It's a rite of passage this time of year. October brings cooler weather, football, and pumpkin patches! In fact, it doesn't even feel like fall without them. There is something about donning the warm sweater and walking through rows of pumpkins trying to find the perfect one that really brings this season to life. Where do you like to enjoy this season? There are so many to choose from. Everyone has their favorites. Here's a list of a few of the pumpkin patches in North Texas. Find one you like and make it a tradition!   Some of these are more than just pumpkin patches.   Enjoy them throughout the year. Canton Christmas Tree Farm I-20 @ FM 17, Canton, TX Phone 214-808-6467 Website or Pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, Fall festival, train rides, straw or hay bale maze, corn cannon, horse-drawn hay rides, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, Bounce house or pillow, haunted trail, Pumpkin Weigh-Off, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location Open: Pumpkin Festival September 25th – October 31st; Weekends: Saturdays from 10:00am to 6:00pm; Sundays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Here’s what a Facebook reader said about her trip here “You can pack your own cooler and picnic lunches or buy food there. They have some great activities for the kids. Reasonably priced. Pumpkin Patch now and Christmas Tree Farm after Thanksgiving. They do field trip packages, too.” The Pumpkin Patch at Irving Mall 3880 Beltline Road, Irving Phone 972-786-4075 Open: September 24th – October 31st. Monday- Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 12noon-6pm.. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx . Great Place in town to go and select a pumpkin. Green Meadow Petting Farm 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie Phone 1-800-799-1166 Website Pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours. Open: See our website for dates and hours of operations. Payment: Cash, only. Fun for the whole family also includes cow milking, animal feeding and pig races. Flower Mound Pumpkin Village 4908 Cross Timbers, Flower Mound Phone 214-498-8300 Website Pumpkins, hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo. Open: October 1 to 31, from 9 am to Dark. Free Admission & Free Hay Rides, Food and Drinks available. Group rates. Schools Welcome, Birthday Parties Available. All Profits go to Charity, Free Admission, Free Parking, Free Hayrides, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Barrel Tran, Bounce Houses, Punkin Chunkin, Refreshments. Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch Double Oak Ranch, Flower Mound Phone 817-430-4536 Website You will find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. Picnic tables are provided for individual use, however use of tables by any large groups or parties must be reserved and confirmed. There is a $5 charge for parking, however ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE. Purchases are optional. Each season we feature cutouts and bounce houses for the kids. In addition a number of local vendors provide food for purchase. Open from October 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011 from 9am to 7pm. Katie's Country Market/The Pumpkin Patch at Aubreyville 736 Rock Hill Rd, Aubrey Phone 940-365-2201 Website Pumpkins, pumpkin patch, hayrides, picnic area. Open: Call for hours. Birthday parties, company picnics, church and school groups and family reunions are always welcome. Pumpkins on the Prairie 3521 Main Street, Frisco Phone 972-335-2882 Website Pumpkins, gourds, mini-corn available. Hay rides, bounce house and many other activities available including pumpkin carving demonstrations, face painting, classic car display, fall festival. Visit website for details. Payment: Cash, only. Open: Monday to Friday 1pm to dark, Saturday and Sunday 9am to dark. Patch opens October 11th through October 31st 2006, Sat/Sun 9am-dark, Monday to Friday from 1pm-dark. Country Critters Farm 3709 County Road 617, Alvarado Phone 817-477-3060 Website Activities include: bounce house, train and tractor playground, a pony ride, petting zoo, train ride, hay ride, the maze, and the storyteller. At the storyteller kids get a cookie and apple juice and adults get a slice of home made pumpkin bread. Children get a pie size pumpkin, and can decorate it with markers, each family will receive a jack-o-lantern pumpkin with admission! Open: Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 1 to 5 pm, gates close at 4 pm each day, Opens September 24th through November 6th; Open weekdays by reservation only. Bring the family out to Country Critters Farm for our annual Pumpkin Patch. Admission is $9 per person. Mainstay Farm 1004 West Bethesda Road, Cleburne Phone: 817-295-6772 Website Bring your camera. For your FALL DECORATIONS, we have orange and exotic pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks and gourds of all kinds to buy. You’ll love our gift shop, which was once a milking parlor. Hay rides are included in admission (we’ve added an additional tractor and wagon to our fleet to keep the line moving), and you ™ll get to play in the 3-story tree house, wooden maze and other playground activities. We have 3 mazes, face and pumpkin painting, a hay-play and jump barn, 100 ft. super chute slide, pedal kart race track, GOAT SCAPE MOUNTAIN, picnic pavilion, and indoor restrooms. Come hungry to the Mainstay Grill where we serve: gourmet hot dogs, hamburgers, turkey legs, sausage-on-a-stick, caramel apple chips, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin pie. We also have a snack stand on the back of the farm. Bring your family and enjoy our farm. Open: Family Pumpkin Days” on Saturdays October 16 & 23 from 11am until 5pm. Admission $9 adults, $8 children 12-and-under (2 and under free). Blasé Family Farm 1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall Phone: 972-772-3645 Website Pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, cow train rides, tractor-pulled hay rides, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours. Open: See our website for current hours. Landscape Source Nursery 167 Ole West Lane, Rockwall Phone: 469-698-0037 