By Daniel Ziegler SYRACUSE, N.Y (NCC News)– Halloween is next week and businesses have been dealing with a surge of customers due to the holiday. One of the most popular things for many people to do this time of the year is go pumpkin picking.
One local business which provides pumpkin picking to locals is The Pumpkin Hollow on West Seneca Turnpike in Syracuse.
The Pumpkin Hollow offers a variety of different pumpkins which come in all shapes and sizes and generally cost between one to eight dollars each. As such, the one dollar baby pumpkins are their most popular selling item.
The motivation behind The Pumpkin Hollow, which has been running for 18 years, is not to make profits. Instead, it is more about giving the children fun memories. A helper at The Pumpkin Hollow, Kelly McGlocklin said,”It’s about putting a smile on the kids’ faces. So that’s pretty unique these days you know. Most places are about making money, money, money and that’s not the object here.”
The Pumpkin Hollow is more than just a pumpkin patch; it is an entire farm. This allows them to offer other activities such a corn maze and tractor rides. Helper Kelly McGlocklin said the benefit to these events are, “It’s setup so that schools are able to do it on their own. They can go at their own pace.”
No farm would be complete without animals, and The Pumpkin Hollow allows visitors to get up close to theirs. These include chickens, cows, goats, and more. You can get right up to the gate the animals are behind and feed them if you want.
The Pumpkin Hollow’s pumpkin patch will not be running for much longer. After Halloween, the patch will be closed until next fall.
However, this closing will only lead to a new holiday venture for the Pumpkin Hollow. After an absence of a few years, the local business will be selling Christmas trees. This starts the day after Thanksgiving.