The Great Pumpkin Patches of 2019

Time to get your pumpkins.
Time to get your pumpkins. Linnea Covington
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:

click to enlarge Go pick your own pumpkins at Anderson Farms. - ANDERSON FARMS
Go pick your own pumpkins at Anderson Farms.
Anderson Farms
Anderson Farms
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.

click to enlarge Take a tractor ride to the fields to get your pumpkins. - COTTON WOOD FARMS
Take a tractor ride to the fields to get your pumpkins.
Cotton Wood Farms
Cottonwood Farms
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).

click to enlarge Pose with pumpkins and pick your own at Chatfield Farms. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Pose with pumpkins and pick your own at Chatfield Farms.
Linnea Covington
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
Pumpkin Festival
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.

click to enlarge So many pumpkins at Flat Acres Farm. - FLAT ACRES FARM
So many pumpkins at Flat Acres Farm.
Flat Acres Farm
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.

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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
Contact: Linnea Covington