You know fall has officially arrived when the leaves begin to change color, the weather starts to grow crisp and the smell of bonfires fill the air. And nothing symbolizes the season better than pumpkins. From pumpkin pie and pumpkin-flavored lattes to jack-o-lanterns and Halloween decorations, pumpkins are everywhere by the time October rolls around.

Since it’s never too early to start your search for that perfect pumpkin, I have compiled a list of Central Ohio pumpkin farms. Most offer a combination of pick-your-own and pre-harvested pumpkins, as well as holiday-themed activities ranging from hayrides to petting zoos.

Circle S Farms Where: 9015 London Groveport Rd., Grove City, OH 43123 When: Daily, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. How much: $8 per person (admission includes a hayride, fun barn, petting zoo, corn/sunflower mazes and a bale cave), $3.50 per pumpkin

More information is available here .

Devine Farms Where: 672 National Rd., Hebron, OH 43025 When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. How much: FREE parking & admission,  $1 per ticket or $14 for an All Day Pass/Stamp (most activities require 1-2 tickets - click here for activities info) * Only accepts cash or checks with proper ID, no credit cards

More information is available here .

Hidden Creek Farms Where: 581 S. Galena Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074 When: Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. How much: $5 per person (admission includes a hayride, straw maze, farm animals, pumpkin slide and more) * Only accept cash or checks with proper ID, no credit cards

More information is available by calling 740-815-9371.

Hoffman’s Farm Market Where: 800 Hilliard-Rome Rd., Columbus, OH 43228 When: Saturdays and Sundays in October, 1-5 p.m. How much: $3.50 per person for hayrides, $0.25/lb for pumpkins

More information is available by calling 614-878-5161

Jacquemin Farms Where: 7437 Hyland Croy Rd., Plain City, OH 43064 When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 1-6 p.m. How Much: $1 hayrides to the pumpkin patch, $5 admission to the Kiddie Playland, ages 10 and under (admission includes a straw maze, grain boxes, giant air toys and free hayrides)

More information is available here .

Leeds Farm Where: 8738 Marysville Rd., Ostrander, OH 43061 When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. How much: $2 hayrides, $7 Barn Pass admission (admission includes mini zip lines, the pumpkin jump, a corn box and more)

More information, and a coupon for $1 off admission is available here .

Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm Where: 2920 St. Rte. 203, Radnor, OH 43066 When: Weekends, 11 a.m.-dark; Weekdays, 5 p.m.-dark How much: FREE parking & admission (jumping house, petting zoo, corn maze and free hayrides on the weekend)

More information is available here .

Miller’s Country Gardens Where: 2488 St. Rte. 37 W., Delaware, OH 43015 When: Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. How much: FREE parking and rides to the pumpkin patch

More information is available here .

Happy hunting! And check back later this week, when I highlight more pumpkin farms that also boast some of Central Ohio's best corn mazes.