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Enchanted Pumpkin Garden open now through Oct. 31


CAREFREE – Don’t miss the Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden! This amazing exhibit of pumpkins will only be in town until Oct. 31.

Master carver Ray Villafane has created a fantastic display that winds through the Carefree Desert Gardens. Villafane, who won the Food Network’s Pumpkin Challenges in 2008, 2009, and 2010, will be offering carving exhibits periodically. Special events will be held this weekend.

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Desert Foothills Family YMCA is hosting a Family Carving Night in the Carefree Pavilion from 6-8 p.m.  Participants will carve their own pumpkin under Villafane’s direction. Bring your family and share a table with friends for this one-of-a-kind opportunity. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Proceeds will benefit the Desert Foothills Family YMCA. To reserve a table, contact Raye Gall at (602) 212-6298 or

On Halloween, the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden will be open until 10 p.m. with trick or treats and family-friendly activities. Costumes are encouraged!

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