Believe it or not, fall and all those yummy holiday treats are right around the corner. So, take your family pumpkin-picking as these North Texas pumpkin patches and farms to find the best gourd for your next baking project or holiday decorating.
We’ve done the easy part and rounded up the area’s premier patches, all brimming with fall activities (like hayrides and corn mazes), plus plenty of photo ops. If you’re concerned about health precautions due to COVID-19, we’ve also compiled each farms’ updated COVID protocols. Now it’s up to you to choose, carve and bake an orange masterpiece.
Autumn at the Arboretum: Bugtopia
Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas
When: Extended through Nov. 7, 2021; timed reservations available from 9am–3pm daily; garden closes at 5pm daily.
The basics: The Bugtopia-themed Pumpkin Village comes alive with larger-than-life insect topiaries, fascinatingly bugged-out 20-foot-tall pumpkin houses, and, of course, a maze for younger visitors. Pumpkin Village remains open through Thanksgiving weekend, but Autumn at the Arboretum activities run through Halloween.
The festival includes Mommy and Me Mondays, Tiny Tot Tuesdays, a hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, music and more, all against the backdrop of 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds and 150,000 autumn flowers.
Cost: Included with general admission: $17 adults, $12 for kids 2−12, free for kids 2 and younger. Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online or by calling 214/515-6615. Pumpkins are available for purchase separately.
Safety: Masks are required for all indoor spaces and recommended to wear when coming within 6 feet of other guests while in the garden.
Contact/Social: 214/515-6615; Facebook and Instagram. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video of the 2020 Pumpkin Village.
Pumpkin Patch at Dallas Farmers Market
Where: The Shed, 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas
When: Sept. 18—Oct. 31, 2021; Monday–Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 9am–5pm, Sunday 10am–5pm
The basics: Do double duty with grocery shopping and fall photo ops at the Dallas Farmers Market’s patch. More than 25 varieties of pumpkins and gourds—of all shapes, sizes and colors—rolling in from Floydada, Texas, will be available for purchase.
Don’t miss Pumpkin Day on Saturday, October 16. Shop your favorite local vendors with seasonal flavors, live music and kids crafts from 9am–5pm. You’ll save pumpkin seeds, create pumpkin puree, and find innovative ways to use your entire pumpkin when you join kids’ crafts and activities throughout the day.
Cost: Free; pumpkins for purchase
Safety: Everyone is required to wear masks in an indoor setting, per order of County Judge Clay Jenkins. The order applies to every despite vaccination status. Hand washing and sanitizing stations provided.
Contact/Social: 214/664-9110; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch
Where: 9845 McCree Road, Dallas
When: Oct. 2–31, 2021; Sunday 11:30am–7pm, Monday–Thursday 1–7pm, Friday–Saturday 10am–7pm
The basics: Round up the family—your dog included—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; prices vary by pumpkin size
Safety: St. James is limiting the capacity of their patch, encouraging all visitors to wear a mask and socially distance.
Contact: 214/348-1345, email@example.com for school tours
Arapaho United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1400 W Arapaho Road, Richardson
When: Oct. 2–31, 2021 (or until the pumpkins sell out; open Monday–Friday 3–7pm and Saturday–Sunday 11am–7pm.
The basics: The annual Arapaho UMC pumpkin patch is at the corner of Arapaho and Coit Road. There will be plenty of pumpkins for your children to pick up. The proceeds from each pumpkin sale go to support Navajo Farms in New Mexico and other church ministries in the community.
Cost: Free admission, pumpkin prices vary by size.
Safety: Masks are recommended.
Contact/Social: 972/231-1005, Facebook
Hall’s Pumpkin Farm
Where: 3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine (near Compass Church)
When: Daily beginning Oct. 1, 2021; Wednesday and Thursday 3–8pm, Friday 3–9pm, Saturday 10am–9pm, Sunday 1–8pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, except Monday, Columbus Day (Oct. 11).
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, test your wits in a two-acre corn maze of 9-foot-tall stalks. Kids will also love visiting the farm animals (goats, sheep, chickens and rabbits. You’ll see cows and donkeys along the tractor-pulled hayride. Concessions are available.
Cost: $15 for adults and kids ages 12 and older; $10 for kids ages 4–11; free for ages 3 and younger. Admission includes the corn maze and parking. The farm is cash only. Pumpkin sales vary by size.
Safety: Call to confirm for the most up-to-date information.
