The weather has finally cooled off and the leaves are turning, which means it’s time to explore Colorado’s many pumpkin patches and corn mazes. While most events are family-friendly, a few locations offer scares for older kids and adults, and many farms also offer the opportunity to pick-your-own pumpkins and fall produce.

Fall Festival: Your ticket at Anderson Farms includes a 25-acre corn maze, jump pads, combine slide, farm animals, the wooden train, a barrel train, mine cars, pedal carts, tire mountain, fire pits and a wagon ride to the 25-acre pumpkin patch, where you’ll find 70 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. Pumpkins priced between $2 and $12. Through Nov. 3. Fall festival hours: Sat. 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Prices: Mon.-Thurs. $12, Fri.-Sun. $19, children under 3 free. New this year, a season pass grants unlimited access to most Fall Festival events (excluding Terror in the Corn and the Zombie Paintball Hunt) for $48 for those age 4 and up.

Terror in the Corn or Zombie Paintball Hunt: Your ticket to each includes admission to the fall festival. Terror in the Corn is a 30-minute haunted hayride and ghost town attraction. Zombie Paintball Hunt is an interactive, after-dark paintball experience with guests shooting “zombies” in a cornfield from a wagon. Through Nov. 2. Terror in the Corn/Zombie Paintball Hunt hours Thurs. 7-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 7-11 p.m. Prices for Terror/Zombie: $27 for each attraction, combo tickets to both, $49.

Free admission includes the pumpkin patch, punkin’ chunkin’, farm animals, a kids’ mini straw maze, and seasonal decorations and more. Pumpkins and winter squash start at $1, straw bales for $4, Indian corn and corn stalk bundles for $4. Through Oct. 31. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.  Free admission, $2 for hay rides, $5 for corn maze.

The Bartels Farm: 3424 E. Douglas Road (County Road 54), Fort Collins, 970-493-3853,

Pumpkin Festival: Your ticket includes a 10-acre pumpkin patch, craft booths, photo booths, carnival games, a mini maze, food trucks, beer and wine vendors, antique tractor exhibit, live music and entertainment, hayrides and more. Average pumpkin price is $8. Oct. 11-13 Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Advance admission: $8 for adults, $7 for students, senior and military, $6 for children 3-12. Door price is $6-$10, limited tickets available. Discounts for members. Kids 2 and under free.

Corn Maze: Through Oct. 27. Hours: Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., last entry at 5 p.m. Prices: $14 for adults, $11 for children 3-12, $13 for students, seniors and military. Discounts for members. Kids 2 and under free. (Note: On Oct. 11-13, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., you will need to buy a ticket to the Pumpkin Festival to get into the Corn Maze.)

After Dark Corn Maze: Oct. 4-27 Hours: Thurs. and Sun. 7-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 7-11 p.m., last entry one hour before close. Prices: $14 for adults, $11 for children 3-12, $13 for students, seniors and military. Discounts for members. Kids 2 and under free. Ticket includes finding your way through this non-haunted maze with a glow stick.

Dead Zone Scream Park: Oct. 4-27. Hours: Thurs. and Sun. 7-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 7-11 p.m. End times listed are last ticket sold. Prices: $28 ($38 Fast Pass) gets you into the Corn Stalkers Haunted Maze, After Dark Maze and rotating fear flicks. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3501,

More than 3,000 hand-carved real and synthetic pumpkins are used to create seven “Pumpkin Lands” within Pumpkin Nights, an “interactive Halloween experience” taking over the Adams County Fairgrounds for 17 days. Start out with a walk through Pumpkin Passage, a tunnel made with 600 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns, before journeying through seven Pumpkin Lands, including Forbidden Pumpkin City (with a 40-foot pumpkin dragon), Monster Mash, the Great Pumpkin Hall and more. The family-friendly event, which also pops up in cities like Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, will include activities like corn hole, pumpkin bowling, bounce houses, food vendors and movie screenings. Oct. 17-Nov. 3; closed on Halloween. Hours: 5:30-10:30 p.m. daily. Prices: $20 for ages 13-59; $18 for ages 60 and up; $16 for ages 4-12; 3 and under free. A family pack (two adults and two kids) is $65. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton,

Your ticket includes a farm animal petting area, tractor hay rides, laser tag, human foosball, a straw maze, pony rides, bounce pillow, tube swings, straw slides and more. Pumpkins range from $2.50-$12. Through Oct. 31. Hours: Mon.-Tues. and Oct. 30 and 31 9 a.m-1 p.m.; Wed.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Prices: $10-$13, depending on time of year. Kids 3 and under free. $32 season pass.

