Funtober Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Patches in California

Find pumpkin picking near Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento with our list of California pumpkin patches.

Northern California

Oak Hill Gardens and Pumpkin Patch – Fort Jones, California
Pick your own pumpkins open on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Pumpkins are sold by weight and pink pumpkins for breast cancer awareness are available. Located 20 minutes from Yreka on Highway 3 between Fort Jones and Etna.

Nash Ranch – Redding, California
A Shasta County pumpkin patch since 1991, although the Nash family had been farming there since 1953. 15 acre patch with 30 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. Ten acre corn maze with night maze on Friday and Saturday nights. Dreams of Darkness haunted house has been operating there for more than 20 years. Special events: antique tractor show one weekend in October.


Single Palm Pumpkins – Fresno, California
10,000 pumpkins ready to be cut off the vine. $5 any pumpkin, any size. Free farm animals, mazes and hayrides. They only charge for the pumpkins!

Cornfield Maze Pumpkin Patch – Madera, California
Open mid-October through Halloween. $5 pumpkin patch admission fee includes unlimited tri-cycle track, bounce house and hay stack mountain. 2 years and under are free. Pumpkins are extra. Kid-friendly corn maze for families is $6-8. Black-Out Maze for teenagers and college student is $10-15. Located north of Fresno on Highway 99 & Ave 7, one mile north of Herndon Ave.

Bear Creek Pumpkins – Le Grand, California
Open from late September through Halloween. 4 acre corn maze is $5. Pumpkin prices start at $3 and vary by size/type. Located east of Merced between Fresno and Modesto.

Pumpkin King – Fresno, California
Offering pumpkins, fall fun and harvest decorations since 1985. Fun includes pony rides, straw bale maze, inflatable slide, and bounce houses. Special events: annual Great Pumpkin Blood Drive for one weekend in October.

San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose area Pumpkin Patches

Swank Farms – Hollister, California
Dick and Bonnie Swank started the pumpkin patch and corn maze here in 2000, although their family had been farming and raising cows on the land since 1929. They also have a pumpkin sling shot, giant jumping pillow, corn cannon, pedal karts, gem mining and sumo wrestling.

Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm – Clayton, California
A u-pick vegetable stand started in 1980 by David and Sharon Osteen. Pumpkins were the most popular purchase so they expanded it to become the pumpkin patch that it is today. Children’s playground, barnyard play area, Pumpkin Farm Express train and farm animals.

Moore’s Pumpkin Patch – Castro Valley, California
Family owned and operated since 1984.

Joan’s Farm – Livermore, California
Pick your pumpkin from the patch is open daily in October with hay ride, maze, farm animals, gem panning (weekends) and pony rides (weekends).

Smith Family Farm – Brentwood, California
Annual pumpkin harvest fun includes pick your own pumpkins, corn maze, live music and barnyard animals. Opened by the Smith family in the late 1970s.

G&M Farms – Livermore, California
Open daily in October.  Featured twice on the David Letterman show.  Voted best seasonal attraction in the East Bay by Diablo Magazine.  Pumpkin patch offers pumpkins of all sizes available for purchase.  Cornfield maze is priced at $7-10 with children 5 and under free.  Weekend attractions includ pony rides, cow train, barnyard blasters and pedal carts.  They also have farm animals.  Easy freeway access off I-580. 

Piedmont Ave Pumpkin Patch – Oakland, California
Lemos Farm – Half Moon Bay, California
A third generation family ranch owned by the family since 1942. Pick your pumpkin from the patch, visit the haunted house or enjoy the petting zoo, hayride, playtown, train ride and pony ride.

