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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Autumn fun: Pick-your-own-pumpkins a definitive guide

“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He's gotta pick this one. He's got to. I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”– Linus – from It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

If the weather is cooperating where you live, and if you’re looking for an entertaining and fun-filled afternoon, why not make an outing for the whole family and pick-your own pumpkin for Halloween?

To plan your trip, there’s a wonderful and comprehensive website, Pumpkin Patches and More, where you'll find a pumpkin patch near you, take a peek at what it’s like to traverse a corn maze (in daylight or at night) and locations for safe trick-or-treating, hayrides and more.

Be sure to scroll further down on all of the linked pages that have been provided and you’ll see listings for not only pumpkin picking in the United States, but pick-your-own-farms for many other fruits and vegetables in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

You’ll also find a super recipe for making pumpkin pie from scratch, information on pumpkin festivals and weigh-offs, and even a “how-to” for making a carved pumpkin last longer.

In the video below, P. Allen Smith, gardening maven, visits a pick-your-own site, and takes us on a quick historical tour about Halloween’s most popular vegetable-like fruit, the pumpkin.

If you’ve already purchased this year’s pumpkin but are still looking for another fun outing, check out my earlier post, It’s Apple Pickin’ Time: The Definitive Guide to pick your own apples nationwide – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

For more fun seasonal offerings, be sure to visit my other website: Paula Slade: National Children's Entertainment


Arlee Bird said...

My wife and I probably won't be making any Jack-o-lanterns this year and I never managed to figure out how to make food things out of pumpkins so I doubt whether I'll be getting any pumpkins. Never been to a corn maze either, though I used to sell a lot of stuff to some of them when I was in the Halloween business.


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Paula Slade said...

Lee - Our family has often had a great deal of fun in the "pumpkin patch" - it's really a terrific event for all ages. I've never done a maze either, but would like to check one out.

Tessa Quin said...

I think Halloween is the most attractive tradition in the USA. I love the whole dressing up, giving candy and decorating with pumpkins and other things.

Paula Slade said...

Tessa - Considering that we "borrowed" the holiday of Halloween, it is amazing how it has become a major seasonal event here, and it's always been one of my favorites! :)