Hope you’re ready for pumpkin patches, festivals, hayrides, corn mazes, Halloween carnivals, trick-or-treating, and everything else FALL. We’re lucky to have so many great options for family-friendly fall events and activities in and around Collin County. Check out the list below for literally every way to celebrate the season.
Head over to Shades of Green for all-day hayrides, petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, giveaways, popcorn, and balloons. You can also shop farm-fresh items like eggs, seasonal produce, jams, honey, and pickles at the market. And gardening pros will offer a variety of clinics throughout the day to keep you in the know on all things fall garden.
Location :: Shades of Green, Frisco
Date :: October 5, 2019; 10am-3pm
Cost :: FREE
Prosper’s fall festival comes complete with live music, inflatables, costume contests, food trucks, shopping, a classic car and tractor show, a chili contest, and more. This is the fourth year they’ve done Pumpkinfest, and it gets bigger and better every year.
Location :: Frontier Park
Date :: October 19, 2019; 3-7pm
Cost :: FREE
Celina seems to have done away with their fall balloon festival and switched over to bier instead. Live music, fair foods, a dachshund derby, costume contests for kids and adults, cookie and pumpkin decorating, games, a kid’s zone, and more. FYI: free parking and shuttles from Celina Elementary School.
Location :: Downtown Celina Square
Date :: October 12, 2019; 11am-10pm
Cost :: $5/adults, 12 and under are free.
Haggard Park in Historic Downtown Plano will also host a big Oktoberfest-style event this year. It’ll include the finest beer, German-inspired cuisine, live music, an artist village of craftsman and makers, a wiener dog fashion show and other fun contests, keg bowling, a kid’s zone, and more.
Location :: Haggard Park, Plano
Date :: October 25-26, 2019; Friday: 5-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm
Cost :: FREE (food and drink coupons $1 each)
I know this sounds like it should be in the “Pumpkin Patch” section, but it’s actually a one-time fall festival event. Picnic in the park, enjoy old fashion games and crafts, participate in the pie-eating and pie-baking contests, compete in the costume contest, and choose a pumpkin to celebrate fall at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum.
Location :: A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, Carrollton
Date :: October 19, 2019; 10am-2pm
Cost :: FREE
This event starts with a “costumes strongly encouraged” fun run, then continues with a family-friendly festival: great food, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, kids activities, costume contests, 60+ boutiques and shop vendors, and TUPPS beers (obviously). It seems like a disconnect, but all the breweries we’ve been to have been super kid-friendly. Don’t let that part deter you!
Location :: TUPPS Brewery
Date :: October 26, 2019; 9am-3pm
Cost :: FREE to attend. Participation in the Monster Dash 5K is $25/$30. Guests 21 & older can also buy a Beer Pass for $20.
Ah, Pumpkin Village, the perennial crowd-pleaser with over 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash in which to pose and play. This year’s theme is It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which should be pretty great. Since it’s a bit of a hike to get over there, maximize your time by coupling it with some of the other fall Arboretum activities (Columbus Day Weekend, Mommy & Me Mondays, or Tiny Tot Tuesdays). Make note: This year, the pumpkin activities are only going through October 31st, so don’t wait to go!
Location :: 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas 75218
Open :: September 21 – October 31, 2019; 9am-5pm, daily
Cost :: $17/adults, $10/children (2-12), under 2 are free (Parking:$15) **There are several ways to get a discounted ticket! Check their website here.
Elves Farm brings in over 100,000 pounds of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and specialty pumpkins every year. So…they’ve got a lot. The pumpkin patch also has hayrides, a maze, farm zoo, hay jump, and dress-your-own-scarecrow stations. They even do pumpkin sling shots for an additional charge, which is definitely something to consider!
Location :: 601 Harvey Ln., Denison 75020
Open :: October 5 – October 27, 2019; weekends only! Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 1pm-5pm
Cost :: $10/person – includes all activities and one pumpkin from the patch, or $5/person if you don’t want a pumpkin.
This farm has pumpkins on the vine and tons of photo ops. If you’re serious about corn mazes, this is THE place. And if you have bold and daring children, bring a flashlight and try the two-acre maze after dark. Please keep in mind this is a cash-only business.
Location :: 3420 Hall Johnson Rd., Grapevine 76051
Open :: September 27 – October 31, 2019; Monday-Thursday: 3-8pm, Friday: 3-10pm, Saturday: 10am-10pm, Sunday: 1-8pm
Cost :: FREE general admission, $5/person corn maze, $5/person hayrides ($3 after dark). CASH ONLY.
Just a few years ago, the family-owned Big Orange Pumpkin Farm of Celina moved a few miles north to a bigger location. They’ve got all the farm-y stuff you’re looking for: hay bales, mazes, and pumpkins for photos (and purchase), plus a petting zoo full of farm animals.
