With Halloween just around the corner, families are flocking to local pumpkin patches to find what will inevitably become the neighborhood’s best jack-o-lantern. From simple street corners to extravagant autumn displays, cities throughout southern California have no shortage of pumpkin patch options.
We’ve gathered our favorite pumpkin patches, all of which are owned by or support local farmers. Check it out!
Los Angeles County
Forneris Farms, Mission Hills
An annual pumpkin patch and Harvest Festival. There are gorgeous varieties of pumpkins grown and harvested by the local farmers. Get lost in their four acre Super Farmer Corn Maze or take a narrated tractor tour around the farm.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch, Culver City
Founded in 1987, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is a family-owned and operated business that focuses on bringing the farm to the city and celebrating the magic of Halloween. Becky and David Campbell, drawing inspiration from their farm in Silverton, Oregon, originally opened the patch in Westwood when they realized how few opportunities there were for Los Angeles-area children to experience farm life at an urban pumpkin patch. Mr. Bones focused on creating a spooky, fun space for families wherein kids could learn more about nature and the environment while celebrating the more traditional side of Halloween.
Farm Lot 59, Long Beach
Farm Lot 59 demonstrates a small-scale model of sustainable agriculture using current best practices with the 2016 USDA-funded high tunnel extension. Their working to change the future of food by proving that vacant property can be transformed into a sustainable urban farm scape.
Tapia Bros. Farm, Encino
Tapia Bros. Farm is a family-owned and operated produce stand in the San Fernando Valley. They grow and sell fresh seasonal produce. During the fall, they have a terrific pumpkin patch and some chickens, sheep, and goats to keep the kids busy.
South Coast Farms, San Juan Capistrano
South Coast Farms offers a local, certified organic, family farm choice right in south Orange County. They have a small, charming pumpkin patch open during the fall.
Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Tours, Irvine
The Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch is open every day, September 22 – October 31. Monday thru Friday, they have a continuous wagon ride, petting zoo, corn maze, sunflower field, U-Pick vegetable patch and acres of traditional pumpkins to choose from. Every Saturday and Sunday in October, they also have games, ATV rides, face painting, the Pumpkin Cannon, food and interactive activities for kids.
Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm, Anaheim, Laguna Hills & Rancho Santa Margarita
What started with a pick-up load of pumpkins in 1978 has now grown into Orange County’s largest premier Harvest Festival. Since first opening their gates, Pumpkin City has been dedicated to celebrating the October Halloween season with wholesome family fun and entertainment—creating a charming farm atmosphere in the heart of the city.
Amy’s Farms, Ontario
Amy’s farms offers pick your own pumpkin and school field trips. Elementary Age Tours are appropriate for ages as young as 2 years old. The owners adapt your tour to the specific needs of your group in an age-appropriate way.
Riley’s Farm, Oak Glen
Whatever type of pumpkin you’re searching for, Riley’s Farm has them all! The owners love to plant and try out new varieties every year, and make sure to keep all of their old favorites around. Guests get to hike out to their pumpkin fields and pick out whatever pumpkins they like.
Greenspot Farms, Mentone
Greenspot Farms’ Pumpkin Patch is bursting with colorful pumpkins of every different shape and size! They have all sorts of pumpkins including Blue, Ghost, and Cinderella’s. The entire farm is alive with the colors of the fall harvest. Stock up on Gourds, Indian Corn, Stalks, and Straw Bales while visiting, to give your porch that Fall touch!
Cal Polly Pomona’s Pumpkin Patch is known as one of the largest in California. Over 40,000 Cal Poly grown pumpkins fill the huge patch. Best of all every pumpkin, big or small, is only $5!
Peltzer Farms, Temecula
Peltzer Pumpkin Farm offers gold mining, pig races, pony rides, a petting zoo, and more to make picking out your favorite fall pumpkins a great family experience.
San Diego County
The Carlsbad Strawberry Company is a family run grower of fruits and vegetables. Now in its third generation, they have been farming in this area since 1948. Their annual pumpkin patch opens in September.
Lavender Hill Pumpkins, Fallbrook
Lavender Hill Pumpkins is a family owned and tended classic pumpkin farm located in Fallbrook, near San Diego. They grow a selection of varieties that produce unusually large or unique pumpkins. This year’s crop includes about ten thousand pumpkins in three dozen varieties, ranging from the very large to the very small, from the mildly eccentric to the shamelessly grotesque.
Pumpkin Station Farms, Rancho Bernardo & Bonita
Enjoy the time-honored tradition of a real pumpkin farm. Stroll through their living pumpkin patch, explore a real corn maze and take a hay ride through the Christmas Tree farm. Educational school and group tours are also available at these locations.
McGrath Brothers Great Pacific Pumpkins knows how to create truly colossal pumpkins. The fifth-generation farmers churn out huge orange specimens every year, each ready to be carved or painted just in time for Halloween. And the farm rounds out a happy-Halloween experience with a hay bale maze, tractor-drawn hay rides, and visits to the farm animals.
Pete’s Pumpkin Patch, Camarillo
Pete’s Pumpkin Patch is family owned and operated since 2007. They take pride in growing their pumpkins on a hillside and making sure that you and your families have a fun and memorable experience.
The Painted Pony, Santa Paula
Groups of 20 or more are invited to come and pick pumpkins in October at The Painted Pony, an educational family farm in Santa Paula. Their popular Pumpkin Picking Field Trip is full of Educational information and fun. It is truly a hands on experience when you cut your own pumpkin off the vine. Advanced reservations required.
P.S. Where is your favorite pumpkin patch? Tell us in the comments below!