Last year I did a blog called “Pumpkin Picking” with all of the best local spots to grab your next gourd.  BUT!  This year there’s been some changes!  Good old favorites, Lombardi’s and Pete’s Pumpkin Patch, have closed due to the drought and Pierce Collage no longer has the Farm Center for their Halloween Harvest Festival.  But fear not my frightened, there are still plenty of choices!  So hold onto your brooms because for this Halloween I have updated the list for your new source of 2015 pumpkins (and fun!) for the San Fernando Valley and surrounding area.

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
3701 Lost Hills Road , Calabasas
Saturday Oct. 17th and Sunday Oct. 18th 10am-5pm

For one weekend only, head to the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival.  Calabasas, named after the Spanish word meaning pumpkin, is the most appropriate place to find that perfect jack-o-lantern or get your fill of pumpkin bread and pumpkin beer.  Live entertainment cap off the experience.

Forneris Farms
15200 Rinaldi St, Mission Hills
Harvest Festival 9am-5pm Sat & Sun or Mon-Fri 2-5pm

One of the older Harvest festivals in the area, Forneris has had a farm stand in Mission Hills for close to 50 years.  A four acre corn maze and a tractor pull are big highlights for fun-seekers. Live entertainment & pony rides arrive on the weekends to boost the fun factor.  Every day kids can enjoy the farm play area with hay bale pyramid, jumpers, and mini mazes.

Nancy’s Ranch
25039 Magic Mountain Parkway, Santa Clarita
Daily 10am-7pm

Also home to a u-cut Christmas tree farm, Nancy’s has a whole slew of pumpkins to choose from.  Be sure to tell the cashier the name of the giant pumpkin (found on their website) for a free mini pumpkin (two max per family).  Also find coupons on their website as well.

Tapia Brothers Farms
5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino
Monday through Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 9am-5pm

A local favorite, in part for it’s central location in Encino (right off the 101 near Lake Balboa), Tapia Brothers hosts all your autumn seasonal needs.  A hayride, corn maze, and tractor pull will fulfill the season’s quota of fun all at a local convenient location. We personally hit this one last year with the Littlest Assistant and it was a hit!

Tina’s Pumpkin Patch
4827 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks
Daily 10am-8pm

A smaller patch, Tina’s is the home to a great petting zoo.  Close to home with the urban Sherman Oaks location (near the Galleria), but still offering some fun with a straw maze, inflatable slide, and pony rides, Tina’s is great for a quicker stop and not someone looking for an all day event. Also recommended for the under 5 crowd.

Underwood Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm

A year round family favorite for all things u-pick, Underwood Farms is a great option for a day on the Farm.  Each weekend will have a different theme but includes a hayride, corn maze, pig race and more.  This one is much beloved in the area, and many people say it’s the place to be – so beware for possibly large crowds.

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