Though Halloween has become notorious to some for the hordes of children overdosing on sugar at school parties, at heart the holiday remains a day of both remembrance and festivities. Many of us still have fond memories of carving our first jack-o-lanterns with our parents and teachers, and a few of us still carve out silly faces and designs in rotund orange gourds each October. And for scores of little ones around the Peninsula, the first major step in creating Halloween magic is that all important trip to the pumpkin patch. So to get you headed in the right direction this year, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite pumpkin patches close by.
- Pick of the Patch Pumpkins in San Carlos and Redwood City
These huge lots are part of a family owned local chain. Give the kids an afternoon of not only picking out their new round, orange friends, but also playing in bounce houses, enjoying live entertainment and taking family photos.
- Webb Ranch in Portola Valley
Looking for an organically grown pumpkin this year? This sprawling ranch is about a 40-minute drive down the Peninsula, and offers a real farm experience for families. You can pick from hundreds of estate-grown pre-cut pumpkins in a variety of colors. Webb Ranch offers city dwellers an autumnal escape to simpler life. Picnic areas are also available.
- Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay
Home of the yearly Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off, Half Moon Bay has always been the prime pumpkin destination in the Bay Area. Lemos Farm is kid-friendly year round, and steps things up about five notches each Halloween, with a haunted house, hay rides, a ghost train, and, of course, a giant pumpkin patch. Just look for the ever-changing painted horse along Highway 92.