Funtober Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Patches in California

Find pumpkin picking near Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento with our list of California pumpkin patches.  Many of these farms are full entertainment complexes with corn mazes, hayrides, haunts, live animals, kids activities, live music and more fall fun.

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Los Angeles

CSU Pumpkin Festival – Pomona, California.  Cal Poly Pomona’s annual pumpkin festival is one weekend in October offering pumpkins right out of their patch. Thousands of pumpkins will be available. Corn maze, petting zoo, horse rides and kids activities available for a weekend of fun. The insect fair features 500,000 live and preserved insects for your viewing pleasure. Play the games available in the student booths. Join them in the morning for the pancake breakfast. The festival will happens on Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM to 5 PM. Admission and parking are free. There is a cost to food and activities. Pumpkins from the patch are $5. Proceeds benefit the College of Agriculture student clubs and activities.  The Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch puts on this event and has over 4,206 Facebook likes.  Their address is 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona, CA 91768.  It is about 27 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Forneris Farms – Mission Hills, California.  Open daily from early October to early November. Pre-harvested pumpkins in Los Angeles County. Farm activities include 4 acre cornfield maze, tractor pulled train ride, pony rides (weekends) and petting zoo (weekends). Farm frolic area has hay pyramid, mini maze and giant pumpkin jumper.  About the farm: John Forneris is a third generation farmer that opened his first farm stand in 1966.  Their address is 15200 Rinaldi Street, Mission Hills, CA.  It is about 23 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch – West Hollywood, California.  They bring their pumpkins from Oregon to a 1.25 acre undeveloped propery on North Doheny Drive every October. Petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, super slide, giant rocking horses, straw maze and pumpkin decorating. Open daily from early October through Halloween. They have been offering pumpkins to Los Angeles residents since 1986.  So much more than a fun place to visit.  Their address is 702 N Doheny Dr., West Hollywood, California.  It is about 10 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

Jumperland Rentals – Whittier, California.  Park is open daily in October with pumpkins, pony rides, barnyard animals, concessions and more.  Their address is 11760 Whittier Blvd., Whittier, CA.  It is about 24 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

Irvine Park Railroad – Irvine, California.  Free admission. Pumpkins are located near the train station with cost based on size. Parking costs between $3-7. Train rides, hay rides, hay maze, bounce house, pony rides and carnival games. Free haunted house for kids. Guess the weight of a giant pumpkin to win it! The Orange County Zoo is a 5 minute walk from the patch and has more than 100 animals native to the area as well as a petting zoo.  The pumpkin patch is open daily in October.  Their address is 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.  It is about 38 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Pa’s Pumpkin Patch – Long Beach, California.  Games, rides and a country fair atmosphere in October. Opens in late September. Free Admission and Parking.  Enjoy petting zoo, pony rides, carousel, kid’s roller coaster and photo cutouts. 13 rides take between 1 and 3 tickets, which are available for approximately $2. Their address is 6701 E.P.C.H., Long Beach, CA 90803.  It is about 23 miles south of Los Angeles.  

Johnson Brothers – Irvine, California.  A Christmas tree lot that has thousands of pumpkins available in October. Pony rides, inflatable bounce house, barnyard animals, do it yourself free face painting and play area for kids.  Their address is 15500 Jeffrey Rd., Irvine, CA 92618.  It is about 40 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Corona Pumpkin Farm – Mathews (Perris), California.  CJ’s Ranch is a small, 3 acre family farm that has pick your pumpkin from the vine. They grow more than 50 varieties in a variety of colors and sizes. Small, 1/2 acre corn maze is perfect for small kids, photos and . Other activities include bounce slide, arts and crafts, baby chickens, fresh produce and farm baked goods.  Their address is 19835 Gavilan Rd., Perris, CA 92570.  It is about 61 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Frazier’s U-Pick Pumpkin Patch – Apple Valley, California.  (Closed).

