Although it’s bittersweet to send my kids back to school, I know that fall is fast approaching and I couldn’t be happier. It’s my favorite season of the year because it encompasses my favorite holiday -- Halloween. Yes, it’s time to watch the leaves fall and pick your pumpkins.
This year, you should check out some of the best pumpkin patches in the state that are home to festivals and corn mazes. Celebrate the season on hay rides, with fresh fall treats, and don’t forget the zombie hunt (more on that below.)
*Pricing below is for cost of admission. Cost of pumpkins and food vary and are an additional charge.
Anderson Farms, Erie: Sept 24-Nov 1, $10-55/person (depending on activities)
Fall festival starts early here so get in and have some fun. The longest running pumpkin patch in Colorado is vast and you are delivered there via tractor to walk around and pick your own pumpkins. The giant corn maze is a great way to get into the game. After dark, the zombie hunt is complete with zombies paint ball guns and Terror in the Corn will have you running for your life through a corn maze. There is, of course, areas for kiddos during the day that involve go kart racing and other fall games. Plan on spending the day and getting a little dirty.
Botanical Gardens at Chatfield, Highlands Ranch: October 10-12, $4-7/person
The Botanical Gardens at Chatfield are quite different than the location in the middle of Denver. Hosting more of a farm-feel than the city location, in the fall they offer a corn maze and pumpkin patch fit for the family. Bring your jackets and plan on spending a few hours taking in the natural beauty of Colorado.
Rock Creek Farm, Broomfield: Oct 5-31, free-$8/person for admission to the maze
Rock Creek Farms boasts 120-acres of pumpkin patches so you and the family can pick out the perfect pumpkin. Stay after the sun goes down and check out the corn maze in the dark. If you like to decorate your porch with a little more than pumpkins, be sure to check out their selection of gourds, corn stalks, and straw bales.
Niemann’s Pumpkin Patch, New Castle: Sept 28-Oct 31, free-$8/person
Choose your pumpkins and stick around for straw rides and games for the kids. Something for everyone at this northwest Colorado pumpkin patch.
Flat Acres Farm, Parker: Sept 27-Oct 31, free-$9/person for maze admission, $15/person for Reapers Hollow, other activities extra
Flat Acres Farm plays host to the whole family featuring a corn maze, snake tunnel, corn kernel boxes, petting zoo, and so much more. Stay after dark and enjoy the haunted corn maze dubbed “Reapers Hollow” if you dare. Be sure to pick the perfect pumpkins before you head home.
Cottonwood Farms, Boulder: Sept 27-Oct 31, free admission
This Boulder farm invites everyone to join in the fun for a fall festival. Free admission gets you into the corn maze, straw bale maze for the little ones, as well as a visiting with farm animals and so much more. Picking your pumpkins here will be a joy for the whole family.
Crazed Corn Field Maze, Thornton: Sept 20-Nov 1, Free-$12/person for maze, other activities use tickets for an additional charge
Upon scouring through the FAQ on the website, I found that they highly recommend using the restroom before entering the 20-acre maze and stick together. Activities for the whole family and homemade treats round out this Thornton farm experience.
Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Grand Junction: Oct 1-31, Free-$10/person
In addition to the annual pumpkin patch and corn maze, Studt’s added a few new things to their fall festival activities. Duck and pig racing is new this year along with corn cannons and a giant tube slide. It’s a day for the family in Grand Junction so get over there and have some fun.