Halloween is upon us, also known as the season of candy corn, the Great Pumpkin, and unapologetically dressing like the sexy version of anything. (We're looking at you, barely-dressed handmaid.) This year marks a return to near-normal en plein air autumn events, thanks to the continued rollout of vaccines, booster shots and California's status as the U.S. state with the lowest coronavirus rates.
On that note, we're rounding up some the best pumpkin patches in Los Angeles and Orange County (listed in alphabetical order) to help you get into the spooky holiday spirit. From a celebrity-beloved gourd plot to patches located at popular L.A. retail therapy haunts (convenient for one-stop costume and decor shopping), find out where to shop for Halloween pumpkins in L.A. and beyond below.
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Beverly Center Pumpkin Patch (Beverly Grove)
Beverly Center Pumpkin Patch (Beverly Grove): The popular L.A. shopping center's outdoor pumpkin patch promises farm-fresh gourds, pumpkin carving demonstrations, socially-distanced 'grammable photo scenes, fall-inspired treats (like pumpkin spice lattes), and more. Note that the patch is located on the parking garage between the La Cienega escalator and West 3rd Street entrance on level 1.
When: Friday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Oct. 31; Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., pumpkin sales at concierge desk from 2 to 6 p.m. daily
Where: Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd. (3rd Street entrance), L.A., 90036
Pumpkin pricing: $2 to $12 and available at the outdoor patch and at the concierge desk on Grand Court on level 6
Parking: Paid on-site garage and nearby metered street parking
Cougar Mountain Pumpkin Patch (Eagle Rock)
Cougar Mountain Pumpkin Patch (Eagle Rock): Located at Eagle Rock Plaza, this people-pleasing pumpkin patch offers family-friendly fall activities, like pony rides, bounce houses, and more. Bonus: there's plenty of parking, and Target is located in the same center —perfect for one-stop Halloween decor shopping.
When: Saturday, Oct. 2 to Sunday, Oct. 31; Mondays through Fridays from 1 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 2700 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, 90041
Admission & Parking: Free on-site
Forneris Farms (Mission Hills)
Forneris Farms (Mission Hills): Pick up future jack o' lanterns at the family-owned farm's patch, which also includes train rides and a fun photo area. Note that there won't be a corn maze or pony rides this year; admission includes a $5 discount on all orange pumpkins.
When: Friday, Oct. 1 to Saturday, Oct. 31; Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 15200 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills, 91345
Admission & Activities Pricing: Cash-only admission is $5 per person or $10 per person for train ride/U-pick; free for kids under 2 with paid adult. Corn maze and train ride are $20 per person; free entry to the farm market
Parking: Free on-site
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch (Culver City)
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch (Culver City): This celebrity-frequented gourd plot promises plenty of happenings and photo ops to keep little ones busy, including a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, tipi house, super slide, a straw maze, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and many more activities. Bring your pup on Oct. 14 for Howl-o-ween from 6 to 8 p.m., and the Mr. Bones Trick or Treat Spooktacular on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. promises trick-or-treating (5 to 7 p.m.), live music, a magician, a balloon artist, and more entertainment.
When: Thursday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: West LA College, 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, 90232
Admission & Activity Pricing: $5 general admission ages 2 and up Monday through Friday (except on Oct. 8, $10 for adults and $5 for kids), $15 general admission Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10; $20 general admission Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17; $25 general admission Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24 and Oct. 30 and 31. Weekend VIP passes are $60 and include expedited entry; access to VIP area; free water; unlimited kids access to slides, bounce houses and petting zoo; wagon access; secure storage area; and more perks. Activities range from 1 to 14 tickets; get more ticket info and pricing here and buy passes and more online here.
Pumpkin pricing: $1.29/lb. for standard pumpkins, $1.49/lb. for specialty pumpkins, gourds and smaller pumpkins starting at $2 each, and larger pre-priced pumpkins
Parking: $5 on weekdays, $10 on weekends, $15 valet
Original Farmers Market Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch
Original Farmers Market Fall Festival (Beverly Grove): Shop for pumpkins (and snap family photos while you're at it) at the L.A. landmark's fall festival, which promises live music, entertainment, kids crafts, delicious grub, and more family-friendly activities. Mr. Jack O' Lanterns Pumpkin Patch will be offering gourds of all sizes at the Market Plaza.
