base.
Some reviews on their page are from returning customers that have made the farm part of their annual festivities for the past five years.
The Hall family begins preparing for one of their main attractions, the nearly two-acre corn maze, in late July, according to their Facebook page. Plowing the field and planting the seeds is the first step in creating the unique designs. By the time the Halloween season rolls around, there are three and a half months of work put into the now over six-feet-tall corn and perfectly defined pathways.
The maze isn’t just for children, either. Staff said that it usually takes adults around 15-20 minutes to complete it.
If guests are up for a real challenge, the maze is also available for navigating at night. The farm encourages visitors to bring a flashlight and try their luck at the maze in the dark.
Although the Hall’s have changed and grown their pumpkin patch over the years, adding more photo ops and getting rid of the “haunted” attractions, the family business is still proving that customer service and traditional southern hospitality are enough to run a successful, large business.
Hall’s Pumpkin Farm is cash-only, open seven days a week and will run through October 31st.