Riley’s Farm – Oak Glen, California.  A working apple orchard and living history farm. They have pick your own fruit including u-pick pumpkins and apples in the fall. Several acres of pumpkins are available for picking as well as pre-picked pumpkins for those that don’t want to haul them back from the field. Apples are available from late August to early November. The farm has more than 100 varieties but specializes in “heirloom” apples. Some of the trees have been growing for more than 100 years! Place your order from their bakery the day before you go for a double crust apple pie. The special dinner event in October is Sleepy Hollow, offering dinner patrons a chance to be swept back into the spooky town. Owned and operated by James Riley.  Riley’s Farm is very popular with over 14,891 Facebook likes.  Their address is 12261 Oak Glen Rd., Oak Glen, CA.  It is about 79 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Green Spot Farms – Mentone, California.  A family owned and operated farm in the Inland Empire area. U pick pumpkin farm with colorful pumpkins of different sizes and shapes. The farm kitchen offers warm pumpkin bread and other items. The general store offers farm fresh honey. Haunted hayride for thirteen nights in late October.  Their address is 10133 Ward Way Mentone, CA 92359.  It is about 69 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Lavender Hill Pumpkins – Fallbrook, California.  Pick your own organically grown pumpkin from the field starting in late September. Open daily from then until Halloween. Ten thousand pumpkins with more than three dozen varieties from miniatures to North Atlantic Giants are available for purchase. Conveniently located off I-15 located in Northern San Diego County. Owned and operated by Mike and Libby Pierce, who donate unsold pumpkins to kids in nearby communities who otherwise wouldn’t have a pumpkin. If you are looking for carnival rides and an amusement park, this isn’t the patch for you – it’s a pumpkin farm and they do pumpkins!  Their address is 1509 East Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028.  It is about 96 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

McGrath Great Pacific Pumpkins – Ventura, California.  A 5th generation family farm is run by this Ventura County farm with pumpkin picking, horse and tractor-drawn hay rides, farm animals and hay maze.  Their address is 5100 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, CA 93003.  It is about 63 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

Fillmore & Western Railway Co. – Fillmore, California.  Ride the Pumpkinliner train to their private patch at Loose Caboose Garden Center and Emporium. Enjoy a carousel, arts/crafts, face painting and more. All of their trains are historic, restored pre-1950s locomotives. Priced at $10-12 for kids 2+ years old and adults are $20.  Their address is 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore, CA 93015.  It is about 55 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Jack Creek Farms – Templeton, California.  A small fifth generation family farm located in the coastal foothills of Central California. U-pick pumpkins from the vine for $4 or less. They plant more than 40 varieties of pumpkins. Pre-picked pumpkins are also available from their farm stand. There is also an antique farm equipment display, hay maze, wooden train, hay stack and a growing farm animal section. Apple cider slushees and pomegranate juice granitas are available. Fresh baked goods using produce from the farm and fudge.  This is more than a regular farm with full entertainment activities during the fall.  Experience cider and honey tasting, farm animals, a picnic area, special weekend events, bird watching and so much more.  Their address is 5000 Highway 46 West, Templeton, CA 93465.  It is about 216 miles north of Los Angeles.

Boccali Ranch – Ojai, California.  Pumpkins are available seven days a week starting in early October. Hayrides offered on Saturday and Sunday. Try their next door pizza and pasta restaurant. Join them for a haunted hayride through their corn field on select Friday and Saturday evenings in October. The restaurant does a special Italian buffet on hayride nights.  They are located at 3277 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA.  It is about 78 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

Pete’s Pumpkin Patch – Camarillo, California.  All of their pumpkins are grown on the property. Pick your own pumpkins off the vine or purchase pre-picked pumpkins if you don’t want to walk up the hillside. Patch offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding area including the Pacific Ocean. Hayrides (weekends) and hay pyramid. Mini hay pyramid, play houses and hay jump for small children. Also purchase and try Pete’s original pumpkin patch soda. Located off the 101 freeway.  Their address is off Central Avenue in Camarillo, CA.  It is about

Underwood Family Farms – Moorpark, California.  Pick your own pumpkins. The fall harvest festival includes live music, tractor-drawn wagon rides, corn maze, kid’s corral, pedal tractors and animal center. Special event weekends include Friends of the Farm weekend, Folk Festival, Antique Tractor weekend, Wild West weekend and All About Pumpkins.  Their address is 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021. 

