San Jose's Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch reopening brings normalcy back to Halloween season amid pandemic

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Sunday, October 4, 2020
SJ Pumpkin Patch reopening brings some normalcy to 2020 Halloween season
While Halloween will look a lot different this year, a constant tradition remains in the form of the Spina Farms pumpkin patch. But even the family favorite will look a little different in 2020.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- As October begins, so too does spooky season.

And there's no better to get you in the Halloween spirit than a trip to the pumpkin patch at Spina Farms in South San Jose.

"This is a tradition for us," Nicole Devincenzi said. "We come here every year to get pictures and sort of kick off Halloween. I was a little sad when this was all happening. But when they said they were opening, I thought we should try it. So far it has been a great experience."

The tradition lives on, even in different circumstances than normal.

You have your corn maze, the pumpkin blasters, hay rides and of course, pumpkins literally by the tractor-full.

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There are a number of COVID-19 safety protocols that were put in place by Spina Farms owners to make sure the patch is as safe as possible for guests including Purell stands throughout the park, a spray down of each attraction after the guests finish up, masks are required at all times and, of course, making sure you stay six pumpkins apart.

"It's been really great so far," Devincenzi said. "I mean, it's very safe and we feel like everyone is taking masks very seriously."

"I think they're doing a really good job," Stacy Barrett said. "It's outside, there's not a ton of people here and they're doing their best to keep their business open and safe for everyone."

Staying in business was important for the farm this year.

Nearby Uesugi Farms, who Spina Farms worked with in the past, closed this year after selling their land leaving Spina as one of the few pumpkin patches to visit during the pandemic.

A welcomed site for guests.

"I feel like it brings some sense of normalcy," Barrett said. "Our kids can't go trick-or-treating, so anything we can do to make this feel special and do something with our kids feels nice."

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The patch on Santa Teresa Boulevard and Bailey Avenue will remain open seven days a week until Halloween.

For more information, visit the Spina Farms website here.

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