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Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree to open Oct. 16


CAREFREE – Feel the enchantment this Halloween – visit the Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden and see the amazing creations of master carver Ray Villafane. The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden is free and open to the public and is woven throughout the Carefree Desert Gardens. The display runs Oct. 16-31, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., at 101 Easy Street, in Carefree.

A grand opening for the pumpkin garden is set for Friday, Oct. 16, starting at 9 a.m. Villafane will host a live pumpkin carving demonstration in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Photo opportunities will be available with “King” Pumpkin, an over 500-pound carved masterpiece. Kids’ activities, music, and autumnal refreshments are also planned for the grand opening. The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden will include 50 playful characters, artfully imagined and frolicking in their magical village, as well as twelve preserved pumpkins in pickling tanks.

Other special events throughout the two-week long Enchanted Pumpkin Display include special live carving activities on Oct. 17-18, and Oct. 24-25. Picasso Pumpkin activities for kids will be held, as well as live carving demonstrations from Villafane and Villafane Studios. On Halloween, the garden will be open until 10 p.m. with trick or treats and family-friendly activities. Costumes are encouraged!

Based in Arizona, Ray Villafane is a world-renowned American sculptor who has travelled throughout the globe fashioning exceptional figures and scenes out of pumpkins, sand, and snow.
Each Villafane sculpture is a model of skillful talent and imagination. Villafane has been called “The Michelangelo of pumpkin carving” by Martha Stewart. He has carved on numerous national TV programs, from Good Morning America to the Food Network’s Pumpkin Challenges, which he won in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

For more information on the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden events, visit or call (480) 488-3686. For more information on Ray Villafane and Villafane studios, visit