It’s pumpkin thumpin’ time, and we’ve rounded up 11 of the best places for gourd shopping, Insta-worthy photos and family fun.
With more than 90,000 pumpkins, the arboretum’s Pumpkin Village is a sight to see. Pumpkin houses and displays depict children’s classics like Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Little Pigs During Autumn at the Arboretum, which has the theme “A Fall Fairy Tale.” Pumpkins and other gourds are available for purchase, and pumpkin-themed events are scheduled throughout the festival’s run. Wednesdays at 10 am, visitors can take a guided tour through the exhibit to learn about the many pumpkin varieties on display. During Halloweekend, Oct. 29-30, there’ll be trick-or-treating, a petting zoo, a Dress Like a Fairy Tale costume contest and live music in the garden.
Through Oct. 31 at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm $20, $16 for ages 65 and up, $12 for ages 2-12, free for children 1 and younger. Admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is $3 extra. Parking is $15 on-site or $11 if purchased online in advance. dallasarboretum.org.
DALLAS FARMERS MARKET
FREE Visit with farmers and vendors selling more than 25 varieties of Texas-grown gourds. On Oct. 8, the Dallas Farmers Market celebrates Texas Pumpkin Day with live music, pumpkin painting and carving, face painters, stories with the Dallas Public Library and a tiny train for the kiddies to ride.
Through Oct. 31 in the Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market, 1011 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas. Open Sundays through Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm Free admission. dallasfarmersmarket.org.
HALL’S PUMPKIN FARM AND CORN MAZE
This family farm in the heart of Grapevine, in operation since the 1920s, has plenty of pumpkins to choose from. There are also farm animals, hayrides and hay bales. But the 2-acre corn maze is the standout attraction. The tallest stalks reach as high as 9 feet, and the real challenge comes after dark for those who attempt to make their way by flashlight. The patch features displays of pumpkins ready for purchase and photo ops among the scarecrows and vintage farm tractor.
Through Oct. 31 at 3420 Hall-Johnson Road, Grapevine. Open Fridays from 3 to 9 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 9 pm, Sundays from 1 to 8 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 8 pm Closed Mondays and Tuesdays except on Columbus Day, Oct. 10, from 11 am to 8 pm, and Halloween, Oct. 31, times TBA. Wednesdays and Thursdays: free admission until 5 pm, then $10 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 4-11, free for veterans and seniors. Fridays through Sundays: $15 for ages 12 and up, $10 for ages 4-11, $5 for veterans and seniors. Children 3 and younger are always admitted free. Hayrides are $5, $3 after dark. All fees are cash only. hallspumpkinfarm.net.
FLOWER MOUND PUMPKIN PATCH
Pre-picked pumpkins and other edible squash varieties are ready for purchase at the Double Oak Ranch. Kids can pose for photos with yard-art cartoon characters. They can also wind their way through easy-to-navigate hay balle mazes, play on the merry-go-round and ride a pumpkin patch train. Everyone can jump aboard a hay-filled trailer for an old-fashioned hayride.
Through Oct. 31 at 5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound. Open daily from 9 am to 7 pm Admission and activities are free, but timed reservations are required. Parking is $10 Mondays through Fridays, $20 Saturdays and Sundays. flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com.
LOLA’S PUMPKIN PATCH
Visit Lola’s Local Market, named for Lola the pig, for a home-grown pumpkin patch experience. Plan your outing on the weekends when there are kid-friendly activities including hayrides, pumpkin- and face-painting, and a pallet maze. You’ll also find local vendors selling their crafts and specialty food items.
Through Oct. 31 at Lola’s Local Market, 1771 Kever Main, Melissa. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 7 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 7 pm Admission is free, but activities have a fee; parking is $5. facebook.com/lolaslocalmarket.
PUMPKIN PATCH AT THE FARM
Get out of the city and breathe in some fresh fall air at this pumpkin patch south of Mansfield. Attractions include bounce houses, pony rides, duck races, a petting zoo, a train ride, hayrides, a wooden maze, and a train and tractor playground. Activities are included with paid admission.
