Perhaps you grew up in colder climates and chose the luxury homes of Scottsdale for retirement, relocation or a second home. Talk about the best of both worlds: even in the Sonora desert, autumn means pumpkins (without the chilly weather of the north).
You can find family-friendly pumpkin patches in the valley open throughout October.
- McDonald’s Ranch in North Scottsdale is best known for its trail rides, but every fall the pumpkin patch opens up the Annual Pumpkin Festival. There’s something for everyone at this location: hay rides and train rides, a petting zoo, a hay maze, activities and lunch at the Grille. Admission is $10 per day with kids age 1 and under admitted free. Bring one or more cans of food to donate to charity and receive $1 off admission.
- Named one of the Top Five pumpkin farms in the southwest, Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek hosts a Pumpkin & Chili Party. Along with plenty of ready-to-pick pumpkins, Schnepf entertains with a giant slide, fireworks, marshmallow roasts, an extreme canine competition, BMX stuntmasters and more.
- Open through Nov. 10, the Tolamachoff Farms Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze in Glendale features a pumpkin patch along with a 6-acre family maze (a mini-maze is also available for younger kids), plus plenty of farm-themed activities. Admission of $9 includes a petting zoo and pedal carts.
- In Phoenix, the Desert Botanical Garden’s Great Pumpkin Festival runs Oct. 17-20 only. Admission for non-members ranges from $8 to $18 based on age, and includes general admission to the entire botanical garden. The pumpkin festival offers free pumpkins to pick, plus a hay maze, petting zoo, country & western music, carnival games and more.