Street Pumpkin Patch, 5156 McGrath St.,
Ventura, CA 93003 Call: (805) 658-9972
October 1, to
October 31; 9 a.m. to dusk
spooky... you'll not find a county more in tune with the
Halloween season than Ventura. It's not merely the fact that
people still work the land and grow the finest pumpkins, squash
and winter harvests in the US.
Ventura has a
history and pride you'll not find in tear-down
Mediterranean-style stucco cities in Orange County / Los
Angeles. Roots, both literally as in vegetables, and
figuratively as in heritage, still exist in the land and in
historic buildings that refuse to die. Olivas Adobe is one such
example of a Ventura structure that carries memories in its
hallowed halls and rooms, if not a ghost or two, to boot.
For Day of
the Dead celebrations to the famous Richard Senate ghost tours,
Ventura's the epicenter of ghosts in California. If you hang out
long enough, you may experience the vibes, though some people
never do. For those who just want to have fun, read on.
For a simple,
old-fashioned celebration, there are some great haunts that will
please the family during your trips on Highway 101 between
Southern California and Central Coast. Directly off that long,
anything-but-lonesome highway is McGrath Brothers Pumpkin Farm
with rides, games and plenty of bright, orange pumpkins ripe for
picking. Free hayrides are included on the weekends. You'll find
a variety of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and farm animals.
Northbound 101 exit Victoria; go west or left a short distance;
right on Valentine Road; left on Knoll Drive short distance to
signs at McGrath.
hungry for some farm-fresh produce, honey, sauces, snacks and
treats? Stop at nearby A &
F Country Market.