Take a journey to the Land of Oz at the Dallas Arboretum’s 12th annual Autumn at the Arboretum fall festival.
This year’s theme, “Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds, Oh My!” highlights The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, complete with a real yellow brick road spiraling through the Arboretum’s Pecan Grove. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is excited to be a returning sponsor of Autumn at the Arboretum, which runs until Nov. 22.
More than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, along with hay bales and cornstalks, were used to fill the Pumpkin Village and build Auntie Em’s house and the Wicked Witch’s castle. Other stops along the yellow brick road include Emerald City, the Scarecrow’s Garden and Munchkinland, where you can purchase pumpkins and participate in family-friendly activities.
Along the way, you can also see the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Horses of a Different Color — all artistically recreated by the Arboretum’s horticulturalists.
“Our 50-member horticultural team goes to great lengths to create that ‘wow’ factor,” said Dave Forehand, vice president of gardens at the Arboretum. “Last year, a quarter of a million people came to Autumn at the Arboretum, and we hope even more people will come see this amazing display.”
Beyond the pumpkin patch, Autumn at the Arboretum has special events throughout October and November. Some weekly activities include Cool Thursdays Concerts, the Oktoberfest Garden, Harvest Tea and Zumba in the Gardens.
Here are a few more events that captured our attention:
1 to 3 p.m. Every weekend through November 19 — Snap a selfie with the Wicked Witch of the West | Pumpkin Village
Find the Wicked Witch roaming throughout Pumpkin Village, snap a selfie with her and post it to your social media account with the hashtag #OzAtTheArboretum to prove you have found her.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays — Garden Sized Games | Pecan Grove
A new feature at Autumn at the Arboretum, play giant-sized games including Connect Four, Yardzee, Corn-Hole and Jenga.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 — Pumpkin Carver Weekend | Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn
Master Piece Pumpkins’ Gene Granata carves pumpkins through live demonstrations.
6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 — Ghoul’s Night Out | Crape Myrtle Allee
The inaugural Ghoul’s Night Out features fun activities including palm readings, handwriting analysis and caricature drawing.
6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 to 30 — Evening Trick or Treating | Children’s Adventure Garden
Dress in costume and tour the spooky maze. $10 general admission.
6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 — Dia de los Muertos
This new celebration features activities and food trucks throughout the garden, as well as a face painting competition. Paint your face at home. Judges will assess all competitors by 6:30 p.m. The winner will be announced at 7:30 p.m.
Visit Autumn at the Arboretum for more information and a full list of events.