In our best ghoul voices, this is Halloween, this is Halloween.
This time of year has us dreaming of picking our perfect pumpkin. To fulfill our fall fantasy, we’ve harvested 11 pumpkin patches across San Diego County offering family-friendly fall fun. Gourd big or go home, right?
Goff Family Pumpkin Patch | 2830 Perry Rd., Liberty Station | Free admission
This pop-up patch across the street from The Presley restaurant is open daily Friday, Sept. 22-Tuesday, Oct. 31. It features thousands of pumpkins, cute photo opportunities, and picnic tables.
Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center | Free admission
The beloved attraction at the longtime family-owned farm busts out its finest gourds and autumn events, open daily through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Stick around for other fall activities, too, like hayrides, a petting corral, and a straw maze. Parking costs $10 on weekends.
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch | 14950 El Monte Rd., Lakeside | $14-$22
Open Tuesday, Sept. 26-Saturday, Oct. 28 — Tuesdays-Saturdays — you’ll want to reserve your spot ahead of time for the East County attraction featuring pumpkins, play zones, and wagon ride tours of the farm.
The Pumpkin Patch at Carlsbad Strawberry Company | 1050 Cannon Rd., Carlsbad | $10, free for kids under 5
The strawberries may be gone, but the pumpkins are out in full force at this North County patch open Friday, Sept. 22-Sunday, Nov. 5. Enjoy cute photo opportunities, a marigold field, shaded seating areas, and autumn activities like tractor rides and the Haunted Corn Maze.
Pro tip: Oceanside-based distillery Pacific Coast Spirits told us a little secret — they’re running a 21+, dog-friendly, pop-up speakeasy at the corn maze at this patch this year.
Find the Hidden Corn Bar near the pink butterfly sign, open every Friday and Saturday in October, 4-9 p.m. Nightly passwords are required for entry — the distillery will be posting clues on Instagram.
Pumpkin Station | Locations vary | Free admission
These patches span five locations — Mission Valley, National City (Plaza Bonita), Bonita, Rancho Bernardo, and Del Mar — and offer pumpkins, games, inflatable play centers, and giant slides. Each location is open daily Friday, Sept. 29-Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch | 6710 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla | Free admission
This patch near the beach is open Sunday, Oct. 1-Tuesday, Oct. 31 and boasts bounce houses, games, mazes, and pumpkin carving.
PB Pumpkin Patch | 870 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach | Free admission
Serving PB since 1992, this patch runs Sunday, Oct. 1-Tuesday, Oct. 31. After you’ve picked your pumpkin, head to the complimentary carving and painting area and enjoy hot apple cider and shaved ice for the little ones.
Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch | 842 Highway 78, Ramona | Free admission
Take in the ranch life while enjoying an assortment of pumpkins and corn, plus pony rides, a corn maze, and a petting zoo. This patch is open Saturday, Sept. 23-Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Summers Past Farms | 15602 Olde Highway 80, Flinn Springs | Free admission
Open Sunday, Oct. 1-Tuesday, Oct. 31, you’ll find pumpkins aplenty and a small corn maze that’s perfect for the littler kids.
Tom’s Adventures Pumpkin Patch | Locations vary | $1
With two locations in Escondido (including North County Mall) and a third in Chula Vista, these patches are open Sunday, Oct. 1-Tuesday, Oct. 31. Come for the gourds, stay for the games, activities, and bounce houses.
E-Vil Pumpkin Patch | East Village | Free admission
The Church by Lost Abbey and East Village resident Kelly Ford host this mini patch Thursday, Oct. 12-Tuesday, Oct. 31, where visitors can buy a pumpkin for $3-$15 and carve or paint them on the spot. It’s open Monday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 2-10 p.m., and Sunday, 1-7 p.m.
Coronado Pumpkin Patch | Coronado Ferry Landing | Free admission
Pick a pumpkin and enjoy Halloween-themed activities, tasty treats, and games at this patch open Tuesday, Oct. 17-Tuesday, Oct. 31.
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