By Christopher Millard

It’s that time again. Time to get your pumpkin on, and Sacramento is just the place to do it. From the haunting, to the maze-ridden, to the freakishly large gourd, you’ll find it all this very fall in your town.

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Splashing Pumpkins
Fruitridge Aquatic Center
4000 Fruitridge Road
(916) 395-0601

A strictly child activity, take your little one to the Fruitridge Aquatic Center for their very first pumpkin themed Splashing Pumpkins event. On Saturday, October 14, from noon to 2 p.m., kids can swim to their choice of pumpkin. This family event is limited to children accompanied by their parent(s) and guardian(s), while children under the age 6 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. It costs $4 per child, as the Southgate pool staff invites the whole family to join in the wet and wild fun

Uncle Ray’s Pumpkin Patch
5610 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95837
(916) 997-8573

Come get lost in one of Sacto’s premiere pumpkin patches. No, seriously. Take on the corn maze, or the hay maze, or just find you perfect palate for that perfect jack-o-lantern. Jack-O-Lanterns. Choose from a selection of cruciferous pones like: Cinderella, Lumina (White Pumpkin), New Zealand Blue and Gourds. Uncle Ray brings the fall experience to you, with a gift shop, various food carts and one-of-a-kind greeting cards. And did I mention paring and admission is free. Bring the whole family for the Sacramento fall tradition.

Bastiao Farms
3845 El Centro Road
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 925-2947

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Bastiao Farms is home to the infamous Goblin Gardens haunted pumpkin patch. Part amusement park, part pumpkin patch, you can enjoy a Hawai’ian shaved ice while manning the pumpkin cannon (shoots real pumpkins). There’s face painting, train rides, pony rides, a giant slide, a gigantic seesaw and more.& bucks gets you in the door, unless you’re a military service person or veteran – then it’s free. A kid friendly haunted house rounds out the younger oriented theme park.

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Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival
9950 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 405-5600

On Saturday and Sunday October 7th and 8th from 10 am to 5 pm head over to Elk Grove for the Giant Pumpkin Festival. Loads of activities will make this party unforgettable. There’s a giant pumpkin weigh off, a crazy Pumpkin Pie-Eating Championship, a pumpkin food court, a kids zone, an art walk, musical performances and so much more. Compete in the scarecrow competition, and get creative with your very own scarecrow display, or hit the water and compete in the Giant Pumpkin regatta. Admission is free to the event, with parking set at $10 per vehicle.

Perry’s Pumpkin Farm
3201 El Centro Road
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 929-7546

The best thing about Perry’s is their pride in having the wartiest, ugly, spooky pumpkins. Like a witch’s thorny beak nose, these pumpkins are raised by the family that runs the Perry’s Pumpkin Farm. They’ll even give you a little red radio flyer wagon to carry your pumpkin booty. Traditional orange pumpkins line up against white and even BLUE pumpkins. Get lost in their corn and hay mazes. If you find the witch in the maze, you get a prize! You’ll see pumpkins of all sizes; from the itty bitty to the ginormous and everything in between in the family run patch..

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