Did you know that the tradition of carving jack o’ lanterns started in Ireland by carving turnips, beets and potatoes? It wasn’t until the activity began in North America by settlers that the larger and easier to carve pumpkins came into use. October means Halloween and Halloween means pumpkin patches full of pumpkins. Here’s a guide to the best pumpkin patches in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire.
Lombardi Ranch Pumpkin Festival
29527 Bouquet Canyon Road.
Saugus, CA 91390
The Lombardi Ranch has been selling pumpkins since 1968 and the Pumpkin Festival began in 1989. Each year more than 8,000 school children visit the ranch for a pumpkin tour. Every weekend in the month of October families flock to the ranch for fun, family-oriented activities such as petting zoo, wagon rides and live music (additional fees may apply). Don’t forget to check out the scarecrow contest entries while you’re there. Visit their website for a calendar of the ranches current amazing weekend events.