Six Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Harvest Time in Colorado

Jamie Siebrase
We don’t have to tell you twice: Fall is the perfect time for fun on the farm and pumpkins galore! Here’s a look at some of our favorite ways to enjoy Colorado’s bountiful harvest before the next snowstorm hits.

Pumpkin Festival at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton
October 13 through October 15

Spend a gorgeous fall day at Chatfield Farms this weekend, enjoying pony rides and horse-drawn hayrides, carnival games, barrel-train rides, cornhole, giant Jenga — all set to the tune of live music. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., peruse dozens of craft and artisan booths, and dine on fare from food trucks and vendors. Beer and wine vendors will be on site Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $4 to $8 and include access to Chatfield Farms’ ten-acre pumpkin patch, along with other family and kid-friendly activities and discounted Corn Maze tickets. A mini-maze is available for younger orienteers. More information is available on the Denver Botanic Gardens website.
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Photo courtesy of Denver Zoo
DINOS! After Dark at Denver Zoo
2300 Steele Street
October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28

In preparation for its fall events, the Denver Zoo installed more than twenty animal- and dinosaur-shaped sculptures — all made from artificial jack-o-lanterns. Come see what all the hype is about at DINOS! After Dark, held for all ages every Friday and Saturday in October, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This after-hours event series includes pumpkin-carving demonstrations, a self-guided scavenger hunt, a live fire show and much more. Pricing for non-members ranges from $12 to $17, and children two and under are free. While you’re here, don’t miss the 33rd annual Boo at the Zoo, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 21, 22, 28 and 29, when young ghosts and goblins can enjoy trick-or-treat stations, animal demonstrations and other entertainment. For more information, visit the Denver Zoo website.

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From the Hill's Harvest Facebook page
Hill's Harvest
3225 East 124th Avenue, Thornton
Open daily through October 31

For a taste of the country right here in the city, check out this adorable u-pick pumpkin patch, offering a wide variety of seasonal gourds, including pie pumpkins, ghost pumpkins, “Little Jacks” and much more. From teeny to jumbo, there are plenty of sizes of pumpkins to choose from. The farm stand also carries cornstalk bundles, straw bales, decorative gourds, Indian corn, winter squash, preserves, apple cider, peach cider and cherry juice — and they just started roasting chiles, too. Swing by on a Saturday or Sunday and get a free hayride. Admission to the patch is free. For more information, visit the Hill's Harvest website.

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Jamie Siebrase is a Denver-based freelance writer, and author of the forthcoming Falcon Guide Hiking Wth Kids, Colorado: 52 Great Hikes for Families.
Contact: Jamie Siebrase