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Pastorinos Farm – Pumpkins, Haunted House, Greenhouse Nursery, Train Ride, and Gift Shop

Located in Half Moon Bay, directly accross the street from Lemos, Patorinos Farm is normally a nursery with huge greenhouses to stroll through but cranks up the Halloween spirit in October. There’s the usual pumpkin patch, jump houses, slider, food stands and hay rides but there are two features that you won’t find anywhere else – a train ride through the greenhouses and a haunted house built inside a littler greenhouse that’s inside the big one. The train ride is the standard farm set up with a diesel tractor pulling some tricked out golf carts so don’t sit up front if...
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Borchard Farms – Giant Pumpkins, Haunted Barn, Corn Maze, Exotic Birds and a Million Kinds of Squash

Located on Roger’s Road near Salinas, Borchard Farms grows some seriously big pumpkins. Like the kind you only see at the county fair or on the front page of a newspapers. They also have the absolute best variety of squash for sale you will find anywhere. Just boxes and boxes of every size, texture, and color possible and all at very competitive prices. The giant pumpkins and squash orgy would more than enough reason for a visit but Borchard boasts a variety of other activities – some standard to most pumpkin farm destinations and some wholly unique to them – to keep the kids whacked...
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Swank Farms – Pumpkin Slingshots, Corn Cannon, Gemstone Mining, Haunted Corn Maze, Go Carts, and Goat Feeding

Located near Hollister, Swank Farms is fun, piled on top of fun, with a dollop of fun on top …and maybe a spritzer of fun for good measure. What separates Swank from many other pumpkin patch maze events is that it’s a blend of authentic farming activities and contrived carnival type attractions. Like Myth Busters type contrived. Like “my buddies thought this up when we high and we decided to build it” type contrived. But don’t bother paying for everything separately – just get one of the package deals and spend a few hours. The first thing you’ll notice is...
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DC Cemetery – Disneyland Like Animatronic Haunted House in Mountain View

Note: DC Cemetery is taking 2010 off. They will up and running again in 2011. My daughter and I went to the November 1st 2009 showing. I drove from Santa Cruz and it was worth every second of the 45 minute drive. DC Cemetery is a labor of love by one Brent Scott, with generous support of his family and friends.  2009 was the 19th year of operation and Brent’s childhood love affair with Halloween has grown into a thriving animatronics prop business. Every year he takes over his parents front yard and driveway and erects a giant graveyard and mousoleum full of moving, screaming and howling...
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