Happy 4th of July!

Posted on: July 4th, 2016 by admin

2016 marks the 240th anniversary of adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. July 4th, 4th of July, or Independence Day—no matter what you call it, it pretty much all boils down to the festivities and the fireworks.

One of our favorite celebrations is held in Pacific Palisades, where they really know how to do the holiday right. The first half of the day is dedicated to various races for charity, organized and sponsored by local groups and hospitals with all proceeds going to the Optimist Club Foundation. A group of skydivers then lands on Sunset Boulevard at 2 PM to start a mile-long parade through the town. Food trucks, activities, and concerts fill the rest of the afternoon at Palisades High School, with the main concert event, Palisades Rocks the Fourth, kicking off at 6 PM. Finally, a magnificent fireworks show ends the night; it is easily one of the top Fourth of July shows in Los Angeles. The Palisades celebration has been going since 1948, when it was started by American Legion Post 283. That’s a good 68 years of Pacific fun!

There will be plenty of festivities to enjoy all across the southland! Tell us how your friends and family celebrate the 4th: share your favorite BBQ recipe, or let us in on a local celebration in your area. Most of all, be sure to enjoy our country’s 240th birthday in style!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Posted on: June 20th, 2016 by admin

Happy Midsummer!

Today we are wishing we were in Sweden!

Celebrated between June 19-25 (depending on the part of the world), Midsummer occurs on or near the summer solstice, June 20, 2016 in the Northern Hemisphere.

You can bet we’ll be enjoying the extra daylight and the divine strawberry moon, before the nights start getting longer again.

It’s now prime pumpkin-growing season! Planting in June guarantees 75 to 100 frost-free days for pumpkins to mature.

It’s also now our six-month mark before Christmas, so as we are already fairly far along in our Halloween countdown, it’s time to start our second countdown of the year.

132 more days ’til Halloween
187 more days ’til Christmas

How will you be spending the longest day of the year? Let us know in the comments!


Warm Wishes for a Happy New Year!

Posted on: January 19th, 2016 by admin

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Dear Friends,

As a family who deeply loves traditions, making memories is what we are all about. Each year we feel privileged to welcome back familiar faces and to see families grow up along side of ours. Thank you for making us a part of your celebrations at this joyous time of year.

Warmly wishing you a Happy New Year!

How did RED & GREEN become the colors of Christmas?

Posted on: December 23rd, 2015 by admin

In pagan Rome, the festival of Saturnalia was celebrated right around the time of the winter solstice. On the last day of the festivities, gifts, tied up with holly were exchanged. The red berries on the leaves symbolized the return of light.

In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise Plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who were illiterate. The paradise tree in the play was normally a green pine tree, adorned with red apples, and later, red roses.

Mr. Green Merry Christmas Card

Trees That Give Back!

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 by admin

During this season of Joy and Light and Family Togetherness, we want to celebrate the family farms that supply Mr. Greentrees with sustainably grown trees, wreaths and garlands. We have a deep appreciation for our growers who are as passionate about growing the finest trees possible as they are about taking care of the land that serves them.

Bear Canyon Tree Farm is family owned and operated and has been using sustainable, green farming practices since 1949. Today, three generations work side by side making many yuletides bright.


Bambi’s Nursery, established in 1971, grows a wide variety of trees in two locations in Northern California and Oregon. Their Silvertip firs are wild-grown and wild-harvested. This is as close to nature as it gets. In addition, Mr. Greentrees is delight to carry their adorable Christmas Critters, made from the trees cleared to reduce fire danger in the forest.

homepage.bambischristmascrittersWhether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or the New Year, it is a time of giving and receiving, and just as the earth gives us trees around which to gather, garlands and wreaths to mark our annual celebrations, we want to show our thanks to the earth by supporting the farms that give back more than they take.

Thanks Giving from Mr. Bones

Posted on: November 6th, 2015 by admin

Crew thank youWith the 2015 season complete, we want to thank everyone who has supported us. We’ve had tons of fun! (200 tons of pumpkin fun to be precise.)

We are beyond grateful for all of our long-time friends who joined us in Culver City.

When we realized that the Doheny lot was up for development, we began looking for a new home for Mr. Bones nearby, but there was nothing that would have given us the space we needed to make our pumpkin patch as fantastic as we knew it could be.

When we found the lot in Culver City at West LA College, we fell in love. It felt like being in the countryside, nestled up against Baldwin Hill park. It was just what we had in mind when Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch was created: to give the kids of LA a place to experience the magic of a countryside pumpkin patch that we had loved growing up in rural Oregon. With all of the extra space, we set out to create our best patch ever; however, we were unsure if many of you would be willing to head that far south.

On opening we were delighted and humbled to welcome so many old and new friends alike to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch. Over the last month, it has been absolutely heartwarming to see so many of you. We are deeply touched and so grateful that you made the trip.

To our old friends: thank you for making this journey with us!

To our new friends: thank you for making us a part of your Halloween traditions, and welcome to the Mr. Bones Family!


Once Upon a Time…Storytelling at The Patch

Posted on: November 6th, 2015 by admin

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Come hear a tale or two at the Gypsy Storytelling Caravan at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch!

In our fast-paced and over scheduled world of glowing screens and text messages, we invite you to experience the joy of unplugging from technology and connecting with people! Together, the children and the storytellers bring Halloween alive and transport the audience in to the creative and magical world that is the very essence of Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch.

