Prime Pumpkin Playtime

Posted Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

The Ultimate Halloween Family Guide




Pumpkinpalooza at ZOOMARS
September 15 – October 31 | San Juan Capistrano
Pick pumpkins, pet Zoomar’s collection of animals, ride ponies, pan for gemstones and more. Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults, $12; kids, $10. Located at the train station in San Juan Capistrano.


Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad
September 15 – October 31 | Irvine
Pick the perfect pumpkin, go on a train or hay ride, race on tractors, play a carnival game, decorate cookies, or the ponies, jump around in a bounce house, wander through the hay maze or the haunted house, get your face painted, pan for gold, and more. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free admission; parking, $3-7. Check website for activities, $5 per ticket or $60 for 15. Irvine Regional Park.


The Great Pumpkin Hunt at South Coast Botanic Garden
September 16 – November 30 | Palos Verdes Peninsula
The furry critters of South Coast Botanic Garden are notorious for snacking on the seasonal pumpkin patch. To thwart their efforts, the Garden’s resident birds have hidden the patch away. Can you locate the bird houses inhabited by parrots, owls, blue birds and hawks to collect their clues and find the missing patch? Move throughout the 87-acre garden in this perfect fall excursion. Please remember to wear comfy clothes for outdoors and bring a water bottle. Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., last admission at 4:30 p.m. Adults, $9; kids (5-12), $4.



Tanaka Farms’ Pumpkin Patch
September 22 – October 31 | Irvine
Pick your own pumpkin right off the vine, take a wagon ride around the 30-acre farm, and visit the corn maze and petting zoo. This year Tanaka Farms is partnering with Sanrio to feature Hello Kitty and her friends throughout the farm. The weekend harvest festival includes a pumpkin cannon, food, games, ATV rides and more. Come early in the season when everything is still green and beautiful! Daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Find admission and other fees on their website.


Peltzer Farms’ Pumpkin Farm
September 23 – October 31 | Temecula
The farm features all fall activities including pumpkins, digging in the Peltzer Mine, pig races, train rides, pony rides and a petting farm. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday also enjoy activities and food for purchase. Open daily, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission is free; visit their website for activity fees. Peltzer Farms.


Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
September 28 – October 31 | Long Beach
A fun place for the entire family, you’ll find a large variety of pumpkins to choose from, plus haystacks, corn stalks and gourds. Enjoy the snack bar, pony ride, petting zoo, games and rides, all in a country fair atmosphere. Check website for days, times, and ticket prices.



The Pumpkin Factory
September 22 – October 31 | Redlands, Corona, Santa Ana, and Westminster
Come experience the wonder of four pumpkin patches with their fantastic rides, slides, ponies, petting zoos, games, food and more! Share the excitement and anticipation as your child carefully selects just the right pumpkin for you to take home and carve together. Daily, check the web site for hours and specials for each location; some locations open on different dates. Free admission; nominal fee for rides and activities.


Pumpkin City in Orange County
September 28 – October 31 | Laguna Hills, Anaheim, and Rancho Santa Margarita
Enjoy a host of amusement rides, activities, food and game booths all while strolling through thousands of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free admission; nominal fee for rides and activities.


Johnson Brothers Pumpkin Patch
October 1-31 | Irvine
Find thousands of pumpkins to choose from, and enjoy fun activities for the kids, including slides, bouncers and kiddie rides. Climb the hay loft and explore Indian Village featuring its authentic Tipis, corn grinders and free do-it-yourself face painting. Kids can also visit the activity gyms and straw ponies. Daily, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Free admission; nominal fee for activities; pumpkins, $3-50.



Enchanted Country Pumpkins
October 3-31 | Brea & San Dimas
Families enjoy pumpkin hunting, petting zoo, carnival games, bounce house, slide and obstacle course, and more.


Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
October 5-30 | Culver City
Families enjoy a petting zoo, bounce house, pony rides, face painting, super slide, straw maze, pumpkin decorating, Capt. Billy Bones’ Jump & Fly, and a giant rocking horse (great photo op!). Sunday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Visit their website for activity prices.


Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival
October 6-7 | Pomona
Head to the annual Pumpkin Festival, where you can choose from thousands of pumpkins right out of the patch. Enjoy live entertainment, corn maze, insect fair, contests, hay rides, food, demonstrations, petting farm, and farmers market. Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults, $5; kids (2-12), $4; parking, free; pumpkins for purchase; prices vary for on-site activities.


