Fall is an incredibly fun season for kids and adults alike. Between autumn festivals and Halloween, fall is a great time to enjoy a mini vacation.

Gilroy is the perfect place to come during this harvest/holiday season. You and your family will have many different things to do this fall in our lovely California city. 

Today, Best Western Plus Forest Park Inn wants to share with you some of the Halloween and fall activities available close to our Gilroy hotels. 

Pumpkin Patches And Apple Picking 

Does anything say fall quite like picking apples to make a warm apple pie? Or finding the perfect pumpkin to carve? 

You and your family can have a wonderful time bonding in a beautiful apple orchard or pumpkin patch this fall. 

Gilroy and the surrounding areas have a plethora of orchard and pumpkin patches where you can spend a sunny fall day.

Click here for information about Santa Clara pumpkin patches and other fall activities.

Haunted Houses, Trails, And Corn Mazes

With Halloween just around the corner, you and your family may be getting excited about all things spooky. 

The Santa Clara area has many fun Halloween activities. There are plenty of haunted houses and trails where you can go to have fun and get thoroughly scared. 

Going to one of the great corn mazes in the area is a fun way to celebrate Halloween with the family.

In whatever way you prefer to spend your Halloween, Gilroy hotels are a great place to be. 

The Winchester Mystery House

One of the big attractions to this area near Halloween time is the Winchester Mystery House. It’s the perfect spooky activity for the season! 

The house is thought to be haunted, you and your bravest friends can go on the Halloween flashlight tour.

As Winchester Mystery House says, 

“Hallowe’en Is Not Cancelled at the Winchester Mystery House, but it does look a little different this year! The Hallowe’en Flashlight Tour is a self-guided evening tour that allows brave guests to explore the dark halls of the mansion while hearing unnerving stories of the home’s haunted history. It is a rare chance to glimpse one of the world’s most alleged haunted mansions at night…all alone!”

You can still have the Halloween experience of a lifetime at the Winchester Mystery house this fall when you stay at our Gilroy hotel. 

Trunk Or Treats & Halloween Drive-Thrus

Although in some areas trick or treating may look different this year, that does not mean it is completely canceled. The Santa Clara area is having a few different fun options to get candy and still have fun. 

Trunk or treating and Halloween drive-thrus are all great ways to celebrate Halloween and get your kids the candy they have been looking forward to all year. 

Gilroy Outlets

Trick Or Treat At The Gilroy Outlets

The Gilroy outlets shopping mall is offering up a one of a kind trick or treating experience this year. 

Come on Halloween and receive a free goodie bag, crafts, face painting, and more.

Get the details here!

Escape Rooms

For adults and families wanting to celebrate Halloween in a more unique way. There are some super interesting escape rooms. 

If you don’t know what an Escape Room is yet, you are in for a fun surprise.  

Extreme Escape says,

“The door locks. The timer starts. An anonymous voice from above gives the first clue. Now it’s up to you to get out in time . . .

Escape rooms are one of the hottest trends in entertainment today. Groups gather in a themed room where they are given a clue to get started. 

Participants have one hour to find clues and solve escape the room puzzle games before time is up…Players describe the experience as stepping into a live video game.”

What a thrilling way to spend your Halloween!


For some, the fall may be more about being one with nature and enjoying the great outdoors.

The Santa Clara area has some beautiful trails and mountains where you can hike to your heart’s content. 

Enjoy the views on a solo hike or with friends and family. Plus it’s a great way to work off all that Halloween candy!

Cozy Cafes And Yummy Restaurants 

We have two words for you… Pumpkin Spice! Although this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, pumpkin spice is a fall staple. 

Imagine yourself sitting in one of the sweet little coffee shops in Santa Clara sipping your latte and reading a good book. What a great way to relax on your vacation. 

Food is a huge part of most holidays and vacations. Gilroy and the surrounding areas have some amazing restaurants. Spend your vacation enjoying some delicious meals with those you love.

For an amazing Gilroy hotel to stay while you are enjoying the fall festivities, click here to contact Best Western Plus Forest Park Inn today!