Halloween is almost here and of course no trick-or-treating holiday is complete without a pumpkin or two. From farm picking to city lots with carnival games and super slides, we have the perfect pumpkin experience for your little ghouls and goblins below!
photo: Andie Huber
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Located in Culver City, this pumpkin patch is the place to be seen (including a favorite of Hollywood stars—don’t be surprised to see your favorite pulling their own wagon full of their pumpkin picks). In addition to the gourds, expect to find a petting zoo, pony rides, a pumpkin village, a tipi village, face painting, a straw maze, a super slide and more. Don’t miss the giant rocking horse and bounce houses.
With a patch that has this much going on, it’s no surprise that they charge for entrance Fri.-Sun. But with admission, grownups get pumpkin bucks towards their pumpkin purchase and kids get activity passes.
Good to Know: There’s valet parking for $15, weekend parking costs $10 and weekdays is $5. VIP passes aren’t just for the famous but for anyone who doesn’t want to brave the lines and crowds and includes expedited entry, discounts, access to a VIP area with private bathrooms, free chilled water, a secure area to store personal items and more for $45 each.
Dates: Oct 5-30. Sun. to Thurs. from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. from 9 a.m-9 p.m.
Cost: Free entrance on weekdays (parking fees still apply). Fri. evenings are $5 per child and $10 for adults and weekends are $15 for everyone over 2.
10100 Jefferson Blvd.
photo: Ana P. via Yelp
Underwood Family Farms
The fall festival here is not to be missed, with a different theme each weekend. You’ll see acres of more varieties of pumpkins than you ever knew existed: Magic Lanterns, Aladdins, Howden Biggies, Gold Rush, Luminas, Cinderellas, Big Macs, Atlantic Giants, Baby Pams and Mystics, Jack be Littles, Lil Pumpkemons and Fairytales. The festivities include pumpkin carving demonstrations and elaborate pumpkin displays.
Kids can pick their own from the farm (and pick other fruits and veggies, too) or select one of the amazing pre-picked varieties. Weekend admission includes pig races, tractor-drawn wagon rides, the corn maze, Craig’s chicken show, the corn stalk labyrinth, combine slide, animal exhibits, live entertainment and more. Check the website for discount coupons and to find out what the theme is for that weekend!
Dates: Sep 30-Oct 31 from 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Cost: Weekends are $12-$20, weekdays are $6. Games and attractions are available at an additional cost.
3370 Sunset Valley Rd.
photo: Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch via Facebook
Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch
If you’re looking for a bit more rustic and back-to-nature, our new favorite spot is at the Live Oak Canyon Ranch that has plenty of oak trees to provide both shade and great picnic spots. There are u-pick patches and sunflower fields, lots of farm animals to meet at the petting zoo, an aviary and pony rides. There are also games, a zip line, hayrides, a corn maze and lots more to keep kids busy.
Dates: Sep 22-Oct 31; hours vary.
Cost: $15-$25 for a day pass
32335 Live Oak Canyon Rd.
photo: Ally R. via Yelp
Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch
Shawn’s is decked out in corn stalks, straw bales, and there are oodles of all sizes of pumpkins as far as the eye can see. Check out the wide selection of rare gourds and squashes—making your visit here just a little bit country in the heart of the city. Also available are dozens of pumpkin carving kits and knives to fashion your pumpkins into festive Jack-O’-Lanterns.
Kids will make a mad dash for the bouncers, ball house, hand-powered train, face painting, train rides, petting zoo, Orbotron, “bungee” jumping and ponies. Be sure to check their website for a full list of attraction times; not everything operates each day.
Dates: Oct 6-31. Hours are usually 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free admission. Tickets for rides and games are sold separately.
6020 W. Jefferson Blvd.
photo: Forneris Farms via Facebook
Find perfectly plump, fresh from the vine pumpkins in a real farm setting at the Fall Harvest Festival. They consider their patch the most beautiful in LA County, and we won’t argue. Kids will enjoy taking a narrated tractor-pulled train ride around the farm, getting “lost” amid the towering stalks of corn in the 4-acre corn maze and playing throughout the giant hay pyramid.
If you have smaller kids, try a bounce on the great pumpkin jumper, or if it’s a weekend, head to the petting zoo or go on a pony ride. (Note: The farm accepts cash only. There is an ATM available.)
Dates: Sep 29-Oct 31. Hours vary.
Cost: Farm, pumpkin patch and parking are free. Harvest Festival activities admission is $15 per person and includes corn maze, train ride, and Farm Frolic admission. Pony rides, petting zoo and face painting are extra.
15200 Rinaldi St.
Gilchrest Farms Harvest Festival
Horse-drawn wagon rides are the big draw at this Harvest Festival. Weekdays, you can take advantage of the quieter atmosphere and still enjoy the pumpkin patch, straw bale maze, petting zoo, and farm store. And on weekends, things really get hopping with activities like pony rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, fall farm crafts, live entertainment, petting zoo, loads of yummy foods and the kid-pleasing goat milking demonstrations at 9 a.m. And let’s not forget the pig races!