Contact/Social: 817/991-1052; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook
Where: Howell Farms, 4016 W. Division St., Arlington
When: Sept. 23–Oct. 31, 2021, 6:30–11:30pm
The basics: This special exhibit (coming to both DFW and Austin, this year) isn’t your average pumpkin patch but the sights are a must-see this Halloween season. Walk the lighted path at Howell Farms to witness vignettes made from more than 5,000 hand-carved real and synthetic pumpkins: 10-foot-tall jack-o-lanterns, the world’s largest pumpkin guitar, a flying 40-foot handmade dragon, a life-size pumpkin pirate ship and—made by award-winning artist Alex Wer, known worldwide as The Pumpkin Geek—a wall of monster-size pumpkins.
Cost: Weekend admission (Friday–Sunday): $23 adults 13 years and older; $16 children 4–12 years; free for children 3 and younger. Weekday admission: (Monday–Thursday; closed Tuesdays): $18 adults 13 years and older; $14 children 4–12 years; free for children 3 and younger. Parking is $10 per car.
Safety: Unknown, check back for more information
Contact/Social: Facebook page and Instagram
Pumpkins on the Prairie
Where: 3521 Main St., Frisco
When: Oct. 8–31; Monday–Friday 2–6pm, Saturday 10am–6pm and Sunday 1–6pm
The basics: Bring the family to Grace Avenue United Methodist Church’s pumpkin patch with a hay maze, games and photo ops set up throughout the patch. On Saturdays 11am–3pm and Sundays 2–4pm, enjoy shaved ice and more available for purchase from the Crave the Shave Truck, as well as face painting (free but tips appreciated). Check back for more info about the fall festival on Saturday, October 30 from 5–7pm.
Cost: Free admission
Safety: If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask/facial covering and stay safely distanced from other guests in our patch. Please stay home if you have fever, cough or other symptoms.
Contact/Social: 972/335-2882; facebook.com/pumpkinsontheprairie
Christ United Methodist Church
Where: 3101 Coit Road, Plano
When: Sep. 26–Oct. 31, 2021; 9am–7pm daily
The basics: Up to two tons of pumpkins will be dropped off at Christ UMC in preparation for this annual pumpkin patch fundraiser set up in the north parking lot. Round up your little ones and the camera for lots of photo opportunities. All proceeds from pumpkin sales go to the youth ministry for scholarships, classroom updates and more.
Cost: Free admission, price for pumpkins range by size.
Safety: Pumpkins and photo spots are spread out to allow for social distancing. Review the church’s COVID-19 updates here.
Lola’s Local Market
Where: 1771 Kever Main, Melissa
When: Sept. 25–Oct. 31, 2021; open Wednesday—Thursday 3–7pm, Friday–Saturday 10am–7pm, Sunday 10am–5pm.
The basics: Pumpkin activities are Saturdays and Sundays only: pumpkin painting, pony rides, hayrides, face painting and more. Peruse through the huge selection of pumpkins (including exotic pumpkins) and fresh goodies available at the market. Vendors will be on-site on Sundays from noon–4pm.
Cost: Free admission; $5 for parking; activities range from $1–$5
Safety: Masks are not required. All activities are outdoors.
Contact/Social: 214/404-8353; email@example.com; Facebook
The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
Where: 5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound
When: Oct. 1–31, 2021; 9am–7pm daily by reservation for morning, afternoon, late afternoon, or evening
The basics: The original Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch has it all: two mazes (for small ones and big kids), cartoon cutouts for photos, a pumpkin train, hayrides, and a playground with playhouses and a merry-go-round. Oh, and pumpkins. Bring food for picnicking any time or buy from local venders—like corn dogs, snow cones, kettle corn—on weekends. Leashed pets are welcome.
Cost:All activities are free with parking fee, which is $10 Monday through Friday and $20 on Saturday and Sunday. Pumpkins for sale for as little as $2.
Safety: Reservations are required before entering. Masks are not required but recommended. All children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Contact/Social: 214/263-2020; Facebook
Pumpkin Patch Festival at Team Family Farms
Where: 1042 W. Sherman Drive, Aubrey
When: Sept. 25–Nov. 7, 2021; 10am–7pm daily
The basics: Team Family Farms celebrates its sixth annual Pumpkin Patch Festival with all sorts of family fun activities, ranging from pumpkin picking, playgrounds and barrel train rides to a hay maze and feeding the farm animals (including Texas longhorns!). Practice your cowboy and cowgirl yell with Cowboy Tex, and snap photos of the whole family in front of their hand-painted backdrops or opt for the goofy picture in their your-face-here pumpkin cutouts.
