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Get yourself in the mood for ghosts and goblins with this not-too-scary list of Halloween songs for kids. Don your Halloween costumes and queue up your playlist with old favorites like “Ghostbusters,” “Monster Mash” and “I Want Candy.” You just might find some new favorite tunes to get you in the Halloween spirit!

The Great Pumpkin Waltz by Vince Guaraldi

This is a classic you'll want to add to your playlist for sure! 

Something's Brewing

By Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies

Something's brewing in the basement
That's where, the basement
Down, down, down, down, down
Something's spooky on the stairs
There's an empty chair
I think this house is haunted
Look around, look around
What's that sound? 
Don't look now
Is that a blob?
Or is it Bob?

You can find the whole Something's Brewing  . . . It's Halloween album here

Haunting Days of Halloween

By Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats

Haunting days of Halloween
Nothing's quite as it may seem
All the tales you’ve been told
All the creatures you know
Have been walking with you hiding under your nose
But now now now now 
It’s time time time
To be free!

Disney Halloween Songs

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Witches' Brew by Hap Palmer

Dead leaves, seaweed, rotten eggs too
Stir them in my witches' brew
I got magic

Spider web, moldy bread, mucky mud too
Stir them in my witches' brew
I got magic

Haunted House

Oh no, here we go
Walking through the haunted house
Haunted house, haunted house
What do you see?
I see skeletons!

Oh no, here we go
Walking through the haunted house
Haunted house, haunted house
What do you see?
I see a witch!

Halloween Rules by Bounce Patrol

Whatcha wanna be for Halloween
A ghosty or a goblin or the fairy queen
A superhero red and blue
A monkey or a mouse
It's up to you

Ding dong, trick-or-treat
Walking up and down the street
Halloween night is way too cool

Ding dong, trick-or-treat
Candy and make believe
Can you shout it out? 
Halloween Rules!

Five Little Ghosts

Five little ghosts went out one night
Haunting, spooking what a fright
Mother ghost said, "Booooo, boo!"
But back to the house only four ghosts flew
One, two, three, four

Four little ghosts went out one night
Haunting, spooking what a fright
Mother ghost said, "Booooo, boo!"
But back to the house only three ghosts flew
One, two, three

Down by the Spooky Bay

Down by the bay
Where the pumpkins grow
Back to my home
I dare not go

For if I do
My mummy will say
Did you ever see a ghost
Eating some toast
Down by the bay

Down by the bay
Where the pumpkins grow
Back to my home
I dare not go

For if I do
My mummy will say
Did you ever see a vampire
Making a campfire
Down by the bay

Trick or Treat Nursery Rhyme

By Blippi

Every 31st of October there's a day
Where the people all come out onto the streets and like to play

All dressed up in costumes in all shapes and every size
It can be a little spooky but no need to close your eyes.

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
First one said "Oh my, it's getting late!"
Second one said "There are witches in the air,"
Third one said "but we don't care!"
Fourth one said "Let's run and run and run."
Fifth one said "I'm ready for some fun!"
Ooo ooo went the wind, and out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Halloween Sharks

By PinkFong

Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo
Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo
Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo
Baby shark (BOO)

Halloween, doo doo doo doo doo doo
Halloween, doo doo doo doo doo doo
Halloween, doo doo doo doo doo doo

Ghost In My House

By Jumpin' Jamie

My homework's missing
There's holes in the sheets
He pushed my sister
And blamed it on me
Always turning on and off the lights
And making noise so I can't sleep at night

There's a ghost in my house
And he's really annoying
And he needs to get a job
But no one will employ him

Monster Mash

By Bobby Pickett

I was working in the lab, late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab, began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

He did the mash, he did the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
He did the mash, it caught on in a flash
He did the mash, he did the monster mash

Skeleton Dance

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The toe bone's connected to the foot bone,
The foot bone's connected to the ankle bone,
The ankle bone's connected to the leg bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

I Want Candy

By The Strangeloves

I know a girl who's tough but sweet
She's so fine, she can't be beat
She's got everything that I desire
Sets the summer sun on fire

I want candy
I want candy
I want candy
I want candy

Monster Boogie

By Laurie Berkner

I'm the biggest monster that you've ever seen
My eyes are purple and my teeth are green
I'm big and I'm scary, you know what I mean
This is what I like to do

I do the monster boogie, the monster boogie
The monster boogie round the room
Everybody does the monster boogie
The monster boogie, the monster boogie

Ghostbusters Theme Song

By Ray Parker, Jr. 

If there's something strange
In your neighborhood
Who you gonna call?

If there's something weird
And it don't look good
Who you gonna call?

The Addams Family Theme Song

By Vic Mizzy

They're creepy and they're kooky
Mysterious and spooky
They're all together ooky
The Addams family
Their house is a museum
Where people come to see 'em
They really are a scream
The Addams family

Choc-o-lot in My Pock-o-lot

By Laurie Berkner

When I walk, I walk a lot
And when I talk, I talk a lot
And when I’m not, what do I got?

Choc-o-lot! I got choc-o-lot!
I got choc-o-lot in my pock-o-lot!

I wear my shoes and my socks a lot
And when I paint, I wear a smock a lot
But when I’m not, what do I got?

Choc-o-lot! I got choc-o-lot!

The Purple People Eater

By Sheb Wooley

Well, I saw the thing comin' out of the sky
It had the one long horn, one big eye
I commenced to shakin' and I said "ooh-eee"
It looks like a purple eater to me

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
(One-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater)
A one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me (one eye?)

This Is Halloween

From The Nightmare before Christmas

Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn't you like to see something strange?

Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night

Costume Party

By The Popups

Went to the closet to put on some costume clothes
and there it was just hanging right above my head
my sister grabbed the tie that grandpa used to wear
and I only had eyes on that lavender dress (really had my eye)

(It's a costume party!) maybe it's the way some things button in the back
some are really scratchy some are silken thread
it's ok to try things on to see how it feels
because clothes I suppose are just the way that you're dressed

Scooby Doo Theme Song

Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you?
We got some work to do now
Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you?
We need some help from you now

Jump in the Line (Shake Senora)

By Harry Belafonte

Shake, shake, shake, Senora,
Shake your body line
Shake, shake, shake, Senora,
Shake it all the time
Work, work, work, Senora,
Work your body line
Work, work, work, Senora,
Work it all the time

Little Red Riding Hood

By Sam the Sham

Who's that I see walkin' in these woods?
Why, it's Little Red Riding Hood
Hey there Little Red Riding Hood
You sure are looking good
You're everything a big bad wolf could want
Listen to me
Little Red Riding Hood
I don't think little big girls should
Go walking in these spooky old woods alone

The Ninjas

By Barenaked Ladies

I woke up this morning
And everything was different
Something was strange in the air
I woke up this morning
And everything was different
I knew that the ninjas had been there


by Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew from the '90s band Presidents of the United States of America)

On Halloween he can be seen dancing to and fro
play your bones, Skeletone
In the mist he will insist on a long solo
play your bones, Skeletone

—Kate Loweth

Featured photo: boophotography via iStock


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Having a kid who loves animals doesn’t mean that you are destined to clean up dog hair all over your house for years to come. There are plenty of ways to get hands-on experience with animals from volunteer opportunities to programs like 4-H that teach animal husbandry along with leadership skills. Find our favorites below!

photo: NHM

Build a butterfly garden.

Butterflies are more than just beautiful insects with wings: they play a vital role in the production of flowering plants which means without butterflies many, many plants would not flower, fruit and seed. Give these jewel-toned pollinators a place to call home no matter how much space you have. We have all the info you need to build your own butterfly garden here

photo: iStock

Volunteer your time as a citizen scientist.

