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Fall is an amazing time of year in Arizona- the temperatures (slowly) drop, and mornings get chilly and the afternoons remain warm. Pumpkin spice everything pops up in all the restaurants and bakeries, and Halloween decorations start to go up in the neighborhoods.
Carving pumpkins is an immensely popular activity this time of year, and in Arizona, you’ll find charming pumpkin patches around the state that are great for finding that unique and perfect gourd. Celebrating Halloween just isn’t quite complete without carving a jack-o-lantern!
Pumpkins are also great for fall decor, and every year it seems like there are more and more varieties of pumpkins to choose from. Big, small, white, yellow, orange; you’re sure to find a pumpkin perfect for your front porch or table centerpiece at one of Arizona’s pumpkin patches.
1. The Pumpkin Patch at Mother Nature’s Farm, Gilbert
Known as one of the best pumpkin patches in the East Valley, you’ll want to get here earlier in the month- they’ve been known to sell out of their beautiful pumpkins before Halloween week! Mother Nature’s Farm is family-owned, and they strive to make visiting their farm a must-do every fall.
The pumpkin patch is well stocked with the orange gourds, with sizes from tiny 1-oz mini pumpkins all the way up to 500-pound behemoths! One of the best features of the farm is the abundance of shade trees, for even in October, the days can get warm and the sun can be a little too much for younger kids.
Other features of Mother Nature’s Farm include food options, a petting/feeding zoo, hayrides, picnic tables, large grassy areas, and a small corn maze. There is more than enough fun to be had for the entire family, and you’ll be sure to leave with memories and the perfect pumpkin for your Halloween celebrations.
- Address: 1663 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85233
- Entrance Fee: $10 per person
- Hours: Fall Hours- 9 am-9 pm
2. Tolmachoff Farms, Glendale
This charming family-owned farm in the West Valley is run by the Tolmachoff family and they have been farming this land since the early 1970s. They run a few themed events throughout the year, and every fall they really bring out all the stops for the season!
The 6-acre corn maze is a different theme every year, and there’s even a tiny corn maze for your little ones. Want a little more spooky in your season? Try their haunted corn maze, which is especially fun in the dark!
Tolmachoff Farms produces pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and you’ll be sure to find the perfect one for your jack-o-lantern. You can also interact with friendly farm animals at their petting zoo, let the kids climb free on the hay pyramid, or hitch a ride on the small train. If you’re looking for a family-friendly pumpkin patch on the west side of the valley, look no further!
- Address: 5626 N 75th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85303
- Entrance Fee: $15
- Hours: Wed-Sun 10 am-11 pm through October
3. Desert Ridge Pumpkin Patch, Phoenix
If you’re trying to find a cute place to take seasonal photos with your kids, the Desert Ridge Pumpkin Patch should be on your list! They really take the presentation of their pumpkins seriously, and you’ll be sure to walk away with memories, photos, and the perfect orange pumpkin.
On select days, you can partake in free apple cider and there are even face painting stations for the kids. The photo wall is adorably decorated with pumpkins and hay bales, and you’ll want to be sure to snap some fun shots here of your baby’s first pumpkin patch.
The Desert Ridge Marketplace is a hub for seasonal activities and festivals throughout the year, so be sure to stop by between October 15th-30th if you’re on the hunt for a pumpkin and a fun time!
- Address: 21001 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050
- Entrance Fee: None
- Hours: Mon-Fri, 4 pm- 8pm; Sat 11 am-8 pm; Sun 11 am-6 pm
4. Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch, Mesa
This pumpkin patch is only open for the last 10 days of October, allowing you to get your fresh pumpkin just in time for your carving party before Halloween. The carnival-like atmosphere is sure to provide a fun time for all families, and they have a huge selection of pumpkins for you to peruse.
With rides for the kids (the littles and the teenagers), hay bale mazes for toddlers, bounce houses, food trucks, and classic carnival games, the Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch should be top of your list for a fall festival. The kids will be entertained for hours while parents enjoy making new memories.
This pumpkin patch is especially geared towards kids ages 2-8, and they’ll especially love parading around the patch in their cute Halloween costumes and painted faces. They can even paint the pumpkins instead of carving, for a masterpiece that’ll last even longer!
