Northern California is home to plenty of fun and freaky Halloween activities, but few have the pedigree of Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, which has made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records for its massive, elaborate corn maze.
This year’s maze is designed with a “Cool Patch Pumpkins” logo embedded in it and has two path options: one intermediate and the other advanced. Just how difficult is the advanced maze? If you get lost, “please do not call 911, unless it is an emergency,” organizers say. “Instead, carefully walk between the rows of corn until you exit the maze.”
Cool Patch Pumpkins is operating in a new location this fall: 6150 Dixon Ave. West. Prices for the maze are $15 per person; children 5 and under free. For more information, including business hours, go to www.coolpatchpumpkins.com
Pismo Beach Clam Festival
What: Come for the clam chowder contest, stay for the clam bake, the clam dig, parade, kids activities and live music. This beach-side event is one of the biggest in Pismo, drawing some 15,000 people over the weekend.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 and 10 a.m.-5p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22
Where: Pismo Beach Pier parking lot and surrounding areas
Cost: Free (unless participating in a premium event)
Davis Cemetery’s Dia de Los Muertos Celebration
What: Honor a deceased loved one at this multicultural celebration designed to foster community and inclusivity. A variety of musicians and artists will be on hand to perform, including a mariachi band and Aztec dancers.
When: 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22
Where: Davis Cemetery District (820 Pole Line Road)
Bill’s Backyard grand opening in San Jose
What: The Children’s Museum of San Jose is unveiling a new outdoor “free play” space. Called Bill’s Backyard, the half-acre area – a “hybrid between a playground and nature park,” organizers say – features sky bridges, a dig pit and materials for building forts.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21
Where: Children’s Discovery Museum (180 Woz Way, San Jose)
Cost: $15 for adults and children; $14 for seniors; infants under 1 year free