Pumpkin Nights Festival
October 12 – November 4 | Pomona
Pumpkin Nights offers nightly entertainment, in addition to the Pumpkin Magic, including fire breathers, dancers and pumpkin artists. Explore eight different pumpkin-themed lands, then experience the Spirit of Pumpkins fire show, demonstrations by professional pumpkin artists, and more adventures. Little pumpkinheads can embark on a scavenger hunt, dig for treasure in Pumpkin Pirate Cove, catch a screening of Coco, or get their face painted. Festival fare provided by local food trucks is also available for purchase, then warm up with a mug of hot chocolate, swig of apple cider, or adult beverage. Nightly, 5-10 p.m. Purchase tickets on their website ahead of time as prices at the door are higher; family packages available. Pomona Fairplex.


Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch
October 14 | Newport Beach
Join Environmental Nature Center for an annual tradition! Enjoy food, crafts, games and entertainment. Pick out your favorite pumpkin, buy native plants, and explore the center. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Mini Pumpkin Party at Zimmer Children’s Museum
October 14 | Los Angeles
There are pumpkins afoot and they need faces! Visit the museum to paint, decorate and name your very own squash friend. Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Free with admission.


Laser Your Pumpkin at Build It Workspace
October 17 and 24 | Los Alamitos
Bring your pumpkin to Build It Workspace, choose a design or create custom text, and watch the laser etch your pumpkin. Pumpkins will be treated to preserve shelf life. Wednesdays. 4-6 p.m. Class fee: small pumpkin (5 inches across), $5; large pumpkin (10 across), $20. Note: Event is held in a workshop – please wear closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing.


Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
October 20-21 | Calabasas
The Pumpkin Festival offers live bands, DJ dance zone, marketplace vendors, delicious food and pumpkin treats, pumpkin beer, pumpkin painting, professional pumpkin carving and so much more. The admission price includes all inflatables and a giant slide, Halloween carnival games, reptiles and bug shows, contests, Saturday morning costume parade plus car displays, bands, and a business expo. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $5-10 admission with free parking and shuttles. Juan Bautista de Anza Park.


Scarecrow and Pumpkin Festival
October 20-21 | Costa Mesa
Join a community fall event with pumpkin picking, fire truck rides, train rides, face painting, rocketeers, and food and treats. Plus, enter the build-your-own scarecrow contest (minimal fee to register). Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission. Fairview Park at Goat Hill Junction.


Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest
October 27 | Huntington Beach
Calling all ghouls, ghosts and goblins for a Halloween pumpkin carving and costume contest inside the spooky City Gym and Pool. Dress up in your best costume and get ready to make a jack-o-lantern come to life! Festivities will include pick-your-own pumpkin patch and carving, costume contest, games, kid-friendly haunted house and more! Saturday, 6-8 p.m. $20 per family which includes one pumpkin, safety carving kit and refreshments. Additional pumpkins, $5 each. Register online or in-person at the City Gym & Pool. Registration will not be taken at the door.


Pumpkin Festival at Kidspace Children’s Museum
October 27-28 | Pasadena
This family-friendly event includes fun for all ages in Brookside Park, directly in front of Kidspace Children’s Museum. Enjoy free performances, crafts, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, exciting bouncers, food and carnival games. Saturday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission and parking; fees for certain activities.


All About Pumpkins at Underwood Farm
October 27-28 | Moorpark
Head to Underwood Family Farms for pumpkin demonstrations and displays of pumpkins, squash and gourds, plus new and different ways to decorate them. From tiny to enormous, orange to green, perfect to bizarre – Underwood has them all! The event includes live entertainment. All About Pumpkins is part of the farm’s annual Fall Harvest Festival, daily through October 31. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; festival, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. $20.


Pumpkin Party at Leonis Adobe Museum
October 27 | Calabasas
In the spirit of Halloween, the Leonis Adobe Museum is holding a Pumpkin Party, featuring Halloween family fun and crafts. Costumes admired, not required. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Admission, $8; free for ages 2 and under, and free for members.


Pumpkin Picasso Halloween Experience at South Coast Botanic Garden
October 28 | Palos Verdes Peninsula
Join in on an afternoon of pumpkin-inspired art. Learn about the biology of gourds, pumpkins and squashes and search for the hidden pumpkin patch. Participants will construct pumpkin-themed art projects individually and collaboratively, some to stay at the Garden and some to take home. Admission: adults, $9; kids (5-12), $4. Class is free with paid admission, but RSVP is highly recommended. Saturday, 1-4 p.m.


Pumpkin Patch Halloween Program
October 31 | Downey
Bring the family dressed in costume, even the family dog! Enjoy carnival games, prizes and costume contests, plus balloons and free cotton candy, popcorn, drinks and hot dogs. Bring a treat bag and your camera. Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. Free. Apollo Park.


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