With the start of Fall, comes Halloween, falling leaves, haunted houses, and one of our favorite things- Pumpkin Patches! This past Saturday, one of our favorite Pumpkin Patches opened – The Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch in Valley Center!

The Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch will be open daily through Wednesday, October 31, 2018.  Over 50 years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the farm.  As in years past, families and friends will enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral, Snow’s Pony Rides, great food, live entertainment on the weekends and fresh country air.

The many varieties of pumpkins to choose from include the white Ghost pumpkins, Cinderella or Fairy Tale, traditional Jack o’ Lantern, and mini pumpkins.  The stars of the pumpkin patch are Bates Nut Farm’s own Big Mac pumpkins that visitors can pick right from the fields.  And of course, the pumpkin patch makes a great backdrop for photos.

Weekends at Bates have many special events and activities in addition to the regular attractions.  From 12-3 each Saturday and Sunday and 4-7 pm on select Friday evenings there will be live music on the Bates stage.  Family friendly activities include a rock climb, bounce house, slide and more.  Hungry visitors can choose from What’s Cookin’ BBQ, kettle corn, and food trucks. Special events include “Celebrating Farm Life” Farm Education & Youth Days 9/29-9/30, Antique Tractor show 9/29 & 9/30, the Pumpkin Festival Craft Fair 10/6 – 10/7, Scarecrow Contest 10/13, Costume Contest & Parade 10/20 and the Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Contest & Parade on 10/21.  The entertainment and food truck lineup is posted on www.batesnutfarm.bizalong with extended hours and other special events.

Bates Nut Farm is located 20 minutes east of I-15 through Escondido at 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082. Pumpkin patch hours are 9:00 -5:30 on weekdays, and 8:30 – 6:00 on weekends.  On Friday nights 10/12 & 10/19, the pumpkin patch will stay open until 8:00 p.m.  For more information call 760-749-3333 or visitwww.batesnutfarm.biz.  Free admission; $5.00 parking on October weekends (cash only).