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October is the time of year for pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Pumpkin patches are typically a little more fun for kids and avid pumpkin carvers, but corn mazes are fun for all ages. We like the idea of just feeling like you’re out of the city and exploring for a while during the day, while we have plenty of friends who prefer to head into corn mazes at night for a more thrilling experience. You don’t need to head out into the country to find a good corn maze. We have a few options nearby that are well worth visiting.
Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College. The festival runs through the whole month of October and features a huge corn maze, a pumpkin patch, hayrides and other activities. They really offer something for everyone, with very kid and family friendly activities during the day. At night, the atmosphere turns a little darker, as that kid-friendly daytime corn maze is filled up with costumed monsters and a very scary haunted house opens its doors to those looking for tricks, not treats. 20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Tapia Brothers Corn Maze. Tapia Brothers in Encino is a great place to visit before Halloween. They have a huge pumpkin patch full of locally grown pumpkins that are just waiting to be carved. Just across the street, they also have a corn maze that is a great place to get lost for a little while – and you would never know that you’re in the heart of the Valley while you’re out on this farm! 5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, California 91436
Forneris Farms Corn Maze. This is one of the biggest corn mazes around, with a path that winds around more than 4 acres of fields. This maze is completely family-friendly, so you won’t find any monsters hiding in the 12-foot high corn rows. The maze is elaborate and you could take up to an hour solving it – provided you don’t get stuck in too many dead ends! 15200 Rinaldi St Mission Hills, CA 91345
Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival. This is just outside of Los Angeles, in Moorpark, but it is only a short drive from the West Valley and it is a fun place to take the kids for the afternoon. Their corn maze is included with admission and it is a little shorter than some of the other options out there, so it is good for all ages and for those who don’t have the patience to spend their whole afternoon in a cornfield. 3370 Sunset Valley Rd Moorpark, CA 93021
Big Horse Corn Maze. This maze is also outside of LA, in Temecula, but it is worth the drive because it is the largest corn maze is So Cal at over 11 acres! It’s a daytime maze that is open all day on the weekends and afternoons on the weekdays. Take your time, take notes on which paths you’ve been down and give yourself a big pat on the back when you finally make it through to the finish. They also have a pumpkin patch and various other activities on the weekends to make this maze an extra fun place to spend the day. 33320 Temecula Pkwy Temecula, CA 92592