- Address: 1901 N Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ 85201
- Entrance Fee: $5
- Hours: Weekdays 4 pm-9 pm, Weekends 11 am-10 pm
5. Vertuccio Farms, Mesa
Vertuccio Farms is a personal favorite and is by far one of the most fun and varied pumpkin patches/fall festivals in the East Valley. From delicious food trucks, being able to pick your own pumpkin right off the vine, a barrel train ride, or the giant corn maze, you’ll be sure to find something for parents and kids of all ages to enjoy!
Their fall festival is called “Cooler Days in the Corn Maze!” and is the perfect way to celebrate the finish of the seemingly never-ending summer. Along with the best corn maze in Mesa, Vertuccio Farm also has a petting zoo that features adorable mini donkeys, goats, and cows, and you can even feed them treats.
There’s a mini-golf course, hay bale towers for climbing, bounce houses, playgrounds for all ages, and obstacle courses for the older kids. It’s easy to spend a few fun-filled hours here, and before you leave you can peruse the pumpkin patch for your perfect jack-o-lantern.
- Address: 4011 S Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212
- Entrance Fee: $12 (under 2 free)
- Hours: Mon-Thurs 3 pm-9 pm; Fri-Sat 9 am-10 pm; Sun 12 pm-7 pm
6. Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek
Schnepf Farms is one of the older family-owned farms in the Phoenix area, and they have worked hard to create a fall festival that is exciting and sure to create long-lasting family memories. Their goal has been to restore vintage carnival rides to their former glory, and they have a collection of almost a dozen rides for all ages.
There are two corn mazes (for kids and adults), a petting zoo, corn hole, yard games, face painting stations, and more! You could easily visit Schnepf Farms multiple times and still find something new to do each time you come. There’s even deer feeding for a more exotic fall festival activity!
Schnepf Farms has its own grill, bakery, and sweet shop (outside food is not allowed) so you are sure to leave with arms full of new pumpkins and bellies full of delicious food. This year, they are adding a haunted house created from an old school bus, and it’ll be sure to give you a spooky time.
- Address: 24810 S Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142
- Entrance Fee: $23.95 per person, under 2 is free
- Hours: Thurs-Sun 10 am-10 pm
7. Pumpkin Fest at the Princess, Scottsdale
If you’re looking for a fancier pumpkin patch and fall festival, look no further. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort is a top-tier luxury resort, but they have made their festival accessible to all who want to have a good time.
Their pumpkin patch has a wide variety of shapes and sizes of pumpkins, and you’ll be sure to leave with the best one you’ve ever seen! You can grab some pumpkin pie and apple cider to snack on as you browse the patch. Wander through the hay maze and enjoy the crisp fall air.
There are fire pits for s’more making, fireworks displays on the weekends, some small carnival rides and swings, and you can even book a room at the resort to make the most of your fall festival-going. The Fairmont Princess Resort is also a great weekend getaway option for parents, with several stay-and-sip options available along with the Pumpkin Fest.
- Address: 7575 E Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
- Entrance Fee: Family of 4- $72 per car
- Hours: Weekdays 5 pm-9 pm, Weekends 4 pm-10 pm
8. Apple Annie’s Orchard, Wilcox
This real working farm in southern Arizona (east of Tucson) is a little more off the beaten path, but well worth the trip. In the fall, Apple Annie’s Orchard features sunflowers, pumpkins, and other late-season produce that you can pick right from the plant yourself.
Their Fall Pumpkin Celebration is especially entertaining for families, with a huge 12.5-acre corn maze, hayrides through the farm, and the opportunity to pick your own pumpkin straight from the vine. They specialize in pumpkins of all sizes, from the tiniest mini gourds to huge pumpkins that might need an extra hand or two to carry.
On the weekends, comes early for a delicious pumpkin pancake breakfast, and afterward, you can pick your own apples from the orchards and grab a freshly made apple cider donut. The Orchard Grill is also open at lunchtime, so you’ll be sure to have plenty of food options.
