Don’t take this the wrong way, but it’s time for you to get lost.
That’s because it’s October, and with this month of Halloween and harvest comes a bevy of corn and hay mazes to enter and find your way out of (seriously, we want you to be found, too), as pumpkin patches have popped up with plenty of seasonal activities for families to enjoy.
Across the region, patches large and small are peddling their seasonal products while offering mazes, rides, spooky structures and more. In Jamestown, the annual Haunted Express also takes to the tracks. While some events have their scares, others are all about the ghoul-free fun. Here’s a look at some of the places and attractions to help you celebrate the month’s tricks and treats:
Fantozzi Farms: Through Oct 31. The corn mazes at this Patterson farm cover about 25 acres and include more than 5 miles of paths. Within the mazes are 12 hidden checkpoints. A haunted maze is open Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. until closing (take a flashlight). Other attractions include corn cannons, cow train rides, a petting zoo, hayrides, a corn seed pit, hay pyramids, food vendors, picnic area, and pig races. Parking and access to the pumpkin patch are free; various attraction tickets are $3-$12. 2665 Sperry Ave., Patterson. Call (209) 892-2015; www.fantozzifarms.com.
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Dell’Osso Family Farm: Through Oct. 31. This longtime family farm in Lathrop was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Extreme Halloween” show and more than 150,000 people visited in 2013, according to a press release. The three corn mazes vary in size and design each year. Other attractions include zip lines, a mystery tour ride, bucking pumpkin ride, a haunted castle, a train, pumpkin blasters, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a tractor train, gem mining and more. A food court, seasonal decorations and photo opportunities are available. Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Dell’Osso Farms, 26 W. Stewart Road, Lathrop. Admission to the farm and parking are free; prices vary for attractions. See www.pumpkinmaze.com or call (209) 982-0833.
R.A.M. Farms pumpkin patch and corn maze: Through Nov. 1. A 20-acre corn maze covers R.A.M. Farms in Turlock. Freaky Flashlight Nights on Fridays and Saturdays are offered (take your own flashlights) from 6-10 p.m. Also on site are a hay maze, scary shed, sand box and tractor corral. There are 40 varieties of pumpkins and gourds on-site and wandering the patch is free. Attraction tickets are $6-$10. Open noon to dusk Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays. R.A.M. Farms Inc., 716 N. Daubenberger Road, Turlock. (209) 668-2425 or www.ramfarms.com/pumpkin-patch.
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park: Through Oct. 26. Hop aboard the Harvest Haunt Express that begins running today at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. Complete with a skeleton crew, the journey aboard a specially decorated train travels through Gold Country. Upcoming weekends will be themed: Super Heroes, Oct. 11-12; Princesses and Pirates Oct. 18-19; and Wizards and Witches Oct. 25-26. Riders can dress for the theme or in Halloween attire. Trains run on Saturdays and Sundays on the hour from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Rides are $8-$15. Call (209) 984-3953 or go to www.railtown1897.org.
Dutch Hollow Farms: Through Oct. 31. On the Modesto-Riverbank border, this farm has a large pumpkin patch, a picnic area, kids’ play area and farm animals. A corn maze is now open, along with hayrides, Farmer John’s Animal Area, a bounce house, corn pit for kids to play in and more. Admission to the patch is free and it’s open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. now and will be open until 9 p.m. the last two weeks of the month; corn mazes open at 2 p.m. and cost $5-$7. 5101 Oakdale Road, Modesto; (209) 456-4629.
Resendiz Farms: Monday through Oct. 31. This farm in Hughson offers a pumpkin patch and hay maze daily, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m., with more events on weekends, including pony rides, face painting, a kettle corn booth, games, train rides and a tricycle track. 4342 Geer Road, Hughson; (209) 883-0100.