Halloween is coming up fast! The decorations are already starting to hit store shelves, the days are getting shorter, and that one friend everyone has for whom Halloween is bigger than Christmas is getting more and more excited. With less than a month left before the big day, it is time to start finalizing costume ideas and carving those pumpkins . Here is a handy list to help you find the perfect pumpkin patch in South Bay this year.
We’ll kick things off with the biggest and most popular pumpkin patch in the area: Spina Farms. Since 1944, the Spina family has been working the same land just Southeast of San Jose. For the past few generations, they have been welcoming families to their farm and providing all the classic harvest-time entertainment. Enjoy hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, and of course, the crucial hunt for the perfect pumpkin. With over 60 varieties of pumpkin, you’re sure to find one you love.
Started by Italian immigrant Dante Rodoni in 1935, Rodoni Farms in Santa Cruz is a charming family-owned farm with a massive 5-acre corn maze that will put you in the Halloween spirit. Over the last ten years, Rodoni Farms has transitioned to a fully certified organic grower, so you can be certain that you will take home a responsibly raised pumpkin. Find a great pumpkin for carving or for making into a pumpkin pie!
If you don’t want to go too far for your pumpkin, there is a more local option: ABC Pick of the Patch Pumpkins. While they may not have the massive selection of pumpkins you might find at a large farm, you’ll still find some great picks and have a lot of fun. It is a great place to bring kids, as they will have inflatable bounce houses, a paintball range, and a dedicated “memory zone” for the perfect Instagram shot.
Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park. Has. Everything. Located just down the 101 from San Jose, this Autumn wonderland is a full day’s worth of fun. Take an excursion on one of the two different trains. Or hitch a ride on Pumpkin Pete’s Enchanted Hayride. Then head to the carousel. Or the pony rides. Or the petting zoo. Or the corn maze. Or the Butterfly Valley. Or the pumpkin cannon. Or the 4000 piece pumpkin pyramid. Or the…. Well, we’ve made our point. On some days, you could even catch live music or the Wild West Show. Basically, if you can’t find something you like here, you’re not looking hard enough.