Pumpkin patches bring a touch of farm life to Southern California cities, but many have more to offer than supplying the raw materials for Halloween jack-o-lanterns.
They have carnival rides, activities for children, petting zoos and often live entertainment.
Here are some of the places at are opening between now and early October.
Los Angeles County
Cal Poly Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 1-30. Pumpkin patch with photo stops, hayrides, goat petting, corn maze, fair food and live entertainment. Tickets are only available online for reserved time slots. $6-$10 for general admission; $5-7 for ages 3-12. There will be a preview Sept. 30 with food and drink samples and entertainment; tickets are $70. AGRIscapes Center, Cal Poly Pomona, 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona. cpp.edu/~pumpkinfestival
Carved at Descanso Gardens: Oct. 7-31. Hundreds of carved pumpkins on display, hay maze, holiday foods. $20-$26 for members, $32-$38 for non-members.1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. 818-949-4200, descansogardens.org
Forneris Farms: Oct. 8-31. Pumpkin patch and corn maze. Entry is $5, cash only, and there are additional charges for other attractions. 15200 Rinaldi St., Los Angeles. fornerisfarms.com
La Verne Heritage Foundation: Oct. 7-30. Pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled rides, petting farm. Heritage Park, 5001 Via De Mansions, La Verne. laverneheritage.org
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch: Oct. 7-30. Pumpkin and teepee villages, bounce houses, straw maze, petting zoo, giant rocking horses. Admission $10-$30 depending on date and time, extra charges for activities. 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. 310-276-9827, mrbonespumpkinpatch.com
Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch, Farmers Market: Oct. 15-31. Games, activities and animals. Free admission, extra charge for activities. 6333 W 3rd St., Los Angeles. mrjackolanternspumpkins.com
Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch, Torrance: Oct. 1-31. Games, activities and animals. Free admission, extra charge for activities. 17520 Prairie Ave., Torrance. mrjackolanternspumpkins.com
Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch, West Los Angeles: Oct. 1-31. Games, activities and animals. Free admission, extra charge for activities. 11852 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. mrjackolanternspumpkins.com
Pa’s Pumpkin Patch: Sept. 30-Oct. 31. Petting zoo, pony rides, corn stalks and fair foods. Advance reservations are required and can be booked online. 6701 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach. paspumpkinpatch.com
Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch: Oct. 1-31. Pumpkin bounce house, train rides, petting zoo, carnival games. No entrance fee, but activities cost $3.50-$7. 11650 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles. shawnspumpkinpatch.com
Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch: Sept. 26-Oct. 31. Petting zoo and haunted maze. $10 for admission to both. 10601 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood. 818-505-8039
Hana Field Pumpkin Patch: Oct. 1-29. U-pick pumpkins and sunflowers, corn maze and barnyard. $10 admission, $15 for flower-picking, activities extra. 427 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa. 949-653-2100.
Irvine Park Railroad: Sept. 17-Oct. 31 Free haunted house, hay maze, hay pyramid, picture stands. Other activities cost extra, including train and hay rides, bounce houses, face painting and panning for gold. Great Pumpkin Weigh-off, Saturday, Sept. 24. Free admission, but parking is $3-$7. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. 714-997-3968, irvineparkrailroad.com
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins: Sept. 17-Oct. 31. Giant slides and inflatables. Admission is free; wristbands for inflatables cost $17-$30. 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente. abctreefarms.net
Pumpkin City, Anaheim: Sept. 30-Oct. 31. Carnival rides, games, petting zoo, entertainment. 2180 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim. pumpkincity.com
Pumpkin City, Laguna Hills: Sept. 30-Oct. 31. Carnival rides, games, petting zoo, entertainment, Oktoberfest beer garden. Laguna Hills Mall, 24203 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills. pumpkincity.com
Pumpkin Factory: Oct. 1-31. Rides, bounce houses, paintball target shooting, petting zoo. 1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster. thepumpkinfactory.com
Tanaka Farms: Open now through Oct. 31. U-pick pumpkins, wagon rides, arts and crafts. $10 general admission; extra for activities. Parking passes are required, fee is $10 on weekends. 5380 University Drive, Irvine. 949-653-2100.
Zoomars at River Street Ranch: Saturday, Sept. 24-Oct. 31. Petting zoo with goats, sheep and guinea pigs, pony, train and mini-tractor rides. Admission is $15, $12 for children12 years and younger, 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. 949-831-6550, riverstreetranch.com
Big Horse Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch: Oct. 1-30. Giant maze at Big Horse Feed and Mercantile. Food vendors and beer garden on weekends. 33320 Temecula Parkway, Temecula. $15 admission, $10 parking on weekends. 951-389-4621, bighorsecornmaze.com
Hunter’s Pumpkin Patch: Open now through Oct. 30. Carnival games, rides, barrel train, food. 12125 Day St., Building Q, Moreno Valley. 951-440-2027, hunterspumpkinpatch.com
Peltzer Pumpkin Farm: Saturday, Sept. 24-Oct. 31. Petting zoo, games, mining, face painting, rides. $2 admission on weekdays, $3 on weekends, extra for attractions. Pumpkin painting classes for $20 Tuesdays and Thursdays in October. 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula. peltzerfarms.com
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins: Saturday, Sept. 24-Oct 31. Giant slides and inflatables. Admission is free; wristbands for inflatables cost $17-$30. 18614 Dexter Ave., Lake Elsinore. abctreefarms.net
Pumpkin Factory: Oct. 1-31. Rides, bounce houses, petting zoo. 1545 Circle City Drive, Corona. thepumpkinfactory.com
San Bernardino County
Frosty’s Forest: Sept. 30-Oct. 30. “Hocus Pocus”-themed corn maze, sunflower labyrinth, petting zoo, bounce houses, carnival games. $5-$10 admission. A scary corn maze called Haunted Harvest is on the property with $30 separate admission.14861 Ramona Ave., Chino. frostysforest.com, thehauntedharvest.com
Greenspot Farms: Opens Oct. 1. Rides, farm animals, duck races, crafts and hay maze. Free admission. Scary nighttime attractions will be offered Oct. 16-31, including Haunted Hayride and Haunted Trail. Tickets are $15-$30. 10133 Ward Way, Mentone. 909-794-7653, greenspotfarms.com
Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Farm: Open now through Oct. 31. U-pick pumpkins, more than 50 attractions including corn maze, petting zoo and rides. Live entertainment in October. $10-$25 admission for adults, $5-$20 for children; extra charge for some attractions. Live Oak Canyon Road at the 10 Freeway, Yucaipa. liveoakcanyon.com
SkyPark at Santa’s Village: Oct. 8-30. Pumpkin patch, activities, live entertainment and trick-or-treating on weekends. $59 for adults, $49 for children. 28950 Highway 18, Skyforest. skyparksantasvillage.com