We’ve all made the same mistake. We wait way too long to get a pumpkin to carve right before Halloween, go to the closest grocery store, and then end up with a bruised and battered ‘hack-o’-lantern’. Getting a pumpkin should be an event, not an errand. This year, don’t make the same mistake. Here are 5 different pumpkin patches in and around Calgary that’ll breathe life back into the Halloween tradition.
The Calgary farmyard is fall. They know four things almost better than anyone on the list: Corn mazes, kettle corn, corn dogs, and pumpkins. Pick the perfect Jack o’ lantern, play some outdoor carnival games. Find your inner Tiger woods during a VERY serious round of glow in the dark mini golf and then bounce on over to the trampoline park.
Where: 284022 Township Rd 224, Rocky View No. 44, AB
When: Thursdays in October from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday- Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Granary Road is an awesome place to hit up no matter what season, but their weekend pumpkin fest that is arriving in mid-October is a can’t miss event. Along with all of the fall fun you can already find here, you can expect plenty of pumpkin treats, drinks, and much more.
Where: 226066 112 St W, Foothills No. 31, AB
When: October 17 & 18
Cost: $10+ GST
First off, they have kangaroos. Cobb’s is an adorable autumn staple with all-ages fun and staff that is warm and inviting. Pick a pumpkin, play some mini-golf, do all the fall stuff you feel like doing!
But, most importantly, make sure you hang with the kangaroos.
Where: 1500 84 St NE, Calgary
When: Saturdays and Sundays all October
All new this season, Butterfield Acres is hosting a Harvest Pumpkin Fest during the weekends throughout October. From 10 am – 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, you’ll be able to swing by for pumpkins, pony rides, a ride-thru Scarecrow Alley, and much more.
Where: 254077 Rocky Ridge Rd NW, Calgary
When: All October Weekends
Cost: $13.49 + GST for kids; $15.49 + GST for adults
Kayben is another family-run farm. They put nature above all else and are very focused on the animals and the company that they keep. Also, they have a ton of super fun fall activities, outdoor games, a petting zoo, and to top it all off, 8 varieties of pumpkins you can buy!
Where: 316034 32 St E, Okotoks
When: Friday – Sundays in October from 10 am – 5 pm
Sounds like a lot more fun than picking your pumpkins from the same place you pick your toilet paper, hey? Fall is the season of Instagram and the frozen food aisle isn’t as cute. Sorry about it.