It’s pumpkin season in North Texas. Whether you plan to carve it, bake it, or just add a pop of color to your fall decor, here are some great spots to pick out the perfect gourd. These pumpkin patches offer a variety of festive fun and photo ops. Check websites and Facebook pages for safety rules and any weather-related changes.
Autumn at the Arboretum
The fall festival celebrates the theme “Bugtopia” with spectacular displays in Pumpkin Village including larger-than-life insect topiaries and bugged-out, 20-foot-tall pumpkin houses. About 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds are on display behind the Jonsson Color Garden, the village’s new location for 2021. There are plenty of special events and activities throughout Autumn at the Arboretum, including live music and other performances on the weekends, cooking demonstrations, Mommy and Me Mondays, Tiny Tot Tuesdays, BOGO Wednesdays, a Pumpkin Thursdays scavenger hunt and more. Though Autumn at the Arboretum ends Oct. 31 after a two-day Halloween celebration, the Pumpkin Village will be open through Thanksgiving weekend.
Through Oct. 31, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Tickets must be reserved in advance. $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 2-12, free for children younger than 2. Entrance to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is $3 extra. $15 for parking or $10 if bought online in advance. dallasarboretum.org.
Big Orange Pumpkin Farm
You’ll find plenty of pumpkins off the vine at Preston Trail Farms in Gunter. Families can also visit the petting barn, shop in the general store and grab a bite in the cafe. Hayrides, a hay bale maze, a roping pen and a farm train that runs on weekends are included in the admission price.
Through Nov. 24, daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 15102 State Highway 289, Gunter. Admission is $10, free for children 1 and younger. prestontrailfarms.com.
Dallas Farmers Market
Pumpkins fresh from Texas farms are for sale in the Shed, the market’s open-air pavilion. Visit on Oct. 10 for Texas Pumpkin Day for samples, cooking demos and pumpkin tips, and live music. The kids can get crafty with pumpkin painting and take a little train ride.
Through Oct. 31, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas. Free admission. dallasfarmersmarket.org.
Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze
Enjoy some old-fashioned fun on the farm, run by the Hall family since 1929. Climb aboard for a hayride tour of the farm. Or make your way through the tall stalks of the 2-acre corn maze. The admission price includes parking and the corn maze. Hayrides are $5 during the day, $3 after dark. Hall’s accepts cash only.
Through Oct. 31, Fridays from 3 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays-Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m. at 3420 Hall-Johnson Road, Grapevine. Weekend admission is $15 for ages 12 and older, $10 for children 4-11, $5 for seniors and veterans, free for ages 3 and younger; free on Wednesday-Thursday. hallspumpkinfarm.net.
Lola’s Pumpkin Patch
Visit Lola’s Local Market, home of Lola the pig, for pumpkin-patch shopping Wednesdays through Sundays. Plan your trip on Saturdays and Sundays to enjoy activities such as pony rides, hayrides, pumpkin and face painting, and a pallet maze. Shop the Fall Vendors Fair, with handmade items from about 40 local artisans, on Oct. 17 from noon to 4 p.m.
Through Oct. 31, Fridays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesdays-Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. at 1771 Kever Main, Melissa. Admission is free, but activities have a fee, parking is $5. facebook.com/lolaslocalmarket.
Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm
Explore this 10-acre Ellis County creekside farm and enjoy all-inclusive family fun activities. Included with admission are hay rides, a corn maze, barnyard animals, a hay hill, a game area, a giant pumpkin jump pad, tractor seesaws and pumpkins. Building a scarecrow and ax-throwing require an additional fee. Bring a picnic or purchase food and drinks on-site.
Through Oct. 31, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. at 1530 Indian Creek Drive, Midlothian. Admission is $12 for ages 3-54; $10 for ages 55 and older, veterans and first responders; children 2 and younger are admitted free. shadowcreekpumpkinfarm.com.
The amusement park presents an October fall festival packed with themed attractions and activities including a pumpkin patch, amusement rides, a corn maze, farm animals and concessions. The park gets spooky after dark on Fridays and Saturdays with Spooktacular Nights featuring a creepy corn maze, Chuckle’s Fun House and fireworks.
Through Oct. 31, Fridays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 15410 Interstate 20, Canton. General admission starts at $21.95 for ages 3 and older. yesterlandfarm.com.
Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
Walk among the cornstalks, jump in the hay bales, take a hayride and a train ride, and snap photos in front of cartoon character cutouts at the Double Oak Ranch. Admission and activities are free but reservations are required this year. There is a fee for parking.
Through Oct. 31, daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound. Admission is free, parking is $10 Monday-Friday, $20 Saturday-Sunday. flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com.
The 10-acre McKinney farm, which doubles as a barbecue destination, is gearing up for its second annual pumpkin patch. In addition to the pumpkins, there’ll be hay rides, baby goats, a corn maze and barbecue for sale. Activities are free. Outside vendors will be on-site Fridays through Sundays.
Through Oct. 31, Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays-Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 6601 County Road 166, McKinney. Admission is free. facebook.com/5gfarmtx.
Shannon Sutlief and Anna Caplan contributed to this report.