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

 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:

Cooking Studio Halloween Class

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.