The first of October is the official kick off for the Halloween season, although pumpkins have been showing up at local markets for the past week or so. A quick survey reveals there are pumpkins at every price point and for every taste.
The complete Halloween/pumpkin experience is once again available at Webb Ranch, where Menlo Park resident Mia (pictured above) was spotted shopping with her mom — but not quite able to make up her mind — yesterday afternoon. (Truth be told, she was as curious about the bin full of colorful and shapely gourds as she was picking out a potential jack-o-lantern.)
Webb offer 18 varieties of pre-picked pumpkins and 10 acres of Ranch-grown orange spheres, ranging in price, according to Webb Ranch manager Deano Lovecchio, from $5 to $40, with a few jumbos going for three figures. Wagons are available to haul field selections back to the check out booth. Both the Jumpy House and Haunted House will be open every day this season. Pony rides and a petting zoo are open Friday/Saturday/Sunday, and there will be face painting and hay rides on Saturdays and Sundays.
For locals seeking convenience over experience, Trader Joe’s, not surprisingly, has the best price, $2.99 for smallish medium-sized pumpkins. Safeway’s “Club Price” for large pumpkins is $6.99, with mediums offered at $3.99 and bags of minis for $4.99. Draeger’s is taking a price per pound approach — 39 cents to be exact — for regular and heirloom pumpkins (pictured below).
Note: our pricing survey was completed the last few days of September.