October is looming large, and so are our appetites, with all those yummy holiday treats on the horizon. So take your family pumpkin-picking to find the best gourd for your next baking project. While you’re at it, grab a few pumpkins for carving, too. We’ve done the easy part and rounded up the area’s premier patches, all brimming with fall activities and photo ops. Now it’s up to you to choose, carve and bake an orange masterpiece (or three).
Blase Family Farm Pumpkin Patch
Where:1232 E. Fork Drive, Rockwall;972/772-3645; blasef
The basics:Visit this charming family farm for old-fashioned fun with a petting zoo, hayride, hay maze and—of course—an endless picturesque backdrop of pumpkins. Let the kids pet and feed a longhorn, goat and sheep before boarding the farm train to tour the 13-acre, pine-filled property. Bonus: Your little pumpkin can have his or her next birthday party at the farm.
Cost:$7 per person; free for kids 1 and younger; pumpkins for purchase
Pumpkin Farm at Preston Trail Farms
Where:15102 TX-289, Gunter;972/382-4995;prestontrailfarms.com
When: Sept. 15—Nov. 22; 8am−8pm daily (store opens at 6am)
The basics: Pet and learn about more than 50 farm animals on this educational tour and pumpkin patch. Plus, there's a hay maze, hayride and roping pen. On weekends, be sure to ride the brand-new train.
Cost:$8 per person Monday–Friday; $10 Saturday and Sunday; free for children younger than 2
Pumpkins on the Prairie
Where:3521 Main St., Frisco; 972/335-2882; pumpkinsontheprairie.org
When: Sept. 30−Oct. 31; Monday−Friday 1–7pm, Saturday−Sunday 9am–7pm
The basics:Bring the family to this not-so-average pumpkin patch for hayrides, a bounce house, temporary tattoos, games, a hay maze and face painting. Don’t miss the best autumn attraction for littles: catapult pumpkin launching. Check their website for details on events like Market With a Mission on Oct. 21 from 9am–4pm. Run by Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, this pumpkin patch benefits outreach efforts to help people in need.
Cost:Free; pumpkins for purchase
Pumpkin Patch at Creekwood United Methodist Church
Where:261 Country Club Road, Allen; 214/544-8050;creekwoodumc.org
When: Oct. 2–31; daily 9am to sundown
The basics:Stock up on carving, baking, mini and giant pumpkins at this kid-friendly patch. The iconic red barn at Creekwood UMC sets the perfect backdrop for your fall family photo. Creekwood’s Fall Carnival from 3−6pm on Oct. 21 will have crafts, games, face painting and more—don’t forget your costumes.
Cost:Free; pumpkins for purchase
Storybook Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Where:3701 S. Custer Road, McKinney; 972/369-0874; storybookranch.com
When: Sept. 24–Nov. 1; Sunday−Friday 10am to sundown, Saturday 9am to sundown
The basics:Your littles can ride ponies, navigate a hay maze, jump in bounce houses, meet furry friends at a petting zoo and tour a historic western town by wagon all with a scenic autumn backdrop. Plus, every kid gets a free mini pumpkin with admission while supplies last. Visit during the family-friendly Halloween party on Oct. 30 for costume contests and prizes.
Cost:Access to the patch is free; admission to other activities is $15 per child over 2 years and $5 per adult. Pumpkins for purchase.
Pumpkin Patch at Christ United Methodist Church
Where:3101 Coit Road, Plano;972/596-4303; cumc.com
When:Sept. 23−October 31; daily9am−7pm
The basics:Up to two tons of pumpkins were dropped off at Christ UMC in preparation for this pumpkin patch fundraiser. Round up your little pumpkins and the camera for lots of photo opportunities. Stop by the Fall Festival on Oct. 1 from noon–2pm for additional activities and vendors.
Cost:Free; pumpkins for purchase
Autumn at the Arboretum
Where:Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615;dallasarboretum.org
When:Through Nov. 22; 9am−5pm every day except Wednesday and 9am−8pm Wednesday
The basics: Enter The Wonderful World of Oz during this year’s fall festival at the Dallas Arboretum, featuring 150,000 fall blooming plants, including 4,500 chrysanthemums. The one-acre Pumpkin Village, containing more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds, will have your kids exploring for hours—along an actual yellow brick road, no less. Make sure to bring your camera, and don’t forget to check out the Children’s Adventure Garden too (for an extra cost).
Cost:Included with general admission: $15 adults, $10 kids 3−12, free for kids 2 and younger. Pumpkins are available for purchase at the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch inside Munchkinland.
Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market Annual Fall Festival
Where:3646 Rosemeade Parkway, Dallas;972/306-2899; ruibals.
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 11am–4pm
The basics:Ruibal’s annual autumn extravaganza returns with a corn house, pumpkin decorating, balloon artists, a petting zoo and more. Ditch the picnic and snack on provisions from food vendors all decorated with autumn hues. As always, Ruibal’s will have an extensive selection of pumpkins, gourds and fall plants perfect for your front porch. Bring the camera for lots of picture-perfect backdrops.
