Fall is a time for pumpkins and all the pumpkin things. I love all the pumpkin scented soaps, candles, and baking. As soon as Labor Day Weekend is over with, I break out all the pumpkin scents.
But let’s be honest, that has more to do with the nutmeg than anything else.
Gathering real pumpkins and pumpkin related decorations is always a fun time for me. Ash rolls his eyes everytime I bring new decorations into the house. He prefers to keep the house undecorated throughout the year and with a toddler that’s a more realistic outlook to preserve the more delicate decorations.
One of our favorite activities is going to local pumpkin patches. I love picking out the perfect pumpkin to either carve or leave on our front walkway for decoration. But because we live in a major metropolitan area, finding a pumpkin that doesn’t come from a giant bin in the grocery store is tough.
Fortunately, we have an alternative within city limits: local religious and non-profit organizations set up pumpkin patches in their parking lots that are a great place to select a couple pumpkins for our house and get some pictures.
When Jai was less than a month old, we went to one and dressed him up as the “hungry caterpillar” to get some adorable photos amongst the pumpkins.
The only disadvantage to these sorts of setups is that we don’t get all the other fun activities that go along with pumpkin patches: cider, hayrides, corn mazes, and fresh baked goods. That’s why I go to these places in a pinch when looking for last-minute pumpkins but go outside the metro area for the bigger farms.
Now that Jai is older, going to the larger pumpkin patches are become more necessary because of all the extra activities. He’s still too young for some, but hayrides and wandering around a field is a grand time for him.
Pumpkin (and Other Fall) Fun
Selecting a pumpkin isn’t the only fun activity to do in the fall. Some of my favorite things to do with pumpkins:
- The expected: carving a pumpkin
- Roasting pumpkin seeds
- Mulling cider while carving a pumpkin
- Painting pumpkins (better for little ones)
- Roasting a pumpkin for recipes: pumpkin bread, pie, cake, coffee, and other delicious treats
- As a kid, I loved counting the pumpkin lines just to see how many they had (looking for even or odd numbers)
- Reading scary books and watching scary movies while eating roasted pumpkin seeds and drinking cider
What are some of your favorite pumpkin-related activities? Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe you want to share? Comment with your thoughts below.
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Featured photo credit: Michelle Melton