Pumpkins and corn. Two autumn items that go together like a knife and a fork, like caramel on an apple, and aspen trees among evergreens in the Colorado mountains. Even the candy aisle at the grocery store puts them together. Pumpkins and corn. Smiles and laughter. Good family fun. Teenagers stay out of trouble. Adults act like kids again. And the farmer shares his hard work with an adoring public.
Before you go, here are some things to keep in mind before venturing into your pumpkin and corn adventure!
- Not all patches and mazes are alike. Some are “haunted” in the theme of celebrating the upcoming Halloween holiday, and are less family friendly if you have young or sensitive children (even the adult kids might catch a fright). It is important to do some investigating before you explore.
- Prices may vary. While many pumpkin patches offer free admission, there will be a price on the pumpkin you pick, and a fee for entering the corn maze. Be prepared with cash as many of the farms do not accept credit cards.
- Weather is unpredictable. Be prepared. Storms can roll in and out rather quickly, and even a little wind and cloud cover can cause a 15 to 30 degree temperature drop. In the same way, a calm, cool day can explode into a heat wave.
- Your sinuses will thank you if you remember that allergies may make an appearance at your outing. It is not unusual for those who suffer from hay fever to react to corn dust. Just keep that in mind if you are an allergy sufferer.
You don’t have to travel far to find your farm experience. Many pumpkin patches and corn mazes are popping up in our own backyards. Small farms in cities all around the Colorado metro areas are advertising opening dates. You’d be surprised how close to home they are. If you want a BIG experience, then venture to one of the bigger farms outside of town.
They are easy to find, and most Chambers of Commerce sites are posting information about them. There are far too many of them to list all of them, and what you want your personal experience to be like is going to be what makes your pumpkin patch and corn maze a keeper.
Enjoy your lazy, mazy days of autumn. Pumpkins and corn. Good things that autumn is made of.
Looking for a few suggestions around Denver? Check out some of our favorites:
Anderson Farms Home of Colorado’s Longest-Running Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch! Take a wagon ride out to the Pumpkin Patch on one of their wagons pulled by an antique Oliver tractor. With over 70 different varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for! Or get lost in their giant corn maze. The corn maze is 30 acres, with over 8 miles of trails. Prices and hours vary depending on the dates. 6728 County Road 3-1/4 Erie, CO, andersonfarms.com, 303-828-5210
Pumpkin Festival 10-acre pumpkin patch ready for picking at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Oct. 7-8, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. $6 adults/seniors/ students with ID, $4 child (ages 3-12), $5 member adult, $3 member child (3-12), children 2 and under free, children in costume ages 3-12 free. 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon, botanicgardens.org, 303-973-3705.
Fall Fun at The Farm Pumpkin patch beginning Oct. 5; hayrides along the Poudre River Oct. 8-23, Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sat.-Sunday 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. $2; Treatsylvania, Oct. 28-30, $5, tickets must be purchased in advance; and Bowvania, Oct. 29 noon-1 p.m. trick or treating with costumed dogs on parade, and photo opportunities. $5 per dog. 600 N. Sherwood, Fort Collins, 970-221-6665, fcgov.com/thefarm.php
Mile High Farms in Bennett Tractor hayrides, corn maze, pumpkin patch, barrel carts, petting zoo and more. Sunday-Thurs. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-midnight. $12 adault, $10 children 12 and under, under 3 free. 11 Cavanaugh Rd., Bennett, 303-680-9999, milehighfarms.com
Fritzler Corn Maze 15-acre corn maze, mini roller coaster, train ride, pedal go-carts, pumpkin cannons, duck races, 3D maze, u-pick pumpkin patch. Maze is family- friendly during the day; Scream Acres for adults at night. $5-30. 20861 U.S. 85, LaSalle, 970-737-2129, fritzlermaze.com.
Fall Festival and Corn Maze 10-acre corn maze, pumpkin blasters, pig races and more at Harvest Farm through Oct. 30. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 1-8 p.m. Adult (13 and up) $15, children (4-12) $10, under 3 free, seniors $10. Harvest Farm entrance on East (Larimer) County Road 66. harvestfarm.net, 970-568-9488
Halloween Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival Cornfield maze, straw-bale maze, farm animals, farm-equipment display, steam tractor, Indian corn. Opens today. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cottonwood Farm, 75th Street and Arapahoe Road, Boulder. Now-Oct. 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 720-890-4766, cottonwoodfarms.com.
Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch Corn maze, barnyard, and pumpkin cannon. Oct. 1-31. Weekday prices: 12 and up $7, 5-11 $5, 4 and under free; Weekends $20 per family. Wear closed shoes and long pants. May Farms, 64001 U.S. 36, Byers, 303-822-5800, Mayfarms.com.