Cost:Free; pumpkins and concessions for purchase
St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch
Where:9845 McCree Road, Dallas; 214/348-1345;stjamesdallas.org
When: Oct. 1–31; Sunday–Thursday 1–7pm, Friday–Saturday 10am–7pm
The basics:Round up the family—even Fido—and head to St. James’ annual pumpkin patch to stock up on supplies for your autumn hearth. Bring the camera to snap a festive family photo or silly face-in-the-hole pictures. Purchase a variety of mini, baking and oversized pumpkins and gourds with proceeds benefiting St. James’ youth group programs.
Cost:Free admission; pumpkins for purchase
Pumpkin Patch in The Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market
Where:1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas; 214/664-9110; dallasfa
When:ThroughOct. 31; Friday and Sunday 10am–5pm, Saturday 8am–5pm
The basics:Do double duty with grocery shopping and fall photo ops at the Dallas Farmers Market’s patch. Pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes and colors will be available for purchase. Don’t leave without getting a festive balloon from the on-site balloon artist. Visit during any weekend throughDec. 31to take advantage of Holiday Hall, featuring local craft and gift vendors.
Cost:Free; pumpkins for purchase
Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
Where:5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound; 817/430-4536; flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com
When:October 1–31; 9am–7pm daily
The basics:The original Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch has it all: two mazes (for small ones and big kids), bounce houses, cartoon cutouts, a pumpkin train, hayrides, train rides and playground equipment. Oh, and pumpkins. Bring food for picnicking any time or buy from local vendors—like Fletcher’s Corny Dogs—on weekends. Leashed pets are welcome.
Cost:$5 parking weekdays, $10 parking weekends, $1 walk-ins; free activities and rides
Hall’s Pumpkin Farm
Where:3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine; 817/991-1052; hallspumpkinfarm.net
When:Daily Sept. 29–Oct. 31; Monday–Thurs 3–8pm, Friday 3–10pm, Saturday 10am–10pm, Sunday 1–8pm
The basics:Come to a working farm and pick your pumpkins off the vine, or snag a pre-picked one from one of the vignettes around the farm. For a little extra, hop on a tractor-pulled hayride on the weekends or test your wits in a two-acre corn maze. Kids will also love visiting the farm animals. Bring food and drinks if you like; some concessions are available.
Cost:Free admission; corn maze $5; hayrides $3–$5
The Pumpkin Patch at First Christian Church
Where:910 S. Collins, Arlington; 817/277-2634; firstchristianarlington.org
When: Oct. 2–31; 11am–8pm daily
The basics: Every year, FCC Arlington and Rush Creek Christian Church of Arlington partner to bring thousands of pumpkins to the FCC property. Come by to walk through the pumpkin displays, take family photos, read an autumn story to your kids and enjoy a few lawn games. More than 5,000 gourds and pumpkins will be available.
Mainstay Farm Family Pumpkin Days
Where:1004 W. Bethesda Road, Cleburne (5 miles south of Burleson; look for the half-buried ranch wagon); 817/295-6772;mainstayfarm.com
When:Open every weekend in October; Saturday 10am–5:30pm, Sunday 12:30–5:30pm
The basics: Mainstay Farm is hopping in October with sheep racing, hayrides, train rides, Flying Fox ride, face painting, a maze, a tree house, duck races, pumpkin ice cream and all kinds of fall decor for purchase. And that’s just the beginning—check the website for more daily attractions and concessions. Be sure to try the new Texas Tubin' Hill, a 150-foot Texas-themed inner tube slide. Special events include the Pumpkin Smash (use your imagination).
Cost:$16.95 online and $18.95 at the gate for age 3 and older, free for children 2 and younger; season passes available
Country Critters Farm
Where:3709 County Road 617, Alvarado; 817/477-3060; countrycrittersfarm.com
When:Weekends Sept. 30–Nov. 19, 10am–6pm; Columbus Day 10am–3pm; weekdays by reservation only
The basics:Pay admission to Country Critters Farm and walk away with one pie-size pumpkin per child, but bring spare change for jack-o-lantern pumpkins to take home and carve. While you’re dreaming of pie, your kids will be going gaga over the bounce houses, playground, petting zoo, pony ride, train ride, hayride, maze, duck races, games and storytelling sessions (whew!).
Cost:$10 for adults, $12 for kids, free for age 2 and younger
Shadow Creek Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1530 Indian Creek Drive, Midlothian; 972/358-6703; shadowcreekpumpkinfarm.com
When: Sept. 30–Oct. 29; Thursday–Friday 3–9pm, Saturday 10am–9pm, Sunday 1–8pm
The basics: Check out this family-owned farm in Ellis County—with many attractions, including a corn maze, hayride, petting zoo and more, your family will be in for a full day of fun. Stop by the Pumpkin Shack to purchase the pumpkin, gourd or corn husk of your choice. And Thursday through Saturday, the Chuckwagon partners with Chick-fil-A in Waxahachie to dole out chicken sandwiches, with 100 percent of the profits donated to a different nonprofit organization each day.
Cost: $5 parking; some activities cost extra; pumpkins for purchase. Cash only!
Updated September 2017