It’s Halloween! Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Fall Activities in the San Francisco Bay Area

Pumpkins at pumpkin patch
Pumpkin patches abound in the Bay Area in the fall.
San Francisco Bay Area pumpkin patches–It is Halloween and Yes! There is a pumpkin patch IN San Francisco!

Living in a large city such as San Francisco–and even Oakland–we are removed from the bucolic existence of yesteryear. Fortunately, fall is one time of year when we can get back to nature and reconnect with our country roots. When we can visit local farms and a nearby pumpkin patch to experience a simpler time and enjoy some of the wonderful creations of Mother Nature! Plus have some good, old-fashioned fun for the entire family!

Bright orange pumpkin
Beautiful pumpkin at a nearby pumpkin patch!

Here is a list of San Francisco Bay Area pumpkin patches:

Alameda
Speer Family Farms Pumpkin Patch

Castro Valley
Moore’s Pumpkin Patch

Clayton
Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm

All aboard the Pumpkin Farm Express! Take a train ride around the gardens, past the animals and through a tunnel! Train tickets are $3.00/person. Infants ages 12 months and under are FREE.
*Train operates Monday – Friday from 3 pm to dusk. Saturday -Sunday 9 am to dusk.

Pumpkin train in Clayton
All Aboard the Pumpkin Farm Express!

Half Moon Bay
Arata’s Pumpkin Farm (also a corn maze)
Lemos Farm

Livermore
Joan’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch

Oakland
Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch (also a haunted house)

Petaluma
The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch

San Francisco
Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch (and Christmas Trees)

Despite the name, this is a wonderful place tucked away on 7th Avenue in the Inner Sunset. (See homes for sale in the Inner Sunset and other great San Francisco neighborhoods.)

Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch

This isn’t a complete list. Be sure to comment if you know of another one you like or if you would like more information about any of these.

Have you ever ever to a corn maze? Several of the above farms also have corn mazes. Here are additional details on some of these along with a few others in the Bay Area:

Petaluma
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch

Farmer Jim Groverman designs a new corn maze every year, planting nearly 160,000 seeds to create this four-acre labyrinth. The stalks rise to over 10 feet high! Finding your way through the full maze typically takes 45 minutes to an hour. (Maps are available if you’re anxious about wandering.) Bordered by sunflowers and hay bales, the maze rises beside a five-acre pumpkin patch filled with over 35 varieties of pumpkins!
Be sure to bring a flashlight on Fridays and Saturdays, when the maze is open after dark.

Hollister
Swank Farms

This 20-acre maze is spookier than most—it’s open until midnight on weekends to attract thrill-seekers. The so-called Maniac Maze sprawls across 20 acres. Farm co-owner Bonnie Swank designs each year’s maze to be unique. Twenty-seven signs are hidden among the stalks to help guide your path and solve a progressive story. Go during the day to explore the maze without the spooks and browse 21 varieties of pumpkins. You’ll also find an “ugly pumpkin” slingshot, a train ride for kids, and corn cannon.

Maniac Maze at Swank Farms in Hollister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t mind schlepping all the way past Tracy to Lathrop, you may bring your dog with you.

Lathrop
Dell’Osso Family Farm

Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Dell’Osso Family Farm in Lathrop.

 

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