Halloween is quickly becoming one of my favorite holidays every since I had kids. I love baking pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, carving pumpkins, wearing 1 million costumes AND going to pumpkin patches! There are so many good ones in LA but these are the best five that are easy to go to, great for kids, and are very INSTAGRAM worthy.
*Note that all of the pumpkin patches require money. You’ll need money for rides, face painting, food trucks, etc. Some places will have ATMS and stuff, but it’s just so much easier if you bring cash.
- Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City: MY ALL TIME FAVORITE ONE. It’s located in culver city, it’s clean, huge, and just a wonderful time for little ones. You can buy tickets online or you can buy them at the door. Ticket prices go towards merch inside, which means your little one can walk away with a pumpkin at the very least. There are TONS of rides, bounce houses, and other activities for your little ones of all ages (petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, etc). Parking can be free on the street or you can pay for closer parking in their lot. I would recommend going at opening when the weather is cooler and it’s not as crowded. One morning here and my daughter is asleep before we even drive off the lot! If you go early in the season, you’ll even get to see tons of celebs. 😀 hehehe
- Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark: Depending on where you live, this can be a huge trek out into the middle of nowhere~ but man it is totally worth it. Your little ones can play on a playground, one various bounce houses/rides, pet little farm animals, pony rides, go on tractor or duck rides…and just SO SO MUCH. This farm is HUGE and a place your whole family can spend the day at. You can pick your own fruit/veggies, purchase goodies from the farmers market, or play endlessly on all the free playgrounds. There are so many pockets of cool things for kids. Every corner seems very instagram worthy~ ^^
- Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch in Irvine: OMG if you are a hello kitty or looking for a version of Underwood Family Farms in Orange County~ this is the place. OH MAH GAWD this place is so freaking cute with tons of cute photo stations of hello kitty cutouts and stands. Take tractor rides around the farm, pick your own fruit/veggies, or choose the PERFECT pumpkin for a giant field. SUCH a cute spot for families~
- Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch in Culver City & West LA: These two pumpkin patches are free to enter and are conveniently located in West LA and Culver City. The Culver City location is much much bigger and trying to compete with Mr. Bones. I would say, that because this pumpkin patch is free to enter~ it’s not as nice and it’s a lot more crowded. BUTTT there are bounce houses, carnival games, a petting zoo, pony rides, and more. If you aren’t sure about the pumpkin patch thing and don’t want to spend too much money, I would recommend checking out one of Shawn’s pumpkin patches! I think last year we went back just for face painting like 3 different times. Oy. The money we spent on that… sigh.
- Tapio’ Bros Pumpkin Patch in Encino: This pumpkin patch is pretty similar to Shawn’s. Free to park and enter with paid activities/games/rides. Since we had a baby this year, we weren’t sure what the pumpkin patch experience would be like and Tapio’s was PERFECT. We walked around, took TONS of photos, Charlotte was able to look at/touch everything~ and then we only paid for the bounce house zone for kids ($3!). She bounced and played her way to exhaustion and then took a crazy long nap in the car afterwards (SCORE). I would say out of all the pumpkin patches on this list, it’s the least nice…but man it was SO SO easy and convenient. Again, if you want to see what the hype of a pumpkin patch is like and you don’t want to spend too much money~ Tapio Bros is a great choice!