It’s fall y’all! No doubt you’ve already enjoyed (or run screaming from) a pumpkin spice latte, and begun crossing paths with the full spectrum of pumpkin spice treats and treasures in every corner of the marketplace. And of course, a cornucopia of fall decor and flavorful gourds for making incredible autumn comfort foods can be found at our local farmer’s markets.

However, with pumpkin season in full swing you still can’t get more iconic than a jack-o’-lantern, and no matter your level of artistic talent in carving gourds, there is still a good time to be had picking your own at the pumpkin patch. Here are some of our favorites:

Lemos Farm
Location: 12320 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday in October
Cost:
Ranges from $5 for single activities to $20 for unlimited passes
This may truly be the pumpkin patch of your childhood dreams. Along with a great  selection of pumpkins comes Halloween fun for kids of all ages. For the little ones there are pony rides, bounce houses, a petting zoo and a haunted train ride. Everyone can enjoy a quick tour of the farm (out to the tree farm) on the hayride. The haunted house has two versions: look for the “Halloween Fun” version for the younger kids. For older kids and grown-ups, be ready for the Scare Zone (including live actors) to “scare the yell out of you”. Enjoy great photo ops, select your perfect future jack-o’-lantern, and maybe even continue down the road to the beach to make a full day outing.

Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch
Location: 850 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday in October
Just off of Highway 1, find a simpler experience in a relaxing country setting where all are welcome, including your canine family members. They grow more than 60 varieties of pumpkins and squash here – including the Atlantic Giant, which varies between 250 and 500 pounds! Snap a picture at the giant pumpkin display, in an authentic Native American Teepee, aboard a vintage tractor, or wandering in rolling fields of pumpkins.

Arata’s Pumpkin Farm
Location: 185 Verde Road, Half Moon Bay.
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: Varies from $5 for single activities to $35 to Do Everything
Boasting a 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river for you to lose yourself in might be enough to draw you to Arata’s.  But if you want to challenge yourself intellectually and physically, then take on the 2-acre world famous Minotaur’s Labyrinth Hay Maze. You can also adventure into the Haunted Barn, or relax and enjoy yourself on a hay ride. For the little ones, there is even a Miniature Hay Maze, a train ride and lots of animals in the petting zoo.

Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch 
Location: 2718 Alpine Rd, Portola Valley.
Hours: Everyday in October, 9 a.m. until dusk.
Cost: Varies
This family-owned and operated farm (with year-round produce stand) has a pumpkin patch featuring more than 20 varieties of organic pumpkins grown on over 30 acres. They also have local farmers ship in additional pumpkins each week for freshness. There are bounce houses, a haunted house, a hay slide and hay maze open daily. In addition, hay rides, pony rides, a train ride and petting zoo are available on the weekends.

ABC Tree Farms & Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
Various Locations: 870 Leong Drive, Mountain View
El Camino Real, between White Oak and Central Ave., San Carlos
1863 S.Norfolk St. at Fashion Island Blvd, San Mateo
4140 El Camino Real at 42nd Ave., San Mateo
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Bounce house wristbands – $12 for 30 minutes, $16 for 60 minutes
These pumpkin patches are hard to miss, with tons of giant inflatable fun for children ages 2-12. In addition, they have many varieties of pumpkins and gourds and a specially decorated area to take pictures of your little ones for a fun Halloween memory.

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