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The Great Pumpkin

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Halloween is both magical and highly ridiculous. It's the only holiday in which we adorn ourselves with bloody accoutrements, illuminate carved fruits and gorge ourselves sick on glucose-ladden hors d'oeuvres. The pumpkin stands tall as an unlikely hero for this holiday. If you haven't made time to buy one yet, there are jack-o-lanterns aplenty at the Lopez pumpkin patch (pictured) on Third and Fairfax.

You can also check out the Santa Monica Farmers Market (200 Santa Monica Pier) and Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch (10250 Wilshire Boulevard).