DENVER – The best month of the year is finally here! Not only are the leaves changing, but summer's finally over, cooler temperatures are settling in, and nothing says "Halloween" quite like a well-carved Jack-o'-lantern in your front yard.
If you don't know where to go in your search for the perfect pumpkin, we've compiled the following list to help choose from pumpkin patches across the state, and we've ranked them from the closest to the farthest one, with the starting point being the City of Denver.
1. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd. in Littleton, Colo.
The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms welcomes you to celebrate the fall season with a treasured October tradition at the Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 12-14, 2018.
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. There will also be food, beer and live entertainment.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for students, seniors and military, and $6 for members and kid 3-15. Learn more on the Chatfield Farms website. Prices go up by $2 at the door.
2. Maize in the City 10451 McKay Rd. Unit 1 in Thornton, Colo.
Find your perfect pumpkin ranging from Cinderella pumpkins, White pumpkins, Cotton Candy pumpkins, Fall Squash, Pie pumpkins, Mini pumpkins, large and small Indian corn, Swan gourds and much more at the pumpkin field at Thornton's Maize in the City!
After you’ve picked out your pumpkin, enjoy getting lost in a 20+ acre maze and partake in other fall attractions including a corn launch, bouncers, a barrel ride, pony rides, a petting zoo and much more.
The pumpkin field is free and open Thursday through Sundays. For more information about times and pricing for all other fall activities, click here.
3. Rock Creek Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze 2005 S. 112th St. in Broomfield, Colo.
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 a hay bale maze, farm animals, and four corn mazes with intricately designed patterns for all levels – from a corn maze that’s less than half-a-mile long to a five-mile corn maze.
Admission for the U-pick Field Pumpkins is $8 for adults; the corn mazes are $10 for ages 12 and up and $7 for kids 4-11 years old. View the full listing of prices at the Rock Creek Farm's website.
5. Flat Acres Farm 11321 Dransfeldt Rd. in Parker, Colo.
Voted the best Pumpkin Patch of 2017, the Annual Fall Festival and Maze at Flat Acres Farm has plenty of activities for the whole family. Enjoy a hale bale maze, duck races, giant Jenga, a petting zoo, bounce houses, corn hole, climbing walls and more.
Flat Acres Farm is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 31.
Admission is $12 for ages 3 to 64 years old, 65 and over get in for $5 and military get 20 percent off. Children 2 and under get in free.
6. Anderson Farms 6728 Weld County Road 3 ¼ in Erie, Colo.
Home to Colorado’s largest fall family fun destination (according to Colorado.com), Anderson Farms has a three-acre corn maze, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, farm animals, a barrel train, pedal karts and much more! Nighttime activities include campfire rentals, Terror in the Corn and the Zombie Paintball Hunt.
7. Mile High Farms 11 Cavanaugh Rd. in Bennett, Colo.
Conveniently located just east of Denver off I-70 and Manila Road, Mile High Farms boasts two corn mazes, an antique tractor hayride to and from the farm’s pumpkin patch, play and bouncy castles, wagon plus tractor tire corn pits, unlimited barrel cart rides, a farmer’s playground, stage performances and much more!
Admission is $14 for ages 14 through 59, $10 for kids 4 through 12 as well as for seniors ages 60 and up and for military members. Kids 3 and under get in free.
The farm is open until Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, click here.
8. Miller Farms 13912 CR 19 in Plateville, Colo.
Miller Farms near Platteville is hosting its Fall Harvest Festival through mid-November, and there are a bunch of fun activities for the whole family.
Begin your day with a visit to the petting zoo, then get lost in the corn maze and take a hayride through 180 acres of fields where you can pick your own vegetables – and yes, that includes pumpkins.
There’s a “Croc-pit,” kids play areas, antique tractors, peddle tractors, a hay pyramid, and much more.
Admission is $22 per person for people 13 years old and up. A family of four gets is for $75. Each additional person over the first four is $18 per person. Children ages 5 to 12 get in for $15. Kids 3 and under get in free.
Learn more on the Miller Farms website. Note: You’re asked to give them a call beforehand if you’re planning on visiting on a weekday, as they have large school groups visiting the farm in the morning.
9. Colorado Pumpkin Patch 18065 Saddlewood Rd. in Monument, Colo.
From mazes to laser tag to 80-foot slides, the Colorado Pumpkin Patch in Monument has fun for the whole family this fall season!
Enjoy duck races, human foosball, gourd target practice, tractor hayrides through the farm’s “Colorado Wildlife Safari,” large outdoor games, the large straw bale pyramid, face painting as well as pony rides and much more!
Adults get in for $10, active members of the military, first responders and seniors get in for $9. Kids 3 and under get in free.
For a full list of dates, times and prices, click here.
10. Fritzler Farm Park 20861 CR 33 in La Salle, Colo.
The folks at Fritzler Farm Park near Greeley have a seven-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 website states. "We also have decorative gourds, straw and corn stalks available for all your decorating needs."
Pumpkins sell by the pound, and Fritzler also has a corn maze, mini-rollercoaster ride, pillow jump, duck races, pumpkin canons, go-carts and more.
11. Jack Lantern’s Northern Colorado Corn Maze 2318 S. County Road 5 in Fort Collins, Colo.
This is the 18th year for Jack Lantern's Corn Maze and pumpkin patch that promises "90 acres of fear, fright and fun."
Starting Saturday, October 6, visitors can enjoy two pumpkin patches, farm animals, bounce houses, corn chuckers, pedal cars and more, in addition to the 35-acre corn maze. For the more adventures, there’s a scavenger hunt through the maze.
Admission starts at $12 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3 to 10 (that’s for daytime activities). Nighttime activities start at $24 per person which include general admission to the haunted corn maze and the haunted hayride, after which you’ll be dropped off in the corn maze of carnage.
The corn maze is open Thursday through Sunday until Halloween.
12. Long Neck Pumpkin Farm 7595 California Dr. in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Take the kiddos for some story barn time and enjoy hayrides, a hay bale slide, duck races, the bean bag toss, building blocks, corn boxes, bowling, tractor swings, learn about farm animals, and much more at the Long Neck Pumpkin Farm in Colorado Springs. New this year: Cow Town and Tire Town!
If you’re going pumpkin patching, be mindful that pumpkins cost $5 each.
Admission is $10 per person (includes all activities). Kids 2 and under get in free. For more information, click here.
13. Diana’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze 1649 Poplar Ave., in Canon City, Colo.
Challenge your friends and family at a scavenger hunt as you try to find your way through a Mario Bros.-shaped corn maze, or select the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch at Diana’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Canon City.
Yummy treats include cotton candy, caramel apples, roasted cinnamon and sugar pecans, pumpkin bread, pumpkin streusel muffins, pumpkin pie and much more.
Admission is $13 per person; kids 5 and under get in free.
The pumpkin patch and corn maze are only open on weekends: Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. The pumpkin patch and corn maze will be open until Halloween. For more information, visit their website.