ROBINSON, Texas (KWTX) A local pumpkin patch started just years ago is exploding in popularity bringing in 8,000 visitors last Saturday alone and an estimated 20,000 visitors total from 39 states and multiple countries.
So far this fall, 2,500 children from area schools have also toured the patch on field trips.
Students from the Connally and Hillsboro ISDs were there Tuesday.
Organizers of the Pumpkin Patch at the Point of Truth Church in Robinson says the high foot traffic is a welcome surprise to the church of only 80 members.
"Oh my goodness, I think every year it continues to amaze us," said Pastor David Tenberg.
"It's the little things that if you're faithful, God multiples it."
The patch on old Robinson Road offers free admission, a free maze, free photo ops, free hayrides and the crowd favorite a free deer corn pit.
The pumpkins are the only thing that come with a price and people are paying it.
The patch opened several weeks ago with 10,000 pumpkins and in its final two days is down to fewer than 500.
"It's fantastic how its grown," the pastor said.
The idea behind the patch was to connect the church with the community.
"We want to do community and do life with people," Tenberg said.
"We want people to get the chance to know each other outside the church walls."
The patch has been open to the public throughout the month every day of the week except Sundays.
On Wednesday nights, the church has held a service outside where members worship and listen to testimony from those in the community, which this year included an employee from the Baylor Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center as well as a Baylor baseball and football player.
"We do it outside so as people pass it they stop and ask questions. It's really neat to hear and share why we do what we do," he said.
"I think the one thing that really excites me is when people say there is something really different about this place."
Halloween is the last day for the patch.
It will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the church will also host a trunk-or-treat so kids can stock up on candy and treats.
"We want to let people know that we are just like them and want to see people bring a smile to people's faces."