Sure, you could purchase your festive gourds at the local supermarket, but what fun is that? October is a great time to get out and enjoy the mild fall weather while spending quality time with family and friends, and isn’t that what the holidays are all about? A North Bay pumpkin patch picnic is a fun, outdoor activity that all ages will love!
Read on for a list of some of the best North Bay pumpkin patches plus some healthy (and spooky) Halloween snack ideas to bring along that kids will love. So, grab the grandparents, kids and some of their friends and enjoy the bounty of fall!
North Bay Pumpkin Patches
When it comes to pumpkin patches, the North Bay has got it covered. Here are some of the best:
Clancy’s Trees – San Francisco’s first pumpkin patch opened in 1979 and is still going strong. They carry an array of pumpkins for carving and baking plus activities and play areas for kids. You can even take a hayride through San Francisco. Well behaved dogs allowed.
Nicasio Valley Pumpkin Patch – Marin hosts the beautiful Nicasio Valley Pumpkin Patch which features a corn maze, farm animals and plenty of pumpkins! If you plan a trip on the weekend, you can enjoy live music, face painting, pony rides, ice cream and more! No pets.
McClelland’s Organic Pumpkin Patch – Come October the McClelland Organic Dairy Farm in Petaluma transforms into a pumpkin patch featuring a fun zone for kids with haunted house, hay maze and corn pit! Open to the public on weekends only, kids will love a trip to a real working dairy. Farm tours are available. No pets.
Pumpkin Patch Picnic Ideas
Who doesn’t love a good holiday themed snack? These healthy Halloween inspired treats will keep your kids fueled during a fun-filled afternoon at the pumpkin patch and adults will love them too!
We love this recipe because it’s not only healthy but fast and simple to make too! Featuring just three ingredients, these string cheese fingers are packed with protein for long-lasting energy plus dairy for healthy bones.
If you have a little wizard in the house or any Harry Potter fans, they’ll love this healthy drink that’s much more than pumpkin. Apricots, apples and fresh ginger make this a fruity, energizing and fiber rich drink brimming with warm fall flavors.
There are a few good recipes on this page but the first two caught our attention. The Colby jack-o-lanterns are adorable and can be made with Colby or cheddar, plus any other sandwich toppings your kids like, while the Haunted Pizza can be made in advance for packed lunches. Cheese pizza is even good cold! Both recipes feature protein-rich cheese and whole wheat, plus you can add veggies for extra fiber and nutrients.
What would you pack for a North Bay Pumpkin Patch picnic? Do you have ideas for spooky treats? Let us know your favorites in the comments section!