San Diego

Bates Nut Farm – Valley Center, CA.  Open daily from late September to October 31st.  In addition to pumpkin picking, there are tractor hay rides, farm animals and straw maze.  Weekends bring additional attractions like the petting zoo, pony rides and live entertainment.  Special events include Youth Education day, tractor parades, craft fair and pancake breakfast.  Bates got its start as a walnut farm and now imports nuts from all over the world.  The Bates store offers delicious nuts, homemade fudge and an old fashioned candy counter of chocolate and treats.  Bates is a popular farm with over 14,128 Facebook likes.   Their address is 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA 92082.  It is about 40 miles north of downtown San Diego.

Julian Mining Company – Julian, California.  This pan your own gold and gemstones facility also has u pick pumpkins starting in late September.  Pricing is approximately 50 centers per pound.  They also have a petting zoo.  Their address is 4444 State Hwy 78, Julian, CA 92036.  It is about 54 miles northeast of San Diego.

Pumpkin Station – Del Mar, CA & Rancho Bernardo, CA & Mission Valley, CA & El Cajon, CA & Bonita, CA & Chula Vista, CA & National City, CA.  Pick your own pumpkins, corn maze and tractor hay wagon at the Rancho Bernardo and Bonita locations. Other locations have pre-picked pumpkins in a “patch” area with play area, train ride and ferris wheel. 

Omas Pumpkin Patch – Lakeside, California.  The pumpkin patch is open Tuesday -Saturdays from late September through October 31st.  It features hay rides, petting corral and playground.  Their address is 14950 El Monte Rd., Lakeside, CA 92040.  It is about 24 miles northeast of San Diego.

Summers Past Farms – Flinn Springs, California.  A small pumpkin patch offering pumpkins of various shapes and sizes from the vine.  They are open weekends in October.  Their address is 15602 Olde Hwy 80, Flinn Springs, CA 92021.  It is about 24 miles northeast of San Diego.

Farm Stand West – 2115 Miller Ave, Escondido, California
Located near Citracado Pkwy at Interstate 15 Exit 29 is this wonderful family farm with one of the best pumpkin patches and fresh farmers markets in the state.  They operate daily from Tuesday through Sunday.   During October they feature pick your own pumpkins from their patch every day.  They have operated the farm since the 1960′s and sold from this location since 1990.  They also feature their annual Fall Harvest Festival & Boutique event on October 25th and 26th, 2014.  Meet local artists, crafters, bakers, and more with an afternoon BBQ lunch, hayrides, and you-pick pumpkin patch.  Admission is free.  They grow and sell over 30 types of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Northern California

Oak Hill Gardens and Pumpkin Patch – Fort Jones, California.  (Closed).

Nash Ranch – Redding, California.  A Shasta County pumpkin patch since 1991, although the Nash family had been farming there since 1953. 15 acre patch with 30 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. Ten acre corn maze with night maze on Friday and Saturday nights. Dreams of Darkness haunted house has been operating there for more than 20 years. Special events: antique tractor show one weekend in October.  Their address is 10901 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA.  It is about 35 miles north of Red Bluff, California.


Single Palm Pumpkins – Fresno, California.  Over 10,000 pumpkins ready to be cut off the vine. $5 any pumpkin, any size. Free farm animals, mazes and hayrides. They only charge for the pumpkins!  Their address is 10635 W. Barstow Ave., Fresno, CA.  It is about 16 miles west of Fresno.

Cornfield Maze Pumpkin Patch – Madera, California.  Open mid-October through Halloween. $5 pumpkin patch admission fee includes unlimited tri-cycle track, bounce house and hay stack mountain. 2 years and under are free. Pumpkins are extra. Kid-friendly corn maze for families is $6-8. Black-Out Maze for teenagers and college student is $10-15. Located about 16 miles northwest of Fresno on Highway 99 & Ave 7, one mile north of Herndon Ave.  Their address is 7451 Rd. 32, Madera, CA.

Bear Creek Pumpkins – Le Grand, California.  Open from late September through Halloween. 4 acre corn maze is $5. Pumpkin prices start at $3 and vary by size/type. Located east of Merced between Fresno and Modesto.  Their address is 3000 Plainsburg Rd., Le Grand, California. It is about 50 miles northwest of Fresno.

