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Full Moon Madness
This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer gu
07/27/2018 at 6:00pm
Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map

Full Moon Madness
Friday July 27; events start at 6pm

Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way... at night! This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer guest speaker. To wrap up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing. Event is in the day use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

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The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
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Great GlassPumpkin Patch
Glass pumpkins and autumnal fruits and vegetables, glass-blowing demonstrations...
Date: Every day (Sep 26-Oct 1)
Ages: Children are welcome! Admission Fees: Free

The 22nd Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® 
2017 Event Dates
Exhibition: September 26 - 29
Sale: September 30 & October 1

 

Live Glassblowing Saturday and Sunday! Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. You'll have a chance to see your favorite artists blow pumpkins right before your eyes. So come enjoy some hot molten glass every half hour between 11am and 4pm Saturday and Sunday. 


Largest Glass Pumpkin Patch in Northern California; Sale to Benefit Arts Nonprofits

 

(0 Sept 2017) Pumpkins_Glass.jpgThe Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Palo Alto Art Center will celebrate its 22nd consecutive year as the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California Sept. 26-Oct. 1 with a huge selection of colorful pumpkins and gourds, glass-blowing demonstrations, and more.

During the free family-friendly autumn celebration, visitors are invited to wander through an outdoor installation of more than 10,000 unique glass pumpkins. The glass pumpkins will be on exhibit from Sept. 26-29, and will be available for purchase Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.  at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

"This year's Great Glass Pumpkin Patch promises to be a great experience for longtime collectors and families," said Damon Gustafson, Executive Director of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI). "Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. Members of the public will have a chance to see their favorite artists blow pumpkins right before their eyes, every half hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on September 30 and October 1."

This is the only sale of glass pumpkins that supports the presenting local arts and nonprofit organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute; Palo Alto Art Center; and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, as well as participating artists.


Location: Palo Alto Art Cente, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto Map
Phone: 650.329.2366 •website Palo Altocreate a direct event link
Scottish Gathering and Highland Games
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Highland Rogue Productions
Immerse yourself in the sites, sounds, and the tastes of an ancient Scottish culture
Date: 10/07/2017 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $0 - $17

It is with great honor and anticipation that I invite you to join us as the clans once again gather in the highlands of the Santa Cruz Mountains!

 

(AAA July 2015) PipesandDrums.jpgIn 1830 Isaac Graham a mountain man of Scottish descent settled here and soon after the Mexican authorities named his wild settlement Roaring Camp. In 1842 near this very location Graham founded a distillery and the first saw mill west of the Mississippi. Fortunately the Big Trees here were spared the woodsman's axe and thus we are fortunate to have this beautiful and befitting location to celebrate and carry on the Scottish highland traditions of our ancient Celtic culture.

 

This year's gathering and games will feature all the wonderful activities you have come to know and love, the details of which you will find on this website. So bring your family and friends and for a day immerse yourself in the sites, the sounds, and the taste of an ancient culture kept alive in the hearts and by the hands of its proud descendants.

 

 

Sláinte!

Jeff Simpson, Chief

 

TICKETS

 


Location: Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
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Heritage Harvest Festival & Rare Apple Tasting
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Celebrate! The harvest is in. See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and ...R
Date: 10/21/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: $10 parking

Heritage Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 21, 11 am to 4 pm

Celebrate! The harvest is in! See tractor, draft horse, and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and participate in harvest-time activities.  The even

 

Rare Apple Tasting hosted by the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21

Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

$5 for individuals with discounts for families and couples

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
The Missing Arm
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State Park Big Basin
Experience the haunted tale of Big Basin's last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear!
Date: 10/21/2017 at 6:30pm


SPECIAL EVENT: "THE MISSING ARM"
Saturday, October 21 at 6:30 pm
Experience a haunted tale of Big Basin's last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear! Celebrate the forest in autumn with this spooky and slightly silly half-mile theatrical guided walk through the redwoods at night. Ranger apples cooked around the campfire round out this festive family event. The trail is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Registration begins at 6:30 pm. Parking is $10.00 per vehicle. Bring a flashlight. Register at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Floating Pumpkin Patch
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Catch a pumpkin, games, prizes, and a waterslide!
Date: 10/22/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $8.00 adults/$6.00 children & seniors. Swim for a pumpkin $4.00/pumpkin

(A A Sep 16) floating-pumpkins-2.jpgWe're putting a fun spin on the tradition of pumpkin picking by creating a patch in the pool just for you!

 

In addition to pumpkins, we've got plenty of other fun activities planned for the day, including games, prizes, music, popcorn, and pumpkin decorating, and the waterslide will be open!

