Fall fun with corn mazes and pumpkin patches | Community Spirit
Looking for a pumpkin to carve for Halloween? Or to make those scrumptious pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving? Or just looking for a fun way to spend the day, getting lost in a corn maze? Here is the list for you. Take a look at what’s being offered across Southern Arizona. Halloween may be here before you know it!
***For those on the northwest side there is the Marana Pumpkin Patch and Farm Festival, starting October 5 and running until Halloween.
WHEN: Now till October 31; Monday to Friday - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Special Halloween hours are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: 14901 N. Wentz Road, Marana
COST: $12 per person.
Admission includes the following:
- Entry to the Farm Festival
- A Wagon Ride to the Pumpkin Patch (To pick out your special pumpkin!)
- One free pumpkin with paid admission
- Free access to both corn mazes
- Access to the Straw Mountain and Kids Zone
- Petting Zoo
- Pig Races
- Jumping pillow (New for 2013)
Kids 30" and under receive free admission but will have to purchase a pumpkin. There will be additional pumpkins for sale, with prices to be determined at harvest time.
Here are a few special events during the festival you may also want to consider:
- ***Mondays are Family Night with a Spaghetti and Pizza Dinner – Spaghetti, meat sauce, roll with butter and a drink - $5, add meatballs - $2; Pizza (2 slices and a drink) - $5
- ***Fridays are Steak dinners – 1/2 pound NY steak, fries, roll with butter and a drink for $14.
- ***Breakfast Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) at 9 a.m., come enjoy breakfast before enjoying your fun-filled day! Breakfast Burritos (bacon, sausage, cheese, pico, potato and egg) - $5; Biscuits & Gravy - 1 for $3 or 2 for $5
***While supplies last.
There are also several additional attractions available for a small fee - there is guaranteed to be something for everyone in the family.
For more information about the festival go online to http://www.maranapumpkinpatch.com/index.html
***For those in the southwest there is Buckelew Farms Pumpkin Festival, Corn Maze, and Terror in the Corn (for those who like to get their scare on! May not be suitable for those under the age of 12!)
For the last 25 years Buckelew Farms has been hosting their pumpkin festival, and two different corn maze events, one more family friendly and one much scarier. The farm has a firm NO pet policy, if you show up with a pet you will be turned away.
WHEN: Pumpkin Festival – weekends (Saturday & Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: 17000 W. Ajo Way, Tucson 85735
COST: $4 per person – included with admission – tractor-drawn wagon rides to and from the 50-acre pumpkin patch.
Additional festivities will be arts & crafts, children’s games, 4-H petting zoo, pedal cart race track, a mechanical bull, plus a variety of food booths and a Budweiser beer garden. You will be able to purchase a pumpkin for $.50 per pound.
In addition to the Pumpkin festival on weekends, is the corn maze. Totally redesigned for 2013, It can be a game of strategy to test navigational skills or simply an enjoyable stroll. There are more than four miles of trail, which winds through 11 acres of corn, and forms 2 mazes. Each maze takes one hour or so to complete. A total of 12 checkpoints are contained within the mazes to guide visitors and a punch card helps gauge their success. The mazes will be open during the festival hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also special 'Flashlight nights' on Friday (from 6 p.m. to midnight) and Saturday (from 5 p.m. to midnight).
Corn maze - daytime admission (after pumpkin festival admission) is adults - $8; children 6-12 - $6; children 5 and under (must be accompanied by an adult) are free; groups of 10 or more are always a $1 off each admission price.
Corn maze - flashlight night admission (after pumpkin festival admission) is adults $13 per person; children 5 and under are free when accompanied by an adult; groups of 10 or more are always a $1 off each admission price. Flashlights available $5 (and are yours to keep) or bring your own.
Buckelew Farms has an added bonus for those who like to get their scare on - Terror in the Corn (Haunted Cornfield). This special ‘maze’ is open Friday and Saturday nights from dark (time varies) to midnight.
Terror in the Corn (Haunted Cornfield) is not for children under the age of 12, unless they are accompanied by an adult, and parental discretion is strongly advised. The cost for Terror in the Corn is $20 per person and includes admission to the corn maze as well.
Special Discounts, (applies to Terror in the Corn only) –
- College Nights Out – (October 24) show student ID and receive $5 off admission.
