It’s that time of year again when people like to shop for pumpkins and turn them into jack-o-lanterns or homemade pumpkin pies. It’s a good thing Los Angeles is home to some pretty good pumpkin patches that turn the usual pumpkin-buying experience into a fun-filled family day activity. You can learn to carve a pumpkin, get lost in a straw maze and feed live farm animals among other activities available at some of the best pumpkin patches in Los Angeles.
Bob and Joanne Cottone & Sons Pumpkin Patch
21573 Madrona Ave.
Torrance, CA 90503
Cotton & Sons is a family-owned business occupying an entire lot at the Del Amo Fashion Center Mall near Black Angus. This kid-centric pumpkin patch has moon bounces for kids to jump and play in as well as pony rides and a petting zoo featuring live farm animals. It’s a fun place to shop for pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. The pumpkin patch is open daily through Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
702 N. Doheny Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Packed with loads of fun, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is also family-owned with a strong commitment to creating lasting memories for the whole family. Mr. Bones has the typical moon bounce, pony rides and petting zoos that can be found at other pumpkin patches, but what sets it apart from all the others is the Mr. Bones’ Super Slide and Straw Maze to get lost in. Pumpkins range in price for $1 for a mini to $60 for a jumbo. Mr. Bones is open daily through Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and until 8 p.m. on the weekends.
Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
6701 E Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90803
Pa’s Pumpkin Patch is another local favorite great for not only families, but also school field trips and children’s birthday parties. The atmosphere has a very country fair type of vibe which makes it very popular. There are more rides at Pa’s than most other patches including train rides, roller coasters, slides and even a fun house. While parking and admission are free, you will have to purchase tickets for the rides.
Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch
2300 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Spend quality time with the family getting lost in a straw maze on a quest to find the perfect pumpkin for carving your very own jack-o-lantern. Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch is a play land for kids and a local festival for adults complete with snacks, refreshments and a picnic area for lounging. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained including pumpkin carving, rides, color sand art and plenty of photo opportunities. This pumpkin patch opens daily at 10 a.m. starting Oct. 10.
15200 Rinaldi St.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
Forneris Farms prides itself on being home to some of the most beautiful pumpkins in the county. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., this farmers’ market grows all of its produce locally including its main attraction every October during the Fall Harvest Festival which ends Nov. 3. The harvest festival includes corn mazes, tractor-pulled train rides, a pumpkin jumper and a petting zoo. There’s even an opportunity to win $100 if you can guess the pumpkin weight. Be sure to bring cash since credit cards are not typically accepted.
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Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.</div