Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and Haunted Houses are starting to open on the Front Range.
Here are 5 of the best pumpkin patches:
Rock Creek Farm, Broomfield
Rock Creek Farm in Broomfield, near Northwest Parkway and Highway 287, is a working farm with 100 acres of U-Pick-Em pumpkin fields to explore. The farm also has pigs, goats, ponies, donkeys, chickens and other farm animals. There's a corn maze, too.
Admission and parking are free. There is a fee for the pumpkins, the corn maze and other activities. Learn more the Rock Creek Farm's website.
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms
Chatfield Farms will hold its Pumpkin Festival October 7-9. The ticket price includes access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch, a mini maze, barrel train ride and more family and children’s activities. Pumpkin prices vary by size.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for members, seniors and military and $6 for kid 3-15. Learn more on the Chatfield Farms' website.
Fritzler Pumpkin Patch
The folks at Fritzler's Corn Maize near Greeley have a 7-acre U-pick pumpkin patch.
"We have big pumpkins, small pumpkins, giant pumpkins, itty-bitty pumpkins, weird pumpkins, spooky pumpkins, pumpkins perfect for carving – pumpkins of all colors and shapes," Fritzler's website says. "We also have decorative gourds, straw and corn stalks available for all your decorating needs."
Pumpkins are sold by the pound and Fritzler's also has a corn maze, mini-rollercoaster ride, pillow jump, duck races, pumpkin canons, go-carts and more.
Anderson Farm in Erie has 30 acres of pumpkins and over 70 different varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. Pumpkins range in price from $2 to $12, depending on the size.
Admission to the fall festival is $10-$16. Admission includes the corn maze, pumpkin launching, farm animals, mine cars, pedal karts and more. Learn more on the Anderson Farm's website.
Miller Farms near Platteville is hosting its Fall Harvest Festival and visitors have options on what they can take home.
For $30, you can load a wagon full of four varieties of pumpkins, plus gourds, onions, winter squash plus whatever other goodies they have that day. If you just want one pumpkin, they'll give you a price on that.
For $20 per adult, $15 per child, you can be a farmer for a day and fill up to 5 bags full of produce.
Learn more on the Miller Farms website. One tip, if you're going to visit on a weekday, call before you go and ask what is the best arrival time because sometimes they have very large school groups visiting the farm in the morning.