A Guide to Fall Events in Collin County

At this point you know the drill—many of the annual events we’ve been looking forward to have been either cancelled or reimagined for these socially distant times. But all is not lost! Fall means cooler weather and cooler weather means outdoor activities. As we all know, outside is the place to be for activities during COVID. Let’s take a look at what kind of fall fun we can find in Collin County this year. Stay safe!

FALL FESTIVALS :: PUMPKIN PATCHES & FARMS :: CARNIVALS & TRICK OR TREATING

 

FALL FESTIVALS

Shades of Green Pumpkin Painting

They had to cancel their annual Fall Festival, but they’ll still offer free pumpkin painting for kids ages 10 and under. Pumpkins and decorations are free. Donations to Grace Bridge Food Bank are appreciated but not required. To keep numbers appropriate, please sign up for one of the sessions offered at 9am, 11am, 1pm, or 3pm. More details at the event link.

Location :: Shades of Green, Frisco

Date :: (Fridays and Saturdays) September 18–October 31, 2020

Cost :: FREE


Prosper Pumpkinfest

Prosper’s 6th annual fall festival comes complete with live music, a kids zone with inflatables, food trucks, shopping, and pumpkins galore. Note: no mention of COVID protocols on the event page.

Location :: Frontier Park

Date :: October 17, 2020; 3-7pm

Cost :: FREE


Celina Oktoberfest

Celina has done away with their old fall balloon festival and switched over to bier instead. Live music, fair foods, costume contests for kids and adults, cookie and pumpkin decorating, games, a kids zone, and more. FYI: free parking and shuttles from Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy. Note: currently no mention of COVID protocols on the event page.

Location :: Historic Downtown Square, Celina

Date :: October 10, 2020; 11am-10pm

Cost :: $5/adults; 12 and under are free. (*Free admission if you wear traditional lederhosen or dirndl.)


Perry Pumpkin Patch

I know this sounds like it should be in the “Pumpkin Patch” section, but it’s actually a one-time fall festival event. Details are still being finalized, but there’ll be something for everyone at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum. Note: currently no mention of COVID protocols on the event page.

Location :: A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, Carrollton

Date :: October 17, 2020; 11am-1pm

Cost :: FREE


PUMPKIN PATCHES & FARMS


Dallas Arboretum

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 The Art of the Pumpkin, which is intriguingly mysterious. To visit the Arboretum these days you need to reserve tickets ahead of time on a specific date and time slot. Masks are required in indoor spaces and recommended in the garden when within six feet of other guests.

Location :: 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas 75218

Open :: September 19–November 1, 2020; 9am-5pm daily

Cost :: Tickets $11-16 (Parking $15)


Elves Farm

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! Note: currently no mention of COVID protocols for visitors.

Location :: 601 Harvey Ln., Denison 75020

Open :: October 3-31, 2020; 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. FREE admission if you’re just coming to buy a pumpkin.


Pumpkins on the Prairie (Grace Avenue UMC)

This is not your average church pumpkin patch. While they typically have a festival of free activities to go with their pumpkins, this year they’ve decided to forgo the extras in order to keep things as safe as possible. Huge pumpkin patch and photo ops only. See the link for their COVID protocols and detailed location info.

Location :: 3521 Main St., Frisco 75034

Open :: October 17-31, 2020; Monday-Friday: 3-6pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 1-6pm

Cost :: FREE


Hall’s Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze

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. Note: currently no mention of COVID protocols for visitors.

Location :: 3420 Hall Johnson Rd., Grapevine 76051

Open :: October 2-31, 2020; Tuesday-Thursday: 3-8pm, Friday: 3-9pm, Saturday: 10am-9pm, Sunday: 1-8pm. CLOSED MONDAYS.

Cost :: FREE general admission, $5/person corn maze, $5/person hayrides ($3 after dark). CASH ONLY.


Preston Trail Farms

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. Note: other than info on peak times, currently no mention of COVID protocols for visitors.

Location :: 15102 TX-289, Gunter 75078

Open :: September 26–November 25, 2020; 8am-8pm, daily

Cost :: $10/person; children under 2 are free. Includes feed for petting farm, hayride, roping pen, hay maze, plus one small pumpkin (M-F) and farm train ride (weekends).


Storybook’s Pumpkin Patch

Established in 1887 as a working cattle ranch, Storybook now operates as a horse sanctuary complete with a old Western town comprised of 15 actual buildings from the 1800s. Head to Storybook Ranch for pumpkin patch fun with a side of Texas history. COVID-conscious with masks required; see list of protocols at the link.

Location :: Storybook Ranch, 3701 S. Custer, McKinney 75070

Open :: September 26–November 1, 2020; Thursday-Sunday: 10am-dark (~7pm)

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 but does not include pony rides.


Yesterland Farm

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 the new sunflower field, 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 Spooktacular Nights after dark if you’re brave enough! COVID protocols detailed here.

Location ::15410 Interstate 20, Canton 75103

Open :: September 19–November 8, 2020 on Saturdays & Sundays, plus Fridays only in October
October hours are Fridays: 6-10pm, Saturday: 10am-10pm, Sunday: 10am-7pm. September and November hours are Saturday & Sunday: 10am-6pm.

Cost :: Pricing packages available; $24.95 at the gate with discounts for online purchase (ages 2 and under free): admission ticket includes over a dozen farm attractions/activities plus tokens and unlimited amusement park rides.


HALLOWEEN CARNIVALS & TRICK-OR-TREATING


Little Elm Halloween Carnival

Come out for an old-fashioned carnival with 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. Note: currently no mention of COVID protocols for the event.

