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Arata’s Pumpkin Farm
185 Verde Rd., Half Moon Bay
Reviewed 10/04/14 by Hauntmistress
Arata's Pumpkin Farm is the oldest working pumpkin farm in San Mateo County. It is one of a handful of patches in the Half Moon Bay area for which pumpkins are almost second class citizens to the entertainment.
Arata’s has a little bit of a carnival-like atmosphere, with kids running around, parents trying to keep up with them, and something to do every which way you look, most of which you need to buy tickets to enjoy.
When you enter the grounds there is a haunted house and goats and sheep to look at on your immediate right (stop by the check-out counter first to buy admission tickets). The haunted house is $10 for adults, $8 for kids under 7 years, and free for kids under 3 years. It is a little pricy for a pumpkin patch haunted house, but you get to go through twice and there are actors inside who will scare you with their menacing ways, including goblins and zombies.
Past the check-out counter is the petting zoo, which is $5 and offers piggies, sheep, chickens, rabbits, and goats. There are also pony rides for $5, a playground area, and a jumpy house. You can take a rest from all this fun and enjoy balloon art near the snack shack. Speaking of, the snack shack offers food and drinks and there are farm fresh organic walnuts (no shell) for $6 per pound too.
But the pièce de résistance is the Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, which is open during the day and also at night. It is long, and many people eventually just poop out and take a side exit! It’s $10 for adults, $8 for kids 7 years and younger, and free for kids 3 years and younger.
Not to be outdone, the patch features plenty of pumpkins of various shapes, sizes, and varieties. The selection and quality is excellent. Grab a wheelbarrow so you can bring some home!
Be sure to pick up your harvest decorations at Arata’s too. Grab a Ti-Pi made of corn stocks for $20, hay bales ($6 small, $12 large), and Indian corn.
There is plenty of parking and helpful staff will direct you to a space. So take a trip to Half Moon Bay and plan to spend some time at Arata’s!
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