SCOTTSDALE PUMPKIN PATCHES (Oct. 1 to 30)
Filed under: Attractions, Things To Do | By Scott McGinty
SCOTTSDALE PUMPKIN PATCHES
Before you can wow all the neighborhood kids with your awesome pumpkin carving skills, you go pick out that perfect pumpkin. Scottsdale has great spots to choose from, so grab that pumpkin spice latte or some apple cider and get to picking out that melon!
MacDonald’s Ranch: Since 1994, MacDonald’s Ranch has provided a family friendly environment for everyone to enjoy. With cookouts, hayrides, and horses it creates a genuine western experience. When fall comes around, the ranch pulls out all the stops for their pumpkin patch. Train rides, hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, sand art, and food all make for a fun family outing! Plus, everyone will love the maze made out of more than a semi-load of hay. With all the fun, don’t forget to pick our your perfect pumpkin! October 1-31 from 9 a.m-6 p.m daily.
The Great Pumpkin Festival: The Desert Botanical Garden is a great spot to take in some of the best views the desert has to offer, and from Oct. 17-20, it turns into the home of one of Scottsdale residents favorite pumpkin patches. Take a hayride to the patch, where you’ll also find a hay bale maze, petting zoo, and carnival games.
Pumpkin Patch Train: Feel like taking a train ride for a fun day out on the hunt? The Grand Canyon Railway runs a Pumpkin Patch Train on special dates in October. The train drops passengers off at a secret pumpkin patch along the tracks. Visitors can enjoy a hay bale maze, pumpkin arts and crafts, and a haunted train car. Be sure to don your favorite halloween costume for this fun and festive train ride!
26540 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85255
AMAZING PUMPKIN CARVINGS
When you see them, you won’t believe that these frightening creatures of the undead came from the main ingredient for pumpkin pie. Using three 1,800 lb pumpkins (the three largest in the U.S.), Ray Villafane, his partner Andy Bergholtz, and a talented team of carvers create a masterpiece of nightmares. The Villafane Studios’ insanely detailed display was made for the NY Botanical Garden’s 2012 Haunted Pumpkin Carving Experience. Check it out! Check out master pumpkin carver Ray Villafane’s insanely detailed carving for the NY Botanical Garden’s Haunted Pumpkin Carving Experience on October 31st . Villafane carved his zombie masterpiece “out of the three largest pumpkins in the United States—about 1,800 lbs. each!”
Halloween Pumpkins carved to perfection.
DC Comics: Pumpkin Carving With the Joker