OC Register | Sep 15, 2023
In Southern California, pumpkin patches are often like pop-up amusement parks.
Some are on actual farms, and some are in vacant lots or shopping centers. But slides, rides, mazes, petting zoos, food concessions and live entertainment are common features throughout the area.
Some charge for entrance and parking, but even if admission is free most charge extra for these kinds of attractions. They may have ticket systems like carnivals or wristbands like neighborhood arcades.
Some take cash only while others have online reservation systems.
Also some allow dogs but others have no-pets policies. And there are other restrictions. Check out their websites for details.
Los Angeles County
Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Fest
AGRIscapes Center, Cal Poly Pomona, 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona; cpp.edu/pumpkinfestival; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 29.
This event, put on by the Huntley College of Agriculture, features 40,000 pumpkins, two corn mazes, a sunflower field, hay wagon rides and a petting zoo, according to its web page. Tickets are $6 on Fridays, $10 on weekends. Season passes are $48 for adults, $42 for children.
Carved at Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge; 818-949-4200, descansogardens.org; 6-10 p.m. nightly, Oct. 6-29.
Hundreds of carved and illuminated pumpkins will decorate the grounds of this 150-acre botanical garden. Entry is timed at half-hour intervals. Tickets are $20–$40 for Descanso Gardens members, $25–$45 for non-members.
15200 Rinaldi St., Los Angeles; 818-730-7707, fornerisfarms.com; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Oct. 8-31.
Attractions include a tractor-pulled train ride to a U-pick pumpkin field and a straw pyramid for selfies. Entry is $5. Transactions are cash only.
La Verne Heritage Foundation
Heritage Park, 5001 Via De Mansions, La Verne; laverneheritage.org; 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-29.
Attractions include a pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled rides and petting farm.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City; 310-276-9827, mrbonespumpkinpatch.com; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Oct. 5-29.
This family business strives to bring the charms of farm life to the big city. Attractions include pumpkin and teepee villages, bounce houses, a straw maze, petting zoo and food concessions. Admission $10-$30 depending on date and time, and there are extra charges for activities. No pets allowed.
Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch, Farmers Market
6333 W Third St., Los Angeles. mrjackolanternspumpkins.com; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Oct. 20-31.
Pumpkins of all sizes are for sale, and games include pumpkin bowling and candy cornhole. Admission is free, but there are changes for activities.
Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch, Torrance
17520 Prairie Ave., Torrance; mrjackolanternspumpkins.com; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-31.
Activities include pumpkin decorating, pumpkin smash, animal feeding and bounce house. Admission is free, but there are changes for activities.
Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch, West Los Angeles
11852 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; mrjackolanternspumpkins.com; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-31.
Activities include pumpkin decorating, pumpkin smash, animal feeding and bounce house. Free admission, extra charge for activities.
Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
6701 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach; paspumpkinpatch.com; Sept. 29-Oct. 31.
Advance reservations are required and can be booked online for 3½ hour time slots. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 3-12.
Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch
11650 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles; shawnspumpkinpatch.com; Daily Oct. 7-31, hours vary.
Individually priced activities include slides, a bounce house, rock wall, petting zoo and pony rides. There will be a $2.50 entrance fee on Saturdays and Sundays.
Hana Field Pumpkin Patch & Flower Fields
427 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa; 949-653-2100, tanakafarms.com; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 29.
Hana Field, operated by Tanaka Farms in Irvine, offers flower picking as well as U-pick pumpkins in Costa Mesa. Individually charged activities include Cow Train, pumpkin cannon and face painting. $10 admission, $15 for flower-picking, activities extra.
Irvine Park Railroad
Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. 714-997-3968, irvineparkrailroad.com; open daily Sept. 16-Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.
Haunted house, hay maze and photo ops are free. Other activities cost extra, including John Deere Racers, train and hay rides, bounce houses, face painting and panning for gold. Great Pumpkin Weigh-off is Saturday, Sept. 23. Entrance to the patch is free, but there’s a $3-$7 vehicle entrance fee to the park.
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
Outlets of San Clemente, 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente; abctreefarms.net; 2-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sept. 16-Oct. 31.
Attractions include giant slides, bumper boats and obstacle courses. Admission is free, but attractions are charged separately. Wristbands for inflatables cost $18 for 30 minutes and $23 for an hour. No pets allowed.
Pumpkin City, Anaheim
2180 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim; 949-449-4108, pumpkincity.com/pumpkin-farm; 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-31.
