Wickerd Farm is the place to be for Halloween fun this weekend, when many activities are planned at the farm's pumpkin patch on Scott Road in Menifee.
In addition to having their choice of a variety of sizes and shapes of pumpkins, guests will find plenty of opportunities to get into the Halloween spirit. The schedule for the weekend includes "pumpkin bowling," a pumpkin seed spitting contest, displays by craft vendors, hot dogs and other food items. There will be an inflatable jump house for the kids and hay rides for people of all ages.
"I've lived in Menifee my whole life, and I came here because I want to support someplace local," said Jason Gumbert, who was picking out pumpkins one afternoon this week with his wife Stephanie and children Melia, 4, and Isaac, 2. "Instead of going to San Diego or somewhere else out of town, we can come right here and the kids can have fun."
The pumpkin patch is run by Jack Wickerd and his wife, Julie. Along with their children, they maintain the 47-acre farm, which has been in the family since Jack's grandfather homesteaded the place in 1904. Each fall, a portion of the farm adjacent to Scott Road is opened to the public as a pumpkin patch, and later as a Christmas tree farm.
Jack Wickerd inherited the farm in 1984. He and his wife began selling pumpkins out of their car on the roadside in 1991. Since then, the tradition has grown every year.
"I have a few pet peeves," said Julie Wickerd. "One is that kids think pumpkins grow on bales of straw. Out here, they see how things really work on a farm."
Children are shown the process of growing a pumpkin and how they are harvested. By the time they leave the pumpkin patch, they know more than they did before about farming and they've had fun doing it.
Stop by this weekend and join in the fun! The pumpkin patch is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and until 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
26852 Scott Road
Phone: (951) 672-3020
Website: Wickerd Farm