Pumpkin King – Fresno, California.  Offering pumpkins, fall fun and harvest decorations since 1985. Fun includes pony rides, straw bale maze, inflatable slide, and bounce houses. Special events: annual Great Pumpkin Blood Drive for one weekend in October.  They are open daily starting October 1st.  Their address is 100 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93704.  It is about 6 miles north of Fresno.

San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose area Pumpkin Patches

Swank Farms – Hollister, California.  Dick and Bonnie Swank started the pumpkin patch and corn maze here in 2000, although their family had been farming and raising cows on the land since 1929. They also have a pumpkin sling shot, giant jumping pillow, corn cannon, pedal karts, gem mining and sumo wrestling.  They are open daily starting the first weekend in October.  They also feature a Terror In the Corn maze after dark.  Swank Farms has more than 5,347 Facebook likes.  Their address is 2600 San Felipe Rd., Hollister, California.  It is about 46 miles southeast of San Jose.

Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm – Clayton, California.  A u-pick vegetable stand started in 1980 by David and Sharon Osteen. Pumpkins were the most popular purchase so they expanded it to become the pumpkin patch that it is today. Children’s playground, barnyard play area, Pumpkin Farm Express train and farm animals.  Farm is open everyday in October.  Their address is 1060 Pine Lane, Clayton, CA 94517.  It is about 26 miles east of Oakland.

Moore’s Pumpkin Patch – Castro Valley, California.  Family owned and operated since 1984.  Their Rowell Ranch location is at 9711 Dublin Canyon Rd., Castro Valley, CA.  It is about 23 miles southeast of Oakland.

Joan’s Farm – Livermore, California.  Pick your pumpkin from the patch is open daily in October with hay ride, maze, farm animals, gem panning (weekends) and pony rides (weekends).  Also they have a gift shop, refreshments, antique museum, and old west town.  Their address is 4351 Mines Road, Livermore, CA 94550.  It is about 39 miles east of Oakland.

Smith Family Farm – Brentwood, California.  Annual pumpkin harvest fun includes pick your own pumpkins, corn maze, live music and barnyard animals. Opened by the Smith family in the late 1970s.  They also harvest and sell lots of Christmas trees.  Smith Family Farm is very popular with over 7,368 Facebook likes.  Their address is 4430 Sellers Ave., Knightsen, CA.  It is about 45 miles east of Oakland.

G&M Farms – Livermore, California.  Open daily in October.  Featured twice on the David Letterman show.  Voted best seasonal attraction in the East Bay by Diablo Magazine.  Pumpkin patch offers pumpkins of all sizes available for purchase.  Cornfield maze is priced at $7-10 with children 5 and under free.  Weekend attractions includ pony rides, cow train, barnyard blasters and pedal carts.  They also have farm animals.  Easy freeway access off I-580.  Their address is 487 East Airway, Livermore, CA 94551.  It is about 33 miles east of Oakland.

Piedmont Ave Pumpkin Patch – Oakland, California.  Piedmont features a pumpkin patch and haunted house.  Their address is 4414 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA.  It is about 2 miles from downtown Oakland, CA.

Lemos Farm – Half Moon Bay, California.  A third generation family ranch owned by the family since 1942. Pick your pumpkin from the patch, visit the haunted house or enjoy the petting zoo, hayride, playtown, train ride and pony ride.  Their address is 12320 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.  It is about 27 miles south of San Francisco.

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park – San Martin, California.  Enjoy a 2 acre corn maze, train rides, pumpkin pyramid, pumpkin blaster, carousel, petting corral and pony rides.  Petting corral with friendly farm animals including a miniature donkey.  Pumpkin blaster shoots mini pumpkins at targets at 90 mph.  Hay jump for kids as well as pony rides on the weekends.  The cow train is a favorite with the kidgs.  See Uesegi Farms ion the narrated enchanted hayride or take a hayride to Butterfly Valley to learn about the colorful, winged creatures.  Pumpkin pyramid has more than 4000 pumpkins stacked.  Pumpkin blaster shoots mini pumpkins at targets at 90 mph.  Last year, the World Record pumpkin at their Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off in mid-October weighed in at over 2,000 pounds.  Free admission.  Parking fee is $3 on the weekends.  Attractions cost between $2 and $7 per person.  All ride park passes available with savings to the per attraction price.  Their address is 14485 Monterey Road, San Martin, CA 95046.  It is about 24 miles south of San Jose.

