The Best Pumpkin Patches in Orange County 2016

  • 01 of 09

    Family Fun at 13 Halloween Pumpkin Patches in Orange County, CA

    Pumpkin Patch
    ••• Pumpkin Patch. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Picking out the Halloween pumpkin and taking adorable pumpkin photos is a family tradition for many. Orange County still has at least one farm where you can take the kids to pick a pumpkin right off the vine. However, the majority of the pumpkin patches in the OC are on convenient, but not very rustic, mall parking lots. Most of them have a variety of attractions from bounce houses and slides to pony rides and mechanical carnival rides in addition to lots of pumpkins to buy and photograph. Just don't expect to get a good price on a pumpkin compared to the supermarket.

    Here are the top pumpkin patches all across Orange County from Westminster to San Juan Capistrano. They're listed below by company so some listings have multiple locations.

    Tip: If you're visiting during the day, remember that those slides get hot in the sun and can burn kids legs.

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  • 02 of 09

    Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad

    Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad
    ••• Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad. Photo by Maggie Ford for Irvine Park Railroad

    Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park in Orange has a Pumpkin Patch behind the train station. Once you're in the Regional Park, the Pumpkin Patch is free including a haunted house, hay maze, hay pyramid and picture stands. For an additional fee, you can enjoy the signature train rides, hay rides, John Deere Racers, Panning for Gold, moon bounce, carnival games and face painting. 
    Where: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
    When:  Sept 17 - Oct 31, 2016, weekdays 10 am - 5 pm, weekends 9 am - 6 pm
    Cost: Free, activity tickets $5 ea, 15 for $60 
    Parking/Park Fee: $3 per vehicle weekdays, $5 weekends, $7 holidays
    Info: www.irvineparkrailroad.com/events/pumpkin-patch/ 
    Note: The line for parking can be really long on weekends and after school. Parking at Irvine Regional Park may close if it's too crowded. The nearest alternative parking is a mile walk away at Santiago Canyon College.

  • 03 of 09

    Tanaka Farms in Irvine

    Tanaka Farms in Irvine is the closest place to the city that you can actually pick your pumpkin from the vine, as well as other fresh vegetables. Other seasonal attractions include a wagon ride around the 30-acre farm and a petting zoo daily. Additional weekend Harvest Festival activities include ATV rides, a pumpkin canon, food, games and more.
    Where: 5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
    When:  Sept 29 - Oct 31, 2016, 9 am - 6 pm
    Cost: $2 for ages 2 and up, corn maze included, fee for other activities. Free wagon rides opening weekend.
    Info:  www.tanakafarms.com
    Note: Closed-toed shoes you don't mind getting dirty are recommended. No flip flops or high heels. They also recommend  bringing  water, although bottled water is available for sale.  No pets or wagons.

  • 04 of 09

    The Pumpkin Factory in Corona, Santa Ana and Westminster

    The Pumpkin Factory has three locations, in Corona, Santa Ana and Westminster.  Two of them are in a mall parking lot. They have more carnival rides and attractions than most other pumpkin patches, with an average of $3-$4 per ride. Check the website for specials, including the Tuesday Night Unlimited Ride Wristband.  Sometimes they have a Yelp check-in discount on ride tickets, so check to see if that's an option if you're going on rides.
    Where:

    • Corona: 1545 Circle City Dr, Corona, CA 92879 (Off the 91 and 15 Freeway at Magnolia)
    • Santa Ana: Main Place Mall, 2800 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    • Westminster: Westminster Mall, 1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA 92683

    When:  Sep 30 - Oct 31, 2016. Hours vary, check the website for the date you're going.
    Cost: Free admission, fee for activities
    Info: thepumpkinfactory.com

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  • 05 of 09

    Johnson Brothers Pumpkin Patch

    Johnson Brothers Pumpkin Patch at the edge of Irvine Valley College is one of the better deals on local pumpkin patches.  There are lots of free activities, including the Land of the Giants, the Hay Loft, Indian Village & Tipis, Barnyard Animal Exhibit and Do-It-Yourself face painting. There is a fee for the obstacle courses and bounce houses. The pumpkins are also a little more reasonable than many other places, with most pumpkins in the $6-$8 range. Don't forget to stock up on your harvest décor, including pre-made scarecrows.

    Where: 15500 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA 92618
    When:  Oct 1-31, 2016, 9 am – 9 pm
    Cost: Free, fees for some activities
    Info:  www.johnsonbros.net, (949) 733-0650
    Bonus: Check the website for coupon offers.
    Read Yelp Reviews

  • 06 of 09

    Pumpkin City's  Pumpkin Farm - Laguna Hills, Anaheim and Rancho Santa Margarita

    Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm is not a farm, but a mall pumpkin patch with the typical bounce houses, farm animals and pony rides, plus carnival rides, kiddie coin rides for the little ones, geode discovery and Players & Puppets Little Theatre.  They also have lots and lots of cute photo ops. The main location is at the Laguna Hills Mall with satellite locations in Anaheim and Rancho Santa Margarita that have most of the rides and attractions, but don't include the pony rides, mining activities or some of the entertainment offerings.
    Where:

    • Laguna Hills Mall, 24203 Avenida de la Carlota Laguna Hills, CA 92653
    • Anaheim Shopping Center, 2280 E. Lincoln Anaheim, CA 92806
    • Rancho Santa Margarita: 30606 Santa Margarita Pkwy Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 (Target lot)

    When:  Oct 1-31, 2016, Mon-Thu  11 am - 8:30 pm, Fri-Sun 10 am - 10 pm
    Cost: Free admission, fees for activities
    Info:  pumpkincity.com
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  • 07 of 09

    Santa's Garden Pumpkin Patch - Irvine, La Habra and Fountain Valley

    Santa's Garden has two pumpkin patch locations in Orange County this year - in La Habra and Irvine. There's no Fountain Valley location this year. Both locations have bounce houses and slides, a train ride and a petting zoo in addition to pumpkins.
    Where:

    • Irvine: 5840 Walnut Ave, Irvine, CA 92604, (949) 551-6700
    • La Habra: 777 S Beach Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631, (562) 691-9944

    When:  Oct 1-31, 2016, Sun-Thu  9 am - 9 pm, Fri-Sat 9 am - 10 pm
    Cost: Free admission, fees for activities
    Info:  www.santasgarden.net
    Bonus: Check website for coupon.
    Read Yelp Reviews for Santa's Garden La Habra

  • 08 of 09

    Pumpkin Patch at Mountain Pines Christmas Tree Farm

    This Christmas tree farm on Camino Capistrano, right off the 5 Freeway, doubles as a pumpkin patch in the fall, with bounce houses, an obstacle course and a 25-foot rock climbing wall. Pony rides and petting zoo are only available on two weekends.
    Where: 29932 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    When:  Oct 1-31, 2016, Mon-Thu 1-6 pm, Fri 1-7 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am - 7 pm
    Cost: Free, fees for activities
    Info:  mountainpinesoc.com, (949) 364-1270
    Bonus: Join email list for coupon offers.

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  • 09 of 09

    Pumpkinpalooza at Zoomars Petting Zoo

    Zoomars is a year-round petting zoo with over 200 animals, horse and pony rides, a train ride, Miner's Gulch gold rush experience, and other play areas. For the month of October, they add Pumkinpalooza
    Where: 31791 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    When:  Oct 1-31, 2016, 9 am - 5 pm
    Cost: $10 Adults, $8 Children, $9 Seniors, $7 Military; additional fees for pony rides, train rides and animal feed.
    Info:  www.zoomars.com, (949) 831-6550
    Bonus: Groupon Deal available.