Taking the kids out to a pumpkin patch to pick the perfect gourd for their jack-o'-lantern is a Halloween tradition for many Los Angeles families and visitors alike. Unfortunately, pumpkin patches in LA are more likely to be on a corner parking lot than a farm, but you can also get the farm experience if you're willing to drive just beyond the city.
The top pumpkin patches around Los Angeles open for the month of October and stretch from Long Beach to Pomona to the Ventura County line. While many of these patches feature traditional pony rides and petting zoos, some also offer full carnivals, fall festivals, and a variety of family-friendly amusement.
Many pumpkin patches are open in fall during 2020, but most of them have updated hours, new health policies, required reservations, and limited activities. Be sure to confirm the most up-to-date information with each individual business.
Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival
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 nine-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 so much more.
For the Fall Harvest Festival, scheduled from October 1–31, 2020, they add a corn maze, pumpkin playhouse, live entertainment, animal shows, crafts, games, and more (although some activities may be dropped in 2020). Many activities are included in the general admission, which is slightly cheaper on weekdays. Although weekends are more expensive, Saturday and Sunday at the farm include live music and many more activities.
There's plenty of farms in the L.A. San Fernando Valley that have pumpkins, but Formeris Farms in Mission Hills is especially famous for its four-acre corn maze. The corn maze won't be opening in 2020, but the farm is open daily with a huge selection of pumpkins to choose from, in addition to all of your other in-season fruit and vegetable needs. Other activities that make up the Fall Festival include face painting, live entertainment, and refreshment stands featuring produce grown on the farm.
In operation for over 100 years, this family farm is located near where the I-405 and I-5 freeways come together north of Los Angeles, making it easily accessible from almost anywhere in the city.
Tapia Bros. Farm Pumpkin Patch
The Tapio Bros. Farm pumpkin patch is another great destination in the San Fernando Valley that's perfect if you're looking for a quick trip to pick your own pumpkin. Offering a seasonal pumpkin patch throughout October, this destination is just off Highway 101 in Encino near the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area and easily accessible from Los Angeles. Additionally, Tapia Bros hosts an annual harvest festival in the lot behind their produce stand that features a petting zoo, a corn maze, and a hayride across the street.
Most of the fall festival activities are not taking place in 2020 at Tapio Bros. Farm, but the annual pumpkin patch is open for business.
Tina's Pumpkin Patch
Another great option for a no-fuss, easy-access pumpkin patch in the San Fernando Valley is Tina's Pumpkin Patch in Sherman Oaks, which also features a miniature train ride, bounce houses, and a free straw maze daily as well as pony rides and a petting zoo on weekends.
Located between the Westfield Fashion Square and the 101 Freeway, Tina's Pumpkin Patch is one of the most convenient patches on the list—and is open daily from October 2–31, 2020.
Whittier Pumpkin Patch
Whittier Pumpkin Patch includes slides, bounce houses, ponies, a petting zoo, carnival games, and a Tractor Town ride. You can also get in on the pumpkin painting party onsite and take your jack-o'-lantern home porch-ready. Pricing is a little different here, with most activities priced separately instead of general admission, but it's still an affordable excursion even for the whole family. The pumpkin patch is open at Whittier from October 1–31, 2020.
Enchanted Pumpkin Patch
Enchanted Country Pumpkins—which has locations in Brea and San Dimas—is on the pricier side compared to other nearby pumpkin patches, but its selection and well-curated space make it worth the extra cost. A tradition since 1972, the Enchanted Country Pumpkin Patch features John Deere tractors (including kid-size versions), carnival games, a petting zoo, and a variety of inflatable attractions including obstacle courses, bounce houses, and slides.
Amy's Farm Pumpkin Patch
If your idea of a great pumpkin patch experience is a nice stroll around a farm and a chance to buy an organic pumpkin, a drive to Amy's Farm in Ontario may be in order. It's a popular field trip location for school groups, so weekday mornings are usually the busiest time at the farm. The farm is open year-round from Monday to Saturday.
Amy's Farm doesn't have bounce houses or pony rides, but it does feature a farm market, lots of pumpkins, and the chance to see life on a real working farm. The farm is free to visit, but a $10 suggested donation is requested if you don't make a purchase at the produce stand.
Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Patch and Festival
The Pumpkin Patch and Festival at Cal Poly Pomona are canceled in 2020. Online pumpkin orders are available beginning September 25, 2020, with curbside pickup.
The Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Patch and Festival gets a late start compared to others, but the 70,000 pumpkins—all grown at Cal Poly University—are pretty cheap, no matter the size. The Pumpkin Festival is like a mini county fair with food contests, farm animals, horse rides, farm equipment and displays, a farmers market, a corn maze, live music, and plenty of family-friendly entertainment.
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 during the event.
Shawn's Pumpkin Patch
In 2020, the Culver City location is closed but you can visit Sean's Pumpkin Patch at the Mar Vista location beginning October 3.
If you're looking for a great place to spend the day in the South Bay where you can also find the perfect pumpkin, stop by Shawn's Pumpkin Patch in Culver City for a full lineup of family-friendly fun and a huge selection of pumpkins, gourds, and more. Shawn's Pumpkin Patch is open daily throughout October and also features bounce houses and slides, a train, pony rides, face painting, and live entertainment.
There is also a smaller location in Mar Vista that doesn't have pony rides or a train but does have a petting zoo, bounce houses, and a straw maze.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch will remain closed in 2020 and plans to reopen in the fall of 2021.
Another Culver City staple, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is famous for its extensive collection of harvest décor and costumes in addition to hundreds of pick-your-own pumpkins brought down from Oregon.
For the kids, there's a pumpkin village, petting zoo, pony rides, super slide, straw maze, giant rocking horses, pumpkin decorating, and food available for purchase. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is typically open daily during October, but not all activities and events are available daily.
Pa's Pumpkin Patch
Pa's Pumpkin Patch and the carnival will remain closed through the fall of 2020.
Pa's Pumpkin Patch in Long Beach features a wide variety of pumpkins, haystacks, corn stalks, and other gourds to choose from, but you can also stick around for classic carnival rides, a snack bar, pony rides, a petting zoo, and a variety of games. Located between Second Street and Seal Beach along the Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach, Pa's Pumpkin Patch is open throughout October, but the carnival rides may be open throughout the fall season.
Santa Anita Park Pumpkin Patch
Santa Anita Park is closed to the public in 2020.
Over the last two weekends in October, the horserace track at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia hosts a Pumpkin Patch and Family Fun Zone featuring an infield full of activities. There will be pony rides, carnival games, jumpers, and horse racing in addition to a vast selection of fresh pumpkins to purchase.