Many people around the country celebrate Halloween by carving and displaying pumpkins. However, outside of local grocery stores and farmer's markets, many don't know where to get a pumpkin this time of year. Fortunately, there are plenty of pumpkin patches near Albuquerque where you can pick-your-own orange squash and enjoy some family-friendly entertainment, too.
Stopping by one of these local farms and patches to get your pumpkin supports Albuquerque farmers and gives you an opportunity to enjoy a day outside in the beautiful New Mexico fall weather. Note some of these places are closed or have altered their activities for 2020; see below and local websites for more details.
McCall's Pumpkin Patch
At McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty, about a 40-minute drive from Albuquerque, it requires a full day to get all the fun in. From September 26 through November 1, 2020, enjoy pedal karts, a huge corn maze, and a giant slide for your energetic family members. For a little fun with history, explore the Western town and the miner's shack, and go mining for gemstones. Visit and pet the animals at the barn, check out the goat bridge, and cheer on your favorite at the duck races. After all this fun, don't forget to select your pumpkin to take home.
You can purchase tickets online for those ages 3 and older; children age 2 and under are free. Some activities have an additional cost. The patch is open on weekends for the general public.
Wagner's Farmland Experience
Wagner's Farmland Experience in Corrales is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from September 26 thru October 31, 2020. Have fun walking through the cornstalks, visiting the u-pick vegetable patch, or seeing the newly-expanded pumpkin patch with many to choose from. Guests can also buy jams, drinks, and chiles. The entrance fee includes a stroll through the pumpkin patch, the vegetable picking, and greeting the farm animals, but if you just want to buy a pumpkin you don't have to pay admission.
Wagner Farm Corrales
While the pumpkin patch at Wagner Farm Corrales is open, the Apple Festival & Apple Picking is canceled in 2020. Fall isn't complete without a trip to Wagner Farm Corrales, where the pumpkin patch is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of October 2020. In the heart of an agricultural village, the farm offers fresh roasted chiles, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and thousands of pumpkins for sale. There is no entrance fee and the farm will have tractors on display for photo opportunities, along with apple cider for sale. Typically the farm features hayrides, a 1-acre corn maze, an apple orchard, a vineyard, and a petting zoo. Kids can let off steam on the hay bale structures and enjoy the games in the children's play area—there are even night mazes with harvest bonfires.
Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch
This pumpkin patch is closed for the 2020 season. Head over to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, for the annual Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch. Open daily in October, this multi-acre patch has pumpkins, a mini corn maze, a roping arena, duck races, a corn pit, a harvest maze, tractor races, and other activities geared toward younger kids. Check out the petting zoo and paintball on weekends.
Estancia Rotary Punkin Chunkin'
This event has been canceled for 2020. If you don't need a pumpkin but still want to take part in some fall-themed fun, you can head over to the Estancia Rotary Punkin Chunkin' about an hour from Albuquerque. Started by local farmers in 1995, this annual event is sponsored by the Rotary Club. Proceeds from this October event are used to help local students pay for college—they'll be there showcasing their custom-built machines used to launch pumpkins in the contest. There are usually pumpkins available at the festival as well.
Maize Maze at Rio Grande Community Farm
The Maize Maze is closed for the 2020 season. The Rio Grande Community Farm 5K (3 mile) FarmStrong Run & Scavenger Hunt will be held virtually in 2020 between October 17 and November 1. If you're looking for an educational experience to go along with your pumpkin picking adventure, you can head over to the farm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October to explore its seasonal Maize Maze and pumpkin patch, the nonprofit's biggest fundraising event. The 8-acre maze also includes activities such as pumpkin painting and harvest fun.