Apple Annie’s Orchard in Wilcox is the perfect mix of great weather, rows and rows of gorgeous pumpkins, and food and fun for the whole family.
- Address: 2081 W Hardy Rd, Wilcox, AZ
- Entrance Fee: None, but some activities require an extra fee
- Hours: Daily 9 am- 5 pm
9. Marana Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival, Marana
Located just north of Tucson, this small town boasts a big fall festival to rival any found in the big city. With over 50 acres of locally grown pumpkins, you’ll want to take your time to find the perfectly shaped one for you to take home. Kids will especially enjoy exploring the rows of pumpkins in search of their favorite.
With 3 corn mazes of different difficulties, wanderers of any age will enjoy getting lost among the corn as they try to navigate their way out. Also included with admission is a large bounce house, train rides, swings, slides, the petting zoo, mini tractors, and you can even participate in pig races!
This is an increasingly popular pumpkin patch and fall festival in southern Arizona and should be on every family’s fall bucket list.
- Address: 14950 N Trico Rd, Marana, AZ 85653
- Entrance Fee: Thurs-Fri $15, Sat-Sun $17
- Hours: Thurs-Fri 3 pm-8 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am-8 pm
10. Historic Hitchin’ Post Stables Pumpkin Patch, Flagstaff
Heading up north to Flagstaff for a fall weekend? Not only will you find gorgeous golden aspens during the month of October, but you’ll also find a family-run ranch and pumpkin patch. Historic Hitchin’ Post Stables hosts a fall festival every year, complete with all the usual fun with a Wild West twist.
Located just 4.5 miles out of town on Lake Mary Road, this working horse boarding facility also offers trail rides year-round. Every fall, they turn their property into a fall festival wonderland complete with hayrides, pony rides, hay mazes, pumpkin picking, a petting zoo, and homemade ranch cookin’.
If you find yourself up north anytime in the month of October, don’t miss out on a day at Hitchin’ Post Stables for a true western-style fall experience.
- Address: 4848 Lake Mary Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86005
- Entrance Fee: $12 per person
- Hours: Wed-Fri Noon-5 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am-5 pm
11. MacDonald’s Ranch, Scottsdale
During the rest of the year, this ranch offers pony rides for children, stagecoach rides, and group trail rides. During October, the ranch is transformed into a fall festival for all ages! The pumpkins are locally grown by farmers all over Arizona, and plenty of delicious food options are available to make this a fun outing for all.
MacDonald’s Ranch offers a few activities that are unique to the ranch, including panning for gold, pedal cars on a track, lawn games (like a giant Jenga set!), and a petting zoo with potbelly pigs! There is also the pumpkin patch, photo booths, and hay bale mazes. Families are sure to have a memory-filled day at the ranch.
If you want to have tons of fun in a Wild West setting while getting to pick out the perfect locally-grown pumpkin, MacDonald’s Ranch should be on your list!
- Address: 26540 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
- Entrance Fee: $10 per person weekdays, $12 weekends
- Hours: 9 am-5 pm (closed Tuesdays)
Most of Arizona may miss out on the cooler weather, fall colors, and general crispness of the air in the fall months that is so common in other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate October and Halloween just the same!
Carving pumpkins is one of my favorite parts of Halloween, and although you can buy a pumpkin at your local grocery store, going to an actual pumpkin patch just adds to the fun and celebratory feeling of the season.
Visiting a pumpkin patch is becoming more and more popular for families in the fall months leading up to Halloween, and many farms, ranches, and pumpkin patches have really stepped up their game to make buying a pumpkin a memorable experience. With hayrides, corn mazes, homecooked food, cider, and other fall traditions, these pumpkin patches are sure to give you and your children an event to remember.
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Alicia is a trail runner, hiker, ultra-marathoner, and adventurer. She previously worked as a physical therapist assistant for 8 years, and now works as a travel writer while being a stay-at-home mom to her little girl. Alicia is a native Arizonan going back 4 generations and has also lived in Utah and Montana. She is happiest in the mountains with her family, running long miles on trails, and bagging peaks with her baby in tow. Alicia currently resides with her husband, baby, and chocolate lab Maggie in Mesa, Arizona.