Your ticket includes a 4-acre corn maze, straw bale maze, pumpkin patch, farm animals, steam engine and farm equipment, farm stand and hay rides ($3 per person on Saturdays and Sundays). Through Oct. 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Prices: Free on weekdays, $5 on weekends. Kids under 5 and seniors over 65 are free.

Ticket includes admission to the “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”-themed corn maze, pumpkin patch, duck races, hay slide, corn bin and more. Through Oct. 31. Hours: Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Group admission by appointment Mon.-Thurs. Prices: $13 per person (includes a pumpkin), kids 5 and under are free (no pumpkin included). $33 season pass (includes one pumpkin).

Diana’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, 1649 Poplar Ave., Cañon City, 719-821-9133,

Your regular ticket to the farm includes the pumpkin patch, some of the corn maze, go-carts, pig races, backyard games and more. The haunted pass includes Scream Acres, the scary parts of the corn maze, a ghost hunt and more. Add a paintball adventure for $8. Through Nov. 2. Hours: Thurs. 6-9 p.m., Fri. 6-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. Prices: $14.95-$19.95 farm day pass; $42.95-$49.95 season pass.

Admission includes the story barn, hay rides, the hay bale slide, duck races, bean bag toss, farm animals, games and more. Through Oct. 27. Hours: Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Prices: $10 per person. Kids 2 and under are free. $5 for a pumpkin with paid admission. Group pricing available.

Long Neck Pumpkin Farm, 7595 California Drive, Colorado Springs, 719-551-0525,

Ticket includes 10-acre corn maze, petting zoo, games and a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Through October. Hours: Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Prices: $10 for admission. Kids under 2 are free.

Admission to the fall festival includes a corn maze, Antique Alley, a hayride and other activities, plus a tractor ride with stops along the way to pick-your-own produce. Through mid-November. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Prices: $22 or $75 for a family of four, $15 for kids 5-12. Kids 4 and under are free. Special group and school pricing.

Your ticket includes the petting zoo, corn maze, straw maze, creepy clown house, haunted castle, hayrides and more. Pumpkins are priced by size. Through Oct. 31. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Prices: $7 per person. Kids 4 and under are free.

Pumpkins range from $1 to $8. Free admission to the farm includes a family fun play area and farm animals. Open Oct. 5-31. Hours: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily, with extended evening hours through 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday for the corn maze. Prices: Corn maze $10 for ages 12 and up, $7 ages 4-11, free under age 4 (under age 11 must be accompanied by an adult). No credit cards accepted.

General admission includes a petting zoo, bird aviary, giant slide, corn mazes, hayrides, corn cannons, zipline and more. Farm fun pass also includes pony rides, horse-drawn rides and pedal carts. Through Oct. 31. PumpkinFest on Oct. 27. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Mondays. Prices: $10 general admission, kids 3 and under free. Additional farm fun pass $2. Group rates available. Pumpkin prices vary, starting at $1.

Admission includes giant games (like Jenga and Checkers), pedal karts, small hay maze, petting zoo, hay wagon rides, duck races, jumping pillow, games, Kids Corral Western Town and more. Through Oct. 31. Hours: Weds.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Prices: $10 per person. $4 for pony rides. $4 for pumpkins of any size.

Maize in the City attractions include a 20-acre Crazed Corn Field Maze, a mini-maze, bouncers, barrel train ride, corn kernel box, animals and more. Farmer-owned, MITC also offers locally grown pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and other fall décor for purchase. Choose from 15 variety of pumpkins and gourds set in the easy-pick field. Admission to the site is free; attraction prices vary, from free to $20. Open Sept. 28-Oct. 31, Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mon. and Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs. noon-7; closed Tues. and Weds. until Oct. 22-23, when it opens noon-7 p.m., and Oct. 30-31, when it opens 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

A 25-year veteran of The Denver Post (but I started when I was 10 years old) and East Coast transplant who figured out how great Colorado was before all those Californians did.

Beth Rankin is an Ohio native and Kent State University alumna living in Denver. A Cicerone-certified craft beer server with a passion for local foodways and new urbanism, she previously worked as food editor at the Dallas Observer and as a crime reporter at newspapers in Texas and Ohio.

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