Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is a small pumpkin patch that temporarily appears weeks before Halloween each year. In the weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday, this area also transforms into Mr. Greentrees, a Christmas tree lot. It is located on the border of Beverly Hills, right on Doheny Drive, in West Hollywood, between Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards.
Since its inception in 1986, Mr. Bones is known for the larger-than-life Skeleton King who overlooks the pumpkins in time for customers to come to the patch and take one (or five) of them home. This changes after 2014 because the property where the pumpkin patch and the Christmas tree resides has been sold. (Edit 2015: Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch’s new location is: 10100 Jefferson Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232).
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is also known to locals as the place-to-be for celebrity sighting opportunities. Do a quick online search on Mr. Bones and you will quickly find photos of A-List Hollywood performers and their families here. Because of this, one must be ok with the slew of paparazzi snapping away as they take photos of these famous parents having fun with their children here.
The owners have taken great pains to make Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch a fun and friendly atmosphere for ALL families to enjoy, so they have strongly advised the paparazzi who come here for the photos to hang out in a cornered-off, hay-stacked, pigpen-like area to do their photography. They are also monitored closely by security guards to ensure that no funny business, by way of being too intrusive to guests, occurs.
Not wanting to miss the opportunity for my little one to see this Los Angeles staple before it moves to its new location, I planned a short field trip to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and planned to make the best of the scorching 90 degree fall weather that was forecasted for the day. Since weekday admission to the patch is free for large groups before 2 pm on weekdays, we got to the patch right at 10:00 a.m. and had so much fun.
Here’s my little one saluting Mr. Bones himself.
It seems that the fictitious Mr. Bones has other larger-than-life friends to help guard the pumpkins.
The family-owned pumpkin patch sits on a small space roughly the size of a city block; however, Mr. Bones offers the best assortment of pumpkins, gourds and squash. There are ample pull wagons available to use so that customers can pick their own pumpkin(s).
“Please Do Not Sit on Pumpkins”. Duh!
Here I am goofing off with the kiddie. Ha! We’re sitting IN a pumpkin. Take that, Mr. Bones (lol).
There are many fun things to do here for children despite the small venue. For a fee by way of purchasing tickets, children are welcome to have fun using the fun amenities designed just for them. My little one enjoyed herself playing in the Mr. Bones slide and Giant Pumpkin bounce house. She also liked the petting zoo. She absolutely loved the tee-pee (there’s a rope swing inside). The hay maze, however, was not a favorite of hers. Maybe the tunnels were too claustrophobic for her.
Apparently there are food vendors and arts-and-crafts tents on site, but they are only open during the mid-afternoons through the evenings on weekdays and all day on weekends. Since my little one and I visited Mr. Bones during a weekday morning and I had to be back in Santa Monica for a 1:45 appointment, we missed out on what I assume would have been delicious food consumption and a fantastic session of creating handmade projects. I was also told by a fellow customer that the celebrities come out during the weekday afternoons/evenings and on weekends, so no celebrity sightings for us.
Regardless, we had a wonderful time at Mr. Bones and do not regret spending the very hot day here together. See you next time, Mr. Bones, wherever you end up.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
702 North Doheny Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Edit for 2015:
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch moved to a new location:
10100 Jefferson Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
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