With the autumnal equinox already behind us, the calendar tells us it is officially fall -- even if the weather says otherwise. To kick off pumpkin spice season properly, we suggest a visit to one of the Oxford-area's pumpkin patches or corn mazes. It may not lower the heat index, but it's still fun for the whole family. Here are a handful of options close to Splinter Creek.
The Jones Family Farm in Water Valley, Mississippi, offers pumpkins and plenty of photo opportunities.
1. Jones Family Farm
The Jones Family Farm is true to its name; it is owned and operated by a United States Marine Corps veteran and his high school sweetheart. They farm 30 acres in Water Valley, Mississippi. They offer photo opportunities, a pumpkin patch, and hayrides. They're open 2-6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. They also sell pumpkins 24/7 on the honor system and you can pay through their website. Find them on Instagram @jonesfamilyfarmsms or on their website.
2. Wise Family Farm
Enjoy themed corn mazes, pumpkin picking straight from the vine, wagon rides, a flower maze, flower picking, a petting zoo and more at the Wise Family Farm. General admission tickets are $13.95 at the gate. Open Sept. 30-Oct. 31 in Pontotoc, Mississippi.
3. A Hallowed Hopewell
Take the kids and trick-or-treat through Camp Hopewell, a ministry of Oxford's First Presbyterian Church, and enjoy a photo booth and some hot chocolate while you're there. Camp Hopewell is located in the Holly Springs National Forest about 5 miles east of Oxford.
The pumpkin patch at St. Peter's Episcopal Church is a fall favorite.
4. St. Peter's Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch
The quaint little patch at St. Peter's church is a favorite site in Oxford each fall. Located just off the historic Square, this urban pumpkin patch is a literal bright spot in the middle of town. This year the pumpkins arrive Oct. 3, and the sales benefit St. Peter’s children and youth ministries.