 

Costumes are encouraged. Bring your suit and towel, your friends and family, and make a day of it! This is a drop-in, rain or shine event; pre-registration is not required.

 

Please note: The floating pumpkin patch opens at 1:30. Don't miss this fun fall family event at the Swim Center!


Location: Simpkin Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 454-7946 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Haunted Harbor
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Santa Cruz Harbor
Come enjoy a "spooktacular" evening of trick-or-treating at Santa Cruz Harbor!
Date: 10/28/2017 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_HauntedHarbor.jpgTrick or treating turns into a spooktacular adventure at the Harbor. Bring your ghouls and goblins out to join the fun!


Location: 135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)425-0690 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Thrill the World Santa Cruz 2017
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Louden Nelson Center
Thriller Dancing!
Date: 10/28/2017 at 3:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_ThrillerDance.jpgThrill the World Santa Cruz 2017

 

Every year, on the Saturday before Halloween, night creatures call and the dead start to walk in their masquerade. So basically, a zombie flash mob Thriller dance. There are plenty of opportunities to learn the dance all month and participate in a world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance at various venues throughout the county. Family and zombie-friendly!

 

*** Zombie dancers, PLEASE ARRIVE AT 2PM TO REGISTER (free) so you can be counted in the world record numbers!!!! Must be in costume.

3pm (sharp) - Performance at Louden Nelson Center

This is your chance to participate in the world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance, which happens every year on the Saturday before Halloween!!! Zombie flash mobs gather in cities across the globe to "Thrill The World" in celebration of community, fun, friends, and to support local charities (please donate to Youth N.O.W. at http://youthnowcenter.org/give). Learn the dance and join the mob!!


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Scotts Valley Haunted House
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Scotts Valley High School
Quite scary haunted house put on by students for ages 10+
Date: Every day (Oct 26-Oct 28) from 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 10 and up Admission Fees: Cost: $9 or $32 for group of 4

The annual Scotts Valley High School haunted house is built and run by teens.  Recommended for people ages 10 and up.

 

Proceeds benefit charities.

 

Scream for a good cause! Scotts Valley High School will raise the hair on the back of your neck while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year's theme: Area 51. Not recommended for children under 10.

 

 

 

 


Location: 555 Glenwood Dr, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831.439-9555 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Spooky or Not Spooky!
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State Park Big Basin
A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. Geared for young chi
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Oct 14-Oct 28) at 11:30am


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Saturday, October 14 at 11:30 am
AND Saturday, October 28 at 11:30 am


A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. We'll examine cobwebs, burls, holes and other mysterious natural features from a different perspective, asking the question, "Is it Spooky or Not Spooky?"

 

Depending on how you look at things, the answer may change! Come along if you dare! Geared for young children, this is a one-hour easy walk.

 

Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch
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Live Oak Grange
Beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson
Date: Every day (Oct 28-Oct 29)


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_glass-pumpkin-5.jpgSanta Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch And now for something totally different...head to the Live Oak Grange on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 & 29, for beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Boo at the Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo
Make plans to join us for a "not-too-spooky" Halloween family festival where you can trick-or-treat around the Zoo and see the
Date: Every day (Oct 28-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free (inder3) to $15

Boo at the Zoo 2017

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Dress up in costume for one of San Francisco Zoo & Garden's most popular family Halloween events, "Boo at the Zoo", on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 & 29

 

Trick-or-treat at multiple stations throughout the Zoo and watch animals gobble up gourds and enjoy Halloween-themed enrichment treats during the Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp.  Brave the Haunted Nature Trail, decorated especially for the occasion with not-so-scary ghosts, goblins and more!  Have a creepy, crawly critter adventure at the Insect Zoo, teaming with more than a thousand multi-legged bugs.

 

The last weekend of October is also the final opportunity to catch "ZOOtoberFest" with entertainment for all ages.  Located near the Lion Fountain, "Harvest Hallow" houses San Francisco's largest Hay Maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure built with 600 bales of straw!  There's ample seating, pumpkins, and festive fall décor for a family photo op! 

 

The "Zoo Brew Haus" at The Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of specialty beers in a keepsake mug.  Choose from a full menu of German-inspired dishes, like beer-braised bratwurst with Guinness mustard and Sauerkraut!  During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. You might even want to get up and dance!  Grab a seat and stay for three musical performances from 12:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

All activities are free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens.


*Masks are not permitted

 


Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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All Saints Day Children's Celebration
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St. Joseph's Church
Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint, angel or bible hero!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


All Saints Day Children's Celebration

AN ANNUAL FAMILY EVENT AT ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH IN CAPITOLA

Join us for our

FREE FAMILY EVENT AT ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH IN CAPITOLA

19TH ANNUAL ALL SAINTS DAY CHILDREN'S CELEBRATION!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

 

"It is truly a spectacular family faith extravaganza!"

