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Denver’s Best Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes & Fall Festivals

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The Broncos are in season, snow has arrived in the mountains, and the days are getting shorter. It’s obviously that time of year again, so short, but so magical. Here’s our annual Fall Festival, Corn Maze and U-Pick-It Guide. Happy Travels! 

Mile High Farms, Bennett

Opening on October 7th for Saturdays and Sundays only throughout the month, this maze and pumpkin patch themes out their corn maze each year and is usually covered by media it’s so cool. Their fall into fun activities include the pumpkin patch, massive corn maze, hayrides, Grover’s garden (petting zoo), barrel carts, stage performances, face painting and more. Adult admission is $12, kids 4-12 are $10 and little ones under three get the adventure for free. (Milehighfarms.com)

Rock Creek Farms, Broomfield

Opening day is Sept. 30th for the 100+ acre farm and the U-pick-em pumpkin station, corn mazes, farm animals, family fun area treats and eats, and for Halloween, pumpkin carving with free pumpkin stencils. Per the website, this is one of the largest and most entertaining Halloween attractions in northern Colorado, admission is always free, and you must try the hay bale maze or get lost in the winding paths of over six miles of Corn Mazes. Visit with pigs, goats, ponies, donkeys, chickens and other farm animals. Enjoy a selection of fall festive treats and decorations such as gourds, indian corn, caramel apples, baked goods, straw bales and more. (Rockcreekfarm.com)

May Farms, Byers

Any weekend starting Sept. 30th-Oct. 29, between 10 am – 5 pm, pop in for October Harvest Fest at May Farms, where you will find all the delights of Autumn and fun for the entire family. This event is open to the public for $25 Admission and includes unlimited: Hay Rides, Barrel Train Rides, Barnyard Petting Zoo, Pumpkin Patch (1 Pumpkin Included), Pumpkin Cannon (4 Pumpkins included), Corn Hole Games and Activity Acres amongst other activities. Food, beverage, it’s all here. Be sure not to miss the Garden Tractor Pull on opening day!  (mayfarms.com) (https://www.facebook.com/MayFarms/)

Cottonwood Farms, Boulder

Open daily Sept 23 through Halloween, this fall festival offers free admission. There is a corn maze, straw bail maze, pumpkin patch, animals to see, steam engines ($3) and opportunities to find fall harvest décor for your home. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. every day. (Cottonwoodfarms.com)

Wishing Star Farm, Calhan

Fall Fest is September 22 – October 31 and just 22 minutes from Colorado Springs!!! The whole family to see the many animals, jump with the family on the jumping pillow, see duck races, go on a hay ride to the Pumpkin Patch and pick your favorite pumpkin. Pony rides are offered all day long as well as a petting zoo, tire swings, corn bins, roping dummies, tractor tires to climb on and culvert tunnels to crawl through. And for the foodies in your group, stop by the Harvest Store for fresh pies, farm fresh eggs, homemade jellies and breads and fall decorations. (wishingstarfarm.com)

Anderson Farms, Erie

Colorado’s Longest Running Corn Maze: Entering 21st season. Activities include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, 30-acre corn maze, spider web, tire mountain, barrel train, pedal karts, gem mining, gourd launching and more. Hours vary but the farm is now open through Halloween. The standout attractions include the corn maze, harvest festivals, Terror in the Corn, haunted hayride and ghost town, and Zombie Paintball Hunt for the older kids in your crew. (andersonfarms.com) 

Bartels Land and Livestock Inc. & Corn Maze/Pumpkin Patch, Fort Collins

Open through October 31, the event offers a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and endless products to pick from in the field. Other attractions include hayrides, petting zoo, mini maze for the kids, acres and acres of pumpkins of all sizes, gourds, Indian corn, straw bales and late season vegetables. There are also pumpkin cannons to send them flying. U-pick CSA farm. (thebartelsfarm.com) 

Northern Colorado Corn Maze, Fort Collins

Certainly the most popular options up north, these guys have it all—corn maze, scavenger hunt, pumpkin patch, bounce houses, farm animals, corn shuckers, pedal car race, trick or treat, and more. Their haunted maze at dusk is creepy and quite graphic, perfect for high school kids. Open October 6 – 31st, 2017. Open Thursday – Sunday only.  (northerncoloradocornmaze.com) 

Studt’s Pumpkin Patch, Grand Junction

Throughout October, you are invited to The Original Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, the biggest and best in the Grand Valley. Studt’s offers fall fun for the whole family with a Pumpkin Jump, Hay Mountain with Kids Slide, horse-drawn hayrides, Animal Train, pony rides, photo area, Dark Acres Haunted Corn Maze and more. On Sunday, Oct 29 there is a Pumpkin Demolition Derby, pumpkin carving and smashing and a Kids Candy Trail with prizes. There is also a Dark Acres Haunted Maze that runs Friday and Saturday nights throughout October beginning at dark. The last ticket sales are at 10 p.m. and cost for the Haunted Maze is $13. Sundt’s is open Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults on the weekends or $7 on the weekdays. Seniors get in for $8, and children under age 3 are free. To learn more about Sundt’s Pumpkin Patch, visit the website or Facebook page.