Location :: 15102 TX-289, Gunter 75078
Open :: September 14 – November 27, 2019; 8am-8pm, daily
Cost :: $8/person (M-F) and $10/person (weekends), children under 2 are free. Includes feed for petting farm, hayride, roping pen, hay maze, plus one pumpkin pie (M-F) or a hot dog and farm train ride (weekends).
This is not your average church pumpkin patch. And what’s more, all their activities are free (hay rides, corn maze, bounce house), plus they have different bonus activities planned each weekend like face painting and pumpkin launching.
Location :: 3521 Main St., Frisco 75034
Open :: September 28 – October 31, 2019; Monday-Friday: 1-7pm or sunset, Saturday & Sunday*: 9am-7pm or sunset (*activities begin after 12pm)
Cost :: FREE
Established in 1887 as a working cattle ranch, Storybook now operates as a horse sanctuary complete with a old Western town set-up comprised of 15 actual buildings from the 1800s. Head to Storybook Ranch for pumpkin patch fun with a side of Texas history.
Currently, their website says they’re under renovation and will reopen in October 2019. We’ll continue to keep you updated because this is one pumpkin patch you don’t want to miss!
Location :: Storybook Ranch, 3701 S. Custer, McKinney 75070
Open :: Under Renovation – Reopening October 2019
Cost :: $15/child – includes hay maze, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, and wagon ride through 1800s Dry Bones Town, $5/adult – includes petting zoo and 1800s wagon ride tour. Kids under 2 are free.
Canton is obviously a bit of a drive, but Yesterland Farm makes for a really solid day trip. It’s basically a pumpkin patch/farm/major carnival all-in-one. Rock-climbing walls, forts, pony rides, amusement rides, face painting, and movies in the teepee, not to mention the pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, etc. Check the link for all the details because there are tons of attractions. They also do Fright Farm after dark if you’re brave enough!
Location :: 15410 Interstate 20, Canton 75103
Open :: September 21 – November 3, 2019 on Saturdays/Sundays, plus Fridays in October; October Fridays: 6-10pm, Sept-Nov Sat/Sun: Saturday: 10am-10pm, Sunday: 11-7pm
Cost :: Pricing packages vary; $21.95 at the gate but discounts for advanced or online purchase (ages 2 and under free) – admission ticket includes over a dozen farm attractions/activities plus tokens and unlimited amusement park rides.
Come out for an old-fashioned carnival with food, games, prizes, and candy. And don’t miss Pumpkin Hollow, a trail of 1,000 carved jack o’ lanterns glowing in the night. Even better, carve some pumpkins with the family and drop them off for display along the Pumpkin Hollow trail.
Location :: Little Elm Park, Johnny Broyles Nature Trail
Date :: October 17-18, 2019; Friday: 6-9pm, Saturday & Sunday: 6-10pm
Cost :: FREE
Halloween at the Heard lets you trick-or-treat along their life-size animatronic dinosaur trail. They’re also doing all sorts of fun stuff like a “Ghost Town,” costume contests, family-friendly movie in the outdoor amphitheater, and more. Check the link for a full schedule of events and tips on what to bring (strollers, bug spray, etc.).
Location :: Heard Natural Science Museum
Date :: October 19, 2019; 6-10pm
Cost :: $15/adults, $10/children 3-12, 2 & under are free. Pre-sale for members, general public tickets available while supplies last starting 10/3. This event sells out!
This is the mayor-sanctioned Halloween party, y’all. Safe, family-friendly fun with a carnival featuring lots of live music and entertainment. You’ll get access to the highly anticipated National Soccer Hall of Fame, over 40 digital & VR experiences, magic shows, art installations, haute new fashions, interactive photo opportunities, food trucks, a haunted carnival, and more. Wear your most creative costume; you might win a prize! This year’s theme is “Through the Decades.”
Location :: Toyota Stadium, Frisco
Date :: October 26, 2019; 3-8pm
Cost :: $15/person, kids 2 and under are free. Free parking.
Kids can trick-or-treat all along Ballard at booths set up by local vendors. The downtown streets are transformed into a Halloween wonderland featuring trick-or-treating, live music, and carnival games. Cap off your evening with a special Night of Wonder family-fun magic show.
Location :: Historic Downtown Wylie
Date :: October 24, 2019; 6-8pm (Night of Wonder magic show is 7-8pm)
Cost :: FREE (Night of Wonder magic show is $10 per ticket).
This is a good one for kids who are too little to really understand the whole door-to-door candy thing. Activities include trick-or-treating, chicken feeding, tractor rides, a craft, and much more! Wear your costumes! Open to ages 1-9.
Location :: Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
Date :: October 25, 2019; 10am-12pm
Cost :: $7 for children 1+ if you pre-register online, $3 for adults , $8 per child if you purchase tickets at the door.
Drop in with the little ones for some free, family-friendly fun at the library. Enjoy games, art activities, stories, a cupcake walk, face painting, prizes and more. Costumes are encouraged, and remember to bring your own treat bag.
Location :: Carrollton Public Library, Josey Ranch Lake
Date :: October 25, 2019 6-8pm
Cost :: FREE