Carve out some time to visit pumpkins patches and celebrate fall.
Looking for the perfect pumpkin to carve into a jack-o’-lantern or bake in a pie? If you want to put a little pizzazz into your pumpkin search, we’ve rounded up some top pumpkin patches, festivals and farms with activities the entire family can enjoy.
Pack a picnic or enjoy a stroll through the gardens during the Dallas Arboretum’s 14th annual fall festival. The scenic venue has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel and one of Architectural Digest’s “15 Breathtaking Botanical Gardens to Visit This Season.” This year’s Autumn at the Arboretum steps into the world of a beloved comic strip with the theme “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Housing more than 90,000 pumpkins, the internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village will be home to the Peanuts gang — Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Peppermint Patty and friends. Pumpkins are available for purchase, and special events this year include Tricks and Treats Scavenger Hunts, Thursdays through Oct. 31; carving demos on Great Pumpkin Fridays, every Friday through Oct. 25; and Charlie Brown’s birthday party with ice cream, cake and classic lawn games, Oct. 30.
Through Oct. 31, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. dallasarboretum.org.
Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze
Of course there are plenty of pumpkins, but it’s the two-acre corn maze that’s the standout attraction on the Hall family farm in the heart of Grapevine. The tallest stalks reach as high as nine feet, and the real challenge comes after dark for those who attempt to make their way by flashlight. Evening hayrides run approximately every 30 minutes from 5 p.m. to close on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Activities best-suited for tiny tykes are the hay-bale maze and the miniature tractor corral, and older kids can crawl around on antique farm equipment and visit the chickens and rabbits. Take your camera for photo ops at this attraction, which features displays of pumpkins ready for purchase and a pie pumpkin patch for those who want to select their own.
Through Oct. 31, Fridays from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 8 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m. (except on Columbus Day, Oct. 14, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.), at 3420 Hall-Johnson Road, Grapevine. All fees are cash only. hallspumpkinfarm.net.
Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
Brute strength — or maybe the help of a little red Radio Flyer wagon — is all you need to hoist these plump specimens from the ripe rows of pre-picked pumpkins that are ready to go at the Double Oak Ranch. On owner Jan Balekian’s front lawn, children delight in posing for photos with their favorite yard-art cartoon characters, hundreds of which Balekian hand-painted. The volunteer staff members keep watchful eyes on the children as they wind their way through the two hay-bale mazes, play on the merry-go-round, burn off energy in bounce houses and glide down the inflatable slide. Kids can also travel by train or by tractor for a good old-fashioned hayride around the grounds.
Through Oct. 31, daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound. flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com.
Big Orange Pumpkin Farm
For wide open spaces and fresh country air, head for this family-owned attraction at Preston Trail Farms. The location houses a general store that offers feed, hardware, food and gifts. You’ll find plenty of pumpkins off the vine here and can browse the pumpkin patch as much as you like. Visit the creatures in the petting barn, including goats and sheep. There’s also a hay-bale maze and weekend farm train rides.
Through Nov. 27, daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 15102 State Highway 289, Gunter (about 23 miles north of Frisco). prestontrailfarms.com.
Storybook Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Owned and operated by the nonprofit River Ranch Educational Charities, this pumpkin patch features pony rides, bounce houses, a petting zoo filled with farm animals, a hay-bale maze and wagon tours through an old Western town made up of authentic late-19th-century buildings moved to the ranch from locations throughout the United States.
Through Oct. 31, Saturdays from 9 a.m. until dark, Sundays-Fridays from 10 a.m. until dark, at Storybook Ranch at, 3701 S. Custer Road, McKinney. storybookranch.org.
Pumpkin Patch at the Farm
Get out of the city and breathe in some fresh fall air at this pumpkin patch south of Mansfield. Attractions include bounce houses, pony rides, duck races, a petting zoo, a train ride, a hayride, a wooden maze, and a train and tractor playground. Each child can choose a pie-size pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and decorate it with markers.
Wear costumes and trick-or-treat on the farm on Oct. 26.
Through Nov. 17, Saturdays-Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Country Critters Farm, 3709 County Road 617, Alvarado. countrycrittersfarm.com
Poncho’s Pumpkin Patch
Visit this 1890s Victorian farmhouse in the heart of Plano for a dose of history and culture. Poncho’s Pumpkin Patch is the perfect place for fall photos, along with a hay-bale maze and plenty of pumpkins for purchase. All pumpkin sales benefit the museum, which aims to preserve history through its historical tours and educational field trips.
On Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon, children ages 18 months to 9 years are invited to come in costume and trick or treat on the farm. Along with trick-or-treating, children can play games, hear a story and take a wagon ride. Reservations required.
Through Oct. 31, Tuesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. heritagefarmstead.org.
Yesterland Farm’s annual fall festival is packed with amusement rides, a corn maze, a cannon that shoots candy, pig races, live music and other fun attractions and activities. On Friday and Saturday nights in October, stay late for fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Visitors will find gourds of all shapes and sizes in the pumpkin patch. There is also an assortment of pumpkins in the exit barn in case you want to grab one more on your way out.
From Oct. 25 to Oct 27, kids can dress in their Halloween best (no masks) and join in a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt.
Through Nov. 3, Fridays in October from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Yesterland Farm, 15410 Interstate 20, Canton. yesterlandfarm.com
More pumpkin fun
- St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch: The patch is open through Oct. 31 at the intersection of Audelia and McCree, just north of Northwest Highway in Dallas.
- Pumpkins on the Prairie In addition to a pumpkin patch, there’s a kids patch with a hay maze, face painting, bounce house and pumpkin launching. Through Oct. 31.
- Perry Pumpkin Patch Lawn games, a pie-eating contest and story time are part of the fun at this Oct. 19 pumpkin party on the grounds of Carrollton’s historic Perry home. Costumes are encouraged. Pick out a free pumpkin (one per person) with a donation of a canned or boxed food item.
- NorthPark Center Pumpkin Patch Take a fall family photo among the pumpkins and hay bales spread throughout the 1.4 acre CenterPark Garden. Through Oct. 31.
- Fall Festival at the Plaza Snap a photo with a baby llama and other animals in an exotic petting zoo, get your face painted, play carnival games, go on a hayride, and more, Oct. 26 at Castle Hills Village Shops and Plaza.
- Lola’s Pumpkin Patch Lola’s Local Market hosts a pumpkin patch Tuesdays through Sundays through Nov. 2. Plan your trip on the weekend to take in a host of festive activities such as pony rides, hayrides, a pallet maze, pumpkin painting and reptile encounters.
Compiled by Norma Cavazos; Ellen Ritscher Sackett, Ann Pinson, Kiley Faulkner and Brentney Hamilton contributed to this report.