Pumpkin Patches 2016 / The best pumpkin patches in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

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Courtesy of Dallas Arboretum; FCC Arlington; Storybook Ranch; Country Critters Farm
October 18, 2016
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October is looming large, and so are our appetites, with all those yummy holiday treats on the horizon. So take your family pumpkin-picking to find the best gourd for your next baking project. While you’re at it, grab a few pumpkins for carving, too. We’ve done the easy part and rounded up the area’s premier patches, all brimming with fall activities and photo ops. Now it’s up to you to choose, carve and bake an orange masterpiece – or three.
Autumn at the Arboretum
Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615; dallasarboretum.org
When: Through November 23; daily 9am−5pm
The basics: Decorated with 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, 1,500 ears of corn, 900 hay bales, 1,200 cornstalks and 150,000 blooming flowers and plants, the one-acre Pumpkin Village will have your kids exploring for hours. Be sure to brush up on your fairy tales beforehand because Cinderella’s carriage presents the perfect photo op for little princesses and princes. Visit on Mommy & Me Mondays or Tiny Tot Tuesdays from 10am−2pm for special attractions such as a petting zoo, face painting, music and crafts.
Cost: Included with general admission: $15 adults, $10 kids 3−12, free for kids 2 and younger. Pumpkins are available for purchase at the Pumpkin Patch.

Pumpkin Farm at Preston Trail Farms
When: 6am−8pm Monday−Sunday
Where: 15102 TX-289, Gunter; 972/382-4995; prestontrailfarms.com
The basics: What was once the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm has a new name and home. Pet and learn about more than 50 farm animals on this educational tour and pumpkin patch. Plus, there is a hay maze, hayride and roping pen.
Cost: $8 per person; free for children younger than 2 
Tucker Hill Pumpkinville
2100 State Blvd., McKinney; 214/544-7550, tuckerhilltx.com
When: October 17−31; Mon−Thu 10am−2pm, Fri−Sat 9:30am−5:30pm, Sun 1−5pm
The basics: Photo vignettes, vintage farm equipment, a hay maze and pumpkins for purchase are available daily at this annual community event. Visit on a weekend for additional activities, such as hayrides, live music, food trucks, pumpkin carving and an all-new petting zoo. Proceeds from pumpkin sales benefit McKinney Christian Academy.
Cost: Free for most activities; concessions and pumpkins for purchase

Pumpkins on the Prairie
3521 Main St., Frisco; 972/335-2882, pumpkinsontheprairie.org
When: October 1−31; Mon−Fri 1–7pm, Sat−Sun 9am–7pm
The basics: Bring the family to this not-so-average pumpkin patch for hayrides, a bounce house, temporary tattoos, games, a hay maze and face painting. Don’t miss the best autumn attraction for littles: catapult pumpkin launching. Check their website for details on events such as Holiday Bazaar and Family Movie Night. Run by Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, this pumpkin patch benefits outreach efforts to help the needy.
Cost: Free; pumpkins for purchase

Storybook Ranch Pumpkin Patch
3701 S. Custer Road, McKinney; 972/369-0874, storybookranch.com
When: Through November 1; Sun−Fri 10am to sundown, Sat 9am to sundown
The basics: Your littles can ride ponies, navigate a hay maze, jump in bounce houses, meet furry friends at a petting zoo and tour a historic western town by wagon all with a scenic autumn backdrop. Plus, every kid gets a free mini pumpkin with admission while supplies last. Visit during their family-friendly Halloween party on October 30 for costume contests and prizes.
Cost: Access to the patch is free; admission to other activities is $15 per child over 2 years and $5 per adult. Pumpkins for purchase.
St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch
 9845 McCree Road, Dallas; 214/348-1345; stjamesdallas.org
When: Through October 31; Sun–Thu 1pm–7pm, Fri–Sat 10am–7pm
The basics: Round up the family — even Fido — and head to St. James’ annual pumpkin patch to stock up on supplies for your autumn hearth. Bring the camera to snap a festive family photo or silly face-in-the-hole pictures. Purchase a variety of mini, baking and oversized pumpkins and gourds with proceeds benefiting St. James’ youth group programs.
Cost: Free admission; pumpkins for purchase

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
Where: 5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound; 817/430-4536; flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com
When: October 1–31; 9am–7pm daily
The basics: The original Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch has it all: two mazes (for small ones and “big kids”), bounce houses, cartoon cutouts, a pumpkin train, hayrides, train rides and playground equipment. Oh, and pumpkins. Bring food for picnicking any time or buy from local vendors — like Fletcher’s Corny Dogs — on weekends. Leashed pets are welcome.
Cost: $5 parking weekdays, $10 parking weekends, $1 walk-ins; free activities and rides

