What’s the fall season without a pumpkin (or four) adorning your porch and table?
Here’s where you can find the freshest gourds in town, plus enjoy some family-friendly fall fun while you pick.
Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze and Fall Festival
Admission to this Mesa festival includes a 7-acre corn maze, mini hay maze, a barrel train ride and a tractor train ride. Families can also enjoy the petting zoo, duck races and a giant jump pad. Pumpkins marked for sale are priced by size and variety. Hay bales and corn stalks are also available to buy.
Details: Oct. 2-Nov. 5. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa. $10 Friday-Saturday; $9 Monday-Thursday; children ages 2 and under are free. 480-882-1482, vertucciofarms.com.
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party
Fall for autumn while enjoying the fresh farm air during the annual Pumpkin and Chili Party. Every Thursday through Sunday, families can enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, corn mazes and dog shows. Gypsy Time Travelers, a storytelling husband and wife duo, will be performing at the festival. The party also includes amusement rides, a rock-climbing wall and marshmallow roasting. Train and pony rides, food and pumpkins are available for an extra cost.
Details: Oct. 5-29. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $20; $15 at Fry’s Food Stores; children 2 & under free. 480-987-3100, schnepffarms.com.
MacDonald’s Ranch Annual Pumpkin Patch
Take a train or mule- or horse-drawn hayride to the pumpkin patch. Admission includes a petting zoo, a hay maze, Western games and gold panning. Take a pony ride or feed the animals for an additional $3-$5. Hot dogs, pulled-pork sandwiches, drinks and other food will be available for purchase. Bring a can of food or non-perishable item to receive $1 off admission. Benefits Desert Mission Food Bank.
Details: Oct. 1-31. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Mondays. Closed Tuesdays. Closes at 1 p.m. on Halloween. 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. $12 Saturdays and Sundays; $10 weekdays; free for age 1 or younger. Pumpkins $4-$16. 480-585-0239, macdonaldsranch.com.
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Rocker 7 Farm Patch Festival
Experience the ultimate fun in fall-time family farm activities at Rocker 7 Farm. Help the kiddos pick out the perfect Jack O’ Lantern in the pumpkin patch and see how fast you can get through the challenging-but-fun corn maze. Take amazing pics in the sunflower field and enjoy a relaxing hay wagon ride.
Details: Oct 7-30. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Rocker 7 Farm, 19601 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye. $10 Saturday-Sunday; $9 Friday; free for children in diapers. 623-208-8676, rocker7farmpatch.com.
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Mother Nature’s Farm Halloween Pumpkin Patch
Mother Nature’s Farm hosts a family-friendly pumpkin-patch event. Admission includes a pumpkin and a bag of stickers for each child, pumpkin decorating, a bounce house, a hayride and Alexander’s Adventure Maze. Mother Nature’s Farm has tables and shade trees for a picnic lunch. Snacks and drinks are available at Maneau’s Munchies.
Details: Oct. 1-31. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. 1663 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert. $10 per child; $5 per adult. 480-892-5874, mothernaturesfarm.com.
Tolmachoff Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Pick out a pumpkin (prices vary) and weave through a 6-acre corn maze. Admission includes the maze, petting zoo, play areas and bounce house (weekends only). There’s a haunted corn maze Friday and Saturday nights in October. Go to the website to print a coupon for $2 off.
Details: Oct. 1-Nov. 5. Hours vary, check website. 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale. $12. Free for ages 2 and under. $2 for train rides and tomato cannon. 602-999-3276, tolmachoff-farms.com.
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This family-friendly festival takes people back in time to Arizona’s territorial days on 90 acres of Pioneer’s Western town. Gunslingers, tea parties, hayrides, pony rides, gun shows, an archery range, gold panning and pumpkin painting will help you celebrate the season.
Details: Oct. 14-29. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Pioneer Living History Museum, 3901 W. Pioneer Road, Phoenix. $10, $8 for ages 3-16, free for age 2 and under. Discounts online. 623-465-1052, pioneeraz.org.
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First Christian Church Pumpkin Patch
First Christian Church offers holiday pumpkins and family fun. Attractions include hay bales, pumpkin labyrinth, photo opportunities and a wide selection of pumpkins and gourds. Proceeds support church outreach programs.
