Photo courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum.

It’s time for Autumn at the Arboretum, the place for neighbors to see 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash assembled into 20-foot-tall houses.

The pumpkins, gourds and squash come from Floydada, Texas, the “pumpkin capital” of the state.

The 16th-annual fall festival begins Sept. 18 and runs through Oct. 31. In addition to the pumpkin houses, there will be a 20-foot-long dragonfly, representative of this year’s “Bugtopia” theme. Greg and Judy Sosbee are co-chairing the event.

At Bugtopia, neighbors will be able to visit the Insect Encounters tent to participate in hands-on experiences including live insect demonstrations, nature art, conversations with experts and more. For younger guests, there are opportunities on Mondays and Tuesdays for face painting, stroller fitness, a petting zoo, a hay bale maze and more.

Every Thursday, there will be a scavenger hunt. Neighbors can follow a map to find surprises in the pumpkin village. A completed card can be redeemed for a brownie. Also on Thursdays, the Dallas Gourd Patch will display and demonstrate their squash art.

To see a full schedule of events, click here.

The Dallas Arboretum is located at 9525 Garland Road. 

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