- Halloween Night – (October 31) come in costume and receive $5 off admission.
For more information, please visit their web site: www.buckelewfarm.com.
***For those living south of Tucson there is the Agua Linda Farm Fall Festival.
The Agua Linda Farm Fall Festival is the place to find that perfect pumpkin. Please remember to leave your pets at home though!
WHEN: Weekends throughout October
WHERE: 2643 E. Frontage Road, Amado AZ 85645
The farm will be open every weekend throughout October and admission to the festival is only $5 per person; children 2 and under are free. Included in the price of admission is:
- unlimited hayrides
- unlimited petting zoo visits
- bounce house
- unlimited access to kid-friendly maze
- unlimited hay-stack climbing
- use of picnic area/tables (outside food not permitted)
- movie on Friday and Saturday nights (kid friendly animated movie on 14' big screen)
As an added bonus on October 20, come down to the festival and meet Lili DeBarbierri, author of A Guide to Southern Arizona’s Historic Farms and Ranches. Agua Linda is included in her book, DeBarbierri will be on hand to sell and sign copies of her book and answer any questions you might have.
For a little extra you can enjoy the following activities:
- Pony rides (kids 100 lbs and under) $5
- Pumpkin Picking
- Shopping in their Farm Store
- Food concessions (no outside food allowed)
- Fresh baked pumpkin pies
- Snacking in the Sweet Treats Candy Shop
The farm is closed Monday through Thursday, only the farm STORE is open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., there are no festival activities or concessions during those times.
- Fridays – closed during the day, open in the evenings for ‘movie night’. You are welcome to bring a flashlight, the parking lot and pumpkin patch are not lit. No early birds please, the gates won’t be open until 5 p.m.
- Saturdays – open all October from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; movie starts after dark (so hours vary), again bring a flashlight, no lights in parking area. As an added element its cool to navigate the maze in the dark, armed with only your flashlight.
- Sundays – open all October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free Movie nights (Friday and Saturday) you can take a ride to the pumpkin patch, enjoy a bite to eat, and watch a ‘kid friendly’ movie (usually a half hour long). There will be popcorn and hot cocoa and other treats available for a small fee. Movie start times vary, generally after the sun goes down; if you miss one show don’t worry there will be another (two shows per night).
For more information on the Fall Festival please go online to http://www.agualindafarm.net/index.html or call the information line at (520)891-5532
***For those who live in Southeastern Arizona there is the tried and true Apple Annie’s Fall Pumpkin Celebration.
WHEN: The Pumpkin celebration is offered on weekends only - October 19-20; 26-27 8:30 AM – 5 PM
(The pumpkin patch and corn maze are open daily through Halloween!)
WHERE: 6405 W Williams Rd. Willcox, AZ 85643
You can head on out to enjoy picking your own pumpkins, fall veggies and apples. There are pumpkins of all kinds available for the picking. If you are not the picking type but still want a fresh pumpkin, there are plenty of ‘already picked’ pumpkins to choose from.
For those a little more adventurous there is the Apple Annie’s Corn Maze, open daily (from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Come out and try your hand at running this maze, there are three levels of difficulty, so everyone can enjoy the maze.
The maze is cut into 15 acres of cornfield, there are over six miles of pathways, and of course the three levels of difficulty. There are also ‘interactive’ passports to help you navigate the maze.
Prices are – adult $7; children (3-11) $5; children (2 and under) free. If you would like to enjoy the maze and a hayride, prices are – adult $9; children (3-11) $7; children (2 and under) free. There are group rates available as well, you can save up to $1 per person on the Maze or Maze/Hayride tickets when you have a group of 15 or more. Reservations are required when bringing a group that large, please call (520)384-4685 to set it up.
You can even come a little early and enjoy an ‘all-you-can-eat’ pancake breakfast, served from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the orchard location; or come around lunchtime and enjoy an apple smoked burger lunch, served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; new this year lunch foods will be served at the produce and pumpkin section. Don’t forget to bring your camera and a jacket (it can get quite cool in Willcox this time of year!)
Pets are welcome at the orchard, as long as they are friendly (to other people, children and animals!) and are on a leash. There are no pets allowed at the pumpkin and produce area.
For more information please go online to http://www.appleannies.com