Monday, September 26, 2011

Pumpkin Patch!

When we moved to Albuquerque two years ago we heard that the pumpkin patch in Moriarty, NM was supposed to be great. So one Saturday morning in October we loaded up the family and drove an hour out into the country to McCall's Pumpkin Patch. Unfortunately, we had a miserable time. It was a mob scene, the kids had to wait in long lines for the activities, we were unprepared for how cold it was going to be and the wind was blowing a constant 30 mph. Last year when fall rolled around, we decided to stick to a local pumpkin patch and had a great time.
The kids at McCall's Pumpkin Patch (2011)
Brennan emerges from the tunnel
Well, two years had gone by since our trip to McCall's and we decided to give it another shot. We went this past Saturday (opening day) and our experience was completely different than before. We had a wonderful time, the weather was perfect, not many people were there, there were lots of great activities for the kids (with no lines!) and everything was fresh and green (corn was still growing in the corn fields and we cut the pumpkins right off the vine!).

Brennan slows to a stop
The first things the kids wanted to do was the slide that goes through a "mountain" (hill). There are two tunnels that go through the mountain and shoot you out at the bottom (one slow, one fast). The kids could do this all day. When they got to the bottom, they would run back up to the top and do it again. They had the biggest smiles on their faces as they came flying out of "Rocky Mountain Mine".  The tunnels are big enough for adults so even mom and dad were able to try it out.

Peyton had so much fun!
Aidan looks to hold off Rylie
One activity I don't remember from two years ago that was a big hit (maybe it was there but the lines were so long that we never bothered trying it), was the race track. They had the coolest pedal powered 4-wheelers (they call them pedal karts) that I had ever scene. Aidan and Rylie would race around the track and they could race as long as they wanted since nobody was waiting in line. These 4-wheelers were a little big for Peyton and Brennan but they did have a smaller track with smaller pedal karts that they were able to do. One thing that I should mention is that all the activities are free with your paid admission. Tickets cost $10 for children and adults (although, children under 3 are free).
Mommy goes for a spin around the track

Corn maze entrance
What pumpkin patch is complete without a corn maze? The corn maze at McCall's was epic. It's 16 acres of fresh corn that took us 30 minutes to work our way through (and we took the easier of the 2 paths). Before you enter you are given a map and as you go through the maze you try to figure out clues which will lead you down the correct path (otherwise you might not be able to find your way out again). We did make several wrong turns and had to back track a couple times but eventually we made it out. Somewhere in the center there is a platform that you can climb up and view the maze from above, but our trek never led us to it.

When we came 2 years ago, all the corn in the maze was dead and brown and much of it had been trampled over. This time it was green and all the stalks had corn growing on them (I felt like picking some to take home but didn't think that would go over too well).
Reading the clues

Brennan on the hay ride to the pumpkin patch
To get to the actual pumpkin patch where you can pick a pumpkin you get to go on a hey ride. You climb up on a wagon full of hay pulled by a tractor and drive for about 10 minutes out to the patch. I've never scene such a large pumpkin patch. Acres and acres of pumpkins everywhere (all of which were still growing on the vine). The pumpkins came in all shapes and sizes and they even had white ones to choose from (which we did). We had so much fun walking way out into the field finding the perfect pumpkins but then we realized we had to carry the pumpkins we chose all the way back to where the tractor dropped us off. Some people who had obviously done this before, brought along a wheelbarrow to carry their pumpkins (tip for next year, grab a wheelbarrow before getting on the hayride).

The pumpkin patch!
The last time we came, the pumpkin patch was dead and all the pumpkins were just lying out there in the dirt. This year it was all green and we got to cut the pumpkins off the vine. I didn't see the price chart before heading out to the patch so I was a little concerned that the pumpkins we chose would cost more than I was expecting. Fortunately, the price for the four pumpkins we chose wasn't bad ($15 for 3 average sized pumpkins and 1 large pumpkin). Apparently if you come during the week, you get a free pumpkin with your ticket purchase.

Besides the few activities described above, McCall's also had many other activities. We were there for 5 1/2 hours and we still didn't do everything. Here are some of the other activities they have to enjoy:

  • Animal Alley
  • Bunny Farm
  • Goat Bridge
  • Pumpkin Cannon
  • Pumpkin Sling Shot
  • Cow Train
  • Duck Races
  • Spiderweb
  • Hay Pyramid
  • Hay Tunnel
  • Jumping Pillow
  • Corn Box
For a family of 6 the cost for a for a full day of fun came to $120. It was $60 for the tickets, $15 for the pumpkins and we spent $45 on food and drinks. One tip with the drinks: get the souvenir cup for $3.50 and then get $1 refills the rest of the day.

We had a great time this year and look forward to coming back next year (on opening day again). For additional photos of our great day, see below.

The kids look for a way out of the maze
They finally made it to the end
Brennan and Peyton looking for pumpkins
Brennan, Aidan, Peyton and Rylie 
The kids search for the Great pumpkin
Brennan finds a pumpkin
Brennan deep in thought
Aidan finds his pumpkin
Brennan measures himself 
Pumpkin canon!


  1. Awesome pictures, especially the ones with all the children in them ! If I were you I'd frame at least one of them.