Picking your own pumpkins for Halloween decorations and cooking is a fall tradition just about everywhere in the United States. Arizona is no different, and there are several places you can go to enjoy picking your pumpkins from a pumpkin patch, beginning in the end of September.
These harvest festivals are located in the Phoenix area and are presented in alphabetical order, by the name of the farm or location. If you are willing to drive a couple of hours for a great family day trip check out these harvest festivals within about a two hour drive, give or take, depending on your starting point!
Pumpkin Patches, Greater PhoenixThe Great Pumpkin Festival
Desert Botanical Garden
Papago Park, Phoenix
Visit the Garden's pumpkin patch, where children 12 and under can choose their own free pumpkin. Get lost in the Amazing Hay Bale Maze, visit with adorable farm animals in the petting zoo, enjoy lively country and western entertainment and carnival style games. Free pumpkins for children 12 and under with paid admission to the Garden (Children under three are free). Most activities and hayride included with Garden admission. There may be some activities that have an additional charge.
In 2013: October 17 - October 20
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MacDonald's Ranch Pumpkin Patch
26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (SW corner of Jomax Rd. & Scottsdale Rd.)
Petting zoo, hay maze, sack racing, a gem mine, western golf game, horseshoe pits. Additional vendors will be offering face painting, sand art. Train ride to and from the pumpkin patch. See the goats, sheep, cows, chickens, ducks, the miniature donkeys Pete and Repeat and all of the other critters. Pony rides available for those that complete a liability release, no charge but tips are appropriate so bring some cash. $10 entrance fee per person. Bring one or more cans of food for donation and receive $1 off (limit one discount per person). Pumpkin prices vary by size. You may bring your own sack lunch.
In 2013: October 1 - 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (closes at 1 p.m. on Halloween)
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Pumpkin Patch at Mother Nature's Farm
1663 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert
Pumpkin Patch is stocked with fresh pumpkins daily, ranging from 1 ounce to 500 pounds at a family owned farm. Did you grow a huge pumpkin? Register for the Pumpkin Weigh-Off for cash prizes. Pumpkin weigh-off October 5, 2013, winners announced at noon. $10 per child includes an OZ pumpkin, an individual bag of stickers, decorating your pumpkin, the air bounce, a hayride, straw bounce, feeding the animals and Alexander’s Adventure Maze. Adults are $3 to tag along and ride the hayride. Bring a picnic lunch or buy snacks. Mother Nature’s Farm is a family owned and operated farm.
In 2013: October 1 - 31
See photos of October festivities at Mother Nature's Farm.
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party
24810 Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek
At the Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party, activities include hay rides, pig races, roller coaster, swingin lady bugz, honeybee adventure, country road rally, miniature golf, 4 acre and 10 acre maze, flying farmers ride, bon fires, marshmallow roasting, carousel rides, petting zoo, lil farmers play yard, BMX show, live entertainment and extreme canine show (Thursday only). Fireworks Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 9:30 p.m. Additional costs for food, pumpkins, crafts, pony rides and a train ride that becomes spooky at 6:30 p.m. $17 per person. Check at Fry's for discounted tickets.
In 2013: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October
See photos of October festivities at Schnepf Farms.
Tolmachoff Farms Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze
5726 N. 75th Avenue, Glendale
A 6-acre family corn maze (search for pieces of your map as you walk through), mini corn maze (perfect for little ones), petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, farm theme activities (corn grinder-grind corn to feed chickens), play area (corn box, adult/child pedal cart track). Admission $9 each ages 2 and up, includes family & mini maze, petting zoo, play areas, bounce house (bounce house weekends only). Extra charge for train ride (weekends only). Check online for discount coupon.
In 2013: October 1 through November 10 except Mondays and Tuesdays in November. Open on Columbus Day.
See photos of October festivities at Tolmachoff Farms.
4011 S. Power Rd. Mesa
Admission price includes Corn Maze; Extreme Air Pillow; Giant Tube Slide; Mini Hay Maze (for young children); Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins priced as marked); Pedal Race Cars; Barrel Train Ride; Farm Animals; Bounce House; Playground. $8 per person, ages 3 and younger free when accompanied by a paying adult. A Season Pass is $20 per person and includes unlimited access to the Fall Festival without black-out dates. Hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
In 2013: September 27 - November 3, 2013
See a photo of the pumpkin patch at Vertuccio Farms.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.