It seems that each year the pumpkin patches are bigger and better than the year before. An age long tradition of drinking hot chocolate and finding the biggest pumpkin you can find and taking a picture with it, is here. Bundle up the family in cozy scarves and check out these pumpkin patches that offer pony rides for the little ones, bounce houses for the energetic kids, face painting, mazes, hay rides and more!
1. Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
6701 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach
This spot feels like the fair came back in town. Take a picture with giant pumpkins and your family. Sip some hot chocolate and take the little ones to the petting zoo. They offer a variety of games and you might end up bringing a fish home with that pumpkin.
2. Pumpkinpalooza at Zoomars
31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano
Located at the train station in San Juan Capistrano, families are invited to pick pumpkins and paint a jack-o’-lanterns.
3. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
702 North Doheny Drive, West Hollywood
Make some magical Halloween memories at Mr. Bones Pumpkin patch with your family. Do you have a child that has their birthday around Halloween? Look into arranging a party at the patch for a birthday they’ll never forget.
4. Johnson Brothers Pumpkin Patch
15500 Jeffrey Road and Irvine Center Drive, Irvine
Complimentary face painting is available in the “Indian Village”. They have bounce houses, petting zoos and of course, pumpkins!
5. The Pumpkin Factory
Make families memories that the whole family can enjoy at the Pumpkin Factory. Bounce houses are fun for the kids. Who knows, maybe dad will even jump there.
6. Irvine Park Railroad
I Irvine Park Road, Orange
This pumpkin patch is loaded with fun activities for the family! Spend the whole day dedicated to family time. The Irvine Park Railroad offers paddle boat rentals, horse rentals and hiking to name a few.
7. Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College
20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills
Take a hay ride with the family and get spooked by the creatures of the haunted corn maze.
8. Peltzer Farms Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze
39925 Calle Contento, Temecula
Have fun watching the pig races! Get lost in the corn maze thinking about how fall is full of tradition and memories with your loved ones.
9. El Dorado Express Pumpkin Patch
7550 E. Spring St. Long Beach
Hop on the El Dorado Express train and head on over to the pumpkin patch with the kids.
10. Tanaka Farms
5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine
For an organic experience, visit this farm that allows you to pick from the vine.
11. Foneris Farms
15200 Rinaldi St.
Enter the labyrinth corn maze and expect to get lost for about an hour. Play the game of CORNundrums, connect all ten riddles and wine a prize!
12. The Big Horse Corn Maze
Temecula Parkway and Highway 79 South
Big Horse has one of the largest pillow jumps in California and an 11+ acre corn maze. Check out their website for a look at their 2014 corn maze layout design.
13. Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch
Locations in Culver City and Santa Monica
You just might come across a few celebrities at this patch. A trick for preserving your pumpkin: soak it in 1 tsp. bleach and 1 gallon water for an extended display life.14. Bates Nut Farm’s Pumpkin Patch 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center www.batesnutfarm.biz
Bat’es Nut Farm known more than just how to farm nuts. This beautiful farm offers a spetacular selection of pumpkins. Photo ops are available left and right.15. Lavender Hill Pumpkin Farm 1509 East Mission Rd., Fallbrook www.lavenderhillpumpkins.com Pile the kids in the car and make sure everyone is wearing matching shirts, because it’s family portrait time at this gorgeous pumpkin patch. Pick a pumpkin that’s good enough to be Cinderella’s carriage. There is something to be said about picking a pumpkin on the same ground that it came from. 16. Pumpkin Patch at Farm Stand West
2115 Miller Ave., Escondido
Kill two birds with one stone when visiting this pumpkin patch. Don’t forget to meander through their selection of fresh produce available.