Insider Tip: Mon. and Tues. are best, as other weekdays have school visits.
Dates: Sep 29-Oct 31 daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Cost: Free admission and parking, and free to watch the goat milking and pig races. Ticket prices range from $5-$10 per activity.
30116 Bouquet Canyon Rd.
photo: Alice H. via Yelp
McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch
If you’ve ever driven up the 101 through Ventura in Oct., you’ve probably seen McGrath’s orange hillside full of bright, big pumpkin, and now it’s time you drop in and see why this not-too-commercial or crowded patch has become a family favorite. In addition to picking your pumpkin straight from the patch, you and your family can check out the farm animals, jump on a hayride, get your face painted, carve a pumpkin (or see a pumpkin carving demonstration) and take a ride on a pony.
The farm suggests that you call to see which activities are taking place on the day you’d like to visit but don’t miss the pumpkin carving demo on Oct. 29th or sign up for a class on how to carve your own on Oct. 30.
Good to Know: The BBQ and baked goods that are available on the weekends in Oct. aren’t to be missed, so come hungry!
Dates: Open daily in Oct. from 9 a.m. to dusk.
Cost: Free admission, various prices for activities, when available.
5156 McGrath St.
photo: Brian K. via Yelp
A bit of a drive but totally worth it if you are looking for another farm that offers a down-home good time. Tanaka Farms’ U-Pick pumpkin patch in Irvine is open through Halloween and at this farm, you can pick your own pumpkin (and other veggies to bring home for dinner) right off the vine. Take a wagon ride around this 30-acre farm, visit the sheep, goats, and alpacas, and saunter through their corn maze. Your kids won’t want to miss the pumpkin cannon, that shoots pumpkins up into the hills!
And we’ve got a tip for visiting Tanaka during the fall—there’s no drinking water available, so fill up your bottles before coming (or water is available for purchase).
Good to Know: Parking passes must be purchased online and in advance for every weekend during pumpkin picking season.
Dates: Sept. 22-Oct 31 from 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Cost: Admission is $4, the wagon ride is $6 and the petting zoo is $4 and games are various prices. The Entry package includes admission, a wagon ride, and the petting zoo and is $12.
5380 3/4 University Dr.
photo: Caitie D. via Yelp
Tapia Bros Farm Stand and Pumpkin Patch
This cool farm fresh market stand is well known for corn, tomatoes, and strawberries, and in Oct. adds a pumpkin patch and an amazing corn maze. Kids can pick pumpkins out at one of the last farm-to-stand spots left in the Valley. Plus, you can stock up on some of the tastiest fruits and veggies and snack on the fresh roasted corn. There are a few activities for kids, like a jumper, hayride, that corn maze and on weekends a petting zoo and pony rides. And for those looking for a giant pumpkin for photo ops, look no further.
Dates: Oct 1-30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission and parking. Activities costs vary.
5251 Hayvenhurst Ave.
Tina’s Pumpkin Patch
This is an easy stop for Valley residents, as it’s right behind the Galleria, so you can swing by for your pumpkin after a little shopping. With a petting zoo, pony rides, giant slide, free straw maze and a little train, this convenient spot (located under a giant tent, so even when it’s hot or raining you stay comfortable) is a great one to bring your little pumpkin for a festive gourd picking outing that’s low-stress and commitment. FYI: Not all activities are available on weekdays, the animals are only here Thursday afternoon-Sunday.)
Dates: Oct 5-31; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Cost: Free admission and parking. Activities cost range $3-$6.
4827 Sepulveda Blvd.
Whittier Pumpkin Patch
It may be a small patch but this spot is all about the incredibly friendly service and convenient location for local families. And you’ll get a little bit of farmland atmosphere in the heart of the city.
Here you can pick a pumpkin, snap some pics of your little pumpkin and zip away, or you can get all day bounce house passes and ride a pony or a tractor or meet the animals at the petting zoo.
Dates: Oct 1-31; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Cost: Free admission. Activities are $3-$14.
11760 Whittier Blvd.
photo: PLATFORM LA
Mila and Emma’s Pumpkin Patch at PLATFORM LA
Platform LA’s third annual pumpkin patch is being hosted by three-year-old social media sensations Mila and Emma Stauffer (@kcstauffer) where there will be fun and games for children ages 10 and younger including a hay barrel maze and arts & crafts. Special activities on weekends including face painting, balloon artists and a petting zoo.
Dates: Oct. 1-Oct. 31
Cost: During the week, entry costs $5 and Fri.-Sun, entry is $10. Tickets to enter can be purchased ahead of time online or at Import News at PLATFORM. Valet and self-parking is available on site.
8850 Washington Blvd.
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