With Halloween right around the corner, it’s the time of year to begin searching for your favorite giant orange pumpkins! Whether your wee ones want the bigger than big pumpkin that will take hours to carve, or a teeny tiny mini one, these local pumpkin patches have them all. To go along with your pumpkin picking, you’ll also find some amazing corn mazes, pumpkin trains and face painting galore! We’re also sharing the full scoop on all COVID-19 precautions in place, so read & enjoy!
#1: Lemos Farm
This just might be the granddaddy of all the area pumpkin patches. Lemos Farm has that magic mix of fun for families with kids of all ages. For the under five crowd, there’s a fantastic selection of pumpkins along with pony rides, bounce houses and a haunted train ride. The haunted house has two versions of the Scare Zone: look for the “Halloween Fun” version for the younger kids. Older kids or grown-ups, be warned the other Scare Zone includes live actors who are hired to “scare the yell out of you” so its really not good for littles. Located in the heart of Half Moon Bay, you could easily weave a beach trip into this outing.
For 2020: pre-sold tickets are available online.
Location: 12320 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy 92), Half Moon Bay, CA
Hours: Open everyday Oct. 1-31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Prices vary by attraction. $20-25/all day unlimited activities for kids 14 mos. and up; $10/adult pass
#2) Pastorino Farm
During the month of October, Pastorino’s offers a seasonal pumpkin farm. Our pumpkin farm offers beautiful gifts, food, children’s activities, (hay rides, train rides, ponies, pet and feed farm animals, giant slides and jumpers). In addition, on the weekends we also offer a haunted house and face painting. And of course a field of pumpkins to choose from.
Location: 12391 San Mateo Road (Highway 92), Half Moon Bay, CA
Hours: 9:30am – 5:30pm, September 15 to October 31
#3) Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch
A quick drive down 280 brings you to the home of this creation at Webb Ranch. The family-owned and operated farm has a pumpkin patch featuring more than 20 varieties of organic pumpkins. On-site hay rides, pony rides, a train ride and a reptile exhibit make this a destination that is all about the pumpkins and more. The corn maze is free, all other extras require tickets.
For 2020: Purchase your activity pass online before you arrive as a limited number will be sold per day.
#4) Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch
For a simpler, pared-down experience, check out Farmer John’s in Half Moon Bay. Free of rides and extra kitsch, their appeal lies in the abundance of natural beauty and astounding variety of pumpkins. You’ll find more than 60 varieties of pumpkins and squash, including their specialty, the Atlantic Giant, which varies between 250 and 500 pounds! Inspired to grow your own? Farmer John’s sells pumpkin seeds for the backyard warriors to plant in their own gardens. Shutterbugs won’t be able to resist the photo ops that Farmer John’s provides, including a giant pumpkin display, authentic Native American Teepee, vintage tractor and rolling fields of pumpkins.
For 2020: Check their Facebook page for COVID-19 precautions
Location: 850 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA
Hours: Sep. 18-Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
#5) Rodoni Farms
Come visit this third generation family farm on 100 acres of fun. You’ll find fields of pumpkins located along the beautiful California Coast on Hwy 1. They also have hay bales, scary cutouts and a 5-acre corn maze! Grab some fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks and gourds.
Location: 4444 Coast Road, Hwy 1, Santa Cruz, CA
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
#6) Arata Pumpkin Farm
When it comes to pumpkin farms, there are no shortage in Half Moon Bay but few can boast such perks as a 6-acre corn field, pumpkin river and the infamous two-acre Minotaur’s Labyrinth Hay Maze. There’s a Haunted Barn to explore, see the sights on a hay ride and for the small-set a Play Land area complete with a mini corn maze. Pack a picnic and plan to spend some time. You won’t regret it.
For 2020: Check here for all COVID-19 precautions in place. There will be no bounce houses this year.
Location: 185 Verde Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA
Hours: Mid-Sept.- Halloween, Mon.-Fri, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Cost: Pumpkins start at just $1 but the maze and other attractions have various fees. Bring some cash!
#7) Blue House Farm
Located between Half Moon Bay and Pescadero is this lovely u-pick farm is open for pumpkin season in early October. Bonus, you can also do strawberry u-pick and purchase other produce from the farmstand while you are there!
For 2020: Check their website for updates and opening day announcements.
Location: 950 La Honda Road, San Gregorio, CA
Hours: Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
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