Adopt a Pumpkin

This isn’t your typical Pumpkin Patch. Every pumpkin is unique and each pumpkin comes with a special birth certificate that will officially make it yours! Cost is $5.00 for a small pumpkin and $10.00 for a large pumpkin. Proceeds from all pumpkin sales last year went toward free swimming lessons at the Desert Foothills YMCA.


Carefree Corn Maze

This year’s Corn Maze will be even better! The cost is just $5 for all day play for the entire family to get lost! (up to 4 people).

Costume Contest

Costume Contests

Dress up in your “best” for a good time on the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion stage as judges and the audience determine which goblins and ghosts have outdone themselves this year.

This contest will be based on crowd participation, so contestants need to bring their family, friends for their own cheering section. The contest is open to handmade or store bought costumes.*

*Please be aware that this is a family-friendly event and any costumes which may be considered vulgar or inappropriate may be disqualified at the discretion of the venue or event staff.

Beer Garden

Craft Beer Garden

We’re still working on finalizing this year’s featured brews. Last year’s Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden featured:

  • Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter
  • Four Peaks SunBru
  • Four Peaks Kilt Lifter
  • Four Peaks Hop Knot IPA
  • Mudshark Peaceful Pumpkin
  • Mudshark Full Moon
  • Mudshark Desert Magic
  • Budweiser
  • Michelob Ultra

Not a beer drinker? We got you covered and will be offering a red and white wine.

Face Painting

Face Painting

Christina Ranburger is a professional face painter who artistically painted child’s face and transform them into magical pumpkin art. She always uses high quality face paint that is safe on a child’s face. Her artistry will be available on weekends with prices ranging from $5.00 – $12.00.

Arts and Crafts

Pumpkin Arts & Crafts

Local artist and Carefree resident, Vicki Orrico from Easy Street Galleria, sponsors children art activities with mini pumpkins, sand art and coloring t-shirts during the weekends and on Halloween in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion at the Carefree Desert Gardens.

Prices ranged from $1.00 – $15.00 and part of the proceeds were donated to the Salt River Wild Benefit Management Group.

Witch Hat Contest

Handcrafted Witch Hat Sales & Silent Auction

The handcrafted Witch Hats are like no other you’ve seen! All hats will be decorated by residents who donated their time and talents for a good cause.

On October 26th at 7:30 p.m., the final Silent Auction winners will be announced in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Raffle tickets were purchased for $5 or 3 for $10.

Pet Hats will also be featured to purchase for the Howl-o-ween Pet Costume Contest on Sunday, October 28.

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat

Enjoy a safe alternative to traditional trick or treating! Bella Donna & Cane will organize cars along Easy Street in Downtown Carefree for a Trunk or Treat celebration! Children and families are invited to walk along Easy Street visiting car trunks decorated creatively by local businesses and residents and collecting treats the Carefree way!