Taking the kids out to a pumpkin patch to pick the perfect specimen to make a Jack O'Lantern is a Halloween tradition for many Los Angeles families, one that is more and more associated with bounce houses and carnival rides in addition to the traditional petting zoo and pony rides. Pumpkin patches in LA are more likely to be on a corner parking lot than on a farm, but you can also get the farm experience if you're willing to drive just beyond the city.
Here are the top pumpkin patches around Los Angeles open for the month of October, both urban and rustic, from Long Beach to Pomona to the Ventura County line. Prices for pumpkins and rides vary greatly, but even for the least expensive, don't expect supermarket prices from your Los Angeles pumpkin patch experience.
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Calling Underwood Farms a pumpkin patch is like calling Disneyland a carnival. This working farm does grow many acres of pumpkins, but it is also a 9-month attraction with an animal center, animal education displays, a hay pyramid, a combine harvester slide, kid's corral sandbox and playground, Farmer Craig's Chicken Show, and more things to climb, ride, pick, and discover. For their Fall Harvest Festival in October, they add a corn maze, corn stalk labyrinth, pumpkin house, pumpkin playhouse, live entertainment, animal shows, crafts, games, and more. Many activities are included in admission, but some require an additional fee, and that changes from weekdays to weekends. Each weekend has a different theme. There is live music and many more activities on weekends than weekdays.
Where: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA 93021
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Forneris Farms – Mission Hills – San Fernando Valley
There's farm country in the L.A. San Fernando Valley and you'll find pumpkins grown right there at Forneris Farms, a live 4-acre corn maze, a mini maze, hat pyramid, jumpers, and a tractor-pulled train ride daily, plus pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment, and a refreshment stand added on weekends. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult in the corn maze.
Where: 15200 Rinaldi Street, Mission Hills, CA (near where the 405 and 5 Freeways come together in the north)
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Tapia Bros Farm Pumpkin Patch – Encino – San Fernando Valley
This is a family-owned year-round farm market produce stand that offers a seasonal pumpkin patch just off the 101 in Encino near the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area. Their harvest festival features a petting zoo, with a corn maze and hay ride across the street. They're known for their roasted corn.
Where: 5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA
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Debbie and Jeff's Pumpkin Patch - Redondo Beach - South Bay
Debbie and Jeff's is a simple street-side pumpkin patch with plenty of pumpkin varieties, a petting zoo, and cool backdrops for family photos. There are no bounce houses or other frills, however.
Where: 411 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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The Pumpkin Patch and Festival at Cal Poly Pomona gets a late start compared to others, but the 70,000 pumpkins, all grown at Cal Poly, are pretty cheap, no matter what size, so people bring their wagons to roll the pumpkins back to the parking lot. The Pumpkin Festival is like a mini county fair with food contests, farm animals, horse rides, farm equipment and agricultural displays, a farmers market, corn maze, live music, and more. The festival is just one weekend, but after the festival, the pumpkin patch stays open until Halloween. Activity tickets are required for rides and games.
Where: 4102 S University Dr, Pomona, CA 91768
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Shawn's Pumpkin Patch - Westside
The new Sepulveda location of Shawn's Pumpkin Patch doesn't have pony rides or a train like the L.A. location, but it does have a petting zoo, bouncers, and a small straw maze. Face painting is available on the weekend.
Where: 3443 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034 (corner of Palms)Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Coming to the L.A. area every year from Oregon, Mr. Bones has an extensive collection of harvest décor and costumes in addition to pumpkins. For the kids, there's a pumpkin village, petting zoo, pony rides, super slide, straw maze, giant rocking horses, pumpkin decorating and more. Food is available for purchase. Not all activities are available every day. Check the website for dates of specific activities.
Where: West Los Angeles College, 10100 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA
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Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Patch at Montclair Plaza - San Bernardino County
This is a shopping mall pumpkin patch with slides, swings, pony rides, a petting zoo, and face painting.
Where: Montclair Plaza, 5060 E Montclair Plaza Ln, Montclair, CA 91763 (off Central, next to Goodyear)
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Enchanted Country Pumpkins is on the pricier side compared to other nearby pumpkin patches. They have the same bounce houses, slides, pony rides, and cute little self-drive John Deer tractor rides, but they each cost a couple dollars more than elsewhere. They have another location in Brea.
Where: 264 E Foothill, San Dimas, CA 91773
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If your idea of a great pumpkin patch experience is a nice stroll around a farm where pumpkins are grown and a chance to buy a nice organic pumpkin, a drive to Amy's Farm in Ontario may be in order. There's no bounce house or pony rides, just a real farm with real farm animals, a farm market, and lots of pumpkins. Weekday mornings are overrun with school groups, so plan an afternoon or Saturday visit.
Where: 7698 Eucalyptus Ave, Ontario, CA 91762