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch – Petaluma, California.  Features is a 5 acre pumpkin patch and 4 acre corn maze by a 4th generation Petaluma farmer.  Pumpkins priced by size starting at $1 each with giant pumpkins available.  Over 35 varities of pumpkins available.  Maze generally takes 45 minutes to complete with a night maze on Friday and Saturday nights.  Located alongside Highway 101, they have provided family fun on the farm for more than 20 years.  Their address is 450 Stony Point Road, Petaluma, CA 94952.  It is about 43 miles north of San Francisco.

Crystal Bay Farm – Watsonville, California.  Jeff and Lori Fiorovich have been planting pumpkins on their farm for more than 10 years.  The farm was ceritified organic in 1997.  They grow over 40 varieties of pumpkins including The Ark of Taste on Slow Food’s endangered food list.  Farm andimals and tractor rides also available.  Don’t miss Friday night movie night, the haunted bizarre bazaar and sleepovers in the pumpkin patch.  The farm is located between two state parks overlooking Monterey Bay.  Their address is 40 Zils Rd., Watsonville, CA.  It is about 44 miles south of San Jose.

Stockton and Modesto

R.A.M. Farms Inc. – Ceres, California.  Pick your pumpkins from the field. Kids can visit the hay maze, scary shed, pedal tractors, sand box and go pumpkin bowling with pumpkin purchase.  Also popular is their 20 acre corn maze that is open daily in October. Flashlight nights on weekends. Located 10 minutes south of Modesto off Highway 99.  Their address is 716 N Daubenberger Rd., Turlock, California.  It is about 15 miles southeast of Modesto.

Fantozzi Farms – Patterson, California.  Paul Fantozzi is a fourth generation apricot farmer who opened their first maze and patch in 2003. The farm is open for fall fun Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from late September through Halloween.  Also features a 25 acre corn maze with 5 miles of paths and 12 hidden checkpoints. Haunted maze on Friday and Saturday nights in October.  Their address is 2665 Sperry Ave., Patterson, California.  It is about 19 miles southwest of Modesto.

Sacramento Pumpkin Patches

Max’s Miracle Ranch – Biggs, California.  Pick your own pumpkins, apples, petting zoo, bounce houses, train rides, hay rides, pony rides and gold panning. Petting zoo has llamas, goats, pot bellied pigs, cattle, sheep and other animals. The farm is named for their son, Max, who was diagnosed with a serious heart defect as a baby. It is a working California farmstead, orchard and entertainment facility.  Their address is 3476 Smith Avenue, Biggs, California.  It is about 62 miles north of Sacramento.

The Pumpkin Farm – Citrus Heights, California.  A 12 acre pumpkin farm with more than 100 tons of pumpkins. Also available for fall fun are a corn maze, hayride and farm zoo. Jumping castle, tower slides and Go-Kart Train rides available. Haunted barn with hungry creatures ready to gobble up your kids! Celebrates the 41st year of operation in 2015. Closed on Mondays. $5 parking on the last two weekends of October.  Their address is 7736 Old Auburn Rd., Citrus Heights, California.  It is about 16 miles east of Sacramento.

Uncle Ray’s Pumpkin Patch – Sacramento, California.  A working Yolo County farm with pick your own pumpkins, free tractor-pulled hayrides, free corn and hay mazes and Pumpkin Train. Open daily in October. The Sacramento River Train stops at Uncle Ray’s on Sundays in October and includes on train entertainment and complimentary pumpkin.  Their address is 19376 Old River Road, West Sacramento, CA 95691.  It is about 10 miles northwest of Sacramento.