Details: Oct. 14-31. Noon-7 p.m. daily. 7405 E. McDonald Drive, Scottsdale. Free; pumpkin prices vary. 480-948-5636, fccscottsdale.org.
Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden
This free event welcomes people of all ages to come stroll through the four acres of the Carefree Desert Gardens and check out the amusing Carefree pumpkins enjoying fall to the fullest and working in the “Carefree Pumpkin Town,” as well as other displays. Attendees are sure to enjoy life-sized, whimsical scarecrows, pumpkin carving, and can admire 3D pumpkin carvings by world-renowned carver and artist, Ray Villafane.
Details: Oct. 20-29. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Check website for specific schedule details. 101 Easy St., Carefree. Free. 480-488-3686, carefreepumpkingarden.com.
Autumnfest Arts & Crafts Fair
Residents of Anthem along with others from around the Valley will enjoy a couple of days celebrating anything and everything to do with fall. The family-friendly event includes carnival and hay rides, pumpkin picking, arts and crafts vendors and more. Once they have chosen the perfect pumpkin, kids can decorate it at the festival.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. ACC Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. Free admission and parking; $5 to decorate a pumpkin. 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem.com/autumnfest.
Willis Farm Fall Festival and Corn Maze
Enjoy a regular or haunted corn maze at Willis Farm in Snowflake. On Saturday nights starting Oct. 7, the maze becomes the “Trail of Terror,” a scary scene not suitable for small children. Laser tag is available for $6 per person. At the farm’s “Pick-a-Punkin” patch, pumpkins are 35 cents per pound. See the website for a complete schedule of activities.
Details: Sept. 23-Oct. 31. Pumpkin Patch: 1-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m-6 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. See website for maze hours. Big maze, $6; Haunts, $15. 381 S. First East, Snowflake. 928-536-7788, thewillisfarm-ranch.com.
Pumpkin Patch Train
Grand Canyon Railway typically takes passengers from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and back. But the train offers special seasonal rides, including the Pumpkin Patch Train. Kids and parents are encouraged to don their favorite Halloween costumes for a trip to a “secret” pumpkin patch.
Details: Oct. 7-29. 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams. $26; $21 for children. 928-635-4010, thetrain.com.
Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze at Mortimer Family Farms
Navigate through a 15-acre custom designed corn maze. Or spend your time gathering pumpkins and other produce through 15 acres of U-pick and pre-picked pumpkins. Attractions include pony and hay-wagon rides, straw maze for kids, food and craft vendors, live music and barn dances. Check the online schedule for additional events, including a tractor pull and fire dancers.
Details: Sept. 29-Oct. 29. Noon-9 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays and Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 9). 12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey. $15 Friday-Sunday and Columbus Day; $10 Monday-Thursday; free for age 2 and younger. 928-830-1116, mortimerfamilyfarms.com.
Apple Annie’s Fall Pumpkin Celebration
Pick your own pumpkin or find a pre-picked one at Apple Annie’s Orchard. The Willcox farm’s Fall Pumpkin Celebration boasts a 20-acre corn maze with two difficulty levels plus a hay ride. A pancake breakfast is available from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and an apple-smoked burger lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin ice-cream and homemade cider donuts will be for sale.
Details: Sept. 23-Oct. 29. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 6405 W. Williams Road, Willcox. $8-$10 for hay ride and maze; $6-$8 for maze only; free for age 2 and younger. 520-384-4685, appleannies.com.
Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival & Corn Maze
This festival features U-pick pumpkins, tractor-drawn wagon rides, arts and crafts, petting zoo, mechanical bull and zombie paintball. The 11-acre corn maze turns scarier at night: The Terror in the Corn haunted cornfield features zombies and ghouls galore, and is not recommended for children younger than 13. See website for discounts on admission prices. Pumpkins cost 50 cents per pound.
Details: Oct. 7-31. Pumpkin festival and corn maze: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Terror in the Corn: About 6:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays and Tuesday, Oct. 31. 17000 W. Ajo Way, Tucson. Fall festival: $12; free for children in diapers. Corn maze flashlight nights (enter after 5 p.m.): $16. Terror in the Corn: $27.50, $32.50 for a Fast Pass. 520-822-2277, buckelewfarm.com.
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