This is your guide to the best pumpkin patch in Dallas-Fort Worth. Believe it or not, fall and all those yummy holiday treats are right around the corner. 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 (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 (or three).
Arapaho United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1400 W Arapaho Road, Richardson; 972/231-1005
When: Oct. 3–31; Monday–Friday 3–7pm, Saturday–Sunday
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. Join them for their weekly Worship in the Patch every Sunday in October from 9–9:30am. Just bring your own chairs and a mask.
Cost: Free, pumpkins available for purchase
Safety: Masks are required and social distancing is enforced.
Aubrey Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1042 W. Sherman Drive, Aubrey ; 940/343-5155
When: Sept. 26–Nov. 8 daily 10am– 7pm
The basics: Celebrating their Fifth Annual Pumpkin Festival, the Aubrey Pumpkin Patch features fun for the whole family. Barrel train rides, hay mazes, and pumpkin pickin’ are just a few of their attractions. Bring your camera and snap pictures 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: $9 for ages 2 and older
Safety: Table areas and activities are spread out for social distancing. Masks are not required but encouraged in spaces where you cannot socially distance.
Big Orange Pumpkin Farm at Preston Trail Farms
Where: 15102 TX-289, Gunter; 972/382-4995
When: Sept. 26—Nov. 25; 8am−8pm daily; stores and café are open from 8am–6pm everyday.
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. And mark your calendars for Sept. 8 from 10am–3pm, as the farm is hosting Touch-a-Truck, where the farm will have their hayrides, petting farm and barrel train running at no cost, except the admission fee of $5 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Gunter Parks Foundation.
Cost: $10 per person (includes Farm Train on Saturday and Sunday); free for children 2 and under.
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 enforced. Also, they will have designated entry and exit points for their indoor facilities.
Blase Family Farm Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1232 E. Fork Drive, Rockwall; 972/772-3645
When: Sept. 26–Nov. 1; Monday–Friday 9am–6pm, Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday noon–6pm by reservation on their website.
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. There is no on-site restroom, so be sure to go beforehand. No outside food or drink; there is a concession stand.
Cost: $9 per person; ages 2 and under are free.
Safety: Admittance into the farm is only by reservation this year to allow for social distancing. Visiting times are not limited due to staggered entrance times. Masks are requested. Bonus, you can see on their website how many people have signed up to attend each day.
Christ United Methodist Church
Where: 3101 Coit Road, Plano; 972/596-4303
When: Sep. 28–Oct. 31; 9am–7pm daily
The basics: Up to two tons of pumpkins will be dropped off at Christ UMC in preparation for this pumpkin patch fundraiser. Round up your little ones and the camera for lots of photo opportunities. All proceeds from this patch will go to the Youth Ministry for scholarships, classroom updates and more.
Cost: Free, pumpkins available for purchase
Safety: Masks are required. Pumpkins and photo spots are spread out to allow for social distancing.
Country Critters Farm Weekends
Where: 3709 County Road 617, Alvarado; 817/477-3060
When: Oct.3–Nov. 15; 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 (whew!). 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.
Where: 601 Harvey Lane, Denison; 903/463-7260
When: Oct. 3–31; Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 1pm–5pm
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, Fairytale pumpkins, and more—they also have a wide range of activities for the whole family. We’re talking hayrides, farm zoo, sack races and much more. Don’t forget the camera; their Dress-Your-Own-Scarecrow station makes for a great photo opportunity.
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 just 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.
Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
Where: 5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound; 817/430-4536
When: Oct. 3–31; 9am–7pm daily by reservation
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 venders—like Fletcher’s Corny Dogs—on weekends. Leashed pets are welcome.
Cost: Parking is $10 on weekdays and $20 on weekends; entrance is free and purchases are optional
Safety: Reservations are required before entering. Guests 5 and older must wear a face mask. All children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. They will ask guests to leave if they do not abide by social distancing and CDC guidelines.
The Gentle Zoo Pumpkin Patch
Where: 12600 Farm to Market Road 2932, Forney; 469/834-2857
When: Sep. 29–Nov. 1; Monday–Friday 9:30am–2pm, Saturday 9:30am–5pm, Sunday 11am–5pm
The basics: This zoo and animal rescue has everything from animals, and pumpkins to train rides and giant mazes. With beautiful pumpkin displays and lots to choose from, you and your kiddos will have a blast at the Gentle Zoo. They even have a giant jumping pillow to tire your energetic children out. Plus, they now have a sensory tour tailored to those on the autism spectrum. Your visit will be a fun and therapeutic trip to remember.
