Best pumpkin patches in the Bay Area
Clancy’s opened San Francisco’s first pumpkin patch in 1979 and has been offering pumpkins, squash, hayrides and decorative corn stalks to city dwellers for the past three decades.
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.
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.
Bring the kids and stroll through the pumpkin patches, ride the Ghost Train, take a hayride and visit the haunted house and petting zoo. Just beware the seasonal traffic around Half Moon Bay.
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.
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.