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Freakishly Fun October Festivities



If I haven’t already mentioned it, October is my favorite time of year. I like to spend the month of October watching scary movies, going to pumpkin patches and corn mazes! So here is a list of plenty of nearby activities that you can do this month.


1. Half-Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival: Known as the pumpkin capital, Half-Moon bay is holding its 48th Annual Pumpkin Festival this weekend October 13th-14th, 9am-5pm. There’s so much to do and see such as the pumpkin parade, arts & craft booths, live music, tons of food and drinks, pie eating, pumpkin carving and costume contests. The Pumpkin Festival is a great place to spend time with friends and family. Not to mention, the pumpkin patches in Half-Moon Bay (which are open all of October) are some of my favorite. There are so many different styles, colors and shapes of pumpkins there, you’ll be sure to find a great one!


2. Speer Family Farms Pumpkin Patch: A little smaller, but still just as nice and fun! They are open every day in October from 10am-10pm. With a petting zoo, zipline and tons of games this is another great place to go with friends/roommates by just taking a quick trip to Alameda.


3. Cool Patch Pumpkins Corn Maze: Located in Dixon, California (about an hour from Berkeley) is one of the world’s best corn mazes. Actually setting a world record, the corn maze takes about 2 hours to complete and this years maze design features Cool Patch Pumpkins’ official log. Previous designs included the Sacramento Kings basketball team logo. Entry to the corn maze is $15 but children 5 and under are free! Cool Patch Pumpkins also has a great pumpkin patch and some delicious hot chocolate and apple cider. So you can knock multiple things off your October festivities list when visiting here!


4. Fear Overload Scream Park: Now through November 3rd you have the opportunity to visit one of the scariest Haunted Houses. Located in San Leandro, Fear Overload Scream Park has two new attractions this year: The Washroom and Amnesia Ward. Tickets start at $25, go visit the Bay’s infamous haunted house now!


5. Six Flags Fright Fest: Lastly, one of my personal favorites… Fright Fest! Great because you don’t just get to enjoy the haunted houses and scare zones, but you can go on all the rides too! There are six haunted attractions this year such as: Nightmare Manor, Scrapyard of The Dead and the newest attraction, Demon’s Lair. A great place to go for some real scares, and I say this from personal experience as I was one of the zombies in the haunted house two years ago. This year however, is expected to be scarier than ever!



Arianna Ruiz

UC Berkeley '19

I am a graduating senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Media Studies. I'm passionate about journalism, and interested in both print and broadcast. I enjoy music festivals, Disneyland and binge watching my favorite movies/Netflix shows.
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