Nothing signals the coming of Halloween like those big, beautiful pumpkins piling up on the corner of Fremont and Mission Street at our very own South Pasadena Pumpkin Patch! And after the year and half we’ve had, we deserve some Halloween happiness! I stopped by the other day to pull one of their little red wagons around Anita Cagle’s sweetly ghoulish pumpkin patch, replete with little photo opportunities for the kiddies, or the kiddies in all of us. Spiders, webs and ghouls casually hang out on bales of hay as hundreds of pumpkins pile up. I have no idea what the proper names are for them, but there are some humongous beauties along with those squatty, white ones, little baby ones and well, whatever you fancy, she’s got ‘em.
Whether you’ve lived in South Pas for a month, a year, or decades, this pumpkin patch is a tradition. Cagle, the sweet pumpkin and Christmas Tree lady with the heart of gold, is someone families have come to know and love over the years. You’ll often catch her taking photos of families, giving tours to kids groups and providing pumpkins and trees to various organizations in town. These pumpkins and her Christmas trees are brought to us fresh from Oregon and Ventura and Cagle wouldn’t have it any other way. She loves to bring us quality and she loves being a part of this community, an area she considers her “old stompin’ grounds”.
By the time my little wagon and I had made our way around the whole patch, it was full and I was grinning ear to ear. Cagle was teasing me that I was as excited as any of the kids running around. And honestly, it just felt good to do this normal tradition again and to be joyful. So whether you’re looking for the perfect pumpkin to carve or want a beautiful variety to display, stop by South Pasadena’s one and only pumpkin patch and let your inner kid run amok!