Through Nov. 5 at Country Critters Farm, 3709 County Road 617, Alvarado. Open Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day from 10 am to 5 pm and on weekdays by reservation only. $15 for ages 3 and up, $7 for seniors, free for children 2 and younger. countrycrittersfarm.com.
PUMPKIN PATCH FESTIVAL AT TEAM FAMILY FARMS
Along with pumpkin picking, there are barrel train rides for the kids, playgrounds with slides and swings, a separate play area for the little tots, farm animals and themed photo spots. Children can also walk through the hay maze and practice their cowboy and cowgirl yells with Cowboy Tex. Pumpkins are for sale, but activities are included with price of admission; cash is preferred.
Through Nov. 6 at Team Family Farms, 1042 W. Sherman Drive, Aubrey. Open daily from 10 am to 7 pm $12 on Mondays through Fridays, $15 on Saturdays and Sundays; free admssion for ages 1 and younger. teamfamilyfarms.com.
Yesterland Farm’s annual fall festival is packed with amusement rides, a corn maze, a cannon that shoots candy, pig races, a pumpkin patch and other farm fun. Visitors will find gourds of all shapes and sizes in the pumpkin patch, a tiny pumpkin house and Animal Town with farm critters. On Friday and Saturday evenings in October, you can see fireworks at 8:30 pm and stay late for Spooktacular Nights fun until 10 pm On Oct. 28-30, kids can wear costumes (no masks) and join in a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt.
Through Nov. 6 at Yesterland Farm, 15410 Interstate 20, Canton. In October, open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 10 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm Open Nov. 5-6 from 10 am to 6 pm $22.95 online, $29.95 at the gate. yesterlandfarm.com.
BIG ORANGE PUMPKIN FARM
For wide open spaces and fresh country air, head for this family-owned attraction at Preston Trail Farms. The location houses a general store that offers feed, hardware, food, vintage toys and gifts. You’ll find plenty of pumpkins off the vine and can browse the pumpkin patch as much as you like. Visit creatures including goats and sheep in the petting barn. There’s also a hay ballet maze, a hayride and weekend farm train rides. The price of admission includes a small pumpkin from the patch, feed for the petting barn, the hayride, a roping pen and the hay maze.
Through Nov. 23 at 15102 State Highway 289, Gunter (about 23 miles north of Frisco). Open daily from 8 am to 8 pm Admission is $15 on Saturdays and Sundays, $12 on Mondays through Fridays; free admission for children 1 and younger. prestontrailfarms.com.
STORYBOOK RANCH NEW PUMPKIN PATCH
Owned and operated by the nonprofit River Ranch Educational Charities, this pumpkin patch moves across the road to a new location this year. Activities include carousel pony rides (70-pound limit), bounce houses, a petting zoo, a hay balle maze, games and picture stations. Children with paid admission can take home a mini pumpkin.
Oct. 8-31 at 10841 Custer Road, Frisco. Open daily from 10 am until sundown. $15 for ages 2-7, $10 for ages 8-12, $5 for ages 13 and up; free admission for ages 1 and younger. storybookranch.org.
ENNIS AUTUMN DAZE
The 20th annual Autumn Daze fest in Ennis will feature a pumpkin patch with more than 16,000 pumpkins of all sizes, including one that weighs in at 2,000 pounds. Reality TV food fans may recognize some of the celebrity pumpkin carvers: Dean Murray, a Disney+ foodtastic champion, and Nancy Baker from the Food Network’s Halloween Wars. A hay maze, a cornhole tournament, carnival rides, concessions and live music by Pat Green and Gary P. Nunn are also part of this street festival. The Ennis pumpkin patch is open now for early shoppers, and special activities are planned each Saturday (Oct. 8, 15 and 22) before Autumn Daze.
Oct. 28-30 in downtown Ennis. Open Oct. 28 from 4 to 10 pm, Oct. 29 from 10 am to 10 pm, Oct. 30 from 11 am to 8 pm Admission is free on Oct. 28; $5 on Oct. 29 before 4 pm, $10 after 4; $5 on Oct. 30. Ages 12 and younger are admitted free all weekend. visitennistexas.com/events-1.