Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
With Halloween a little over a week away and only two weekends for family adventures, time is at hand to get out and celebrate the cooler temperatures of the season. These 10 corn mazes are perfect Halloween fun for the the whole family and a great way to get some exercise.
Fall for autumn while enjoying the fresh air during the annual Pumpkin and Chili Party. Every Thursday through Sunday in October, families can enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, corn mazes and dog shows. Gypsy Time Travelers, a storytelling husband-and-wife duo, will perform at the the festival for the first time. The party also includes amusement rides, a rock-climbing wall and marshmallow roasting. Train and pony rides, food and pumpkins are available for an extra cost.
Details: Oct. 1-30. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $18; $15 at Fry’s Food Stores. 480-987-3100, schnepffarms.com.
Experience the ultimate in autumn family farm activities at Rocker 7 Farm. Help the kiddos pick the perfect Jack O’Lantern in the pumpkin patch and see how fast you can get through the challenging but fun corn maze. Take amazing pics in the sunflower field and enjoy a relaxing hay wagon ride.
Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through October, starting Friday, Oct. 7. Rocker 7 Farm, 19601 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye. $10, free for children in diapers. 623-208-8676, rocker7farmpatch.com.
Details: Oct. 1-Nov. 6. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa. vertucciofarms.com.
This huge West Valley attraction boasts five themed areas with such names as Slaughterhouse and Mouth of Madness, so you might want to wear running shoes. Frequently voted one of the Valley’s best haunted houses, it also has something most others don’t: a 6-acre corn maze. This year’s new Haunted Hayride is not recommended for children younger than 12.
Details: Through Saturday, Nov. 5; dates and times vary. 2209 N. 99th Ave., Phoenix. $24.99-$31.99 general admission; $10 for Haunted hayride; $10 for Fast Pass reservation; $20 for Skip the Line pass. 602-344-9615, fearfarm.com.
A nice walk through the cornfield on a cool October night — what could possibly go wrong? Only everything, when it’s planted over a forgotten cemetery. The dead seek revenge in this ghoul-filled haunted corn maze. Get lost? Just follow the blood-curdling screams. Go to the website to print a coupon for $2 off.
Details: 7-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays in October, plus Oct. 31. 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale. $17. 602-999-3276, azfieldofscreams.com.
Pick out a pumpkin (prices vary) and weave through a 6-acre corn maze. Admission includes the maze, petting zoo, play areas and bounce house (weekends only). There’s a haunted corn maze Friday and Saturday nights in October. Go to the website to print a coupon for $2 off.
Details: Oct. 1-Nov. 6. Nov. 8. Hours vary. 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale. $10 for age 2 or older; $2 for train rides and tomato cannon. 602-999-3276, tolmachoff-farms.com.
Pick your own pumpkin or find a pre-picked one at Apple Annie’s Orchard. The Willcox farm’s Fall Pumpkin Celebration boasts a 20-acre corn maze with two difficulty levels plus a hay ride. A pancake breakfast is available from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and an apple-smoked burger lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin ice-cream and homemade cider donuts will be for sale.
Details: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through October. 6405 W. Williams Road, Willcox. $7-$9 for hay ride and maze; $5-$7 for maze only; free for age 2 and younger. 520-384-4685, appleannies.com.
Navigate a 15-acre corn maze with a “Your Vote Your Voice” theme that depicts Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dancing. Plus, there are 15 acres of U-pick and pre-picked pumpkins. Attractions include pony and hay-wagon rides, straw maze for kids, food and craft vendors, live music and barn dances. Check the online schedule for additional events, including a tractor pull and fire dancers.
Details: Open through October. Noon-9 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays and Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 10). 12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey. $15; free for age 2 and younger. 928-830-1116, mortimerfamilyfarms.com.
This festival features U-pick pumpkins, tractor-drawn wagon rides, arts and crafts, petting zoo, mechanical bull and zombie paintball. The 11-acre corn maze turns scarier at night: The Terror in the Corn haunted cornfield features zombies and ghouls galore, and is not recommended for children younger than 13. See website for discounts on admission prices. Pumpkins cost 50 cents per pound.
Details: Pumpkin festival and corn maze: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays in October. Terror in the Corn: About 6:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays in October plus Sept. 30 and Oct. 27, 30 and 31. 17000 W. Ajo Way, Tucson. Fall festival: $10; free for children in diapers. Corn maze flashlight nights (enter after 5 p.m.): $15. Terror in the Corn: $25, $35 for a Fast Pass. 520-822-2277, buckelewfarm.com.
Enjoy a regular or haunted corn maze at Willis Farm in Snowflake. On Saturdays nights starting Oct. 8, the maze becomes “Nightmares on Back Street,” a scary scene not suitable for small children. Laser tag is available for $5 per person. At the farm’s “Pick-a-Punkin” patch, pumpkins are 35 cents per pound. See the website for a complete schedule of activities.
Details: Sept. 24-Oct. 31. 3-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Closed Sundays. $6; $1 for age 4 and younger. Haunted maze $12. 381 S. First East, Snowflake. 928-243-8791, thewillisfarm.blogspot.com.