When: Pumpkin patch from Saturday, Oct. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 31; fall festival from Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Where: The Original Farmers Market, 6333 West 3rd St., L.A., 90036
Pumpkin pricing: $3 to $110
Parking: 90 min. free parking in Farmers Market lot and metered street parking
Mr. Jack O' Lantern's Pumpkin Patch (multiple locations)
Mr. Jack O' Lantern's Pumpkin Patch (multiple locations): In addition to popping up at the Original Farmers Market's fall festival, Mr. Jack O' Lantern's pumpkin patch is also holding court at several other SoCal locations. Expect games, activities, and attractions including photo stations, spooky mazes, pumpkin decorating stations, football toss, bouncy slides, animal visits, and more. All COVID safety guidelines will be followed (including frequent cleaning and sanitization stations) and guests much wear face masks. Admission is free and you can also order online for local delivery or in-person pickup; get more details here.
When & Where: From Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 in West L.A. (11852 Santa Monica Blvd., 90025) and Torrance (17520 Prairie Ave., 90504); from Oct. 8 to Oct. 31 in Hollywood (6407 Sunset Bvd., 90028); from Oct. 16 to Oct. 31 at the Original Farmers Market (6333 West 3rd St., 90036)
Pumpkin pricing: $3 to $110; decorating kits are also available for $10 to $22
Parking: Free at all locations
Shawn's Pumpkin Patch (West L.A.)
Shawn's Pumpkin Patch (West L.A.): In addition to picking out future jack-o-lanterns, little patchgoers can enjoy train rides, a pumpkin bounce, a mini roller coaster, a straw maze, giant slides, face painting and more family-friendly attractions.
When: Friday, Oct. 8 to Sunday, Oct. 31; Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 3444 South Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 90034
Activity Pricing: $3.50 to $22; see the full list of activities and details here
Admission & Parking: Free
Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch (Irvine)
Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch (Irvine): Celebrate the Halloween season at the 30-acre family farm in Irvine, where guests can enjoy wagon rides, a petting zoo, pick-your-own veggies, a corn maze, a pumpkin cannon, and more activities. Plus, visit Saturday, October 28 for a very special pre-Halloween event.
When: Sept. 18 to Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (gates close at 5:30 p.m.)
Where: Tanaka Farms, 5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine, 92612
Admission & Pricing: $6 per person (free for military and ages 2 and under); $16 for value package which includes admission, wagon ride, and barnyard access. Pricing for games and activities is $5 each (or 5 for $20), $6 for unlimited wagon rides (2 and under ride free), and $6 for the barnyard educational exhibit
Parking: $10 on Fridays (after 12 p.m.), Saturdays and Sundays; must be purchased in advance online
Tapia Bros. Farm (Encino)
Tapio Bros. Farm (Encino): The family-owned farm's pumpkin patch in the San Fernando Valley (conveniently off the 101 freeway) has everything you need to get into the Halloween spirit. Little ones and grown-ups can enjoy a play area, train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, and a corn maze; once you've found the perfect pumpkin, you can pick up fresh produce while you're there, too.
When: Saturday, Oct. 2 to Saturday, Oct. 30; Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call the farm at (818) 905-6155 to confirm as some hours may change
Where: 5251 Hayvenhurst Ave., Encino, 91436
Admission & Pricing: Details pending
Tina's Pumpkin Patch (Sherman Oaks)
Tina's Pumpkin Patch (Sherman Oaks): In addition to picking pumpkins, expect train rides, a petting zoo, and pony rides for the kiddos. Masks are required for entry and social distancing will be in place.
When: Friday, Oct. 1 Saturday, Oct. 31; Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Westfield Fashion Square parking lot, 4725 Woodman Ave., Sherman Oaks, 91423
Admission & Activity Pricing: Free entry, pumpkin prices vary; $6 for pony rides, $3 for petting zoo, and $3 for train rides
Parking: Free on-site
Underwood Family Farms (Moorpark)
Underwood Family Farms (Moorpark): The family-owned farm's annual Fall Harvest Festival at its 50-acre Moorpark location promises plenty of pumpkins alongside pick-your own fruits and veggies, and activities including a corn maze, animal shows, pony rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, make your own scarecrow, temporary tattoos, and much more. Weekends include live entertainment; see more details on Fall Harvest Festival activities at Underwood Family Farms' website. Note that you can also pick pumpkins at Underwood Family Farms' Somis location.
Where: 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark, 93021
When: Now through Sunday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Admission: $10 Monday through Friday and $16 to $22 weekends (kids ages 2 and under free); see full pricing schedule here
Pumpkin Pricing: $4 to $16
Parking: Free on-site