It’s that time of year again— jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pies, and hay mazes, oh my!
Carve out some time this season to visit a pumpkin patch or two, from local favorites to family farms.
Here’s our guide to pumpkin patches in Santa Cruz County.
Before you dive into the Pumpkin Patch Guide we wanted to let you know we’ve also put together a full guide of local Halloween events.
So, after you’ve settled on your pumpkin patch plans, pop over to the 2019 Halloween event guide to find all the spooktacular events around town.
Fambrini’s Farm Fresh Produce Stand Located about 3 miles south of Davenport, Fambrini’s is famous for their strawberries and lavender bouquets. We’re big fans of their picnic area and excellent pumpkin prices.
Rodoni Farms With ocean views, a sprawling hill of pumpkins, stacked hay bales, wooden photo props, and a corn maze, there are endless photo opps at Rodoni’s. After capturing some family memories, enjoy the great selection of pumpkins, specialty squash, and fresh veggies—Brussels sprouts, artichokes, and leeks, oh my! Plus, dog-friendly.
4444 Coast Road (Highway 1) 831-426-0666
Seaside Pumpkins If you thought Rodoni’s ocean view was spectacular, try their second site just a 1/2 mile north of Davenport. Located on the sea side of Highway 1, the ocean backdrop and farm fields make for great pictures. Sometimes you can pick pumpkins off the vine.
Swanton Berry Farm After all your hard work pumpkin picking along Highway 1, some pumpkin pie at Swanton is in order, along with any other cobblers, shortcakes, and seasonal deliciousness on hand. While not an actual patch, sometimes there are U-pick pumpkins in the field and a selection of pumpkins at the farm stand. Paying cash via the honor system is still part of Swanton’s charm, but card payments are now accepted as well.
25 Swanton Rd., Davenport
Arata’s Pumpkin Farm About a 45 minute drive from Santa Cruz on Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay, Arata’s is open during the day with plenty of activities including hay rides, a petting zoo, and children’s train rides. But, for something different and a little scary (think older kids), try the hay maze and haunted barn at night! Be sure to visit Arata’s online for a full list of attractions and prices.
185 Verde Rd., Half Moon Bay 650-726-7548
Post Street Farm Don’t miss this hidden gem! Set in a lovely urban garden near Costco, variety is the pumpkin spice of life at Post Street Farm, where heirloom and unusual pumpkins reign supreme. Be sure to say hi to Speeder, the resident farm pup, and strike a pose with all the spooky Halloween decorations.
122 Post St., Santa Cruz (831) 251-2946
The Great Pumpkin Patch – Cuny Farms The Great Pumpkin Patch has moved from Daubenbiss Ave. in Soquel to the corner of Thurber Lane and Soquel Drive in Santa Cruz. This family-friendly patch packs in the fun with a cow train, hamsterball water ride, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, hay maze and more. You can even catch a fun fall/Halloween themed movie every night at 7pm.
2125 Soquel Drive., Santa Cruz
Capitola Produce Pumpkin Patch Come for the pumpkins. Stay, or rather walk across the street, for Gayle’s Bakery. After wrangling the kids for a picture perfect smile, you deserve a treat!
700 Bay Ave., Capitola
Crystal Bay Farm If you haven’t already, get this one on your radar. Crystal Bay’s pumpkin patch gets bigger every year. In years past there has been a labyrinth, squash tower, mini corn maze, and lots of pumpkins. Be prepared for a $2 entry fee.
40 Zils Road, Watsonville (831) 724-4137
Save the Date
Floating Pumpkin Patch at Simpkins If you’ve ever wondered if pumpkins sink or float in water, spoiler alert…they float! On Sunday, October 20, bring the whole family for an afternoon of swimming, games, waterslide fun, and pumpkin picking with a twist from the floating pumpkin patch.
Simpkins Family Swim Center
Santa Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch And now for something totally different…head to the Live Oak Grange for beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson. The glass pumpkin patch is open Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, from 10am to 4pm.
Public Service Annoucement
Post-Halloween Public Service Announcement: Donate your pumpkins (carved, slightly rotten, broken, or even just guts!) to Wilder Ranch. They make a healthy, delicious treat for the chickens, goats, sheep, and cows.
If you want to donate pumpkins, you can drive directly down to the barn, tell the person at the parking lot kiosk that you are dropping off a donation and you won’t need to pay. Walk into the barn and the last stall on your right will have a sign for pumpkin donations. Collect your neighborhood jack-o’-lanterns and make one trip. The farm animals thank you in advance!
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