Today, the best pumpkin patches in Los Angeles are kind of like music festivals.
Many of them have stages with bands playing, food trucks, carnival rides, and VIP wristbands that let you use cleaner bathrooms.
Even though it's a lot less crowded than a festival, picking out your next jack-o'-lantern is still a fall tradition that reminds us it's the spooky season again.
Here are five of the best pumpkin patches to visit in Los Angeles:
1. Underwood Family Farms, Moorpark
From October 1st to October 31st, this 50-acre pumpkin patch has a Fall Harvest Festival with Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins, 5 themed weekends of live entertainment, and family fun.
It's a great place to spend an entire day with your friends and family - it's very family friendly.
2. Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch, Culver City
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is probably among the most popular pumpkin patches in LA. Since it opened in 1987, this pumpkin patch in Culver City has become a fall tradition in Los Angeles.
You can take an Instagram-worthy picture with the pumpkin house. Kids love this pumpkin patch because it has hand-carved rocking horses, a straw maze, face painting, a super slide, pumpkin decorating, a spider bounce, and more.
There are also goats, sheep, and piglets at this pumpkin patch with a petting zoo!
This pumpkin patch in Los Angeles is a must-see in the month of October!
3. Pumpkin Patch at Lopez Ranch, Venice
The Lopez Ranch Pumpkin Patch is a popular place to buy a pumpkin in Venice Beach. It's owned by a veteran and is in LA, so it's a great pumpkin patch to support.
The ranch has been around since 1935, and pumpkins were grown there starting in 1967. They say they are the first pumpkin patch in California and the only one in the Venice area that is owned by a native Angeleno.
There's a huge pumpkin that both children and adults can climb in and take pictures with, is a fun place to go.
At the Lopez pumpkin patch, you can also paint pumpkins, make sand art, make slime, and take a lot of pictures.
Check out this local favorite spot near the beach to buy pumpkins to carve for Halloween.
4. Tina's Pumpkin Patch, Sherman Oaks
The llamas alone are worth the drive to this small but cute pumpkin patch.
You can see all the cute farm animals and, of course, pumpkins. At this pumpkin patch, you can climb a rock wall, ride a pony, or hang out with some goats.
There is a free train ride, a jumping castle, a slide, an obstacle course, and a straw maze.
This pumpkin patch with animals is a winner because it is free to get in and park.
5. Tanaka Farms, Irvine
This 30-acre farm in the middle of Irvine has been run by the same family since 1940.
The sustainability, quality, and educational opportunities at this pumpkin patch farm are all very important. There are things to do Monday through Thursday, like wagon rides, a "U-Pick" vegetable patch, and a "Barnyard Educational Exhibit" where you can see farm animals.
The Fall Harvest Festival is going strong on the weekends in October, with ATV rides, the Pumpkin Cannon, food from the Tanaka Grill, and more.