Halloween is looking different this year, but one tradition in Southern Arizona is deciding to open up.
"At the beginning of the year, I was really unsure if we were going to be able to open or not," said Marana Pumpkin Patch owner Jon Post.
There were lots of uncertain moments in the last few months, but now Post is getting ready for opening day at the Marana Pumpkin Patch.
"There's no limit on people as long as you can socially distance the amount of people that come onto the property," said Post. Back in June, one of the governor's declarations allowed for outdoor attractions. Now, changes are in place throughout the Southern Arizona family tradition.
"Obviously we bought a lot of hand sanitizer. That stuff is unbelievably expensive so, we will have hand sanitizer at every activity. We're going to be going through the whole entire farm and cleaning things on a rotating basis, " Post said. If you decide to come out, don't forget your mask. "We're going to make sure that people have masks in their possession, so that in case that social distancing is not achievable, they can put that mask on."
Post even made changes to the advertisement."I've also reduced our advertising to just Tucson. Normally, we advertise over the entire state. "And the Marana Pumpkin Patch will not be hosting field trips this year. "I do believe we will be down. Our numbers will be down 30 or 40%," Post said.
One thing that hasn't changed is this. "All in all, it's still the fun place. It's still a fun place to take your family. That hasn't changed a bit." Post says he knows Halloween will feel different this year but," I think this is just one of the perfect things. If you're going to step out and doing something fun, go to the pumpkin patch."
Saturday is opening day. Hours will be different:
Thursday and Friday Noon-7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The Marana Pumpkin Patch will be be open on Halloween. For ticket information, click here.