A Peninsula Hunt for Pumpkins

Fall is the ideal time to grab a light sweater and step outside to partake in a variety of old fashioned family fun around the area including hay rides, haunted houses and of course picking the perfect pumpkin for Halloween. Life on the Peninsula means being closer to the many things that make us nostalgic for autumn! Kick off the season by finding your decorative gourds and future jack-o-lanterns at one of these Peninsula spots:

ABC Tree Farms & Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
Location: 1.2 miles from Bay Meadows at 4140 El Camino Real at 42nd Ave., San Mateo.
Hours: Sunday thru Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm
This pumpkin patch offers tons of inflatable fun for children ages 2-12. Besides the giant inflatable fun, this lot offers lots of different varieties of pumpkins and a wonderfully decorated “memory zone” to take pictures of your little ones.

Lemos Farm
Location: 11 miles from Bay Meadows at 12320 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay.
Hours: Open Weekends 9am-5pm.
This pumpkin-themed paradise has a fantastic selection of pumpkins along with pony rides, bounce houses and a haunted train ride. The haunted house has two versions of the Scare Zone: look for the “Halloween Fun” version for the younger kids. Older kids or grown-ups, be warned the other Scare Zone includes live actors who are hired to “scare the yell out of you” so it’s really not good for littles. There’s so many great photo ops you can spend half a day snapping sweet shots and selecting your perfect future jack-o’-lantern.

Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch
Location: 13 miles from Bay Meadows at 850 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay.
Hours: Opens mid-September through Halloween, Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat & Sun 9am–5pm.
Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm offers a fun, family atmosphere in a relaxing country setting where everyone is welcome, including your canine pals! They grow over 60 varieties of pumpkins and squash, including their specialty, the Atlantic Giant, which varies between 250 and 500 pounds! Shutterbugs won’t be able to resist the photo opps that Farmer John’s provides, including a giant pumpkin display, authentic Native American Teepee, vintage tractor, and rolling fields of pumpkins.

Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch 
Location: 15 miles from Bay Meadows at 2718 Alpine Rd, Portola Valley.
Hours: Through Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-dusk.
This family-owned and operated farm has a pumpkin patch featuring more than 20 varieties of pumpkins. They organic pumpkins on over 30 acres at the Webb Ranch Farm as well as have local farmers ship in select pumpkins each week for freshness. On site hay rides, pony rides, a train ride and the infamous Pumpkin Slingshot make this a destination that is all about the pumpkins and more.

Arata’s Pumpkin Farm
Location: 20 miles from Bay Meadows at 185 Verde Rd., Half Moon Bay.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm, Saturday – Sunday 9am – 8pm
Lose yourself in the 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river. Try to challenge yourself intellectually and physically in the 2 acre world famous Minotaur’s Labyrinth Hay Maze. Take a walk on the wild side and adventure into the Haunted Barn. Relax and enjoy yourself on the Hay Ride. Or you can let the kid’s play in the Play Land playground with Miniature Hay Maze, on the Children’s Train Ride or have fun with the animals in the Petting Zoo. They also feature dozens of varieties of pumpkins and sizes.

And don’t forget…some fresh fall decor can always be found at College of San Mateo Farmers Market and Whole Foods just a short stroll away too!

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