"The best Catholic kids event all year!"


Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint, angel or bible hero!

11am Mass & Saint Procession (All children are invited to be in the opening procession!)

12:30 - 4pm.  Lunch is provided & Celebration in the hall

For our Costume Ideas see the link on the right. Check out our gallery too!


Last year's highlights:

  • Search for Treasure with St. Anthony
  • Decorate Crowns in St. Elizabeth's Castle
  • Visit St. Kateri in her Tipi
  • Go Fishing in St. Peter's Boat
  • Carve Saintly Symbols in St. Isidore's Pumpkin Patch
  • Be a Missionary with St. Therese
  • Stop over at St. Eude's Candy Barrel
  • And much more...

More info: lisamarieflynn@hotmail.com.

Donations welcomed.

Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Meet other families , have fun, discover many amazing things about the holy heroes of our faith and how to live more like them! We can be Saints too!


Location: 435 Monterey Ave, Aptos Map
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Halloween Party!
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Kennolyn Camp
Come celebrate Halloween at Kennolyn Camps!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm


Come celebrate Halloween at Kennolyn Camps!
Sunday, October 29 2-5pm

Trick or Treating at 4:30pm

Come and decorate cookies & pumpkins, get a free family photo and of course enjoy Trick or Treating!

Come in costume, free trick or treat bags for all!

Questions? Call 831-479-6714 or email camps@kennolyn.com

 

Join us for a wonderful family event.


Location: Hilltop Hacienda, 8205 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel Map
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Woofpack's Halloween Costume Parade
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Wolfpack
Join the dogs in costume parade with or without your dog!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm


(A A Oct 2016) Wolfpack.jpgOn Sunday, October 29th from 5-7PM, we'll be hosting Barktoberfest at Sante Adairius! All proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Last year we raised $2665.00. THis year we hope to hit $3000!!

Bring your canine best friend to Sante Adairius where you can enjoy the best beer in the county (4 POURS come with admission), and you can both enjoy LIGHT SNACKS and a COSTUME CONTEST.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED! Hurry and get yours today!

BRING YOUR BIKE and we'll give you an EXTRA DRINK on the house!

People without dogs are welcome too. One of the brewery dogs will happily adopt you
for the evening!

***ALL WELL BEHAVED OWNERS AND DOGS WELCOME***

RULES:
*6 foot leashes maximum
*Please ask owners first if dogs can meet
*No nose to nose interactions
*Please give ample space to those whose dogs are in training including our large packs and service animals
*Pick up after your dog, there are trash bins throughout the trail
*Make certain to step aside for those not part of our group to pass

 


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Fern Creek RR Invaded Halloween Night!
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Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad
Lights, fog machines, jumping spiders, the grim reaper, haunted scare crow, not to mention flying ghosts and other ghouls!
Date: 10/31/2017 at 6:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_FC_Best.jpgThe Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad is open to the public on Halloween night.

 

All are welcome to come and watch trains run around the garden.

 

Lights, fog machines, jumping spiders, the grim reaper, haunted scare crow, not to mention flying ghosts and other ghouls!


You can join the event through the Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/359214540921968/

Tell your friends and family to join in the fun and we hope to see you there!


Location: 419 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)-435-9042 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Halloween Downtown Santa Cruz
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Halloween fun for children downtown
Date: 10/31/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All

Downtown Santa Cruz Trick-or-Treat

Bring the kids, the neighbors, and even the dog for this annual free family friendly event in Downtown Santa Cruz.

 

Pacific Avenue will be closed to traffic, and the downtown merchants will be handing out treats to costumed kids.

 

Whether you're spooky or sparkly, creepy and crawly, or cute and cuddly, wear your most creative costume and bring your camera to this fun, safe and free annual community celebration.


Location: Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.429.8433 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Halloween Party
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Junebug's Gym
Party with us before going trick or treating!
Date: 10/31/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 3+ Admission Fees: ost is $6/hr with open gym punchcard for $60 (with paid membership)

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_Junebug.jpgDon’t forget to swing by the gym on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 11-3 to party with us before going trick or treating!

 

We are celebrating our 9th Anniversary with festive activities, fun games, and refreshments.

 

Come in costume and let’s all have a blast! (Price: $6/hour— half the price of regular open gym 😮 and you get entered in a raffle to win prizes.)

 


Location: 3910 Portola Drive Ste. 2 &3, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-464-2847 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Pumpkin Patch, You Pick Pumpkins
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Rodoni Farms
Great local place to pick your pumpkin right from the field and have fun in the corn maze!
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 31)

Special Instructions: 4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1

Pumpkins are HERE!!

