October in Arizona not only brings cooler weather, but offers the opportunity to get out of the house and pick pumpkins with the family. If you're looking for a last-minute fun outing with the kids or hunting for your next Halloween jack-o-lantern, you can find a nearby pumpkin patch.
Epiphany's Pumpkin Patch
Epiphany's Pumpkin Patch in Chandler, Arizona is sponsored by Epiphany Lutheran Church (epiphanychandler.org) and traditionally opens two weeks prior to Halloween, starting somewhere in the middle of October. This pumpkin patch offers pre-gathered pumpkins from the field and hosts school tours. The patch is open Monday through Sunday with special hours on the weekend. Contact Epiphany Lutheran Church to get the most up-to-date hours for each October pumpkin season.
MacDonald's Ranch (macdonaldsranch.com) in Scottsdale is a 1,300-acre horse ranch known for its hayrides, horseback riding and pony rides. During the month of October, the ranch opens up its fields for pumpkin-picking . If you have ever picked pumpkins at a farm, MacDonald's Ranch, with its desert location, provides a different ambiance.
Tolmachoff Farms (tolmachoff-farms.com) provides a true, in-field pumpkin-picking experience in Glendale. This four-generation family farm is a few blocks south of Bethany Home Road off 75th Avenue. The farm's "Pumpkin Days" and "Fall Maze" begin October 1 each year and usually run well into late November, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the Arizona fall weather while picking your pumpkins. On-site, you will find a petting zoo, play areas and mazes. On weekends, the farm has a bounce house for the kids.
Forever Yong Farm
Forever Yong Farm (foreveryongfarms.com) is an organic vegetable producer in Amado. It is the closest in-field pumpkin patch to Tucson, located 50 miles south. The operation includes a farmer's market selling organic produce as well as the pumpkin patch. The farm only accepts cash for the pumpkin patch admission fee and at their farmer's market, so bring enough with you.
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