Oct 10

Parents Pick: Favorite Pumpkin Patches and Places for Halloween Fun

Fall is in the air. While we’re sad to say goodbye to summer, we’re looking forward to cozy sweaters, autumn leaves, hot chocolate and probably our favorite of all  — some good old fashioned Halloween fun. Of course Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a pumpkin patch. From simple pumpkin fields to elaborate corn mazes and festivals, here’s a round up of some of our favorite pumpkin patches.

San Francisco Bay Area

  • Arata Pumpkin Farm (Half Moon Bay): A Halloween fun bonanza with 6 acre corn field, Minotaur Maze, Hay and Train Rides, Picnicking and more.
  • Peterson’s Farm Pumpkin Patch (Petaluma) – Rated in the top 5 best pumpkin patches in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010. Praised as a good place to take small children for pumpkin picking for pumpkin picking by the Marin Mommies’ site.
  • Web Ranch (Portola Valley) – Organically grown U-Pick pumpkins, haunted house, corn stalks and indian corn. Attractions on weekends: Jumpy House, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Face Paint, Hay Rides
  • Pastorino Farms (Half Moon Bay) – A big field of pumpkins to choose from, gifts, food, hay rides, train rides, ponies, pet and feed farm animals, giant slides and jumpers. Weekend activities include  haunted house and face painting.
  • Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm (Concord)- Halloween fun for 30 years. Giant Tube tunnel, a giant tic-tac-toe board, bean bag toss, pyramid of straw, the “Ball Return”, duck races and train ride.
  • Spring Hill Farm (Petaluma) “Peter Pumpkin Patch” :  U-Pick pumpkins,  fresh made cheese, dig for potatoes, homemade ice cream
  • Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch (Healdsburg) – Halloween crafts, picnicking, hay fort, a corn maze and tractors  to climb on. Handicap accessible.
  • Fisher Farm (Sebastopol) – U-Pick pumpkins (choose and cut Christmas trees too)

Chicago Area

  • Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm (Crest Hill) – Huge maze (17 acres and 5.5 miles of winding paths), climbing on Fort Cottonwood, barnyard playland, veggieland, haunted barn and petting zoo.
  • Butterprint Farm Pumpkin Patch (Monee) – U-Pick pumpkins, 3/4 mile round trip hayride, scarecrow maze, squash and gourds, local farm honey, Indian corn, hardy winter mums, straw, and cornstalks.
  • Jonamac Orchard (Malta) A family-owned apple orchard and pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Hayrides and a corn maze, country store featuring one-of-a-kind apple donuts and fudge.


  • Sauvie Island – Pumpkins haunted maze, corn maze, cow train, market, free hay rides!
  • Stocker Farms (Snohomish) – pumpkins, haunted “field of screams”, duck races, trout fishing, barrel train.
  • Remingler Farms (Carnation) – U-Pick pumpkins, 2 mazes, farm theater, kettle corn.
  • Fall City Farms (Issaquah) – U-pick pumpkins (Christmas trees too), chickens, goats, live jazz and bluegrass music.
  • Cravens Farm (Snohomish) – Halloween fun for more than 27 years. Pumpkin scenes with a harvest twist, 15 acre corn maze, pumpkin slinger, face painting, kettle corn, tractor pulled hay ride, farm animals, gift shop and espresso.

Washington DC

  • Homestead Farm (Poolesville) – pumpkin and apple picking, hay rides, maze.
  • Gaver Pumpkin Patch (Mt. Airy) pumpkins, corn maze, large farm animals, straw mountain, pedal bike track, giant slides, pirate ship, bale mazes, toddler corn maze, and play areas.


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Aug 10

From Coast to Coast: Hot Spots for Cool Treats

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It hasn’t escaped our notice that artisan  ice cream and other frozen treats are among the hottest trends across the country. Think local ingredients, classic and adventurous flavors — traditional ice cream, bubble tea, frozen yogurt, frozen custard, shave ice, popsicles and other cool treats. Yes, we’re enthusiastic supporters of this trend! As summer heads into the home stretch, here are hot spots for cool treats from the SF Bay to the ATL – hand-picked from the growing list of kid-friendly places mapped on Mom Maps by our great community of moms and dads, family travel experts and parent bloggers. Just say yum!

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A Visit to Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream in San Francisco’s Mission District

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Atlanta: Sarah Jean’s Ice Cream (Marietta), Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream (Atlanta), The Yogurt Tap (Decatur)

Austin: Amy’s Ice Creams, Spoons Yogurt (College Station), Marble Slab Creamery (Sunset Valley)

Boston: Lizzy’s (Waltham), Bedford Farms (Bedford), Mad Maggie’s (North Reading)

Chicago: Bobtail Ice Cream, Paciugo Gelato, Scooter’s Frozen Custard

Grand Rapids, MI: Jersey Junction Ice Cream Parlor

Hawaii: Aoki’s Shave Ice (Haleiwa/Oahu), Papalani Gelato (Koloa/Kauai), Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice (Lahaina/Maui)

Minneapolis: Izzy’s Ice Cream (St. Paul), Pumphouse Creamery, Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream

New York City: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (Manhattan), Yogurtland (Manhattan), Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

Pacific Northwest: Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (Seattle), Theno’s Dairy / Vivian’s Pride Ice Cream (Redmond),  Cool Moon Ice Cream (Portland, OR)

Phoenix: Aloha Yogurt (Tempe), Grateful Spoon Gelato, Mary Coyle Ol’ Fashion Ice Cream

San Francisco Bay Area: Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream (Alameda), Ici Ice Cream (Berkeley), Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream (San Francisco), Bi-Rite Creamery

Southern California: CeFiore Frozen Yogurt (Los Angeles), Mariposa Homemade Ice Cream (San Diego), Italia Vito’s Pasticceria (Laguna HIlls)

Washington DC: Boccato Gelato & Espresso (Arlington), Max’s Best Ice Cream, Tangysweet Frozen Yogurt

Sweet treat lovers unite! Have you been to one of these tasty stops? Got a hot tip you’d love to share? We love to hear about your favorites – comment, add a review on Mom Maps or Tweet us @mommaps.