Did you know that you can donate your time to help scientists study all of the living creatures in your area? Kids make great citizen scientists as they can use their observational skills and learn about plants and animals that live near us. SciStarter has a great search tool where you can look for projects that need volunteers in your area. Search for stinkbugs in your back yard, head to a nearby water source and listen for frog mating calls and collect samples from your backyard to send to scientists. What a great way to learn and give back! 

photo: Kate Loweth

Join your local 4-H organization.

Not just for farm communities, 4-H organizations are a great way to get hands-on experience for kids who love animals. Whether you want to learn about chickens, bees, goats, pigs or other animals, 4-H has a program for you. Kids learn about animal husbandry by learning what makes specific breeds special. Best of all, you often don't even have to keep your 4-H animals at your own home as they can stay at the 4-H farm. The program is also great at developing kids as leaders as it is fully youth-led. Find a 4-H club near you

photo: iStock

Volunteer at your local animal shelter.

Do you have an animal shelter near you? Often times kids can volunteer as play partners to shelter animals when a parent comes along with them. Looking for another way to help out? Shelters often need blankets for incoming pets as well as food and other supplies. Consider running a supply drive in your neighborhood or school to contribute that way! 

photo: iStock

Offer to walk your neighbors' dogs.

If you want to get your "dog fix" without the commitment of owning your own mutt, see if any neighbors are looking for a dog walker. Often older individuals would love this opportunity to give their animal some exercise and you can have fun teaching Fido some new tricks while you're at it! 

photo: Mimi O'Connor

Stay the night at a farmstay.

If you've always wanted to wake up with the chickens, book a weekend at a nearby farmstay. These cozy cabins come with loads of opportunities to interact with animals and farm-fresh eggs for your breakfast. 

—Kate Loweth


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It’s time to get the kids into their Halloween costumes and head out as this month is full of Halloween events for kids all over Dallas. We found Halloween craft opportunities, pumpkin carving festivals and even train rides with a Halloween theme. Get ready for the sugar rush and read on for the best Halloween events for kids in and near Dallas.


Meadows Museum Trick-or-Treat

Bring the kids in costume to a trick-or-treat event that allows your kids to explore the museum! There is a treat waiting for everyone at the end. Oct. 17. Event details

photo: Belmont Park

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge
Adults and children alike will howl, hop and hustle around Great Wolf Lodge as the Grand Lobby transforms into a spooktacular extravaganza complete with pumpkins and festive decorations. During Howl-O-Ween, guests can partake in complimentary programs including Twisted & Tangled, where children follow the spinner and try to stay on their feet to get a treat and be declared the winner. Daily through Oct. 31. Event details

Screamin Green Hauntoween
Monster-ific crafts and special spooky happenings all month long include a themed scavenger hunt that’s fun for the whole family! Plus you'll enjoy trick-or-treating every weekend, all while exploring 26 exciting hands-on attractions. Daily through Oct. 31. Event details

photo: Dallas Arboretum

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Bring your little monsters to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and get into the Halloween spirit with Brick-Or-Treat. Don your favorite costume and get ready for some spooky fun with family-friendly activities and costume contests. Daily through Oct. 31. Event details

Autumn at the Arboretum
Autumn at the Arboretum features breathtaking colors of fall including 150,000 autumn flowers accented by pumpkins, gourds and squash. The festival features the return of Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays, a hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, music and more. Daily through Oct. 31. Event details

Hall's Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze
Located in historic Grapevine, this farm is nestled between Dallas and Ft. Worth, just west of DFW airport. Come out to pick one of their hundreds of pumpkins and then get lost in the massive corn maze. When the little legs get tired, take a hay ride around the property, pulled by a farm tractor. Cash only. Daily (except Mondays & Tuesdays) through Oct. 31. Event details

Boo on Ballard
Join the community of downtown Wylie, TX in a safe trick-or-treating event your kid will love. Kids can trick-or-treat through the downtown and also enjoy the live music and carnival games. Oct. 28. Event details.

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Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas
By day we’re pumpkin spicing things up a bit with hair-raising, Fright Fest enhancements throughout the park, complete with fall family favorite activities like spooky photo opportunities, a Trick-or-Treat Trail, and plenty of frighteningly delicious treats! Select days Oct. 15-Oct. 31. Event details

Spooky Science Night at the Exploratorium
Join the Explorium for a Spooky Science Night filled with Tricks and Treats. There will be candy, slime and pumpkin catapults. Be sure to dress up in your costume! Oct. 22. Event details

Drive-Thru Boo at the Fort Worth Zoo
For the first time ever, you are invited to drive your own vehicle through the Zoo’s main path (and even several behind-the-scenes areas of some of the animal exhibits) while enjoying music, costumed characters, entertainment, treats, and possible wildlife sightings along the way! Oct. 29-31. Event details

Trick 'r Treat Trains
Join the Grapevine Vintage Railroad for the Trick 'r Treat Train! Practice your trick-or-treat skills while in costume and enjoy our treats. Oct. 30 at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. Event details

Scare on the Square
Don't miss this super fun trunk-or-treat event! Your kiddos will have a blast and have tons of Halloween fun. Oct. 30. Event details

Halloween Spooktacular
Come listen to lots of spooky music from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra! There will be arts and crafts in the lobby following the perfomance. Oct. 16. Event details


—Taylor Clifton & Kate Loweth


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Fresh air? Check. Nature? Check. Set up a tent? Negative. With the choice of cabins, yurts, tent cabins, Airstreams, yurts and even treehouses, we’ve collected the Bay’s best glamping spots where your family can sleep outside all without setting up your own tent. Find your next glamping adventure today! 

Points North

photo: Kate Loweth

Camp Navarro—Navarro

Retreat into the Redwoods at Camp Navarro where your whole crew can enjoy bonfires, archery, rock wall climbing, hammocks, games and water activities on the Navarro River. Camp Navarro is typically only available to be rented out by groups but this summer they are offering families the opportunity to experience camp for a Weekend in the Woods. Meals (excluding lunch) are included and there's even beer and wine available for the adults. 

The property offers a variety of sleeping accommodations including cabins and Adriondacks (open air cabins). Just 2 1/2 hours north of San Francisco, the gorgeous Anderson Valley home to Camp Navarro welcomes your family to enjoy the outdoors like you never have before. Read all our Mendocino and Anderson Valley recs here

901 Masonite Industrial Road
Navarro, CA

photo: Kate Loweth

Russian River RV Campground—Cloverdale

Head up the 101 to Cloverdale for some serious Russian River time at this spot that offers all sorts of glamping and camping options for families. Primarily an RV park, families looking for a glamping experience can book a few nights at the cabins that offer A/C, beds (to sleep up to 6), a full-sized fridge, grilling equipment and even WiFi if you need it. We found the accommodations to be very comfortable on our recent stay!

The property's highlight is definitely it's access to the Russian River. Set up your gear at one of the rocky beach areas and spend the day floating down the river and rock jumping into the deep pools. The campground has tubes to rent if you don't have your own as well as a store that sells key camping items like ice cream sandwiches (aka bribes to get the kids out of the river). There's even an ice cream truck that makes an appearance on the weekends and special cookouts. Kids can ride their scooters around the property and there's a playground for the little ones. 

