FALLing in Love With Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch

Titans Engage in Fall Activities

In San Diego, it can be hard to know when fall is approaching. The leaves don’t change colors, and the weather gets warmer. One way to keep the fall spirit alive is to visit a pumpkin patch.

A popular patch is at the Carlsbad Strawberry Company. The seasonal pumpkin patch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Nov. 8. Admission is $5, and children 5 and under get in free.

There, visitors enter a large area filled with vibrant colored pumpkins of all different shapes, colors, and sizes that are all for sale. The traditional pumpkins make wonderful jack-o’-lanterns and the prettier, exotic ones make for amazing fall decorations.

Junior Gabriella Lazaro went to the patch with a small group of friends. “I loved looking at all the

beautiful pumpkins, and it was such a fun time walking around and being outside. The view of the corn maze was also really pretty to look at,” Lazaro said.

Beyond the pumpkins, the next thing visitors see is a small building where you can buy tickets to participate in all the fun activities, including tractor rides, a mechanical bull, a haunted corn maze, a regular corn maze, apple cannons, and “bounceland”.

Each activity costs extra, and some are open at different times. Tractor rides are $7 for adults, $5 for kids, and the rides are open Friday through Sunday only. The corn maze is $10 per person, and the haunted corn maze is $25 for admission.

For the apple cannons, a bucket of 12 apples is $20. “Bounceland” is a fun area full of bouncy castles and slides for kids under 14 to participate in. Admission for that is $20 for 1 hour and $30 for 2 hours.

“There are beautiful sunflowers surrounding the corn mazes, and that was definitely my favorite part. My favorite activity to do was the corn maze because it was really fun to find clues in order to figure my way out of the maze,” junior Lindsey Brintwood said.

All around the area, food trucks, and small vendors sell delicious food, like shaved ice, tacos, cotton candy, lemonade, and kettle corn. Face painters decorate visitors with various designs, including animals, flowers, and pumpkins.

Many people don’t engage in the extra cost activities and instead admire the pumpkins and enjoy the

various food trucks.

The most popular area of the patch is definitely the huge central area, which consists of actual pumpkins on the vine, perfect for social media photos. It is a fun game to try to find the perfect pumpkin among the hundreds of them all.

“The pumpkins growing in the field were huge, and walking around them was my favorite part. Each one was unique, and some were sizes I had no idea existed,” junior Abigail Gant said.

All in all, Carlsbad’s Pumpkin Patch is full of fun festivities for all ages. The views, weather, and food are always enjoyable, and the cute pictures capture memories that visitors will cherish.