Halloween is one of our most favorite time of year! It is a month long celebration for us. We love to visit pumpkin patches and themed attractions, coordinate costumes, attend parties, and last year we added painting pumpkins. I really can’t wait to do it all over again this year. Pumpkin Patches are the perfect backdrop to get some wonderful seasonal photos to share with family and friends. I love how the fall colors just pop in the background. We tell all new families to take their children to pumpkin patches for photos and take advantage of the natural lighting. They’re also a great place to find the perfect pumpkins. They are very popular and tend to get busy later in season so if you have small children, you might want to plan ahead like go early, avoid weekends if possible o go right when it opens, and pack a change of clothes because it’s still hot through the end of October. Here are six locations in Orange County! Please check their websites for the most information.
IRVINE PARK RAILROAD’S PUMPKIN PATCH
SEPTEMBER 16 – OCTOBER 31, 2017(Located inside Irvine Regional Park.)1 Irvine Park RoadOrange, California(714) 997-3968www.irvineparkrailroad.com
Open 10 am – 5 pm Weekdays; 10 am – 6 pm Weekends. RIDES & ATTRACTIONS: Train rides, Hay rides, Panning for gold, A child-friendly haunted house (free), A hay maze (free), A moon bounce, Carnival games, Cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, Face painting, Guess The Weight of the Giant Pumpkin (free to enter), Fun picture stands (free) and more! Note: Getting into the pumpkin patch is free (except for parking), however, various activities will require tickets.PARKING: $3 Weekdays; $5 Weekends. TICKETS: Admission is free but some activities require tickets. Tickets are $5 each or buy a book of 15 tickets for $60. (Save $15).
PUMPKIN CITY PUMPKIN FARM
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 – OCTOBER 31, 2017
- 2190 E. Lincoln, Anaheim, CA. Phone (949) 346-6916
- 24203 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA. Phone (949) 586-5862
- 30606 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Phone (949)-295-8273
SUNDAY: 10 am – 10 pm, MONDAY-THURSDAY: 11 am – 8:30 pm, FRIDAY: 10 am – 10 pm, SATURDAY: 10 am – 10 pm. RIDES: Boat Ride, Bounce House, Car Ride, Goliath Slide, Swing Ride, Tractor Town USA, Train Express, Tubs of Fun, Wipe Out Obstacle Challenge. ATTRACTIONS: Barnyard Animals, Decorative Harvest Items• General Store• Geode Discovery, Lucky Luke’s Gem Stones, Petting Zoo, Players & Puppets Little Theater, Pony Rides, Rocky Mountain Mining Company “Panning for Gold”, and GAME BOOTHS.
TANAKA FARMS’ PUMPKIN PATCH
SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 31, 2017
5380 3/4 University Dr. Irvine, CA(949) 653-2100 www.tanakafarms.com
Opens daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The parking lot and entry gates close at 5:30 pm. The entry fee to the Pumpkin Patch is $3 per person. Ages 2 and under are free. Admission includes enjoying all areas of the patch, all photo opportunities, the corn maze, voting in the Scarecrow Contest, and watching the pumpkin cannon on the weekends. Re-entry is permitted. Customers of the produce stand and CSA pick-up customers do not need to purchase admission unless entering the pumpkin patch. MONDAY thru FRIDAY: wagon rides, petting zoo, corn maze, and U-Pick vegetable patch open. WEEKENDS ONLY: Every Saturday and Sunday in October, in addition to the wagon ride, petting zoo, corn maze, and U-Pick patch, there will be game booths, ATV rides, face painting, the Pumpkin Cannon, food for purchase (shave ice, BBQ tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, lemonade, etc), and interactive activities for kids. Also, you can vote for your favorite scarecrow in our Scarecrow Contest. No PETS and WAGONS allowed.
ZOOMARS PETTING ZOO’S PUMPKINPALOOZA
OCTOBER 1 – 31, 201731791 Los Rios StSan Juan Capistrano, CA.(949) 831-6550www.zoomars.com
Opens Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. During the month of October, ZOOMARS is transformed into PUMPKINPALOOZA, a farm-style pumpkin patch complete with a hay maze and corn box. In the barnyard, guests can pet and feed over 100 farm animals. There is also a kiddie train, pony rides and gold panning for an extra charge. Head over to the Holiday Craft Pavilion for pumpkin decorating and Halloween fun! ADULTS $10, CHILD $8, SENIORS $5, MILITARY $7.