Here’s the bad news this fall: Well, we don’t have to tell you.
But here’s some good news: Pumpkin patches and corn mazes are outdoors. So as long as you practice CDC-recommended precautions, and are comfortable doing so, you may yet be able to frolic at a fall festival.
Some places have canceled their fall events altogether this year, but there are still opportunities to pick a pumpkin, build a scarecrow, take a hayride, sip some cider and maybe get the bejesus scared out of you by a ghastly ghoul.
About those precautions: Most locations are requiring masks while waiting in lines or anywhere you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance, and are providing sanitizers and hand-washing stations. Some may be limiting the number of guests allowed, or only selling advance tickets. Before you go, it’s best to check the websites or call for details.
Fall Festival at Anderson Farms in Erie
Fall Festival: Your ticket at Anderson Farms includes a 25-acre corn maze, combine slide, the wooden train, tire mountain, Krazy Rainbow Maze, pedal carts, farm animals and Fort-A-Lot-A Fun, plus a wagon ride to the 25-acre pumpkin patch, where you’ll find 70 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. Pumpkins priced between $2 and $12. Open six days a week through Oct. 31.
Fall festival hours: Sat. 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon. and Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed Tues.), Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Prices: Ages 4 & up, $12; free for 3 and under.
Terror in the Corn (ages 10 and up) or Zombie Paintball Hunt: Your ticket to each includes admission to the fall festival. Terror in the Corn is a 30-minute haunted hayride and ghost town attraction. Zombie Paintball Hunt is an interactive, after-dark paintball experience with guests shooting “zombies” in a cornfield from a wagon. Through Nov. 2. Terror in the Corn/Zombie Paintball Hunt hours Thurs. 7-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 7-11 p.m.
Terror in the Corn: Thurs. and Sun. $27, and Fri.-Sat. $30. Zombie Paintball Hunt tickets are $25 Thurs. and Sun., $27 Fri.-Sat.
New this year: Timed tickets and reservations (available online only) are limited to adhere to coronavirus limitations on gatherings.
Anderson Farms: 6728 County Road 3¼, Erie, 303-828-5210, andersonfarms.com.
Fall at Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Littleton
Corn Maze: Wind your way through 7 acres of corn, through Oct. 31. Mini-maze available for kids under 10. Admission includes entry to the pumpkin patch. Hours: Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., last entry at 5:30 p.m. Prices from $6 to $12, depending on membership. Kids 2 and under free. New this year: Tickets must be purchased online in advance; they will not be available on-site.
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Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle