CONCORD, CA — It’s that time of year again. Pumpkin products are popping up on shelves and the pumpkin spice latte is back on drink menus nationwide.
But maybe you want the real deal — an actual pumpkin — in your home this season. Whether you’re planning to bake a pie, carve a jack-o’-lantern or just add some festive flair to your stoop, there are plenty of places to pick up a pumpkin near Concord.
Here are a few East Bay suggestions:
ALAMEDA: Sept 23 - Oct. 31: Speer Family Farms Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch. 10 a.m to 10 p.m. daily. 510-705-2352
BRENTWOOD: Sept. 24-Oct. 31. Smith Family Farms. Pick your own pumpkins, pomegranates and persimmons. The farm stand also sells summer and fall produce such as strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, apples and butternut squash.
BRENTWOOD: Sept 17-Oct. 31: Three Nunns Farm. U-pick pumpkins, corn maze and tractor rides.
CONCORD: OCT. 1-31: ABC Pumpkin Patch - Inflatables & Paint Ball. "There will be many different inflatables to choose from. Your children won’t know where to start."
DUBLIN: OCT. 22: Floating Pumpkin Patch: The Wave. "Register before Oct. 20 in order to guarantee pumpkin availability!"
FREMONT: SEPT. 24- OCT. 31: ABC Pumpkin Patch - Inflatables, Paint Ball & Duck Boats. At the Fremont Hub Shopping Center.
LIVERMORE: OCT. 1-31: G&M Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy pony rides, hayrides & cow train.
LIVERMORE: OCT 1-30: Joan's Farm & Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy a hay bale maze, pumpkin bowling, little blue train, feed the farm animals, large inflatable slide, Old West Town, old farm equipment museum, picnic areas, snack shack, sweets & treats.
PLEASANT HILL: OCT. 9: Halloween Pumpkin Splash: Aquatic Park. Book reservations.
RICHMOND: SEPT. 24-OCT. 31: ABC Pumpkin Patch - Inflatables & Paint Ball. Pick a pumpkin & stay for the amusement activities.
SAN LORENZO: SEPT. 24 - OCT. 31: ABC Pumpkin Patch - Inflatables & Paint Ball. "Come pick the perfect pumpkin and let your children jump and play!"
WALNUT CREEK: OCT 1-31: Shadelands Pumpkin Patch. 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road. Pumpkins and gourds for sale along with straw bales, cornstalks and carving tools. Variety of activities, attractions and snacks.
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If your pumpkin is destined for a starring role on Halloween night, here's our guide to carving a perfect jack-o’-lantern. Warren Nash on YouTube also shows a step-by-step process to make the perfect carve.
Pumpkin carving kits will go a long way in getting what you need. They typically include saws, a scooper, a drill and multiple patterns.
If you're looking for the items individually around the house, here's what you could use:
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