Fun places to pick pumpkins in Dallas-Fort Worth

How do you pick the perfect pumpkin? It's not exactly as easy as pie. To help you in your search, we've rounded up some of the top spots, as well as some pumpkin only spots to try. Where to start? Read on.

Dallas Arboretum

Pack a picnic or enjoy a stroll through the gardens during the Dallas Arboretum's 12th annual fall festival. The scenic venue has been recognized as one of "America's Best Pumpkin Festivals" by Fodor's Travel and one of Architectural Digest's "15 Breathtaking Botanical Gardens to Visit This Season." This year's Autumn at the Arboretum focuses on elements from the classic book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Housing more than 90,000 pumpkins, the internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village is themed "Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds, Oh My!" Visitors can travel along the yellow brick road and view scenes from Dorothy's journey through the magical Land of Oz, all recreated with pumpkins. Festival favorites have been transformed respective to the theme, with the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch serving as "Munchkinland" and the hay-bale maze set to mimic the "Wicked Witch's Castle." Pumpkins are available for purchase, and additional children's activities are offered in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden.

Through Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Find more info in our listing.

Hall's Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze

Plenty of pumpkins, yes, but it's the 2-acre corn maze that's the standout attraction on the Hall family farm in the heart of Grapevine. The tallest stalks reach as high as 9 feet, and the real challenge comes after dark for those who attempt to make their way by flashlight. Evening hayrides run approximately every 30 minutes from 5 p.m. to close on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Activities best-suited for tiny tykes are the hay-bale maze and the miniature tractor corral, and older kids can crawl around on antique farm equipment and visit the chickens and rabbits. Take your camera for photo ops at this attraction, which features displays of pumpkins ready for purchase and a pie-pumpkin patch for those who want to select their own.

Through Oct. 31 at 3420 Hall-Johnson Road, Grapevine. Find more info at hallspumpkinfarm.net.

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

Kids check out the mini pumpkins at the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch.

Brute strength -- or maybe the help of a little red Radio Flyer wagon -- is all you need to hoist these plump specimens from the ripe rows of pre-picked pumpkins that are ready to go at the Double Oak Ranch. On owner Jan Balekian's front lawn, children delight in posing for photos with their favorite yard-art cartoon characters, hundreds of which Balekian hand-painted. The volunteer staff members keep watchful eyes on the children as they wind their way through the two hay-bale mazes, play on the merry-go-round, burn off energy in bounce houses and glide down the inflatable slide. Kids can also travel by train or by tractor for a good old-fashioned hayride around the grounds.

Through Oct. 31 at 5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound. Find more info at flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com.

Big Orange Pumpkin Farm

For wide open spaces and fresh country air, head for this family-owned attraction at Preston Trail Farms. The location houses a general store that offers feed, hardware, food and gifts. You'll find plenty of pumpkins off the vine here and can peruse the pumpkin patch as much as you like. Visit the creatures in the petting barn, including goats and sheep. There's also a hay-bale maze.

Through Nov. 22 at 15102 State Highway 289, Gunter (about 23 miles north of Frisco). Find more info at prestontrailfarms.com.

Storybook Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Owned and operated by the nonprofit River Ranch Educational Charities, this pumpkin patch features pony rides, bounce houses, a petting zoo filled with farm animals, a hay-bale maze and wagon tours through an old Western town made up of authentic late-19th-century buildings moved to the ranch from locations throughout the U.S. Each child receives a mini pumpkin while supplies last.

Through Nov. 1 at Storybook Ranch, 3701 S. Custer Road, McKinney. Find more info at storybookranch.org.

Pumpkin Patch on the Farm

Get out of the city and breathe in some fresh fall air at this pumpkin patch south of Mansfield. Attractions include bounce houses, pony rides, duck races, a petting zoo, a train ride, a hayride, a wooden maze, and a train and tractor playground. Children can enjoy cookies and apple juice while listening to a storyteller. With admission, each child can choose a pie-size pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and decorate it with markers.

Through Nov. 19 at Country Critters Farm, 3709 County Road 617, Alvarado. Find more info at countrycrittersfarm.com.

Poncho's Pumpkin Patch

Visit this 1890s Victorian farmhouse in the heart of Plano for a dose of history and culture. New in 2017, Poncho's Pumpkin Patch is the perfect place for fall photo-ops, with a hay-bale maze and plenty of pumpkins for purchase. All pumpkin sales benefit the museum, which aims to preserve history through its historical tours and educational field trips.

Through Oct. 31 at Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. Find more info at heritagefarmstead.org.

Other patches and pumpkin fests

Here are some other places to choose a pumpkin.

  • St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch: The patch is open Oct. 1-31 at the intersection of Audelia and McCree, just north of Northwest Highway in Dallas.

  • Pumpkin Patch Party at the Rustic: Enjoy family-style brunch and assorted brews at this uptown hot spot. Be sure to grab a complimentary pumpkin while supplies last and head over to the decorating station to create your own pumpkin masterpiece. Oct. 21 at The Rustic, 3656 Howell St., Dallas.

  • Viridian Fall Fest: Sales from the pumpkin patch will benefit Viridian Dad's Club and there'll be live music, craft beers and harvest-themed activities. Oct. 21 at Viridian Lake Club, 1200 Viridian Park Lane, Arlington.

  • Fall Festival at the Plaza: Have your photo taken with a camel, get your face painted, play carnival games, go on hay rides, visit the petting zoo and more. Of course, you can also pick out a pumpkin at the patch. Oct. 28 at Castle Hills Village Shops and Plaza, 2540 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville. Find more info in our listing.

Ellen Ritscher Sackett, Ann Pinson and Kiley Faulkner contributed to this report.

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