Enchanted Pumpkin Garden


Come see our carved pumpkins come to life

The Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden’s Grand Opening celebration begins Friday, October 16th at 9:00 a.m., and will run until 9:00 p.m. in the evening. Ray Villafane will host live pumpkin carving demonstrations in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion at the Carefree Desert Gardens.

Photo opportunities with the “King of Carefree” a colossal carved masterpiece will be available.

There’s FREE ADMISSION plus a variety of scheduled activities for both kids and adults, music, and autumnal refreshments to enjoy during our October event. Check out the highlights and daily schedule by clicking below:


Featuring world renowned carver Ray Villafane
Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion

See world-renowned carver and artist, Ray Villafane, up-close, as he carves whimsical characters and answers your questions of how he creates such masterpieces!

Appearances by world renowned carver, Ray Villafane
Friday, October 16, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Grand Opening Day!
Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Halloween!

Appearances by artist and sculptor, Paolo Acuna – Villafane Studios
Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


OPEN DAILY 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Their story is just beginning . . .

Stroll the 4 acres of the Carefree Desert Gardens and spot the Carefree “Hubbards” frolicking in action and working on their Carefree Cottage. The “Hubbards” like to relax in their hammocks among Saguaro cacti, climb their Carefree Sundial, run and hide from their nemesis herd of local Carefree Javelina, and much more!

How many Hubbards and Pumpkins can you find working and playing in the Gardens?

You may ask what is a Hubbard? A Hubbard is one of the largest winter varieties of squash. Hubbard squash typically weighs 8 to 20 pounds and range in color from orange to grayish blue. Ray likes to carve squash due to their unique color and appearance.


OPEN DAILY 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Skillfully positioned around the beautiful Carefree Desert Gardens, Ray Villafane has sculpted saguaro cacti displays to blend in with the environment, encasing his amazing 3D pickled carvings that peer through saguaro LED light. This is a must see, especially after the sun goes down!

Ray’s special pickling solution will preserve a pumpkin for up to 12 months!


Photo Opportunity
Weekends, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion

Just like the tradition of making memories with a photo of Santa Claus, Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Gardens’ “King of Carefree” will welcome kids and families. Take a picture with this world-class GIANT carved Pumpkin centerpiece within the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.

Get there early, he is a busy guy watching over all of the other Carefree “Hubbards” in the Carefree Desert Gardens.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

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