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park – San Martin, California
2 acre corn maze, train rides, pumpkin pyramid, pumpkin blaster, carousel, petting corral and pony rides.  Petting corral with friendly farm animals including a miniature donkey.  Pumpkin blaster shoots mini pumpkins at targets at 90 mph.  Hay jump for kids as well as pony rides on the weekends.  The cow train is a favorite with the kidgs.  See Uesegi Farms ion the narrated enchanted hayride or take a hayride to Butterfly Valley to learn about the colorful, winged creatures.  Pumpkin pyramid has more than 4000 pumpkins stacked.  Pumpkin blaster shoots mini pumpkins at targets at 90 mph.  Last year, the World Record pumpkin at their Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-foff in mid-October weighed in at over 2,000 pounds.  Free admission.  Parking fee is $3 on the weekends.  Attractions cost between $2 and $7 per person.  All ride park passes available with savings to the per attraction price. 

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch – Petaluma, California
5 acre pumpkin patch and 4 acre corn maze by a 4th generation Petaluma farmer.  Pumpkins priced by size starting at $1 each with giant pumpkins available.  Over 35 varities of pumpkins available.  Maze generally takes 45 minutes to complete with a night maze on Friday and Saturday nights.  Located alongside Highway 101, they have provided family fun on the farm for more than 20 years.

Crystal Bay Farm – Watsonville, California
Jeff and Lori Fiorovich have been planting pumpkins on their farm for more than 10 years.  The farm was ceritified organic in 1997.  They grow over 40 varieties of pumpkins including The Ark of Taste on Slow Food’s endangered food list.  Farm andimals and tractor rides also available.  Don’t miss Friday night movie night, the haunted bizarre bazaar and sleepovers in the pumpkin patch.  The farm is located between two state parks overlooking Monterey Bay.

Stockton and Modesto

R.A.M. Farms Inc. – Ceres, California
Pick your pumpkins from the field. Kids can visit the hay maze, scary shed, pedal tractors, sand box and go pumpkin bowling with pumpkin purchase. 20 acre corn maze is open daily in October. Flashlight nights on weekends. Located 10 minutes south of Modesto off Highway 99.

Fantozzi Farms – Patterson, California
Paul Fantozzi is a fourth generation apricot farmer who opened their first maze and patch in 2003. The farm is open for fall fun Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from late September through Halloween. 25 acre corn maze with 5 miles of paths and 12 hidden checkpoints. Haunted maze on Friday and Saturday nights in October.

San Diego

Farm Stand West - 2115 Miller Ave, Escondido, California
Located near Citracado Pkwy at Interstate 15 Exit 29 is this wonderful family farm with one of the best pumpkin patches and fresh farmers markets in the state.  They operate daily from Tuesday through Sunday.   During October they feature pick your own pumpkins from their patch every day.  They have operated the farm since the 1960′s and sold from this location since 1990.  They also feature their annual Fall Harvest Festival & Boutique event on October 25th and 26th, 2014.  Meet local artists, crafters, bakers, and more with an afternoon BBQ lunch, hayrides, and you-pick pumpkin patch.  Admission is free.  They grow and sell over 30 types of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Sacramento Pumpkin Patches
Max’s Miracle Ranch – Biggs, California
Pick your own pumpkins, apples, petting zoo, bounce houses, train rides, pony rides and gold panning. Petting zoo has llamas, goats, pot bellied pigs, cattle, sheep and other animals. The farm is named for their son, Max, who was diagnosed with a serious heart defect as a baby. It is a working California farmstead, orchard and entertainment facility.

The Pumpkin Farm – Citrus Heights, California
A 12 acre pumpkin farm with more than 100 tons of pumpkins. Also available for fall fun are a corn maze, hayride and farm zoo. Jumping castle, tower slides and Go-Kart Train rides available. Haunted barn with hungry creatures ready to gobble up your kids! Celebrates the 40th year of operation in 2014. Closed on Mondays. $5 parking on the last two weekends of October.

Uncle Ray’s Pumpkin Patch – Sacramento, California
A working Yolo County farm with pick your own pumpkins, free tractor-pulled hayrides, free corn and hay mazes and Pumpkin Train. Open daily in October. The Sacramento River Train stops at Uncle Ray’s on Sundays in October and includes on train entertainment and complimentary pumpkin.

Cool Patch Pumpkins – Dixon, California
Pumpkin patch, large corn maze and 5 acre kid zone. Matt and Mark Cooley started growing pumpkins in 2000 before adding the corn maze a few years later.

