Best Pumpkin Patches for LA, Ventura, & Orange County Kids

Halloween activities for SoCal Kids, pumpkin-picking, fall festivals, hay rides, corn mazes, petting zoos for Los Angeles families

The time has come to surrender to the Great Pumpkin. Mind you, the big guy is spoiled for choice around the Southland in Halloween season. We won't presume to call one pumpkin patch more sincere than the others, but LA’s pumpkin patches (and pseudo pumpkin patches) run a satisfying gamut from small to large, folksy to commercial. Whether you're hoping for a hit-and-run Halloween photo or a day's outing in autumnal reverie, your destination is below...

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McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch
October 1 - 31, 2017
5156 McGrath Street
Ventura, CA 93003
805.658.9972
Hours: 9AM to dusk

Families wanting to pick pumpkins off the actual plant can realize their dreams at McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch up in Ventura. It requires a little more of a drive than the typical parking lot full of hay bales and squash in town, but the payoff includes a real, honest-to-goodness pumpkin patch alongside farm animals, games, and hayrides. Most days there is no separate entrance fee; call to confirm.

Tanaka Farms
September 29 - October 31, 2017
5380 3/4 University Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
949.653.2100
Hours: 9AM-5:30PM

If Orange County sounds closer for you than Ventura, Tanaka Farms has its own sincere patch, with opportunities to pluck one’s pumpkin straight from the vine. A free corn maze is added incentive, as are wagon rides ($6) and a petting zoo ($3). Admission is $3 and parking is free.

The pumpkins are on the vine at Tanaka Farms. Photo courtesy of the farm

Underwood Farms
September 30 - October 31, 2017
3370 Sunset Valley Road
Moorpark, CA 93021
805.529.3690
Hours: 9AM-6PM

Ordinarily the ultimate pick-your-own paradise, Underwood Farms does all the picking in advance for its huge Fall Harvest Festival each year. The fresh pumpkins are lined up and waiting to be bought, amidst endless farm fun that includes hay rides, petting zoos, pony rides, pig races, corn mazes, and every other form of agricultural entertainment imaginable. Admission price varies, and is higher on weekends, when activities really ramp up. For discounted tickets, purchase in advance online.

Forneris Farms
September 30 - October 31, 2017
15200 Rinaldi Street
Mission Hills, CA, 91345
818.730.7709
Weekdays 1PM-5PM; Weekends 9AM-5PM

Another farm in the Valley sets up its pumpkins in the more urban fashion, lined up between hay bales. Forneris Farms’ pumpkins are nonetheless freshly picked and accompanied by a corn maze and train rides (included in $15 admission), pony rides ($6), and a petting zoo ($5). Parking and entry to the farm and pumpkin patch are free. The hours above are for the festival activities; pumpkins are available 9AM-6PM daily.

Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch
September 22 - October 31, 2017
10601 Riverside Drive
Toluca Lake, CA
818.505.8039
Hours: 10AM-9PM

Valley-dwellers focused more on the pumpkin and less on the rides can generally find an impressive selection at the Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch. Colors and shapes vary much more widely than we thought possible; and little kids can get up close and cuddly at the covered petting zoo while adults shop. Check website for pricing and a discounted admission coupon.

Tapia Bros.
October 1 - 31, 2017
5251 Hayvenhurst Avenue
Encino, CA 91316
818.905.6155
Hours: 9AM-6PM

The other side of the Valley greets the Great Pumpkin at the decades-old, family-run Tapia Bros. urban farm stand. The competitively priced pumpkins, squash, and gourds are accompanied by a big climb-on pumpkin, hay rides, a petting zoo, and a haunted trailer. Non-fans of Monsanto will be glad to know that Tapia Bros. has non-GMO crops. No admission fee; prices for activities vary.


Take a pony ride at a pumpkin patch—why not? Photo courtesy of Tina's Pumpkin Patch

Tina's Pumpkin Patch
October 1 - 31, 2017
4827 Sepulveda Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
818.495.8750
Mon-Thu 10AM-8PM; Fri-Sat 10AM-9PM; October 31 10AM-3PM

One of the Valley's newer patches is squeezed in between the 101 and the Galleria. This is definitely a city patch, but the entertainment factor is high, with pony rides, a straw maze, train rides, bouncers, and a petting zoo (pony rides and petting zoo are open Thursday afternoon through Sunday). Where else can you fit pumpkins and alpacas in the same family photo?

Palisades YMCA Pumpkin Patch
October 1 - 30, 2017
15601 Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
310.454.5591
Weekdays 3PM-6PM; Weekends 9AM-6PM

One of our family's favorite patches has long been the unpretentious and inviting patch at the front of Temescal Gateway Park in the Palisades. Simon Meadow, as the grove is called, is a corner of the park controlled by the Palisades YMCA, and the pumpkin patch there is large, tree-filled, and fenced in – in short, perfect for a playdate. No one counts how long or how often your kids visit the bounce house, and the location makes for great photo ops - as does the late afternoon sun filtering through the trees. On Sunday, October 8 there will be a glass pumpkin sale from 10am - 4pm, as well as a pumpkin carving booth (at no extra charge except for the purchase of the pumpkin to carve). Admission and parking are free, and pumpkin purchases support the YMCA.

