It’s that time of year. Are you itching for a trip to a pumpkin patch? Wish you could get a picture of the family, everyone smiling, with pumpkins and bales of hay? We can’t guarantee you can actually get a picture of everyone smiling, but we can tell you where you can get the right background and some big smiles. Here are some of our picks this fall.

Bay Street Pumpkin Patch
5600 Christie Avenue in Emeryville
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. through October 30

Run by Speer Family Farms, this pumpkin patch features locally grown valley pumpkins, a giant slide shaped like a boat, a petting zoo, jumpy house, play area and more.

Moore’s Pumpkin Patch
9711 Dublin Canyon Bouldevard in Castro Valley
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 12 – 8 p.m.

Focused “on a harvest theme rather than a dark and gloomy theme,” this patch is also a “family fun park,” with carnival rides and attractions.

Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
15555 East 14th Street in San Leandro AND Sycamore and San Pablo in Hercules
9:30 a.m. – 9 or 9:30 p.m., depending on the day

These two pumpkin patches offer giant inflatable fun, lots of different varieties of pumpkins and a “memory zone” for photo ops. The San Leandro Patch is located at the Bayfair Center Mall. The Hercules Patch is brand new this year. Both are run by ABC Tree Farms.

Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch, Haunted House and Halloween Store
4414 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland
9 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily through Halloween

Pumpkins may be ordered for delivery on this website. The pumpkin patch boasts 15 varieties of pumpkins, straw bales for photo ops, and a haunted house around back. This group has been on Piedmont Avenue for over 10 years.

Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Patch
Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, 20 Washington Lane in Orinda
Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission and raffle tickets may be purchased online in advance.

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