It's decorative gourd season again, mofos—everyone is drooling pumpkin spice and there are corpulent gourds literally everywhere.
Here are the best pumpkin patches in the Bay Area. Happy picking!
(Courtesy of @lemosfarmhmb)
From an activities standpoint, Lemos Farm is the Bay Area's equivalent of a fall-themed Disneyland. Aside from the bevy of gourds to choose from, older kids at heart can enjoy a spooky trek through the haunted house while the young ones can make a beeline to the well-stocked petting zoo or take a pony or train ride. And yes, Lemos Farms does regularly host goat yoga sessions.
// 9am to 5pm daily, 12320 San Mateo Rd. (Half Moon Bay); Tickets ($25-$30/kids over 14, $15/adults) are available online atlemosfarm.com.
Arata's Pumpkin Farm
This isn't your typical run-of-the-mill, ma'-and-pa' pumpkin patch. Latticed with its own hay-walled labyrinth and circled by, yes, a gladiator ring, Arata's Pumpkin Farm is as enchanting as it is enigmatic—there's something different to explore around almost every corner. In the evenings, they also have a Haunted Barn. But don't get too disorientated. There are still hundreds, if not thousands, of ripe pumpkins ready for you to take home. For kids, Arata's offers hayrides, pony rides, train rides, and a petting zoo.
// 9am to 6:30pm Sunday through Thursday, 9am to 10:30pm Friday and Saturday in October; 185 Verde Rd. (Half Moon Bay), aratapumpkinfarm.com
Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch
(Courtesy of @speerfamilyfarms)
Speer Family Farms' pumpkin patch is back at Alameda Point this year (and also has a location in Tracy). The adventurous mecca keeps its four-story ship slide, jumpy houses, pumpkin shooters, a petting zoo, an adult chill area, and more. Bag your own valley-grown pumpkins and other organic produce before calling it a day. Advance tickets ($22/kids, $10/adults) and ordering for delivery are also available online.
// 10am to 9pm daily through Nov. 1; 2453 Hancock St. (Alameda), speerfamilyfarms.com
Smith Family Farms
Take advantage of this year's bounty at Smith Family Farm's Pumpkin Patch. You can take the fam for insect encounters (there's a beehive and butterfly habitat), enjoy live music and food trucks, walk the Autumn Trail, and gather edible pumpkins for all your pie-baking needs.Your $14 admission fee (cash only) includes a pumpkin of your choice. There's also a fruit stand open daily that sells things like persimmons and pomegranates.
// 9am to 5pm daily through Halloween; 4350 Sellers Ave. (Brentwood), smithfamilyfarm.com
Clancy's Pumpkin Patch
(Courtesy of @clancys1949)
Get a taste of the country at Clancy's Pumpkin Patch, a cultural touchstone since 1979 now with two locations in San Francisco. Expect all varieties of pumpkins and gourds, as well as tractor-pulled hay rides around the patch.
// 9am to 9pm daily through Halloween at 1620 7th Ave. (Forest Knolls); 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 9am to 9pm Friday through Sunday at 2101 Sloat Blvd. (Lake Merced); clancytrees.com
Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch
For over 25 years, Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch has been the perfect go-to for those of us who want a festive gourd but don't have the time to wander around acres of farmland to find it. They sell more than 15 pumpkin varieties including plenty of multicolored mini pumpkins to bring those pumpkin patch vibes indoors. They also have a Halloween costume and decorations shop and a small haunted house. You can shop their online store for delivery Bay Area–wide.
// Open till 8pm daily, 4414 Piedmont Ave. (Oakland), pumpkinpatch.info
Farmer John's Pumpkin Patch
(Courtesy of @farmerjohnspumpkinfarmhmb)
Expect to find some of the plumpest pumpkins in the Peninsula, with a wide variety of Cinderellas, luminas (white pumpkins), and the world-famous (and world's largest) Atlantic pumpkins. But with some examples of the latter varietal on his farm weighing in at 500 pounds, you'd be hard pressed to fit one in the family hatchback. Bonus points for free admission without registration and a pet-friendly policy.
// 9am to 6pm daily through Halloween; 850 Cabrillo Hwy N (Half Moon Bay), farmerjohnspumpkins.com
During the month of October, Pastorino's transforms into a seasonal pumpkin farm with hayrides, train rides, ponies, pet-and-feed farm animals, giant slides, and jumpers. On the weekends, enjoy a haunted house and face painting; the farm also operates a year-round nursery where you can find a new plant baby to take home.
// 9:30am to 5:30pm daily through Halloween; 12391 San Mateo Rd. (Half Moon Bay), pastorinofarms.com
(Courtesy of @gandmfarms)
If a good old fashioned corn maze is your thing, then get ready to get (somewhat) lost at G&M Farms' nearly six-acre corn maze, carved with twists and turns, dead ends and dizzying walkways. Once you find your way out, pick your own gourd right off the vine. Pony rides, farm animals, hay rides, and a Cow Train are available on weekends. Like it spooky? Wear your costume for the haunted maze on the October 30th.
// Pumpkin patch admission is free, corn maze is $9/kids and $10/adults;3pm to 7pm Wednesday through Friday, 10am to 7pm Saturday, 10am to 6pm Sunday; 487 East Airway Blvd. (Livermore), gmfarms.com