Our family is big on traditions. It starts in October with Halloween. Better yet, the preparation for Halloween. We always go to a pumpkin patch. When my husband and I were dating we visited a pumpkin patch and have been going there every year since. Shaake’s Pumpkin Patch is the best. It is a real working farm that began as a 4H project and developed from there. They offer a hayrack ride to and from the patches. Animals to check out. Play areas for the kids, like a couple of playsets, on where you slide into a bunch of hay. A haybale maze and now a pumpkin launch using big slingshots. Of course, lots of photo opportunities. Not to mention all the crafts and food items.
We’ve done the same thing every year. We start out wandering the grounds checking out the animals. They usually always have a young cow to get up and close with. We take our pics of how tall the kids are this year up against the giant measuring board. The kids play some and go through the maze. We did the pumpkin launch again this year, in which dad got in on it this time. Very close to a free slushy! We eventually make it to the hayrack and head out to find the perfect pumpkin. It is hard to find the very best one among the sea of perfect orange. However, we manage to each choose the best. Getting them back to start is sometimes fun too. This year a 12 or 13 year old lost her flip flop off the side of the hayrack and jumped off. I had a good laugh about that one. She did too. After weighing, paying and loading the loot we head to our final stop on the farm. We get cider, slushes, and cookies at their concession stand.
We can’t think of a better way to start our fall.
What about you?