Pumpkins and More A-Maiz-ing Farm, Holyoke

This year’s patch will include a five acre corn maze and many other family and kid-friendly activities such as hayrides, a corn box, duck races, slides, horse swings, a giant spider web for climbing, a cow train, straw bale mountain, and a children’s maze. Other attractions such as a haunted corn maze (which opens the last three weekends in October) and a nightly campfire will also be offered. (amaizingpumpkinsandmore.com) 

Fritzler Corn Maze, La Salle

This corn maze has over 20 attractions, 1.6 miles of trail and two phases of the maze to conquer… and as of Sept 25, 2017, 450,000 people have visited since inception. There are also farm activities to choose from and an ATV mini roll coaster barrel train. Favorite activity such the Super Pumpkin canyon and the opportunity for children to burry themselves in corn has made this a very population options since its start in 2000. Second of the corn mazes, Scream Acres, is worth waiting for night fall to really get a good spook. There is a ghost haunt, zombie paint ball slayer, and creep attractions. (fritzlermaze.com

Denver Botanic Gardens, Littleton

The DBG’s corn maze might be one the most famous in the state. Located at their Chatfield Farms are the corn maze, hayride, barrel train and unlimited jumping on the giant pillow. Pony rides and the jumping pillow are available for an extra fee. With ample space and room to roam, my family rarely misses this one. And, the black out maze during weekends in October are only illuminated with glow sticks, so maybe bring an extra flashlight? Sept 15 –Oct 29. (botanicgardens.org)

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch, Longmont

Fall Festival begins Oct. 7 and runs through Oct. 29. The ranch offers carnival rides and activities every Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every weekend including a petting zoo, pony rides, straw maze, inflatable obstacle course and much more. No entry fee and self-guided tours available on weekdays. (rockymtnpumpkinranch.com)

Flat Acres Farm, Parker

Bring the entire family to join in the fun of the corn maze, snake tunnel, corn kernel boxes, petting zoo, kids hay bale maze, giant swing set and many other activities. Before leaving, be sure to stop by the Pumpkin Patch, which was voted the best Pumpkin Patch in 2017 by the Parker Small Business Excellence Group, and pick that perfect carving pumpkin. Reapers Hallow and Dead End Motel, The Last Night . . . Haunted Maze. This place will give you the scare of your life, woods incorporated into the maze make for that extra haunt. (flatacresfarm.com) 

Miller Farms Corn Maze & Fall Festival, Platteville

Begin your day with a visit to our petting zoo, followed by navigating your way through their corn maze. Visit ‘Antique Alley’ and enjoy your lunch in our picnic area, where they’ve got dozens of covered tables set up for your convenience. Take a hayride through 180 acres of fields where you can pick your own vegetables—potatoes, carrots, onions, beets, Indian corn, squash, peppers, and obviously, pumpkins. The Fall Fest runs from Labor Day to mid-November and is open from 9 – 6. (millerfarms.net)

Crazed Maze, Thornton

Offering a 20-acre corn maze that can take up to 40 minutes to complete, pumpkin field, pony rides, petting zoo, jumping castle, air slide, obstacle course, playground, corn kennel box, sand art and smart phone game, this is geared for the wee ones and it’s jam-packed with entertainment. It’s close to the city and a great first time experience for the virgin corn maze family. (maizeinthecity.com) 

Haunted Field of Screams, Thornton

This is the largest haunted attraction in Colorado with the scariest thrills—Haunted Field of Screams, Dead Man’s Night Maze, and Zombie Paintball massacre. This might be a better option for older kids or a teenage outing as it is strictly for screams. Get your fright on until 10 p.m. or midnight on the weekends. (Hauntedfieldofscreams.com) 

Harvest Farm Festival & Corn Maze, Wellington

There are so many wonderful harvest festivals in the Denver area so why not attend one that is also for a great cause? The Harvest Farm’s 209 acres in Wellington, Colo. may look like regular farmland, but is run by the Denver Rescue Mission where men can find the first steps toward a new life. Their Harvest Farm Festival & Corn Maze from Sept. 30 through Oct. 29 boasts a full lineup of attractions, including a 10-acre corn maze, hay-wagon rides, an obstacle course suspension bridge, pig races, evening campfires, a pumpkin patch, and snacks.  (https://www.harvestfarm.net/fall-festival.html)

