Looking to pick out the perfect pumpkin? You’re in the right place. Things are changing every year as far as pumpkin picking goes which is why we’ve updated our list of places. So whether you’re looking for a quaint patch where you can pick up your squash and go or a massive farm featuring family games, tractor rides, and petting zoos, there are plenty of patches in L.A. to suit your fancy. Every October, tiny parking lot patches sprout up all over the city and local farms bring out their best orange squash—from tiny little fellas to massive twenty-pounders.
A Boo-tique Pumpkin Patch by Mr. Bones
With their location inside Culver City’s Platform. The small “boo-tique” offers a bountiful selection of pumpkins ($1-$80 depending on size), kid-friendly activities and a curated shop of Halloween decorations. Youngsters can enjoy a fun maze, bounce house, and pumpkin cottages every day throughout the week. On weekends, you can also expect face painting, glitter tattoos, pumpkin decorating and a series of special events (Champagne and waffles, anyone?). Plus, custom carving is available for those who want to add a professional Halloween touch to their home or business.
|Address:||8850 Washington Blvd
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm. Additional hours available for special events and by reservation. Halloween 11am-4pm. Oct 7-31.
Forneris Farms is back again with a four-acre cornfield maze, pony rides, live entertainment and, of course, an impressive selection of pumpkins. Tractor rides will take pumpkin patch goers on a narrated tour through the cornfields and around the farm. Kids can enjoy their own harvest haven by running through a hay bale mini maze, climbing the hay pyramid and getting wild in the giant pumpkin jumper (always a good outlet for the inevitable sugar rush). If you’re not stopping by the petting zoo, playing harvest-themed games for prizes or leading the quest for that perfect pumpkin, take advantage of the refreshments and solid people watching opportunities.
|Address:||15200 Rinaldi Street
|Opening hours:||Pumpkin Patch 9am-6pm Daily; Harvest Festival Mon-Fri 2-5pm, Sat, Sun 9am-5pm|
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
This popular spot sticks out like a scarecrow in a squash garden. With rows of pumpkins, a giant hand-carved rocking horse, petting zoo and a mini straw maze, it’s like someone dropped off a piece of country farmland in the middle of a fast-paced, urban city. This little slice of harvest also provides pony rides, elaborate face painting, a super slide, pumpkin decorating, a jumpin’ pumpkin and food and drink stands.
|Address:||10100 Jefferson Blvd
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu 9am-8pm; Fri, Sat 9am-9pm|
Tapia Brothers Farm
Get lost in Tapia Brothers Farm’s epic corn maze (an entire lot across from the patch itself) with a much-needed map and a sheet full of trivia questions. Scavenge through the maze for the answers and once you’ve found them all, submit your name in a drawing for a chance to win $100 cash—an early treat for your navigation efforts. The festive pumpkin patch also offers—you guessed it—pumpkins galore, as well as a fresh farmers’ market (with addicting kettle corn), a mouth-watering roasted corn stand, kids play area, bounce houses, hay wagon ride, tractor-pulled train and weekend-only pony rides.
|5251 Hayvenhurst Ave Encino 91436|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 9am-5pm (longer weekend hours during mid-late October)|
Underwood Family Farms
Every October, Underwood Family Farms becomes an autumnal wonderland as it celebrates its annual Fall Harvest Festival with different events every weekend ranging from Western Weekend to All About Pumpkins. For the entire month, guests can come and be entertained by live music, animal shows, corn mazes and an endless amount of pumpkins. Admission to the festival is $15 per person for the first two weekends and then $20 for the following weekends in October. Weekday admission is $6, free for children two and younger, and parking is free.
|Address:||3370 Sunset Valley Road
|Opening hours:||March through December, daily 9am-6pm during daylight savings time, and 9am-5pm during standard time|
Tina’s Pumpkin Patch
There’s something about encountering a friendly llama that makes the trip to this tiny but charming patch so worthwhile. Maybe you’re not into the whole pumpkin picking thing—or even Halloween at all—but interacting with these highly entertaining petting zoo animals is one memory you need to create. And the motley crew of fluffy Silkie chickens—yes, fluffy—will likely become the focus of many Snapchats and Instagram posts. The patch itself sits under a large white tent with piles of pumpkins available at a great price. Young pumpkin patch-goers can enjoy a pony ride, free straw maze, inflatable slide and mini basketball hoops. The patch is located in a sizeable (somewhat desolate) lot, so there’s plenty of free parking available.
|Address:||4827 Sepulveda Blvd
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-8pm|
Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch
If you’re on a budget before the holidays and still looking for a lively pumpkin patch experience, Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch is definitely the spot for you. Like most patches, admission is free and activity prices range from $3-$9 with most falling toward the cheaper end. The patch boasts giant slides, obstacle courses, merry-go-rounds, bungee jumps, petting zoos, train rides and more—it should really be called a pumpkin carnival. Enjoy unique attractions like “Play Land” where kids can try to catch flying balloons inside an inflatable pumpkin or “Orbotron” where they can spin around harnessed in a giant ball, bubble boy style. The massive size of this pumpkin patch, jam-packed with countless pumpkins and activities for all ages, guarantees pre-Halloween fun. Check out their new location at 3443 S Sepulveda Blvd.
|Address:||6815 S La Cienega Blvd
|Opening hours:||Oct 1-14 Mon-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat, Sun 9:30am-8pm; Oct 15-30 Daily 9:30am-8pm; Halloween 9:30am-6pm; Closed Oct 3-6|
Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
Treat yourself to a weekend of classic festival favorites like water bumper cars, giant slides, fun houses and more—all harvest-themed, of course. Beyond a massive collection of varied pumpkins to choose from, the patch is also full of haystacks, corn stalks and gourds (for that epic Halloween party you’re throwing). Kids can enjoy a mini train ride, jump houses, and face painting. It’s a little kid’s dream, so be prepared to take them on every single ride and game—you’ll be a shoe-in for the parent of the year award. Parking is free.
|Address:||6701 E Pacific Coast Hwy
|Opening hours:||Sept 30-Oct 30 Mon-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat, Sun 10am-9pm; Halloween 10am-6pm|
Whittier Pumpkin Patch
If you’re an SGV dweller looking to entertain your youngsters and buy some pumpkins while you are at it, head to Whittier Pumpkin Patch. It is a family destination where guests can pick from their bounty of pumpkins, make a furry companion at the petting zoo, reach new heights on their inflatable jumpers and then ride around on a pony or tractor or even both. Admission is free and the prices of the activities vary. Cash only.
|Address:||11760 Whittier Blvd
|Opening hours:||Oct 1-31 Daily 9am-9pm|
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