October in Arizona isn't just about spooky ghosts and haunted houses. Navigate a corn maze, pick out your perfect pumpkin or just indulge in the fall-themed fun at these autumn events around the state.
Fall may look a little different in Arizona than in other parts of the country, but we still know how to embrace the changing season and enjoy the onset of autumn. To kickstart the fall-themed fun, we rounded up a few great festivals and places to navigate a corn maze and to pick out your perfect pumpkin!
Please check each event's website or social media pages before venturing out to confirm any restrictions or changes that might impact your visit.
Fall festivals in the Greater-Phoenix area
Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival Where: 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa (between the US 60 and 202 San Tan Freeway) What: Activities on this 25-acre farm include a pumpkin patch, corn maze, zip line, hay climb, "spider web" crawl, giant tube roll and playground. When: October 1 - 31 Tickets: $15 per person (children 2 years and under free)
Local First Arizona Fall Fest Where: Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver Street, Phoenix What: This family- and pet-friendly event celebrates all things local to Arizona. Held outdoors, the festival features 100 local vendors, live music, food samples from local restaurants, an Arizona beverage garden, kids activities, and a silent auction and raffle. When: November 5 Tickets: Free
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party Where: 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek What: Part amusement park, part family farm, Schnepf's annual fall party is fun for both kids and adults. Spend your time playing mini-golf, wandering two corn mazes and riding the roller coaster. Or take a seat on the miniature train—day and "spooky" (night) times available. And, of course, it wouldn't be a chili party without plenty of chili and BBQ. When: Thursday thru Sunday, October 1 - 31 Tickets: $23.95 per person (children 2 years and under free) / discounts available
Tolmachoff Farms Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze Where: 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale What: There's a big pumpkin patch, of course, but the highlight here is the farm's three themed-corn mazes: one for kids, another with a hidden puzzle, and a haunted maze (Fridays and Saturdays thru October 31 only). When: October 1 - 31 Tickets: $17 per person (children 2 years and under free) / Haunted Corn Maze starts at $25 per person
Mother Nature's Farm Halloween Pumpkin Patch Where: 1663 E Baseline Road, Gilbert What: Bring a picnic lunch. You're likely to be hungry after you pick your pumpkin, take a hayride, go through the spider web crawl, feed the animals and complete Alexander’s Adventure Maze. Don't forget to stop in at the Farm Boutique for some cute holiday decor and treats. When: late September - October 31 Tickets: $12 per person (on sale at the entrance) / Concessions and food for the animals is CASH ONLY.
MacDonald's Ranch Pumpkin Patch Where: 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale What: Pick your pumpkin or pan for gold at this family-run and family-friendly ranch. Other activities include a hay-bale maze, petting zoo, photo areas and lawn games, as well as barrel train and a mechanical bull. When: October 1 - 31 Tickets: $13 per person (closed Tuesdays) / discounts available
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Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze Where: 12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey — about 1.5 hours north of Phoenix What: Fun for the whole family, day and night. During the day, enjoy activities such as 40 (!) farm rides, u-pick fields, a 15-acre corn maze, ziplines, and a ropes course. At night, fire dancers, karaoke, pig races and barn dances add to the fun. Some activities are only available during the weekend; check the site for details. When: October 1 - 31 Tickets: $ 22.50 per person (Saturdays and Sundays), $15.50 per person (Monday - Friday), and free for children 2 years and under
Willis Farm Fall Festivities & Haunted Corn Maze Where: 381 S. 1st Street East, Snowflake — about 3 hours northeast of Phoenix What: What separates this fall farm event from others is the addition of a game room and laser tag. Choose from two separate corn mazes, one of which gets overrun each Saturday evening with ghosts and ghouls as it transforms into a haunted maze. When: Late September thru October; closed Sundays Tickets: Ticket prices vary by activity, from $4-$22 per person
Fall events in southern Arizona
Apple Annie's Orchard & Pumpkin Patch Where: The Pumpkin Patch - 6405 W. Williams Road, Willcox — about 1.5 hours east of Tucson What: Pick from more than just pumpkins at this popular southern Arizona orchard where you'll frequently see people pulling small wagons with buckets ready to fill, or families with strollers attempting the 20-acre corn maze. When: Open year-round; pumpkins only available late September thru October Tickets: Free to enter; produce prices vary by item and weight Corn maze is $9 (12 and older), $7 (ages 3-11), and free for children under 2
Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival Where: 14901 N. Wentz Road, Marana — just north of Tucson What: Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, where pumpkins are only 50 cents per pound. Enjoy train rides, a petting zoo, a zipline, a corn maze, and even a pumpkin cannon! When: Thursday thru Sunday in October Tickets: $18 - $20 per person (kids 2 and under are free) / Zipline, pony rides and cannon are extra.
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