Shawn's Pumpkin Patch
October 6 - 31, 2017
6815 S. La Cienega Blvd.
(corner of La Cienega and Centinela Blvd).
LA, CA 90045
323.325.6314 or 424-351-8575
9AM-8PM (with a few exceptions; call to confirm)

October 6 - 31, 2017
3443 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
(corner of Sepulveda and Palms Blvd.)
LA, CA 90034
323-325-6314 or 310-315-1050
9AM-8PM (with a few exceptions; call to confirm)

Whoever Shawn is, we crown him king of the parking lot pumpkin patches. With locations in West LA and Santa Monica, this pumpkin impresario has the Westside covered. Admission is free, with charges for the various forms of entertainment: petting zoos, pony rides, a little train, bounce houses. The LA location is much larger with more attractions; we recommend calling ahead to check on animal-related activities, as the hours on these are shorter than Patch opening hours (e.g. ponies only work Thu-Sun, and not all day). Parties are available at the LA location.


Who knew the Bat Cave was in a pumpkin? Photo courtesy of Mr. Bones

Mr. Bones
October 6 - 30, 2017
10100 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310.276.9827
Sun-Thu 9AM-8PM; Fri-Sat 9AM-9PM

Another popular seasonal lot is Mr. Bones, who loaded up his truck and moved from Beverly (Hills, that is) to Culver City in 2015. The patch's location at LA City College is much bigger, making room for life-size pumpkin houses, a theater for storytelling and magic shows, and interactive pumpkin art (by reservation). Classic entertainment from previous years also returns, including pony rides, face painting, a hay maze, a petting zoo, a super slide, and a giant bouncy pumpkin. Parties are available. Check website for pricing and ticket packages.

Pa's Pumpkin Patch
September 29 - October 31, 2017
6701 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Long Beach, CA 90803
562.596.7741
Hours vary; check website for details

There are pumpkins at this patch. It seems necessary to state that because one could forget - in the midst of the carnival rides, animal attractions, games, etc - that one came here to buy a piece of fruit. The pumpkins are, indeed, plentiful, and the accompanying entertainment and Halloween celebrations have been getting Long Beach families in the holiday spirit for years.

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch
September 16 - October 31, 2017
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92862
714.997.3968
Hours: Weekdays 10AM-5PM; Weekends 10AM-6PM

Kids can ride the Pumpkin Train, jump in a moon bounce, go on a hay ride, play carnival games, get their faces painted, and pick pumpkins at Irvine Park Railroad (most activities $5). Be sure to check the coupon page before heading over.

The Pumpkin Patch is located just behind the train station, and admission is free, but the County of Orange charges a gate entrance fee ($5 weekends, $3 weekdays) to drive into Irvine Regional Park.

College of Agriculture Pumpkin Festival
October 7 - 8, 2017
(Pumpkin patch will continue from October 10-31 at varying times)
Cal Poly Pomona: 
4102 S. University Drive
Pomona, CA 91768
909.869.2215
Festival Hours: 8AM-5PM 

Cal Poly Pomona's Pumpkin Festival celebrates its 25th year with lots of family fun. The drive east is rewarded with a large patch, a corn maze, games, a petting farm, horse rides, live music, contests, storytelling, an Insect Fair, and more. Family packs are cheaper purchased in advance on the website. The pumpkin patch, one of the largest in California with over 70,000 pumpkins, continues after the opening weekend festival. Admission is free October 10-31.

 

Originally published September 14, 2011

location: 
McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch
5156 McGrath Street
93003 Ventura , CA
Phone: 805.658.9972
34° 15' 16.2684" N, 119° 13' 16.6584" W
California
Tanaka Farms
5380 3/4 University Drive
92612 Irvine , CA
Phone: 949.653.2100
33° 39' 27.5616" N, 117° 48' 7.1928" W
California
Underwood Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Road
93021 Moorpark , CA
Phone: 805.529.3690
34° 15' 19.1952" N, 118° 51' 5.9328" W
California
Forneris Farms
15200 Rinaldi Street
91345 Mission Hills , CA
Phone: 818.730.7709
34° 16' 42.978" N, 118° 27' 47.1492" W
California
Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch
10601 Riverside Drive
Toluca Lake , CA
Phone: 818.505.8039
34° 9' 9.0144" N, 118° 21' 42.1848" W
California
Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch
1 Irvine Park Road
92862 Irvine , CA
Phone: 714.997.3968
33° 47' 46.788" N, 117° 45' 14.6088" W
California
Pa's Pumpkin Patch
6701 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.
90803 Long Beach , CA
Phone: 562.596.7741
33° 45' 23.85" N, 118° 6' 35.3196" W
California
Mr. Bones
10100 Jefferson blvd.
90232 Culver city , CA
Phone: 310.276.9827
34° 0' 44.0748" N, 118° 23' 19.824" W
California
Shawn's Pumpkin Patch
6815 La Cienega
90066 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 310.341.4181
34° 0' 18.0612" N, 118° 26' 1.806" W
California
Shawn's Pumpkin Patch
3443 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
90034 West Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 310.315.0900
34° 1' 11.622" N, 118° 25' 21.8352" W
California
Palisades YMCA Pumpkin Patch
15601 Sunset Boulevard
90272 Pacific Palisades , CA
Phone: 310.454.5591
34° 3' 1.8072" N, 118° 31' 47.0496" W
California
Tapia Bros.
5251 Hayvenhurst Ave.
91316 Encino , CA
Phone: 818.905.6155
34° 13' 20.7012" N, 118° 29' 33.0828" W
California
Cal Poly Pomona
4102 S. University Drive
91768 Pomona , CA 34° 2' 53.9124" N, 117° 49' 10.4808" W
California
Tina's Pumpkin Patch
4827 Sepulveda Blvd.
91403 Sherman Oaks , CA 34° 9' 30.5712" N, 118° 27' 59.5908" W
California