33655 Geyers Rd. 
Cloverdale, CA

photo: Kate Loweth

Hipcamp's Meadow Glampsite at Sindisa Sanctuary | Healdsburg

Got kids who love animals? This is the glamping spot for you! Drive up to the hills above Healdsburg's vineyards and you'll find this animal sanctuary that is the perfect spot to spend a night or two under the stars. The safari tent has beds that sleep five and there's an overflow tent for two if you need it. The outdoor kitchen has literally everything you need to grill up some burgers and make some French press coffee in the morning. 

Take the ranch tour and you can meet the alpacas, pigs, donkeys, horses and cattle that make their home at this animal sanctuary. They also offer trail rides for those who want to spend more time with the horses. 

Another property highlight is the rustic pool that is yours for the duration of your stay. It's the perfect spot for cooling off after a hot day in wine country. 


photo: Wildhaven

Wildhaven Sonoma—Healdsburg

This brand-new spot is perfectly situated right on the Russian River and it's definitely going to be your next favorite glamping spot. Oversized glamping tents sleep up to four with a queen bed and two cots for the kids (or choose the two-queen version). Larger-sized families can rent multiple tents near each other (but stay tuned as they plan to add tents that sleep up to six). 

Bed linens, space heaters for cool nights, bedside lamps and a covered six-foot deck are included. (Bring your own sleeping bags for the kid cots). Upgrade to a premium tent and add on a fire pit with cooking grill, picnic table and additional chairs for your front deck. The new riverside tents have the best views, more privacy and even your own hammock! Shared facilities include restrooms, shower shed and BBQs. Wildhaven recently added an open-air shower right when you come up from the river so you can rinse off before heading to your tent. 

Six acres of land plus another four acres of river area are yours to explore at Wildhaven. Go tubing in the Russian River, explore local roads via bikes, rent a kayak or SUP for the day and head to nearby Healdsburg for wine tasting and plentiful dining options. 

Read our full review of Wildhaven here. 

2411 Alexander Valley Rd.
Healdsburg, CA

COVID-19 Update: Wildhaven is currently open and booking up fast. Showers and shared BBQs are open. Check their website for current precautions in place. 

photo: Kate Loweth

Inn at Schoolhouse Creek—Little River

If you want some extra space to spread out on your next visit to Mendocino, a kitchen to cook up some farm-fresh eggs in the morning and a quaint cottage to call home, this is your spot. The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek offers cottages with different layouts to suit the needs of families of all sizes. On a recent visit we stayed in the Pomo Cottage that had a full kitchen, bedroom with king-sized bed, pull out couches that could sleep up to four people and a private hot tub for soaks under the sun. The property also has a spa (currently closed), BBQs for public use and a gorgeous property and creek for exploring. Dogs are also welcome!

Check out our Mendocino guide

7051 North Highway 1
LIttle River, CA

photo: LOGE

LOGE Mt. Shasta

LOGE, the lifestyle hotel group which brings forgotten motels back to life, welcomes families to its Mt. Shasta property where they'll find family-sized rooms with bunk beds and storage for all your gear. Hotel rooms and covered camping sites all come with your very own hammock by Kammok for relaxing after a day on the trails. Other on-site partnerships include Traeger wood fire grills. Rumpl blankets, Biolite headlamps and Miir mugs available for guest usage during your stay. Coming soon: Borrow city cruiser bikes and demo Fox Racing gear to check out all the amazing biking trails in the area. 

Life is easy at LOGE where you'll find an on-site cafe and bar, fire pits for making new friends and plenty of outdoor recreation nearby. Even your dog is welcome to join in the fun!

Read all about what to do in Siskiyou County here

1612 S Mt Shasta Blvd.
Mt. Shasta, CA

COVID-19 Update: Check out LOGE's Go Together Code to learn how LOGE is protecting guests and employees. 

photo: Mendocino Grove

Mendocino Grove—Mendocino

Mendocino Grove is a newcomer to the glamping scene and they know how to do it right. With 60 fully-outfitted tents with lavish beds, your family will not want to leave once you have arrived. Kids can spend the days enjoying the nearby hiking trails and on-site amenities like cornhole, bocce ball and other games. Campfires and gas barbecues make cooking easy. You can even rent cooking equipment so you don't have to lug your pans with you. Luxurious bathrooms and hot water stations make this a no-brainer for families. Relax on a hammock and enjoy the fresh air. At Mendocino Grove, it's R 'n R at its finest.

Read all our Mendocino recs here

9601 California Route 1
Mendocino, CA

COVID-19 Update: Mendocino Grove is open. Check out their COVID-19 update here

Railroad Park Resort—Dunsmuir

Railfans, this is the spot for you! Head north to Siskiyou County and 45 minutes past Redding will get you to Railroad Park Resort where you can glamp in the utmost style. Here families bed down in vintage railroad cabooses that sleep up to five people. You'll have a fridge, full bathroom, WiFi and microwave as well as on-site pool, restaurant (serving breakfast and dinner in a rail car!) and a creek for exploring. They also have an RV and campground with access to the pool. The nearby area is full of waterfalls, fishing spots and lakes for boating. The perfect family getaway awaits! 

100 Railroad Park Road
Dunsmuir, CA

COVID-19 Update: Railroad Park is currently open and accepting reservations. See their updates here

photo: Kate Loweth

Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort—Mt. Shasta City

You'll definitely want to bring along some other families when you plan your trip to Lake Siskiyou. This idyllic spot will bring you back to your summer camp days with movies by the lake, a sandy beach with gorgeous mountain scenery and even an arcade for when you need a little veg out time. You can bring your RV or pop up a tent in one of the camping sites or glamp out at a cabin lakeside. Cabins come with fire rings for s'mores and kitchens for cooking. You can also dine at the on-site restaurant that serves pizza and other kid-friendly fare. Kids will especially love their time spent in the splash zone—the inflatable water park that offers slides, trampolines and hours of entertainment (open seasonaly). Read all about what to do in Siskiyou County here

4239 W. A. Barr Rd.
Mt. Shasta City, CA

COVID-19 Update: Lake Siskiyou Resort will open for recreational visitors. See their COVID-19 response here

Point Arena Lighthouse—Point Arena

For a truly coastal experience, you can stay right at the Point Arena Lighthouse in one of their six vacation cottages. Three of them comfortably sleep six people with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. They come with a well-equipped kitchen, satellite TV, wood-burning fireplace and the most gorgeous coastal views. Wake up to hear the waves crashing against the rocks and spend your days exploring the 23 acres of land adjacent to the lighthouse. One of the three family suites was recently updated to include a gourmet chef’s kitchen, custom tiled baths and unique artwork.

All lighthouse quarters include unlimited visits to the museum and climbs up the lighthouse tower (a sure-fire way to tire out the kiddos). You will also enjoy a welcome bottle of Husch Vineyards wine and chocolates from Mendocino Chocolate Company upon arrival. Check for seasonal specials to grab yourself a free night or bucks to use at the lighthouse gift shop. Bonus: you can feel good knowing you are supporting this non-profit in its goal of keeping the light on for visitors for generations to come. Check the calendar for the next Night Tour for an extra-fun adventure!

4550 Lighthouse Road
Point Arena, CA

COVID-19 Update: Open for visitors! 

Drakesbad Guest Ranch—Chester

Since 1900, guests have made their way to Drakesbad Guest Ranch for some time in nature. Drakesbad's prime location in Lassen Volcanic National Park is only five hours from the Bay Area but a million miles away from the craziness of everyday life. The property offers cabins and bungalows that are perfect for families and all have amazing views of the nearby mountains. There are horses to ride, swings for relaxing, a hot spring-fed pool and nightly campfires. All rooms come with three meals served at the dining hall so you don't have to worry about cooking for the kids. If you are going to be hiking to Boiling Springs Lake to see the bubbling mud pots, you can opt to take a sack lunch with you.

