Halloween is less than a month away and pumpkin patches are sprouting up around Columbia County.
Harlem United Methodist Church opened its ninth annual Pumpkin Patch last weekend at the church on Milledgeville Road.
The patch offers family activities and more than 1,000 pumpkins, event coordinator Debbie Nunley said. Proceeds go to the church’s outreach ministries, including stocking the church food bank and buying Christmas gifts for needy children.
“Last year, we bought Christmas for 28 children that would not have gotten Christmas,” Nunley said. “All that is done through ... the Pumpkin Patch.”
The Pumpkin Patch is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-7 p.m. Sunday through Halloween.
Pumpkin Patch organizers provide a craft, storytime, a pumpkin, a science lesson and a guided tour of the patch for children.
In Martinez, Marvin United Methodist Church opened its ninth annual Corner Pumpkin Patch at the church on Wheeler Road at Belair Road.
Event organizer Richard Albert said the patch offers lots of pumpkins, along with autumn décor including chrysanthemums and hay bales for sale. All proceeds go to support two missionaries in Africa and other outreach programs.
Marvin’s patch is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1-6 p.m. Sunday through Halloween.
The church also is holding a Trunk or Treat trick-or-treating event for children and a chili cook-off on Oct. 31. Anyone can enter the cook-off by bringing a pot of chili, which will be given away. Judges will vote on the winner.
Canned and dry food items also will be collected for It’s Spooky to Be Hungry, a collection for Golden Harvest Food Bank.
Pumpkins also are available in Evans at Wesley United Methodist Church’s annual Pumpkins With a Purpose.
The patch opens Sunday and offers a variety of pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, hay bales, chrysanthemums, violas and pansies, said Kim Bedell, one of the event’s organizers. All proceeds go to the church’s international ministries.
The patch is open 2-7 p.m. Sundays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Halloween.
The church will hold A Night in the Patch, a family movie night, on Oct. 19. The free event is a double feature showing It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and The Three Stooges.
Pumpkinpalooza, family festival, is slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27. The free event includes a variety of crafts, games and rides for children “just to have fun in the patch,” Bedell said.