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 at the farm in the beautiful New Mexico fall weather.
Galloping Grace Pumpkin Patch
Head over to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, for the annual Galloping Grace Pumpkin Patch. Open daily in October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 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. There is also a country store and fall decor for sale. The patch supports the Galloping Grace Youth Ranch in Rio Rancho, where any child can ride horses and learn about ranch life and responsibilities.
Galloping Grace also has summer camps and special seasonal activities for children.
Maize Maze at Rio Grande Community Farm
If you're looking for an educational experience to go along with your pumpkin picking adventure, you can head over to the Rio Grande Community Farm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October to explore its seasonal Maize Maze and pumpkin patch. The fun and adventure of the eight-acre maze also include activities such as pumpkin painting and harvest fun. On the Saturday before Halloween, the Fall Festival and FarmStrong Fun Run will take over the farm as a fundraiser for local charities.
McCall's Pumpkin Patch
There is so much to do at McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty, New Mexico, that it requires a full day to get all the fun in. There are hayrides, 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, check out the goat bridge, cheer on your favorite at the duck races, and clap to the music played by the hillbilly band. After all this fun, don't forget to select your pumpkin to take home.
You can purchase tickets online or at the gate, and the patch is open on weekends for the general public and reserved for groups during the week. McCall's Pumpkin Patch opens in late September.
Wagner Farms in Corrales
Fall isn't complete without a trip to Wagner Farms. In the heart of agricultural Corrales, the farm offers fresh roasted chiles, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and a place to pick out a pumpkin or two. Wagner Farms also features hayrides, a one-acre corn maze, an apple orchard, a vineyard, and a petting zoo. Kids will 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. Starting in late September, the maze is open seven days a week, Sunday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Additionally, Wagner Farms celebrates an annual Apple & Pumpkin Fest on a mid-October weekend.
Wagner's Farmland Experience in Los Lunas
Wagner's Farmland Experience in Los Lunas has the same type of family fun as the attraction in Corrales, but you can enjoy two corn mazes here in addition to the farm animals and fall activities. Starting in late September, Wagner's transforms the farm into an exciting pirate adventure which is open every night of the week. There is also a u-pick flower and vegetable patch alongside the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and every Saturday night, the farm hosts a haunted night in the mazes.
Punkin Chunkin Festival
If you don't need a pumpkin but still want to take part in some fall-themed fun, you can head over to the Punkin Chunkin Festival in Estancia. Started by local farmers in 1995, this annual event, now sponsored by the Rotary Club, includes a contest where builders create and use trebuchets to throw pumpkins with the goal of tossing them the longest distance. 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 is also a pumpkin patch just north of Estancia on the way to the Punkin Chunkin, and there will be pumpkins available at the festival as well.