Fall is here, and while it may not always feel like it here in Gilbert, Arizona, it doesn’t mean that us Arizonian’s don’t know how to celebrate the season right.
If you’re new to the Phoenix area and not sure where to go, or are just someone looking for some new ideas for Fall fun, you’ve come to the right place.
Over at Thrive, we are collectively a pretty festive bunch, so we’ve come together to provide you with our favorite ways to celebrate this beautiful season.
Enjoy and Happy Fall!
1663 E. Baseline Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85233
”I love taking my girls here every October to pick out their pumpkin and enjoy the Fall festivities! They can enjoy decorating their pumpkin, hayrides, a petting zoo, and yummy treats. The cost is reasonable and it provides hours of fall fun.”
Kelly Brusch - Owner of Mamaste
4011 S. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ 85212
“My husband and I love taking our daughter to Vertuccio Farms in the fall. It's more affordable than other places in the Southeast Valley and also tends to be way more low-key and laidback - fewer crowds and way easier access to the fun stuff for our kiddo. They have a train ride and some big slides that she loves, plus a giant jumping area and, of course, a pumpkin patch. Everyone there is super friendly and helpful, too. On Tuesdays, they even have Toddler Time from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with discounted tickets for the little ones. I think their fall festival closes pretty early in November, though, so make plans early on!”
Katarina Alaupovic - founder + editor of RUBY
Homemade (Adult) Apple Cider
“For the past several years it has been my daughter's and I tradition to go to the pumpkin patch! We love picking our pumpkins straight from the farm to carve for Halloween, going on hay rides, and this year I'm excited to introduce her to the corn mazes! My personal favorite fall activity is drinking homemade apple cider. I just created a new recipe this weekend for the adults! I call it apple cinnamon whiskey. It's apple cider with the fireball ball whiskey, super simple and delicious!”
Monique Moon - Owner of Moon & Co.
24610 South Rittenhouse Rd. Queen Creek, Arizona 85142
“Like many people in Arizona, I am a transplant from the Chicago area and have found it difficult to find the same type of "seasonal" traditions that we have back home in the midwest. However, the Pumpkin and Chili Party at Schnepf Farms is a must! Especially now that it is a tad bit cooler, we can enjoy roasting marshmallows and navigating corn mazes. Oh yeah, and grabbing a pint of Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter wherever they have it.”
Kelly Burgess - Web Developer
2209 N. 99th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85037
“We love going to Fear Farm because it’s actually really scary! They have around 4 different haunted houses, all themed after different things, and they are so frightening. Because they are super scary, there are less children there and more adults and teenagers. If you’re looking for something to do that is truly spooky and not flooded with families then this is perfect! You can do all the haunted houses but we usually just do 1 or 2 because of how scary they are. This would also make a great place for a date night, grab dinner before then head to fear farm to get scared sh*tless! These haunted houses are no joke and definitely not for the faint of heart.”
Braelyn Smith - Director of Thrive CoWorking for Women
None of the ideas above tickling your fancy? Well, Thrive is hosting a members only Halloween Potluck and Costume Party on October 26 that may be just want you’re looking for!
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