Cost: Admission for ages 2 and older is $10 Monday through Friday and $15 Saturday and Sunday. Pumpkins are available for purchase.
Safety: Table areas and farm activities are spread out to allow for social distancing. Masks are not required but encouraged in spaces where you cannot socially distance.
Contact/Social: 940/343-5155, firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook and Instagram.
Big Orange Pumpkin Farm at Preston Trail Farms
Where: 15102 TX-289, Gunter, set along the historic Shawnee Trail
When: Sept. 18—Nov. 24, 2021; 8am−8pm daily. During the pumpkin farm, hardware/feed store is open from 8am–8pm daily and the Burger Fixins cafe is open 8am–3pm Tuesday–Sunday. Petting farm open year-round.
The basics: Pet and learn about more than 50 farm animals (goats, cows and longhorn cattle) at the petting farm, and take your pick from the pumpkin patch, with small green pumpkins blossoming right on the vine. Plus, there’s a 6-foot-tall hay maze, hayrides and roping pen. On weekends, be sure to ride the train. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome.
Cost: Admission is $10 per person; free for children 2 and younger. Additional cost for pumpkins. Saturday/Sunday admission includes farm train; Monday–Friday admission includes one small pumpkin from the patch.
Safety: Hand sanitizing stations will be provided. Staff will also sanitize high touch points. Face masks are recommended in all areas and social distancing protocols are established. Also, they will have designated entry and exit points for their indoor facilities.
Contact/Social: 972/382-4995; email@example.com; Facebook and Instagram.
Where: 601 Harvey Lane, Denison
When: Oct. 2–31, 2021; open 10am–5pm on Saturdays and 1–5pm on Sundays; open by appointment for school tours Monday–Friday
The basics: With over 100,000 pounds of gourds, Elves Farm makes a perfect pumpkin stop. Not only do they carry speciality pumpkins—like big Macs and fairytale pumpkins—they also have a wide range of activities for the whole family. We’re talking hayrides, farm zoo, sack races. Their dress-your-own-scarecrow station makes for a great photo opportunity. Plan to come back for the Christmas trees, beginning Friday, Nov. 26.
Cost: $10 per person for a Pumpkin Tour (includes all activities plus one pumpkin from patch); $5 per person for the Ride Along Tour (pumpkin not included). If you only enter the farmers market, there is no entry fee and pumpkins will be available for purchase.
Safety: Masks are required when making purchases and whenever you are not able to maintain social distancing. Keep six feet between you and those outside of your household. They also recommend sending one family member to the cashier to make purchases and browsing the Pumpkin Patch Menu beforehand to make your trip quicker.
Contact: 903/463-7260; firstname.lastname@example.org
Blase Family Farm Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1232 E. Fork Drive, Rockwall
When: Sept. 25–Oct. 31, 2021; Monday–Friday 9am–6pm, Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday noon–6pm by reservation on their website.
The basics: On its 10th annual annual pumpkin season, 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 llama, sheep, donkey, mini horse and pigs. Be sure to walk to wooded trail to see the storyboards with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the official spokes-pumpkin for PACER’s National Anti-Bullying Program.
There is no on-site restroom, except for portable toilets, so be sure to go beforehand. No outside food or drink; there is a concession stand open on weekends with drinks, chips, homemade fudge and popsicles, candy and hot dogs.
Cost: $9 per person; free for children 23 months and younger. Admission includes a small pumpkin Monday–Friday, and includes a free hot dog on Saturday and Sunday. Pumpkins are $1–$25 each, depending upon the size of the pumpkin. $4 for pumpkin pies. Corn stalks and straw bales also for sale.
Safety: Timed reservations required to allow for less crowding. (You can see on their website how many people have signed up to attend each day.)
Contact/Social: 972/772-3645; email@example.com; Facebook and Instagram.
Country Critters Farm
Where: 3709 County Road 617, Alvarado
When: Weekends in Oct. 2021; Saturday and Sunday 10am–5pm and 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 (weekend only), train ride, hayride, maze, duck races, games and storytelling sessions. Farm is subject to closure in inclement weather or muddy conditions.
Cost: $10 per person, $7 for seniors; kids 2 and under are free
Safety: Country Critters Farm is taking extra precautions to ensure their farm is clean and safe at all times. Staff will be wearing masks at all times and will perform extra cleaning and sanitizing measures.
