Halloween is Monday. Is your jack-o’-lantern carved yet? Just in case you’ve been procrastinating, here are six great spots where you can find a great pumpkin in need of a face. Even if you’ve met your quota for the year, you and the kids can have a great time exploring corn mazes, creating crafts and having other spooky fun.
Forneris Farms Annual Harvest Festival www.fornerisfarms.com
- 15200 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills
- Free admission; attractions have a fee.
- Open 2-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
It will be a “super” autumn at Forneris Farms since this year’s Harvest Festival has a “super hero/super farmer” theme. The daily attractions include the big Corn Maze, the tractor-pulled train ride and the Farm Frolic along with the pumpkin patch and farm market. The weekends offer more fun stuff, like pony rides, a petting zoo and live entertainment.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch www.mrbones.com
- 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City
- Free admission weekdays, $10 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $5 9-11 a.m., 6-9 p.m. weekends
- Open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.-Thur., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Besides their plethora of pumpkins, they’ve added new attractions (a hay pyramid and Spooky Spider bounce house) to the old favorites (straw maze, giant rocking horses, super slide and the Pumpkin Village), plus cool weekend entertainment. On the weekends, there is an admission charge. Additionally, there is a special admission fee ($10 adult and $5 child admission fee) on select Friday nights (Oct. 14, 21, 28) from 6-9 p.m. for the super Mr. Bones Sideshow Spectacular!, which is presented 7-8:30 p.m. Each admission fee includes a $5 pumpkin coupon, which is the case with the weekend admission fees too. Some attractions also require purchased tickets.
Platform x Au Fudge Pumpkin Patch www.platformla.com
- 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City
- $5 weekdays, $10 weekends
- Open noon-6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends
Two of LA’s must-visit destinations – Platform, the newest experience in fashion, food, art and design from the tastemakers behind Runyon Group, and Au Fudge, the community-minded creative space for family-friendly fun – have partnered to celebrate Halloween with an urban oasis for children and adults. It’s a conveniently located one-stop-shop to spend some quality time and gather, carve, and decorate pumpkins for the season. Includes pumpkin carving, kids tattoo parlor, petting zoo, face painting, Arts & Crafts by seedling, exclusive gifts and accessories curated by Au Fudge, Candy Shop, food curated by Smorgasburg. Take the train! Platform is steps away from the Culver City stop on the Expo light-rail line. Parking is also accessible via Platform’s parking garage with valet on weekends.
Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch www.shawnspumpkinpatch.com
- 6815 South La Cienega Blvd., L.A.
- Free admission; most activities cost $3.
- Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Have a great time at this great Pumpkin Patch, which has tons of activities for the kids to do! Pony rides, petting zoo, playland area, giant slides, bounce houses, train rides, child-size straw maze, face painting, trampoline bungee jumping, sand art, kiddie rides and carnival games are part of autumnal fun. Plus, there will be mountains of pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks. Times vary so consult the website for hours for a specific day.
Tina’s Pumpkin Patch www.tinaspumpkinpatch.com
- 4827 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks
- Free admission; fee for pumpkins and some activities
- Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Come for the pumpkins and stay for all of the fine fall activities. Kids can have fun with the corn maze, train ride and bouncers, with pony rides and a petting zoo added on the weekends.
Underwood Family Farms’ Fall Harvest Festival www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com
- 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark
- Admission: $20; free for children under 2 years.
- Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Underwood’s annual celebration offers such autumnal attractions as giant hay pyramids, the sling shot and corn cannon, horse-led wagon rides, corn stalk labyrinth games and hay bales as well as other country games and seasonal amusements. The Festival features a different theme each weekend. The Festival concludes with the “All About Pumpkins” weekend (Oct. 29-30) where you can find a fine last-minute pumpkin.