When the trees start to change and there is a chill in the air, that is my signal it is Fall Festival time. Heading to Sonny Acres Farm for their pumpkins and fall festival is a tradition from when I was a child, that I am happy to pass down to my children. Sonny Acres Farm is under new management and promises to keep traditions alive, while adding new features to make their fall festival bigger and better than ever!
Sonny Acres Farm Fall Festival Attractions
Carnival Rides are what separates the Sonny Acres Farm pumpkin patch from the others we have visited. Rides include a small train, car and motorcycle merry-go-round, flying elephants, pumpkin spin, fun house, giant slide, giant swings, jumping pillow, and more. The rides vary for different age groups. The train allows parents to ride with babies, while the giant swings are for older children. Ride tickets are purchased at the ticket booths, cash only, for $1 a ticket. Typically rides were between 3-6 tickets.
Attractions include a family friendly daytime hayride, pony rides, camel rides, kiddie koral with playground equipment, petting zoo, haunted barn, and nightly haunted hayride. The nightly haunted hayride is a popular attraction for high school students in the area. New this year is the jumping pillow! There is enough variety in attractions that an infant through adult have options to enjoy. Attraction tickets must be purchased at a ticket booth for $1 a ticket. For example, the hayride was 6 tickets per person.
Food and Stores at the Fall Festival have grown under new management. There are Halloween costume shops, sweet shops, a farm fresh market, and tons of pumpkins available to purchase. The food vendors and trucks were a new addition this year. Standard festival food is available, such as hot dogs, burgers, fries, kettle corn, and funnel cakes. Some new additions were beef sandwiches, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, apple cider donuts, roasted corn, and tacos. Some food vendors took tickets and some vendors were on a credit card or cash only system. Each vendor was different.
Tips for Your Visit
- Bring a wagon or stroller for little ones. There are some muddy areas while walking from the parking lots. There are wagons available to rent for wheeling pumpkins around, but not for children.
- If you are interested in the rides and attractions, try to come on a Wednesday! Sonny Acres Farm offers a $15 wristband from 2pm-6pm for unlimited amusement rides, pony rides, day hayrides, jumping pillow, spook shed and the improved Kiddie Koral.
- On Thursday ladies receive 50% off on the Haunted Barn admission from 7:00 -10:00 pm.
- Remember to bring cash to avoid ATM fees!
Hours and Location
Sonny Acres Farm
29W310 North Ave
West Chicago, IL 60185
Fall Festival Runs: September 14 – November 3, 2019
Monday and Tuesday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (wristband 2pm – 6pm)
Thursday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Looking for more pumpkin time fun? Check out these pumpkin patches near you!