The star of the Halloween show is the pumpkin. According to my favorite resource Wikipedia, the name pumpkin originated from the Greek word pepon ("large melon"). The French called it pompom. The British changed it to pumpion. Then American colonists changed it to pumpkin. Why? Heck, I dunno.
Pumpkins are gourd-like squashes and technically are a fruit. They can range in size from 1 lb to 1,000 lbs.
But who cares about all that...what we REALLY want to know is, where are the pumpkin patches in Ventura County and surrounding areas!? Well, here are some choices...but make sure to call before you go for hours, etc.
Big Wave Dave's Pumpkin Patch locations at 4075 Telegraph Road in Ventura (adjacent to Ventura College) is open 11am to 8pm October 12 to October 31, 2019. In addition to pumpkins, they offer free games and prizes for the kids. There's also a location at the Pacific View Mall in the Trader Joe's parking lot 9/28 to 10/31. Visit bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com/pumpkin-patch.html or call 805.218.0282.
Boccali Ranch Pumpkin Patch at 3277 E. Ojai Avenue in Ojai will be open 7 days a week from 10am to 7pm from October 5-31, 2019. Daytime hayrides $3 for adults, $2 for children on Sat/Sun 11am to 5pm, free children’s hay maze. “Haunted” nighttime hay rides 7-9pm Fri/Sat 10/11-12, 18-19 and 25-26. www.boccalis.com/pumpkinpatch.html
McGrath Brothers Great Pacific Pumpkins is located at 5100 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. Tractor hay rides, hay maze, horse drawn hay rides and farm animals on hand. More information at www.greatpacificpumpkins.com or call 805.644.1235. Open daily in October from 9am to 6pm.
Prancer's Pumpkin Village is open September 28 through October from 11am to 9pm weekdays and 10am to 9pm weekends at 3075 Johnson Drive in Ventura (adjacent to the 101 freeway). In addition to an array of pumpkins, they offer pony rides, bouncers, hay maze, petting zoo and other activities. Visit prancersvillage.com. Admission is $4 and includes free hay ride.
The Santa Paula Rotary's Pumpkin Patch at the Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula will be open every weekend in October 2019, starting October 5-6, from 10am to 5pm. Gigantic corn MaiZe, hay wagon rides, the infamous "Pumpkin Chucker" and more on hand. $8 admission.
Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch is located near the Simi Valley Town Center on Erringer Road and in Thousand Oaks at 450 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Pumpkins, petting zoo, rides, inflatable attractions and more (no admission cost; activities vary in cost). www.seasonaladventures.com/locations Open October 1-31, weekdays 1-9pm and weekend 9am-9pm.
The 22nd Annual Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival in Moorpark is open September 28 to October 31, 2019 with themed events each weekend, massive pumpkin patch and lots of fun activities.