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Arata’s Pumpkin Farm
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The best pumpkin patches in the Bay Area for gourds, goats and more

Organic gourds and festive hayrides beckon at these awesome pumpkin patches in the Bay Area

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Sarah Medina
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Whether you’re looking to carve a jack-o’-lantern, wander through a Bay Area corn maze with the kids or arrange a festive horn-shaped basket of colorful squash for the Thanksgiving table, these local pumpkin patches in the Bay Area will help you achieve peak holiday cheer. When you've picked out your favorite gourd (and gotten a shot for the 'Gram), continue the Halloween fun with a visit to one of the most haunted places in the Bay Area or don your costume and dance the night away at one of our favorite Halloween events in San Francisco.  

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Half Moon Bay is famous for its annual Pumpkin Festival, and the area is full of worthy pumpkin farms leading up to Halloween. Arata’s isn’t your typical patch of land, though, it hosts a massive Minotaur’s labyrinth hay maze, a haunted barn and a gladiator ring.

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A pumpkin patch on a cheese farm is what dreams are made of. In addition to picking out a choice gourd, visitors can milk a cow, dig for potatoes and taste homemade ice cream and cheese.

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Speer Family Farms transforms Alameda’s waterfront Naval Air Station into a Halloween fun fest. Look out for locally grown valley pumpkins, a petting zoo, a four-story ship slide, a play area and more.

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Halloween in Alameda County wouldn’t be the same without Farmer Joe, proprietor of J.E. Perry Farms in Fremont. Visiting the organic pumpkin patch gives you the chance to see a real working farm, complete with tractor rides and forklifts.

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Without any rides or extra attractions, the appeal of Farmer John's in Half Moon Bay lies in the literal abundance pumpkins. You'll find more than 60 varieties of pumpkins and squash including the famous Atlantic Giant, which ranges from 250 to 500 pounds! 

All aboard the Spina Pumpkin Express Train! Explore sunflower fields, go on an old-fashioned hay ride adventure, or visit the petting zoo at this stunning patch near San Jose.  

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