Pumpkins have been known to resist carving by rolling down hills or pretending to be the swollen throat of a pelican. Go gourd hunting with today's Groupon for pumpkin-patch admission at DeWitt Stables in Mesa. The pumpkin patch is open Friday from noon until dark, and Saturday from 10 a.m. until dark. Children younger than 3 are admitted free. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get two admissions (a $10 value).
- For $9, you get two admissions (a $10 value) and one souvenir photo (an $8 value; an $18 total value).
DeWitt Stables opens its pumpkin patch to the public during October to treat new generations to old-fashioned fall activities. Once inside, tots trot to the stable for a horseback ride or flit around Papa Laron’s petting zoo, running their tiny hands over the soft coat of a baby goat or the downy muzzle of a baby scarecrow. Plunder the pumpkin patch for the plumpest orange gourd, untangle a hay maze, or conceal an identity behind a ready-to-wear Halloween costumes for sale at the craft fair. Loved ones huddle up for a souvenir family photo that perches kids atop a pony or entire families atop a buggy or behind one of several amusing peep boards.
Cloud-capped mountains provide a majestic backdrop for DeWitt Stables, a full-service boarding and riding stable nestled along the Salt River. There, visitors may feel as though they’ve been transplanted into a Western movie, surrounded by high-stacked bails of hay, empty wagons resting unhinged, and roosters chugging energy drinks after a 4 a.m. call time. Horses bear riders along scenic trails during lessons or romantic dates and lead seasonal wagon rides through winter and autumn, when DeWitt Stables also opens its annual pumpkin patch. When they aren’t busy riding in parades or celebrating the changing seasons on the stables, staffers also host horse, mule, and wagon auctions and make birthdays extra special with petting-zoo parties.