Taking the kids out to a pumpkin patch to pick the perfect specimen to make a Jack O’Lantern is a Halloween tradition for many families in the San Fernando Valley and beyond. So, with that in mind, we picked the best pumpkin patches around Los Angeles for the month of October to have the perfect pumpkin experience for your little ghouls and goblins. Enjoy!

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Forneris Farms

San Fernando Valley

Forneris Farms is back again with a four-acre cornfield maze, weekend 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. Pony rides, the petting zoo and face painting are weekends only. Everything is cash only, but there is an ATM on site.

Daily 9am-6pm; Oct 6—Oct 31.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

Culver City

When it comes to celebrity sightings, you probably wouldn’t think of visiting the local pumpkin patch. But at longtime favorite Mr. Bones, Hollywood stars and their offspring can’t stay away from the Halloween fun. This family-owned, Los Angeles mainstay would pop up every year in Beverly Hills before recently moving to its new location in Century City. You can expect the beloved Pumpkin Village featuring festive activities like bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment and food trucks to fuel your pumpkin picking.

Mon-Thu, Sun 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-9pm; Oct 5-30.

Tapia Brothers Farm

Van Nuys

Get lost. No really, 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 a cash prize—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, and tractor-pulled train. Be sure to check it out on the weekends so you have all the activities at your disposal.

Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat, Sun 9am-TBD (longer weekend hours). Oct 5-31.

Tina’s Pumpkin Patch

Sherman Oaks

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. The patch itself sits under a large tent with piles of pumpkins available at a great price. Young pumpkin patch-goers can enjoy a pony ride, free straw maze and inflatable slide. The patch is located in a sizeable (somewhat desolate) lot, so there’s plenty of free parking available.

Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm Oct 5—31.

Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch

San Fernando Valley

The small pumpkin patch at Toluca Lake Florist has a wide selection of pumpkins, plus a haunted maze and petting zoo.

Where: 10601 Riverside Drive (corner with Cahuenga) Toluca Lake-North Hollywood, CA 91602

10am to 9pm Oct 1- through Oct 31.

Underwood Family Farms

Ventura County

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. Check the site for more details.

Daily 9am-6pm. Sept 29—Oct 31.

Do you know any other pumpkin place around LA that we can all have fun at? Share your favorite spots here, and Happy Halloween!

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