Pope Farms, Wiggins

This western corn maze and pumpkin patch opens October 1st for the entire month. Attractions include a 10-acre corn maze, camp fires, corn canyons, corn hole, corn box, cow train, face painting, hay mountain, hay ride, pumpkin pillow, hay bail maze, pumpkin patch, and the pumpkin pulverize. Open Weekends October 1st- October 30th, Friday 4-9, Saturday 10-9, Sunday 10-6. For something a little spookier, try the Haunted Maze from Oct. 13-28 and the 31st after dark. (popefarmscornmaize.wix.com/cornmaize-wigginsco)

Weathers Family Farm, Yuma

Explore a real working farm and ranch in the heart of the eastern plains. The 2017 Weathers Family Farms Corn Maze opens September 30th! This year they have also planted several unique pumpkin varieties. Plan now to visit Saturdays and Sundays through October. Although small, this family operation has wonderful education opportunities to learn about life on the farm. (weathersfarms.net) 

Festivals, U-pick-its and even more frights and fun!

 Fright Fest

Things get spooky weekends starting September 29 through October 29, during Fright Fest at Denver’s famed downtown theme park, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park. This enormous fun zone transforms from theme park to “scream” park all month long during Fright Fest. From haunted houses to a free Trick-or-Treat Trail, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Check out their website for the Family by Day and Fright by Night schedules, along with costume policies. (www.elitchgardens.com)

 Octoberfest

Visitors to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, can celebrate Octoberfest with a pumpkin patch, family-friendly games, face painting, hayrides and Oktoberfest food and drink specials. Come enjoy the fun on Saturday, October 14 and 21 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a special performance by Oktoberfest band, Alpine Echo from noon to 5 p.m.  Please check website for times and prices. (GlenwoodCaverns.com)

Pumpkin Harvest Festival

At Four Mile Historic Park, enjoy an old-time fall celebration Oct 7 and 8 without even having to leave the city! Join them for some nostalgic autumn fun, including a scarecrow-building station and pumpkin patch, pie-eating contests, live music, crafts, seasonal treats, and county fair amusements. Historic demonstrations and tours of the Four Mile House Museum will highlight how families in the region lived and prepared for the season during the late 1800s. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered each day so that you may take a turn about the grounds in 19th-century style. Admission is free, but there is a charge for food and some activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; (fourmilepark.org)

Boo at the Zoo

It’s the 33rd annual Boo at the Zoo for Denver! Discover “spooktacular” Halloween fun Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29 at the Denver Zoo during Boo at the Zoo. Enjoy 25 trick-or-treating stations while supporting Denver Zoo’s mission to provided exceptional care to our resident animals. Space is limited so buy tickets early! It’s always packed and a great time, some of the best costumes in the State. (www.denverzoo.org) 

Trick or Treat Street

October 27 – 29 is the sweetest time of year at the Children’s Museum of Denver, so round up your fairies, super heroes and tiny goblins for a trick-or-treating adventure bursting with fun. This is a safe, friendly event for small children. Please, no scary costumes. Activities included with Museum admission. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.  2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver. (mychildsmuseum.org) 

Littleton Harvest Festival

Come one, come all, to the annual Harvest Festival on October 14, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On our 1860s farm pick out your Halloween pumpkin and then enjoy hayrides, and other fun activities.  There is no cost to get into the museum; however, some activities and refreshments require tickets which can be purchased the day of the event. Cash or check only. (littletongov.org) 

Festival of Scarecrows

Fall would not be complete without the fun and free Festival of Scarecrows. On Oct. 7, buy pumpkins, stroll through Olde Town Arvada, vote for your favorite scarecrow or enter in a variety of contests and fun competitions, or bring your biggest home-grown pumpkin for weighing to claim the biggest pumpkin prize. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (arvada.org) 

Tigges Farm, Greeley

The Pumpkin patch is free to the public and open through October 31 Daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Take a wagon to the patch, find your pumpkins. Buy a pink pumpkin and part of the price will be donated to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation for breast cancer research. Don’t’ forget to stop by the gift shop for homemade crafts and gifts and even roasted chilies. There are over a dozen chile varieties to choose from and are roasted “on the spot.” (TiggesFarm.com) 

