McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty, NM (about 40 miles east of Albuquerque) has been around for over a decade. For some reason I hadn’t heard of it until this year. I told Aaron I had to go to a corn maze. He found this place through a Google search. Once I found out that I could get a corn maze, pumpkin patch, AND hayride all in one place, I knew we had to go to McCall’s in order to have any hope for a perfect Fall.
McCall’s Pumpkin Patch was a little out of control (in a good way, not in a chaotic, scary way).
If we had kids, they could have taken a ride on the cow mobile, jumped on a giant pillow, fed goats, fed bunnies, raced rubber ducks, gone down a giant slide, mined for gemstones, and drove pedal carts. Hello, kid heaven (and Aaron heaven)!
But, since we didn’t want to be the weird creepy adults that do the kid activities at the pumpkin patch… without actually having any kids, we decided to keep to the more socially acceptable “adult” actitivies…The Corn Maze, the Hayride, and the Pumpkin Patch excursion!
The corn maze was shaped like Bugs Bunny…at least that’s what we were told. From the inside it just looked like a bunch of corn stalks. It kind of felt like being back in Michigan with all that corn everywhere. Aaron was our navigator, and he managed to know where we were at every turn (I was too busy taking pictures of corn to notice). We definitely had some families following us around, mooching off of Aaron’s navigation skills.
At night, they have a haunted corn maze. As much as it has always been a life dream of mine to experience the feeling that I’m about to get murdered with a chain saw while in a dark corn field in the middle of nowhere, I think I’ll pass.
The hayride takes all the happy pumpkin seeking people from the main activity area to the pumpkin patch. Turns out Aaron is allergic to hay. Oops. Other than his throat closing up, the ride was cool, but I kind of felt like we should have been singing country songs or John Denver or something. “Country roads, take me home, to the plaaaace I belongggg.”
I found out that if you lay a pumpkin on its side and keep it there for a while, that side turns flat. I had a bunch of flat sided pumpkins to choose from. I did find one I was quite satisfied with at the very edge of the patch, but then I had to carry all 11 pounds of it back through untamed pumpkin field/dirt/potential rattle snakes in my flip flops. Eventually, after enough grunting on my part, Aaron felt sorry for me and carried both pumpkins back to the wagon.
McCall’s, the little farm attraction full of autumny goodness, turned out to be a fantastic way to spend a fall afternoon (plus it was about 80 degrees, so it was perfect weather!) I got my corn maze, I got my hay ride, I got my pumpkin pie flavored salt water taffy, and I got my farm fresh pumpkin! My fall bucket list is close to complete, and I still have about a month to go!
ALSO…Giuseppe made it to Round 2 of Pet a Palooza and needs to make it to the next round before we can even hope to win. You can vote for him HERE (and we appreciate it!).