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The Best Fall Activites for Families in Tucson 2023

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Best Fall Events and Activities 2023 in Tucson

While Tucson, Arizona, might be more renowned for its scorching summers, autumn brings a delightful change to the desert landscape. As the temperatures cool down and the golden sunsets paint the skies, Tucson offers a unique array of fall activities for families and kids. Embrace the season with these engaging and memorable experiences tailored to the Sonoran Desert’s charm.

Pumpkin Patch

Marana Pumpkin Patch
October 7TH-29TH, 2023
Thursday - Friday | 3-8pm
Saturday | 9am-8pm
Sunday | 9am-7pm

We have 50 acres of homegrown pumpkins (courtesy of Post Farms) so you can find your own personal favorite to take home. Walk through the patch and explore, as you find large ones, small ones, and ones that suit you just right! There’s a pumpkin perfect for everyone!

Admission includes: Marana’s famous Corn Maze, jumping pillow, diesel train, farm playland, plenty of rides, mini diggers, pig races, paddle boats, mini tractors, and more!

Purchase your tickets online to save $$$.

Find more information here.

Boo at the Zoo

Reid Park Zoo
October 20 – 22, 27 – 29; Entry time to 8:30 p.m.

Dig up your zombies and grab your ghouls! Show off your boo-tiful costumes at Reid Park Zoo for a delightful, not too frightful, family friendly evening at Boo at the Zoo, presented by Lloyd Construction! You’ll have an enchanting time with the whole family at this Tucson Halloween tradition. Proceeds benefit Zoo animal care, operations, and education programs.

  • Say “Cheese!” during meet and greets with your favorite characters from princesses and pirates to     superheroes and movie and storybook figures!
  • Cackle with the whole family through silly skeleton scenes.
  • For the bravest of the bunch, visit spooky scenes for a little fright in your night, sponsored by Crandall Glass.
  • Giggle with ghoulish games throughout the Fall Festival Zone.
  • Alien Alley: Is it Alien or Animal?
  • Get a candy bag for children as you leave the Zoo and there will be a few spots to safely trick-or-treat at candy stations inside the Zoo!
  • Wear your costume and strike a pose in the Pumpkin Patch, sponsored by Apple Annie’s, with pumpkins galore!

Find more information and tickets here.

Not Too Frightful Fridays

Trail Dust Town
from 5 to 8pm on Friday, October 13th, 20th, and 27th

Looking for some Halloween fun that isn’t too spooky? Trail DustTown is excited to bring you Not Too Frightful Fridays! Join us from 5 to 8pmon Friday, October 13th, 20th, and 27th!!!

The celebration includes $8 unlimited ride wristbands good for thetrain, carousel, and Ferris wheel. You will also experience the Not-Too-Spookytrain ride, trick-or-treating at the rides, Halloween window displays, thePistolero’s pirate-themed stunt show The Curse of Captain Cutthroat, andfall-themed drinks and snacks. Costumes are encouraged!


No actors, no scares, no gore, just fun! As always, Trail DustTown has free admission and parking!

Find more information here.

Glowing Pumpkins

Tohono Chul
  • Date: September 20th - oct 31st 2023                  
  • Time: 6:30pm-10pm Wednesday-Sunday
  • Glowing Pumpkins: A Jack-O-Lantern Adventure, is an outdoor Halloween event featuring over 5,000+ hand-carved art pumpkins! This one-of-a-kind walk-through experience is the must-see event of the fall season.

    Explore magical pathways of lit pumpkin sculptures and displays, with music,sounds and special effects. With classic Halloween characters, dinosaurs and superheroes, movie and pop culture icons.

    – This family-friendly event has something for everyone. Make Glowing Pumpkins, A Jack-O-Lantern Adventure, your new annual family tradition!

    For tickets and more info

    Apple Annies

    Pumpkin picking is open daily last weekend in September to October31.

    Pumpkins are an important part of fall here at Apple Annie’s.   
    Journeying into our pick-your-own pumpkin patch has become a timeless family tradition for many of our families who come to visit us year after year! There is something so satisfying about finding a vine of gorgeous, orange pumpkins and claiming that as this years’ perfect pumpkin. 

    We grow over 40 acres of pumpkins each year and by the time fall comes around it is a sight to be seen!  Rows and rows of beautiful,orange pumpkins, from mini pumpkins to extra-large;  with 25-30 different varieties of pumpkins, including the very unique WARTY pumpkin,  you are bound to find that perfect one for yourself!

    Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch

    Come and take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch on one of our wagon spulled by “Sweet Bippy” our Farmall Tractor or one of our many green John Deeretractors.  You will get a mini tour of our beautiful farm with the Winchester Mountains or Mount Graham in the background.  You won’t bedisappointed by the beautiful scenery that surrounds our farm. 

    Hayride Pricing

    $5.00 per person, 3-103 years old!

    Not into taking a hayride… grab a wheel- barrow and take a peaceful walk out to our pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin! 

    Pre-Picked Pumpkins

    For those of you who do not want to pick your own pumpkins we have bins FULL of perfect pumpkins under our barn you can choose from.  Feel free to browse through them and around our vintage wagon to find your perfect pumpkin. 

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    The Play District Tucson
    October 4, 2023
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