Costumed kids prepare for fun at the city of Gardner’s annual Boo Bash. This year’s event will be on Oct. 27. Submitted photo

Costumed kids prepare for fun at the city of Gardner’s annual Boo Bash. This year’s event will be on Oct. 27. Submitted photo

Danedri Thompson
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There’s plenty to be spooked about in the rural areas surrounding southwest Johnson County this fall. From hayrack rides to pumpkin patches and wineries, agriculture tourism has found a fall home nearby. There are also several events and parties planned for the Halloween season.
Peckham’s Pumpkin Patch
4567 Marshall Rd
Rantoul, KS
(785)878-3793
www.pleasantridge.com/
Now in its 27th year, Peckham’s Pumpkin Patch entertains families by daylight with a pumpkin patch, hay rides, tube slides, duck races, bounce houses and a maze made of 180 giant hay bales. The patch features more than 5 acres of pumpkins. Several pumpkins are also available near the parking lot, so guests don’t have to take the hayrack ride through the woods and down the hill from the corn crib to pick the perfect gourd. The pumpkin patch is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 31.

Trick or treaters gather candy from extravagantly decorated cars during Indian Creek Community Church’s annual Trunk or Treat event. This year’s event will be on Oct. 25. File photo

Trick or treaters gather candy from extravagantly decorated cars during Indian Creek Community Church’s annual Trunk or Treat event. This year’s event will be on Oct. 25. File photo

Pome on the Range
Orchard & Winery
2050 Idaho Road
Williamsburg, KS
(785) 746-5492
http://pomeontherange.com/
With an orchard and winery as well as a large pumpkin patch, Pome on the Range offers family-friendly entertainment on weekends throughout October.
There are still pumpkins to be found at Pome on the Range and apples are still available in the orchard. Weekends in October, Pome staff take guests on rides in horse-drawn wagons to the orchard and pumpkin patch. In addition to produce, the orchard and winery features a shelter building with picnic tables, a pond with ducks to feed, two larger ponds stocked with fish for anglers, and a cutting from one of the original Rambo apple trees planted in Ohio by famed Johnny Appleseed.
While there, visitors can sample a variety of apple wines including the orchard’s hooch, which is an apple-raisin blend.
Pome on the Range is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

KC Pumpkin Patch
13875 S. Gardner Rd
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 484-6251
www.kcpumpkinpatch.com
Billing itself as Kansas City’s premier “haycation,” the KC Pumpkin Patch recently opened its new location in Olathe. With more than 60 activities, guests can, of course, pick out a pumpkin, but also get lost in a corn maze. Some favorites from the former location remain, including a slide mountain, a goat walk, gourd gun and a jumping pillow. The patch also features zip lines and many more activities for kids.
There are activities for adults as well. KC Pumpkin Patch owners also opened a winery, KC Wine Co., right next door to the pumpkin patch.
The pumpkin patch is open seven days a week through Oct. 31. Monday through Friday, KC Pumpkin Patch is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s open from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Midland Train of Terror
Baldwin City Santa Fe Depot
1515 W. High Street
Baldwin City, KS
(913) 721-1211
www.midlandrailway.org/
All abroad the scariest train trip in Kansas. The Midway Railway Historical Association is offering guests a chance to take a trip on the Night Train of Terror: Next Stop Insanity! On weekends, Kansas’ only haunted train docks in Baldwin City offering locals the chance to take a terrifying one-hour ride to Norwood, Kan. Riders move through the country side in a dark train cabin Along the way, visitors can check out the haunted baggage car filled filled with scares.
The haunted train trip features performers from Johnson County Community College. When the train docks in Norwood, performers will load the train back for the return trip. The train is a haunted house on the tracks.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. The trips depart from the Baldwin City depot at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 10 p.m. on Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31.
Trunk or Treat
6 p.m., Oct. 25
Wheatridge Middle School parking lot
Children and parents can enjoy a safe trick-or-treating event on Oct. 25. During the event costumed children can trick or treat from a line up of extravagantly decorated vehicles parked at Wheatridge Middle School.
There is no cost to attend. The fun begins at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25 and ends at 7:30 p.m.
Boo Bash
Celebration Park
Gardner
6 p.m., Oct. 27
The city of Gardner will host its 19th Annual Halloween Boo Bash event on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Celebration Park, 32501 W. 159th St.
Children 12 and under will enjoy a costume contest, games and prizes, heaps of candy, a hayride along the park trails, fun-filled activities and more. The city will also provide free pop and popcorn and have concession stands open for service. The evening will conclude with the announcement of the costume contest winner at 7:45 p.m., followed by a live fire-eating performance and a grand-prize drawing.
There is an admission fee, but parents and children under the age of two get in free. All children will receive an all-access wristband, now available for pre-purchase from the Gardner Parks and Recreation counter at Gardner City Hall. Wristbands will also be available at the door. In case of inclement weather, the delay date is Oct. 29.
Halloween Fest
4 p.m., Oct. 25
Edgerton City Hall
The city of Edgerton will host its annual Halloween part from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 25. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and bring carved pumpkins to compete in contests. Complimentary walking tacos will be served and guests will be treated to a magic show during the event. Contest sign up will open from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. will winners announced at 5:50 p.m.
Trunk or Treat
7 p.m., Oct. 29
Grace Community Church
19300 S. 169 Hwy, SH
Grace Community Church will host a Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 29. During the event, guests can enjoy safe trick or treating from cars decorated and lined-up in the church parking lot. The event starts at 7 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m.
Fall Fest at Mildale Farm
9 a.m., Oct. 31
Johnson County Parks and Recreation will host its annual Fall Fest at Mildale Farm from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Halloween, Oct. 31. The popular, free event includes a variety of activities including hayrides, a pumpkin patch for kids, fishing, storytelling and opportunities to explore the site.