Website Pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, Fall festival, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized haybale maze, Pumpkin Weigh-Off, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location. Open: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm; Sunday from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm Pumpkin Patch at Big Tex Stone 5820 Old Hemphill Road, Fort Worth Phone: 817-293-4477 Website Open: through October 31 open 7 days a week 8 am to 7 and sat/sun 12 pm to 7. Gnismer Farms 3010 South Bowen Road, Arlington Phone: 817-469-8704 Website Open on Saturdays from 9-12 CST. The Hall's Pumpkin Farm Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine Phone 817-991-1052 Website Pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, child-sized haybale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, farm animals Open: Friday, October 1, 2010 to October 31; Monday to Thursday 3 pm to 8 pm; Fridays 3 pm to 10 pm; Saturdays 10 am to 10 pm; Sundays 1 pm to 8 pm. Henrietta Creek Orchard 14255 Old Denton Rd, Roanoke Phone 817-439-3202 Website Pumpkin patch, Pick your own apples (10 varieties), peaches (6 varieties), black-eyed peas, squash, and okra, Plums, tomatoes, Seasonal Vegetables . Open: Daily, from July to October 9am to 4 pm. We have over 700 hybrid dwarf apple trees and about 200 peach trees. Autumn at the Arboretum “ Dallas 8525 Garland Road, Dallas Website Cost: $12 Adults, $10 Senior Citizens (65+), $8.00 Children (3-12), Parking $7.00 per car The Dallas Arboretum has transformed into a beautiful fall wonderland. The grounds will be filled with 150,000 blooming fall flowers and foliage plantings plus more than 50,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds. Cinderella's Pumpkin Village – In keeping with our 2011 It's a Fairy Tale World theme, Cinderella's Pumpkin Village comes to life with four houses based on the classic fairytale. Constructed of 1,200 pumpkins and gourds, the houses depict Cinderella's ballroom, the rooms of Cinderella and her ugly stepsisters, and the Fairy Godmother's home. Children of all ages will enjoy exploring the village under a canopy of Pecan Trees. Cinderella's Carriage – Don't miss your chance to have a great memento with a photo taken in Cinderella's enchanted carriage! This beautiful life-sized carriage is white with gold detailing and measures more than six feet tall and six feet wide. Two full-size topiary horses pull the carriage. The Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch – Purchase pumpkins to take home to carve and cook! Hay Bale Maze – Children's maze in the Pecan Grove The Great Pumpkin Search – Join in on the Great Pumpkin Search! Print out a handout here, and then have a scavenger hunt with the little ones to find all the different types of pumpkins and gourds. Cinderella's Fairy Tale Scavenger Hunt – Search Cinderella's Pumpkin Village and the seven whimsically designed Fairy Tale Castles for special hidden items. The scavenger hunt handout is available online and at the Information Booth. Open through November 23rd Big Orange Pumpkin Farm 5518 County Road 126, Celina Phone 972-382-4995 Website Pumpkin patch-pick in the field, train rides, tractor-pulled hay rides, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours. Open: September 21 through November 7th to the public; Private party rental available year – round; Monday – Friday 9am to 6pm; Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday noon to 6pm. Creekwood United Methodist Church 261 Country Club, Allen Phone 214-544-8050 Website Pumpkin Patch with Fall and Harvest decorations! October 13th till the 31st. Pumpkin painting, picture taking, and much more. River Ranch Pumpkin Patch 3701 S. Custer Road. McKinney Phone 972-977-7333 Website!/pages/River-Ranch-Pumpkin-Patch/262014737162354 Pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, Fall festival, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized haybale maze, we also have pie pumpkins, wagon rides, Bounce house, haunted rides, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Bouncy castle, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, and school tours. Open: September 30th to October 31 on Sunday to Wednesday from 10am to dark, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 10:30pm with Haunted Hay ride at night; and Saturdays from 9am to 10:30pm with Haunted Hay ride at night. Lavender Ridge Farms 2391 County Road 178, Gainsville Phone 940-665-6938 Website Pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, Fall festival, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals Open: Farm hours are Friday through Sunday 9:00am until 5:00pm; Cafe hours are Friday through Sunday 11:00am until 3:00pm. Elves Farm 601 Harvey Ln. Denison Phone 903-463-7260 Website Cost: Pumpkin Tour $8 per person (includes all activities and a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch), Ride Along Tour $3 per person (includes all activities but does not include a pumpkin). Visit the Farmers Market setup to purchase all your fall decorating needs including pumpkins, gourds, indian corn and more. Your family will enjoy activities including the Farm Zoo – visit with Chickens, Goats, Pot Belly Pig (Hamlet), and the new rabbit Blue, The Maze; Hay Ride, Dress the Scarecrow, Hay Jump, Visit to the Patch, Sack Races, Duck Races, and Corn Cannon available for additional charge. Open Saturdays 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sundays 1:00pm – 5:00pm First Christian Church Pumpkin Patch 2109 W. Highway 377, Granbury Website Over 1000 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, FREE pumpkin painting station, FREE photo booth (BYO-Camera) Story tellers and field trips available by appointment. FREE Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29th from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Games, prizes, cake walk, free supper, trunk or treat, bounce houses, all at NO cost to you and your family. Open October 16th – October 31st; M-F 12pm – Dusk and Saturday – Sunday 10am “ Dusk Thanks to and for help in putting this list together.

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