Celebrate Fall with these Great Activities!

Pumpkin Patches and Haunted Happenings!

North Platte takes its fall fun seriously, and it’s about so much more than football!

Homestead Pumpkin Patch

New this year, and sure to become a staple of the fall fun in North Platte is the Homestead Pumpkin Patch! Located at 6459 S. Homestead Road, the property was purchased expressly for the purpose of creating a Pumpkin Patch!

In addition to four acres of pumpkins – giant pumpkins, miniature pumpkins, white pumpkins, warty pumpkins – squash and gourds, there is fun for the whole family – no matter the age!

At Homestead Pumpkin Patch you’ll find Human Foosball, a Hill Slide, Barrel Cars, Hayrack Rides, a Zipline, and a Jump Pillow. For the little ones there are Corn Boxes and a Trike Track.

To find Homestead Pumpkin Patch, go south on Highway 83 (Or Buffalo Bill) to State Farm Road – west to Homestead – south to the pumpkin patch! They are open Saturdays 10am to 7pm and Sundays noon to 7pm. Admission is $8 per person, with kids 2 and under free. The family cap is $40.

Dusty’s Pumpkin Fest at the Cody’s

Enjoy fun fall events at one of North Platte’s most historic properties. The fun kicks off the last weekend in September and continues through Halloween. Activities include games,
Fun Jumps, Roping, Bumper Balls, Giant Game Tables- Checkers and Pumpkin Tick-Tick-Toe- Corn Hole, Big Building Blocks, Wagon Rides, Petting Zoo, Duck Pump Races, Corn Crib and a Giant Hay Slide as well as the history and mysteries of the Buffalo Bill Ranch.

The concession area includes Tshirts, Sweets, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones, Pop, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Hotdogs and Sandwiches!

Dusty’s Pumpkin Fest
Every Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 6:00pm.

Cody Mansion Candlelight Tours
October 5 & 6, 12 & 13 – 7:30pm. Tour the mansion with costumed docents and learn about the history of the Cody’s time in North Platte

Haunted History at the Cody’s
October 19 & 20, 26 & 27, 30 & 31 – 7:30pm. Enjoy a hayride through the grounds of the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park while listening to some of the more notorious stories to come out of the heyday of the old west.

You’ll find Dusty’s Pumpkin Fest at the Cody’s at the Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area at 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road.

Maranatha Pumpkin Patch

The staff of Maranatha Camp & Retreat Center welcomes your family to the Maranatha Pumpkin Patch! We are excited to host this fall event for all ages. Join us at the Maranatha Conference Center for an indoor/outdoor extravaganza!

Activities include: Hay Bale Maze | Family Photo Station | Corn Box Play Area | Giant Jenga | Pie Eating Contest | Pumpkin Decorating | Apple Launching | Bobbing for Apples | 9-Square-in-the-Air | Archery | Archery Tag | Gaga Ball | Wagon Rides | Bounce Houses

10:00am – 6:00pm ~Every Saturday in October~ October 6, 13, 20, 27. Cost of Admission: 8.00 per person (Price caps at $48.00 per family); Ages 4 and under are free

Pumpkins | Sweet Shop Snacks | Pumpkin Spice Donuts | S’mores for Campfire | Pumpkin Spice Chai | Henna Tattoos | Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream | Paintball | Zipline

Maranatha Camp and Retreat Center is located at 16800 W. Maranatha Road, just south of the nearby community of Maxwell.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Pumpkin Festival

Haunted Trail

Evil is lurking in the canyons south of Brady. Those who think they are brave enough to tempt it can do so from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 12-13.

It’s all part of an annual haunted trail fundraiser hosted by the North Platte Community College Knights Softball Team and Whitetail Screen Print.

“There’s no attraction like it for hundreds of miles,” said Janelle Higgins, NPCC head softball coach. “Haunted houses can be found all over the state, but there aren’t a lot of haunted trails out there. The dark canyons are creepy enough on their own at night, but add the echo of a chainsaw or a scream, and the scare level jumps to a whole new level.”

This year’s trail will be set up in a new location. Instead of being at Potter’s Pasture Old Camp, the hauntings will take place at Potter’s Pasture New Camp.

“We ran out of parking last year at the old location, and people had to park on the road and walk,” Higgins said. “The New Camp is more conducive to large groups. We will still have someone directing traffic.”

The length of the trail will also stay the same at approximately a quarter of a mile.

Admission is $6 cash. No checks, debit cards or credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds will go toward the softball team’s spring travel expenses.

Higgins recommends that those who visit the attraction wear walking shoes and other clothing appropriate for hiking. Anyone under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Potter’s Pasture New Camp is located at: 27747-30499 S. Jeffrey Rd. south of Brady.


What do you get when you cross two of the biggest horror stories of all time?


The theme will take over the Lincoln County Historical Museum next month when the museum and the North Platte Community College Knights Softball Team host their annual “haunted village” fundraiser.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 18-20, Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 30-31. Although open to all ages, the attraction is not for the faint of heart.

“It’s basically going to be a combination of ‘The Purge’ and ‘Saw’ movies coming to life,” said Janelle Higgins, NPCC head softball coach. “There are going to be a lot of new elements this year – new theme, new characters, new obstacles and a new course. We tried to change it up as much as possible to keep it fresh and to encourage people to come back for more.”

Less scary entertainment options will also be available. A section of the museum’s village will be set up with games and refreshments including popcorn and hot chocolate. A variety of glow items, such as swords, will be available for purchase, as will a limited number of pumpkins.

Pursawge will be open from 7-10 p.m. every night with the exception of Fridays and Saturdays, when times will be extended to midnight.

Admission is cash only. It’s $7 for adults and free for children 8 and younger. The Lincoln County Historical Museum is located at 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Avenue in North Platte.