What to Know
Sept. 22 through Oct. 30
$4 admission; weekend parking passes required
Creating a joyful jack o'lantern by featuring the sweet face of one Hello Kitty?
Whether you'd start with her iconic bow, or her perfect oval nose, is up to you, but truth time: You're probably beginning with her famous accessory, an item that instantly tells any viewer that they're looking at the Sanrio celebrity.
But, of course, there are many Sanrio characters to immortalize upon various pumpkins.
Getting those pumpkins, though, will involve visiting a place with a plentiful amount of pumpkinry to choose from, and Tanaka Farms, in Irvine, is one such fabled location.
And beginning on Saturday, Sept. 22? The historic agricultural spread's pumpkin patch will debut for the season, a season that will run right up to Halloween Eve.
That's right: The final day is Oct. 30, 2018, so procure your pumpkin before you need it on Halloween Day.
The theme of the patch?
Sanrio, of course, which shouldn't surprise anyone who has visited Tanaka Farms in recent months. Several Sanrio favorites are now serving as Tanaka Farms ambassadors, but do note that Hello Kitty will only be appearing on opening day.
Weekends? They will be super-extra busy, believe it, so you'll need to get a parking pass online before you go. They're required. Price? Five bucks.
Entry is four dollars, and some of the activities, like the petting zoo, are separately priced.
For all of your need-to-knows before calling upon one of the most Sanrio-riffic spots in all of Orange County, visit the Tanaka Farms page pronto.
And, again, if you plan a weekend visit, do get that parking pass in advance, as lots (and lots) of people do show up for the under-the-sunshine pumpkin fun.