Mr. Bones is proud to keep this ancient art of improvisational storytelling alive in his Gypsy Caravan. As you step through the curtains of Mr. Bones’ Gypsy Storytelling Theater, you leave behind the “real” world and enter a magical forest lit by a full moon and twinkling stars. Our resident Bards and Master Storytellers, Jennifer and Kelli, will conjure up classic Halloween tales told by the light of a glowing campfire. Children are warmly encouraged to play along during the stories, either in the form of traditional call-and-response, or in taking on the silly, spooky characters and acting along with the story.

Check out Mr. Bones’ favorite Halloween reads:

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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is a perfect first Halloween book.
Click here to see this book online.


Frankenstein by Ludworst Bemonster
We love this take on the classic Madeline series!

Click here to see this book online.


It’s Raining Bats and Frogs by Rebecca Colby has been a beloved favorite.
Click here to see this book online.


For older kids and grown ups the artist in us loves The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg for its amazing sketch-y illustrations.
Click here to see this book online.

Mr. Bones’ Top 10 Picks for Culver City

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 by admin

When we started hunting for Mr. Bones’ new Pumpkin Patch, we were absolutely enchanted by Culver City. With a rich history and some amazing wild open spaces in the middle of an up-and-coming community it covers all bases. The foodie culture is a hive of restaurants, cafes and watering spots to delight even the most adventurous palate. We were delighted with the diversity and originality of family and kid friendly venues and inspiring lifestyle and retail offerings.

  1. We LOVE Jag Gym—it’s a healthy, fun and safe environment for kids to learn gymnastics. They have drop-in classes and camps almost every day school is out of session. It’s the perfect place to drop the kiddos off and explore Culver City. Visit Jag Gym online.

    JAG Gym-We Do Good Things for Kids
  1. Another fixture in the Arts District is Coolhaus, the now famous purveyors of “architecturally inspired” ice cream and ice cream sandwiches. You may have seen one of their sleek ice cream trucks cruising around the city. Our favorite is the Dirty Mint Chip, and word on the street has it that the have a seasonal Pumpkin Ice Cream up their sleeve. Visit Coolhaus online.

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  1. Get some inspiration at Rolling Greens Home + Garden. Stroll through their extensive nurseries and hot houses and check out their lovely curated selection of home furnishings. You’ll want to call the place home, sweet home. Visit Rolling Greens online.

    Rolling Greens
  1. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook – This 500-foot peak is a wild, open space sanctuary right in the middle of the city. The stairs, featured in a Nike ad are infamously brutal and a favorite training ground for serious athletes. But the climb to the top is worth the effort offering majestic 360-degree panoramic views of the City of Angels.  Visit Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook online.
  1. Our new neighbor at West LA College is The Star Eco Station Exotic Wildlife Rescue Center. This is a rare haven for endangered and illegally-trafficked exotic animals confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Book in advance to hold the pythons! Visit The Star Eco Station Exotic Wildlife Rescue Center online.
  1. Grab a healthy bite at Matthew Kenney’s Make Out Everyday. He’s the raw food chef and a recent NYC transplant. His chic and casual eatery has a full menu from juices and smoothies to bowls, wraps and salads. Visit Matthew Kenney’s Make Out Everyday online.

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7. Find the Best Cooking Classes in Town at The New School of Cooking in the Arts District. The school known for its professional-track chef training program also well shorter classes and workshops for the rest of us. Bonus: they have a café with deliciously inventive offerings at lovely prices. Visit The New School of Cooking online.

  1. Hooray for Zoogayoga, the only yoga studio dedicated to kids where every pose is Child’s Pose! Visit Zoogayoga online.
  1. Just five minutes away from the new Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is Bar Nine Collective, where exceptionally good coffee is served in Mason jars in this Portland-chic venue. Add to that delicious pastries and house-made hazelnut milk and resistance is futile. Visit Bar Nine Collective online.


  1. It’s nearly impossible to find a great Dosa in LA, but Mayura’s Masala Dosa is top notch. This unassuming Indian Restaurant is in a strip mall next to a check cashing place, and the parking can be tricky but it is well worth the effort for the freshness of their dishes.
    Visit Mayura’s online.


Opening Day!

Posted on: October 6th, 2011 by admin

I began the week with a panic. Unseasonable rain transformed our smooth sailing set-up into a grueling scene out of a disaster movie.  Ankle deep in mud, with sheer will and dedication, my crew transformed a mucky bog on Doheny Drive into the magical Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch.  Open and ready for a spooky Halloween and a great Opening Day!

This fall, Mr. Bones is not just about fun and making lasting memories.  We’ve partnered with Yoplait yogurt to help build strong California families and give back to the community. For every pumpkin purchased at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch this season, Yoplait is donating $1 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to help strengthen local California families, up to $10,000.Alison Sweeney at Mr Bones

Allison Sweeney kicked off this partnership, by sharing some of her tips for keeping her family lean and healthy, not to mention showcasing an ultra-cute DIY Halloween necklace.

Hearing the kid’s squeals of delight, as they explored the pumpkin patch, put all our hard work in perspective!

Come join us—share in the memories and with the help of Yoplait, you can not only keep your family California Strong, but also do some good in the process.

See you soon!