It’s officially the beginning of fall here in Arizona, marking the start of ordering pumpkin spice lattes, preparing for the cold and kissing our hot summer goodbye. With October rolling in, it’s finally time to pick the perfect pumpkin and scroll a corn maze or two.
Pumpkin Fest at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Jack O’ Lanterns have taken over the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel and have transformed the resort’s grounds into a spooky getaway for its visitors through Halloween night. Pick the perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch with apple cider in hand. Cozy up by a fireplace with a warm drink. Test your limits with thrilling rides and a labyrinth of hay mazes. The fall fun is endless at Pumpkin Fest.
To learn more about Pumpkin Fest, visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com/pumpkin-fest.
Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch
Calling all little witches and ghouls to venture into the Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch at Paradise Valley Mall. This family-friendly experience encourages guests to dress up in their costumes and prepare for a night of carnival rides and games, face painting and finding the perfect pumpkin to take home. Admission is $5, and the festivities will run Oct. 14 to Oct. 31.
To learn more about Halloween Town, visit www.halloweentownaz.com.
Arizona Pumpkin Patch
Famous for being one of the longest-running pumpkin patches in Arizona, the AZ Pumpkin Patch is back starting Oct. 14 and is bringing all of its pumpkin with it. The patch will feature a multitude of pumpkin sizes and types to ensure each visitor’s pumpkin needs are met. Whether you are looking for a small gourd for baking or an oversized pumpkin for carving with little ones, the AZ Pumpkin Patch has you covered. The patch is located in Queen Creek, with no admission fee.
To learn more about Arizona Pumpkin Patch, visit arizonapumpkinpatch.org/
MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Since opening in 1970, MacDonald’s Ranch’s annual pumpkin patch has been a family favorite destination in fall. Hunt for your favorite pumpkin in the ranch’s expansive patches and enjoy festivities for anyone in the family. Kids will have the opportunity to try face painting, pan for gold and enjoy a small petting zoo, while adults can try their hand at mechanical bull riding or enjoy a romantic horse-drawn ride. The pumpkin patch opens Oct.1 through Oct. 31.
To learn more about MacDonald’s Ranch, visit macdonaldsranch.com/pumpkin-patch.
Pumpkin and Chili Party at Schnepf Farms
With up to 12 rides to experience (including a kid’s Ferris wheel), nine food truck spots, a 10-acre corn maze, games and pig races, visitors are in for a great time at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek. The local favorite pumpkin launch will make its grand return, and be sure to stop by the pumpkin patch to pick out your future Jack-o-Lantern. Admission is $23 a person, and the party will run all October long.
To learn more about Schnepf Farms, visit www.pumpkinandchiliparty.com.
Tolmachoff Farms Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze
Plan a fall outing to Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale and spend the day searching for a new pumpkin, guiding your way through different corn mazes (haunted or child-friendly), and enjoying train rides, petting zoos and much more at Tolmachoff Farms Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze. Admission is $15, and the festivities begin on Oct. 1 and end Oct. 31.
To learn more about Tolmachoff Farms, visit tolmachoff-farms.com.
Fall Festival at Vertuccio Farms
Vertuccio Farms in Mesa offers a pumpkin celebration unlike any other. The Fall Festival offers pumpkins to be picked from a patch or pre-selected in a small store, pumpkin bowling, train rides, slides, pizza and so much more to help guests kick off the start of fall. The festival takes place Oct. 1 through Oct. 31.
To learn more about Vertuccio Farms, visit www.vertucciofarms.com/fall-festival.
Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Fest
Located in Dewey, the Pumpkin Fest at Mortimer Farms is a favorite local tradition, open Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Get lost in the corn maze, ride the barrel train, take on the ropes course and enjoy a bunch of other fall-themed activities within the farm’s 80 acres. And don’t leave without wandering through the expansive pumpkin patch for your perfect pick! Tickets should be purchased at least 24 hours in advance online for $16.50.
To learn more about Mortimer Farms, visit www.mortimerfarmsaz.com/PumpkinFestival.