Cool Patch Pumpkins – Dixon, California.  Enjoy their pumpkin patch, large corn maze and 5 acre kid zone. Matt and Mark Cooley started growing pumpkins in 2000 before adding the corn maze a few years later.  Cool Patch is a popular farm with over 5,557 Facebook likes.  Their address is 6585 Milk Farm Rd., Dixon, California.  It is about 20 miles west of Sacramento.

Bobby Dazzler’s Pumpkin Patch & Milo Maze – Davis, California.  It has a pumpkin patch, hay pyramids, petting zoo, face painting. Their are around 50 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, squash, etc. for you to select from in the fall. They grow all of their own pumpkins – some are brought in from their other local fields and some are left on the vine for you to discover and cut yourself. Pumpkins are sold by size and variety, not by weight. Free admission, free parking and free wagon use while in the patch. Milo Maze is five feet high and two acres in size. It take between 20-40 minutes to complete successfully. Maze specialists keep an eye on you from the watch tower in case you want to give up in the middle of it! Locally owned and operated for more than 30 years. They also have decorations such as corn stalks, Indian corn and hay bales for sale.  Their address is 23300 County Road 99D, Davis, CA.  (caution GPS might be inaccurate).  It is about 19 miles west of Sacramento.

Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm – Wheatland, California.  Open daily from the middle of September through October 31st. Pick your own pumpkins priced as marked, with some giant pumpkins weighing over 100 pounds available early in the season. Hayrides, 3 acre cornfield maze, petting zoo, zipline, pony rides and play area. Let your kids mine Coyote Mountain for marbles. A variety of foods and gifts are available including fresh apple cider and fudge. Enjoy the Naspig races, eat a caramel apple or catch a ride on the BPF Railroad. Have you seen their famous singing chickens yet? Free parking Monday through Thursday. $10 parking Friday through Sunday. Admission is free. Purchase bundled tickets to save on per activity charges.  Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm is one of the most popular farms in the country with over 22,540 Facebook likes.  Their address is 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland, California.  It is about 36 miles north of Sacramento.

Vierra Farms – West Sacramento, California.  Dave’s Pumpkin Patch is located at Vierra Farms. 2 acres of different varieties of u-pick pumpkins. 10 acre corn maze requires around an hour to make it through the two miles and 85 decision points. Cornival with ten family friendly fun activities including hay rides, pig races, hay maze, jumping pillow and farm animals. Admission to the cornival is $8.50-10 or you can purchase activities individually. Family pack admission also available. Free fancy photobooth to capture the memories! At night, the Deadly Harvest is a horrific haunted event open Friday/Saturday nights and the week of Halloween.  Their address is 3010 Burrows Ave., West Sacramento, California.  It is about 7 miles west of downtown Sacramento.

Pumpkin History

Pumpkins were first grown in the New World.  They were originally grown by Native American farmers in combination with other crops along river banks. The squash and pumpkins were first grown along with sunflowers and beans. Then they were grown with maize (corn) and beans. The “Three Sisters,” as they are known, aid each other in growth. The squash prevents weeds and preserves moisture in the ground. The corn serves as a trellis for the beans to grow, and their growth helps to stabilize the corn in the wind. The pumpkins looked different than the ones which are turned into jack-o-lanterns today.  How about some Jack-o-Lantern History.

The word pumpkin, despite the American origin of the plant, has greek origins. In Greek, Pepon means large melon. As the word and squash gained use in France, England and America, the word pumpkin emerge.

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Image of pumpkins in field at Green Spot Farm in California.

California Pumpkin Patches at Green Spot Farm. Image (don graham}

Fun Facts About Halloween Pumpkins 

Before Columbus, pumpkins were not a native fruit in Europe.  Jack O’Lanterns were carved from turnips or gourds.  Pumpkins were native to Central America for over 5000 years before being brought back to Europe by the French explorer Jacques Cartier.  Pumpkins are a fruit and really a member of the squash family which includes melons, cucumbers, gourds and more.  The Irish are credited with bringing pumpkin carving to America.  Pumpkin flowers and seeds are edible.  It generally takes 80-120 days for a pumpkin to go from seed to grown fruit.  Most pumpkins in the United States are ripened and used in October.  Funtober has more information on pumpkins here.


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