Boo and I were excited to be gifted tickets to the Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party! We have been blessed to attend before and every time we go it is such a fun and amazing experience! With temps still in the 90’s here in Phoenix, it has yet to really feel like fall to us… Yet, being at the farm was so fun and we felt immersed by the fall spirit! This is a wonderful family farm that makes you feel like you are transported away from the city.
As soon as we entered Boo was excited to see they were doing face painting! Boo has sensory issues and does not like his face to be touched but the young lady kindly painted him a ghost on his arm and he was so happy! After, we walked over to the Train Depot and we had a wonderful chat with the conductor as we waited for the next train ride. Boo was grinning ear to ear when the kindly conductor let him sit at the front of the train and showed him how to make the train whistle blow!
After our train ride we headed over and spent time at the Petting Zoo before having a blast riding the roller coaster and other fun amusement rides. After all that fun Boo was ready for a snack so we headed over to the Country Store and Bakery where he enjoyed homemade pumpkin pie complete with whip cream! He loved every single bite!
Full of energy from his delicious pumpkin pie, we headed over to take a Hay Ride! The ride was relaxing and so much fun! Boo loved sitting on the hay as we leisurely rode around the farm looking at all the awesome sights and fun things to do! He was especially excited to see Reindeer that he promptly told me must work for Santa and they were having a vacation in Arizona 🙂
Boo’s eyes lit up when he saw they had a corn maze! Honestly…. I was not sure I wanted to do this because I have a weird fear of getting lost… I know. I know… it’s just silly but what can I say? 😉 Anyhow, Boo was thrilled to do this and I was not about to squelch the fun– so into the maze we went! I am so glad we did! Boo led the way like a champ and we laughed and had fun the whole time! It was great time and when he finally led us out of the maze he was super excited and proud of himself!
Finally it was time to head over to the pumpkin patch and search for the great pumpkin! Boo was thrilled looking at so many, checking for just the right one. He looked them all over with great seriousness and took his time looking them over. We were in no rush so I just let him take his time and enjoy the moment. He laughed with happiness as he found the pick of the patch— he had found the perfect pumpkin to bring home and carve with Mama! He was so proud to show me the one he picked–and for me the joy was in watching my little boy excited to be here at this amazing farm…
Boo has autism as well as severe developmental delay– he is 17 but developmentally around 7 or 8. I will always have a little boy with me who is thrilled to pick out his Halloween pumpkin and we will always do so here at Schnept Farms. Not only is it an amazing family friendly place to visit, I have noticed upon every visit we have here that the staff is especially wonderful with with special needs families as well. Everyone we came across during our visit was amazingly kind and helpful with Boo.
I’d love to hear from my readers– What has been your fave fall memory so far this year? And to my local readers— I strongly suggest a visit with your family to Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party to make some unforgettable memories of your own! I heard from a neighbor today that our local grocery chain Frys offers discount tickets. Be sure and check out their website too because they have other amazing festivals throughout the year that are fun for the whole family!