Before coming to California, I believed Halloween was just another typically American commercial holiday …. Now after a year here and just a couple of weeks away from my second Halloween I am more engaged then ever in the organization of the upcoming October 31st. It is a real pleasure for me to help my daughters decorate both the house and the garden!
One year ago during our first Halloween we were amazed by the house decorations and we tried to imitate our neighbors by decorating the lawn with a profusion of spider webs. We made only one mistake : to carve the pumpkin 2 weeks before the 31st! …. not a good idea…. 2 beautifully carved pumpkins ended up in the rubbish…
After more then a year in the United States, I still find it incredible how early you start to see pumpkins and other Halloween themed decorations in stores, and clearly it is hard to resist the temptation to buy everything and start decorating two months ahead of time….
There are a lot of places both in Palo Alto and in its surroundings where you can shop for one or many lovely pumpkins!
The website ABCTREEFARMS lists several of these pumpkin farms but you can find some more in the non-extensive list below:
in Mountain View you have grandpaspumpkin which offers a wide range of fun activities such as learning about pumpkin growth , interacting with farm animals as well as bounce houses and fun hayrides but also a hay maze and a spooky haunted house! Open daily. 9am-8pm. $3
in Half Moon bay C’s Pumpkin Patch, the very first pumpkin patch when you arrive in Half Moon Bay, they also offer a certain number of activities: a petting zoo,a wonderful bounce house as well as a pony ride and a snack bar.
Lemos Farm is another pumpkin farm where you can stroll through the pumpkin patches, ride the Ghost Train, take a hayride and visit the haunted house and petting zoo. Open daily, except Oct. 7. 9am-5pm.
Arata Pumpkin Farm – this six-acre cornfield also offers pony rides , a petting zoo,a little train and hayrides as well as an original haunted barn tour and it’s famous tricky hay maze that adds to the simple fun of picking pumpkins in it’s pumpkin patch, . Open daily. 9am-sunset.
In San Joseyou can visit the Spina Farms a family run farm open from April to November. You can ride a tiny train that takes you around a small circular track at the center of the pumpkin patch, you can take a ride on an adorable pony and visit the petting zoo. Above all this farm has the specificity to be one of the only farms in California to propose as much as 60 different qualities of pumpkins…. with such a wide choice Spina Farm will probably have the pumpkin that suits you !
Giordano Farms another family farm especially known for it’s fall pumpkin patch with a lot of different varieties…. Here you can find a petting zoo with bunnies, ducks, goats and chickens as well as a little train ride. Open daily. 9am-8pm
in Palo AltoIn September the great Glass Pumpkin Patch took place at the Palo Alto Art Center. It’s the largest glass pumpkin patch in California!You can find and buy thousands of beautiful glass pumpkins. The glass pumpkins are laid down on the grass around the Art Center as a farmer pumpkin patch, absolutely stunning and worth the visit just to get a look at it!!
It is an amazing experience to get to visit a pumpkin patch with your kids and get to carefully select the nicest pumpkin to decorate your house this upcoming Halloween.