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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:00 am

The Marana Pumpkin Patch Festival

The Marana Pumpkin Patch Festival has returned for the second year, hosted by farm owner and town councilman Jon Post. With paid admission ($10 per person Monday-Friday, $12 per person on weekends), guests can enjoy a wagon ride to the 50-acre pumpkin patch and select one free orange pumpkin.

The 5,000-acre farm will also be home to several additional festival activities, which, with admission are also free. Those include: access to the Straw Mountain and Kids Zone, two corn mazes, a petting zoo, pig races, and three 70-by-30-foot jumping pillows. 

Also available for additional costs are a battery operated, quarter-scale train ride ($2), tractor ride ($2), corn cannon ($3 for five shots), pumpkin cannon ($1 for one shot), zip line ($5), and pony rides ($4).

Cattlemans Café will serve food at the event, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, pretzels, and more.

“There are a lot of different events for people to come out and enjoy with their family,” said Post.

Post says the festival takes about six months to prepare.

“My goal is to make it look like a farm out of a children’s storybook, and that takes a lot of time to get everything just right,” Post said.

Kids 30” and under are granted free entry with the purchase of a pumpkin.

The festival continues through Oct. 31. Hours are Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m., and weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Marana Pumpkin Patch is located at 14901 N. Wentz Road.

For more information, visit www.maranapumpkinpatch.com/ or call (520) 305-5481.

 

Trunk or Treat

The Northwest YMCA Pima County Community Center and Pima Community College will host the eleventh annual Trunk or Treat Event.

The free community event takes place Saturday, Oct. 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Pima Community College parking lot, 7600 N. Shannon Road.

Throughout the evening, kids can “Trunk or Treat” from car to car and from booth to booth, which will be parked and set up in the parking lot.

The event will also have crafts and games, face painting, story time, and much more. There will also be a decorated car contest, and a movie in the amphitheater at 6:30 p.m.

Paid activities include a photo booth, train ride, inflatables and a climbing wall, along with a food truck round up, which will begin at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Northwest YMCA at 229-9001 or visit www.tucsonymca.org/nw

 

Tomb Town

Located at the residence of Keith and Jenny Steward at 8343 N. Wanda near La Canada and Magee roads, Tomb Town has become an increasingly popular option for trick or treaters, usually attracting about 1,000 visitors each Halloween. Tomb Town features store-bought props that have been personalized – anything from grave markers to spooky mannequins to coffins – which are placed in the couple’s front yard to create an eerie atmosphere.

The Stewarts spend the latter half of September and much of October setting up the attraction with the goal of raising money for the Arizona Food Bank.

Admission to Tomb Town is $1. This is the Stewart’s 13th year hosting the event and third year in Tucson. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m.

 

Fall Festival at Steam Pump Ranch and Floating Pumpkin Patch/Costume Contest

The Town of Oro Valley is hosting two major events this Halloween season – a Fall Festival at Steam Pump Ranch, co-sponsored by the Oro Valley Historical Society, and a Floating Pumpkin Patch/Costume Contest at the Aquatic Center. 

The festivities will begin on Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Steam Pump Ranch. There, guests will be entertained by several different activities, including a picture booth, pumpkin maze, petting zoo, pony rides, wagon rides, guest singers, square-dancing, and much more. The Farmer’s Market, which was recently relocated to Steam Pump Ranch, will also be taking place simultaneously. There is no charge to attend the Fall Festival.

Steam Pump Ranch is located at 10901 N. Oracle Road.

Following the festival, guests can make their way to the Aquatic Center, where 700 floatable pumpkins will await in the recreation pool. Children will be allowed to pick one pumpkin and decorate it on-site, with crafts supplied by the town. 

“Between these two unique venues, we’re offering a full day of family-friendly activities for residents and guests of all ages. It’s the perfect time of year to spend the day outside, enjoying the weather and beautiful scenery,” said Communications Administrator Misti Nowak. 

The event runs 5-7 p.m. and costs $1 for kids and $2 for adults.

The costume contest will take place at 5:30 p.m. A coloring contest will also occur for children 12 or younger. 

On Halloween, the Oro Valley Police Department will host its 19th Annual Safe Treats event from 6-7 p.m. Oro Valley police officers, staff, and volunteers will hand out candy from marked police vehicles in neighborhoods throughout the town. 

A community grant from Walmart will fund the purchase of this year’s candy, and the Oro Valley Chili’s Restaurant donated the candy distribution bags. 

For more information on Oro Valley events, visit www.orovalleyaz.gov/parksandrec, or call 229-5050.

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