• Whimsical fun for everyone

    October 19 – 28! Rain or Shine!
    10 a.m.–9 p.m. DAILY!

  • Scarecrows are back this fall

    They are truly one-of-a-kind.

  • Enjoy FREE admission

    New pumpkins are carved in the gardens DAILY!

  • Ray Villafane: World-renowned pumpkin carver


    Get to know Ray

Spectacular Halloween attraction

FREE Admission!
October 19 – 28
Rain or Shine!
10 a.m.–9 p.m. DAILY

Holiday Fun

See our pumpkins come to life!

Halloween invades the town of Carefree in the form of whimsical pumpkin carvings from master sculptor Ray Villafane and the Villafane Studios team for a fourth year. The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, a free admission, one-of-a-kind fall festival celebrating the magic of the season takes place October 19-28, with the incredible artistry of Villafane Studios on display throughout the four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens in downtown Carefree.

This year another colossal pumpkin will be carved. Check out last year’s GIGANTIC 672 lb. carved pumpkin! Read press release.

Magical activities for both kids and adults plus culinary delights and autumnal refreshments including a beer garden and live music on the weekends.

Check out the 2018 Daily Schedule.

A fun experience for the entire family!

NEW this year – Gourdy Gooligan and His Carefree Hooligans!

2018 SCHEDULE
RAY VILLAFANE
DIRECTIONS

Interested in Volunteering?

We’d love your support at this year’s event.

Volunteer Sign-Up

This Year’s Halloween Activities

Adopt a Pumpkin
Haunted Happenings
Family Carving Nights
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Costume Contests
Beer Garden & Autumnal Treats
Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
Trunk or Treat

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 10-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. Handicap Parking is designated and available all around Carefree and the Desert Gardens. The most adjacent drop-off for handicap visitors is along Easy street in front of the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion at 101 Easy Street at the Carefree Desert Gardens.

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 throughout the 10-day event. Please call 480-488-3686 during the week to 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 of Carefree website. Weekends will include a beer garden along with food trucks offering autumnal treats. To learn more, click here.

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?

Yes indeed! We welcome dogs up to 30 pounds. Larger dogs are not suitable for this event. All dogs must be on a leash and well-trained for safe interactions with adults, children and other dogs. The Carefree Desert Gardens provides a 4-acre walking path and dog/pet waste bags are available onsite.

TREAT YOURSELF

Stay at CIVANA Carefree

After enjoying a day in the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, plan a stay at CIVANA Carefree! CIVANA is grounded in the philosophy of wellness through oneness and believes in sustainable interconnection of the individual, community and natural environment.

Use promo code ENCHANTED to save 25% off their best available rate*.

For reservations, click below or call 480-653-9002.

*Rates do not include $25 Experience fee and taxes

Have questions? Give us a call at 480.488.3686 or send an email inquiry!

Click below for more information about the Town of Carefree:

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Town of Carefree’s
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

October 19 – October 28, 2018
101 Easy Street, Carefree AZ 85377
480.488.3686
info@carefreepumpkingarden.com
VisitCarefree.com

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