Best pumpkin patches for kids and families in Orange County 2014

Are you wondering or trying to decide on where to find a pumpkin patch, corn maze, safe trick-or-treating, hayrides and other Fall and Halloween fun near you in beautiful Orange County? Here's a list of our favorite ones from last year. Make sure you call in advance to verify times and rates.

1. Tanaka Farms. An old time favorite. It's called ' U-Pick Pumpkin Patch' . Admission Charge is $2 per person, children under 2years old are free and Parking is Free. What's really cool here, is that they have a large farm wagon available for rides ($5 per person, under 2y is free), a large petting zoo ($3 per person, under 2y is free), corn maze (free) and u-pick vegetables ( $2.99 per lb). Over the weekends they will have a Harvest Festival with games, rides, food, pumpkin decorating activities, etc. This is well worth the visit.

When: All October through Halloween, everyday from 9am to 6pm. 

Where:5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine.

2. Irvine Park Railroad and Pumpkin Patch: of course this one had to be in our list. Not only the Irvine Park is gorgeous year long, but for Halloween season they have a Haunted House, themed picture stands and many Halloween themed activities.They also have train rides, hay rides, tractor races, bounce houses, face painting and many others. The Pumpkin Patch is located just behind the train station and admission is FREE (Activity tickets are $5.00 each or buy a book of 15 tickets for $60.00 ($15.00 savings)) Note that a gate entrance fee will be charged by the County of Orange for each vehicle that enters Irvine Regional Park, and there's separate charges for the activities.

When: everyday from 10am to 5pm (6pm on weekends) through Halloween.

Where:1 Irvine Park Road,Orange

3. Zoomars Pumpkin Patch. This is a cute place to take the kids too, as they have a large petting zoo, a mini train and pony rides, apart from having a great selection to the Pumpkin Patch. General admission is $10 for adults & $8 for kids. And after, you can take a walk through beautiful and historical San Juan Capistrano.

When: open daily fom 9am to 5pm.

Where:31791 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano

4. Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Patch. Very conveniently located at the back of the Laguna Hills Mall, the one acre farm offers pony rides, a petting zoo, many rides, carnival games, puppet shows and other activities.

When: opens October 1st through Halloween,Monday – Thursday 10:30am – 9pm, Friday 10:30am – 10pm, Saturday 10am – 10pm & Sundays 10am – 9pm.

Where:24155 Laguna Hills Mall

5.Johnson Brothers Pumpkin Patch. In Irvine, in addition to the thousands of pumpkins to choose from, they have  a petting zoo with many animals, do it yourself face painting, an Indian Village, a play area for kids and a bounce house. 

When: opens October 1st through Halloween.Everyday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Where: 15500 Jeffrey Road and Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.

6.Mountain Pines Christmas Tree Farm and Pumpkin Patch.  This one is not as big as the rest listed here, but if you are looking for something smaller with enough activities for the kids too, this one does the trick. They have huge selection of beautiful, vibrant pumpkins along with all of the pumpkin carving accessories you can think of. Enjoy the jumpers, obstacle course, and a new 25 foot rock climbing, double-slide for the kids all month long.Free admission and parking lot.

When: October through October 30th. Monday through Thursday 1:00pm to dusk Friday 1-8pm,  Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 8pm.

Where: 29932 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

Also, all of the parks around us in Orange County will have their Halloween themes on! Disneyland and Legoland will be more kid friendly, but if you are looking for the spooky ones, head towards Knott's and Universal Studios. They all do a fantastic job! Hope you enjoy this information and enjoy your Pumpkin Carving!

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