Bobby Dazzler’s Pumpkin Patch & Milo Maze – Davis, California
Pumpkin patch, hay pyramids, petting zoo, face painting. Their are around 50 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, squash, etc. for you to select from in the fall. They grow all of their own pumpkins – some are brought in from their other local fields and some are left on the vine for you to discover and cut yourself. Pumpkins are sold by size and variety, not by weight. Free admission, free parking and free wagon use while in the patch. Milo Maze is five feet high and two acres in size. It take between 20-40 minutes to complete successfully. Maze specialists keep an eye on you from the watch tower in case you want to give up in the middle of it! Locally owned and operated for more than 30 years. They also have decorations such as corn stalks, Indian corn and hay bales for sale.

Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm – Wheatland, California
Open daily from September 20-October 31, 2014. Pick your own pumpkins priced as marked, with some giant pumpkins weighing over 100 pounds available early in the season. Hayrides, 3 acre cornfield maze, petting zoo, zipline, pony rides and play area. Let your kids mine Coyote Mountain for marbles. A variety of foods and gifts are available including fresh apple cider and fudge. Enjoy the Naspig races, eat a caramel apple or catch a ride on the BPF Railroad. Have you seen their famous singing chickens yet? Free parking Monday through Thursday. $10 parking Friday through Sunday. Admission is free. Purchase bundled tickets to save on per activity charges.

Vierra Farms – West Sacramento, California
Dave’s Pumpkin Patch is located at Vierra Farms. 2 acres of different varieties of u-pick pumpkins. 10 acre corn maze requires around an hour to make it through the two miles and 85 decision points. Cornival with ten family friendly fun activities including hay rides, pig races, hay maze, jumping pillow and farm animals. Admission to the cornival is $8.50-10 or you can purchase activities individually. Family pack admission also available. Free fancy photobooth to capture the memories! At night, the Deadly Harvest is a horrific haunted event open Friday/Saturday nights and the week of Halloween.

Los Angeles and San Diego

Pumpkin History

Pumpkins were first grown in the New World.  They were originally grown by Native American farmers in combination with other crops along river banks. The squash and pumpkins were first grown along with sunflowers and beans. Then they were grown with maize (corn) and beans. The “Three Sisters,” as they are known, aid each other in growth. The squash prevents weeds and preserves moisture in the ground. The corn serves as a trellis for the beans to grow, and their growth helps to stabilize the corn in the wind. The pumpkins looked different than the ones which are turned into jack-o-lanterns today.  How about some Jack-o-Lantern History.

The word pumpkin, despite the American origin of the plant, has greek origins. In Greek, Pepon means large melon. As the word and squash gained use in France, England and America, the word pumpkin emerge.

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Fun Facts About Halloween Pumpkins 

Before Columbus, pumpkins were not a native fruit in Europe.  Jack O’Lanterns were carved from turnips or gourds.  Pumpkins were native to Central America for over 5000 years before being brought back to Europe by the French explorer Jacques Cartier.  Pumpkins are a fruit and really a member of the squash family which includes melons, cucumbers, gourds and more.  The Irish are credited with bringing pumpkin carving to America.  Pumpkin flowers and seeds are edible.  It generally takes 80-120 days for a pumpkin to go from seed to grown fruit.  Most pumpkins in the United States are ripened and used in October.  Funtober has more information on pumpkins here.

Circleville Pumpkin Show “The Greatest Free Show On Earth”

The small town of Circleville, Ohio is located just south of Columbus.  It has a population of 12,000 which has over 400,000 visitors to their annual downtown pumpkin festival.  This year the Circleville Pumpkin Show runs October 21st – 24th, 2015.  The four day event features seven different pumpkin parades with 50 bands and 40 floats.  There are over 300 food and craft vendors with 30 plus amusement carnival rides.  Expect to find lots of band music, stage acts, pageants, pumpkin pie eating, and even hog calling contests.  This is one spectacular event that started back in 1903. 


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