Find a local pumpkin patch here!

Looking for a local pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride, gourds and other Halloween activities in Monterey and San Benito County area of California? Scroll down this page and you will see the all of those in Monterey and San Benito County area of California, sorted by county. Some are farms, where you take a hay ride out into the field, others are elaborate farm stands with mountains of pumpkins and other activities and some are simple roadside stands. Most have loads of pumpkins to choose from. To really make it fun for your kids, look for those that have the extra activities, like a corn maze, spook house, or hayride. There is usually a small fee for the mazes (of course, the more elaborate mazes tend to charge more. Hayrides are often free. ALWAYS call before you go to confirm the info, they don't always report changes to me!

And if you know of one I missed and want to add it or correct the information, please let me know! If you are looking for pumpkin weigh-offs and the US and world's largest pumpkins, see this page! Want to do a fundraiser selling pumpkins? See this page! There are affiliate links on this page. Read our disclosure policy to learn more.

New for this year, see our Top Ten list of best pumpkins to make pumpkin pies and for baking and cooking. Also, our Master List of 100 Varieties of Pumpkins for every purpose. Then see this page for our easy pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin recipe.

New! We just went live with our latest website, - As they name implies, you can find a fun factory tour, including chocolate, automobiles, historical forts and sites, famous buildings, active Federal facilities like dams, a mint, NASA, even fun geology: like fossils and volcanic areas They're fun, inexpensive and educational! And for road trips and camping, see

Updates for June 2024

Most pumpkin patches and corn mazes usually open by mid September, some earlier! You may also like a local zombie event or Zombie Paintball!. The world's best pumpkin pie recipe is here, and the pie crust recipe is here! And we have home canning, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access many pumpkin and other recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search.  If you are looking for pick your own apples with pumpkins and often also fun activities, see this page.

NOTE: Many farms went out of business in the past 2 years and others are dropping their websites and switching to Facebook pages thus breaking all links to them. If a link is broken please click the "click here to report a broken link or blank page" so we can find the replacement link! Thanks!

After Halloween, find a Christmas tree at a local Christmas tree farm (and enjoy a bonfire, smore, hot chocolate and free hayrides, and often Santa visits! And next Spring, you'll want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt - see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me! And Find a a local farm market here

Pumpkin Patch Listings, by county

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Monterey County

  • The Barnyard Shopping Village - trick or treating on Halloween
    Carmel, CA. Phone: 831-624-8886. Open: Call to confirm, Sunday, October 31st, Time: 1 pm to 4 pm. Please join us in a fun environment of safe and free trick or treating at our wonderful Barnyard. Costume contests & prizes (most original, scariest, theme family). Clown entertainment. Face painting or just add some paint to your costume.
  • Cardinale Pumpkin Patch - Pumpkin Patch
    Monterey County Fairgrounds, Casa Verde and Fairground Rd., Monterey, CA. Phone: (831)373-2871. Alternate phone: (831)632-4100. Open: October 1-31, Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. No admission charge.
  • Earthbound Farm's Farm Stand - corn maze, pumpkins, hay rides
    7250 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 93923. Phone: 831-625-6219. E-mail: [email protected]. Directions: 3 and a half miles east of Highway 1. Open: year round, from 8 am to 6:30 pm Monday thru Saturday; 9 am to 6 pm on Sundays. Harvest Festival: free admission. Celebrate the bounty of the season with an action-packed day on the farm—fun for the whole family! Farm tours, cooking demonstrations, games and contests are just the beginning. Take a hay ride, get lost in the Corn Maze, listen to spooky stories in the tipi, and rush to win the pumpkin scramble and pumpkin stacking competitions. 11 am to 3 pm. (10/15).
  • Ghost Trolley of Old Monterey - Haunted Tours
    527 Hartnell St., Monterey, CA. Open: Aug. 28-October 31, 2007, 8:30 pm-10 pm. Phone: 831-624-1700. Email: [email protected]. 2007 Admission: $28; kids 2-12 years $9. Here's your chance to relive the fantastic tales of Old Monterey. The tour begins at one of Monterey's most notoriously haunted buildings, the Stokes Adobe. Soon you will be winding in and out of the path of history in the Ghost Trolley of Old Monterey, visiting locations of recent and historical sightings. Along the way, you will visit the oldest church in California, Monterey's historic cemetery, and old legendary adobes to relive the stories of their inhabitants. If they have less than six people for a tour, they may do a walking tour. Advance reservations suggested. No kids under five years.
  • Do you know of any other pumpkin patches, corn mazes, or other special Halloween events in this county? Please tell me about them - Click here to write to me!

San Benito County

  • Swank Farms - corn maze, pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, haunted corn maze, corn cannon, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo
    2600 San Felipe Road (Seasonal) September 23 - October 31, Hollister, CA 95023. Phone: 831-637-4704. Fax: 831-636-6774. Email us at: [email protected]. Directions: 1 mile south on San Felipe Road off of Highway 156 We are located on the north side of the Hollister Airport Click here for a map to our farm. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm (Haunted Ranch CLOSED) Friday and Saturday from 10 am to midnight (Haunted Ranch opens at 7 pm) Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm (Haunted Ranch opens at 7 pm) Our Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Haunted Ranch and Kiddy Corral are open September 23rd to October 31st. Payment: Cash, Check. Our home ranch located at 600 Aquistapace Road, Hollister, CA is a year round operation. Although we do farmers markets all year, our season starts off in May with cherries. We grow six different varieties. We also grow a large variety of fruits and vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, green beans and much more. We end our season in November with ornamentals.

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Halloween Costumes

Here are some of the most popular Halloween costumes for children this year. For more choices, see our Halloween costumes pages.

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