Cost: $6 for general admission (activities included), infants 12 months and younger are free; pumpkins available from $1–40
Safety: The Zoo is asking all patch goers to social distance. Masks are required inside the Animal Room and Pumpkin Patch.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
Where: New location at Camp Wisdom at 6400 W Red Bird Lane, Dallas; 301/865-9203
When: Oct. 9–Nov. 1; 10am–3pm daily
The basics: At Green Meadows Farm, they try to educate children of all ages about farm animals while providing fun for all. Their pumpkin patch is nothing short. With hands-on time with animals, free animal feed, pig races, hayrides (weather permitting) and pumpkin picking, a pitstop at this farm is a must this fall season.
Cost: $14 (cash) or $14.50 (credit) for ages 2 and older
Safety: Masks are required where social distancing is not possible (hay rides and waiting in line).
Hall’s Pumpkin Farm
Where: 3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine; 817/991-1052
When: Daily beginning Oct. 2; Tuesday–Thursday 3–8pm, Friday 3–10pm, Saturday 10am–10pm, Sunday 1–8pm. They will be closed every Monday except Columbus Day (Oct. 13) and will, instead, be closed Oct. 14.
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. Concessions are available. Make sure you bring cash; they do not accept credit/debit cards.
Cost: Adults and kids ages 12 and over $5, kids ages 4–11 $3, ages 3 and younger are free. Admission to the Corn Maze is $5, cash only. The farm is cash only!
Safety: The will be limiting the number of folks riding on each hayride trailer. Parties and group outings are not being scheduled for the duration of the 2020 season. There are requiring each family to provide 1 email address should anyone contract COVID-19 during their 2020 season. Masks are required for visitors 10 and older. There are no picnic tables available for eating or gathering and there is no food vendor.
Lola’s Local Market
Where: 1771 Kever Main, Melissa; 214/404-8353
When: Sept. 26–Nov. 1; Open Tuesday—Thursday (closed Mondays) 3–7pm, Friday–Saturday 10am–7pm, Sunday 10am–5pm; Open Tuesday–Friday for pumpkin shopping and Lola’s shop. Pumpkin activities are weekends only.
The basics: Activities on the weekend include pony rides, hayrides, pumpkin painting and more. Peruse through the huge selection of pumpkins (including exotic pumpkins) and fresh goodies available at the market. Food trucks and vendors will be on site during the weekend.
Cost: No entry fee; $5 for parking; activities range from $1–$5
Safety: Masks are not required. All activities are outdoors.
Lone Star Family Farm
Where: 4199 Highway 67, Stephenville; 682/498-3276
When: Sep. 26–Nov. 7; Friday 4pm–9:30pm, Saturday 10:30am–9:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm–7:30pm in October; Saturday 10:30am–6pm (closed Friday and Sunday) in November
The basics: Take advantage of Lone Star’s decorative fall themed backdrops for family photos. Their corn maze, hayrides, farm animals, hay bale maze and pyramid, cow train, corn cannon and more will keep your kiddos busy as you take in the beautiful scenery. Spruce up your fall decor with options from their gift shop, including corn stalk bundles, hay bales and various pumpkin shapes and sizes. Don’t miss their Flashlight Nights on Friday and Saturday evenings on September and October to go through their maze in the dark (but don’t forget your flashlight!).
Cost: $15.50 per person plus taxes/fees, children ages 2 and younger are free. Tickets must be purchased online for a specific time slot to gain entry.
Safety: The family farm will be operating at 40% capacity and will provide hand sanitizer and washing stations for all guests and staff. Face masks are required when social distancing is not possible (on the hayride or waiting in lines). Guests are required to purchase tickets online ahead of time with a chosen time slot. If you’re worried about occupancy during your time slot, check the tickets available for your given time slot. (There are 80 available for every half hour slot.)
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
When: Sept. 25–Nov. 1; Wednesday and Tuesday 10am–2pm, Friday evenings 5pm–9pm, Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 10am–6pm
The basics: Mainstay Farm is hopping in October with sheep races, hayrides, train rides, the Flying Fox ride, face painting, a maze, a tree house, duck races, pumpkin ice cream and all kinds of fall decor for purchase. This year, Mainstay’s newest attraction is the Pumpkin House–perfect for pictures to spruce up your fall family photos! 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). Free mini pumpkins are available for your littles (subject to availability, weekdays only).
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
Safety: Mainstay does not require guests to wear masks due to their acreage. They are asking all guests to socially distance while on the farm, and masks are strongly encouraged when indoors or places where distancing is not feasible. All common areas comply with appropriate social distancing guidelines and are sanitized regularly.