Location :: Little Elm Park, Johnny Broyles Nature Trail

Date :: October 22-24, 2020; Friday: 6-9pm, Saturday & Sunday: 6-10pm

Cost :: FREE


Beware! Of The Square

The city of Celina invites the young and young at heart to dress in costume and visit various merchants and retailers along the square for free goodies. They’ll also have a haunted attraction, Thriller dance lessons, a scary movie, and other spooky fun. Note: currently no mention of COVID protocols for the event.

Location :: Historic Downtown Square, Celina

Date :: October 24, 2020; Time TBD (last year was 4-6pm)

Cost :: FREE


Trick or Treat Trail

Safe, friendly Halloween fun for all ages at Towne Lake Park in McKinney. Local businesses and organizations will line the trail along Towne Lake to hand out candy and treats. They’ll have costume contests, crafts, music, and a kids zone with inflatables and rides. Food truck vendors will be onsite and the evening concludes with an outdoor movie at the Rec Center at dusk. Note: currently no mention of COVID protocols for the event.

Location :: Towne Lake Park, McKinney

Date :: October 24, 2020; Time TBD (last year was 4:30-7pm)

Cost :: FREE

Any fun fall events that we missed? Let us know below!

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  1. Reeves Family Farm Presents 🍁 FALL ON THE FARM! 🍂 🎃🎃🎃
    Starting Sept 29th we will have pumpkins galore, An okra maze, pony carriage rides, fun games, hay rides, farm animals, fun food and drinks, and of course plenty of photo opportunities. Our Farm Store will remain open during this time! Please share and help us spread the word! 3577 FM 1377 Princeton Tex. 75407
    ONLY $5 PER PERSON TO ENTER. Children 2 and under are Free. Entrance fee includes one hay ride, okra maze, and a small pie pumpkin to take home.

  2. Celina’s Trick or Treat on the Square

    Celina Main Street invites you to Trick or Treat in costume on Celina’s Historic Downtown Square on Wednesday, October 31st from 4:00-6:00pm. This free annual event provides a safe, secure, family fun trick-or-treating in your community.

  3. FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL
    Oct 27, 4:30-7:30

    Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
    821 S. Greenville Ave
    Allen, TX 75002

    Pumpkin painting, tattoos, bounce house, face painting, concessions, games, music, candy, games, crafts…

    Wear your costumes!

  4. Save the date! Come on out to The Village on Saturday, October 19 from 12 pm to 4 pm for a day of free,
    family-friendly fun! The Down Home Festival will include site-wide dining and shopping
    deals, live music and a local vendor market.
    Turn the sidewalks of the Allen Event Center into a canvas of color at the City of Allen’s
    Chalk the Walk! Prizes include tickets to upcoming events, Allen Event Center Premium
    Level Experiences, and more! Online registration coming soon.
    Be sure to check out the Village Kids Club and Allen Americans Activity Zone, featuring
    crafts, contests and games.
    Stay tuned for more details to come!

  5. Faith Lutheran School Treat-N-Feast Fall Festival
    Friday, October 25, 2019 – 5 – 9 p.m.

    Farmers, mice, fairies and superheroes will gather at Faith Lutheran School on Friday, October 25 for the school’s annual Treat-N-Feast Fall Festival. The event will feature a bounce house, fair-type foods, a cake walk, carnival games and more. Faith Lutheran School is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd. in Plano. Tickets can be purchased at the door to be used in exchange for food and games. For more information, please call
    972.423.7448 or visit http://www.flsplano.org

    About Faith Lutheran School: Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and provides classes from preschool three-year-olds through grade 12. School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. The school’s educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. Faith Lutheran School was founded in 1971, when the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a preschool for children of the congregation. The school’s high school offers both online and traditional classroom course offerings. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school’s web site at http://www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448.

  6. CELEBRATE THE HARVEST SEASON AT COUNTRY CRITTERS PUMPKIN PATCH
    Country Critters Farm, located in Alvarado, just 30 minutes south of Ft. Worth, will celebrate the opening of their annual pumpkin patch on Saturday, Oct. 5th. Pumpkin Patch is open to the public weekends through November 17th, open weekdays by reservation only.
    There’s something for every member of your family. Kids can ride a pony and a barrel train, jump in one of the bounce houses, or play in the playground. The whole family can pet adorable animals in the petting zoo, get lost in the wooden maze, and take a hayride! Everyone will enjoy the old fashioned games and the duck races. Don’t forget the awesome pumpkin patch, where real pumpkins are growing!
    Country Critters Farm, a family operated farm, prides themselves on providing a fun, affordable, family friendly environment for all ages, in which people can come from all over Texas to enjoy the wonders of Fall.
    Bring the family and celebrate the harvest season at Country Critters Farm. For more information, please visit: https://www.countrycrittersfarm.com/ or call: 817-477-3060.

  7. Come enjoy Fall on the Farm at Grove Hill Farms in Leonard – located just 30 minutes from McKinney! We are hay rides, petting zoo, fun farm games and the best photo ops around! You can find out more by following along on Facebook (Grove Hill Farms) and Instagram (@GroveHillFarms).

    Admission price of $10 (2 & under are free) includes all the activities listed above plus a pie pumpkin.

    Address: Grove Hill Farms 5285 FM 1553, Leonard, TX 75452

  8. Integrity Dance Arts
    901 Elm Street
    McKinney, TX 75069

    Is hosting a fall festival on Saturday October 24th from 2-4!

    Price is $5 per person/ 2 and under free!
    (Proceeds go to the dance studio)

    There will be a cash bake sale to support the dance studios company dancers!

    There will be games, crafts, dancing and a costume contest!

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