Chloe Dertinger | September 30, 2022
Fall is here, & East Bay’s top pumpkin patches welcome visitors throughout the entire month of October in preparation for Halloween! These harvest wonderlands are flooded with festive decorations, photo ops, and pumpkins that are great for decoration and carving.
Pumpkins are a great way to show your Halloween spirit and make your home a wonderful place for kids to trick or treat! Whether you want to showcase your Jack-O-Lanterns on the front porch, front yard, or along your sidewalk, here are our favorite pumpkin patches in the area.
The Dell'Osso Farm was established in the 1920s by three Italian brothers who began cultivating asparagus. The farm was taken over by Rudy Dell'Osso, the son of one of the original brothers, in the 1950s. He expanded by planting alfalfa, tomatoes, and beans. Ron Dell'Osso, Rudy's son, joined the company in the middle of the 1970s and changed the crop rotation to include sweet corn, pumpkins, and melons. Ron and his wife Susan founded the first corn maze in 1997, and since then, the Halloween celebration has expanded to include a haunted house, a pumpkin-throwing game, and much more. With about 250,000 visitors each October, the Dell'Osso Family Farm event has developed into one of the most well-liked places to go during the Halloween season.
The Dell'Osso Farm is more than just a pumpkin patch. The farm includes many other fall attractions including a corn maze, pig races, gem mining, hay ride, petting zoo, pumpkin blasters, a carousel, a haunted castle, kiddie rides, and mini golf! Additionally, the farm has a food court and country store where you can find fresh baked pies, apple spiced donuts, loaded baked potatoes, funnel cakes, and so much more!
Joan's Farm is located in south Livermore, just outside of town, about an hour from Berkeley, and tucked away in the hills off Mines Road. This is one of the most picturesque pumpkin patches in the area. In keeping with the local area's natural splendor, Joan's crafts a very quaint, traditional kind of pumpkin patch experience.
Joan’s Farm is an amazing pumpkin patch for school field trips, and they provide an email on their website that teachers/school staff may contact. Additionally, Joan’s hosts attractions and activities such as a hay bale maze, pumpkin bowling, a petting zoo with farm animals, and a large inflatable slide. They also offer sweets and treats including pumpkin pie, snow cones, and hot dogs!
There are a variety of pumpkins to choose from (mini to very large) and several types of fall items such as Indian corn, gourds, and wheat bundles. The staff is incredibly friendly and are eager to help you and your family pick out the “just right” pumpkin.
487 East Airway Boulevard, Livermore
G & M Farms has all the Fall colors, photo opportunities (like sunflowers grown in ancient bathtubs), and the festive atmosphere you'd hope for in a pumpkin patch. A cornfield maze is their main attraction. This six-acre corn maze features swirls and twists and offers an ever-changing scene from above!
This pumpkin patch is so adorable. They provide a red Radio Flyer wagon to pick from their variety of pumpkins. After pumpkin picking, there are many activities for the whole family. Go on a pony ride, drive pedal carts, tumble around in the corn pit, ride a train through a corn maze, and get lost in a hay maze. Additionally, there are farm animals to meet and an entire educational component to explore.
2255 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon
Windmill Farms Produce is an independently owned and family operated business, founded in 1974. It is a year-round farmers market, but in October, the farm offers a beautiful fall environment. They offer thousands of traditional pumpkins ideal for carving into Halloween or Thanksgiving decorations. In addition to the twenty different species of pumpkins they sell, Windmill Farms also has mini-pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, hay bales, Indian corn, carving tools for Jack-O-Lanterns, and Halloween decorations.
Here, you can watch and feed their animals (feed available in the store at the register). There is a wide range of animals every year, including baby pigs, goats, llamas, small ponies, and one year they even had a miniature bull! You can expect nothing-less than a fun-filled day out at Windmill Farms!
4350 Sellers Ave, Brentwood, CA
The Smith Family Farm brings live music, barnyard animals, pumpkin art and photo ops, gardens and play areas, mini corn maze and of course, lots of pumpkins! There is even opportunity for insect encounters through their beehive and butterfly habitat. Moreover, the Smith Family Farms hosts special events every weekend like their annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off, Antique Tractor Expo, cooking demos and Cornhole tournaments, which bring extra excitement to the Fall festivities!
850 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay,
What really sets Farmer John's Half Moon Bay pumpkins apart is the large variety of pumpkins! There are pumpkins in every conceivable color. Red, blush, orange, white, green, black, pastel green, and yellow! They even sell Atlantic Giant pumpkins ranging from 250-1500+ lbs!
Usually, Farmer John himself is typically always there (usually his wife is too). He is really informed and enthusiastic about pumpkins, and you can feel it. You can't leave his pumpkin garden without being overly excited about your harvest.
Farmer John’s makes a great day trip to kick off the season. After you pick your pumpkins, you can even stop next door to Andreotti’s to do their U-Pick sunflowers!
12320 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA
Located in Half Moon Bay, Lemos Farm is a farm-themed amusement park with the best pony rides, train rides, hay rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, goat yoga, and more!
This farm is so cute and really a true destination for family fun. The farm has a car barn, where your little ones are able to drive laps in small 12V electric cars around a track, and barn jumpy houses! This is the perfect place if you want to snap some candids of your little ones having the time of their lives.
800 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA
The Andreotti Family Farms is an ideal location to experience the autumnal season.
This family-run company was established in 1926. The farm has been in operation for more than 90 years, and produces practically every type of winter vegetable you can imagine. In the fall, we also offer a You Pick Sunflower Field and Pumpkin Patch.
Their sunflower field is a perfect setting for your fall Instagram pictures. You can even schedule your own private photo shoot with their resident photographer, which includes professional editing! In addition, with the fall season quickly approaching, Andreotti Family Farms has several other fun events planned to channel all the fall feels which include farm-to-table dinners, festivals and classes.
4235 Spring Hill Rd, Petaluma
At Peter Pumpkin Patch, you can pick your favorite pumpkin & cut it from the vine yourself! Here, you can bond as a family as you help your kids find their way through the corn maze or hay maze, catch a cow milking demo, and see other animals you would only see on a farm! There is also a free hay wagon ride and “Western Town.” Enjoy music, eat the best BBQ & try their homemade pumpkin ice cream.
It's kind of in the middle of nowhere (which is part of the fun), but Peter Pumpkin Patch is a traditional old-fashioned pumpkin patch. The delicious organic Spring Hill Jersey cheese that you may have seen in local markets or shops is made on a real working farm and is sold on site. Use wheelbarrows to transport potatoes and pumpkins back to the cashier. Everything in this place is also sustainably and organically grown. The jumpy homes and inflatables that you find at many other pumpkin patches are absent from this farm, they truly create a country-style environment.
2250 Cabrillo Hwy (Highway 1), Pescadero
Rancho Siempre Verde provides a pumpkin patch experience like no other. At this farm, you’re able to pick apples, cut your own sunflowers, ride a tractor, and of course, pick pumpkins! A low-key destination to stroll, gather produce, enjoy a picnic, and spend time outside with loved ones. To retain a more farm-like than amusement park vibe, capacity is restricted to ensure that the event remains intimate (without queues, confusion, or traffic).
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