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Bay Area locations for fun autumn activities


Lark Breen

Culture Editor

Pumpkins, apple cider, and ghoulish ghosts: fall has arrived, even if the colder weather has yet to arrive! Although Coro is on Halloween, there are many other ways for students to celebrate the fall holidays. Pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and corn and hay bale mazes open up during the month of October, providing fun, social ways to enjoy fall. Visit these locations with friends and family to truly start feeling the fall vibes.

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Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch: This attraction, located on the corner of Santa Teresa Blvd and Bailey Road, is a common place for families to go to find the perfect pumpkin. With a plethora of pumpkins bordered by golden sunflowers, Spina Farms is a lovely place to grab a picnic and visit on the weekend. Besides the pumpkin patch and picnic area, Spina Farms also features hay rides pulled by tractors, train rides around the farm and through the sunflowers, and a petting zoo and pony rides on the weekend.


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Uesugi Farms: In Morgan Hill, Uesugi Farms provides a family-friendly environment to accompany their many attractions. The farm offers two train rides and a hayride that travels through Pumpkinland, the Sunflower Gallery, and Marigoldland. Along with the rides, Uesugi offers a two-acre corn maze, a carousel, a petting corral, a four thousand-pumpkin pyramid, and pumpkin blasters that shoot mini pumpkins at targets at up to 90 miles an hour.


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Halloween Haunt: The Halloween Haunt is one of the best-known haunted attractions in the South Bay. Held at California’s Great America in Santa Clara throughout October from 7PM to 1AM on Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30PM to 12AM on Sundays, Halloween Haunt is a popular way to get scared just the right amount. For the Haunt, the park features its usual rides and attractions with spooky twists, along with freaky mazes and terrifying scare zones.


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Six Flags Fright Fest: Hosted by Six Flags in Vallejo, Fright Fest exhibits a similar spectrum of events as the Halloween Haunt. Open from 4PM to 10PM Fridays, 12PM to 10PM on Saturdays, and 12PM to 9PM Sundays, Fright Fest offers scary mazes, a pumpkin patch, live shows, and other Halloween-themed attractions.


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Fright Nights at the Winchester Mystery House: The winding, creepy house built by Sarah Winchester to confuse vengeful spirits is bizarre enough during the day time. During October, the Winchester Mystery House, located across from Santana Row, is open at night for flashlight haunted tours, and a haunted maze is erected on the grounds.

Visit the websites of all the above attractions to find more information concerning times and prices. Many more attractions are scattered around the Bay Area. Take a little drive out and you could discover a great way to enjoy the autumn season!

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