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 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.
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 more things to climb, ride, pick, and discover.
For the 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, and there are live music and many more activities on weekends than weekdays.
- Where: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, California, 93021
There's plenty of farms in the L.A. San Fernando Valley that have pumpkins, but Formeris Farms in Mission Hills also has a live four-acre corn maze, a mini-maze, a hat pyramid, face painting, live entertainment, and a refreshment stand added on weekends in October.
In operation for over 100 years, this family farm is located near where the 405 and 5 freeways come together north of Los Angeles, making it easily accessible from almost anywhere in the city.
- Where: 15200 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills, California, 91345
Encino: 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 the 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.
- Where: 5251 Hayvenhurst Ave., Encino, California, 91436
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 Galleria and the 101 Freeway, Tina's Pumpkin Patch is technically in Los Angeles proper—making it one of the most convenient patches on the list—and will be open daily from October 5 to 31, 2019.
- Where: 4827 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, California, 91403
Debbie and Jeff's is a simple street-side pumpkin patch with plenty of pumpkin varieties to choose from as well as a petting zoo and cool backdrops for family photos. However, there are no bounce houses or other frills at this small patch, so it's best for if you simply need to pick out your own pumpkin while visiting the city.
- Where: 411 South Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, California, 90277
The Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Patch and Festival at Cal gets a late start compared to others, but the 70,000 pumpkins—all grown at Cal Poly—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 (October 5 and 6, 2019), but after the festival, the pumpkin patch stays open until Halloween. Activity tickets are required for rides and games during the event.
- Where: 4102 S University Drive, Pomona, California, 91768
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 another 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.
- Where: 6020 West Jefferson Boulevard, Culver City, California, 90232 or in Mar Vista at 3443 South Sepulveda, Los Angeles, 90034
Another Culver City staple, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch returns to Los Angeles this year with an 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 open daily from October 4 to 30, 2019, but not all activities and events are available daily. Check the Mr. Bones website for a more detailed schedule of what's happening at the pumpkin patch this year.
- Where: West Los Angeles College, 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, California, 90232
To really get in the Halloween spirit this October, head to the Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch in North Hollywood any day in October to explore a haunted maze or pick your own pumpkin. Other family-friendly activities include magic shows, a Halloween party, kids' rides, and a petting zoo.
Located just off the Ventura Freeway (Highway 134) in Toluca Lake, the Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch is easily accessible from northern Los Angeles and is close to other great attractions like Warner Bros. Studio and other Burbank landmarks.
- Where: 10601 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood, California, 91602
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.
- Where: 6701 E Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, California, 90803
Whittier Pumpkin Patch includes slides, bounce houses, ponies and 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, but a day full of family-fun at Whittier is still about the same cost overall.
- Where: 11760 Whittier Blvd., Whittier, California, 90601
Over the last two weekends in October, 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.
- Where: Santa Anita Park, 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, California, 91007
Head to Montclair in October for the annual Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Patch at the Montclair Place shopping mall. Featuring slides, swings, pony rides, a petting zoo, and face painting in an open-air venue, the Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Patch is a convenient stop if you're heading west of Los Angeles on I-10.
- Where: Montclair Place South Parking Lot, 5060 East Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair, California, 91763
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.
- Where: 480 North State College Blvd., Brea, California, 92821, and 264 East Foothill Blvd., San Dimas, California, 91773
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. However, weekday mornings are overrun with school groups, so you may want to plan an afternoon or Saturday visit to avoid the crowds.
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 working farm.
- Where: 7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario, California, 91762