Read our full review here

Drakesbad Guest Ranch
14423 Chester Warner Valley Rd., Chester, CA

COVID-19 Update: Drakesbad is closed for the season. Book your 2022 visit now!

Coverdale/Healdsburg KOA—Cloverdale

These cabins right near wine country are perfect for families looking to explore this area without having to shell out the big bucks for a hotel. This KOA offers tons of amenities for those with kids—fire pits, barbecues, swimming pool, ping pong table and even a video arcade. Choose from one and two-bedroom cabins that sleep up to six. Grab a cup of coffee from the on-site coffee stand before you head out on your morning hike.

1166 Asti Ridge Road
Cloverdale, CA

COVID-19 Update: This KOA is currently open. 

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park—Calistoga

This beautiful 1,900-acre state park in the heart of Napa Valley was slated for closure during the state's 2011 budget crisis, and is now managed by the nonprofit organizations that helped save it. It boasts 10 trails that run through coastal redwoods, Douglas firs, big-leaf maples (gorgeous in the fall) and oaks; a spring-fed swimming pool for cooling off on steamy summer days; and an easy bike ride to award-winning wineries. And yurts! The year-round campground has three reservable yurts that sleep up to six people and seven smaller ones that can accommodate a family of four. You can also reserve one of the three cabins on site. All include skylights, lockable doors, an outdoor fire pit and picnic table, with bathrooms and showers nearby. Keep your eyes (and ears) out for the six different woodpeckers that call this park home.

3801 St. Helena Hwy
Calistoga, CA

COVID-19 Updates: The campground is open to campers. 

photo: Safari West

Safari West—Santa Rosa

Come to Santa Rosa for the exotic animals and stay for the one-of-a-kind overnight glamping experience at the Safari West wildlife preserve. The heavy canvas tents—imported from Africa—hardwood floors (albeit polished), and the sounds of wildlife give the feel of camping, while heaters and ceiling fans provide home comforts. While the luxurious bedding is nice, the highlight of the experience for all ages are the more than 800 animals that roam these acres. (Note that the tents are separated from the wildlife for safety reasons.) The on-site Savanna Grill offers indoor and outdoor dining and wines from area vines, as well as Africa.

3115 Porter Creek Rd
Santa Rosa, CA

COVID-19 Update: Safari West is currently open for guests. Check the website for updates. 

photo: Kate Loweth

Oz Farm—Point Arena

This off-the-grid spot on the Mendocino Coast offers tranquility like you've never had before. Cabins, yurts and even geodesic domes are scattered around the property to give you privacy and also offer the option of gathering together with multiple families. Some offer kitchenettes for cooking and most are just a short walk to the river. Included in a cabin rental is access to the community house, which is a shared kitchen, living space and bath house for all Oz Farm guests. This working farm also offers a variety of seasonal produce. Request a box for $20 and it will be awaiting your arrival on the farm. Pack light as you'll need to walk a short distance from your car to your residence. Read all our Mendocino recs here

Directions here
Point Arena, CA

COVID-19 Update: Currently open to glampers. 

photo: Windsong Guest Yurt

Windsong Guest Yurt—Point Reyes Station

This secluded glamping spot in Point Reyes Station comes with a California king bed and pull-out couch, full kitchen, a wood burning stove and electric heat, and Wi-Fi. With the gorgeous views, abundant nature and nearby attractions, you won't even notice the cable TV. Start your day right with your complimentary welcome basket filled with fruit, muffins and eggs before hiking around Point Reyes National Seashore. At night after the kiddos are off in dreamland, you can stargaze from the hot tub in your private garden. There is a two-night minimum stay, although one night weekday stays can be arranged for special occasions. This place books fast, so check their calendar in advance. If the yurt is booked, ask about the guest house on the same four-acre site. 

25 McDonald Lane
Point Reyes Station, CA

COVID-19 Update: Currently open. 

photo: Presidio Trust

Rob Hill Campground—San Francisco

You will have to sleep on the ground in a tent here (unless you bring your double-decker AirBed), but there is something luxurious about camping in a national park without having to leave San Francisco. Take-out for dinner, anyone? There are two group campsites for up to 30 people available at the Presidio's Rob Hill campground above Baker Beach, with its unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge and stunning sunsets (and moon sets, if you time it right). Each site includes a stand-up grill and a large fire pit that's perfect for s’mores and campfire songs. The campground is open from April through October, and reservations are available on a rolling basis. Weekends are snapped up fast, but there are still weekday sites available for a summer staycation. Rob Hill’s clean and well-lighted bathrooms and city location make it ideal for first-time campers. If you don’t have your own camping supplies, Sports Basement Presidio has tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, camp stoves and more for rent. Read more

1475 Central Magazine Road
San Francisco, CA

COVID-19 Update: Open for campers. 

Points East

photo: Kate Loweth

Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite

If you are looking for modern conveniences in a woodsy setting, pick Evergreen Lodge for your next stay when you visit Yosemite. Right now, Evergreen Lodge is celebrating 100 years of welcoming families to Yosemite and it's the perfect time to visit. You can book special packages and activities through the end of 2021. The property is located about 10 minutes off highway 120 on the road that takes you to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. You'll feel like you are totally away from it all when you visit. 

Accommodations include cabins of every size including the two-bedroom family cabins that we definitely recommend for those visiting with little ones. You'll get a bedroom with a king-size bed, another with two twins and a center living room with a pull-out couch. Custom camping is also available if you really want to get a taste of the outdoors. You'll arrive to your campsite with a tent already set up (pretty much the camping dream) and mattresses already laid out. 

Read all about Evergreen Lodge and what to do when you visit Yosemite

photo: Kate Loweth

Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort | Midpines, CA

Families looking for the perfect combination of rustic and convenient will love the Yosemite Bug. Located in Midpines on the road between Mariposa and the El Portal entrance, you'll be perfectly located for Yosemite adventures. The Yosemite Bug offers lots of different lodging options—cabins, rooms with private bathrooms, rooms with shared bathrooms, glamping tents, camping spots and even hostel rooms. There's a shared kitchen onsite that's available for your use if you'd like to cook a meal and laundry facilities for when your kid gets his favorite pants soaked on Day 1. There's also an onsite spa. 

The property also has the June Bug Cafe if you'd rather have someone else cook for you. We highly recommend taking advantage of this option as the meals are delicious and large enough to share. The dinner menu changes from day to day with vegan and vegetarian options always available (plus options like pizza for the kids). Order up your trail lunch at breakfast time and you can take it with you when you venture into the park. 

Yosemite Bug has trails on the property that will lead you down to a waterfall and swimming hole (be careful as the trails are steep and difficult for little ones). You can rent out snowshoes in the winter (as available). The kids will love the outdoor ping pong and foosball tables and parents will love that the rooms do not have TVs (because, nature!). 

Check out our Yosemite guide. 

6979 Highway 140
Midpines, CA

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Greenhorn Ranch—Quincy

Part glamping adventure and part cowboy getaway, Greenhorn Ranch offers the best of both worlds to families who come back year after year (and once you experience it, you'll know why). Horseback riding gets center stage at this ranch in the Lost Sierra that's just four hours from the Bay Area. Your all-inclusive stay comes with twice daily horseback rides and three meals of family-style dining so that all you have to do is relax and enjoy the view. Saturday night BBQs are a highlight so make sure you book your stay over the weekend. Families will love the rustic elegance of the creekside cabins that will sleep up to six people.

