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.

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 7-acre corn maze, a hay maze, a petting zoo, train ride, giant tube slide, duck races and more. This is one of our family’s favorites and perfect for all ages.
When: Sept. 30 – November 3 Various events throughout October.
Where: 4011 S. Power Rd., Mesa
Cost: Average

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chile Festivals, 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, pumpkin launch, pig races, miniature golf, fireworks and more. Schnepf Farms pumpkin patch is a short distance from Cadence at Gateway in the East Valley.
When: Sept. 30 – Nov. 3
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, stickers to decorate the pumpkin, an air bounce, hayride, a chance to feed the farm animals and an adventure maze. In December they also sell Christmas trees and hold holiday activities complete with snow, (but that’s for another blog).
When: October 1-31, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. $5 per adult, $10 per child (1 year and older)
Where: 1663 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert
Cost: Average, see website for special prices

Golfland Fright Nights, Mesa
Play a round of Spooktacular Golf at Golfland-Sunsplash, an East Valley favorite amusement location.
When: See website for days and times
Where: 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa,
Cost: Average

Scarizona Scare Grounds, Mesa
Featuring two haunted house options, with nightly entertainment, live bands, DJs, and the Beer and Wine Cemetery where “Spirits come to life.”
When: See website for days and times
Where: 1901 N. Alma School, Mesa
Cost: Average, see website for details

Sanctum of Horror Mesa
The Sanctum of Horror has been scaring East Valley residents for years by taking guests through the twisted world of Lenore, a young girl with a violent childhood. She doesn’t take kindly to those who don’t belong in her memories! This is another one recommended for older teens and adults.
When: Varied times and dates through October.
Where: 6555 E. Southern Ave., Mesa

The Crypt Haunted Attractions
Three attractions, one location—experience The Asylum, Chaos and The Crypt. Is The Asylum run by Dr. Vantos or his patients? Find out where reality ends and horror begins amidst blood-stained walls and creepy clowns. In The Crypt, meet the Crypt Keeper and his army of undead as you wander through the shadows and vaults in the crypt. Will you be allowed to leave?
When: See website
Where: 1445 W. Southern Ave., Mesa,

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