Fall Time Activities in the Bay

Fall Events

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Oct 14-15 from 9am-5pm.  Crowded but fun.  The parade was our favorite.  Not too hard to find parking because they open up several huge lots.  You do have to pay for it though.

Calabash Gourd Festival at Uesugi Farms in Morgan Hill Oct.  Great treats like pumpkin pie and ice cream.  Fun attractions and entertainment.  You can spend all day here at the festival.

Halloween Family Fun Fest Westgate Kids Club Oct 11th from 10am-12pm.  Great music, entertainment, face painting, crafts and balloons.

Halloween Family Fun Fest Santana Row Oct 24th from 10am-12pm.  Go trick or treating through Santana Row and meet some of your favorite characters.  They also have great music, entertainment, face painting, crafts and balloons.  We went home with free pumpkins.


Great America Halloween Haunt Mazes, scare zones, rides, and shows Sept 22-23, 29-30, Oct 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 from 10am-5:30.

Gilroy Gardens  Sept 30-Oct 29th Fri-Sun rides 10-6pm Halloween events 7-10pm.  They light up the park with mysterious glow. Last year there were certain days that kids could get in free if they wore a costume and everyone else got 60% off.

Willow Glen Haunted House Free on Halloween.  Located at 1441 Church Hill Drive in Willow Glenn.  From 4:30-5:30 lights on and no actors.  We took our toddlers through and they gave them a stuffed animal to hold.  Then from 5:30 until dark the lights go off and the actors come out. The line gets humungous and parking is bad.  You can trick or treat around the neighborhood while someone waits.  This is an amazing halloween event because the house is totally transformed every year.


Pumpkin Patches

Spina Farms San Jose. Open 9am-6pm daily and until 7pm weekends.  This nearby farm has lots of fun features — a simple train, a fun hayride, a toddler straw maze, and a petting zoo that is only open on weekends.  $10 to get a pass for All-You-Can-Ride on the weekdays.


Arata’s Farm, Half Moon Bay. Open daily 9am-7pm weekends until 8pm.  A great pumpkin patch, with a huge field of pumpkins in a gorgeous setting.  They have a BIG hay maze for $8 as well as a toddler-sized one for FREE!  For attractions they have a train ride, hay ride, and hand-led pony rides for $5 each.  They have free bounce houses, toddler-friendly play structure, hay climbing and jumping areas, and lots of great pumpkins.  They take all credit cards.

Perry Farms, Fremont. Open 12-7pm Mon-Friday and9am-7pm weekends.  Free admission except on weekends then it’s $1.  The pumpkin patch is adjacent to Ardenwood Farm so if you want to arrive earlier you can always walk around the farm first and then head to the pumpkin patch.  Perry Farms offers a huge spread of nice looking pumpkins, within view of the fields from which they were picked.  They have a massive hay bale pyramid for climbing, tractor rides, a miniature corn maze and various spots for photos, as well as a farm stand near the entrance with year-round organic produce and fun painted tire playground.  They only take cash.


Full Circle Farm, Sunnyvale. An actual really cool working farm located in the middle of Sunnyvale.  They grow pumpkins on site and have pumpkin painting and a haunted trail.  Come to visit for a fun farm experience, but don’t come just for the pumpkins.

Uesugi Farm, Morgan Hill. Open 9am-7pm weekdays and 9am-9pm weekends. Uesugi is the South Bay’s biggest, most activity-filled and most popular crowded patch.  There are many attractions including a little train, a mini cow train, a carousel, two hay rides, two mazes, live entertainment, a weekend-only petting zoo, and lots and lots of pumpkins in a giant pyramid.  It can be pricey at $3.50-7 a ride and $5 to park on weekends.


Lemos Farm, Half Moon Bay. Open 9am-5pm daily.  This place is always extremely crowded.  Still is is a family favorite Halloween spot.  There are lots of activities to do here.  Not so much a pumpkin patch as a Halloween theme park.  They have one of the best train rides as well as a hay wagon ride, haunted house, bounce houses, pony rides and petting zoo’s.  There are lots of photo ops and decorations.  This is a more expensive place to go as well.  $20 per child and $10 an adult.  You can buy the groupon for $40 for 2 adults and 2 kids.


Rodoni Farms, Santa Cruz. Open 9-5 daily.  Prettiest pumpkin patch in a lovely spot overlooking the ocean.  They have a hillside full of pumpkins, hay bales and wheelbarrows, fresh veggies and a great “playground” made of corrugated plastic pipes and hay all make for a wonderful, non-commercial pumpkin-patching experience for your toddler.


Webb Ranch, Portola Valley. Open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm.  They have a haunted house, bounce houses, carriage rides, and hay mazes.  On weekends they also have a petting zoo, hay rides and pony rides as well a farmers market.

Queen’s Pumpkin Patch, Saratoga. Open 9 am-9pm.  Queen’s is located right down Saratoga road and has a small lot with lots of different varieties of pumpkins.  They also have a few activities such as a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, walk on water bubble things, and a cow train.  Everything costs a couple dollars each.  Not the cheapest place to buy a pumpkin but if you are in the neighborhood worth stopping by.


4 C’s Pumpkn Patch, Half Moon Bay Small pumpkin patch across the street from Lemos Farm.  We walked over here to pick out a pumpkin because it was a lot less congested and provided for the opportunity to get some great photos without others in them.  They have a kids play place and a bounce house.


Apple Picking


Gizdich Ranch Watsonville, season Sept-Dec open every day 9am-5pm.  Apples are $1.55 lb with 16 varieties.  Don’t forget to try their famous pie while you are there.  You can buy it by the slice or take whole mouthwatering one fresh from the oven.


Swanton Pacific Ranch Davenport, season from Aug-Oct open Fridays-Sundays from 9-5pm.  Beautiful beachside ranch with 16 varieties of apples as well.

Clearview Organic Orchards Watsonville, season Sept-Oct  from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.  They have 5 organic types.









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