Ah, October! That magical time of year when the leaves change colors, and the air gets crisp. It's the season of pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and—of course—family-friendly activities to celebrate the essence of fall! Monterey County, with its majestic landscapes and vibrant communities, becomes a wonderland of autumnal delights. Whether you're a local or a visitor, a parent or a child at heart, Monterey offers something for everyone. Let the journey begin!

Pumpkin Patches

Borchard Farms

Ah, Borchard Farms! A place where the scent of fresh earth mingles with the sweetness of ripe pumpkins. With 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, the choices here are as abundant as the leaves falling from the trees. Imagine walking through fields of orange, picking up a pumpkin that seems as if it were grown just for you. Picture-perfect moments are waiting around every corner, especially in the 5-acre corn maze.

But hold on! Before you leave, make sure to say hello to the farm animals. Ever been nuzzled by a friendly goat while holding the perfect pumpkin in your hands? Trust us, it's a moment you'll want to capture and keep forever.

Cardinale & Wright Pumpkin Patch

Located at the heart of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, this pumpkin patch is more than a farm—it's a full-on autumn experience. You won't just find pumpkins here; you'll find a community gathered in the spirit of the season. Gourds, harvest-décor, and a wide range of pumpkins await you. It's like stepping into a Hallmark movie, but better because you're living it!

Earthbound Farm Stand

Organic lovers, unite! Earthbound Farm Stand is not just a pumpkin patch; it's a sanctuary for organic pumpkin enthusiasts. The pumpkins here are not only beautiful but also grown right at the farm. Take your pick, and don't forget to take a leisurely stroll through the various gardens on the property. Your Instagram will thank you.

The Farm

Here's a place that has something for everyone. From a variety of pumpkins to hay mazes and cow trains, this is where fun meets the farm. And oh, before you leave, make sure to swing by the Farm Store and Farm Bakery. Your sweet tooth will be as thankful as your soul for some freshly baked pies and cookies. Remember, the Farm is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Patch at 10 River Road

You're not just picking a pumpkin here; you're picking an experience. This patch offers a day full of adventure with its corn mazes, tractor rides, and myriad photo ops. And let's not forget the food vendors. Oh, the food vendors! Whether it's a caramel apple or a hot cup of cider, your taste buds will dance with delight.

Fall Festivals

Halloween on the Wharf: Trick or Treat by the Bay

On October 31, Monterey's Old Fisherman’s Wharf transforms into a magical Halloween haven. It's not just about the trick or treating here; it's about community, laughter, and, of course, some spooky tunes from a live DJ. And let's not forget the costume contest—everyone from tiny tots to grown-ups can show off their creative prowess for a chance to win a cash prize!

Museum of Horrors

This is where horror meets art. Every Friday and Saturday night between October 13 - October 28, the Monterey County Fair & Event Center becomes a trip down the eerie lanes of your worst movie theater memories. It's a thrilling walk-through produced by the Artichoke Festival in collaboration with Escape Room 831. It's so real; you might just believe you're part of a horror movie. But don't worry, it's all in good fun!

5 Best Coffee Shops and Bakeries for Pumpkin Spice + Fall Flavors

Ad Astra

This newly opened café in downtown Monterey is a paradise for bread lovers. Fresh sourdough bread, baked goods, and coffee—what more could one ask for?

Captain + Stoker

Want to add some spice to your life? Try their Leg Warmer Latte. It's a beautiful blend of espresso, pumpkin puree, and fall spices that will warm your soul.

East Village Café

A buttery croissant paired with a pumpkin spice latte—pure bliss! And the best part? Their pumpkin spice latte features a blend of organic espresso and house-made pumpkin spice mix.

The Beerded Bean

From Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Maple Lattes, their fall seasonal menu is back and more delicious than ever.

Wild Plum Café

This café not only serves mouth-watering food but also does it with locally sourced, organic ingredients. Their seasonal menu is coming soon, and we can't wait!


Monterey County in the fall is more than a destination; it's a feeling. From the family-friendly pumpkin patches to the spine-tingling fall festivals, there's so much to love about this time of year. So grab your scarf, put on your favorite pair of boots, and dive headfirst into the cornucopia of autumnal delights that Monterey has to offer.


Q: What are the hours of operation for Borchard Farms?

A: The hours for Borchard Farms are not specified in the blog, but you can visit their website for the most up-to-date information.


Q: Is the Museum of Horrors suitable for children?

A: The Museum of Horrors is recommended for ages 12 and up.


Q: Where can I find organic pumpkins in Monterey County?

A: Earthbound Farm Stand offers a range of certified organic pumpkins.

So, what are you waiting for? Let the adventure begin! 🍁🎃