NEW this year – Gourdy Gooligan and His Carefree Hooligans!
Interested in Volunteering?
We’d love your support at this year’s event.
This Year’s Halloween Activities
Adopt a Pumpkin
Family Carving Nights
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Beer Garden & Autumnal Treats
Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
Trunk or Treat
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.
Stay at CIVANA Carefree
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