Attractions include boat and car rides, bounce houses and a petting zoo with a ticket payment system.
Pumpkin City, Laguna Hills
24203 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills; 949-449-4189, pumpkincity.com; 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 31.
This patch near is near where the Laguna Hills Mall used to be. It features a beer garden for combination Halloween/Oktoberfest partying.
Pumpkin Factory, Westminster
1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster; thepumpkinfactory.com/westminster; Daily, Oct. 1-Oct. 31, hours vary.
Attractions include rides, slides and a petting zoo.
5380 University Drive, Irvine. 949-653-2100; tanakafarms.com/tanaka-farms-pumpkin-patch; daily, Sept. 16-Oct. 31, hours vary.
U-pick pumpkins, wagon rides, arts and crafts. $10 general admission; extra for activities. Parking passes are required, fee is $10 on weekends. .
The farm includes a U-pick patch. Admission is $20-$22 and includes activities such as wagon rides and a corn maze. Some attractions, including a pumpkin cannon, cost extra. Twenty-fifth anniversary specials include 25-cent games on opening weekend, Sept. 16-17 and 25% off admission Sept. 16-29. Tickets are sold at half-hour intervals on the website.
Zoomars at River Street Ranch
31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. 949-831-6550; riverstreetranch.com; Sept. 20-Oct. 31.
This petting zoo with goats, sheep and guinea pigs does a pumpkin patch during Halloween season. Admission is $15, $12 for children12 years and younger,
Big Horse Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Big Horse Feed and Mercantile, 33320 Temecula Parkway, Temecula; 951-389-4621, bighorsecornmaze.com; Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 31.
Giant maze features a patriotic theme. Last entrance is one hour before closing. Other attractions include a pumpkin patch, bounce house, bungee ride. There will be food vendors and a beer garden on weekends. The corn maze is a daytime attraction, but the pumpkin festival is open evenings. Check website for hours. $15 admission, $10 parking on weekends.
Hunter’s Pumpkin Patch
12125 Day St., Building Q, Moreno Valley. 951-440-2027; hunterspumpkinpatch.com; 4-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-Oct. 30.
Attractions include slides, a barrel train and other rides, games and carnival food.
Peltzer Pumpkin Farm
39925 Calle Contento, Temecula; 951-695-1115, peltzerfarms.com; open daily Sept. 23-Oct. 31, check website for hours.
Attractions include a petting zoo, games, mining, face painting and rides. Admission is $2 Monday through Friday, $3 on weekends. Attractions cost extra. The property includes Peltzer Winery, “where the pumpkins grow and the wine flows.”
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
18614 Dexter Ave., Lake Elsinore; abctreefarms.net; 2-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 31.
Inventory includes gourds, Indian corn and Halloween accessories as well as pumpkins. Attractions include bounce houses, slides and food vendors. Admission is free; wristbands for inflatables cost $18-$30.
1545 Circle City Drive, Corona; thepumpkinfactory.com; daily Oct. 1-31, hours vary.
Attractions include rides, games, petting zoo and food vendors. Free admission.
San Bernardino County
Attractions include a 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.
10133 Ward Way, Mentone; 909-794-7653, greenspotfarms.com; open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct 31; scary nighttime attractions will be added 7-10 p.m. Oct. 13-31.
Attractions include a hay maze, bounce house, tractor rides, duck races and farm animals. Admission is free. Tickets for nighttime Haunted Hayride are $15-$30.
Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Farm
Live Oak Canyon Road at the 10 Freeway, Yucaipa; liveoakcanyon.com; open daily Sept. 22-Oct. 31, hours vary.
U-pick pumpkins and a large selection of picked pumpkins and gourds, there are more than 50 attractions including corn maze, petting zoo and rides. Live entertainment in October. $11-$17 admission for adults, $8-11 for children age 3-10; extra charge for some attractions.
Los Rios Rancho
39611 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa; losriosrancho.com; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
This farm specializes in apples and berries, but lists U-pick pumpkins among its produce in the autumn.
12261 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa; rileysfarm.com; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
This property specializes in recreating colonial America and other historical periods, but lists U-pick pumpkins among its autumn crops.
SkyPark Santa’s Village
28950 Highway 18, Skyforest; skyparksantasvillage.com; Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-29.
Highlights of “Pumpkins in the Pines 2023” include a parkwide pumpkin patch, “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” puppet show, costume contests and seasonal food and beverages. Adult tickets are $59 and parking is $10.