Mr. Bones

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If you’re like me, you want your pumpkin-buying experience to include livestock, hay, a “pumpkin bounce” and overpriced Halloween decorations. Luckily, even if you don’t have the time to drive to a pumpkin farm or county fair, Los Angeles has the answer. Just east of Beverly Glen on Wilshire Boulevard, in a small vacant lot just down the street from some of the highest priced condos in the city, sits “Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch” It’s the first time I’ve ever been charged $3.00 admission to buy a gourd. Inside the confines of the hay-covered lot, there is a meager petting zoo, face painting, a maze of pumpkins and hay, and dozens of kids bouncing in an inflatable pumpkin, flitting in and out of the halloween displays and gnawing on pre-wrapped caramel apples. It feels more like a set, dressed to match someone’s imagined vision of a country pumpkin patch than anything else, but if you have kids, it’s not a bad way to blow three bucks and take home a twenty dollar pumpkin. Actually, according to the signs posted around the lot, this is the last year for Mr. Bones’ Patch at this location. I think the signs were intended to make me feel sad about the fact that someone decided to make better use of the valuable real estate (which also transforms into a Christmas Tree lot called “Mr. Greentrees” in the winter) on Wilshire, but I couldn’t muster up any such feelings for the loss of this place. There’s something weird about the whole “Pumpkin Patch” phenomenon. I thought it was limited to Los Angeles, but according to this site, it’s a much bigger trend. I had no idea that pumpkins were such a lucrative business.

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