• 2016 Event Highlights

    Everyone enjoyed 15 days of pumpkin magic!

Last Year’s Event

Great Halloween fun and food

Live! Pumpkin Carving

Meet and greet world-renowned carver and artist, Ray Villafane and his team of professionals as they carve whimsical characters and answer your questions about how they create global masterpieces! Children are welcome to participate and have the opportunity to try carving with the pros! This is a special once-in-a life-time experience for all ages!

Appearances by world renowned Villafane Studios Team Carvers schedule:

Fri. October 21st, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. October 22nd, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. October 23rd, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fri, October 28th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. October 29th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. October 30th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mon. October 31st, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New! Scarecrows

These one-of-a-kind, life-size Scarecrows imagined and created by Ray Villafane and his team of artists are new this year and made exclusively for the Town of Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden.

Hand crafted with dried twigs, shrubs and old tree materials from the desert, each scarecrow is an original and no two are the same. As Ray and his team work through the creative process, each Scarecrow gradually develops a personality and has their own story to tell visitors in the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden.

Be amazed and come see our new whimsical Scarecrows this fall in the Carefree Desert Gardens.

Pumpkin Vignettes

Stroll the 4 acres of the Carefree Desert Gardens and spot the humorous Carefree pumpkins frolicking in action and working in their Carefree Pumpkin Town. They prefer to relax in their hammocks among Saguaro cacti, climb their Carefree Sundial, run and hide from their nemesis herd of local Carefree Javelina, and much more!

How many Carefree Pumpkins can you find working and playing in the Gardens?

3D Pumpkin Carvings

Skillfully positioned around the beautiful Carefree Desert Gardens, Ray Villafane and his team have sculpted saguaro cacti displays to blend in with the environment.

Every 3D carving is “pickled” in a special solution to aid in the preservation process. Each carving will look like new for up to a year! This is a must see attraction, especially after the sun goes down!

Have questions? Call the Town of Carefree today at 480.488.3686 or send us an email.

Autumnal Treats

Open 11 am – 9 pm: Friday through Sunday

In addition to Carefree’s local restaurant favorites, this year AZFeastivals will be providing addition Fall Harvest treats for your enjoyment! Baked apple-cinnamon pumpkin cheesecake crepes, roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin cheesecake, lobster and pumpkin chowder, pumpkin risotto with braised bratwurst, truffle mushroom mac-n-cheese, tempura pumpkin and smoked chicken on ciabatta w/pesto and pumpkin soup.

These fine businesses will be serving food and drink at our event.

Fri. October 21st

Fri. October 21st
Fri. October 28th

Fri. October 21st
Sat. October 22nd
Sun. October 23rd
Fri. October 28th
Sat. October 29th
Sun. October 30th
Mon. October 31st

Sat. October 22nd
Sat. October 29th

Sat. October 22nd
Sun. October 23rd

Sat. October 22nd
Fri. October 28th
Sat. October 29th
Mon. October 31st

Sun. October 23rd

Sat. October 29th
Mon. October 31st

Sun. October 30th

Jack O’ Lantern Craft Beer Garden

Stop by the Craft Beer Tent featuring 7 local and popular brews 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, on Fridays through Sundays and on Halloween.

  • Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter
  • Four Peaks SunBru
  • Four Peaks Kilt Lifter
  • Mudshark Peaceful Pumpkin
  • Mudshark Full Moon
  • Mudshark Desert Magic

Not a beer drinker? We’ll also be offering a selection of wine to enjoy.

Event FAQs

Are tickets required to attend the event?

No. This is a FREE, exclusive fall exhibit sponsored by the Town of Carefree and other generous donors. We encourage you to please donate if you feel the exhibit has exceeded your expectations. Your support will keep the arts coming to Carefree. There are donation boxes throughout the Garden and the Town of Carefree thanks you in advanced for helping fund this one-of-a-kind event.

Can I attend multiple events?

Yes! We encourage visitors to return more than once during the 15-day event. We guarantee you will see more the second time around! The Carefree Desert Gardens are open to the public 24/7, 365 days a year.

Where will I be able to park?

Parking is available in multiple areas of the Town unless otherwise designated.

May I come earlier than the listed events?

Why of course! The Carefree Desert Gardens are open to the public 24/7.

Can I meet Ray Villafane?

Yes. Ray will be tending the pumpkins in the Carefree Desert Gardens during the following exhibit dates: October 21-23 (evenings) and October 28-31 and Halloween. He may also be spotted during the weekdays working in the Garden but we do not have specific times scheduled. Please call during the week at 480-488-3686, Carefree Town Hall for detailed information.

Can I take pictures of the carved pumpkins?

Yes indeed! Capture the artistry and enchantment. Just be careful not to disturb any of the pumpkin exhibits throughout the Carefree Desert Gardens.

Will I be able to purchase a carved pumpkin?

Ray Villafane is hired exclusively by the Town of Carefree for the dates listed. If you would like to order a pumpkin during dates outside of this exhibit, please contact Ray directly at Villafane Studios 888.592.3337.

Will there be food vendors at the event?

The Town of Carefree has multiple restaurants to service visitors and can be found on the Town’s website: http://visitcarefree.com/dining-in-carefree/. Certain weekends will highlight food and drinks from specific non-profits and restaurants so please refer to the detailed event schedule for more information.

Is this a family-friendly event?

Yes! This is an enchanted garden full of frolicking pumpkins building and cultivating their new home in the Carefree Desert Gardens. We encourage kids to count how many pumpkins are currently living in the Gardens and to spot the different pumpkins and Hubbard squashes working in this organic environment.

Are dogs allowed at the event?

Absolutely! The Carefree Desert Gardens provides a 4-acre walking path for many dogs and their owners daily. Dog/pet waste bags are available onsite. We encourage you to bring your “dressed up” dog on Halloween!

Gregory Tomb Glass Artist

Greg grew up in upstate New York and graduated with a Major in Studio Art, Sculpture and Glass Blowing. He currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA and teaches glass blowing and fusing at the Bay Area glass Institute and facilitates team building activities with the joys of glass making with clients like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Adobe and many more. He participates in art shows nationally and loves to travel.

  • Fri. October 21st, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Fri. October 28th, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Watch a video of his amazing pumpkin glass blowing by clicking here.

Visit his website by clicking here or check out his Facebook page.

Merchandise Shop

Keep those Halloween lovers happy with special gifts for the whole family! For the first time the Town of Carefree will debut “limited edition” pumpkin pins, Halloween Lanyards with LED Lights for those Scarefree Nights, t-shirts, signed books by Ray, Villafane vine arms and legs, and much more!

2016 Halloween Activities

Jelly Belly BeanBoozled® Challenge
Craft Beer Garden
Pumpkin Pin Hunt
Family Carving Nights
Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
Picasso Arts and Crafts
Face Painting
Adopt a Pumpkin

Town of Carefree’s
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

October 20 – October 29, 2017
101 Easy Street, Carefree AZ 85377

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