Happy Apple Farm, Penrose

Open all season. Wednesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with a great pumpkin patch. Happy Apple Farm is one of Colorado’s most vibrant pick your own fruit farms with Gooseberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Apples and the fall Pumpkins. They offer free hayrides and there is no admission! On the weekends they serve apple wood smoked brisket or pulled pork along with Turkey legs and hot dogs for the kids, Apple pie, Apple Cider Donuts and blackberry cobbler along with other goodies in the Italian deli. They also roast Pueblo Chili’s! (happyapplefarm.com) 

Arapahoe County Fall Fest, Centennial

On October 14 join Arapahoe County for Fall Fest, which is hosted at the historic 17 Mile House Farm Park from 11 a.m. to 5p.m. There’s fun for the whole family. Pick out and purchase your favorite pumpkin and take a scenic hayride. Take a turn milking June the Cow and visit her barnyard friends in the petting farm. Enjoy breakfast or lunch from some of Denver’s hottest food trucks. Try your hand at gold panning, learn more about the fine art of blacksmithing, tour the farmhouse, meet a local beekeeper and more, all while listening to live music by local bands. (http://www.arapahoegov.com/index.aspx?nid=1160) 

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Centennial

Start choosing those perfect pumpkins to carve Oct 7th through the end of October from 10 a.m. – dusk. This patch offers more than a dozen varieties of pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn while all the money goes to projects serving the homeless and hungry. Make sure to also try your hand at Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe and the Bean Bag Toss game.  (http://gshep.org) 

Munson Farms, Boulder

Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from July to November 1st, Munson Farms is a family run farm of 35 years that is a staple to the Boulder communities and beyond. They grow and sell 30 varieties of heirloom pumpkins and winter squash as well as apples, gourds, corn shocks, straw, and a variety of summer vegetables. Hayrides (weekends only) to the U-Pick Pumpkin patch and a 5-acre corn maze are great for kids of all ages. (munsonfarms.com) 

Mazzotti Farms & Pumpkin Patch, Hudson

Find seasonal gourds and varies pumpkins at the farms U-Pick patch. Following, explore the 10-ace corn maze and immerse yourself in the best autumn has to offer. (mazzottifarms.com) 

Delicious Orchards, Hotchkiss

MY PERSONAL FAVORITE!!! Open May through November, this place was made for moms. Chose your perfect pumpkin and try some farm-pressed organic fresh apple cider or delicious Hard Apple Cider. Taste some amazing Colorado wines and munch on local foods while wandering around the orchard. It’s great any time during autumn and the sandwiches are heavenly. Heck, Big B’s juices are made here, from the bounty in front of you. (bigbs.com) 

Hanagan Farms, Swink

Pumpkin patch, corn maze, corn pyramid and corn box are just part of the draw at Hanagan Farms. It’s the produce that is truly the highlight. For over a century, the farm has been growing great melons, onions, zuchini, cucumbers and green chili peppers. Open daily from 7 a.m until 7 p.m. from September 14 through Halloween. Visit their website, they have a few locations and varying hours. It’s over a century-old operation. (hanaganfarms.com) 

Berry Patch Farms, Brighton

For those more interested in the harvest and food experience, may we recommend this farm? They have barn Farm Market Hours, Light Red Raspberry Picking and Flowers/pickling cucumbers/basil picking.  Their Country Days on Oct. 14, 21, and 28 include a hayride, straw maze, piñatas and pumpkins. It’s something different than a corn maze or haunted house for October and kids want to go back year after year. (berrypatchfarms.com)

Hop on board the Peanuts™ Great Pumpkin Patch Express Depart Durango with the little ones upon the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 that takes families to meet Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Wind through breathtaking canyons as you travel through fresh fall foliage in the remote wilderness of the San Juan National Forest. At the pumpkin patch, children will be greeted by a maze/fun house, face painting, trick or treating and more. Adults can enjoy a glass of Durango’s own Four Leaves Winery as they help their children pick the perfect pumpkin. (durangotrain.com)

Hang high at Boo at the Bridge 

Take in the natural beauty of the Royal Gorge atop one of the world’s highest suspension bridges.  The park will offer several activities for Boo at the Bridge on Oct. 21. All will have a ‘Spooktacular’ experience to include goodies, entertainment and games. 

