PHOENIX - Move over Charlie Brown! We are taking over the search for the great pumpkin!
McDonald's Ranch - Scottsdale
26540 N. Scottsdale Road
October 1 - October 31
Open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
McDonald's Ranch is the perfect kid-friendly place to celebrate fall and get into the Halloween spirit. Every day from now until Halloween you can catch a fun Hay ride out to the pumpkin patch and pick the perfect pumpkin. While at McDonald's Ranch, jump into sack races, enjoy pony rides, and swing by the petting zoo to meet goats Shrek and Fiona and donkeys Pete and Repeat and pigs Charlotte and her son Jimmy Dean. With so much to do, you'll want to bring a sack lunch and play all day!
Want a few more great pumpkin patches in the Valley?
The Great Pumpkin Festival - Phoenix
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
October 20 - October 23
Papago Park, Phoenix
Enjoy a hayride to 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 friendly animals in the petting zoo, enjoy lively country-western entertainment. Free pumpkins for children 12 and under. Activities and hayride included with Garden admission.
Brooke's Pumpkin Patch at Mother Nature's Farm - Gilbert
1663 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert
Opens September 26
The Pumpkin Patch is stocked with fresh pumpkins daily, ranging from 1 ounce to 500 pounds. Pumpkin weigh-off October 1 with winners announced at noon. $7 per child includes an OZ pumpkin, decorating the pumpkin, air bounce, hayride, straw bounce, feeding the animals and Alexander's Adventure Maze. Adults are $3 to tag along and ride the hayride. Bring a picnic lunch or buy snacks.
Vertuccio Farms - Mesa
4011 S. Power Road
480-650-6606 or 480-650-6611
Admission: $7 per person, ages 4 and under are free with paying adult
Not only can you pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, find your way through corn maze, ride a barrel train, get airborne in the jump house, get to know the resident farm animals, ride the pedal race cars, and check out the educational "pizza farm."
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party - Queen Creek
24810 Rittenhouse Road
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sundays in October
Admission: $15 per person, 2 years and under free
Extra charges for pumpkins, train ride and food/beverage, fireworks Friday and Saturday night. Check at Fry's for discounted tickets.
5726 N. 75th Avenue
October 1-Nov 20 except Mondays in November
General admission $8 per person ages 2 & up. Pumpkins: price varies; train ride: $2 (weekends only).
Pick the perfect pumpkin and explore the 6 acre family corn maze with a scarecrow theme, a mini corn maze and a haunted corn maze. Other activities: petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, adult/child pedal cart track and much more. Admission includes family and mini maze, petting zoo, play areas, bounce house (bounce house on weekends only).
Take a Day Trip to Pick Your Pumpkin
These pumpkin patches and fall harvest festivals take place at real farms that are outside Greater Phoenix, but might make a great day trip for the family. They are probably between two and three hours away, depending on where you live and how fast you drive!
Agua Linda Farm
2643 East Frontage Road
Opens October 7
$5 per person admission includes hayrides, petting zoo and maze.
No additional charge on Saturday movie nights.
On Friday evenings, October 7, 14, 21, 28 there will be a movie night.
Pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, farm raised burgers, you-pick vegetables, Farm Store, homemade pumpkin pie, hay bale maze, live music and movie nights by the pumpkin patch.
Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins
6405 W. Williams Rd.
Willcox, AZ 85643
Opens September 24
$3/person fee includes hayride to the pumpkin patch and children's play area; children 2 and under are free.
Enjoy old-fashioned family fun picking your own pumpkins, fall vegetables and apples. Pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and colors will be available for picking in the pumpkin patch. We-pick pumpkins available. The Corn Maze has 3 levels of difficulty. "All-You-Can-Eat" pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or the Apple Smoked Burger lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your camera and a jacket, as fall days can be quite cool in Willcox.
17000 W. Ajo Way
Gates open 10 a.m.
Last 4 weekends in October
$4 per person admission (children in diapers are free)
The Pumpkin Festival appeals to all ages. Take a tractor-drawn wagon ride into the field to pick your own pumpkin; the Corn Maze will challenge the adventuresome. with Price includes tractor-drawn wagon rides to and from the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are 45 cents per pound. Additional festivities of the day include the 11-acre