Read our full review here

2116 Greenhorn Ranch Rd.
Quincy, CA

COVID-19 Update: Greenhorn Ranch will be open for the season in May. 

photo: Kate Loweth

Wylder Hotel Hope Valley

Tucked away on the eastern edge of Hope Valley in the mountain landscape of the Sierra Nevada, Wylder Hotel Hope Valley is an iconic, 165-acre all-season resort built with equal parts relaxation and adventure in mind. Only 25 minutes from South Lake Tahoe, Wylder Hope Valley celebrates the spirit of its natural surroundings, as the West Fork Carson River meanders through the ground’s expansive alpine meadows.

Wylder Hope Valley’s accommodations include 30 uniquely built cabins made across different decades for the past 100 years—ranging from riverfront cabins for two to homesteads for groups up to eight people. Guests will also find a fully-restored 1951 vintage Spartan trailer with riverfront views, alongside seven custom yurts varying in size and style from 20-foot yurts with full bathrooms to a 16-foot off-grid yurt on a cliffside with incredible views.

For the camping enthusiast, there are expansive campgrounds with various sites for tents and RVs. A wide range of onsite activities include relaxing in a wood-fired sauna, enjoying wine or hot cocoa by the fire, hiking, mountain biking and snowshoeing—while off-property adventures await such as hot springs, swimming, kayaking, fishing, skiing and so much more. Local fare, grocery and to-go items are available at the beloved Sorensen’s Café and the General Store. 

Read our full review of Wylder Hotel Hope Valley here

14255 Highway 88
Hope Valley, CA

COVID-19 Update: Wylder Hotel Hope Valley is open for visitors. 

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49er Village RV Resort—Plymouth

Nestled in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County, 49er Village RV Resort provides the perfect destination for you and your family. They offer a wide selection of accommodations with hundreds of full-hookup sites and charming cabin rentals. Take a dip in the beautiful swimming pools and hot tub. Enjoy a game of shuffleboard, horseshoes or billiards. Then, get in touch with nature at the fishing ponds.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the on-site Café at the Park. Offsite, visit the over 35 award-winning wineries and numerous championship golf courses nearby. Or, breathe in the natural beauty of Amador Flower Farm in the Shenandoah Valley.

8265 CA-49
Plymouth, CA

COVID-19 Update: The resort is open to guests. 

photo: Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabins—Yosemite

You need to check out the brand-new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge as families love them. The picturesque cabin development combines the refined comforts of a modern cabin, personalized service and the perks of a full-service resort—all in a pristine mountain setting. At 650 square feet, the “mountain modern” cabins sleep up to six guests and include a living room, kitchen area, two bedrooms and a private deck from which to unwind after a day of adventure. The family cabins, outfitted with bunk beds in the second bedroom, are nestled in the interior areas and grouped for easy socialization and community gathering. All cabins have access to the clubhouse, daily breakfast and on-site activities. Kids will especially love the Kids Adventure Course, archery, flashlight hikes and mountain bikes available for rent.

Read our Yosemite guide here

1122 Highway 41
PO Box 159
Fish Camp, CA

COVID-19 Update: Tenaya Lodge is open and you can read their COIVD-19 response here

photo: AutoCamp

AutoCamp Yosemite—Midpines

AutoCamp welcomes guests to their new Yosemite property that's perfect for families. Nestled on 35 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Yosemite property features 80 deluxe Airstream trailers as well as 15 luxury tents and three cabins. Airstreams can accommodate up to two adults and two kids (queen bed + pull-out sofa) and the cabins sleep up to five. After a day of hiking, relax by the on-site (heated!) pool or canoe in the freshwater pond. Nights will definitely be spent roasting s'mores around the fire pit and making new friends.

Stargazing events and nature talks among other programming are available. YARTS shuttle service will take you from the property into Yosemite so that you don't have to worry about jockeying for a parking spot. Grab a complimentary cup of tea or coffee before you set out. Forgot something? Head to the AutoCamp Shop for all the essentials. 

6323 CA-140
Midpines, CA

COVID-19 Update: Open for visitors.

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Inn Town Campground—Nevada City

Are you a tent, trailer or pillow-top mattress kind of family? Whatever your camping style, the new Inn Town Campground has an option for you, from woodsy tent sites, to spacious RV sites with full hook-ups to the prime glamping sites. There are 15 glamping sites available, and each features a large canvas tent erected on an elevated platform and includes perks like private decks, electric lighting (and outlets) and of course, cozy, fully-made up beds—configurations range from 1 (queen) to 4 (twin) beds. There will even be a stack of fluffy towels waiting for you! Each glamping tent is decorated with an individual theme and unique furnishings, and some are even designated dog friendly. The back decks feature camp chairs and electric lanterns. There are even extra cots available to accommodate bigger broods.

Read all about Inn Town Campground here.

Inn Town Campground
9 Kidder Ct., Nevada City, CA

COVID-19 Update: Inn Town is open for recreational visitors. See their COVID-19 precautions here

Lake Camanche—Valley Springs

Venture up to Amador County for some glamping along the shore of Lake Camanche. With both cottages and vacation homes available to rent, there's something for families of all sizes. The cottages include fully-equipped kitchens and a large deck for enjoying the outdoors. The vacation homes can accommodate up to 12 people and include a kitchen, washer/dryer, outdoor dining area and even a TV. Lake Camanche offers swimming, watersports, fishing, summer movie nights and more. 

Lake Camanche
North Shore: 2000 Camanche Road, Ione, CA
South Shore: 11700 Wade Lane, Valley Springs, CA

COVID-19 Update: Open for camping. 

Points South

photo: Kate Loweth

Fernwood Resort—Big Sur

Big Sur's heavenly mix of forested mountains, rugged coastline and lack of cell service make it the ideal locale for getting away. But even if you wanted to sleep on the ground in a tent, scoring a summer spot in the popular Pfieffer Big Sur State Park can feel like trying to win the lottery. Just up the road, and with access to the same trees and beautiful coastal amenities, is the Fernwood Resort. Their tent cabins run alongside the Big Sur river, and come with raised beds, picnic tables and fire pits, and access to the camp store and the Fernwood Bar & Grill (which has Wi-Fi), for when you don't feel like grilling.

The cabins are a great option for families who don't want the hassle of setting up a tent. You'll get your own bathroom, a queen bed, bunk bed and pull-out couch. Each cabin comes with a fire ring and outdoor picnic table. The cabins have a full refrigerator, oven and all the dishes/cutlery/serving bowls you'll need. The on-site general store has literally anything you'd need from ice cream to water shoes for the river. 

Right down the road are two other Big Sur glamping options: Riverside Campground & Cabins and Big Sur Campground & Cabins

47200 Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA

COVID-19 Update: Campground is open. 

photo: Kate Loweth

Pigeon Point Lighthouse—Pescadero

This hostel recently converted its rooms to private rentals and they are perfect for families. There are three units available and each sleeps up to 10 people. You'll have your own kitchen and an outdoor dining area with gorgeous views of the California coast. Walk just north of the lighthouse and there are some easily-accessible tide pools—perfect for exploring. Swing by downtown Pescadero or Pie Ranch for some tasty grub.

Read this story for more Pescadero must-stop spots

210 Pigeon Point Rd.
Pescadero, CA

COVID-19 Update: Open for visitors. 

photo: Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday—Watsonville

If you have never brought the kids to a KOA for camping then you are in for a real treat. This spot near Manresa State Beach and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk offers Deluxe Cabins with bunk beds or a sleeping loft for the kids and brand-new Glamping Cabins that are perfect for a romantic getaway. Just in time for summer, the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday underwent a renovation of its activity park that includes an outdoor ping pong table, climbing statues, KOA jumping pillow and a new pool.

