There’s a big ‘ol bin of bright orange pumpkins outside every grocery store this week.
But you’d be out of your gourd to miss these pumped-up pumpkin patches! Grab your kids and spend a fall day getting lost in a corn maze, riding ponies, making spooky crafts, trying a game of knockerballs and more.
And don’t forget to pick up a whopper for your porch. You can always hit the grocery store later for your Halloween-weekend carving fest.
1. Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad
September 17 – October 31: Pick the perfect pumpkin, ride the train or the ponies, jump around on haystacks or bounce house, wander through the hay maze or the haunted house, get your face painted, pan for gold or just play games and make crafts. Bike and paddle boat rentals are also available. 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.
2. Big Horse Feed and Mercantile Corn Maze
October 1-30: Bring family and friends for old fashioned farm fun! Try your luck at the corn maze. Enjoy the pumpkin patch and maze daily; on weekends, you’ll find pony rides, hay rides, a pillow jump, animal sharing center, mini maze, pig races, rock wall, corn cannon, face painting and knockerballs. Tuesday – Friday, 1-5 p.m.; and weekends, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (maze closes at 4 p.m. and activities close at 5 p.m.), Maze closed for maintenance October 3, 10 and 17.
3. Harvest Festival and Corn Maze in Mission Hills
October 1-31: Snicker your way through a corn maze that covers four acres of twists and turns, plus a pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled train rides and Farm Frolic Area with a hay bale mini maze, giant hay pyramid and the Great Pumpkin jumper. Weekends also include pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, refreshment stand and entertainment. Monday – Friday, 2-5 p.m. (ticket booth closes at 4:45 p.m.), Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $15 per person includes corn maze, train ride and farm frolic area. Pony rides, $6; and petting zoo and face painting, $5 each. Cash only, no ATM.
15200 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills
4. PumpkinLiners in Fillmore
October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30: Witches, ghouls and goblins come out to haunt at the Fillmore & Western Railway’s Ichabog pumpkin patch. Go looking for your own “great pumpkin” on PumpkinLiner excursions. Activities include Jolly Jumps, hayrides, arts and crafts booths, a carousel, pumpkin maze, food vendors and more. Trains stay at the pumpkin patch for one to one and a half hours before returning to Fillmore. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. departures from Central Park in downtown Fillmore. Adults, $20; kids (4-12), $12; toddlers (2-3), $10. Pumpkins are priced separately by size, starting at $1. Fillmore & Western Railway Co.
5. Pa’s Pumpkin Patch in Long Beach
September 30 – October 31: 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. September 25 – October 15: Monday – Friday: September 30 – October 7: 3-9 p.m.; October 10-14: noon – 9 p.m; and October 17-31: 10a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10a.m. – 9 p.m. Visit their website for ticket prices.
6701 E. PCH, Long Beach
6. Johnson Brothers Pumpkin Patch in Irvine
October 1-31: Choose from thousands of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, plus slides, bouncers, kiddie rides and farm animals! Climb the Hay Loft, explore the Indian Village, try do-it-yourself face painting or romp around the kids’ play area. Daily, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Free admission; nominal fee for activities; pumpkins, $3-50.
15500 Jeffrey Rd., Irvine
7. Pumpkin City in Orange County
October 1-31: Enjoy a host of amusement rides, activities and game booths 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. Three locations: Laguna Hills Mall, Anaheim, Rancho Santa Margarita; find addresses and phone numbers on their website. The Laguna Hills location also offers Rocky Mountain Mining Co., Lucky Luke’s Gem Stones, a petting zoo, crack-open geodes, pony rides and theater for kids (see schedule on their website).
8. The Pumpkin Factory
October 1-31: Pick just the right pumpkin and enjoy fantastic rides, slides, ponies, petting zoos, games, food and more! Daily, check the web site for hours and specials. Free admission; nominal fee for rides and activities. Main Place Mall, Santa Ana; Corona and Redlands locations.
9. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City
October 1-30: Started in 1986 by an Oregon family, this popular patch offers a petting zoo, bounce house, pony rides, face painting, super slide, straw maze, pumpkin decorating, the new Capt. Billy Bones’ Jump & Fly and a giant rocking horse (a great photo op!). It’s also famous for chance celebrity sightings. Sunday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Visit their website for activity prices.
10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City
10. Pumpkin Train in Perris
October 15-16 and 22-23: The Peanuts’ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express Trains depart for an adventure to the Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch where passengers are greeted by Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. Family-friendly activities include kids’ concerts, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, a bounce house, face painting, vintage trolley rides and more. Each child may also select their very own pumpkin to take home! Children and adults are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for the trip. Saturday and Sunday, Trains depart the museum depot at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Adults, $25; kids (2-11), $15. Orange Empire Railway Museum.
2201 S. A St., Perris