October is time for fall leaves, warm apple cider, hayrides, fun costumes and, of course, pumpkins! Here are four don’t-miss ways to get your pumpkin fix in Fort Collins this month.
1. Pick a pumpkin at Bartels Farm: Bartels Farm in Fort Collins hosts its 11th annual pumpkin patch each fall, and it’s happening now for 2020. Admission to the festival, which includes punkin chukin, farm animals, a kids mini straw maze and more, is free. Pick out the perfect pumpkin or seasonal decor, take a hayride (just $2 per person) or get lost in the corn maze ($5 per person) daily through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2. A parade of pumpkins:
Pumpkins on Parade at The Gardens on Spring Creek is sold out for this year but please join us during the day to stroll through the Gardens and take a peek at some of the pumpkins on display, including the giant pumpkin, affectionately named Fancy.
3. Launch a pumpkin: Something From the Farm is a family-owned, certified organic pumpkin patch located at 8020 S. Timberline Road in Fort Collins. Search for the perfect pumpkin (sold by the pound), enjoy a hayride, fire the corn cannon, launch a pumpkin on the trebuchet and explore the hay bale maze. Farm cats and a flock of hens will welcome you has you roam the farm. Don’t forget to stop into the Country Store for decorative fall items, cider, snacks, home grown popcorn, jams and a selection of winter squashes. Open through Oct. 31.
4. Pumpkin treats:
Help your kiddos build skills in the kitchen while creating delicious memories at The Cooking Studio, which hosts family-friendly cooking classes. In the upcoming Spooky Halloween class, you’ll make squid ink pasta with “witches” pesto and decorate pumpkin spider-web cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Other upcoming kids and teens classes include “Burgers & Fries,” “Homemade Ramen,” and “Crepes & Cinnamon Rolls.” Bon appetit! Registration required.