I’m calling it: Linus. I’m pretty sure there’s not a real or fictional person in all of pop culture who has been more committed to the pursuit of the Halloween greatness. (Well, maybe the Headless Horseman, but that’s another, scarier story entirely.) Linus was the only one among the Peanuts gang interested in braving the elements — plus the irritation of his not-quite-girlfriend Sally — to sit out in the patch and wait for none other than the Great Pumpkin to appear.
“Each year the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere,” says Linus. “He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to!”
If Linus is anywhere near Los Angeles, it’s likely he would check out Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch, the hottest Halloween spot in this land of the rich, famous, and super holiday-spirited. Daily Candy named it one of the best patches in the country, so it’s no surprise that October has been hopping at Mr. Bones, with celebrities popping up every day to pick from a large selection of ready-to-carve giant gourds. Mr. Bones offers lots of fun stuff to do for kids, which explains the scads of celebrity children playing in the petting zoo, in the straw maze, and on giant rocking horses. There are also pony rides and a “Jumpin’ Pumpkin” bouncy house.
Were I anywhere near Los Angeles, which I’m unfortunately not, my first stop at Mr. Bones would be the very cool skeleton-themed super slide, which confirms my belief that I’m an overgrown child. I’m also guessing there’s apple cider, which makes this potentially the very best day out in LA in October.
Here are some more pumpkin patch facts:
*In 2011, pumpkins were harvested from 47,300 acres from the top six states and were valued at $113 million.
*Pumpkins can range in size from less than one pound to more than 1,000 pounds.
*Pumpkins in the 10- to 25-pound range are primarily used for jack-o-lanterns and can also be used for processing.
*Pumpkins above 25 pounds are called giant. Giant pumpkins typically range between 25 to 75 pounds in size.
*Top pumpkin production states are Illinois, California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
*90 percent of the pumpkins grown in the United States are raised within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois. The town of Morton, near Peoria, is the self-proclaimed Pumpkin Capital of the World.
So. It’s clear that pumpkins are serious seasonal and Halloween holiday business, and besides that, they’re a lot of fun. Let’s catch up with Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch’s most famous clientele this year.
Stars Go Pumpkin Picking at Mr. Bones 1 of 20
Gleb Savchenko from Dancing With the Stars 2 of 20
Gleb Savchenko's adorable daughter Olivia (in tiger face paint perfect for Halloween) got dad to ride the giant rocking horses.
Johnny Galecki 3 of 20
Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki practiced agricultural science with some of Mr. Bones's biggest pumpkin options.
Salma Hayek 4 of 20
Mr. Bones was a family affair for Salma Hayek, her sister, and daughter Valentina (who braved the skeleton slide.)
Holly Madison 5 of 20
Holly Madison procured one of Mr. Bones's tiniest pumpkins for seven-month-old daughter Rainbow Aurora Rotella, who napped in a delightful knit pumpkin hat.
Robin Thicke 6 of 20
Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton pulled spiky-haired son Julian Fuego Thicke around Mr. Bones in his spiffy track suit.
Paris Hilton 7 of 20
Paris Hilton glammed up Mr. Bones earlier in October, carefully selecting a pumpkin that may or may not be blinged out now.
Jack Osborne 8 of 20
Jack Osborne signed a pumpkin for a fan. Is it from Mr. Bones? If it's real, quite possibly.
James "Munky" Shaffer from Korn 9 of 20
Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer and wife Evis took son D'Angelo DraXon to Mr. Bones, making him perhaps the most rock and roll child to visit this season.
Selma Blair, Ahmet Zappa, and Arthur 10 of 20
Selma Blair, Ahmet Zappa, and son Arthur head out of Mr. Bones with at least one furry, spooky toy.
Rebecca Gayheart 11 of 20
Rebecca Gayheart points out pumpkins for daughters Billie and Georgia.
Molly Sims 12 of 20
Molly Sims chauffeurs son Brooks and his pumpkins — at least one bigger than he is! — around Mr. Bones in a wagon. Brooks also gets a baby-sized gourd, too, never fear.
Mason Cook 13 of 20
Mason Cook of The Lone Ranger and previously Spy Kids 4 has another talent in pumpkin juggling.
Angie Everhart 14 of 20
Angie Everhart, son Kayden (rocking the "trick or treat" shirt and perfect face paint), and friends enjoy Mr. Bones.
Ian Ziering 15 of 20
Ian Ziering is all smiles with daughter Mia in her most adorable pumpkin top and perfect Halloween tutu.
Walton Goggins 16 of 20
Walton Goggins of Django Unchained, Sons of Anarchy, and soon to return in the fifth season of Justified took a break from a crazy busy acting schedule for his most important role of talking serious pumpkins with son Augustus.
Golnesa Gharachedaghi 17 of 20
Shahs of Sunset star Golnesa Gharachedaghi had her eye on this sizeable pumpkin, and appeared to be following the Mr. Bones guidelines for treating the merchandise with care.
Pete Wentz 18 of 20
Pete Wentz and son Bronx did it up at Mr. Bones. Bronx was one of the kids to brave the skeleton slide.
Olivier Martinez 19 of 20
Olivier Martinez watched Nahla go down the skeleton slide like the hands-on stepdad he is, while mom Halle Berry was likely home with newborn son Maceo Robert.
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren 20 of 20
The Alba-Warren crew were repeat visitors to Mr. Bones this year. Honor and Haven must really love it. Love dad Cash Warren sporting realistic Los Angeles fall gear, instead of a scarf and long pants.
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