Ghost Walk, Glenwood Springs

Craving a ghostly good time? Look no further than Glenwood Springs’ Ghost Walk where the past is brought to life in the town’s oldest cemetery for three weekends in October, starting the 13th. On your spooky journey, be prepared to encounter apparitions of gamblers, fancy ladies, gunmen and if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of Doc Holliday and the outlaw Kid Curry. Interested? Don’t wait too long, because tours are limited and always sell out. For more information on tour times and prices check out the website (http://www.visitglenwood.com)

Fourth annual Kids Halloween Parade & Party, Denver Union Station

All of Denver’s little ghosts, goblins & princesses are invited to take part in the Kids Halloween Parade & Party on Thursday, Oct. 26th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  This traditional Halloween celebration will feature trick-or-treating in the merchant shops, a costume parade and a costume contest with prizes for best overall and best group/family costumes. Kids can mingle with a variety of special guests – including Elsa, Gru and Minions and Star Wars favorites – enjoy mini train rides, face painters and dance to a DJ playing Halloween hits. For more information on the parade route and starting time, please visit the website. (www.unionstationdenver.com)

Osborn Farms, Loveland

Come pick the perfect pumpkin from the oldest, continually family-owned farm in the state of Colorado. This quaint farm offers majestic Rocky Mountain views and, of course, pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors. Don’t miss their opening weekend celebration Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 with gourds, pumpkins, hayrides, vendors and more. Admission is free; pumpkins are charged by weight. Get your pumpkin straight from this locally owned and operated farm and say hello to the pumpkin people decorating the area. (http://osborn.farm)

Rock Ledge Ranch Harvest Festival, Colorado Springs

On October 7th, in recognition of the bounty of a traditional fall harvest, the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site offers free admission for the annual Harvest Festival. The Chambers’ 1880s farm will be filled with activities and fun in the crisp autumn air. Ride a pony or a horse-drawn wagon, listen to old-time music, pick a pumpkin to take home, scramble for candy, kick back on the lawn with a slice of pie, tour the restored 1880s Rock Ledge House and 1907 Estate House or bid for handcrafted folk art at the silent auction. (www.rockledgeranch.com)

Apple Day, Penrose

This 75-year celebration commemorates Penrose’s apple crop all day long on October 7th. Festivities include a parade, an Apple Day Queen, Apple Day Dumplings, an antique car show, dancing and an abundance of apple delicacies including a knock-down-drag-out competition for the best tasting pie. Make sure to grab a complimentary slice. (http://www.canoncity.com) 

Giant Pumpkin Festival, Colorado Springs

The biggest pumpkins in Colorado will be rolling into Old Colorado City, Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m. Come see who wins the prize for the largest pumpkin in the territory. Bring the kids and enjoy characters from Wizard of Oz, spinning wheels, games, prizes, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating contest, a pie eating contests for every age, Farmers Market, scarecrow hunt, and more. Don’t forget to come dressed as your favorite character! (https://www.visitcos.com/events-calendar/giant-pumpkin-festival/)

Fall Festival, Steamboat

Looking for an affordable, family friendly event? Come out to the Venue Church on October 7th from 10a.m. – 3p.m. Admission is free. There will be face painting, arts & crafts, games, pumpkin patch, popcorn & cotton candy, Skull Creek Greek food truck, $2 horse rides and much, much more. (http://www.steamboatchamber.com)

PEANUTS™ Great Pumpkin Patch Express, Durango

Starting October 7th, for three Saturdays and Sundays through October, the PEANUTS™ are returning to Durango for The Great Pumpkin Patch Express! Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the historic Durango & Silverton train travels 30 minutes through Durango & the Animas Valley on its way to The Pumpkin Patch! Kiddos will receive a trick-or-treat bag to collect goodies during their time at the Pumpkin Patch. Snoopy and Charlie Brown will be available for photos as kids enjoy an assortment of fun activities. (https://www.durango.org/events/event/peanuts-great-pumpkin-patch-express/)

Pumpkin Festival & 5k Fun Run, Cortez

On October 28th, Montezuma Park in Cortez is the setting for this fun fall event that features games, prizes for costumes and Main Street business trick or treat parade for the kiddos. Register at www.pinonproject.org.

Harvest Festival, Dolores

This Annual Orchard Social is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on October 14 and includes hard cider tasting, a beer tent, live music from the Tomlyn Acoustic Experience! produce and craft vendors, galloping goose rides, an heirloom tree sale, apple press demos, pie walks, apple judging and apples for sale. The event is sponsored by the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project. (http://www.doloreschamber.com)

Fall Fest

Bring your family to one of YMCA of the Rockies’ fall themed weekends. Join them for Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7th, 14th & 21st where guests can enjoy pumpkin painting, s’mores around the campfire, an old fashioned square dance and much more!  Then, experience frightful family fun at the Halloween Spooktacular Saturday, October 28th. Also, cabin bookings are open to the public for YMCA of the Rockies and Snow Mountain Ranch reservations from December 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018, including Christmas Week, New Year’s Weekend, MLK Weekend, Spring Break, President’s Day and Memorial Day weekends. (https://ymcarockies.org)

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