Fall looks a little different in Arizona compared to other parts of the country. However, with farms throughout the state offering pumpkins, corn mazes, hayrides and family fun, Arizonans still know how to embrace the coming holiday season and enjoy the (eventual) onset of autumn.
“Even though we may not have our sweaters out just yet, the great variety of festivals and pumpkin patches found throughout our state still provide us with the fun and excitement of Halloween and the warmth of the fall season,” says Lisa Urias, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism.
To kickstart the fall-themed fun, here are a few great pumpkin patches in Arizona to navigate a corn maze and pick out a perfect pumpkin.
Sept. 23 to Oct. 29, Select Dates: Apple Annie’s Orchard Fall Pumpkin Celebration
Fall at Apple Annie’s means pumpkins, hayrides, a corn maze, sunflowers and great weather! The 12.5-acre, 600,000-stalk corn maze offers visitors three levels of difficulty to encourage the curious to spend as little or as much time as they’d like. The hayride goes through the farm to the pumpkin patch where guests will encounter a huge selection of pumpkins, from mini to extra-large, growing right on the vine.
Cost: Free admission. Pumpkins and activities are extra.
For more information: www.appleannies.com.
Sept. 23 to Oct. 31: Mother Nature’s Farm Pumpkin Patch
The locally owned and operated Mother Nature’s Farm invites the whole family to find the perfect pumpkin from its patch, stocked with fresh pumpkins daily ranging from 1 ounce to 500 pounds! Open spaces provide a perfect setting for picnic lunches or food and treats can be purchased at the on-site Maneau’s Market. Activities including hayrides, a straw bale maze, bounce house, pedal cars and much more await visitors.
For more information: mothernaturesfarm.com/pumpkinpatch.
Sept. 29 to Oct. 29, Closed Mondays: Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival
Mesa-based Vertuccio Farms celebrates the fall season by offering Cooler days in the Corn Maze, which includes access to its 5-acre corn maze, a petting zoo, super-mega slide, carnival games, a giant jump pad, mini golf, and of course, a huge barn full of pumpkins to take home. This pumpkin patch in Arizona also offers a Pumpkin Paint and Take event on select dates.
For more information: vertucciofarms.com/events/fall-festival.
Sept. 29 to Oct. 29: Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze
Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze is a celebration for all ages, offering a delightful array of activities and unforgettable memories. Located in the town of Dewey, situated in the high desert of Northern Arizona 85 miles north of Phoenix, the farm features a massive corn maze to explore, farm-inspired train rides, hayrides, games, live entertainment and a bustling marketplace, all offering laughter and excitement across the 80-acre farm. Be sure to stop by the pumpkin patch on your way out!
Cost: General admission starts at $16.50.
For more information: mortimerfarmsaz.com.
Sept. 30 to Oct. 29, Closed Tuesdays: MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch
MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch takes the fall fun to a whole new level. While pumpkins of all sizes are available in the patch, this Scottsdale ranch also offers a petting zoo, gold panning, hay maze, lawn games, pedal car track for the kids, hayrides, pony rides and even a scavenger hunt. And the Blazin Barbecue Food Truck is on site to provide tasty snacks and beverages between activities.
Cost: General admission starts at $15.
For more information: macdonaldsranch.com/pumpkin-patch.
Oct. 4 to Oct. 29, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays: Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze at Tolmachoff Farms
Tolmachoff Farms promises an unforgettable fall season with experiences for the whole family. This great pumpkin patch in Arizona ensures visitors head home with the start to an amazing jack-o’-lantern, the 6-acre family corn maze offers a new theme every year, a mini corn maze lets the little ones join in on the fun and the haunted corn maze dares guests to enter. Other activities include a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, pedal cart track and much more.
Cost: General admission starts at $17.
For more information: tolmachoff-farms.com/new/pumpkin-days.
Oct. 5 to Oct. 29: Schnepf Farms’ Pumpkin and Chili Party
The long-running, family-friendly Pumpkin and Chili Party at Schnepf Farms is back for another year! Activities abound at this full-time farm, including a gigantic corn-field maze, hayrides, a petting zoo, kids rides and activities, mini golf, and much more. Don’t miss the big fireworks show each Friday and Saturday night.
Cost: General admission starts at $25.95.
For more information: pumpkinandchiliparty.com.
Oct. 7 to Oct. 29, Select Dates: Marana Pumpkin Patch and Farm Festival
The Marana Pumpkin Patch near Tucson offers 50 acres of homegrown pumpkins from Post Farms to help visitors find a personal favorite to take home. There’s a pumpkin perfect for everyone! Guests can also explore Marana’s exciting corn maze, while also enjoying diesel train rides, a giant jumping pillow, carnival rides, a petting zoo, super slide, paddle boats and even pig races.
Cost: General admission starts at $18.
For more information: maranapumpkinpatch.com/pages/pumpkin-patch.
Oct. 19 to Oct. 31, Select Dates: Halloween Town’s Pumpkin Patch
Grab the family, jump on your broomsticks and fly on over to Halloween Town at Chandler Fashion Center, where adventure awaits for all. Families are transported into the fun of Halloween through rides, games, face painting, pumpkin painting and more. And don’t forget to pick out a perfect pumpkin form the well-stocked patch.
For more information: halloweentownaz.com.