Orange pumpkins, grey pumpkins, white pumpkins, grooved pumpkins, freckled pumpkins—even pumpkins with warts on them.
With Fall here and the little ones hanging at your shirttails begging you for a trip to the pumpkin patch, here's a list of some pumpkin patch attractions sure to make you and yours get into the spirit of Halloween.
Clayton Family Pumpkin Farm— This fun farm located at 1060 Pine Lane features Plumpkin Playland , Clayton Little Carver's Barnyard, train rides, farm animal feedings, professional photo sessions by Sara Goetz, delectable goodies by Rachel Dunn, and and visits from Rollin A. Plumpkin himself. Open from 9am-8pm everyday until October 31.
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins (ABC Farms)— With locations all over the Bay Area, ABC Pumpkins offer a wide variety of inflatable amusements including, bounce houses, GIANT slides and obstacle courses for children ages 2-12 as well as different types of pumpkins, pumpkin accessories, retail stores, snacks, beverages and much more. The pumpkin patch is open Sunday-Thursday from 9:30am-9:00pm and Friday and Saturday from 9:30am-9:30pm. They are located at 1096 Oak Grove Rd.
Shadelands Ranch Pumpkin Patch—Featuring: a petting zoo with pigs, goats, rabbits and chicks, pumpkin painting, a quick lesson about pumpkins from a pumpkin guide, a small pumpkin to take home, photo stations to take your
adorable Halloween pictures, snacks including popcorn. Bring the entire family. While at the pumpkin patch you will have free access to Shadelands Ranch and use of its picnic tables and parking. Friday nights are MOVIE NIGHT and they show a different movie each week. They are located at 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek and are open Monday-Sunday 9:00am-9:00pm. Please visit their Facebook page for more information.
Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch—A real treat for adults and their kids alike, not only does this pumpkin patch have over 15 pumpkins to choose from, a spooky haunted house is sure to make you scream. Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch also has a Halloween Store in case you forgot a few decorations for your home. They are located at4414 Piedmont Avenue, in North Oakland. Please visit their Facebook page for customer specials and updates. Their Yelp page also has a deal: $50 for $75 to spend at the pumpkin patch.
When you can't visit a pumpkin patch, there is always your local Safeway.
Orchard Nursery in Lafayette has a plethora of Fall, spooky decor as well as pumpkins just ripe for Halloween. They are "calling all goblins, ghosts and creatures of the night to visit our dinner party of monstrous proportions." Visit them at 4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.
Need some ideas on what to do with your pumpkin this year? Check out these links for some inspiration:
- Better Homes and Gardens has some fresh new ideas including using found objects at home.
- Got stencils? On Martha Stewart's website, there are free printables to help you get started on your carving adventure.
- Tired of carving? Try washi tape or other ways to decorate your pumpkin without having sore hands and wrists after.
Do you know a place to pick out a pumpkin that we may have missed? Patch wants to know. Share them below in the comments.