Contact: 817/477-3060; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook
Mainstay Farm Family Pumpkin Days
Where: 1004 W. Bethesda Road, Cleburne (5 miles south of Burleson; look for the half-buried ranch wagon)
When: Sept. 24–Oct. 31, 2021; Friday 5–9pm, Saturday 10am–9pm, Sunday 11am–6pm
The basics: Mainstay Farm is hopping in October with sheep races, hayrides, pedal karts, a Ferris wheel, a sunflower patch (while they last) and way more kids entertainment. Don’t miss the Pumpkin House for fall family photos. And that’s just the beginning—check the website for more daily attractions and concessions.
Cost: $18.95 with online purchase; $21.95 at the gate for ages 3 and older. Free for children 2 and younger; season passes available online. Pumpkins available for purchase. Fee required for the Texas Tubin’ Hill, a 150-foot Texas-themed inner tube slide, and Apple Cannon Blasters.
Safety: Mainstay does not require guests to wear masks due to their acreage. They are asking all guests to socially distance, and masks are strongly encouraged when indoors or places where distancing is not feasible.
Contact/Social: 817/295-6772; email@example.com; Facebook and Instagram
Sunset Hill Tree Farm
Where: 3400 County Road 206, Alvarado
When: Oct. 2–31, 2021; Saturday and Sunday 9am–5pm
The basics: Take a peak and snap some photos at this picturesque tree farm and pumpkin patch. Your little ones can enjoy a bounce house and playground, scarecrow hayride, pumpkin paint, horse shoes, a kids’ climbing wall and more.
Cost: $8 per person; free for ages 3 and younger
Safety: There are no restrictions. Guests are encouraged to wear a mask if they would like.
Contact/Social: 816/944-3177; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook
Shadow Creek Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1530 Indian Creek Drive, Midlothian
When: Oct. 2–31, 2021; Saturdays 10am–6pm and Sundays 1–6pm
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 snacks on plenty of foods and treats from the Chuckwagon Cafe.
Cost: $12 for an unlimited fall fun bracelet, including entry into all activities. Free for kids 2 and younger. Pumpkins sold separately. Cash is preferred, but MasterCard and Visa are accepted.
Safety: Shadow Creek asks that you wear a mask if you wish. Common areas, animal areas and surfaces will be regularly sanitized. High-touch items will be cleaned or sanitized after every use.
Contact/Social: 469/612-3331, email@example.com; Facebook and Instagram
Lone Star Family Farm & Corn Maze
Where: 4199 Highway 67, Stephenville
When: Sep. 25–Nov. 6, 2021; Friday 4–9:30pm, Saturday 10:30am–9:30pm, Sunday 1:30–7:30pm in October. Closed Friday, Nov. 5. Closed at 6pm Saturday, Nov. 6.
The basics: Their expanded 6-acre corn maze and a mini corn maze, farm animals, a hay bale slide, cow train, corn cannon and more will keep your kiddos busy as you take in the beautiful scenery. Don’t miss their Flashlight Nights on Friday and Saturday evenings to go through their maze in the dark.
Take advantage of Lone Star’s decorative fall themed backdrops for family photos. Spruce up your fall decor with options from their gift shop, including corn stalk bundles, hay bales and various pumpkin shapes and sizes.
Cost: $16.50 per person plus taxes/fees; free for children ages 2 and younger. Tickets must be purchased online for a specific time slot to gain entry. Pumpkins range from $1–$65 depending on size.
Safety: No mask recommendations listed. Call for up-to-date guidelines.
Contact: 682/498-3276; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook
Van Zandt County
Where: 15410 I-20, Canton
When: Open weekends from Sept. 18–Nov. 7, 2021.
The basics: Rides (including a Ferris wheel), corn mazes, plenty of photo ops (like their Texas Flag Wall), rock wall climbing, farm zoo, live entertainment and, oh, a pumpkin patch. Join YesterLand for spooky-filled attractions during Spooktacular Nights on Fridays and Saturdays in October.
Cost: General admission passes at the gate begin at $27.95 and include unlimited park rides, the corn maze, pumpkin patch and farm attractions. Discounted tickets are available online at $16.95.
Safety: Guests are not required to wear masks due to the farm’s acreage, but masks are recommended indoors and places where social distancing is not feasible. Hand sanitizing and washing stations will be available for all guests.
Contact/Social: 903/567-2255; email@example.com; Facebook and Instagram
Know of any pumpkin farms we missed? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum