From Big Macs to jack-o-lantern and everything in between, Bates Nut Farm has acres of pumpkins to choose from. Located in Valley Center, Bates is known for its famous pumpkin patch along with tractor hayrides, straw maze, farm animals and country store. Each weekend in October has a special event--craft fair, scarecrow contest, costume contest, and Howl-o-ween doggie costume contest—along with live entertainment and great food. See the website for extended weekend and Friday hours and event calendar. Free admission, $5 cash only parking October weekends.