Photography By: Pascal Shirley
Photography By: Pascal Shirley

5 Places to Pick Your Perfect Pumpkin in LA

Pumpkin Patches You Can’t Miss

Most of our produce is picked up at the local grocery store and unceremoniously transported home where it is then devoured. On the other hand, pumpkins are the only fruit (look it up, don’t @ me) that we take pictures with. They are in all of our fall photos, we place fake ones on our coffee tables, and we saturate our morning coffee with their essences for six weeks each fall. If you haven’t already overdosed on pumpkin spice lattes (in this weather I would suggest ordering it iced), then head on over to one of these Los Angeles area pumpkin patches to get yourself a selfie with a squash. Los Angeles pumpkin patches


Mr. Bones

Of all the pumpkin patches in LA, this is the most LAish of them all. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch has been offering Los Angeles-area families a variety of elaborate photography backdrops since 1987. If you grew up in LA, you might be featured in both a polaroid with your parents and a TikTok with your toddler. To make this even more LA, you can buy tickets in advance (it runs from October 7th thru Halloween) and the prices go up each weekend.

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Open: October 7th – October 31st, Daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Los Angeles pumpkin patches

Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival

This October, Cal Poly Pomona is putting on their pumpkin festival at the Farm Store. With 80, 000 pumpkins grown for the event, thousands flock to the Farm Store to pick out their perfect pumpkin. For the little ones, there will be a giant corn maze, a cow train, hay wagon rides, goats to pet and farm demonstrations like bee keeping or cow milking. Bring your appetite, as there will be a variety festival food! Don’t worry about the calories—you can burn them off dancing to the live entertainment. As one of the largest pumpkin patches in California, this is not one to miss!

Local Insight: You must book your reservations in advance online, and prices range from $4 to $22.

Open: October 2nd – October 31st, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Wednesdays – Fridays 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. – 8 p. m.

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Pasadena Pumpkin Patch

Since 1992, the Pasadena Pumpkin Patch has been a local favorite. This patch is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and features rides, slides, and of course, pumpkins! The Pasadena Pumpkin Patch is known for its fantastic slides and bounce houses, and is an absolute must for kids! In addition to the rides, this pumpkin patch also has a petting zoo and pony rides. The patch is admission-free, and if you review them on Yelp or Google+, you get 15 percent off your entire pumpkin patch purchase!

Open: October 1st – October 31st, Daily 10 a.m. – 9 p. m.

Los Angeles pumpkin patches

Tapia Brothers

Tapia Brothers is a family-owned produce stand that grows and sells its own produce, and offers an incredible pumpkin patch to get you ready for fall. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, the stand features an impressive corn maze that people come from near and far to see. Make sure to bring the kids to see the petting zoo and jump around in the bounce house, too! Snack on some freshly roasted corn or kettle corn, and enjoy the hay wagon ride and tractor-pulled train in this admission-free pumpkin patch, which closes on Oct. 31st. And for all of you adults, check out the awesome corn maze, which is open daily except for Mondays.

Open: October 2nd – October 31st, Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

Head to Calabasas for this pumpkin extravaganza on October 17th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This festival has been a favorite in Calabasas for over 40 years, and it just keeps getting better. This year, enjoy live bands, local vendors, pumpkin beer, pumpkin painting, pumpkin carving, contests and much, much more! For $10 (if you buy in advance online), you can enjoy all this festival has to offer, including a reptile and bug show, giant slide, an array of rides, Halloween carnival games and a local business expo!

Local Insight: Buy an early bird ticket online for $8, from September 1 – October 8.

Open: October 2nd – October 31st, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Wednesdays – Fridays 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. – 8 p. m.

Los Angeles pumpkin patches

Santa Monica Farmer’s Market I hope you’ve been lifting weights, because if you haven’t been, now is the time to start. The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market is having its famous All-You-Can-Carry Pumpkin Patch celebration from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26, or until all the pumpkins are gone. To add to the fun, the farmer’s market encourages you to wear your Halloween costume, so bust out your best Disney princess or prince charming and get ready to carry some pumpkins! Tickets are $5, and all pumpkins are provided by the local farm, Murray Family Farms. Santa Monica Open: October 7th – October 31st, Daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

About the author

Erik Hale is the visionary and publisher behind LOCALE Magazine. He launched the magazine in 2010, wanting to give the community of OC a premiere lifestyle magazine that knew all the native knowledge behind OC. “Six years ago Ashley and I sat at a table scratching the name LOCALE (among some other names) onto a sheet of paper,” says Erik, “coming up with story ideas and basically dreaming. Everything we imagined has happened and we have been blessed with so much more. I am so grateful as we start another year for my family, my two wonderful children, my health, our amazing writers, designers and photographers, our advertising partners and you.”

Marie’s love of writing spans various forms, including short stories and screenplays. She majored in Film and Media Studies with an emphasis in screenwriting from the University of California, Irvine, and has a degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Marie began her journey with LOCALE Magazine as a writer, and has recently begun a new chapter as Web Editor. She is beyond thrilled to be moving forward with this amazing publication. When she is not writing or studying fashion trends, Marie can be found in the gym or on the water on her paddle board. Oh, and she’s a mean cook, too. Instagram @marie.charisse


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