Trader Joeâ€™s is a fine place to get a pumpkin I suppose. Itâ€™s convenient and cheap. But itâ€™s also boring and not very adventurous. So break out of your mold and escape for a hay ride, grilled corn and your own hand picked pumpkin from one of the many pumpkin patches that surround Los Angeles.
A couple of colleges are having special pumpkin patch events. Pierce College off the 101 isnâ€™t too far for you travel leery peeps. It features a corn maze, haunted house, hay rides and more. If that sounds too kiddie for you, the place takes on a special sinister quality after dark. The pumpkin festival at Cal Poly is a little more kid friendly, and pumpkins are only $4!
On October 22, is the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival. It features craft booths, a car show, lots of food, and of course, a pumpkin patch.
For a little more of the hoedown feeling, and drive, check out Lombardi Ranch in Saugus. They have different blue grass, rock-a-billy and blues bands every weekend.
A truly unique Halloween experience can be had at the Filmore & Western Railway Co. For $15, take a train ride on the Pumpkin Liner. Start at the Filmore train station, ride out to a pumpkin patch, eat some tasty BBQ, traverse the haunted hay maze, and browse the arts and crafts booths.
And of course, there are those of you who for some reason are afraid to leave the confines of the city. So for you we have the Lopez Pumpkin Patch across from the Farmer’s Market and Mr Bones in Beverly Hills. Who knows, you might spot Demi and Ashton picking out the perfect pumpkin for the little ones.
If you know of any additional pumpkin patches around LA. Please leave a comment with more info!