Picking your own pumpkins for Halloween decorations and cooking is a fall tradition just about everywhere in the United States. Arizona is no different, and there are several places you can go to enjoy picking your pumpkins from a pumpkin patch, beginning in the end of September.
These harvest festivals are located in the Phoenix area and are presented in alphabetical order, by the name of the farm or location.
If you are willing to drive a couple of hours for a great family day trip check out these harvest festivals within about a two hour drive, give or take, depending on your starting point!
Pumpkin Patches, Greater Phoenix
The Great Pumpkin Festival
Desert Botanical Garden
Papago Park, Phoenix
Visit the Garden's pumpkin patch, where children 12 and under can choose their own free pumpkin. Get lost in the Amazing Hay Bale Maze, visit with adorable farm animals in the petting zoo, enjoy lively country and western entertainment and carnival style games. Free pumpkins for children 12 and under with paid admission to the Garden (children under three are free).
In 2016: October 21 (8:30 a.m. to noon), October 22 and 23 (8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
More about Desert Botanical Garden.
See photos of the Great Pumpkin Festival.
Watch a video about visiting Desert Botanical Garden.
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MacDonald's Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (SW corner of Jomax Rd. & Scottsdale Rd.)
$10 entrance fee per person on weekdays, $12 per person on Saturdays and Sundays, one year old and younger are free. Bring one can of food or nonperishable item for donation to Desert Mission Food Bank and receive $1 off (limit one discount per person).
Admission price includes petting zoo, hay maze, panning for gold, western games, hayride to and from the pumpkin patch, train ride. Pony rides will be $3 for 1 ride or $5 for 2 rides. Pumpkin prices vary by size. Bring cash for vendors.
In 2016: October 1 - 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Wednesdays through Mondays, closed Tuesdays. (closes at 1 p.m. on Halloween)
See photos of MacDonald's Ranch.
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Pumpkin Patch at Mother Nature's Farm
1663 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert
Pumpkin Patch is stocked with fresh pumpkins daily, ranging from 1 ounce to 500 pounds at this family-owned farm. Did you grow a huge pumpkin? Register for the Pumpkin Weigh-Off for cash prizes. Admission of $10 per child includes an OZ pumpkin, an individual bag of stickers, decorating your pumpkin, the air bounce, a hayride, straw bounce, feeding the animals and Alexander’s Adventure Maze. Adults are $3 to tag along and ride the hayride. October 1 and 2 is the canned food drive; bring in three cans of food and get one free adult admission. October 8 and 9 is free Birthday weekend at the farm; if you’re birthday is in the month of October you are admitted free (bring proof of DOB). The Phoenix Herpetological Society's snakes, alligators and reptiles of all kinds will join the activities on October 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.
Bring a picnic lunch or buy snacks. Mother Nature’s Farm is a family owned and operated farm.
In 2016: October 1 - 31, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., close at 6 p.m. on Halloween
See photos of October festivities at Mother Nature's Farm.
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Rocker7 Farm Patch
A fall festival in Buckeye, Arizona, complete with pumpkin patch and corn maze. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $10 per person, and includes all activities on the farm (concessions and pumpkins sold separately), children in diapers are admitted free of charge. On Saturday, October 22 there will be a zipline on the farm (additional charge). Activities include pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay ride, farm obstacle course, sunflower field, tractor tire playground, jumping pillow, educational barn, farmer's market on Saturday and Sunday, mercantile, food trucks, seed bins.
Rocker 7 Farm is a family owned and operated farm.
In 2016: October 7 - 30
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Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party
24810 Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek
At the Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party, activities include hayrides, roller coaster, swinging lady bugz, honeybee adventure, flying farmers ride, carousel rides, jumping pillows, petting zoo, country road rally, rock climbing wall, miniature golf, bonfires, marshmallow roasting, four acre corn maze, ten acre celebrity corn maze, farmhouse museum, Hillbilly Bob’s Pig Races, BMX show, Extreme Canine Dog Show. Fireworks show on Friday and Saturday nights.Train rides, pony rides, food, pumpkins and some crafts have an extra fee. New in 2016: zip line. $18 + tax per person, check Fry's Food Stores for discounted tickets or SRP buy one/get one free coupon. Children age 2 and under admitted free.
In 2016: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October
See photos of October festivities at Schnepf Farms.
Schnepf Farms also is the place for the haunted attraction, The Outbreak.
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Tolmachoff Farms Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze
5726 N. 75th Avenue, Glendale
A 6-acre family corn maze (search for pieces of your map as you walk through), mini corn maze (perfect for little ones), petting zoo, train ride, jumping pillow, haunted corn maze, pedal carts. Admission $10 each ages 2 and up. Extra charge for pumpkins and train rides. Check online for discount coupon.
In 2016: October 1 through November 8. Closed Mondays in October; closed Monday - Wednesday in November.
See photos of October festivities at Tolmachoff Farms.
Tolmachoff Farms also is the place for the haunted attraction, AZ Field of Screams, weekend nights.
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4011 S. Power Rd. Mesa
Admission price includes seven-acre Corn Maze (tribute to Arizona Rattlers); Giant Jump Pad; Giant Tube Slide; Mini Hay Maze; Spider-Web Climb; Duck Races; 1 Barrel Train Ride; 1 Tractor Train Ride (weekends); Petting Zoo. New in 2016: mini zip line. $9 per person, ages 2 and younger free when accompanied by a paying adult. Check online for details special events like Pumpkin Paint and Take, Adopt a Pet Day, 1800's Variety Show.
In 2016: October 1 - November 6
See a photo of the pumpkin patch at Vertuccio Farms.
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All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.