• Whimsical fun for everyone

    October 19 – 28, 2018

  • Scarecrows are back this fall

    They are truly one-of-a-kind.

  • Enjoy FREE admission

    New pumpkins are carved each week.

  • Whimsical fun for everyone

    Ray Villafane’s back! October 19th – 28th.

  • Ray Villafane: World-renowned pumpkin carver

    Last year included a colossal 672 lb. carved pumpkin!

    Get to know Ray

Spectacular pumpkin attraction

FREE daily admission this fall
October 19 – 28, 2018

Carefree Fun

See our pumpkins come to life!

Carefree’s 2018 Enchanted Pumpkin Garden will be held October 19th – 28th with world-renowned pumpkin carver Ray Villafane hosting live pumpkin carving demonstrations in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion at the Carefree Desert Gardens. Enjoy FREE daily admission!

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 craft beer garden and live music on the weekends.

We are currently finalizing all the details for this year’s event. Check out the 2018 Daily Schedule.

Featured in Food Network Magazine

Last year’s event garnered national attention!

The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden was highlighted in 2017’s October issue of Food Network Magazine. Come experience our fantastic event this year, October 19th – 28th. For the event’s schedule, click here.

Food Network callout for Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

A fun experience!

Over 50 whimsical pumpkin characters artfully carved.


This Year’s Halloween Activities

Adopt a Pumpkin
Carefree Corn Maze
Family Carving Nights
Costume Contests
Beer Garden & Autumnal Treats
Witch Hat Sales & Silent Auction
Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
Pumpkin Arts and Crafts
Face Painting
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.

Ray’s Client List

He’s circled the globe carving pumpkins and entertaining people

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

To learn more about the Town of Carefree and all the great dining, shopping and upcoming festivals, events and concerts, click our logo:

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Town of Carefree’s
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

October 19 – October 28, 2018
101 Easy Street, Carefree AZ 85377

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