• 2017 Daily Schedule

    Last year’s schedule.

  • 2017 Daily Schedule

    Last year’s schedule.

Last Year’s Event Schedule

October 20 – 29, 2017

The Town of Carefree’s 3rd year of pumpkin enchantment last year pleased even the biggest “Villa-fan” of Ray’s.

Visitors strolled the 4 acre Carefree Desert Gardens exhibit every day and discovered whimsical pumpkin characters keeping time with the Carefree iconic sundial which is the largest sundial in the western hemisphere. We encouraged people to return as the exhibits changed daily with new carved pumpkins. “Ray’s 10 Best” Pickled Sculpted Pumpkins in their Saguaro Cactus displays resembled real botanical specimens that lit-up at night!

The weekdays were exciting with pumpkins frolicking all over the Garden, and the weekends invited the scarecrows and the pumpkin activities to reach their peak and included EXTRA pumpkin activities.

The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden was open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. October 20 – 29, 2017 at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion and included FREE admission!

We hope you enjoyed this one-of-a-kind pumpkin art exhibit and look forward to the event October 19 – 29, 2018!

2017 Daily Schedules

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Friday, October 20

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    – Farmer’s Market plus NEW Harvest Market at the Sundial
  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – Autumnal Treats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    – LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 4:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    – “Adopt a Pumpkin” Patch by Bashas’ & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    – Live music by country/rock band HomeStretch
    – Storytelling with Witches and Warlocks (Garden fireplaces)

Saturday, October 21

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

Sunday, October 22

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – Autumnal Treats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    – LIVE! Pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
    – NEW! Harvest Market located at the Sundial in the Gardens
    – Face Painting by Blushing Peach Art
    – NEW! Carefree Inflatable Corn Maze
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    – Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids, sponsored by Easy Street Galleria
  • 11:00 am. – 7:00 p.m.
    – Adopt a Pumpkin Pumpkin sponsored by Bashas’ & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    – Live music by country/rock band HomeStretch
    – Storytelling with Witches and Warlocks (Garden fireplaces)

Monday, October 23

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    – LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers

Tuesday, October 24

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    – LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers

Wednesday, October 25

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    – LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    – Family Carving Night with Ray Villafane (RSVP required) sponsored by Desert Foothills Family YMCA & Bashas’

Thursday, October 26

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    – LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    – Family Carving Night with Ray Villafane (RSVP required) sponsored by Desert Foothills Family YMCA & Bashas’

Friday, October 27

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    – Farmer’s Market plus NEW Harvest Market at the Sundial
  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – Autumnal Treats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m
    – Face Painting by Blushing Peach Art
  • 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    – LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers and the colossal 672 lb. pumpkin gets carved for the upcoming weekend
  • 4:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    – “Adopt a Pumpkin” Patch by Bashas’ & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    – Live music by country/rock band HomeStretch
    – Storytelling with Witches and Warlocks (Garden fireplaces)

Saturday, October 28

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – Autumnal Treats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    – NEW! Harvest Market located at the Sundial in the Gardens
    – Face Painting by Blushing Peach Art
    – Pirate Skeleton Obstacle Course (in place of Corn Maze)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    – Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids, sponsored by Easy Street Galleria
  • 11:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m.
    – LIVE! Pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
    – “Adopt a Pumpkin” Patch by Bashas’ & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    – NEW! Kid’s Costume Contest (Ages 16 and under)
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    – NEW! Group/Family Costume Contest
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    – Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition (registration required), sponsored by Venues Café
  • 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    – Live music by country/rock band HomeStretch
    – Storytelling with Witches and Warlocks (Garden fireplaces)
  • 7:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
    – NEW! Spook-tacular Adult Costume Contest

Sunday, October 29

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

Tuesday, October 31

  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    – Trunk or Treat along Easy Street, sponsored by Bella Donna & Cane

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CIVANA Carefree Resort weekend.

Last Year’s Halloween Activities

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

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

Town of Carefree’s
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

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