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Fall Has Arrived: Celebrate Halloween safely at local farms and venues

Fall Has Arrived: Celebrate Halloween safely at local farms and venues

By Adianna Bermudez

Get ready to celebrate all things warm and cozy this fall.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, pumpkin patches and other Halloween events will operate differently than normal. Masks will be required and encouraged when social distancing is not possible. Guests who prefer to stay indoors can take part in virtual happenings.


Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party


At the Pumpkin and Chili Party, families can enjoy delicious chili dinners and succotash and ride the Hyper Loop, Schnepf Roller Coaster and zipline. With games and two corn mazes, everyone can find fun at Schnepf Farms, which encourages guests to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Every Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. is Grandparents Morning. Masks are required for everyone during this time.

Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, 480.987.3100, schnepffarms.com, various times, $23.


Pumpkin Nights at the Princess


The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is hosting various Halloween activities, including a pumpkin patch, a jack-o’-lantern lawn with rides, a hay maze and a haunted plaza. Each night, guests can decorate and release a lantern during the Lanterns of Hope ceremony and watch fireworks. Masks are required.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, 480.585.4848, scottsdaleprincess.com, 6 to 10 p.m., $10.


Corn Maze and Pumpkin Days


Come over to Tolmachoff Farms and enjoy walking through a family-friendly, 6-acre corn maze—or a mini corn maze for younger children. The courageous can enter the haunted corn maze if they dare. The farm also offers a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, pedal cart track and jumping pillow. The farm asks that customers wear masks when social distancing is not possible.

Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Avenue, Glendale, 602.999.3276, tolmachoff-farms.com, various times, $15.


Halloween Drive-Thru


Guests can trick or treat at Goodyear Ballpark from the comfort and safety of their vehicle. Visitors will drive through the decorated parking lots and receive free candy and pumpkins along the way. Visitors also have the chance to win prizes in a virtual costume contest. Registration is required for this event.

Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, 623.932.3910, goodyearaz.gov, 6 to 9 p.m., free.


Dia De Los Muertos Virtual Festival


Celebrate Latin arts and culture virtually with the Mesa Arts Center. Families can watch cooking demonstrations and participate in at-home activities including paper flower making and altar making. Viewers can also shop on the online Mercado, which offers art, jewelry and other crafts. La Luz de Luna, Mariachi Passion and other artists will perform.

Mesa Arts Center, online only, 480.644.6560, mesaartscenter.com, noon to 3 p.m., free.


Fall Market Sip and Shop Event


Vintage and Vino Market is hosting a shopping event that includes wine and beer tasting, loaded mimosas and kid-friendly activities. Shop antiques and sip on popular drinks while local musicians perform. Photo ops and make-and-take classes will also be available.

Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center, 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek, 602.341.5724, vintageandvinoaz.com, various times, $5.


Pumpkin Splash at Mesa City Pools


Swim in a floating pumpkin patch at Mesa Aquatic Center and Brimhall Aquatic Center. Each ticket comes with one pumpkin to decorate. Forty participants can swim in the heated pool for 45 minutes at a time. Employees will clean between allotted times. Limited to 500 people total.

Mesa Aquatic Center, 1630 E. Southern Avenue, Mesa, Brimhall Aquatic Center, 4949 E. Southern Avenue, Mesa, 480.644.7529, mesaparks.com, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $8.


Cooler Days in the Corn Maze


At Vertuccio Farms, families can participate in fun activities including a 5-acre corn maze, pumpkin bowling, a spider web climb and more. For $6, visitors can participate in a pumpkin paint-and-take on certain dates. To control crowd size and maintain social distancing requirements, re-entry will not be permitted, and group rates are not being offered.

Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa, 480.882.1482, vertucciofarms.com, various times, $12.


Anthem Autumnfest


This year, the Anthem Autumnfest was adjusted to ensure public safety. Starting on October 1, residents can submit a picture of their decorated pumpkin to the Anthem Community Council’s Facebook event page for the Virtual Pumpkin Display. Use #AnthemPumpkins2020 on the post. Three random participants will be chosen to win a prize. Support local vendors virtually this year. The Arts and Crafts Fair will be hosted on the Anthem Community Council website from October 16 to November 30. Pumpkin picking at the community ballpark on October 23 and October 24 will look different this year. The pumpkin patches will be split up in four mini-patches, and each family will be reserved to one patch to maintain social distancing requirements. Participants must register online and reserve a time slot. Complimentary pumpkins, decoration kits and treats will be provided. Masks are required under the Maricopa County mask mandate.

Community Ballpark Softball Field No. 4, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem, 623.879.3008, onlineatanthem.com, various times, free.