Order your costumes and stock up on candy because it’s that time of year again: Halloween! The tradition of pumpkin carving originated in Ireland when turnips were carved and lit by candlelight in hopes of warding off evil spirits. Since then, pumpkin carving has evolved into the lighthearted family tradition we know and love.
Pumpkin season is in full swing, and there are plenty of options to pick out just the right one. Whether you prefer a local patch decked out with bouncy slides or you’d like to cut your own pumpkin right off the vine, we have the patch for you! Get ready for your next carving contest with our list of pumpkin patches below.
Located in the South Bay Galleria parking lot, Acosta Pumpkin Patch offers has pumpkins of all sizes, crafts, train rides, jumpers/slides, and more.
This patch certainly isn’t the biggest on the list, but it’s one of the closest options for El Segundo residents.
LOCATION: 1815 Hawthorne Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
HOURS: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (7 days per week)
– Admission: FREE (with the purchase of $10+)
– Trackless Train Ride: $5/passenger (infants under 6 months are free)
– Mobile Video Game Trailer: $10/person for 25 minutes
– Jumpers + Slides: $15/person for 30 minutes
Cottone and Sons Pumpkin Patch
For another South Bay pumpkin patch, Bob and Joanne host the Cottone and Sons patch every year.
The fun includes numerous jumpers, pony rides, a petting zoo, assorted fall crafts, and lots of pumpkins, of course!
LOCATION: 21573 Madrona Avenue at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance
HOURS: Open 7 days a week. Call (310) 429-8983 for hours.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Originally in Beverly Hills, this family-owned Los Angeles pumpkin patch year has now moved to Culver City. The attractions remain the same, including bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment, and food trucks. Mr. Bones is such a popular fall Los Angeles destination that visitors may even spot a celebrity or two!
LOCATION: 10100 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
HOURS: Mon-Thu, Sun 9am-8pm, Fri and Sat 9 am – 9 pm
Admission is free on weekdays, until Friday 5pm. Friday night admission is $10. Saturday and Sunday Admission is $15, children under 2 free. (Children receive $5 pumpkin bucks and adults receive $10 pumpkin bucks with admission).
Underwood Family Farms (eGundo.com Pick!)
Each October, Underwood Family Farms hosts its annual Fall Harvest Festival. Visitors can enjoy new events every weekend.
All month long, the farm boasts live music, animal shows, corn mazes, and pumpkins as far as the eye can see.
LOCATION: 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021
HOURS: 9 am – 6 pm
– Admission to the weekend festival is $15 per person for the first two weekends in October and $20 for the two following weekends.
– Weekday admission is $6, free for children two and younger
– Parking is free.
– Check the website for more details.
Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch
For a more rustic, farm-themed retreat, try out Live Oak Canyon Ranch.
This patch offers u-pick patches, sunflower fields, a petting zoo, an aviary, and pony rides. Games and hayrides are available too!
LOCATION: 32335 Live Oak Canyon Rd, Redlands
HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday. Hours vary.
– $15-$25 for a day pass.
– Visit the Live Oak Canyon site for details.
Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch
Right in Culver City, Shawn’s is a local favorite. This festive pumpkin patch offers classic pumpkins as well as rare gourds to bring fall your home all season long. The patch includes bouncers, bungee jumping, pony rides, face painting, and more. To prep for your next pumpkin carving contest, Shawn’s also sells pumpkin carving kits and knives.
LOCATION: 6020 W. Jefferson Blvd, Culver City
HOURS: Hours are usually 9 am – 8 pm.
– Free admission
– Tickets for rides and games are sold separately
– Check out Shawn’s website for details on attraction times and pricing.
This farm claims to have the most beautiful pumpkin patch in all of LA County. Enjoy u-pick pumpkins at Forneris Farms Fall Harvest Festival.
The Festival includes a tractor-pulled train ride, corn maze, and a giant hay pyramid, in addition to a great pumpkin jumper and weekend pony rides.
LOCATION: 15200 Rinaldi St, Mission Hills
HOURS: Festival hours vary. Pumpkin patch is open from 9 am – 6 pm daily.
– Admission to the farm/pumpkin patch and parking are free
– Harvest Festival activities admission is $15 per person
– This farm accepts only cash, but there is an ATM available.
Tanaka Farms is out in Irvine, but this u-pick pumpkin is on the list for a reason. Open through Halloween, Tanaka Farms lets you pick your open pumpkin and other fresh veggies. An old-fashioned wagon ride will take you around the 30-acre farm, and kids can meet sheep, goats, and even alpacas! Better yet, they can experience the thrill of a pumpkin cannon.
LOCATION: 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine
HOURS: Daily from 9 am – 6 pm
– Admission is $4, wagon ride is $6, petting zoo is $4
– $12 entry package includes all three
– No drinking fountains available, so bring your own or expect to buy bottled water
– Parking passes must be purchased online in advance
Tapia Brothers Farms
Tapia Bros is already known for corn, tomatoes, and strawberries, and every October they open a fantastic pumpkin patch too. The farm stand lets families pick out fresh fruits and veggies, pick pumpkins off the vine, and try out crisp, roasted corn. They’re known for their giant pumpkin display and offer a handful of fun activities for the kids.
LOCATION: 5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino
HOURS: 10 am – 6 pm
– Free admission and parking
– Activity pricing varies
Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
More like a fair than a pumpkin patch, Pa’s offers festival favorites like booth games, rides, fun houses, and an enormous collection of pumpkins.
The harvest themed festival also includes a train ride, bounce houses, and face painting.
LOCATION: 6701 E. P.C.H, Long Beach
HOURS: 11 am – 9 pm weekdays, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 9 pm
– Admission is free
– Tickets for rides are 10 for $20, 30 for $50 or $2.50 each.
– Parking is free and discounts can be found on Groupon and Yelp.
BONUS: Pick apples and pumpkins at Los Rios Rancho
If you miss the October pumpkin patches or aren’t finished enjoying the fall festivities, Los Rios Rancho offers apple picking, pumpkin picking, and seasonal fruit through Thanksgiving.
The quaint farm also has a bakery, homemade jams and jellies, and free hard cider tasting for the grownups.
LOCATION: 39611 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa
HOURS: Thursday – Monday from 9 am – 5 pm
– Arrive early to avoid crowded parking
– U-pick apples are $3 per pound, pumpkins pricing depends on size
– Apples are with in easy reach of kids who want to pick their own!