Perhaps the best part of a KOA is that there are loads of activities for kids that are hosted by on-site counselors (translation: parents can relax). Ride the KOA Express Fun Train around the property, get strapped in to climb the coconut palm trees, watch movies under the stars and enjoy s'mores without the cleanup! Weekends bring extra fun with pancake breakfasts, giga balls and more.

Check out this story for all our Santa Cruz recs

1186 San Andreas Road
Watsonville, CA

COVID-19 Update: This spot is open for recreational visitors. See their COVID0-19 response here

photo: Kate Loweth

Flying Flags RV Resort and Campground—Buellton

Head south on the 101 and just past San Luis Obispo you'll be in the Santa Ynez Valley, a picturesque spot to plan a weekend getaway. Flying Flags RV Resort and Campground takes glamping to a whole other level with swimming pools, splash park, playground, on-site restaurant, WiFi and even a dog park for Fido. The family-friendly cottages with loft sleep up to six people and include a full kitchen so that you don't have to eat out for every meal. The property also has safari tents, Airstreams and cabins, as well as tent and RV camping spots. Nearby attractions include OstrichLand, wine tasting galore and the adorable town of Solvang. Get more tips for what to do in the Santa Ynez Valley here

180 Avenue of the Flags
Buellton, CA

COVID-19 Update: Flying Flags is currently open for reservations but the swimming pool and other amenities are closed. Check the website for updates. 


With words like “spa” and “eco-adventure” in the description, you might think Costanoa was a retreat for grown-ups. And you'd be right, but this place understands that kids need a break from the daily grind, too. They’ve even figured out how adults and kids can find their own bliss simultaneously. Drop your kids in a two-hour nature-themed camp on weekends and Wednesdays (ages 6-12), then check into the spa for a massage, head out on the adjacent trails on bike or horse (rentals of both available on site), or just crawl back in bed with a good book (or iPad: even the tent cabins are equipped with free Wi-Fi). There are many levels of "roughing it" here. Tent cabins are perfect for families of three (double bed and twin), with larger cabins to suit larger families, with kitchenettes and showers. There's also a KOA campground on site, for tent and RVs. Shared Comfort Stations throughout the campground offer clean bathrooms, showers and dry saunas. If ensuite bathrooms are a must, book a room in the lodge. Check their activity schedule for fun family-friendly events, like the open-air live music and BBQ on Saturday nights throughout the summer. Follow that up on Sunday morning with a cooked-for-you breakfast and group yoga and head home refreshed and ready for what the week has in store.

2001 Rossi Road at Hwy 1
Pescadero, CA

COVID-19 Update: Lodge, Tent Bungalows, Cabins, Tents and RV sites are open at this time. Restaurant is open for to-go orders only. Check website for updates. 

Treebones Resort—Big Sur

It's hard to top a stay in one of the fully furnished yurts at Big Sur's Treebones Resort. These circular fabric-covered structures with wood lattice frames offer private decks, breathtaking ocean and mountain vistas and an ideal jumping off point for coastal exploration, on foot or by kayak. The Wild Coast Restaurant and Sushi bar offers fresh, local, organic food. Yurts large enough to host a family are booked well in advance—weekends are especially scarce—so do plan ahead. Also, kids must be over age 6 to stay at Treebones. 

71895 Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA

COVID-19 Update: Open for visitors. 

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Loads of Options on Glamping Hub

When searching for the perfect glamping sites to visit with your loved ones, be sure to check out Glamping Hub. With over 1,000 family-friendly accommodations in Northern California, glamping families are sure to find the best spot to spend their next adventure. Some must-visits include this stylish yurt nestled among the Redwoods, perfect for a family of four looking to disconnect in the heart of the forest, or these two stunning tree house cabins for four guests found tucked into the thick of Carmel. From yurts to tree houses, safari tents, and more, you and your family will be sure to have the most unique experience when booking a glamping getaway in California


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While Phoenix might not be feeling the cool fall weather, we can certainly embrace the coming Halloween season with a visit to the pumpkin patch. Many of these Phoenix pumpkin patches include kids activities like petting zoos, corn mazes and other fall festivities. Scroll through our list of Phoenix-area pumpkin patches below and get ready to pick that perfect one!

Vertuccio Farms
This spot in Mesa offers it all—massive pumpkin patch, corn maze, giant jump pad, mini hay maze and a giant tube slide. This year bring a new-and-improved barrel train ride. Don't miss coming back to the farm in the winter for the Christmas light show!

4011 S. Power Rd.
Mesa, AZ

McDonald's Ranch
This spot is well known for its horseback rides and it also has an amazing pumpkin patch in the fall. Your entrance ticket gets you the opportunity to pan for gold, roam the Western Town and play some old-time games like duck races and conk the crow. Kids will love the hay maze that super short and designed just for them.

26540 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ

Tolmachoff Farms
This four-generation farm has a massive pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay pyramid and corn box. The crowds love the corn maze and there's even a small version that's perfect for kids. If you are super brave, come back in the evenings for the haunted corn maze!

5726 N. 75th Ave
Glendale, AZ

Schnepf Farms
This is the place to go if you are looking for an organic U-Pick garden experience. Throughout October, Schnepf Farms offers fun fall activities like hay rides, a 4-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races and, of course, chili. Grab party food like a burger, chili dinner or succotash, and take a spin on exciting rides or the farm’s train. Fireworks light up the sky Friday and Saturday nights. Don’t forget to grab your Halloween pumpkin during your visit. 

24610 S Rittenhouse Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ

photo: Laura Green

Mother Nature's Farm
This pumpkin patch is stocked with fresh pumpkins daily, ranging from one ounce to 500 pounds! Shop at Maneau’s Market for great fall decorations and the best pumpkin accessories. Admission gets you into the air bounce, a hayride, spider web crawl, feeding the animals and Alexander’s Adventure Maze.

1663 E. Baseline Rd.
Gilbert, AZ

COVID-19 Update: Visitors are asked to wear masks indoors.

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Halloween season is here and it’s time to head out to your favorite pumpkin patch to pick the perfect one. These Las Vegas pumpkin patches offer tons of family-friendly activities and things to do with kids like corn mazes, bouncy houses, live music and tons of seasonal treats. The best pumpkin patches in Las Vegas are listed below!

Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch
You'll definitely want to plan for a full day at Halloween Town as there's so much to do here. They have over 30 rides, many that are the vintage 50s style to bring you back to the good old days. Take a ride down the giant slide and plan a picnic or purchase food on site. There are three locations to choose from:

10 South Rampart
Las Vegas, NV

7455 S. Rainbow Blvd
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9748 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV

Gilcrease Orchard
You'll be surprised to see such a prolific farm in the desert and that's thanks to a long family history of hard work at Gilcrease Orchard. Known for their famous apple cider, you'll love the pick-your-own experience here. Download the orchard's app before you come so that you can more easily navigate the property to find the produce you want. Pumpkins are sold at $0.50/lb. You can also pick cucumbers here. 

7800 N Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV

Moapa Valley Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
This spot is about an hour from the strip but totally worth the drive to get your fill of fall fun. Check the website for the day's activities which can include pig races, petting zoo, corn maze and the corn cannon. At night, the maze becomes haunted so consider yourself warned! The pumpkin patch is open when the corn maze is open—swing by before you leave to grab a pumpkin or some melons to take home.

Lewis Ranch Rd.
Moapa, NV

The Farm Fall Festival
If you are looking for varieties of fruits and vegetables, this is your spot. This is a great opportunity to meet their farm animals such as chickens, peacocks, ducks, goats, pigs, horses, cows, rabbits, tortoises, a llama, and more. You'll find artisanal breads, jams/jellies, amazing local honey and fresh eggs from the farm.

