The heat slowly fades away, the leaves change color, and we add more layers to our outfits. One of the best times of the year is just around the corner.

With pumpkin patches, farmers markets, and haunted houses, the options for autumn activities in Omaha are endless.

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard: The iconic pumpkin patch is celebrating its 38th year of operation. As thousands of eager guests flood Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, it’s hard to believe it all started as a small business with a simple vision of creating a family-friendly, farm experience.

Located in Gretna off 180th Street, Vala’s features a corn maze, haunted farmhouse/graveyard, and pony rides, there is plenty of fun for everyone to enjoy. Vala’s Pumpkin Patch also holds special events from September through November, don’t forget to plan your visit today.

Omaha/ Askarben Farmers Market: As summer comes to a close, so does the Omaha and Askarben Farmers Market. With fresh flowers, produce, baked goods, and other specialty items, you won’t want to miss. The Omaha farmers market is held downtown on Saturday while the Askarben farmers market is held in Askarben on Sundays.

The farmers’ markets run through October 15 & 16th so be sure to check them out. To learn more about each location and its vendors, visit omahafarmersmarket.com/about-the-market.

Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch: For the 16th year, Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch has encouraged true adventure and bringing out your inner child. Located in Blair off of Highway 133, Skinny Bones offers a specialty petting zoo, a “tornado alley” and a daunting “frankenslide”.

Junkstock: USA Today named Junkstock one of the “10 Unforgettable Fall Festivals Worth Traveling For.” For a magical one-of-a-kind, festival featuring unique vintage and junk vendors along with fantastic food trucks, bands, apple cider donuts and bloody mary’s!

Hosted the weekends of Sept. 29- Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8 at Sycamore Farms, Junkstock is a seasonal event that you wont want to miss!