It’s the golden season right now in the Golden State, and contrary to popular belief, California does have all the four seasons out of which this one’s packed with activities and places to go for the entire family. We believe that traditions keep families together giving a special feeling to the holidays throughout the seasons. This is why it is important to keep them alive and pass them onto the next generations.
This being said, for the season of pumpkins and fallen leaves we have gathered all the traditions and places people go to mark the coming of it. If you are still thinking where to go and what to do, check out the listing below pick your favorite, or pick them all, the only side-effect is having too much fun, anyway.
Go Apple Picking
From October to November, the Oak Glen area of Southern California will be blooming with these delicious fruits just waiting to be picked. Eat them straight from the tree as you pick, or pack some to press them into a cider or into a pie.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
If you’re looking for a pumpkin patch where you can enjoy the day in L.A. Tina’s Pumpkin Patch has plenty of things organized for enough fun for the whole family, including petting zoos and haunted mazes.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Speaking of pumpkin patches, there’s another magical pumpkin patch located in Culver City. Hundreds of people visit it each year and they are all thrilled with the setting. Visit it and make incredible Halloween memories! Check out their website for more details.
Seymour Bones welcomes the crowds looking for thrill and terror each year at the Boney Island where the entrance is for free and anyone can visit. You can play games and win prizes in one of the many stops of the tour which then continues to the Batting Cage filled with real bats from a nearby cave, and then… let’s not spoil the fun, we’ll let you discover the rest by yourself in the famous island of bones.
Visit the nighttime events in the ghost park like the park ride on the Ghost Train®, Trick-or-Treating for the kids, Haunted House, Tweetsie Palace Spooktacular, the rides in the Creepy Carnival, and the attractions in “The Boneyard” section, featuring the Black Hole, 3-D maze, and the “Freaky Forest.” The admission for all these events is $38 per person for adults and children (ages 2 and under are free).
- September 22–23, 29-30;
- October 6-7, 13–14, 20–21, 27–28
Check out more here.
Kidspace Children’s Museum
It’s the 23rd Annual Pumpkin Festival at Kidspace Children’s Museum which welcomes you with an array of fun stuff, but you can also go for the rest of the exhibits, events, and programs and have a full day of activities.
Original Farmers Market
This iconic LA attraction, which opened in 1934, has an abundance of food stalls, sit-down eateries, prepared food vendors and produce markets. Shop, dine and enjoy the festive ambiance, especially during the holidays. The 80th annual Fall Festival, featuring a petting zoo, farm-related activities, pumpkin carvers, live music, a puppet show and more, takes place October 18 and 19. Check out more here.
Tip: Parking at Farmers Market is free for two hours with a validation from any merchant.
Halloween Harvest Festival
A haunted trail, corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides and petting zoo are part of the annual fun at the Pierce College Farm Center through Nov. 2. Spooky the Square Pumpkin entertains little ones while brave souls can creep through haunted houses. More fun with kids includes a pumpkin maze and pony rides.
General festival admission: $5 (kids under 3 admitted free). Separate fees for attractions.
The annual autumn celebration of Bavarian food and drink is already underway in Southern California. Alpine Village in Torrance is home to the oldest and largest Oktoberfest in the state, and it is a good bet if you want the full spectacle, complete with Oom Pah Pah bands, costumes, traditional German sausage and Warsteiner beers. Costumes encouraged. Alpine Village hosts Oktoberfest every night through Oct. 26. The minimum age is 21 for Friday-Saturday and ages 12 and under are admitted only on Sundays. For more Oktoberfest options in Southern California go here.
- 6 p.m.-midnight Friday;
- 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday;
- 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
- $10 Friday-Saturday;
- $5 Sunday;
- free for ages 12 and under on Sundays.
Alpine Village Center, 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance
Check out what’s blooming in the Huntington botanical garden. Fall is the perfect season to admire nature, so why not do it here while learning about new plants and botanicals. Check out for more information and how to get there.
This fall you have the chance to see the enchanted. The Forest of Light Returns this fall and it’s yours to visit in the period between November 19th and January 7th. Find out more here.
It’s Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort as well. Break out your broomsticks! From September 15 through October 31, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will host Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, a park-to-park spooktacular brimming with some of Disney’s best moonlit magic. Boys and ghouls of all ages will find fiendishly themed attractions, ear-ily awesome entertainment and villain encounters that’ll wake the dread.
Underwood Family Farms
Underwood Family Farms is a grower of a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruits in Ventura County, so this fall you can visit and pick various fruits and veggies as an immunity booster for the colder seasons. Find out what’s to be found there and how to get to the farm here.
What are the things you love doing each fall? Which traditions do you hold dear and pass on to your youngsters? Share your tips in the comments below to help fellow Angelinos out.
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