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Find Fall Fun & Halloween Spirit in Marana

There is plenty to do with the family this autumn in Marana. We’ve laid out the best activities to get you ready for fall and in the Halloween spirit.

The Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival
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The Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival is a real family farm, full of farm sounds, sights, tastes, and the smell of growing corn and dried straw. Expect to hunt for the perfect pumpkin and have fun with the whole family. From Saturday, October 3rd to Saturday, October 31st, the farm transforms itself into a pumpkin wonderland with many things to do for the entire family.

The Marana Pumpkin Patch is over 50 acres full of fun. Admission to the Marana Pumpkin Patch provides plenty of things to do, including two different trains. There is a 1/4 scale diesel train that travels around the festival on 4,500 feet of track.

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There are two huge corn mazes in Marana. Take a stroll with your family and friends through the tall fields and see if you can find your way out! Each year the mazes are different, featuring organizations such as Ben's Bells maze. These corn mazes were recently named as among the ten best in the state of Arizona by bestthingsaz.com.

Want to take the entertainment up a little? Check out Straw Mountain, a mound of hay bales stacked to provide a fun climbing experience. If climbing isn’t your thing, there are several inflatable jumping pillows, too. These outdoor inflatable pillows can fit around at least 20 people and are designed so a person can individually bounce without affecting the fun (or balance) of the people around you. The pillows are similar to a trampoline but safer for children.

And what is a farm without animals? The pumpkin patch has a petting zoo! The animals are children-friendly, gentle, and love attention. There are adorable baby doll sheep, which are so friendly and like to go on walks around the pumpkin patch. Carly, the mini horse, loves people…who give her treats. For just a few dollars more, you can also fire the pumpkin cannon, ride the zipline, or go on a pony ride. 

What about festival food? There is the traditional carnival fare this year, but the café is also offering sit-down lunch and dinner options for visitors. Make sure to check out the bakery for delicious desserts and the general store for fun souvenirs.

Location & Hours: The Marana Pumpkin patch is located at 14901 N. Wentz Road in Marana and is open Thursday and Friday noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Tickets prices range from $11 to $14, depending on the day. See website for exact prices. Children 34” tall or under get in free.

Scary Fun at Terror in the Corn by Buckelew Farm

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Buckelew Farm brings the one and only Terror in the Corn to Marana for the first time from Friday, October 2 - Saturday, October 31! If 2020 itself hasn’t been scary enough for you, head over to Terror in the Corn. For 12 nights only, you'll find a haunted cornfield with scary props and live actors, a "crazy train", a zombie paintball shootout, a play area for kids, a beer garden, food, a live DJ, and more! Kids under 12 years old will not be admitted without an adult, and parental discretion is strongly advised.  

Location & Hours: Terror in the Corn is located at 9312 W. Rillito Village Trail, Marana, AZ 85653, west of I-10 & Tangerine (exit 240) and is open Friday and Saturday, October 2-31 from 6:30 p.m. - midnight and Thursdays, October 22 and 29 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. General admission is $25 plus tax and $35 plus tax for a fast pass. See the website for more details.

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