Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree 2016

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree - Ray Villafane

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree
Master Sculptor Ray Villafane

Halloween spirit invades Carefree for its second year in the form of whimsical pumpkin carvings from master sculptor Ray Villafane. The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden will be open to the public and woven throughout the four acre Carefree Desert Gardens. This free, one-of-a-kind fall event celebrates incredible artistry and enchantment of the Halloween season for all ages and runs October 17-31, 2016, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., 101 Easy Street, Carefree, Arizona. Last year was the first event and it attracted over 30,000 visitors and it’s estimated to increase dramatically based on the extensive media coverage.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree - Cactus

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden
Oct 17 – 31, 2016

New in 2016 will be the unveiling of Ray’s life size scarecrows which are hand sculpted mostly of organic materials. Visitors are invited back to stroll and experience the many new mischievous pumpkin characters, artfully imagined and frolicking in their magical garden home and new Pumpkin Village featuring a general store, saloon and bank. In addition to the playful pumpkins, Ray and his team will carve ten 3D pumpkin faces preserved and displayed in tanks that resemble Saguaro cacti, sculpted and immersed in a pickling solution for preservation. Ray will again, carve a “colossal” 400 lb. pumpkin and visitors are welcome to ask questions while kids can carve with him up-close and personal.

Other special weekend events include family carving nights with Ray Villafane and the YMCA, Picasso pumpkin activities for kids hosted by Easy Street Galleria, “adopt a pumpkin” from the pumpkin patch, pumpkin pie eating contest sponsored by Venues Café. Craft beer garden, culinary food trucks and autumnal snacks. On Halloween, costumes are encouraged and kids are welcome to trick or treat at various stations throughout the gardens.