Pumpkins on the Prairie
Where: 3521 Main St., Frisco; 972/335-2882
When: Oct. 17–31; Monday–Friday 3–6pm, Saturday 10am–6pm and Sunday 1–6pm
The Basics: Bring the family to this not-so-average pumpkin patch for photo opportunities and pumpkins. Don’t miss the best autumn attraction for littles: catapult pumpkin launching. Run by Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, this pumpkin patch benefits outreach efforts to help people in need. While PUmpkins on the Prairie might look a little different this year, they are offering a sincere welcome to all.
Cost: Free, pumpkins or purchase
Safety: Masks/face coverings are required.
Pumpkin Patch in The Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market
Where: 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas; 214/664-9110
When: Sept. 12—Oct. 31; Daily from 10am–6pm.
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 through Dec. 31 to take advantage of Holiday Hall, featuring local craft and gift vendors.
Cost: Free; pumpkins for purchase
Safety: Masks are required for all individuals entering the Dallas Farmers Market. Additional hand washing and sanitizing stations will be provided. Also, they have increased the cleaning frequency of all common areas.
Shadow Creek Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1530 Indian Creek Drive, Midlothian; 972/358-6703
When: Oct. 3–Nov. 1; 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.
Cost: $10 for an unlimited fall fun bracelet (entry fee), including entry into all activities. Kids under four years are free. Cash only!
Safety: Shadow Creek asks that you wear a mask when you are within 6-feet of other guests and to stay 10-feet away from other guests when you are not wearing a mask. Common areas, animal areas and surfaces will be regularly sanitized. High-touch items will be cleaned or sanitized after every use.
St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch
Where: 9845 McCree Road, Dallas; 214/348-1345
When: Oct. 1–31; Sunday 11:30am–7pm, Monday–Thursday 1pm–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. Ask about private parties and events, in addition to school groups and tours.
Cost: Free; pumpkins available for purchase
Safety: St. James is limiting the capacity of their patch, encouraging all visitors to wear a mask and socially distance.
Storybook Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Where: 3701 S. Custer Road, McKinney; 972/369-0874
When: Sept. 26–Nov. 1; Thursday–Sunday from 10am until sundown (approximately 7pm)
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.
Cost: $15 per child over age 2, and $5 per adult. Children’s admission includes access to all activities and one small pumpkin while supplies last. Kids ages 2 and younger are free, but do not include horse or pony rides. Pumpkins are available for purchase.
Safety: Face masks required for ages 2 and up and are available for purchase. Social distancing is enforced. Temperature check stations are set up upon entry. Only outdoor activities provided.
Sunset Hill Tree Farm
Where: 3400 County Road 206, Alvarado; 816/944-3177
When: Oct. 3–31; 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, scarecrow hayride, pumpkin paint, horse shows, a climbing wall and more! Check out their website for special discount weekends for fire responders, moms of multiples, home school groups and the church bulletin.
Cost: $8 per person for ages 3 and older
Safety: There are no restrictions. They are encouraging people to wear a mask if they would like.
The Art of the Pumpkin
Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615
When: Sept. 19–Nov. 1; 4 hour reservations from 9am–1pm daily
The basics: Enter The Art of the Pumpkin during this year’s fall festival at the Dallas Arboretum, featuring 150,000 fall blooming plants.The one-acre Pumpkin Village, containing more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds, will have your kids exploring for the entire duration of your reservation. The festival includes Mommy and Me Mondays, Tiny Tot Tuesdays, a hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, music and more!
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.
Safety: Masks are required for all indoor spaces and recommended to wear when coming within 6 feet of other guests while in the garden.
The Patch at Southlake
Where: 101 E Highland St., Southlake; 817/488-8433
When: Oct. 1–31; Friday and Saturday 10am–dusk, Sunday–Thursday noon–dusk
The basics: Check out this safe, family friendly pumpkin patch in Southlake, full of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. You and your family can enjoy a list of fun activities, take family photos and enjoy time with friends and family. Pumpkins will also be available for in-person pickup, curbside pickup or delivery.
Cost: Free, pumpkins available
Safety: The Patch is social distancing friendly. Masks are not required.
Where: 15410 Interstate 20, Canton; 903/567-2255
When: Open weekends from Sept. 19–Nov. 8. Join Yesterland for spooky-filled attractions during Fright Farm in October Friday and Saturday nights from 6–10pm (from dark till close)
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, plus so much more. Plan to spend a whole day discovering and playing at Yesterland farm. Opening weekend (Sept. 19–20) is First Responder Weekend, honoring military, law enforcement, firefighter and EMT men and women. Bring your ID for free admission!
Cost: General admission passes at the gate begin at $24.95 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 are recommended indoors and places where it is not feasible. Social distancing is also encouraged whenever possible. Hand sanitizing and washing stations will be available for all guests.
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Photo courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum.