After a long, hot summer, who doesn’t look forward to enjoying the cooler weather, picking pumpkins and letting the kids and grandkids run through a corn maze? Or perhaps you’re seeking a bit of a seasonal fright by creeping through a haunted house. It’s just another reason why we love the East Valley; it’s where we find our favorite fall attractions. We’ve made a list so you can pick and choose, depending on the fun/fright factor. And more good news, all are within a short distance of Cadence.
Please visit websites or social media for CDC guidance information. We’ve found some Phoenix haunted houses will not open this Halloween due to COVID-19, but others have plans to bring on the scares with new safety measures.
Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze, Mesa
Joe and Maria Vertuccio came to America from Italy and started this family farm. Now run by Cono and Angela Vertuccio along with their sons, you can find a roadside vegetable stand and other events year-round. Their well-loved Fall Festival features a fantastic 5-acre corn maze, a hay maze, an animal area, train ride, giant tube slide, duck races, pumpkin bowling and more. This is one of our family’s favorites and perfect for all ages.
When: October 1 through October 31
Where: 4011 S. Power Rd., Mesa http://vertucciofarms.com/fall-festival/
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chile Party, Queen Creek
The ultimate in Fall Festival fun is packed into a month of weekends at Schnepf Farms, a family-owned farm in Queen Creek. Voted as the best Fall Festival in the Valley by Phoenix Magazine, New Times, Sunset Magazine and others, it features a 10-acre celebrity corn maze carved into the cornfield (past years have featured Muhammad Ali, Steve Nash, Oprah Winfrey and Steve Fitzgerald), a 4-acre corn maze, hayrides, petting zoo, deer feeding, miniature golf, yard games and restored, vintage rides that offer the nostalgic feel of an old school amusement park. Schnepf Farms pumpkin patch is a short distance from Cadence at Gateway in the East Valley.
When: October 1 through October 31
Where: 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek
Cost: Average, see their website and Facebook for special prices.
Mother Nature’s Farm Pumpkin Patch, Gilbert
This Gilbert family has been farming since 1968 and started their pumpkin patch in 1991. They offer visitors thousands of pumpkins, stocked fresh daily, and weighing from 1 to 500 pounds. The entrance fee includes a pumpkin, a hayride, spider web crawl, feeding the animals and Alexander’s Adventure Maze. Bring a picnic lunch, they have picnic tables, grassy fields, big shade trees and PLENTY of room for the kids to be kids! In December they also sell Christmas trees and hold holiday activities complete with snow, (but that’s for another blog).
When: September 25 through October 31, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. $10 per person
Where: 1663 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert http://mothernaturesfarm.com/
Cost: Average, see website for special prices
Scarizona Scare Grounds, Mesa
Featuring several haunted house options.
When: See website for days and times
Where: 1901 N. Alma School, Mesa http://scarizona.com/
Cost: Average, see website for details
In Phoenix, Fear Farm and 13th Floor Haunted House will be open. They’re operated by Denver-based Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, which says it is committed to “taking it to the next level” while “going above and beyond our normally safe and distanced methods of operation,” according to their websites.
Fear Farm, *new location, 6801 N. 99th Ave., Glendale
See website for days, times and prices. Several attractions, including 20 acres of pure terror in the Haunted Corn Maze.
13th Floor Haunted House, 2814 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix
See website for days, times and prices. Several attractions, including Dead End District, a spooky area filled with fright.
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