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You’ve probably already noticed the influx of pumpkin-spiced everything popping up around the city. Hate it or love it, there’s no denying that that time of year is upon us… (Is it just us or does it seem like it’s coming sooner than the last?) Whether you plan on stuffing your face with pumpkin-flavored something or just plan on carving its contents out for your own decorative pleasure, there a handful of places in the city to satisfy your seasonal squash needs. From illuminated pumpkin trails to classic pumpkin patches, we’ve gathered 10 of the best pumpkin-filled destinations in Los Angeles!
1. Nights of the Jack
Calabasas’ Halloween Wonderland is back for its second year and these luminous gourds are looking better than ever! Nights of the Jack is an experience like no other, featuring thousands of spectacular pumpkins scattered throughout a stunning property at King Gillette Ranch. And with this season’s partnership with Nickelodeon, guests can expect to see special installations bringing a few fan favorites to life! Learn more here.
Location: 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302. See it on Google maps.
2. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
If you’re looking for a spot that is Insta-worthy, this is the patch for you! Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is definitely a place to go to if you’re trying to be seen – don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity doing just that! Beyond gourd hunting, expect to find a petting zoo, pony rides, a pumpkin village, face painting, a straw maze, a super slide, and much more. Learn more here.
Location: 10100 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232. See it on Google maps.
3. Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch
Shawn’s feels more like a pumpkin-themed fair rather than a pumpkin patch! After picking out the perfect pumpkin for carving (which you can do on-site), entertain yourself with the bounce houses, ball pits, and games! Learn more here.
Location: 6020 W Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232. See it on Google maps.
4. Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
Take a ride down the beautiful PCH to get to Pa’s Pumpkin Patch in Long Beach. Discover carnival games, giant slides, and sugary indulgences galore! Word on the street is that you can even find discounted prices on Yelp and Groupon. Learn more here.
Location: 6701 CA-1, Long Beach, CA 90803. See it on Google maps.
5. Underwood Family Farms
Don’t miss out on themed weekends and acres of a crazy variety of pumpkins! Be honest, have you ever heard of Magic Lanterns, Aladdins, Howden Biggies, Gold Rush, Luminas, Cinderellas, Big Macs, Atlantic Giants, Baby Pams and Mystics, Jack be Littles, Lil Pumpkemons, or Fairytales? Learn more here.
Location: 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021. See it on Google maps.
6. Tapia Brothers Farm
Pick out fresh produce other than pumpkins at Tapia Brothers Farm! This patch is known for fresh corn, tomatoes, and strawberries during the month of October. An all-time favorite hit is definitely their crazy corn maze – don’t forget to try the infamous roasted corn! Learn more here.
Location: 5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA 91436. See it on Google maps.
7. Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival
We’re not kidding when we say that Poly Pomona’s Don B. Huntly College of Agriculture takes seasonal squash extremely seriously… The festival is home to over 40,000 pumpkins and since it’s short-lived, you can score a squash of any size for only $5! Once you’ve chosen the perfect gourd for you, kill some time with hay wagon rides, squash tunnels, pumpkin seed-spitting contests, and a farmer’s market filled with student-grown produce! The festival is only two days long, taking place on Oct. 6 & 7, but if you don’t care about all the other stuff and just want a pumpkin – head over Tuesday through Sunday beginning Oct. 9! Learn more here.
Location: 4102 S University Dr, Pomona, CA 91768. See it on Google maps.
8. Tina’s Pumpkin Patch
Sure pumpkins are cool and all, but Tina’s patch has a llama! Petting zoo aside, this small and quaint pumpkin patch has everything from affordable pumpkins, pony rides, a free straw maze, an inflatable slide, and mini basketball hoops… Oh yeah, did we mention that there’s a llama!? Learn more here.
Location: 4827 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. See it on Google maps.
9. Carved at Descanso Gardens
Descanso Garden’s new event Carved will last for five nights only! For the first time ever, Descanso Gardens is creating a mile-long trail lined with illuminated professionally-carved pumpkins to “ooo” and “ahh” over. From October 23 to October 27, expect to see thousands of jack-o’lanterns light up the night sky with their impeccable hand-carved designs! Be sure to keep an eye out for around 75 festive gourds that will weigh in at a hefty 100-plus pounds. Learn more here!
Location: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. See it on Google maps.
10. The Original Farmers Market Fall Festival
Keeping the tradition alive since 1934, the Original Farmers Market hosts a fall extravaganza for two days straight on October 12 & 13! Spend the day listening to live bands, watching pig races, or engaging in pumpkin bowling, candy corn hole, as well as a pie-eating contest hosted by Du-pars. Learn more here!
Location: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036. See it on Google maps.
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