Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pumpkin Time

    Two great pumpkin festivals are now beginning in the cool autumn weather of northern Arizona.  The wonderful Mortimer Family Farms in Dewey begin their annual Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 2.  This “A-Maze-ing” farm opens their fields for the whole family to search the 15-acre Pumpkin Patch for that most special orange October gourd. 
    While at the farm, test your directional skills in the challenging 25-acre corn maze.  In addition, the whole family can enjoy the games, tractor pulls, barn dances, hayrides, arts and crafts shows and more that are found on this most special Arizona farm.
    Mortimer Family Farms continues the old and grand traditions of the American farm that once was so common everywhere.  Their Pumpkin Festival each October is a perfect way for every family to discover and share this most time-honored way of making a living.

    “The Train” from Williams, Arizona has certainly carried many famous as well as ordinary Arizona citizens over the steel rails that wind their way through the forests to the Grand Canyon since first opening  in 1901 .  But each October for the past four years when the conductor cries “All Aboard,” some of the most unique yet friendly ghouls, ghosts and goblins now climb into those historic train cars on their way to a secret Arizona Halloween pumpkin patch.  
    The Pumpkin Patch Train of the Grand Canyon Railway begins it fifth year of Halloween festivities during the first three weekends of October.  Those who dare to board this train full of costumed children will travel through the forest for some 40 minutes to a magical patch of pumpkins.
       Upon arriving the friendly ghouls, ghosts and goblins de-board the train and select their very own special Halloween pumpkin.  The pumpkin search lasts some 45 minutes and everyone also has the opportunity to explore the Haunted Train Car and a hay bale maze. 
    Upon returning to the Williams Depot, all passengers get the opportunity to paint/carve their special pumpkin and enjoy a special arts and crafts gallery.  Of course pumpkin pie and other Halloween treats are available for those friendly yet ghastly Halloween passengers.Last year nearly 3,000 passengers enjoyed the ride and the adventures so tickets can be in great demand. 
    So there are two great family-oriented events to kick-off this Halloween season.  Why not getting out and travel with your own group of trick-or-treaters to these two magical pumpkin patch adventures in northern Arizona?  Both will be “spook-tacular!”

Other Family Fun October/Halloween Adventures

    1.     Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek - Pumpkin & Chili Party - five weekends of fun in October -
    2.    Tolmachoff Farms - Glendale - Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze - throughout October -
    3.    Mossther Nature’s Farm - Gilbert - Halloween Pumpkin Patch - New Times Arizona’s Best - throughout October -

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