7222 West Grand Teton Dr    .
Las Vegas, NV

COVID-19 Update: All visitors will be required to wash hands upon entry. Fully vaccinated visitors do not have to wear a mask.

McKee Ranch
This pumpkin patch is run on a donation system to support the McKee Ranch Foundation. For the entire month of October, there will be horse and pony rides, train rides, a corn maze, LA Photography, a hay pyramid, tether ball, Gaga Ball pit, face painting, arts and crafts, and more! Pay $20/family and you'll get a pumpkin and carrots to feed the animals. 

8982 Dean Martin Dr.
Las Vegas, NV

Staheli Family Farm
This six-generation family farm is worth a drive if you are looking for a full day of activities. Make your way through the corn maize (with or without a map) and then spend some time in Farmland where you'll find a zipline, giant chair for photo ops, jumping pillow and pig races. Older folks will want to come back in the evening for Field of Screams.

3400 S Washington Fields Rd.
Washington, UT

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Fall comes whether the days get colder or not. The first signs of fall in Orange County are the pumpkin patches popping up all over town. We’ve gathered our favorite OC pumpkin patches that include family-friendly activities like corn mazes, apple cider donuts, bounce houses and hay rides. Scroll through to find one near you!

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch
This spot wins out for most authentic feel as it actually is a working farm! Wander through the pumpkin patch to pick one off the vine. This year they are doing drive-through on the weekends and wagon rides on weekdays. Parking passes are required on weekends for $10.

5380 3/4 University Dr.,
Irvine, CA

Zoomars Pumpkin Patch
Bring your family this autumn and experience a full pumpkin patch on this historic farm. Hop aboard the kiddie train and giddy-up on the horse ride. Travel back in time to the old Western town and try your hand at gem mining.

31791 Los Rios St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch
Come and enjoy tons of family activities like face painting, hay rides, a moon bounce, panning for gold, cookie decorating, carnival games and more. Admission is free, but each activity costs tickets. If you plan to visit on the weekends, arrive early to avoid parking lot closures.

One Irving Park Rd.
Orange, CA

Enchanted Country Pumpkins
You'll find loads of perfect pumpkins at this Brea patch with spots for photo ops, carnival games, a petting zoo and more. Come back in the winter to grab your Christmas tree. They also have a sister lot in San Dimas. 

480 N. State College Blvd.
Brea, CA

COVID-19 Update: Visitors are asked to wear a mask.

Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm
Meander through thousands of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes in a charming farm atmosphere.  Enjoy a host of amusement rides, game booths, and activities all set under the canopy of the beautiful autumn sky. Admission is free and the fun is guaranteed!

24203 Avenida de la Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA

The Pumpkin Factory
This pumpkin patch is a family favorite. You'll find exciting rides, fun games, delicious food and even a petting zoo. You're sure to find the perfect pumpkin here!

Main Place Mall
Santa Ana, CA

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Trust us, fall is here (even though the temps may say otherwise). Get in the mood for Halloween with a visit to one of Orlando’s best pumpkin patches. These pumpkin patches offer a full day of family activities like pedal bikes, corn bins, hay rides and corn mazes. Scroll through you plan your pumpkin picking adventure!

Southern Hill Farms
With the (sometimes) crisp fall air and the thrill of the holidays waiting to be celebrated, there’s nothing quite like the magic of a Fall Festival at the farm. Seasonal favorites are around every corner—think hot, fresh apple cider donuts, craft beer, s’mores for roasting over fire pits and a wide variety of pumpkins in all colors, shapes and sizes. Children are filled with delight at the sight of festival rides, bounce houses and a petting zoo.

16651 Schofield Rd.
Clermont, FL

Harvest Holler Farm and Corn Maze 
Come and experience a real working family farm with animals, activities and a giant hay mountain. From there you can overlook the Old Farm Miniature Golf Course and get an aerial view of Big Frank-n-Slide, one of the farm's most popular attractions. Don't miss the corn maze!

950 Tavares Rd.
Polk City, FL

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Showcase of Citrus Pumpkin Ponderosa
This spot that is usually all about the citrus is hosting a Pumpkin Ponderosa for the fall season. Their pumpkin patch offers a wide variety of pumpkins in many sizes. The Country Store offers orange juice slushies, Creamsicles, jams, jellies, honey, hot sauces, soaps and much more. Book a monster truck tour for the ultimate fun!

5010 US Highway 27
Clermont, FL

Scott's Maze Adventures
Come get lost in this massive corn maze that has a unique design each year, with twisting pathways, questions and answers, and picture rubbings. Check out the market vendors, take a farm tour and pick the perfect pumpkin.

26216 County Road 448A
​Mount Dora, FL

Santa's Fall Fun: A Lot of Pumpkins
At this spot, pumpkins from Ohio and New York are fresh picked, and then displayed in a shaded lot to help preserve their freshness. Pumpkins are priced by size, and most range between $3 and $13. You can even carve your pumpkins here and leave the mess behind. The Magical Maze has thirteen scary monster pictures hidden throughout—find them all and win a prize! The horse and pony rides, hay rides, bounce pillow, giant slide, barrel cart rides, mazes and play area are open continuously during fall hours.

35317 Huff Rd.
Eustis, FL

Lake Catherine Farms: Fall Maze & Pumpkin Patch
While blueberries usually the name of the game here, pumpkins and corn mazes take over come fall. They have a Scavenger Hunt Maze for families and super-scary haunted mazes for older kids and adults. They also offer free hayrides, tractor train rides and photo opportunities with vintage tractors and automobiles. For young farmers, the “hayground” and corn box are back, as well as assorted yard games for our more competitive guests.

5849 Lake Catherine Rd.
Groveland, FL

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When the days get cooler and the costume planning is underway, you know it’s time to go pumpkin picking! These pumpkin patches near Denver offer loads of things to do with kids like corn mazes, crafts, farm-themed playgrounds and hay rides. Gather your crew and head out for a day at one of our favorite Denver-area pumpkin patches for kids.

Maize in the City
Choose from hundreds of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes at this fun pumpkin patch. In addition, you can make your way through the massive 20-acre corn maze that even has its own app-driven trivia game to help you navigate your way around! Try out the corn launcher, mini escape rooms, or let the kids run wild on the playground.

10451 McKay Rd.
Thornton, CO

COVID-19 Update: Check out their 2020 changes here

Osborn Farm
Since 1861 this Loveland farm has been welcoming visitors to pick the perfect pumpkin. This year, vendors, hay rides and barrel trains will be open along with regular pumpkin patch activities! Pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, corn, straw bales and mums will be for sale. You can also get your caffeine fix at their on site coffee trucks, but on weekends only.

1230 S. Boise Ave.
Loveland, CO

COVID-19 Update: Masks are recommended indoors.

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Cottonwood Farm
Visit this Lafayette farm on the weekdays when admission is free and the crowds are smaller. If you come on the weekends, you get the added bonus of wagon rides around the property. It is strongly recommended that you prepay for your admission, especially for the weekends. Every day you'll find the corn and hay bale mazes, farm animals and loads of pumpkins of course. Come back after Thanksgiving for your Christmas tree! $5 admission.

10600 Isabelle Rd.
Lafayette, CO

COVID-19 Update: They ask for social distancing between separate parties.

Nick's Fall Fest
There's no admission fee for this spot and they pop the best kettle corn in town. There are games, rides, mazes, photo ops, an inflatable obstacle course and more to enjoy this year! Enjoy the festive atmosphere and loads of different types of pumpkins. 