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Pumpkins and fun are what it's all about! Come roam through the fields of pumpkins. There are so many varieties to choose from! We have hay bales, scary cutouts, and a 5 acre corn maze! We also have fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks, and gourds.
**Pumpkins are priced by size, not weight.

 

Choosing your pumpkin:
There are two methods of choosing your pumpkin to carve. The first way is my favorite. As you stroll through the pumpkin patch a certain individual pumpkin will jump out at you! That's the ONE! The other method is to have a pattern or face in mind and look for a pumpkin that will work with your design. Usually a large stem makes a nice addition to the pumpkin.
Remember!. The more unusual the better!

 

  • Bring your camera! There are many fun photo spots!
  • Come spend the day by the California coastline and hand pick your Halloween pumpkin!
  • We are open every daily, 9 AM - 6 PM from October 1st through Halloween. After Halloween we will remain open on the honor system until Christmas.
  • We are dog friendly. We kindly ask that you keep them on a leash at all times and pick-up after them, if need be.
  • CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE.

To schedule Pumpkin Patch field trips click here


Directions:
Our Pumpkin Patch, U Pick Em Pumpkins, is located at 4444 Coast Rd. (Hwy 1)

4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1. Take Mission Street through the center of town and continue on to Hwy. 1 towards San Francisco/ Halfmoon Bay. We are on the right side just after Dimeo Lane.


Location: 4444 Coast Rd. , Santa Cruz Map
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Usegi Farm for Fall Fun
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Uesugi Farms
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins for Sale
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: free to enter, fees for ticketed rides

Ride the Pumpkinville Railroad!  Take a nostalgic ride aboard our Allan Herschell Iron Horse or our blue and yellow Arrow Streamliner trains. Visit Morgania, where our scarecrows live.

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Get Lost in Kayla's Korn Maze.  Try to find your way out of this 2 acre corn maze with interactive trivia cards.  Fun for the whole family.

 

(0 Sept 2017) hayjump.jpgHay Jump  Have the kids jump on this gianormous jumper made of giant haybales. What a great way for the kids to burn some energy!

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pete's Enchanted Hayride  Meet Pumpkin Pete and travel through some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring lands of Uesugi Farms. Visit Pumpkinland, our gorgeous Sunflower Gallery, and the spectacular Marigoldland, filled with over 100,000 hand-sown flowers. This one of a kind hayride is completely narrated and complimented with charming music. It's a must see!

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

The Cow Train  This may be the silliest fun you have all year! A favorite with the kids!

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Pumpkin Blasters
Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun... at 90mph. What a blast!!  Safe for all ages.


Pumpkins for Sale

We have tons of pumpkins to choose from.  All sorts of sizes, shapes and varieties.  We also sell haybales, corstalks, indian corn, different squashes, gourds and flowers.

 

Butterfly Valley  Take a stroll along this path and learn about the fascinating lives of butterflies through interactive storyboards.

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

Bootsie The Bee  Follow the corn path to discover all of Bootsie’s colorful, textured friends, and learn fascinating ‘bee-facts’ too. Be sure to visit Bootsie at night. All the storyboards are lit up with blacklights.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

(0 Sept 2017) pumpkinpyramid.jpgCarousel  Everyone can remember riding a carousel as a youngster, and this one rivals the best.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Blasters  Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun… at 90mph.
What a blast!! Safe for all ages.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pyramid  It takes over 4000 pumpkins to cover our pyramid. A splendiferice site of epic proportions. Have your picture taken while sitting in our king or queen thrones.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Fees


Location: 14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin Map
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Arata Farm Hay Maze
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Hey everyone, it's that time of year again! Come on out to the farm and enjoy the world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, or
Date: Every day (Sep 25-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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You can lose yourself in our 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river. Try to challenge yourself intellectually and physically in our 2 acre world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze. Take a walk on the wild side and adventure into our Haunted Barn. Relax and enjoy yourself on our Hay Ride.

 

Or you can let the kid's play in our Play Land playground with Miniature Hay Maze, on the Children's Train Ride or have fun with our animals in the Petting Zoo. We also have many picnic areas throughout the farm, at Arata Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody.

 

We also have dozens of varieties of pumpkins and sizes. We have a special pumpkin for everyone in your family! Feel free to give us a call, send us an email or just come to the farm. We would love to see you.

 

Our Hours
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am - 8pm

 

Family Package $15 per Adult ~ $20 per Child Attraction
A minimum of one paid adult and one paid child, age 10 and under are required to qualify for this package


Location: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay Map
Phone: (650) 726-7548 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
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