It’s no secret that Americans love when leaves are crunchy and changing colors and when there is pumpkin everything around every corner. Halloween is the holiday version of Mecca for these people. If you’re looking for a pumpkin paradise or a place to celebrate Halloween, these are the best cities to do so.
The Arboretum at Flagstaff is 200 acres of 250 different types of drought-tolerant plans that are native to the Colorado Plateau, aka the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. Once Halloween rolls around, the arb, as locals call it, transforms into a spooky paradise. Bring and carve a pumpkin during the day and at night see them arranged and lit all around you!
Located in Kentucky’s gorgeous countryside, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is one of the country’s most magical and beautiful Halloween spectacles. Over 5,000 carved and lit pumpkins line the quarter mile long trail that can be walked from dusk-11 p.m. from Sundays-Thursdays and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The park also boasts corn and hay mazes, a wagon ride, a pumpkin patch and a petting zoo.
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Just half an hour from Boston in a town called Danvers, sits Connors Farm where kids and adults alike can visit and enjoy live performances, hay rides, pumpkin bowling and picking, fun competitions and lots more.
Porter’s Orchard is a third generation, family owned orchard about an hour outside of Detroit. Go pumpkin picking, take a hayride, explore the harvest treats at the Farm Market, watch pig races, and wander through the six acre corn maze!
Half Moon Bay, California
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For a fun, fall, family day out on the coast with a sprinkle of Halloween, Lemos Farm specializes in pony and train rides, bouncey houses, a petting zoo, goat yoga, a haunted house, a choo-choo train, a pumpkin patch and an all around great place to bring out the Halloween spirit.
New York City
Visit Sleepy Hollow, the hometown of the Headless Horseman, for a creepy look at the life of the Hessian trooper who is believed to have had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during the Revolutionary War, and who ride throughout the night at the scene of the battle in search of his head.
Nashville’s Cheekwood Estate and Gardens takes the fall and Halloween seasons to a new level. With various fall activities and sights to choose from, from a house made entirely of pumpkins, to a pumpkin patch, to a beer garden, to scarecrows, to its Halloween Pooch Parade, Nashville really knows how to throw a Halloween party.
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The Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the city’s best places to pick a fresh pumpkin! With pumpkin houses galore, the staff here creatively constructs different arrangements of various types of pumpkins and gourds in their pumpkin village. It’s truly a Halloween can’t miss!