Halloween is less than a month away, and Denver area farms have a cornucopia of pumpkins for you to pick up and carve, decorate or simply stare at. From mazes to autumn foods to hayrides, the offerings at these nine pumpkin patches will inspire you to go out of your gourd hunting for this year's jack-o'-lantern. Here are the nine best pumpkin patches in the Denver area:
6728 County Road 3 1/4, Erie
Each year, this Erie eerie farm hosts an extravaganza of fall fun, from a crazy combine slide to a weekend pumpkin cannon to a giant jump pad. Enjoy mini car rides, go-carts, animals to see and pet, a tire mountain, kids' forts to climb on and more. The Anderson Farms Fall Festival has been going strong for more than twenty years, and it's a Denver family favorite. Get a ride in a wagon to the pumpkin patch and pick your squash from more than seventy varieties. Tickets run $12 during the week and $19 on weekends (children three and under get in free), now until November 3.
10600 Isabelle Road, Lafayette
Every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., from now until October 31, families can flock to this quaint Lafayette farm and hunt for the perfect pumpkin. Borrow a red wagon or bring your own to haul your orange-tinged loot. Then head to the hay-bale maze or corn maze, see some farm animals and enjoy a wagon ride on the weekends. Admission is free Sunday through Friday, but on Saturday, it's $5 for ages 6 to 64 (free for everyone else).
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
October 11 to 13
8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton
If you want to get a pumpkin from the great pumpkin patch at Chatfield Farms, check out the Pumpkin Festival from October 11 to 13. This family favorite spot opens up ten-acres of land from which you can take your pick. There's also a seven-acre corn maze to get lost in (and a mini maze for little kids), a giant bounce pillow, caramel apples, food trucks, pony rides and the whole farm to explore. On this special weekend, expect face paint, carnival games and a challenging obstacle course. Prices range from $6 to $10, depending on age and status.
Flat Acres Farm
11321 Dransfeldt Road, Parker
The big question: What can't you do at this pumpkin patch? There's a corn maze, a giant Jenga game, bounce houses, a tractor-pulled hayride, cornhole, a petting zoo, a climbing wall, a corn maze, a kids' hay-bale maze and more. The pumpkin patch proves epic too, and there are hundreds of gourds to choose from. Ages two and under are free and everyone else is $14. Visit now until October 31, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3225 East 124th Avenue, Thornton
Take a free hayride on the weekend and enjoy the crisp air at this Thornton farm. There's a large pumpkin patch to hunt for the perfect jack-o'-lantern, tiny decorative pumpkins, Indian corn, hay bales and other white or orange squash to decorate your harvest-themed house. The farm also sells pumpkin pies and has instructions on how to make your own from the sugar pumpkins grown right there. And if you need a little spice to get you through the day, there are freshly roasted green chilies available for purchase. It's open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, through October 31.
Maize in the City
10451 McKay Road Unit 1, Thornton
Not only does this venue boast an epic twenty-acre corn maze, but there's also an "easy-pick" pumpkin patch to explore. The maze costs $9 to $12 (or $5 for the mini maze), but it's free to look over the pumpkins, which cost between $1 and $20. Choose from a classic orange jack-o'-lantern or get something different, including Cinderella pumpkins, white pumpkins, cotton candy pumpkins and more. There are also pie pumpkins, in case you want to go full-on fall, and plenty of Indian corn and gourds to decorate the house. The almost-daily festivities include pony rides, a petting zoo, a mini train, a corn launcher, a playground, and for $12, you can get a pass to jump in the bouncy house all day. Visit now until October 31.
13912 CR 19, Platteville
If you've ever been to a farmers' market in Colorado and noticed a stand brimming with veggies that lets you fill a bag for $10, well, chances are that was Miller Farms. Learn more about this operation by heading to the Miller Farms Fall Festival, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from now until mid-November. Take a hayride around the 180 acres of fields and get ready to pick your own vegetables, whether carrots, onions, Indian corn, winter squash, or, of course, pumpkins. There's also a Croc-pit (yes, a giant pile of old Crocs clogs) to play in, antique tractors to snap selfies with, farm animals to visi and a corn maze to maneuver. Prices range from $15 to $22 per person, but include all the activities and the produce you pick (as long as you can haul it). Add a wagon-load of pumpkins, gourds and other goodies onto the deal for another $35.
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75th Street and Valmont Road, Boulder
In Boulder, you can literally pick your own pumpkin at this small and charming farm or head to the farm stand and choose one from the pre-cut selection. Expect white pumpkins, orange pumpkins, long flat ones, tiny balls of squash, and beautiful gourds to decorate your fall table. Before you fill your arms with pumpkins, take a hayride or walk around the corn maze. It's free to enter the farm, but the gourds are for sale. Stop by daily from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Rock Creek Farm
2005 South 112th Street, Broomfield
At 120 acres, this is one of the biggest pumpkin patches in the metro area. Find the perfect jack-o'-lantern for your Halloween spread, or let everyone in your party choose their favorite pumpkin to take home. Shears are provided, so you can actually cut it fresh, and admission to the patch and activities are free. Prices for pumpkins range from $1 for tiny ones to $8 for one you pick yourself. Enjoy discounts for the more you buy. While there, visit the farm animals and take a turn in the corn maze. Festivities run daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. unless the weather is really bad.
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