Nick's Garden Center
2001 S. Chambers Rd.
Aurora, CO

Munson Farms
Over 100 acres of farm are here for you to explore when you visit Munson Farms. In addition to pumpkins, they specialize in sweet corn, tomatoes and peaches. Pick your pumpkin from the patch or grab one that's already been picked for you. Hay rides and a corn maze are other attractions here.

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Boulder, CO

Miller Farms
Family owned and operated since 1949, this farm has got the pumpkin game down. During the fall harvest, everyone takes a tractor ride to the fields with stops along the way to pick their own vegetables. They’ll get the fun and educational experience of putting their hands in the dirt and the rewarding benefit of picking fresh produce to take home to their families. They have a giant “Croc-pit” (imagine thousands and thousands of chopped-up Crocs in a giant pile-o-fun), corn maze, kids play areas, antique tractors, peddle tractors, a hay pyramid, farm animals, and a unique collection of oddities and activities.

13912 CR-19
Platteville, CO

—Taylor Clifton, Kate Loweth


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No matter what this Halloween looks like, it will be good to have a few Halloween party games in your back pocket to play with those ghosts, goblins and witches at home with you. From pumpkin games to free Halloween printable bingo, we’ve rounded up 24 spooktacular games to play at your Halloween bash that will keep everyone busy and happy, even after the candy runs out.

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Looking for a game that'll keep kids entertained and not running wild? We've got one for you. Bingo! Yup, the good old-fashioned pastime gets a spooky twist when you download Crazy Little's projects free Halloween printable Bingo. They've thought of everything including accommodating the size of your party, whether you need to laminate it or if you'll reuse it next year.

Roll a Frankenstein

This adorable game includes rolling the dice to build your very own creation! Simply download the printable from Housing a Forest and get started. We especially love even the tiniest kiddo can play this game with ease. 

Halloween Mystery Boxes

A classic Halloween game, fill your boxes with everything from grapes to candy to spaghetti, and let the sensory fun begin! Kids take turns sticking their hands into each box and trying to guess what those eyeballs really are. 


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Stack the Spider

We love this stack the spider game because you can play with just one kid, and you can get all the items from the dollar store. Have them stack a certain number of spiders to work on math and fine motor skills. Or grab a die and play with two players to see who can get their spiders to the top first. 



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Rescue the Pumpkins

This easy-to-set-up game of rescue the pumpkins (or leaves, or spiders) comes to us from @curlsandkids. It teaches problem solving and gross motor skills while making it fun for kids! Plus, it can be played with just one kid. 



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Witch's Hat Ring Toss

How cute (and easy) is this idea from Spray paint some mini cones and turn them into witch hats for a fun toss game. 



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Ghost Face

We love this fun idea from Kid Friendly Things to Do that will have your Halloween kids digging for candy corn in a plate of whipped cream. Get the adults involved in this one for even more hilarity! 



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Eyeball Pong

Snag yourself some eyeball ping pong balls from the Dollar Tree and set up your eyeball pong table. This game teaches hand-eye coordination and is fun for all ages. Get the full scoop from Productive Pete

Pin the Eyes on the Spider

Wee Society puts a spin on the traditional Pin the Tail on the Donkey with this web-tastic DIY game. Click here to download and get started

Witch Pitch

Witches, warlocks and everyone in between will love this easy-to-play game. The trickiest part is not eating ALL of the candy corn while waiting for your turn. Fly your broomstick over to Chica and Joe and follow their tutorial on how to make your own witch pitch.

Pumpkin Patch Stomp

A little physical activity combined with fun prizes? That's what you'll get with this fun Pumpkin Patch Stomp idea. Simply grab a few orange balloons, fill them with small candies or coins, and get stomping! Get the full scoop at Delia Creates.

Pumpkin Bowling

Strike! This fun pumpkin bowling game is a cinch to put together and will have the kiddos rolling with laughter. For all the details on this boo-tastic game visit A Girl and A Glue Gun.

Skeleton Scavenger Hunt

Everyone, young and old, enjoys a good scavenger hunt; this game is perfect for a mixed-age Halloween party. One of the best parts is that you can find the plastic skeletons at The Dollar Tree. Spreading the bones all over the house and yard is the easy part. Finding them and putting them back together is up to the kiddos. Happy Go Lucky has the details.

Spider Web

Want epic chuckles rather than startled screams? Try this spider web walking game that helps little bodies sharpen their motor skills in between fits of giggles. All you'll need to get started is painter's tape, plastic spiders, and a prize for the lucky winner. Get the tutorial at No Time For Flash Cards.

Pin the Bow on the Skeleton

Even skeletons need to get dressed up sometimes. This "spine-chilling" game is perfect for a classroom or a house party. The Crafting Chicks have a template ready for you, all you need to do is get it printed (tip: upload it to Staples and order their engineering print for a life-size skeleton!). Voila—now you can work on tying that bow tie.

Pop Goes The Pumpkin

This Halloween version of a classic carnival game is sure to pack a pop! We love that it also does double duty as a super cool decoration. And, if you still need another reason to try this out at your Halloween fete—it's Martha tested, and Martha approved. For the full tutorial and directions stop by

Halloween Concentration

A great game to play at the party or give as a parting gift (packaged perfectly with a bat-like bow!). Check out all the details and download your own version at Saltwater Kids.

Pin the Eyes on the Monster

Say goodbye to the donkey. Thanks to the creativity of Lil' Luna, you can wow party-goers with a Pin the Eyes on the Monster game. The same rules apply, and we think your little monsters will get a kick out of this friendly giant. Visit Lil' Luna to figure out how to make this monster grow a couple of eyes

Ghost Bowling

Grab some TP and a sharpie for ghostly fun. This cute idea from Studio DIY is easy to tackle at the last minute but provides a payoff in hours of entertainment for the kiddos. For extra-festive fun, use a small pumpkin as the bowling ball. 


Melt the Witch

She's melting! Take a cue from Dorothy and Following my Shoes and set up your own Melt the Witch activity. Paint a picture of a witch using washable paints and then let the kids melt her using water balloons or water guns. Click here to see photos of the witch disappearing.

The Donut Game

There's a reason this game is a classic. It's easy to set up, fun for kids of all ages, and a total photo opp! Get ready for silliness to ensue as the kids try to get a bite out of a donut—bonus points if they go for it in full costume! Learn more at Les Petites Présents.

Pumpkin Treasure Hunt

Think of this cute game as the Halloween version of an Easter egg hunt. Just hide pumpkin cutouts around the house or yard and let the kids loose (For an extra-organized hunt, you can even number your pumpkins and look for them in order!). Don't forget to include a prize at the end! Get the tutorial at Little Family Fun.

Halloween Charades

We love this Halloween version of charades—especially that you can get the free printable from the always-amazing Buggy and Buddy. It's a great interactive activity for a party, and you can even customize your game sheet. Get everything you need over at Buggy and Buddy.

Spooky Scavenger Hunt

With a few free printables, it's easy to hunt up a little fun at your Halloween party. The kids will love figuring out the clues, and you can even include an awesome treat at the finish line (Caramel apples, anyone?). Find out more at Play. Party. Plan.

Mummy Wrap Race

Grab TP or white crepe streamers and take a cue from mummy dearest. Get the kids to wrap each other's legs mummy-style, then hold a hopping race and see who can keep their wrappings intact. Oh, and get ready for lots of laughter! Learn more at Delia Creates.

—Kate Loweth, Abigail Matsumoto & Aimee Della Bitta


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