The Pumpkin Patch at First Christian Church
 910 S. Collins, Arlington; 817/277-2634; firstchristianarlington.org
When: Through October 31; 11am–dusk daily
The basics: In early October, FCC Arlington and Rush Creek Christian Church of Arlington will partner to bring thousands of pumpkins to the FCC property. Come by to walk through the pumpkin displays, take family photos, read an autumn story to your kids and enjoy a few lawn games. More than 5,000 different gourds and pumpkins will be available.
Cost: Free admission

Mainstay Farm Family Pumpkin Days
1004 W. Bethesda Road, Cleburne (5 miles south of Burleson; look for the half-buried ranch wagon); 817/295-6772; mainstayfarm.com
When: Open every weekend in October; 11am–5pm
The basics: Sheep racing, hayrides, a tree house, train rides, face painting, Flying Fox ride, a maze, duck races, pumpkin ice cream and all kinds of fall décor for purchase. And that’s just the beginning – check the website for more daily The Basics and concessions. Special events include the Pumpkin Smash (use your imagination).
Cost: $14 ages 3 and older, free for children 2 and younger; season passes available 

Country Critters Farm
 3709 County Road 617, Alvarado; 817/477-3060; countrycrittersfarm.com
When: Weekends through November 6; 10am–5pm 
The basics: Pay admission to Country Critters Farm and walk away with one pie-sized pumpkin per child and one jack-o-lantern-sized pumpkin for your family (but you can always purchase more). While you’re dreaming of pie, your kids will be going gaga over the bounce houses, playground, petting zoo, pony ride, train ride, hayride, maze, duck races, games and storytelling sessions (whew!).
Cost: $10 for adults, $12 for kids, free for children ages 2 and younger

Hall’s Pumpkin Farm
3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine; 817/991-1052; hallspumpkinfarm.net
When: Daily thru October 31; Mon–Thurs 3–8pm; Fri 3pm–10pm; Sat 10am–10pm; Sun 1pm–8pm 
The basics: Come to a working farm and pick your pumpkins off the vine, or snag a pre-picked one from one of the vignettes around the farm. For a little extra, hop on a tractor-pulled hayride on the weekends or test your wits in a two-acre corn maze. Kids will also love visiting the farm animals. Bring food and drinks if you like; some concessions are available.
Cost: Free admission, corn maze $5, hayrides $3–$5

Pumpkin Patch at Creekwood United Methodist Church
Where: 261 Country Club Road, Allen; 214/544-8050; creekwoodumc.org
When: Daily through October 31, 9am to sundown
The basics: Stock up on carving, baking, mini and giant pumpkins at this kid-friendly patch. The iconic red barn at Creekwood UMC sets the perfect backdrop for your fall family photo. Creekwood’s Fall Carnival from 3−6pm on October 15 will have crafts, games, face painting and more — don’t forget your costumes.
Cost: Free; pumpkins for purchase
Pumpkin Patch at Christ United Methodist Church
Where: 3101 Coit Road, Plano; 972/596-4303cumc.com
When: September 24−October 31; daily 9am−7pm
The basics: Up to two tons of pumpkins were dropped off at Christ UMC last month in preparation for this pumpkin patch fundraiser. Round up your little pumpkins and the camera for lots of photo opportunities. 
Cost: Free; pumpkins for purchase
Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market 7th Annual Fall Festival
3646 Rosemeade Parkway, Dallas; 972/306-2899ruibals.com
When: October 2211am–4pm
The basics: Ruibal’s annual autumn extravaganza returns with a corn house, pumpkin decorating, balloon artists, a petting zoo and more. Ditch the picnic and snack on provisions from food vendors all decorated with autumn hues. As always, Ruibal’s will have an extensive selection of pumpkins, gourds and fall plants perfect for your front porch. Bring the camera for lots of picture perfect backdrops.
Cost: Free; pumpkins and concessions for purchase

Blase Family Farm Pumpkin Patch
1232 E. Fork Drive, Rockwall; 972/772-3645blasefamilyfarm.com
When: October 1–30; Mon–Fri 9am–6pm, Sat 10am–6pm, and Sun noon–6pm
The basics: Visit this charming family farm for old-fashioned fun with a petting zoo, hayride, hay maze and — of course — an endless picturesque backdrop of pumpkins. Let the kids pet and feed a longhorn, goat and sheep before boarding the farm train to tour the 13-acre pine-filled property. Bonus: Your little pumpkin can have his or her next birthday party at the farm.
Cost: $7 per person, free for kids under 1; pumpkins for purchase

Pumpkin Patch in The Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market
1010 S Pearl Expressway, Dallas; 214/664-9110dallasfarmersmarket.org
When: Through October 31; Fri & Sun 10am–5pm, Sat 8am–5pm
The basics: Do double duty with grocery shopping and fall photo ops at the Dallas Farmers Market’s patch. Pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes and colors will be available for purchase. Don’t leave without getting a festive balloon from the on-site balloon artist. Visit during any weekend through December 31 to take advantage of Holiday Hall, featuring local craft and gift vendors.
Cost: Free; pumpkins for purchase

Updated October 2016


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