Where to Pick Pumpkins Around the Bay Area
Arata Pumpkin Farm – Come to this six-acre cornfield and enjoy the pumpkin patch, pony rides, haunted barn tours, petting zoo, train and hay rides and the tricky hay maze. Mon.-Fri., 9am-7pm; Sat.–Sun., 9am-8pm. Admission FREE. 185 Verde Rd., Half Moon Bay. 650-726-7548.
Lemos Farm – Bring the kids to the farm where you can stroll through the pumpkin patches, ride the Ghost Train, take a hay ride and visit the haunted house and petting zoo. Open daily, except Oct. 3. 9am-5pm. Various fees for rides and zoo; see website for details. 12320 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. 650-726-2342.
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins – Pick a pumpkin and bounce on gigantic inflatables. Other locations with similar amenities in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and San Jose. Daily through Oct. 31. Charge for inflatables, admission FREE. 605 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. .
Spina Farms – Tour the pumpkin patch aboard the train or take an old-fashioned hay ride. Enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, a picnic area and more. Sun.-Thu., 9am-6pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-7pm. Admission FREE. Santa Teresa Boulevard and Bailey Avenue, San Jose. 408-463-0125. .
Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park – Stroll through fields of pumpkins, take a train or hay ride, wander the mazes, ride the carousel or ponies, go to the petting zoo, listen to live music and more. Open daily. Check website for hours. Admission FREE. 14485 Monterey Road, San Martin. 408-778-7225.
SF, Marin & Peninsula
Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch – This popular pumpkin patch is open every day this month with special children’s activities (including pony rides, train rides and hay rides) and a barbecue on the weekends. Families activities are from 10am-6pm on weekends. 5300 Nicasio Valley Road. 415-662-9100. .
Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch – Clancy’s opened San Francisco’s first pumpkin patch in 1979. Customers can find pumpkins of all shapes and sizes as well corn stalks and Indian corn. Open daily Oct. 1-31. 9am-9pm. FREE. 1620 Seventh St. 415-753-2689. .
Lemo’s Farm – Choose your pumpkin from three large pumpkin patches. Kids can ride the Ghost Train, take a hay ride, enjoy a petting zoo and visit the Scare Zone. There are two haunted houses – one for little kids and one for all ages. Open weekends, 9am-5pm. 12320 San Mateo Road (Highway 92), Half Moon Bay. 650-726-2342.
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins – This patch offers inflatable fun for children ages 2-12, different varieties of pumpkins and an area to take pictures of little ones. Check website for opening day. Sun-Thu., 10am-9pm; Fri. and Sat., 10am-10pm. FREE admission, fee for playing on inflatables. East El Camino Real between White Oak and Central Avenue, San Carlos. 408-393-6303.
Underwater Pumpkin Patch – Pick a pumpkin at this aquatic pumpkin patch. Children can participate in seasonal games and races. Get there early; space is limited. Sat., Oct. 14. 1-3pm. $5 admission. Pumpkins are $2-20. Brisbane Community Pool, 2 Solano St. 415-657-4321. .
Alameda Point – Join Speer Family Farms for some locally grown valley pumpkins and visit the petting zoo, jumpy house, play area and more. Oct. 1-31. Open daily, 10am-10pm. FREE admission. 2153 Ferry Point, Alameda. 510-705-2352. .
G & M Farms – Search for pumpkins in the huge pumpkin patch, visit the farm animals and then get lost in the twists and turns of a six-acre corn maze (check website for corn maze hours). Oct. 1-31. 2-6pm Mon.-Fri. and 10am-6pm Sat. and Sun. Corn maze admission $8-10 adults, $7-9 children, ages 5 and under FREE. 487 E. Airway Blvd., Livermore. 925-447-3276.
Joan’s Farm and Pumpkin Patch – Visit the maze and Old West Town, take a hay ride, see farm animals and pick out pumpkins, gourds, Indian Corn and more. Open Oct. 1-31. 9am-6pm. FREE admission and parking. 4351 Mines Road, Livermore. 925-447-0794.
Perry Family – Come to a real working farm where pumpkins are grown, and then find a few to take home from the pumpkin patch. Oct. 1-31. 12-7pm Mon.-Fri., 9am-7pm Sat. and Sun. $1 admission Sat. and Sun; Mon-Fri. FREE. J.E. Perry Farms, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-793-6658.
Contra Costa County
Pick of the Patch – Pick your perfect pumpkin, frolic on gigantic inflatables and then visit the decorated “memory zone” to snap festive fall photos of your little ones. Other locations with similar amenities are in Fremont, San Leandro, Concord, Martinez and Hercules. Though Oct. 31. 10am-9pm Sun.-Thu.; 10am-10pm Fri. and Sat. Admission FREE, $10- 15 inflatables. 4650 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. 408-393-6303.
Clayton Valley – Take a train ride and play in the Plumpkin Playland and Little Carvers Barnyard after finding your favorite pumpkins. Through Oct. 31. 9am-8pm. Train rides $3, Playland and Barnyard $7-9 each, combo $12- 15. 1060 Pine Lane, Clayton. 925-672-5198.
Cool Patch Pumpkins – There’s a huge corn maze at this U-Pick pumpkin patch along with hay rides, a fun zone and even a pumpkin- launching cannon. Check out this year’s new location. Open though early Nov. 9am-8pm daily. $15 corn maze, $5 fun zone, $3 hayride, $2 pumpkin cannon. 6150 Dixon Ave. W., Dixon. 530-746-8725.