Autumn comes complete with events to ‘fall in love with’


Neena Sidhu

With what she called “a festive feeling,” photographer Neena Sidhu sets up mini pumpkins with a message. She said she wanted to capture a happy message that may be forgotten during these pandemic times. “I wanted to show that it will be a interesting fall,” Sidhu said, “no matter the things people can or cannot do.”

Neena Sidhu, Writer, Photographer


As Halloween approaches, people seek fun and safe activities to do. Because of many closures due to COVID-19 precautions, families, teens and adults may be left frustrated and confused about what exactly is open this year for fall festivals and photo opportunities. However, some events that comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety policies are open this year in Collin County . The following events are open to the public, but they may require reservations or tickets in advance. 

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Pumpkin Patches and Long-Running Festivals

Gunter: The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm (Preston Trail Farms)

Sept. 25 – Nov. 25

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

  • Weekday Admission: $10 per person, ages two and up

Weekday admission includes one pie pumpkin, feed for petting barn, hayride, roping pen and hay maze.

  • Weekend Admission- $10 per person, ages two and up

Weekend admission includes farm train, feed for petting barn, hayride, roping pen and hay maze.

Frisco: Pumpkins on the Prairie at Grace Ave. United Methodist Church

Sept. 29 – Oct. 31

Monday – Friday 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Free admission

Dallas: Autumn at the Arboretum

Sept. 19 – Nov. 1

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

  • $17 for adult
  • $14 for seniors
  • $12 for children
  • Free for infants under the age of two
  • Purchase tickets online for $1 off admission

Allen: Creekwood Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 3 – 31

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily

  • Free admission

Haunted Houses / Attractions

Daily Events

Saturday, Oct. 24

Thursday, Oct. 29

Friday, Oct. 30

Saturday, Oct. 31

Face coverings and social distancing are recommended by the CDC to be followed at all events.