The heat in the valley is still turned up, but it is technically Fall and that means it is time to plan your visit to a pumpkin patch. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, families are looking to get out and celebrate the turn of the season. If your family is on the hunt for the best pumpkin experience, check out the list of Arizona’s pumpkin patches that All About Arizona News has compiled.
Get ready to do more than pumpkin picking. Many other fun attractions include corn mazes, hayrides, barrel train rides and even laser tag. When it is time to eat, enjoy something from a booth or a food truck.
Before you head out to any of these locations, check their website to learn about any coronavirus safety measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing and timed entries and more.
Old MacDonald had a pumpkin patch, Ee i ee i o! Head to Scottsdale as one of the valley’s most popular pumpkin patch destinations to participate in activities that include a hay bale maze, lawn games and gold panning. Little ones can ride a pony, feed animals and of course pick out the perfect pumpkin to take home. (Pumpkin pricing varies.) Food and drink will be available for purchase from food trucks. The train ride, face painting and caterpillar bounce will not be available this year. Be sure to check their website for discounts.
26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Mondays, Oct. 3-Nov. 1.
$12 on Saturdays and Sundays
$10 on weekdays
Free for age 23 months and younger.
A true fall staple in the Fall of course is Schnepf Farms. Families can enjoy Schnepf Farms’ annual Pumpkin and Chili Party, while having fun on vintage amusement rides, which includes a roller coaster. Other fun activities include zip lines, 4-acre and 10-acre corn mazes, pig races, hayrides, petting zoo and outdoor games. And new this year is a giant Super Slide. Buy your tickets online in advance; admission will be limited to facilitate distancing
24810 S Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek
Tuesdays – Wednesdays – 9:30am-2:00pm – Home Schooled, regular school, online school Day for field trips. Thursdays – 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Fridays – 10:00am – 10:00pm
Saturdays – 10:00am -10:00pm
Sundays – 10:00am – 9:00pm
This farm in Dewey has plenty of options for family fun. Be sure to check out the walk through the custom-designed corn maze pick your pumpkins, and also enjoy a hayride, farm-inspired rides, barn dances, karaoke and more.
12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey
Friday, Oct. 2-Sunday, Nov. 1
Check website for hours and pricing
A farm located on the west side of town is packed with a ton of family fun options. Tolmachoff Farms boasts a 6-acre family corn maze, a mini corn maze for little ones and a haunted corn maze. In addition, they have a petting zoo, hay pyramid, jumping pillow and more. Many great pumpkins to pick from as well!
5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale
Thursday, Oct. 1-Sunday, Nov. 1
Hours vary by day, check the website
Attention residents of Anthem! The fall festival has changed a bit this year. The event will be smaller and have separated patches to provide social distancing. Attendees can reserve a time slot in advance online. Anthem residents are able to select two free pumpkins per household.
Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Phoenix
3-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.
Take in Fall at the 47-acre Mother Nature’s Farm in Gilbert. Admission to the pumpkin patch includes an Oz pumpkin, a hayride, spider web crawl, feeding the animals and Alexander’s Adventure Maze. Families can bring in a picnic lunch and hang out at the picnic tables or in the fields. Food is also available for purchase, cash only.
1663 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26-Saturday, Oct. 31
Head to Mesa to check out Vertuccio Farms for a wide variety of fun fall activities. Admission to the farm includes a 5-acre corn maze, mini hay maze, pedal race cars, giant spider web, extreme air pillow and barrel train ride. The farm also sells pumpkins. Visit their website to choose your timed entry and to buy your ticket.
4011 S. Power Road, Mesa
Thursday, Oct. 1-Sunday, Nov. 1. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Closed Monday, Oct. 5 and 12.
$12 per person, free for age 2 and younger
Buckelew Farm will not be hosting its annual Pumpkin Festival this year. After 30 years, the farm announced on its website in 2019 that its pumpkin patch is permanently closed. The farm, with its 320 growable acres, is not closing but will continue to host the haunted cornfield experience Terror in the Corn. Their Zombie Mud Run will return in 2021.
9312 W. Rillito Village Trail, Tucson
If you are looking for a road trip, heading to Willis Farm in Snowflake might be a great way to spend a Fall day. Willis Farm offers pumpkins, gourds and two corn mazes for all ages. The farm also has a train ride and a game zone. In addition, Haunt Nights take place on Saturday nights in October. Laser tag is available for $8 per person and pumpkins are 45 cents per pound.
381 S. 1st E. St., Snowflake
Saturday, Sept. 26-Saturday, Oct. 31
See the complete schedule and prices online
Pumpkins are an important part of Fall at Apple Annie’s. Located in Willcox, Apple Annie’s Orchard offers you the opportunity to pick out a beautiful pumpkin for Halloween. They grow over 40 acres of pumpkins each year, with 25-30 different varieties of pumpkins, including the very unique WARTY pumpkin, you are bound to find that perfect one for yourself! In addition, the have a Corn-tastic Corn Maze that allows everyone to experience fun as you twist and turn your way out of the largest corn maze in Arizona, 20- acres!!
6405 W Williams Rd, Willcox
Pricing and hours vary, visit their website for full details
The Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival is packed full of family fun activities that include a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, straw mountain, a playland, Coronado Swing, Cyclone Swing, Super Slide, a petting zoo, pig races, peddle cart ride and a little tractor ride. In addition, explore their corn maze on a beautiful fall day.
14901 N. Wentz Road, Marana
Open October 3rd-31st, Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays.
Hours and Pricing Varies, visit their website for details.
Children 34” and under get in free.
The Pumpkin Patch at Viola’s Flower Garden has a little bit of something for everyone! Enjoy the cool air and the beautiful colors of fall while relaxing on their patio, or roaming through the pumpkin patch. Choose from thousands of pumpkins, with a mind blowing 25 different varieties of pumpkins this year. This patch also boasts great photo opportunites and scare crows that are guaranteed to make you smile! Admission is $3 per person, 3 and under are free. Price includes straw bale maze.
610 S State Route 89A, Flagstaff
It is important to note that there are a few annual events will not be held this year. They are:
- The Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden
- Grand Canyon Railway in Williams will not run the Pumpkin Patch Train
- The Rocker 7 Farm in Buckeye is not hosting its fall festival
- Historic Hitchin’ Post Stables Pumpkin Patch Festival